[HOW TO] get updates on your modified Motorola DROID Bionic

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    Okay so being the Android user that you are, there is a decent chance that you flash all sorts of stuff to your phone. In that process, however, you likely wander off the upgrade path, rendering your phone ineligible for the latest OTA software updates. How do you get those new updates. You have to flash back to stock. Outlined below are the steps to do that, courtesy of p3droid from mydroidworld forums.


    Disclaimer: Droid Forums or myself is not responsible if you happen to brick your device. Proceed at your own risk.


    This has only been tested on Windows 7 (32/64)
    1. Download this fastboot file moto-fastboot-win32.zip
    2. Download this Zip (Contains both System and webtop images) Download Now
    3. Create a folder on Desktop named “Stock” <—– can be anything you want
    4. Place the contents of both zip files in the folder named Stock
    5. Put phone in Fastboot mode, connect to computer
    6. Open a command terminal and go to the Stock folder (cd Desktop/Stock)
    7. type this command in the terminal window and wait for the flashing to finish before going to the next line.
      —-> moto-fastboot.exe flash webtop grfs.img (This file will be flashed in 4 parts)
      —-> moto-fastboot.exe flash system system.img (This file will be flashed in 2 parts)
      —-> moto-fastboot.exe reboot
      ************************************************** ****************
      Your boot image (kernel) and radio files will never go back to stock !!!
      ************************************************** ****************
    Your phone is now back on stock (well the parts that matter anyways) Congratulations.

    Okay, you reverted back to stock and updated. The next part is optional. How to root the device…

    Download the following file: it contains the exploit, su, Superuser –> Exploit.zip
    1. Unzip contents of folder to your Desktop
    2. open a command terminal and navigate to the folder (cd Desktop/Exploit)
    3. type the following commands
      —> adb push zerg /data/local
      —> adb push su /data/local
      —> adb push Superuser.apk /data/local
      —> adb shell
      —> cd /data/local
      —> chmod 777 zerg
      —> ./zerg
    4. Wait for the root to be gained
    5. type the following commands
      —> adb shell (only type this if you are no longer in shell@targa)
      —> mount -o rw,remount /dev/null /system\
      —> cat /data/local/su > /system/bin/su
      —> cat /data/local/Superuser.apk > /system/app/Superuser.apk
      —> chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
      —> chmod 4755 /system/app/Superuser.apk
      —> reboot
    There you have it! You’ve got root back.


    For the lazy ;) 1-click ---> 1-click_exploit.zip

    Source and credit: MyDroidWorld


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    Thanks Wicked, this makes it much easier. 2 questions though for a, well wouldn't say newb, but not as techie...

    1) is the file for number 2 the new OTA update?

    2) when you say open the command terminal, that's a terminal on the pc correct? not the one on the phone?
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    It does mean a command terminal on a computer but I am pretty sure this is for those who have already updated and need to get back on the update path
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    ahhh Gotcha, gracias!
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    Do you have an alternate link for the fastboot file?
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    Try this mirror.
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    Tyvm.
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    Well, it worked, sort of.

    Somehow I lost the Permaroot through all the flashing, and now the 1 click roots don't work anymore. Any chance you can also link a mirror to the manual root exploits?
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    Here ya go. Exploit.zip
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    nice to have
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    Ok.... houston we have a problem...

    I was rooted, cheesecake to 893, still rooted.

    Today I hybrid flashed back to stock, lost root in the process im spite of the permaroot edit.

    And now the one click root and adb zerg does not grant root... my bionic must have gained bunkers and firebats. Is there another method of rooting? On the bright side my phone isn't bricked... but I need the root access!
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    i have a bionic rooted with syst version 5.5.886... no custom roms installed all the bloatware is there, anyways i downloaded the OTA update i went into sock recovery by pressing (vol up + vol down and power) so i select the update and select it, it starts and but then it aborts... any suggestions, ideas, or anything i might be doing wrong? any input would be appreciated...
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    If I made a backup of stock using CWM, would that be enough to get me the OTA upgrade?
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    This is a weird one. On my phone, under settings-phone, the version reads "5.5.893.XT875.Verizon.en.US. Now i did not do any of the revert to stock, etc. I only flashed Theory rom 2.0 and Liberty 1.0. My question is, do i have the update or not?
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    Theory is based on .893, it may have updated you. I'm trying to stay on the update path which is why I haven't flashed deblurred yet. But if I can just use my stock nandroid to revert to stock, then get the official OTA I would definitely flash it. The OP says that you can never revert your baseband or kernel...trying to find out if this means I will be ineligible for the official OTA system update.
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    Th3ory rom

    You see the .893 but that is only the system, your kernel and radio are still the old .886 The locked bootloader makes it so only using the stock recovery will let you change that. (until they figure out an unlock method) When you flash a leaked OTA (not a rom from a dev) you do so from stock and in stock recovery and then your radio and kernel are updated to whatever OTA you flashed... it seems the ota's are specific,, IE... if you flashed 5.7.893 the 5.8.894 will not flash, and 5.7.893 wants you to be 5.5.893 before it flashes.. At least it was that way for my bionic.. I am hoping the files on page one will get me back to .886 kernel and radio so I can run the .8.894 or whatever else comes out.. Moto /VZW seem to be on an unfriendly upgrade path for who knows what reason..
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    Unless I've read about 120 pages between here, XDA and Rootzwiki, and misunderstood them all lol, no, it won't take you back to .886. At this time, there is no return. You can follow the path and move forward, at least as far as 5.7.893 from my understanding......
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    ok im rooted, 4ever root script added, i uninstalled some bloatware but i think i got it all installed now. the OTA update has a install failure. will the instructions in the OP get me to where it will install on its own?
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    actually, please ellaborate a little more on the instructions. how do you get to fastboot and how do you get to command terminal from there? ive never been in fastboot so i dont know what it looks like yet.
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    [​IMG] OTA installation fail on droid bionic after flashing leak .893 updated fix.

    Hi there, I have droid bionic that i have flash the leak .893 last month and rooted, I just recently unroot and flash back to stock with Windows_One-click_Fastboot_Restore_and_Root to receive ota update, However i can complete download the update but it fail when installing it.
    So this is what i did:Manually did the recovery by hold power and both volume button and wipe data factory rest and wipe cash, then reboot my bionic.
    Then use the:Windows_One-click_Fastboot_Restore_and_Root again. after done the phone reboot and don't log in to google account just skip everything,
    Try download the update and follow the on screen. It work for me, I am now on 5.5.893 OTA, the installation complete successfully.
    Hope this help!!
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