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Questions about rooting

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2 Development' started by markml0528, Oct 22, 2010.

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    I know nothing about rooting or loading custom ROMs on an Android phone so sorry if these questions sound stupid/obvious.

    1. If I root my phone, do I have to install a custom ROM to it?

    2. If I root my phone, will that prevent me from receiving an OTA update?

    3. Is it possible to root your phone, and only enable wireless tethering without installling a custom ROM? (i just want to root my phone for wifi tethering, and cpu over/underclocking)
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    No you do not have to install a custom rom when you root

    It shouldn't prevent you from receiving an ota as long as you don't remove bloat

    Edit: oh and yeah you can wireless tether without a rom there are several apps available in the marketplace.

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    I will add though that when you do install a ROM you'll never want to go back to the stock moto version. I just had to do this recently and felt the pain, let me tell you! It's a very easy process.
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    Good point.

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    the thing im most scared about is accidentally screwing something up and bricking my phone. does this happen often to people?

    also : is the sticky at the top of this forum section a good and safe method to try?
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    Its actually pretty hard to brick it as long as you follow all the directions closely.

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    ok, so aside from bricking my phone, is it possible/likely that i could accidentally wipe most/all of my personal data on my phone?
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    I guess it's possible like everything else to toast your droid but it would be pretty hard. I have screwed mine up pretty good, a nandroid restore fixed it everytime.

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    can one of you recommend me the best method to root your droid then? i want to try it
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    When you root, probably not. When you add a rom you will have to wipe data and cahe but that's what titanium is for

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    If you're comfortable with that one then yeah probably. I used the no computer method in the terminal emulator on the phone because I like the hands on aspect but whatever works for you really.

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    i just watched the how to video on that method. it looks really confusing. was the root method that you did easy?
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    Like I said I had to handle all of the operations myself in the terminal emulator so I would say it would be more difficult. Just take some time to familiarize yourself with all the steps and it should begin to make sense. Let me know if you have issues.

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    I finished successfully rooting my phone earlier today. The terminal emulator approach was a lot simpler than using the XDA developer method.
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    Hey glad it worked for you! So what's next?

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    well, i was pretty excited at first, but ive already got Wireless Tether, i bought SetCPU, and i got a screen shot app, and i think that's all there is to do. I'm not interested in getting a custom ROM, partly because i don't know whats so great about them and partly because im afraid of destroying my phone.

    So, aside from custom ROMs, what else is there to do now that I'm rooted?
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    There are a lot of pros to installing new ROMs and messing up your phone is unlikely. Even if you did you just simply restore your phone. But other than ROMs there are kernels, custom boot animations, lots of possibilities

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    The thing is i probably value my personal information FAR more than the average person does. So yes, i guess i could restore it if i had to, but i don't want to lose the stuff on my phone under any circumstances.

    what are kernals?

    and by custom boot animation, do you mean the droid eye? why would you want to replace that boot animation? it's awesome
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    I know how you feel though. I'm not currently running a custom rom but as you go deeper down the rabbit hole you may find its right for you. Well you could also consider applying a theme to more personalize your phone. I have 928droid black glass x. [​IMG]

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