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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by incrediblenotinstock, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. incrediblenotinstock

    incrediblenotinstock Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    i have a droid eris running android 2.1 and i want to root it so i can do cool stuff with it. can any one provide me with a simple and easy tutorial?

  2. jeffyo

    jeffyo Android Enthusiast

  3. skiingian

    skiingian Lurker

    i'm trying to do the same thing. That first thread looked like a great option but unfortunately the rom had been taken down. Is there anything similar?

  4. incrediblenotinstock

    incrediblenotinstock Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    it says they are taking down the application to fix it. does that mean i cant do it at the moment?
  5. kd7skx

    kd7skx Lurker

    From looking around, I understande it that if we have done the upgrade thru the phone, 2.1 OTA, then we just do the same steps as you would if you had 1.5 to root your phone, correct?

    Here is what I am going to do if it sounds correct, I already have the updated from verizon on my phone, 2.1 OTA. All I want is root, no extras at this point. So I am guessing that this is the correct steps from looking around? Also is this a one time load, I dont have to ever reload this over and over, or have the sd card in the slot to have root in the future? Thanks

    1. Place the PB00IMG.zip in the root of your sdcard
    2. Take the backup of all important data contacts synced with google will transfer over when you sign into your google account.
    3. Shut down phone
    4. Start phone with
  6. Rossco_Pee

    Rossco_Pee Android Enthusiast

  7. pkopalek

    pkopalek Android Expert

    As long as you MAKE SURE that the PB00IMG.zip that you get is from the Root thread, specifically, this is the correct method for getting Root.

    Unfortunately, getting Root with none of the extras really means nothing. The PB00IMG.zip that is the Root image itself is a version of Android 2.1 whose features are hardly equivalent to the Leak v1 (buggy, not finished yet).

    What you'll want to do is go through ALL the steps in the Rooting process to install Recovery, and then put a ROM on.

    You'll still want to install a ROM, but it doesn't have to be crazily custom. I recommend Ivan's Eris_Official 1.0. It's completely stock Sense UI, has 0 bugs, everything works NORMAL 100%, and just has the few extras you want (overclocking, wifi tether is easy to install, etc).

    If you stick with the 2.1 that installs with PB00IMG.zip, then you will have a LOT of bugs, and still be missing just about ALL of the goodies that come with Rooting, and also have LESS functionality than even NON-root people (since it's such an early version of 2.1). The only thing that you'll be able to do is download a Terminal application, and then see a # instead of a $ (which doesn't get you very far, except for being able to remove apps that you don't want, and so on).

    You need to install Recovery (it's really not that hard, use the Eris Master Application if it's back up), and you'll need to install a ROM. If you install Ivan's Eris_Official 1.0, you probably will NEVER need to flash another ROM, ever, unless Verizon/HTC releases something with lots of bug fixes. Then Ivan's Eris_Official 1.1 or whatever he'd release after that would be a consideration.
  8. kd7skx

    kd7skx Lurker

    From looking around the stickies, all I can find is instructions similar to this, all with the same file that is apparently the "leak" file. Where is the thread that tells us how to root our phones without using the so called leak file. I can not find the OTA root file that is supposedly alluding a lot of us. I am comfortable perfoming this task, but would at least like to have some confirmation that I have the correct files.

  9. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

  10. kd7skx

    kd7skx Lurker

    Cool so as long as I use a different rom in place of PB00IMG.zip I should be good, right? Thanks
  11. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    you want to do everything, in order, from the link i posted. do everything, all of it, in order.

    A. Pre-requisite: Android SDK

    I. Rooting your phone (the easiest part)

    II. Installing Amon's recovery image

    III. Installing the new rooted ROM
    (this part is where you can choose from the roms listed here or at xda)
  12. thenestor

    thenestor Android Expert

    Do exactly what Caddyman said. Start at A, followed by I, II, and III. You must do all of the steps, in that order, in order for it to work correctly. You can't just "flash a different ROM instead of PB00IMG.ZIP." You have to start with PB00IMG.ZIP, and you have to make sure you're using the right one.

    Within part III, I recommend substituting the ROM mentioned with Eris_Official 1.0, which can be obtained here:

    HTC Droid Eris ROM Site
  13. kd7skx

    kd7skx Lurker

    Just for my clarity, i like to be able to explain things later if I can, you first have to use the PB00IMG.zip to root your phone and then one you install a different rom it takes the place of PB00IMG.zip? Basicly puts a more stable rom in place of PB00IMG.zip? Thanks

    And I can do this with 2.1 update from verizon already on my phone right?
  14. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    the ota yes
  15. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    Yes. Let me add one more detail though: there are 6 different versions of the file PB00IMG.ZIP from HTC, 4 of which can flash your phone in its' present condition - and 3 out of those 4 will lock you out of obtaining root, possibly forever. For the benefit of others that might read your posts, always refer to the "root" version of the file as "the root version of PB00IMG. ZIP", so that you don't create the false impression that there is only one file named PB00IMG. ZIP wandering around on the internet.

    An even better practice for you to adopt is to install a tool on your PC which allows you to check the "md5sum" of files you download. The MD5 checksum of the root-PB00IMG.ZIP file is 63eacc5ede3b179f95dc22d8ef585f94.

    You can download the Root-PB00IMG.ZIP file from GrdLock's site, and can find md5sum tools for the PC on Cnet's download site.

    To my knowledge, there has only been a single report of a failure using this method with an OTA-2.1 phone, and many reports of success. (Even in the one failed case, nothing bad happened to the phone; the method just didn't "take". )

  16. mbrudolph

    mbrudolph Newbie

    kd7skx, I was in your boat about 2 weeks ago. I have verizon 2.1 OTA and only wanted to root so to be able to use Wifi Tether (Barnacle). I completed the Pre-Req's (with some difficulties: USB driver wont load) and then completed steps I & II but not step III (adding a new rom).

    At this point, I am rooted and able to you WIfi Tether (Barnacle) but now I am having some other issues with my phone. Google Maps is having issue. Whenever I use it to get directions it force closes & I am unable to update it. It tells me, "Google Maps installation unsuccessful" "Package file was not signed correctly"

    And I had several Storm8 games "World War" & "iMobster" which no longer work after I have rooted the phone.

    So at this point I'm torn, I really wanted Wifi Tether but it has caused some problems that I hope someone can help me with.
  17. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    PLEASE re-read pkopalek's post in this same thread, where he explains that the version of the ROM that ships with the root-ROM is a piece of $hit.

    That is the reason why all of the instructions on this site tell you to load the recovery and then load a new ROM. None of those instructions tell you, "just pick and choose whatever steps you please and the results will be the same. "

    You didn't complete the install, so you shouldn't come in here complaining that root is buggy.

    Your driver doesn't install?



  18. mbrudolph

    mbrudolph Newbie

    OUCH!! Wasnt complaining and if you go into the thread that gives the instructions I have numerous questions and even more responses telling me that step three is only necessary if you are using the All In One Root install. If you complete the root process manually it would not change the 2.1 OTA rom which was on already on my phone.

    Also yes there WAS numerous problems with the USB driver not being recognized but obviously that was solved or I would have never been able to ROOT.

    So before you start flaming someone about not following directions make sure you realize I have asked numerous other and was told repeatedly in the Root thread that step 3 isnt necessary unless you are doing the All In One Root install.

    So my newest question is WHO IS RIGHT??

  19. kd7skx

    kd7skx Lurker

    Thank you all so very much, especially plopalek and caddyman. I have know rooted my phone and have a good solid rom running on it. You guys rock. And thanks for explaining to me in more detail as well, i like to know the inner workings of things as I do them. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  20. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert


    There is not a single experienced rooter on this board who will advocate using the ROM you are complaining about. Not one.

    Look at the software version number - it pre-dates even Leak-V1!

    And no-one uses that, either.

  21. mbrudolph

    mbrudolph Newbie

    Can you assist me then? My software number is 2.19.605.1 what is that telling me??

    Which ROM do i select if I want it as close to the stock OTA rom but able to wifi tether?
  22. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    Ivanmj's "Official 1.0"
  23. mbrudolph

    mbrudolph Newbie

    Thank You!! Lets see if this solve the problems.
  24. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    Check this post for an edit in a couple of minutes - I got sick of typing on my phone and just booted a real computer... I'll add some more details.



    OK, If you are curious where the HTC root-ROM was in comparison to other "Leaks", have a look at this post:


    It seems that the root-ROM ( v 2.19.605.1 ) was a very, very early testing release of 2.1 on the Eris - full of bugs, as you discovered.

    There are a couple of ROMs that are very close to "Stock" OTA-2.1 HTC/VZW releases. The reason that I suggested Ivanmmj's Official 1.0 (download link is about 2/3rds of the way down the page) is that that's the one I use day-to-day. Rock solid (just like pkopalek said above).

    I think that jcase's Plain Jane is very similar, and, based on the chronology of events (specifically zanfur's outstanding OC analysis work), that it may have a slightly better OC'ing implementation that "Official 1.0". I just haven't used it yet, so I don't know if "better or worse" is a question I could answer.

    You should spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the Amon_RA recovery utility - making backups and so forth. Then go ahead and load a much better (nearly-stock) ROM than what you are using.

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  25. mbrudolph

    mbrudolph Newbie

    I'd like to say thank you again. Clearly the numerous others had led me down the wrong path in the other thread. At this point the rom you recommend has solved my problems. And you are right I will be trying out other roms. Thanks

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