This process sped up my phone. You should maybe do it too

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  1. dep

    dep New Member

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    So this really did wonders for my phone. I noticed aspects of the "Motorola skins" are gone after doing this (Rating stars in the market are gold instead of red, etc). Just overall things are snappier.

    Here's the process, take it for what it's worth:

    # Browse to this URL on your phone and download z4root: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/36612/z4root.1.3.0.apk
    # Go to the market and download the "Droid 2 Bootstrap Recovery" app. It's $2, but worth it.
    # Run z4root and root your device.
    # Open DROID 2 Bootstrapper
    # Tap “Bootstrap Recovery”
    # Tap “allow” when asked for SuperUser Permissions, then “okay” when the success screen comes up
    # Select “Reboot Recovery”
    # Your phone will reboot and go into clockwork recovery
    # Now you should make a backup
    # Using the volume keys to move up/down, go to “backup and restore”. Use the camera button to select the option to make a backup
    # This will take some time. Afterward you will need to use the power button to go back to the main menu
    # Now you will need to wipe everything on your phone
    # Select “wipe cache”
    # Select “wipe data” (Don't worry about your photos and stuff. They're on your SD card)
    # go back to the main menu, then select “advanced menu”
    # Select “wipe battery stats”
    # Select “wipe dalvik cache”
    # Back out to the main menu
    # Reboot your phone.

    First boot takes a bit, but it's a clean 2.2 install with no add-ons. It'll eventually re-install your apps, then you'll have to reconfigure everything.

    Probably takes about an hour to get everything back the way you want it, but this has done wonders for my phone's speed and battery life.

    happy times,
    dep
    dancedroid
     
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  2. andy'sfriend

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    Wait, you're saying that all the Motoblur apps are gone? And my ratings stars are already gold, not red. What other changes did you notice? Are you saying that this results in stock froyo? I find that really hard to believe. I hope you're correct, but still, this would be shocking.
     
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    Umm...all that does is backup your current state (I'm guessing you installed Clockwork as well since you mentioned booting into Clockwork recovery) and then factory reset your phone. A factory reset pretty much always speeds up the phone since it wipes everything clean.

    There's nothing in that process that makes it stock 2.2 or that removes any Motoblur or pre-installed apps.
     
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    not to mention not everyone wants to root their phones. I mean don't get me wrong....I think all phones should be rooted....but everyone has their own opinion....some guy is going to root his phone with this....have a problem....take it to VZW...and get shafted
     
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    Did anyone dare try this yet and can confirm or disaffirm OP's post?
     
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    dep New Member

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    Ok, it doesn't remove Motoblur, but it does indeed speed things up, being a fresh install. I think rooting with z4root is especially harmless since you can easily one-click "un-root" from within the app.
     
  7. bsweetness

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    There's nothing to really "dare try." All that process does is:

    1) Root your phone

    2) Back up your phone as it currently is (in case you want to go back to the way things were before)

    3) Do a factory reset.

    Yes, you should see an increase in the peppiness of your phone because you've wiped it and started fresh, essentially like the phone is brand new. But this isn't anything out of the blue or new. I, and many other people with this phone and any other Android phone, have done these exact things several times. With very few rare exceptions, you really don't have anything to worry about in doing something like this. The biggest thing is knowing what rooting does and doesn't do, and how that affects your warranty.

    That said, the process listed here is certainly good to know about, especially if you start having any problems with your phone. And for those who don't want to root, you don't have to have root access to do the factory reset. But rooting and unrooting is extremely easy with z4.
     
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    For those unfamiliar with what features become available when rooting, here's a really short description of what it does.

    Essentially, it gives you FULL access to your phone so you can edit, modify, and change anything you desire. Want to remove a system app (bloatware)? Change the color of the status bar? Have a custom bootup screen? Change the density (resolution) of your screen? Overclock the phone? These things are possible when rooting.

    You can also create an image of your phone as a backup, which in turn will allow you to restore to a previous backup state should the phone start acting funny. This is done through clockwork recovery. You can download "ROM Manager" from the market to get this.

    Rooting couldn't be easier with z4root, and it is highly recommended by users from the android world. Not only is it easy, but it is also fairly safe.

    If you want more out of your phone, I highly recommend rooting and taking advantage of what your droid can do.
     
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    Did they pay you for that?
     
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    z4root works so well that they don't need to pay anyone to extol the virtues of the program. We all do it of our own accord, especially when talking with people new to Android and/or rooting.
     
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    he will pay several hundred for a new phone, out of pocket, if he ever needs a replacement...IF as promised, motorola or other manufacturers have developed means to track device rooting. its unadvised and voids your warranty! some nominal efficiency gains are not worth this, imo, and if you start having problems, rooting your phone IS NOT the first step in fixing it. in fact, its NOT even a step. spelling out what to do and what you need to root your device but failing to including clear and concise disclaimers that its not only not recommended but discouraged by the manufacturer to the point that it voids any warranty and violates your contract is very irresponsible and unhelpful.... factory reset is good when you have issues, not the other stuff.

    reccomending it in your title, saying you should maybe do this, can be very misleading to newbies unfamiliar with rooting. the more genuine statement would be, try at your own risk!
     
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    I totally agree with jrodroidpro. Every time the manufacturer/carrier comes out with an update for these phones (any phone) it is amazing how many people who have rooted their phones are 1)pissed off because they can't get the update, they're rooted and 2) can't get their phone, or don't know how to get their phone, back to "stock" condition because they have renamed files, deleted files or have done something that they didn't understand the consequences of. IMHO, if you don't thoroughly understand the technical functions and interrelationships between functions and processes and components with the OS you're eventually going to screw yourself by rooting your phone. I personally think rooting should be left to the technically savvy, experienced user. If you have to ask questions about the very basic workings and relationships (like clearing a cache you don't understand to begin with, no insult intended here) then you probably will be better off in the long run by not rooting your phone.
     
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