Newbie with just a couple questions

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    Hey all! This site has been great, just had to join. New Moto Droid as of last Thursday, find myself charging multiple times per day due to excessive use. Just too much fun.

    I have two questions, one hopefully easy and one I know I probably won't get an answer for which is why I have to ask (after extensive search on the net).

    First, I just installed OpenHome, which seems pretty nice, and with Better Cut allows for some great personalization. I created a bunch of Shortcuts on one page though and realize I'd like them on another page, but can't figure out how to move them. Does anyone know if this is even possible, and if so, how?

    Second, I installed PdaNet on my phone and home computer (one of the reasons I bought the phone to save my $30/mo WiFi fee). But the computer program keeps killing itself. From what I can tell, it's because a few services aren't started - specifically, Remote Access Auto Connection Manager and Remote Access Connection Manager on Windows Vista. I keep getting error 1068. Which I found is because I need the Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol started, but I get Error 1717 on that one. Can't figure out how to get this one started so that the Remote Access services can start.

    I know that was a bit lengthy, but I've spent a day or so searching the net so I know it's not an easy one. I know it's more of a computer issue than a Droid issue, but thought I'd ask.

    The OpenHome question I just KNOW someone knows.... :)
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    iPhone

    wow, the guy that said he had an iPhone got tons of responses. Guess my questions were too difficult. :)

    As far as the OpenHome question (moving icons to different screens), I actually figured that one out, if anyone is interested. Move the icon to the slide-out application dock (drag and drop), change to the screen you want it on, then move it off.

    As far as the services issue, still stumped. I'm in the process of moving to Windows 7 to see if that will fix it. Seems like a lot to do but it will save me $30/month if I can get the PdaNet software to work and use my Droid as a modem.

    But thanks for all the responses I'm sure I'll get from putting iPhone in my title. :icon_ banana:
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    :welcome: Prowler! i could have answered the bettercut question but you figured it out. i know nothing about pdanet. maybe when you get more familiar with your droid you can explore rooting and wifi tethering:D i'm sure someone will come along shortly to help you. good luck :D
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    First, :welcome: to the Droid forum. When somebody ask questions I can't answer I hate saying welcome but sorry, I don't have any answers for you. Which is true.

    It wasn't a preference of one person over another. Your very welcome to be here. You may want to post some of these questions in the tech issues and bug support area. You're more likely to get a response there.
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    Hookbill, I realized my questions were probably not in the appropriate place, just thought I'd say hi and take a shot. But thanks for the welcome.
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    Personal opinion.......so take it for what it is worth

    Forget PDANet...... read up on rooting your phone and get wireless tether. www.droidmod.org is a great place to read, watch videos and learn rooting. It is self guided and then once you have completed the rooting process you can tether wireless .

    Like i said, this is only my opinion.....
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    huskur,
    been wondering about the whole "root" thing, and have been looking around for a thread on pros and cons. I'm an engineer so am very computer and software savvy, but not a programmer. What are the advantages? Is it easy enough for someone who doesn't know Linux (though I remember a bit from my Unix days)?

    If this has been discussed just point me to a thread. Would like to know what the benefits and tradeoffs are before doing something that seems a bit drastic/scary.

    TIA!!
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    Really being tech savvy is a plus, but patience and the ability to follow directions will take you just as far.

    Really there's not alot you can't do once your rooted.

    With a rooted droid you can enable wifi tethering and make your phone a wifi hotspot, overclock your phone to operate at blazin speeds,
    install custom roms that completely change the look of your phone to your liking as well as offer all the things that separate android 2.1 from 2.0.1 (and much more),

    The list truly goes on thanks to all the hardworking devs that stay up all night making the droid the beast that it is.

    REMEMBER: rooting is quite simple, BUT doing you're homework definitely pays off AND when you have questions... just ask... after you search, of course
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    Read up on rooting and once you are comfortable do so. Possibilities are endless. Its so easy a caveman can do it. All you have to do is follow directions. Look up DroidMod - Everything Droid doesn't, DroidMod does.. and watch the videos on youtube "rooting with droidmod"
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    Droidfish, thanks for the info. I definitely understand patience and following instructions, and I'm sure I could do it. Just seems a bit scary for some odd reason. The wifi hotspot alone would be worth the effort.

    I see that I have 2.0.1. I assume I can update this during the root? Any drawbacks or disadvantages to rooting? Anyone care to share huge plusses or horror stories? Is it easy to revert back if needed? To further my addiction will I need to give up sleep?

    Just like to make informed decisions.
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    Prowler,
    Welcome aboard!
    For some good reading material browse through the 3 links in my signature.

    I went through the steps in the first link to 1) root, 2) install sprecovery, and 3) make a backup. Then I did the steps in link 2 to install that rom that came with wifi tethering. I paid a buck for SetCPU and that was it.

    To answer your question, the first link below has a link to get you back to stock, just how your phone is now.
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    To make you feel better about rooting, I rooted my droid and I am very low on the tech savy table lol. It took me about 30 minutes and make sure you follow all the directions if you root your droid (very important). Also it is not hard to go back to stock if you want to go back. I love the wifi tethering app and also that you can overclock your droid and this is why I rooted my droid to begin with. The rom I chose was smoked glass rom and I love it! Oh and welcome to the forum lol.
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    Careful now, once you realize just how limitless the possibilities are it can become quite addicting...

    Let us know how it goes
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    "become" quite addicting? Too late for that.

    Well, here goes nuttin....off to root! (as bad as that sounds)
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    rooting this amazing device is AWESOME! Big thanks to christim for providing me the links and to Matt3W for the fantastic directions on how to root. Went so smoothly per his script it was scarey. Got my WiFi tether working and it is BLAZING fast. Not to mention how cool the live wallpapers are.

    So my problems for the original post are now gone, the world is in harmony, and the droid revolution continues.

    Just can't help but think though that I've taken one small step in helping machines to take over. There's probably an app for that.
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    Very nice prowler, funny how awesome we thought this phone was before(which it really was) but what makes it truly awesome is the ability to unleash this beast and do basically anything you want to it.

    See ya round the hack forums :D
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    Same hello and question

    I am looking to do the same thing, PDAnet. Am I better off waiting a couple days to get comfortable and then root it? After I root is it easier to hook into the my computer or do I still need PDAnet?

    I am gettting my Droid tomorrow. I have waited for my contract to be due for SO long.

    OK, supposed to be a new user hello forum. Heard so much about the endless features. I used to be much more savvy but age and time away from geekhood has left me questioning my abilities. I am also and engineer so I like to figure things out. Except I have no patience. I hope the directions on rooting are straight forward. I look forward to getting the Droid and going to town. I will watch the how to video's tonight. Are all rooting programs the same or is there one in particular I should load? Where do I get them?

    Thanks
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    I would definitely take some time to get acquainted with the phone and the android market, at least get a feel of the setup that suits you before rooting.how long that takes is up to you.

    when you're ready just read up.you can getstarted by reading all the sticky threads in the hacks section of droidforums. read read read and you'll encounter plenty of awesome and useful apps along the way.

    once you got it you'll be happy to find connecting via wifi tether is as easy as tapping you're screen, no cords involved