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Jul
droid x

This article discusses rooting your device. THIS BREACHES [VOIDS] THE TERMS OF YOUR PHONE’S WARRANTY AND YOUR VERIZON SERVICE CONTRACT. Proceed at your own risk.

For those of you who have been wondering if the Droid X would ever be rooted, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The folks over at AllDroid just posted that Verizon’s biggest and baddest Android device has been rooted!

So those of you new to Android and/or the DROID X, you might wonder what this “rooting” business is all about. We have published an article just for you: Rooting Explained + Top 5 Benefits Of Rooting Your Android Phone.

As a clarification, this does not address the boot loader issue. Until the boot loader is unlocked and we find a way to load custom recoveries, backing up using Nandroid or installing custom ROMs will not be possible. Also, depending on whether the /system partition is unlocked or not (it is on the EVO/Droid Incredible by default), you may not be able to get rid of stock apps. It seems that the Droid X is indeed not locked, so you'll be able to nuke the crap without problem.

The instructions, below:

This involves using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) through the command line, if you do not have experience using ADB, please view the guide linked in the instructions below. You will have to install the Android SDK.

The files for rooting are only available (at this point) to registered members of the AllDroid.org forums. Sign up to download them, they’re at the bottom of the first post in this thread

(Run means type the command in quotes [but not the quotes] then press the Enter key)

  1. Download the attached archive and expand it to a folder you can find (eg. c:DroidXRoot_v2)
  2. Set up ADB (Step-by-step guide for Windows Vista/7 HERE.  <-- USE THAT THREAD FOR ADB SUPPORT PLEASE.)
  3. On the phone: Home, Menu Button, Settings, Applications, Development: Make sure the "USB debugging" option is enabled/checked.
  4. Status bar, USB connection: Make sure "PC Mode" is selected.
  5. Open a command prompt (Windows: Start, Run, "cmd", OK; Linux: Terminal)
  6. Run "adb devices". If you don't see your device listed under "List of devices attached", return to step 2 and follow the link to setup ADB (use that topic for support) and return here when "adb devices" lists your X.
  7. Run "CD c:DroidXRoot" (or where ever you expanded the archive)
  8. Run "adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk"
  9. Run "adb push su /sdcard/su"
  10. Run "adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox"
  11. Run "adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid"
  12. Run "adb shell"
  13. Run "cd sqlite_stmt_journals"
  14. Run "chmod 755 exploid"
  15. On your phone, navigate to a screen where you can switch wifi/bluetooth on/off easily (settings, or a home screen with a widget)
  16. IMMEDIATELY after executing the next step, toggle wifi or bluetooth off and back on
  17. Run "./exploid" and follow directions on screen. Once this completes you'll be back at a shell prompt.
  18. Run "rootshell". You'll be prompted for a password.
  19. Type in password "secretlol" and press Enter then you are root! (You'll know because your prompt will now be a "#" instead of "$")
  20. Run "cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk"
  21. Run "cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su"
  22. Run "cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox"
  23. Run "chmod 4755 /system/bin/su"
  24. Run "chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox"
  25. Run "rm /system/bin/rootshell"
  26. Run "exit" to drop from root to a non-root user shell (on phone still)
  27. Run "exit" to drop back to your machine command prompt (instead of phone)

To Confirm root is established:

  1. Run "adb shell"
  2. Run "su" (now you should see the # sign which indicates you are root)
  3. Watch your screen so you can allow Superuser root access.

 

You're done! feel free to kill the bloat apps snd such.
NOTE: It might be a smart idea to do "rm /system/bin/rootshell" after you have su and superuser in place as ANY program will have access to your root if you leave it (cause everyone will know the password)
Credits


The blog list

Evidence of root

 

[Source: Alldroid via AndroidCentral]

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  • http://www.reddit.com friendly-mister-narwhal

    The headline is kinda silly. Everyone knew it would be rooted. Every phone's been rooted.

    The trick has always been known to be the boot loader. And we're no closer to solving that than we ever have been.

  • Ron Hamelin

    I agree that it's silly if you interpret "mighty" only to mean "unrootable." The intention of the word mighty here is simply the "mighty Droid X" as in Verizon's biggest and baddest Android device. And the "bootloader" issue is mentioned.

  • Haz

    Way too early to celebrate, but it's a GREAT first step.

    No one should think that the X is fully unlocked yet.