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Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by wayneman, May 19, 2010.

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    I have been reading alot of the posts each day on the Forum since I got my Mot. Droid a month ago.. Particularly about Rooting.
    A lot of the info is are pretty technical for me...since I am in my 70's and not really that computer savy...but I want to learn more about the Droid.
    Can you please tell me what the main purposes and benefits are of "Rooting" your Droid"?
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    Hello:)

    You can put custom ROMs and themes on your droid, which can make your droid look completely different. You can put Kernels in your droid, which in your sense is the speed of the droid. (regular droids like yours right now runs at 550 MHZ) and rooted droids can go from 600 MHZ to 1.3 GHZ

    You can wifi tether (create internet just with your droid!)

    You can run scripts to that let you do things in the terminals.

    Rooting makes you own your droid, not the other way around.
    And if you ever want help, just let me know and I'll be glad to help you :)
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    I don't know where you are, but if you were anywhere around me I would help you and do it for you.

    There are a few cool things you can do when rooted and running custom roms. But to be honest it is something that takes up a good bit of time. Also there isn't anything that would "rock your world".

    If you are a gadget guy and enjoy wasting lots of time fiddling with things you may enjoy it. If not, I would leave it stock. I am 45 and sadly waste far too much time messing around with my phone. If I were in my 70's I think I would rather go fishing :)

    If you want or need any help I would be very happy to help you.
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    Thanks...appreciate that!
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    Thanks for the feedback from both of you guys! Good points to think about!
    Appreciate the info.
    PS I am in Beech Mountain, NC...which is in the very NW corner of NC.
    The service with Verizon is spotty but I try to use Wi-Fi as much as possible.
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    Rooting doesn't take much time at all. Actually it's real easy and not really time consuming at all. Same with putting a ROM on after you root. If I were to help you root lets say over an IM, you'd be rooted running a ROM and have wifi tether and a droid that is twice as fast in and hour - hour and a half. And a lot of that is waiting for your computer to download the ESE81 (for bugless at least) ROM, it's all repetitive but somehow not borning.
    And when you learn it, you feel smarter ;)
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    It's not that just rooting and loading a custom rom takes too long. If you were to stay on that rom from that point on it would be one thing, but once you get started you are flashing roms more often then you think. Every time the next latest rom comes out you flash it, and so on and so on. My point was that in your 70's fishing is more fun than flashing phone roms.
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    Yeah but at least staying on one solid ROM with root access is better than stock. You don't need to flash all the time, just every now and then you can check what's new and if you have a little time then go for it, why not
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    An important thing is to read and re-read as much as you can. Most of the problems with rooting is human error (like forgetting a step). Fortunately there's a great group here who will help you.
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    my first root

    I am about to try to root my wife's droid. She wants it to work faster and have wifi tethering. Where do I start?
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    thanks!!

    Thanks for the help!
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    DISCLAIMER! >>> I'm not posting in this thread to speak out against rooting your Droid.

    That said....

    I just want to point out that you CAN wifi tether without rooting your Droid! There are two apps available that allow this:

    - EasyTether
    - PDAnet

    My Droid is not rooted, but I have successfully used EasyTether to use my Droid as a tethered wifi source for my laptop. :) (I have not tried using PDAnet.)
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    RSD Lite not recognizing phone

    My phone will not show up on the RSD lite. I tried doing the config Device ID options. Help!
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    I have an extra moto droid that I don't have service on it, can it be rooted or anything else without service or internet access ??? I am not very good with this kinda stuff,but love to always try new things for my phone,Thanks for any help ya'll can give
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    Uh huh...that was me until the 2.1 update rolled out from Verizon. Now I just run Stock 2.1 with root and a lv kernel. Lost the urge to roll through all the different "Custom" ROMs. Life has been simpler ever since.

    Now I am obsessed with music. That friggin Amazon MP3 app is killing my retirment plans!

    Nate
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    Hey airtightonline,

    After you downloaded the drivers (either 64 or 32 bit depending) did you install them? I was having the same problem as you until I realized I downloaded the drivers for RSD Lite..but never installed them :blink:

    However...after the drivers installed RSD Lite showed my phone and worked like a charm and I was rooted in no time! :icon_ banana::icon_ banana::icon_ banana:

    Otherwise do a search on the forum. Many people have had the same issue...so I'm sure your solution is here somewhere. :)
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    Hi, wayneman

    Welcome to the forum.

    You've gotten a lot of good feedback on your question, but I'm going to play devil's advocate for a bit here. There are pros and cons to rooting. On the plus side, you can access a lot more potential features and functions (I say potential, because if you're not going to make use of them, they aren't much good to you). You can change the look and feel of your phone, as well as its behavior and performance.

    On the "con" side, it involves a lot of potential tweaking and tinkering, some special software and files, potential stability issues, a potentialy greater complexity to tech support, and a potentially voided warranty.

    Think of this a bit like engineering-there are tradeoffs to be made, and different tradeoffs have different value for different people.

    Here is a link that does a very good job of explaining what "rooting" is, and what the details of the pros and cons are. Please don't take the title of the thread personally (I didn't come up with it), it's just what it is called:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-hacks/632-what-root-means-stop-asking.html

    If you're interested in simply learning more, this forum is full of information about different ways rooting can be done, different features, ROMs, etc. I would advise you to read some of these threads, because they will give you some insight into the wonderful features you can access, as well as some of the questions that are asked, issues and resolutions to problems when they arise.

    Here is another link where you can learn about Android, what it is and how it works:

    What is Android? | Android Developers

    Don't let a guy like me talk you out of it, and don't let anybody else talk you into it-this really is a personal choice. Rather, read a lot, ask questions and let us know if there is anything we can do to help
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    Um no one said anything about this post?


    Ok, this is NOT wifi tethering. It's WIRED tethering, yes it gets you internet and it costs money for them (at least for HTTP5) but rooting you can WIFI tether and no need to pay anything. Wireless tethering is awesome on the go!
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