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Thinking about rooting and looking for input first

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bigtex19, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. bigtex19

    bigtex19 Android Enthusiast
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    i have grown bored with the stock set up with my dx and have tried go launcher and that held my interest for a little while. the thought of rooting came into my head but im afraid of bricking my phone and having to pay retail for another one. i was just wanting to get some input on the pros and cons of rooting to help with my decision. all input is welcome!


  2. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    Check out the Root section of this forum. Lots of people in there to help walk you thru it. It's pretty easy.
  3. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary

    Well, you've actually got several options and paths to take.

    You can "just" root (i.e., with Z4root) which is pretty safe since it'll just install the su program, busybox, and the SuperUser app. This will allow you play with root-only apps (wi-fi tethering, drocap2/Shootme, Root Explorer, etc.). This is pretty-much your base-level, basic rooting and is pretty vanilla and safe.

    Some other slightly more risky behavior with this root-only capability include build.prop editing, removing or freezing apps, etc. A little scary if you haven't adequately covered yourself with either being very careful, having made Nandroid backups, or having the proper .sbf files ready and available. I believe you could do some (slight) overclocking too, but now you are getting into things that are a little more risky.

    The next step beyond this would be custom ROMs and themes, but these would require Koush's bootstap, ROM Manager, etc.

    Since my DX is my day-to-day phone, I have not (yet) monkeyed with removing apps, overclocking, installing bootstap, ROM Manager, or installing custom ROMs or themes. There's lots of other great folks on this forum than can help guide you with specifics regarding these things that I continue to read and follow with great interest.

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  4. bigtex19

    bigtex19 Android Enthusiast
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    sounds like a good idea, ill go give the guys in that forum a shout too
  5. nhlpreds98

    nhlpreds98 Newbie

    The best possible answer I can give you is to READ. Read everything. I was reluctant also, but I just started reading. Especially the Root sections. Know what your getting into but do not panic, Backup everything. I rooted, then bootstraped, now I have Darkslide's 4.2 custom rom on my phone and I love it. Whatever you do, dont panic. First time I ROM'd, I got stuck in a boot loop because I didnt read the "Do not use" with this ROM warning, but i figured out how to put it back together correctly and off I go. Also, if you get to the point you want to ROM, check them all out via pictures, I think ROM's are about visual appearance first. Read, visualize and go. There are some exceptional minds in these forum's. Dont be afraid to ask.
  6. jguns112

    jguns112 Well-Known Member

    Just rooting your phone isn't really dangerous at all. It's as simple as finding z4root and using it.
    If you want to do cutom rom's then I would recommend asking people in the Root forum, as they are extremely helpful.

    Also, you'll hear the horror stories but if you are careful and slow, especially when it's your first time doing it, your phone will be fine. It is extremely hard to actually brick your phone, as in the only ones I've heard of have been developer's phones.
  7. bigtex19

    bigtex19 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    so ROMs are what give the phone all the custom looks? because thats more what i am interested in than anything
  8. sdot_sd

    sdot_sd Newbie


    Sorry to pimp another forum, but this guide (which may be posted somewhere on this site) walks you through the basics very well, and explains things very thoroughly. I have been reading this forum for months, and finally pulled trigger, using this guide, on Sunday. I rooted with z4, installed bootstrap, rom mngr, etc. I went with Liberty 1.5 for a ROM, and it's like a whole new phone. Think of a ROM like you think of moto's BLUR, but actually useful. And on steroids. The toolbox included offers a lot of 1 click customization options, and different themes as well. I use the Nex theme, and they literally customize everything according to the theme (market, browser, notification tab, etc.) As everyone has said, read up. And remember, the most important step in rooting is creating a BACKUP!
  9. sdot_sd

    sdot_sd Newbie

    Here are some pics of the theme for an idea of what I mean. I use GO launcher for the icons, and my LCD density is at 210 (done very easily through the Liberty toolbox.) As you can see, the themes go pretty deep. I love the icons in the browser and gmail quick menus, even the power bar widget looks cool. Liberty without GO on top has a gingerbread launcher, which looks great, though I prefer the icon style with GO.





  10. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    Not that much customizing(changing the looks) can be done with rooting than you can do with a Launcher, unless I am very mistaken.

    If you ROM just make sure EVERYTHING is backed up. I lost my phone contacts going to the Liberty ROM but got them back going back to the stock ROM and using Verizon back up. But don't rely on Verizon's back up for custom ROMs.
  11. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones...

    Roms and Themes are what give the custom look. On a Droid X, due to the constraints of the locked bootloader, the distinction between roms and themes is somewhat blurred. In effect, Droid X roms are closer to themes than on say a Droid 1 or an HTC Incredible (my other two phones).

    Yes, that's the area you're looking for - where the good stuff is. :)

  12. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    Yeah rooting and ROMing will change the feel of your DX, but not so much the look. Themes are what you're after.
  13. bigtex19

    bigtex19 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    it has been decided! there will be root!
  14. ultradroid

    ultradroid So many android phones...

    Good choice! As long as you're careful, it's well worth the effort. :)

  15. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    With Z4root its a nobrainer.

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