1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Root Newbie Question/Help

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Speedy328, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    I am not new to Android but I am new to rooting. I've always been told that there is no such thing as a stupid question if you need help, and I do need help.
    Received a used Droid X that is running 2.3.3 4.5.595. When I was restoring my apps it was either MyBackup Pro or Mobile Defense that showed a box saying I had root access. I was not aware that the phone had been rooted (not complaining) but (1) how can I confirm that it is, in fact, rooted; (2) assuming it is rooted, what do I do next; and (3) if it is rooted should I update to 4.5.596????
    Any help, suggestions and guidance would be appreciated.
     

    Advertisement

  2. cjcross22

    cjcross22 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    253
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011

    Jan 27, 2011
    253
    47
    43
    Well if your running .595 your definitely rooted since that was a leaked version.

    If it was me, I would SBF back to .340 stock, so it will be nice and fresh..

    Then you can update to .596 manually or let the OTA do its thing depending on whether you want to keep root or not.

    Look here to get familiar with everything.. (rooting, SBFing, ROMs, Themes, etc..)
    http://androidforums.com/droid-x-all-things-root/348045-newbies-guide.html
    http://androidforums.com/droid-x-al...droid-x-root-guide-updated-june-5-2011-a.html


    GB .596 files and instructions..
    http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/...-5-596-release-thread-something-everyone.html
     
  3. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Thank you for the very prompt response. Looks like I'll be busy for the remainder of the day.
     
  4. Aggie12

    Aggie12 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    163
    Posts:
    1,682
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010

    Jul 19, 2010
    1,682
    429
    163
    student
    Planet Earth
    If you have the .12p baseband already then you can go ahead and flash the new OTA straight over it if you didn't want to SBF. But it sounds like you didn't do this stuff yourself since you said you received it like that already on .595. So I would back up what cjcross said and go ahead and SBF so you start from a clean slate.
     
  5. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Thanks Aggie 12. Starting the SBF now.
     
  6. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011

    Feb 9, 2011
    1,423
    157
    143
    SBF'ing the phone and starting fresh will also gain you the experience too.

    Hey Aggie, I have been meaning to ask you about your sig. It says,

    Umm, what?......lol.....:p
     
  7. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Problems -- was running SBF as instructed from the SD zip file and process aborted at "running radio" -- E: error in/Sd card/maderstock340.zip" Tried a second install with same results. Then went to reboot phone and it is frozen on Motorola logo. Did battery pull to no avail. Is this the end of my Droid X?
     
  8. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011

    Feb 9, 2011
    1,423
    157
    143
    Don't use the maderstock file. Use this file instead, Maderstock is notorious for failing. You might also want to try out the Linus method to sbf. It's super easy. You can get the link for that one( and the sbf file) in the links cross provided.

    SBF’ing the Droid X U D G

    Grab the FULL sbf file. It's the last one on the list.
     
  9. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Cougar -- too late. Please read my thread above your latest posting.
     
  10. cjcross22

    cjcross22 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    253
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011

    Jan 27, 2011
    253
    47
    43
    Can you get it back into recovery?

    If not follow cougars instructions down there ---vvv :D
     
  11. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011

    Feb 9, 2011
    1,423
    157
    143
    No worries my friend. your droid is not dead. Use the Linux method and boot your phone into bootloader mode by holding down the camera key+ down volume key+power key. When you see the quick flash let go of the buttons. You will be in bootloader mode.

    Then follow the directions for using the Linux cd and you will be good to go my friend.
     
  12. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Cougar -- got back into bootloader mode (showing Battery OK; OK to Program, etc). Don't know what you mean by the Linux CD. Can you please guide me a bit. I really appreciate the assistance. Ron
     
  13. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011

    Feb 9, 2011
    1,423
    157
    143
    The Linux method can be found on the link that cross provided you (root guide). Here is a direct link with all instructions provided,

    http://androidforums.com/droid-x-all-things-root/346016-creating-bootable-linux-cd-soley-sbf-headache-free.html

    Follow the directions to the letter and you will be amazed at how easy it is.

    EDIT: Aggie, can you tell me what the most commonly used Linux and where to get it from? i'm gonna grab me a small hard drive and throw Linux on it just to do things like this that are easily done through Linux.
     
  14. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Cougar, Aggie & CJCross --Many thanks for your quick and concerned responses. Created on Linux CD and successfully ran the SBF. Phone is back to stock. Currently downloading the GB OTA (which is barely moving using a Wifi connection). Will have to decide whether or not to re-root after it's finished. Thanks again -- Ron
     
  15. cjcross22

    cjcross22 Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    253
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011

    Jan 27, 2011
    253
    47
    43
    Glad we got you rolling again! :D

    BTW the OTA is not rootable, if you want root you have to flash a pre-rooted GB yourself.
     
  16. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Thanks. I'm trying to cancel the OTA now. Will pull battery.
     
  17. Aggie12

    Aggie12 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    163
    Posts:
    1,682
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010

    Jul 19, 2010
    1,682
    429
    163
    student
    Planet Earth
    Ubuntu is by far the most popular linux distribution. Fedora is up there but I would go with ubuntu if you really just want something basic. And the question in my status is there for the same reason as the dog.

    Speedy, Glad you were able to get everything done! Hold on to that CD!!
     
  18. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    Hopefully one last question -- if I restore thru Bootstrap, will it bring me back to a "rooted" state. Again, thanks. -- Ron
     
  19. Aggie12

    Aggie12 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    163
    Posts:
    1,682
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010

    Jul 19, 2010
    1,682
    429
    163
    student
    Planet Earth
    That backup will take you back to the exact same state your phone was when you created the backup. So yes, since you have to be rooted to make a backup you will be rooted when you restore it.
     
  20. Speedy328

    Speedy328 Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009

    Nov 19, 2009
    31
    2
    16
    Metro New York
    So, if I understand correctly, that restore would bring me back to .595 rather than the .596 which I now have. If that's the case, I would have to root from scratch -- following all of the very good advice on this forum (absolutely no sarcasm intended -- I just couldn't come up with better wording). As a side note -- I've always recognized the value of particular forums, and all of you, with your responses and advice have reinforced that.
     
  21. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011

    Feb 9, 2011
    1,423
    157
    143
    If you flash your old backup from when you were just running 595 then yes it will put you back to 595. What you want to do is after you get your 596 up and running nice and clean create another backup. Then put your themes or roms in. So if anything goes screwy on you, you can restore that nice fresh copy of 596.
     

Share This Page

Loading...