Which Root should I choose for the Droid X

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  1. rickrock1202
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    Droid X running 2.2.1

    Which root should I choose and is there a how-to link (never rooted before)?

    My main reason for rooting is to use the free wifi tethering for ipad and laptop use on the go.

    ...and once I root will I need to update?

    thanks
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    First, why are you still at 2.1? 2.2 is where you should be.

    Next please read some more about rooting, what it's about and what's all involved in it. It's easy to root but if you have no idea why you're doing it, then why are you doing it? It's not even necessary.
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    hookbill makes good points.

    To answer your question Z4Root is the easiest way to go.
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    I already updated a few months back and when I check settings I believe it says 2.2.1...and when I check for systems update it says that my device is up to date

    and my point for rooting is to be able to tether for free
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    You are up to date, as long as you have 2.2.1, he must of thought you were still on 2.1.#

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums App
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    how do I download z4root and should I backup my phone prior to the root (if so how)
    thanks
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    I am not sure you can backup before rooting.

    Here is link to download

    z4root 1.3.0 (1).apk

    Here is a link to Droid x\2 bootstrap recovery download....you are going to need this too.

    Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap v1.0.0.3.apk

    Give it a sec and in the beige box it will change to click here to download.

    Just so you know they might DL as TXT files....just use Astro File Manager (free in market) and rename them to apk.
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    Once rooted and you have D2 Bootstrap installed you can run a backup....yes I know it says D2 but it works with the DX as well.
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    i have the z4root app on my phone (i actually downloaded it from 4shared.com)

    -should i temporary root or permenant root
    -once i DL bootstrap from the market when do i need to use it?


    thanks for the help
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    Question you need to answer:
    Do you want to potentially ever return your phone to Verizon? If so, you should not be rooting.

    If you say that you're fine never again being able to return this phone to Verizon, follow these directions:
    1. Permanently root using z4root (it may take up to 10 minutes - be patient)
    2. Immediately following that, install the bootstrap program
    3. After installing the program, open it and click "Bootstrap Recovery"
    4. After clicking that, it will ask you for su/admin permissions - tell it to remember and grant access
    5. Make sure that you get a "Success!" popup - sometimes you have to repeat the previous step a couple times before you're done
    6. After you get a "Success!" message, click on "Reboot Recovery" - your phone will reboot to a new menu that you've never seen before
    7. In this new menu, use your volume buttons to go up and down, and use your camera button as an "OK", and back to go back
    8. Select "backup and restore"
    9. Select "Backup"
    10. Wait for ~10 minutes while it backs up - once it's down, navigate the menu back to the first page and reboot the system
    11. At this point, most things you do to screw your phone up can be fixed by going back to this backup until you upgrade to a newer version of Android
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    Permanent Root....otherwise your root is gone when you reboot. Use DL Bootstrap AFTER rooting.
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    Dang man....Jaxiden you type fast dude....beat me to it.
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    3,000 wpm! ;-)
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    I am a very fast typer....just not on my phone. I couldn't decide if I should post another step by step or not....but you beat me to that. I should post a step by step for installing Liberty now so I can beat you ;)
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    1. Download Liberty
    2. Root Phone
    3. Install Bootstrapper
    4. Install Liberty
    5. Have o**asm (oops!)

    I win. ;-)
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    ok...so i am now rooted with zroot and DL both bootstraper and Liberty...i installed wireless tether and was able to use my Ipad off it...
    -how do i update to the liberty 1.5?
    -is their a good guide to walk you through different option once you are rooted?
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    Here is what you should do. IMO

    first....open D2\DX Bootstrap Recovery.
    1. Open DX\D2 Bootstrap Recovery
    2. Select top option and grant SU Permission....wait for "success" to pop up
    3. Select second option....your phone will reboot
    4. In this menu Volume up and volume down are your navigation and camera = enter....back arrow goes back a level or to previous menu
    5. Navigate to Backup\restore
    6. Select backup....this will take a while...wait till it says backup complete then navigate back to original menu
    7. this time select "wipe data/factory reset"
    8. Select "yes----delete all data"
    9. Hit back arrow
    10. Select "choose zip from SDCARD
    11. Find and select Liberty 2 or X (depending on if you have a D2 or DX) and hit camera button....wait till install is complete
    12. Use back arrow to get back to main menu and select reboot

    That's it.

    You can use the first post in this thread for referrence.....there are also instructions for installing themes and more. A lot can be found in the Liberty Toolbox for additional mod's and tweaks.
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/liberty-rom-d2/122034-rom-one-small-step-man-one-giant-leap-liberty-1-5-2-2-2011-a.html
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    for some reason the bootstrapper recovery is not working...
    I open the app...choose bootstrap recovery and get success...I then choose reboot recovery but it goes into a blank screen with the andoid symbal and an exclamation mark inside a triangle
    any thoughts???
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    Thanks for this post. The detail on how to use bootstrap recovery is great.
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