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How to Root Your Droid (For Non-Linux/Non-Geeks)

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by jarek, Dec 9, 2009.

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    Here's a guide written for non-linux users on how to root your droid. What you do beyond that, well, I have another thread set up for that. Let's get going!

    You will need the following:
    http://www.4shared.com/file/168496608/8fa27888/droid-root.html
    OR
    droid-root.zip
    OR
    Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!
    (Those 3 are the same file, just use either link, and choose another if any is dwn)
    AND
    http://developer.android.com/sdk/download.html?v=android-sdk_r04-windows.zip
    AND
    http://www.magicandroidapps.com/su.zip

    Once you have all these files downloaded, extract them all into a new folder at C:\Android

    You should now connect your Droid to your computer and Mount the SD Card through the phone (A dialogue will pop up on your phone asking to connect your SD Card. Click Mount)

    Go to the C:\Android folder you created. Rename the file droid-root.zip to update.zip. Then take update.zip and move it to the SD Card on your phone.

    Once this is done, unplug your phone and turn it off by holding the top button, then selecting Power Off.

    Open your phone's keyboard. Hold down the letter X key on the keyboard and power your phone on WHILE HOLDING THIS KEY DOWN. You will see the Motorola logo, followed by a graphic with an ! mark on it. At this time let go of the X key and the power button. Press and hold the Volume + key on the side of your phone, then press the camera button while holding the Volume + key.

    Now you will be presented with a menu. Navigate to "update" using the D-pad, and click the middle button. Now wait for the process to finish.

    When it is complete, your phone will power up again. Go to Settings->Applications->Development and check the USB Debugging checkbox.

    Courtesy of mekishiko:
    (Add a step to install the USB Moto Driver or else you will run into DEVICE NOT FOUND error when you start to use ADB

    Driver located here: http://www.motorola.com/consumers/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=bda09ec8009a0210VgnVCM1000008806b00aRCRD

    add one final step UNPLUG USB AFTER YOUR PHONE COMES BACK FROM REBOOT IT WILL SAY:
    ---------------------
    Bootloader
    2C.5C

    Battery OK
    OK to Program
    Transfer Mode:
    USB
    ---------------------

    UNPLUG THE USB CABLE AND POWER CYCLE THE PHONE WIT THE POWER BUTTON)

    Connect your Droid to the Computer again.

    Click Start on your computer, and click run. Type cmd in the box, and hit ok. Now type the following, pressing Enter after each line:

    cd c:\Android\tools

    adb push su /data/local

    adb shell

    su

    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    cd /system/bin

    mv su osu

    cat /data/local/su > su

    chmod 6755 su

    ls -l *su
    (you should see the following)
    -rwsr-sr-x root root 76200 2008-08-01 05:00 osu
    -rwsr-sr-x root root 76200 2009-05-30 11:28 su
    (now continue typing these following lines to finish)

    sync

    reboot

    You're done!
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    omg yur so nice !!! now if only i could grow a "set" lol im even too scared to manually update!! did you do the update before you rooted yurs?
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    Yes, i applied the update this afternoon, only to see the wonderful news that the droid has been updated this evening. The root was applied after the update.

    As long as you follow everything in this guide step by step, there is no chance of any harm befalling your droid. If anything needs to be clarified, don't be afraid to ask!
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    RAWRRRRR!!! i want to do both sooooooo bad lol
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    You da Man!!!!!! Good Lookin out and thanks for taking the time out to make this. It helped me to refresh my memory. I haven't rooted a phone since The Dude over on xda was making roms for the G1 and Cyanogen was a newbie over there. Now he's the man. Good Job.
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    Ok. So I am going crazy right now! Please more confirmation on this! I just manually updated... if it helps... most amazingly simple thing I have ever done.

    Can this be confirmed from multiple sources?
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    Nice write up much appreciated:)
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    thank you for that. I rooted the device last night unfortunately I didn't know how to check it. worked great for me and the link to the SDK isn't right. now to learn what I can do with it rooted.
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    what happens if you root then you get the update?
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    I heard you have to just reroot it.

    I updated my device manually then rooted it.
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    where can i get the update to manually update it?
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    Read thy forums (IE: Its right on the freaking homepage) and you shall receive.
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    lol ok thx thought that was just the update file to just do the root didnt know it was the 2.0.1 update
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    When I get to this step it tells me Operation not permitted.

    mount -o remount,rw -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

    I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.
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    Thx got it :)..now have 2.0.1 and a rooted phone..now to really get into trouble LOL
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