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Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

Those of you who actually managed to get your hands on an enTourage eDGe dualbook ebook reader/tablet/notepad device thingy (it's been in low supply lately) and have been waiting for it to be rooted just got your wish. Colin O'Dell and myself with the help of Sean and Jamezelle were able to root the eDGe, with full adb access.

How We Did It

No exploit or hack was needed. We were able to decipher the developer's debug password and use it to enable adb, which just so happens to be running as root.

What It Achieves

This root finally opens the eDGe to developers, enabling the debug bridge and allowing root apps to be used. The possibility of the Android Market being ported to it, over-clocking, and a Froyo based ROM in the near future are real. Hopefully we will see some devs jump on this very interesting device.

Kernel Source

In related news, with a little prodding from the Android community on Twitter, enTourage has also finally agreed to release the kernel source code for the eDGe, as required by the Linux kernel GPLv2 license, meaning developers can start working on eDGe-specific advancements, such as increased battery life, modified CPU clock speed, and bug fixes.

Root Instructions

To enable root access via adb:

  • Go to Settings -> Development - > Turn Debug On of Off
  • Enter 89985b36B7906bFfF and click ok.
  • That's it, your device now has root access over adb.

To install Superuser white list, and allow root apps you must push some new software to the device.

  • Download edge.zip and unzip it. And run the following commands with adb.
  • adb shell busybox mount -o remount,rw /system
  • adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
  • adb push su /system/xbin/su
  • adb shell busybox chmod 04755 /system/xbin/su
  • and reboot your device.

More to come as we play with the newly achieved root, so stay tuned.

Justin Case
Justin Case is a 30yr old father of four. He has an ever changing array of Android devices, and an eye for mobile security.
  • dragon042

    Amazing! Thank you for all of your hard work!!!

    Didn't know the rooting process would be as simple as figuring out the debug password. =P

    Hopefully this will open up a lot of doors for eDGe developers!!! =D

    • Justin Case

      We had multiple routes we could of taken, but this is the only one that would enable adbD, and root without an exploit or system wipe.

  • D4N14L

    So, now that this is done, what are some of the things that we will be able to do with these superuser abilities?

  • oscar

    I have done all that with no errors.
    then I have the superuser icon, and when click it says that the application has stopped unexpectedly. any idea of why this happend?

    • jcase

      oscar,

      I am not sure, others have reported that however enTourage's new update maybe causing some issues, or it may have to do with something else they have done.

      Again, we did not have the device when we discovered this, just the firmware.

  • David

    Will this rooting work for the pocket Edge as well?

  • Allen

    Will it be possible to increase the font size. I am visually impaired and need a font of at least 36 to read it. Its advantage is its large screen. If so I will but one.

  • Mr. eBookie

    Wow, this seems cool. All of we eDGe owners appreciate your efforts.

    Yet, in my attempt to follow the written instructions (the video post is not clear enough to follow), I do not see the path identified in order to enter the root password. On my eDGe, when I click Settings, there is no Development option. On my Droid, I can get to Development after selecting Applications. However, on my eDGe (not a Pocket eDGe), the Applications option does not have Development.

    What am I missing to be able to gain root access to adb?

    Is there any possibility of re-doing the video to show the steps leading up to entering the password? What about re-doing it so the screen commands are a bit clearer also?

  • http://www.linuxri.org Adam

    They moved it on my new eDGe, too. Look here:

    Settings -> eDGe Settings -> Default Device Proferences

    • Mr. eBookie

      Thank you Adam.

  • Gary

    will not work if system has new updates..when you try to push to device you will get you are not authorized. yes i have the debug on..i wonder what benifit this will be as this device is so limited and slow, even if you get root and load current apps they will not function as device is just not up to the task. It is a decent book reader and that is about all. It will never take 2.1 or 2.2, just passing this along, as I have spent way to much time on this device.

    PhD in Computer Science and retired now so I will have time to se what can be done with this pocket edge, great idea just short on HP :)

    garwal

    • ~OJB~

      Garwal, Thank you soo much. I am a droid fan, getting my first droid OS device (boyfriend excited I will be keeping my hands of his stuff for once;). I had been pretty gung-ho since I need both an ereader and a tablet, (I am a very avid reader and college student & mom). I had thought I hit the jackpot after umpteen hours of researching both, and seeing this as my heaven send. Guess it's back to the grind-- However thank you for helping me not make a $600 mistake. :D Now back to finding an ideal tablet and an ideal reader. AGHHH. lol.

    • Pewterbot 9

      FYI: Entourage has just upgraded their Edge and Pocket Edge dualbooks to Android 2.2, as a beta version called Ermine. Runs beautifully on my PE, I'm delighted.

      Maybe it's time to upgrade your PhD as well!

      • krazymom

        How can I get Ermine on my pocket edge? I want to be able to run the Kindle app.

  • ~OJB~

    will not work if system has new updates..when you try to push to device you will get you are not authorized. yes i have the debug on..i wonder what benifit this will be as this device is so limited and slow, even if you get root and load current apps they will not function as device is just not up to the task. It is a decent book reader and that is about all. It will never take 2.1 or 2.2, just passing this along, as I have spent way to much time on this device.

    PhD in Computer Science and retired now so I will have time to se what can be done with this pocket edge, great idea just short on HP :)

    garwal"

    Garwal, Thank you soo much. I am a droid fan, getting my first droid OS device (boyfriend excited I will be keeping my hands of his stuff for once;). I had been pretty gung-ho since I need both an ereader and a tablet, (I am a very avid reader and college student & mom). I had thought I hit the jackpot after umpteen hours of researching both, and seeing this as my heaven send. Guess it's back to the grind-- However thank you for helping me not make a $600 mistake. :D Now back to finding an ideal tablet and an ideal reader. AGHHH. lol.

  • monsterpt

    Tried some things with the pocket edge and I was able to obtain root access but su continues to elude me. I used z4mod to root.

    • newDroidGuy

      edge.zip above contains su. Maybe that will work?

  • BC

    ok, newb here, but would like to know if this allows for loading android 3.0/3.1 once rooted? sorry for newb question

  • Sara

    I am having trouble mounting the device. I opted out of Ermine and hit the reset button on my PE, but I am worried that some automatic update has gotten in the way of the root.

    I can run the adb in Terminal on my MacBooc Pro but here is where I get into trouble:

    adb shell busybox mount -o remount,rw /system
    mount: permission denied. (are you root?)

    Can anyone offer this excited but frustrated noob?

    • jcase

      Months after our initial post, entourage stopped running adb as root.

      The eDGe community was by far the least developer friendly I have found, and so was the enTourage company as a whole. I chose not to further development for their devices.

      • sara

        That's really sad to hear. I was under the impression that the eDGe community was pretty dedicated and was really looking forward to seeing how the software would grow.

        I have seen a root for the PE that is done throgh a rooted phone. http://www.google.com/#q=entourage%20pocket%20edge%20root%20get%20android%20market
        It's not nearly as graceful as your solution, but do you think it will still work? Is there still a way to upgrade the OS? What can I play with?

        Thanks for your help. This is the first time I've tried anything like this, and it's great fun, but I'm getting a little discouraged.

        • jcase

          I won't support them, we were attempting to port over newer versions of android, but the hostility from the community made it impossible.

          I know nothing of newer development, sorry.

  • sara
  • sahal

    thank for all
    my friend i'm arab user so i make root my Device and add languag file in to the system
    but my Device can not inter to systm (System attached)
    Please how i can Reform Device and repair system

  • http://www.ranchlavalle.it tommaso

    help me , password 89985b36B7906bFfF not turns on debug ... please any hint??? i am working on dingo 1.11 kernel 2.6.29 firmware 1.6 pelase help if you can

  • http://www.ranchlavalle.it tommaso

    NOT WORKS!!!!!! i am working on dingo 1.11 kernel 2.6.29 firmware 1.6 pelase help if you can
    i have debug flagged but command on adb says that i not have root permission.

  • Terry

    I just received the EnTourage Pocekt eDGe Dualbook and I am having trouble with the setup process. Step three is not setting the time or obtaining the time and gives me an error message.
    Could you please let me know if there is a simple way to get past the setup process?

  • Terry

    ...found the link on youtube from another source.

    thanks for the help!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjbZP8ckmKI

  • alex

    I just got my pocket-edge and try to rooted w/ z4root but my edge is asking me to turn the debug on, when I do, it ask for a password. What can I do?

  • cerxy

    i'm trying to bring up adb. but it aint no where.. i held shift and right clickd like it said but nothing changes cmd does not appear. debug works. can someone please walk me through it piece by piece?

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