Motorola XOOM Rooted


Dec 15, 2009
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Since it’s another Google experience device, and ships with fastboot support (albeit, limited), it really does come rooted out of the box. Just needed to figure out the board kernel base, and compile up a new kernel.

Unfortunately the kernel was not available in the Android repositories. At first, I tried using the Harmony kernel, since they are both tegra 2 250 chips. That turned out to be major fail. As soon as I was about to give up, I noticed that AOSP had updated their tegra kernel repository with some new tasty branches for stingray. Kudos to these guys for being so on the ball! I was able to compile that up and get a working recovery to obtain root, and then get Superuser on the device.

I also built up a recovery, but due to a nonfunctional SD card slot (until they release a firmware update that enables the slot), nothing really works. That will come later.

Here are the instructions to root your device (this assumes you have adb and fastboot installed on your computer):

# Download the XOOM root zip.
# Unzip the package.
# Put your junk in the box.
adb reboot bootloader (skip the next 3 steps if you have already unlocked via fastboot)
fastboot oem unlock
# wait for reboot
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
fastboot reboot
# wait for reboot
adb remount
adb shell push su /system/bin
adb shell ln –s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

My Brain Hurts: Motorola XOOM Rooted
I wonder how long before someone has this thing running a desktop-light version of Linux. Yeah, maybe that's redundant I don't know.
This is Koush's work.

Where do i get fast boot & ADB for the Xoom? dancedroid:motdroidvert:dancedroid