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  1. 007E

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    So Ive seen videos and write ups on how to do it, I know its essentially a hack or jailbreak of the phone. However, can someone explain to me in a little more detail what the benefits are of doing this? What does doing this open up for the phone? What are the cons?
     

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    Never say that word:p
     
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    :D .. I actually cringed and hesitated as I typed it lol but its easier to understand with that word versus rooting or hacking
     
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    Root means superuser access. That means you have complete control over the entire filesystem.

    What that means to the layperson --

    You can install apps that require this elevated level of privilege, such as:

    AdFree -- block ads!
    drocap2 -- take screenshots
    setcpu -- manage how fast your CPU goes
    Titanium Backup -- the ultimate backup utility
    Wifi tether -- turn your phone into a mobile hotspot

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    etc.
     
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    That is root.....I think it helps trees grow or something.
     
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    If I root now, will Wifi tether be available? This is my main reason for wanting to root at the moment!
     
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    Just grab the latest one Here

    And put it on your sdcard and use astro to install it or use adb install

    Actually I forgot just search wireless tether on the market...its free
     
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    would upgrading to 2.2 unroot the thing
     
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    Yes, most likley
    Unless it was a leaked moto build that we installed ourselves:D
     
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    So, let me clarify one thing concerning that Wifi Tethering app. Would I be able to use it to supply an internet connection to sign into Xbox Live? I don't expect to be able to play multiplayer games with no lag, but I'd like to be able to sign into Xbox Live when I go out of town and have no available internet connection.
     
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    Yes i does work with xbox live. Actually I tried playing cod with it when my internet connection was down and it was laggy but it worked:D
    But for some reason the only way I could get it to work is going into the setup and changing the lan to 192.168.1.0/24
    And it took some good timing. It was really finicky to connect but it worked:)
     
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    Awesome, I suppose I need to root my X! I am nervous though, as I have zero experience with rooting!
     
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    This is how I felt with the D1 and the only thing I can tell you is just do it,:cool:
     
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    Root simply means you have Linux/Unix Root permissions to do whatever you want with the phone.

    Its a lot more powerful than Windows "Administrator" permissions, and is by no means a "jailbrake"
     
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    "What is Root and What Does it Do?"

    immediately thought, "who is your daddy, and what does he do?"
     
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    As I am new to this whole thing also, and I will be receiving my phone in a couple of weeks (just ordered the x) I am more concerned on what the cons are if any at all. Could someone clarify these? Thanks in advance.
     

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