SBF to root and to unroot

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  1. christim

    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    This guide was written for the Droid 1, the Motorola Droid phone released in November of 2009.

    edit (8-24-2010):
    When you use SPRecovery you should know what it means to "use the update.zip method via SPRecovery to flash a rom"

    You might not know it at this moment, but when you go to apply the below files it should make sense to you. This post will make one heck of a lot more sense if you have that knowledge and hopefully you will have that knowledge by reading this post through a couple of times.

    For those on Android 2.1 the below works. For those on Android 2.2 there have been some issues with flashing sprecovery_ese81 because that file includes the 2.1 kernel yet you are running Android 2.2 and that causes a conflict. Either don't boot up into the phone, and have the update.zip preloaded on your phone, or boot into SPRecovery and use its "mount" function to connect to your PC to get the update.zip onto the root of your card, and then update your phone that way.


    Also, for those on Android 2.2 I recommend the following thread started by MotoCache1: Root Droid 1 - regardless of OS version


    Original document written prior to 2.2 being released:


    I thought I'd put something together on SBF and rooting. Any and all feedback is welcome. I did not come up with anything other than collecting this information together. I thank those who did figure this all out and built the needed pieces.

    Enjoy, but first:
    I do not, nor does DroidForums.net, warrant the information contained here within this post. It is being provided as is without warranty of any kind, including without limitation any warranty of design, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, and without warranty as to the performance or results you may obtain by using this information. You expressly will not hold anyone, other than yourself, responsible for any direct or indirect actions, and the results thereof, that you may take as a result of following the information contained within this post, the thread it is contained within, the forum on which it resides, and the entire internet which makes it available upon unto you, yourself, and your heirs. If you brick your phone it is your fault and yours alone. If you do manage such a feat you can rest assured that you will be honored as one of the few who managed to manipulate your beloved Droid into such an object and humankind will continue to tell the tale of your actions down throughout the ages while huddled around campfires for eons to come.

    Table of contents for post 1 of this thread:
    box option 01: Install RSD Lite on your window's computer. It's a Motorola tool for pushing software onto phones.
    box option 02: Install SPRecovery which replaces the stock boot-recovery program to let you update the phone with rooted roms.
    box option 03: We've heard having backups are a good idea so lets create one.
    box option 04: Install the rom of your choice with SPRecovery.
    box option 05: You are rooted and/or have installed SPRecovery and want to return to stock using RSD Lite
    box option 06: Alternative method to get back to root. RSD Lite not needed. Neither 05 or 06 method is better than the other.


    (box option 01) First lets get RSD Lite installed on a windows based PC.
    (box option 02) Before flashing those cool roms you have been reading about we need to get SPRecovery installed.
    (box option 03) You have installed SPRecovery for the very first time. What would be the next good thing to do?
    (box option 04) Ok, here we can now install a custom or stock rom with SPRecovery.

    (box option 05) Ok, I need to get back to a stock phone. how do I do this?
    I thought it would also help to have a screen shot of TRSD Lite. This is a shot of 4.5.3 but it looks just like the 4.6 I have installed.

    Of note:

    • Your phone, when connected, should be displayed in the Model column.
    • The Start button is grayed out until a file is selected, but it also becomes available if I hand-type 1.sbf into the filename field.
    • If your phone is not displayed the Config pull down menu has the DeviceID Options that may help.

    [​IMG]



    (box option 06) Ok, I can't get RSD Lite to work. Maybe I have a mac, maybe I only run Linux, maybe it just won't run. I need to get to stock 2.2 though. What can I do?
    [​IMG]


    edit:
    2010.04.25 - added Simple Nandroid Backup for SPRecovery and screenshot of RSD Lite
    2010.04.27 - linked to new file repository.
    2010.04.29 - added update.zip (non-SBF) method to go back to stock 2.01
    2010.07.22 - added sprecovery screenshot
    2010.08.15 - added 2.2 warning that you should first go back to 2.01 to root
    2010.08.18 - changed warning added on the 15th to include correct order of steps for successful rooting.
    2010.08.19 - removed option to install plain rooted version of 2.1 (2.2 is out now) - it is now at post 369 of this thread
    2010.08.24 - cut the size of the ese81update.zip file in half...somehow a copy of itself existed in the zip.
    2010.09.12 - replaced option 2's ese81update method with the link to MotoCache1's guide. It still remains at post 369 for historical purposes.
    2010.09.12 - replaced using unroot_2.1_update.zip in option 6 and have folks grab FRG22D instead.
    2010.15.12 - option box 5 - updated instructions to grab FRG22D instead of moto_droid2.01
     
  2. Kahij

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    What is the difference between
    -Simple Nandroid Backup
    -Dimple Nandroid resore (latest)
    -Adcanced Nanroid backup
    -advanced nandroid resrotre?

    Which one of these should I use to a back up that I can load so i can get it back to stock and exchange it when the time comes.
     
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    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    Someone correct me if I am wrong but I believe it goes like this:


    • Simple Nandroid Backup
      • backs up the rom you currently are using
    • Simple Nandroid Restore (latest)
      • restores the most recent Nandroid you have made (or might let you choose but it is the complete restore??)
    • Advanced Nanroid Backup
      • choose what you want to back up from your current install (system, data, cache, etc)
    • Advanced Nandroid Restore
      • lets you choose what parts of your current setup you want to back up (system, data, cache, etc)
     
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    Thank you, You are a gentleman and a scholar!
     
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    On the instructions for returning to stock... it states to install the drivers. Are these the same drivers that were installed to flash SPrecovery?
     
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    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    Correct. I've thought about splitting up the RSD Lite install into a separate section in the first post of this thread. Would that make more sense?
     
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    Thank you for this guide!
     
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    Quick question, will there ever be a 2.1 .sbf?
     
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    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    The first post has 3 sbf files

    1) sprecovery...flash that with rsd lite and you have sprecovery on a stock 2.1 phone

    2) 2.1 sbf file. Flash that and have a rooted 2.1 phone. It is the same rom that was released OTA except root access has been set up on it

    3) 2.01 sbf file. Use this to get back to a stock phone and let the OTA updates get you back to a stock 2.1 configuration with no root access and no sprecovery.


    edit: mybad. number 2 is not a SBF file. it is a regular update.zip rom.

    I do not know if someone will ever make a sbf of that file or not.
     
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    I have used RSDlite to return my phone to stock several times but i cannot get the image file from number 1 to work without RSD stopping and telling me to manually reboot phone but i have to pull the battery out to do this and then it will not boot up and i have had to reset to factory. Any ideas?
     
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    hi christim i got to the part where it says hit start my phone is found i have 64 bit drivers, but if i open the .sbf file in rsd lite it doesn't even show the file properties i am running the program as administrator. help lol. thank you for your time. EDIT i figured it out thanks though
     
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    Works like a charm. Thanks.
     
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    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

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    I see nobody has responded to your question yet. Holding down the power button won't reboot the phone for you? I haven't seen this issue yet. Did you get past it or are you still stuck here?


    I like self-fixing problems. Glad it worked out.



    I also added the instructions for a Simple Nandroid Restore, to the first post of this thread, after the Install SPRecovery steps. No mention was made of doing a backup and I figured that would be a good time to make one.
     
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    I had the same issue where it was stuck in saying "Please manually reboot this phone"
    All I did was boot the phone back up into recovery or bootloader, I can't remember, but it accepted it.
     
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