Debating on rooting Droid.
Got my phone for a little over a month now and have been reading up on the forums from day to day. I went though most of the sticky's in this board and still have a couple questions unanswered. Hopefully you guys can fill me in. I have run into a concrete wall on the droid in terms of speed and I just need it to go faster. The part I'm most interested in is OCing it.
1. I have done searches and seen a lot of people saying that it is almost impossible to brick the phone, but the possibility is always there. How confident can you guys be in suggesting me to do so? I'm not new to custom firmwares and rooting devices as I've done it before in other electronic devices, but still; I'd like inputs from those of you that has already done so.
2. Is it possible to go back to stock? Such as recovering the software to stock software and not rooting the phone anymore.
3. Does the market still work and can you still install market apps for regular non rooted phones? I know there are other softwares made specifically for rooted phones only and I would like to know if I can only run rooted softwares or not?
if my newbie a$$ can do it so can u
Don't even hesitate dude...you will NOT regret it. This is a good thread right here...it's not that hard to do:
If I were you after learning what I've learned, I'd just root from 2.1, nevermind any kind of froyo trip until after you're rooted...
You basicall just have to put a few drivers and programs on your computer (motorolla device driver, rsd lite, and the SPRecovery file), then follow the steps to rooted glory.
Once you have root, go to the market and get ROM manager (costs a dollar or two, well worth it). You have to get the free and the paid version as one is the license key for the other...Once you're in rom manager, follow the prompts then go to download ROM, and you can get whatever operating system you want (get a froyo one for sure). I've tried almost all of them and by far my favorite is Bugless Beast v 0.1 by Pete...it's froyo..I'm not sure if you can pick a kernel at that point while you're following the prompts, but it is when you get a kernel that you can try overclocking your phone.
Now, about kernels...when I first tried putting a custom rom on my droid I went for the bekit 1.2gHz low voltage and my phone hated it! I thought I had bricked my phone. LUCKILY I had made several BACKUPS. I just went to the previous one I had made and voila I was back in business...then I went for a slightly slower kernel (bekit 1.0gHz), and everything went beautifully! Even with a supposedly slower kernel my phone was lightning fast...a HUGE difference than stock.
There are a bunch of different kernel choices in ROM manager under cyanogen....make sure and get a froyo ready one. I personally have bugless 0.1 with a p3 kernel (1.2gHz low voltage), and I'm loving life..
Lastly, themes...all kinds of different themes to try on there...team chaos' themes are awesome, I currently have nextheme for bb froyo which is really cool...just experiment with it...that's the fun (and downfall) of being rooted..you're always changing stuff, I can never just leave it alone! Most of those are in rom manager.
One more thing about rom manager. It makes ROM's Themes and Kernels really easy to mess around with, BUT you really should learn to do a lot of this on your computer WITHOUT using Rom manager...just so you know how.
Oh and one more thing, when you're prompted to wipe data/cache, what I've done is new rom-wipe, new kernel-wipe, new theme-no wipe...it's worked for me so far. Wiping every time is probably pretty smart, but it's kind of a hassle...also get titanium backup and backup your apps so you don't have to buy them again!
Sorry I didn;t realize I was going to write so much...good luck and this board will be there for you through thick and thin!!