MILESTONE 2.1 update and root guide

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  1. craigcrawford1988
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    Intro
    Here is my 2.1 update and root guide. Firstly I would like to thank the community for these files used in this guide, without them we would not have root.

    I have tried this process on my UK MILESTONE using the following:
    • UK MILESTONE.
    • 2.1 UK SBF (non-service).
    • 90.73 bootloader.
    I cannot guarantee you will have the same success as me if you try a different bootloader version or SBF country/version.

    Before you start, a few points to make:
    • I am not responsible if your phone becomes bricked from this. It worked perfectly for me without a single hitch but for you it could be different.
    • Flashing a non-service SBF will WIPE the phone, so you will start from a blank slate.
    • If you don't know what root is, then read up on it first. It may not be for you. Chances are if you are happy with your phone and you don't find it lacking, then you don't need root.
    • Please read the WHOLE guide before starting, if you find yourself confused, then do NOT start. Ask first - you may break your phone.
    • It is recommended you do this on a computer that isn't going to crash or power down mid-update. A laptop plugged in with a good battery is recommended.
    Prerequisites
    Procedure
    So, if you've got this far and have decided to take the plunge and downloaded all the prerequisites, then you're ready to get started!

    Follow these steps carefully and you'll have your MILESTONE with rooted 2.1!
    1. Charge your phone battery up FULL. While your phone is charging, install the USB drivers and RSD Lite.
    2. When the phone has finished charging, shut it down and unplug the USB cable from the phone.
    3. Load the phone up into bootloader mode by holding the UP direction button on the D-PAD of the phone (up as in towards the screen) and pressing the power button until you see the screen light up.
    4. You should be presented with the following text:
      Code:
      Bootloader
      <version number>
      
      
      
      
      
      Battery OK
      OK to Program
      Connect USB
      Data Cable
    5. Connect your USB cable to the phone and the last two lines should change to:
      Code:
      Transfer Mode:
      USB
    6. Now you can load up RSD Lite using the icon on your desktop. Follow the steps in this image, selecting the 2.1 SBF you wish to flash (not the vulnerable recovery, that is later).
      [​IMG]
    7. Wait for RSD Lite to finish (The Status column will read Finished and the Result column should read PASS).
      If you get anything else or it seems to be taking forever, please ask here and do not interrupt the program or phone.
    8. When your phone boots up and asks you to set it up, shut it down and repeat step 3 of this guide.
    9. Once into the bootloader again, you can flash the vulnerable recovery SBF. Repeat step 6, but this time select the vulnerable recovery SBF and not the 2.1 SBF. This update should take a few seconds/minutes, and the phone will start back up once this is done with RSD Lite reading a Finished and PASS result in their respective columns.
      Again, if you experience problems as outlined in step 7, don't interrupt the phone/program. Ask in this thread.
    10. In Windows explorer, navigate to the SD card of the phone and copy the milestone_root.zip file over and rename it to update.zip.
    11. Once that has copied, shut the phone down once more and put it into recovery mode (not bootloader).
      To get into recovery mode:
      • For bootloader 90.78: X button on keypad
      • For bootloader lower than 90.78: Camera button on side of phone
      Hold the respective button as detailed above and the power button together. When the Motorola logo appears, release the power button but keep hold of the X/Camera button until this icon appears:
      [​IMG]
    12. Phew! If you made it this far then congrats, you nearly have root!
      Now hold the Volume Up button and press the Camera button to bring up the command menu.
    13. Select from the menu using the D-PAD and choose apply sdcard:update.zip. If all is well it should start saying Rooting your phone..., once it is complete the command menu will re-appear. Simply choose reboot system now.
    14. Once the phone has started back up again, go through the initial setup (or skip it) and you should have a new app called Superuser Whitelist.
      Whenever an app requests root access you will get a prompt on screen similar to
      [​IMG]
    End
    If you made it fully through this guide then you should now be able to download apps such as Root Explorer and be able to mount the various directories as r/w and be able to start going deeper into modding your phone.

    One of the best bits of this is being able to uninstall the CRAPPY apps that come with the phone and clog up memory such as Facebook or Sim Toolkit (these are deleted from /system/app), you can find out more about modding with root by other various guides.

    Just as a final note: I recommend turning off OTA updates as they wont work for a rooted phone, you'll need to use RSD Lite from the future (unless you unroot).

    Well I hope you find this guide useful! Took me long enough to write it :D

    Known Issues
    • Sometimes, even when you have done everything right in RSD Lite - the start button remains greyed out. You must launch it by command line on such occasions:
      Download this batch file, copy it and the SBFs you wish to flash into the RSD Lite folder and then drag and drop the SBFs you wish to flash onto it.
    • Sometimes RSD Lite is unable to restart the phone as it needs (RSD Lite will read: Please manually power up this phone). If this happens you must manually assist the phone in flashing. Thanks to tazd for reporting this issue and finding the workaround.
      1. Disconnect the USB cable and shut the phone down.
      2. Start the phone up in bootloader mode.
      3. Reconnect the USB cable. RSD Lite should continue now.
    Last edited: May 21, 2010
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    Hey do I have to update to 2.1 first to root it? And how come on the 2.1 non service version SBF it says its not rootable? Thanks
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    I really don't know why they say unrootable. Perhaps it is bypassed by the vulnerable recovery SBF?

    I am unsure if this guide will work for versions other than 2.1. Try at your own risk.

    I do recommend updating to 2.1 and then rooting however.
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    When im in recovery mode, it says Error: can't find Cache/Recovery/Command and the update.zip wont stay in the root directory of my sd for some reason, after i paste it there and come back to it, its gone, whats going on? thanks
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    nvm it works, thank you so much!
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    thanks very much!!!...this works like a charm!!!......one question though...after i rooted my phone...i tried to get my phone into recovery mode by holding down the camera+power keys but it goes to bootloader!!!....no matter what I try i cant get it into recovery mode...any ideas?

    thanks.
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    Are you sure you aren't pressing the up button on the D-PAD?
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    HI, thanks for the quick reply....im positive...if i use the up botton + power...it goes to bootloader...same thing if i use the camera+power button. so now i have two ways of getting into bootloader....lol...but cant get into recovery mode.
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    Have you tried X + Power? If that doesn't work then tell me your bootloader version.
    Last edited: May 9, 2010
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    i tried X + Power, the phone just boots up as normal....

    Bootloader
    90.73
    Err:A5,69,35,00,2F

    Battery OK
    OK to Program
    Connect USB
    Data Cable
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    Hmm, strange. Maybe that error in your bootloader is to blame?

    Get the 90.73 bootloader from the SBF page and flash that and see if it removes that error.

    Just be aware that it could result in you needing to start from fresh with your phone (i.e. everything deleted). I haven't ever had to flash my bootloader so I don't know what to expect. The risk is yours.

    I would recommend asking around, because I am at a loss.
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    thanks for the reply, i will try it out and let you know what happens.
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    Thats a hardware Error at the end of your bootloader.... no matter what you do it will not fix it... seen that on another site that I will not mention here... So your pretty much SOL sorry..
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    i rooted my 2.1 UK milestone on bootloader 90.73. It worked great, thank you very much!

    what is the difference between bootloader 90.73 and 90.78?
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    I don't know. I really would keep the lower version, there is no point in upgrading it - you might find yourself unable to unlock the bootloader in the future if it becomes hacked if you update (the newer versions may have any vulnerabilities patched).
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    2.1 update on a rooted milestone

    I already rooted my milestone running 2.0.1, to install a different font.

    If I update to 2.1 using About > System updates, will it stay rooted? If not, will it keep the fonts I put there?

    If it won't stay rooted, will I be able to apply the technique described above, to root it?

    I would rather avoid having all my data on the device wiped clean...

    Thanks!
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    If you flash the service version, you SHOULD keep all your data, but you will need to root again. However, this is purely speculation.
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    Just to recap... you are holding down the X key and not letting go of it, then hitting the power button, which you can let go off, and still not letting go of that X key the phone boots all of the way up?

    It should go to the M logo then go to the recovery app, as long as you don't let go of the X key.
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    hi guys, sorry I didnt reply, but i got my problem fixed!!! i just flashed the bootloader and all went back to normal.

    im gonna try out the pulsar rom next :D
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    I just want to be absolutely clear, this guide assumes starting with a non-rooted phone on 2.1update1?

    If it goes wrong, can the default version be flashed back or will the phone be bricked? As long as you don't flash the bootloader itself, it should always be recoverable?

    Thanks for the guide
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