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    update - how to keep root and apps?

    I have a D2G with Titanium Backup Pro and OTA Rootkeeper installed. Quite a few apps are currently frozen with TB. I also have Foxfi but have never used it and don't know if it requires root. The latest update has NOT been installed. I want to keep root and SU after installing the latest update - mainly for TB to freeze apps. What are the steps to do this? Or, if there is already a tutorial around somewhere, will you please point me to it?

    Alternatively, I've seen where some users rename the update extension to .bak. I'm afraid I don't know how to do that but will welcome instructions if that's better than updating.

    Thank you.
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    If you don't want to install the update, you can rename
    /system/app/BlurUpdater_VZW.apk
    /system/app/BlurUpdater_VZW.odex
    /system/etc/security/otacerts.zip
    using Root Explorer for example (or by using adb). Just add .bak to these file names.

    Updating and keeping root requires using OTA RootKeeper to back up su, installing the update, and then restoring su.

    Note that once updated to 4.5.629 you won't be able to go back to a fully functional 4.5.608 (or anything prior to that). You still can SBF and even regain root after that, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasai Yuno View Post
    If you don't want to install the update, you can rename
    /system/app/BlurUpdater_VZW.apk
    /system/app/BlurUpdater_VZW.odex
    /system/etc/security/otacerts.zip
    using Root Explorer for example (or by using adb). Just add .bak to these file names.

    Updating and keeping root requires using OTA RootKeeper to back up su, installing the update, and then restoring su.

    Note that once updated to 4.5.629 you won't be able to go back to a fully functional 4.5.608 (or anything prior to that). You still can SBF and even regain root after that, though.
    Sorry to tack onto Montavius' thread but I am in a somewhat similar situation and thought it might be beneficial to ask my question here. I had bought a Global 2 quite a while back and then right after that got a Droid X, so I packed up the DG2 until today.

    I did root it with Z4root and froze updater with titanium backup. My issue is that the software is quite old - Android 2.2, system 2.4.330.a956.

    What are my options to bring it more into 'date' but without losing the root (and the wifi tether)? Should I follow what you have above? What about getting closer to 4.5? Is there a place to download various versions without going all the way to the dreaded 4.5.629? Although I have a Thinkpad that I have CM9'ed, I would prefer to not use a custom rom with this phone -- I bought it because it had both CDMA and GSM for when we go on vacation outside the US, and I had Verizon give me the unlock code, so I do not want to screw around with the OS...

    Thanks!

    Frank
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    Grab the .608 sbf and update it that way.you will be able to root with moto fail at that point. Then freeze the updater app in system/apps so it will not update any further.

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    As if I didn't repeat this enough,

    Freezing the updater will do nothing. You need to manually rename the files I mentioned. If you just freeze it in TiBu it will still work and will download the update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdsullivan76 View Post
    Grab the .608 sbf and update it that way.you will be able to root with moto fail at that point. Then freeze the updater app in system/apps so it will not update any further.

    Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
    Where do I get the .608 sbf? And is there a procedure for how to do the update?

    Thanks

    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasai Yuno View Post
    As if I didn't repeat this enough,

    Freezing the updater will do nothing. You need to manually rename the files I mentioned. If you just freeze it in TiBu it will still work and will download the update.

    Sorry -- I did not see that post about the updater. But to be honest, that is what I did on my Droid X and I have not had a single OTA update in a year. Maybe the updater is different between the two phones? Any way, I have just changed them to ensure VZ won't mess with my phone...

    One more question - if I do update to the .608 version as bdsullivan76 mentioned above, do I need to change these files back?

    Thank you.

    Frank
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    There are threads related to the D2G 4.5.608 SBF image on RootzWiki.

    The procedure is to use RSDLite to flash the SBF image.

    You need to rename the files back if you want to use OTA updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasai Yuno View Post

    You need to rename the files back if you want to use OTA updates.
    But not to update using RSDLite, correct?

    I will go look for the image and read up on how to use RSDLite...

    Thanks

    Frank
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    RSDLite ignores everything that's present and completely rewrites everything in the internal memory except the /data partition.
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