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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DroidJnkie, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Hi everyone!

    I just had a quick question. I just got a Moto Droid and am interested in rooting. I'm not a genius in this area, but I'm not a moron either. I can follow step-by-step instructions with the best of them.

    I just wanted to know if I can root without flashing a custom ROM onto it afterwards? All I want to do at this point is be able to delete stock apps that I don't want and will never use, and be able to run apps from my SD card.

    That brings up another point. If I run apps from my SD card, does it slow down the performance of the app?

    Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!!
     


  2. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Rooting and flashing are two entirely different things. My DROID is rooted, but I have yet to flash.
     
  3. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    Can you install/run apps from SD on the Droid at this point? Hadn't heard that was available yet.
     
  4. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Well-Known Member


    I too left my phone rooted for about a week before I flashed anything to my phone.

    I didn't flash anything to my phone until yesterday. There are really only two flashes worth trying at this point and for each nice/cool feature they add, they add 2 quirks.

    There are other great things you can do without flashing, i.e. screen captures
     
  5. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter


    So does that mean that you can uninstall annoying stock apps and still have the stock home screens/interface that came on your Droid when you first bought it??
     
  6. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Can you elaborate, please? Which 2 flashes? What nice features, and what quirks have you noticed?
     
  7. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Yes. The easiest, and most reversible thing to do is simply change the name of the stock apps. They reside in the /system/app folder. Below is little HowTo.


    Removing Amazon MP3, Visual Voicemail, Multimedia Dock, and Corporate Calender.

    Using Terminal Emulator, type the following:

    su

    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    cd /system/app

    mv VVMStub.apk VVMStub.bak

    mv com.amazon.mp3.apk com.amazon.mp3.bak

    mv CorpCal.apk CorpCal.bak

    mv Dock.apk Dock.bak

    mount -o ro,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    sync
    reboot


    The above is performed on the DROID using an app called "Terminal Emulator".

    If you ever want to "reinstall" a stock app, just change the name from .bak to .apk. Voil
     
  8. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

     
  9. youllberad

    youllberad Newbie

    To reinstall the apps the switching back from bak to apk didn't work and I ended up bricking phone trying to unroot it
     
  10. DroidJnkie

    DroidJnkie Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    what??? Woah. Glad I didn't try that!

    You mean your phone is totally BRICKED?

    Meaning, completely unusable?? :eek:
     
  11. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Well-Known Member


    AllDroid has the two flashes and all of their bugs.
     
  12. MisterEff

    MisterEff Android Enthusiast

    Do you mean 2.1 and the milestone 2.0?
     
  13. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    Then you did something wrong.
     
  14. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Werd! I read this so I went in and renamed CarDock.bak to CarDock.apk and rebooted. Reinstalled, worked, and DROID not bricked. :cool:
     
  15. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Well-Known Member

    Yes, those are the only two mainstream roms worth trying that I'm aware of. There may be others, but I haven't hear about them.
     

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