07
Jun
Dell Streak Rooted - Instructions Are Now Live

Paul O'Brien is an Android hacker with mad skills. He's the man behind many roots, such as the Legend and the Desire, and now he has also rooted the new Dell Streak.

Rooting instructions, using a technique Paul called Superboot, have just been posted to the MoDaCo forum. Recovery images are to follow soon. I will mirror them here (current version 07/Jun r1) but you should always double check with the post to see if they were updated:

Introducing.... Superboot! smile.gif

Superboot is a boot.img that when flashed, will root your device the first time you boot (installing su and the superuser APK by ChainsDD). No need to flash the system partition, no need to use ADB, no messing with the contents of your data partition, no overwriting the shipped ROM on your device, just flash the boot image using the instructions below and you're done!

The story behind this superboot is a little bit different to what has gone before... normally a Superboot is created based on a leaked ROM, but this wasn't possible on the Streak. What happened in this case is that I managed to find an exploit to give me root, which in turn allowed me to dump the device to images and create a Superboot image. This can be flashed because the Streak has a relatively open bootloader. This is pretty handy because it means that I don't have to reveal the root exploit... potentially saving it for further down the line if Dell choose to lock down the device a bit more.

APPLY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Before download, you need to check your device 'about' screen to determine which superboot version you need.

Superboot (tested on build 3883) - DOWNLOAD (MediaFire Pro) / MIRROR (ROMraid / CoBlitz) - MD5: 110e69808dc5145d1d0fca80f0d9ecb5

How to use Superboot - Windows, Linux and OSX

  • Download the Superboot zip file above and extract to a directory
  • Put your device in bootloader mode - Unplug the device from your PC, remove the device battery, then replace it and turn device on with the camera button pressed. Select the 'fastboot' text on the top right, wait around 10 seconds then plug the device into your PC. The screen display should change to 'FASTBOOT MODE'. If it doesn't, repeat and retry (it's a bit temperamental!)
  • WINDOWS - double click 'install-superboot-windows.bat'
  • MAC - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x install-superboot-mac.sh' followed by './install-superboot-mac.sh'
  • LINUX - Open a terminal window to the directory containing the files, and type 'chmod +x install-superboot-linux.sh' followed by './install-superboot-linux.sh'

Note: Be careful what you do now you have root! smile.gif We don't as yet have a recovery image or recovery flash (but will soon), so if you badly break it, you might have to wait for a bit.
That's it, job done! Enjoy! smile.gif
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Dell Streak Rooted - Instructions Are Now Live

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • nick

    can i ask why every new thing that comes out is rooted right away but the incredible is taking fricking forever ugggghhhhh how hard is it to get superuser permisions

    • http://www.whitehunter.com White Hunter

      If it's not so hard then do it yourself. If it's taking long is because it is a complicated process...you ungreatful bitch

  • dzw

    What roms can i use on this once it's rooted? I want 2.1 or 2.2 now :)

  • Ratish

    Hey...how do you enter into the bootloader mode?
    and After following your steps. does my phone get unlocked. Please reply back asap. am moving out of this country. :D

  • spanovic

    Did anyone rooted streak with Froyo?

  • Rehza19

    Little help,

    I'm stuck in fast boot mode and I can't seem to get "install-superboot-windows.bat" to open, any help would be appreciated. I'm running windows 7.

    Thanks

  • craig

    Hi, I used the bootloader and i am now stuck on the Dell logo screen and my dell streak wont work now :((( any fixes for this yet.

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