Rooting a Verizon Droid

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    I want to run Titanium backup....and maybe some other OS versions.
    If I root my Verizon Droid, will it affect my Verizon "agreement" and will Verizon know?
    Will Verizon frown on me having another OS?
    When I get any updates from Verizon or Droid will I have to root again?
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    Questions answered in quote
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    Just about what I expected..
    I have 2.0 now. Do they automattically me push 2.1 to my Droid or do I have to get....errr avoid.... the upgrade online.

    Uh....how do you "un-root".

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    2.0?? why on earth did you not take the 2 updates that have come out? Both updates improved the phone a good deal.

    You should have recieved a notice saying there is an update available for 2.0.1 and 2.1. It should keep bugging you about it.

    Unrooting is a pretty simple process. There are guides out there and #1 in my sig includes how to unroot as well.
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    Ooops....I did get the updates.
    I am at "Firmware version 2.1-update 1". Does this mean I cannot root my phone anyway?

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    what exactly does this rooting do with your phone anyway?
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    Rooting allows you to install custom roms, overclock your processor, chnage themes, use titanium backup to back up apps, use barnacle for wifi tethering.
    Rooting gives you super user control to change things on your phone that normal users can not change.
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    You can install a rooted 2.1 ota where you phone runs like stock but have the ability to run overclock kernels and other apps. My phone is rooted and overclock but I am running the stock just like you are. Overclocking allows my phone to run faster overcoming the lag.
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    Fully understanding overclocking.

    I used to build gamng computers.

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    *Edit* Verizon/motorola never specifically gave us root access. Exploits were found to obtain it. Those exploits have been patched up in the 2.1 update, which is why it is the way it is now.

    Yep, you have to flash an sbf to do so though. http://www.droidforums.net/forum/hacking-faqs/39254-sbf-root-unroot.html The SPRecovery.sbf will just flash a custom recovery on there, so you can install ROMs and/or root the phone. The older way was to flash back to 2.01, where the phone still has the exploits, and root the phone. SPRecovery way is quicker though.

    You probably will want to read around though before jumping into rooting your phone if you do indeed want to proceed with it. There are a lot of decent threads in these forums that go over various details. The more you know prior to going into it the better off you will be in the long run.
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    I will post a link to the second one in a minute
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    Thanks for the info and links...
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    I am thinking of rooting also, having suffered a recent case of "Inc envy" but there are things I'm not wild about with the Inc. too. I read all these abbreviations, though, and my eyes glaze over. SBF? Also while I have built PC's I'm not a gamer so unfamiliar with OC'ing, and also a bit nervous about doing it to my phone (I found this thread using the keywords "root" and "void warranty".
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    I suggest you do some reading reading reading before you attempt it and know exactly what your phone is running before you start. Then you will start to get familiar with some of the abbreviations. I've got a fair set of guides below and there's other sites around as well with guides, these try to save you from having to read pages of posts in threads all over the internet. Also, what is Inc as related to the Droid?

    good luck
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    Inc=Incredible I hadn't been following the advance reviews so I didn't know about it till after my exchange window.
    Aside from its being lighter, which would have been nice, the most important thing is it's faster processor IMHO (camera's supposed to be better too, but if I want to do involved camera stuff I have a camera for that).
    Hence rooting.
    So thanks for the list of guides; any one you recommend I read first ("Rooting for complete n00bs who don't know any of the shorthand")?
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    Had to smile at the new abbreviation tossed in while wondering what all the abbreviations meant:)

    SBF is a file extension on the files used to flash the phone as per the instructions in the above included links, as well as one in my signature.
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    @ christim: If I may humbly reply, that is why I try not to refer to using a .sbf file in any other way. Saves confusion IMHO to refer to it as "using a .sbf file" as opposed to "SBF to root and unroot".

    @ PhoenixGTR: Well, of course I would recommend using my guides in my sig below, lol, the only other site I remember the url of is rootyourdroid.info, by BigLou. I am sure a google search my find you the others. However, there are getting to be about a dozen different ways to do this, so please read read read first so you get to understand the process pretty well before you start.

    good luck
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