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Something interesting happened when moving from Eris to X

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Deleted User, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Deleted User

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    I dropped my Eris last week and shattered the screen and decided it was the perfect opportunity to upgrade. I purchased a Droid X off ebay that was 2 weeks old, not rooted, and many accessories.

    My Eris WAS rooted and I had Root Explorer. When I setup the X, Root Explorer was installed on it, either through the Market, or Appbrain (can't remember). I was able to use Root Explorer to go in and remove an application, I just did one, Blockbuster.

    I was under the impression that I could NOT do this on an unrooted phone. Does that sound right? If so, I'm curious on why it worked.



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  2. Deleted User

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    It should definitely not work on an unrooted phone. On unrooted phones, in theory there is no user write access to the /system partition (and Blockbuster should be stored on /system/app).

    When you launched Root Explorer, I assume you didn't see the "...has been granted Superuser privileges" popup? Did you just navigate to /system/app, mount the system as R/W, and long press/delete the Blockbuster.apk file?

    Definitely odd...
  3. Deleted User

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    When I started Root Explorer it did ask me if I wanted to grant SU permissions, I said 'Allow'. I also did exactly what you described, navigated to the system/app, mounted as r/w and deleted the apk.
  4. danlindeman

    danlindeman Newbie

    It's possible that you also had a rooting tool auto install when you first started up that was also compatible with the X. As far fetched as that sounds, it's all I can think of.
  5. Deleted User

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    In that case, your phone was rooted. The Superuser APK has to be installed and must have root access for that popup to work.

    Interesting. Phone must have been rooted prior to shipping it to you.
  6. jreed2560

    jreed2560 Android Expert

    yeah I'm guessing the seller thought that a factory reset would unroot the phone before he shipped it to you. COOL! one step down for you!
  7. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    Sounds like it was rooted to me. Like the above reply says, one thing you don't have to do. Welcome to the DX Forum. I'm sure you are checking out the Tips section as well and the troubleshoot section here. Don't be a stranger....
  8. Deleted User

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    Thanks guys. I looked around and couldn't really tell if it was rooted, and there doesn't appear to be a custom rom installed, either. I emailed the seller (he bought directly from verizon) to see if he rooted, so we'll see what he says.

    I was frequent on the droid eris forums, and am VERY happy to be over here.
  9. scary alien

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    Hey! What's wrong with the Eris forums? :eek: :D :)

    (I live in both worlds ;)).
  10. Deleted User

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    HA! Forums and members were great! Phone? Not so much.
    scary alien likes this.
  11. JrzDroid

    JrzDroid Android Expert

    lol your not the only one =]
    scary alien likes this.

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