new droid, lots of questions!!!

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    first, i hope i am in the right area for this type of questions.
    ok. Just got my first smartphone, a droid. I would like to hook it up to a laptop or a computer now and then (i have read they call it tethering), but i have read the phone needs to be 'rooted'. can someone tell me what 'rooting' the phone is? what does it allow the phone to do?

    when tethering, will the droid display show on the desktop/laptop monitor?
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    you can tether without rooting with pdanet. thats if u dont want to root
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    Taken from another post
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    i thought i read here somewhere that rooting the phone makes it better?

    that it give the phone a lot more capability? performance? i don't understand what rooting is
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    sorry sincity, i had not seen your post. thx

    how about tethering? what can i do on a laptop while tethering?
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    your phone will be your modem so u can surf the internet
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    Check out the "hack" forums. All the info you could possibly want about "root" is there. Enjoy!
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    Tethering is like being towed by another boat when your boat's engine falls off. You are still sitting in your boat but you are now moving through the ocean....because the other "towing" boat is providing the engine.

    Tethering would be your laptop NOT having internet access (no wifi in the area) (your engine fell off) so you use the 3G phone service on your phone (the tug boat) to provide internet access to your laptop.

    Your phone is just the gateway to the internet and you use your laptop like you normally would if it had an internet connection.

    PDAnet for non-rooted phones, wireless tether for rooted phones.
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    I don't think you're understanding what tethering does.

    Wireless Tethering allows your phone to be used as a wireless access point for your laptop (or desktop with wifi adapter). You basically use your phone's data connection to connect your computer to the internet. Not very practical unless you are somewhere without a wifi connection and need one.

    Check this thread about rooting. Read everything carefully.

    Check here for more 'hacking' threads
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    oh yes and welcome....the thread mwhartman linked you to has everything you need if u decide to root. Matth3W did a great job with it
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    oh yes cant forget pilotcharles747's thread. its also very helpful
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    ok. I think i understand wireless tethering a little.

    it will allow me to gain access to the internet thru the droid. All I do is connect the usb cable from the droid to the laptop thru the usb cable and run pdanet? is there something i need to do on the laptop?