August 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a root method for aging devices. It’s not that the devices are bad, but more often than not developers have moved on to bigger and better things. For many Droid users, all of the latest updates on several devices have a solid root method. Oddly enough, it’s the same exploit and it seems to work on a plethora of devices. These include the Motorola Droid X, Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, and the Motorola Droid X2. This includes all of their variants.
The exploit was found by phifc at RootzWiki and posted here by XDA Forum Member bhigham in the form of a LiveCD. Users are to download the ISO, burn it onto a CD, then boot from the CD. From there, users put their phones into bootloader, flash the exploit, and that should root the device.
Despite the exploit not being posted in all of the device forums, the exploit works on quite a few devices. As bhigham explains:
This CD is for the D2,R2D2, D2G, and DX on Android version 2.3.4, and the DX2 on 2.3.5.
When devices get the newest OTA, one of two things happens to root users. They either stay on the old firmware until a rooted version of the new firmware is available for flashing, or they get overzealous and flash the OTA and lose root. This can be a particularly frustrating, especially when there’s no easy root method for the new firmware. We’ve written about the the struggles users go through to get root back after losing it. Unfortunately for some phones, the newest OTA’s never get rooted.
Motorola Droid X users can now breathe a little easier because the latest .621 OTA update has been rooted. XDA Forum Member frankc123 has posted about a method that will get users rocking the latest OTA back to superuser status.
The method is not exactly a walk in the park. It requires members to go so far as to boot into Linux and perform a SBF flash that will get the rooted .621 OTA on your phone, replacing the non-rooted one that’s probably already there. Those who aren’t already running Linux will have to create a live CD, adding a couple steps to the process.
More information, full instructions, and download links can be found in the original thread.
If you’ve ever attempted to root a device prone to difficulties or requiring a trial-and-error type exploit (the Motorola Droid X or T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide, for example) then you know how easily it can go wrong. Sometimes the operation fails and you end up with the superuser app installed but without actual root file system access. A quick search for ”lost root” on our forums yields an astonishing 274,000 results. Almost all the visible results link to posts where forum members believe they have lost root access, usually due to updating a ROM or accepting an over-the-air update.
XDA Member android_owl has created an app to help out in these all-too-common situations. SU Checker searches for and identifies Superuser binaries on your device in a flash. It can help check for root if you suspect you may have lost permissions. This great little diagnostic tool and time saver can be found in the release thread or on the Android Market here. Give it a try the next time and let the developer know what you think!
XDA member jbirdvegas, with the help of CVPCS, has released CyanogenMod 7 for the Motorola Droid 2. Thanks to the 2nd Init exploit in some Motorola Devices, we are now able to have custom ROMs for other Motorola devices like CM7 for the Droid X and much more in the near future. There are currently only a few issues with the ROM which are being worked on, such as Audio not being 100% stable. Other than some minor issues, this ROM seems to be a great daily driver for anyone with a Motorola Droid 2.
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If you’re looking to overclock you Motorola Droid 2, look no further – XDA forum member darkonion has posted a comprehensive tutorial on running his overclocking script dooverclock.sh for Windows, Mac and Linux users.
The tutorial also covers the Motorola Droid X. darkonion states that if you get a permission error through adb shell, use the Terminal Emulator app and enter SU, then run the script again.
Feedback so far is that it runs pretty stable above 1GHz, but you must re-run after each boot.
For the full instructions, and more information including feedback from other XDA members, head on over to the forum thread.
September 28, 2010 By: ElCondor
One special feature of the Droid X’s software keyboard is the multi touch function. This really helps a lot when it comes to fast typing. However, you might be bored with the standard white ”old-fashioned” keyboard. Personally, I like white very much – as most of you probably know – but you might just prefer a black keyboard. XDA member yourfriendwayned created a skin for the keyboard of your Droid X to fit other dark themes. One nice addition is the red Droid eye functioning as the voice level meter.
Originally posted by yourfriendwayned
Alright, so I was bored and feeling productive… as you see that is a good thing! I have redone the original Droid X multi touch keyboard to a better black version with a special Droid Eye style voice level meter (that works so well!) This version only has been tested on the Droid X 2.2 Deodexed Rom so feel free to test it for your own device – I will go ahead and tell you how to load this on your device below….
So, make sure you have a Deodexed ROM with Froyo running on your Droid X before trying this out. The thread contains a step-to-step guide to install the skin, so check it out!
If you’re a Motorola Droid X owner and just fancy a change from your default stock keyboard, then take a look at this modified keyboard by XDA forum member yourfriendwayned.
A result of boredom and productivity – not normally two words you’d put together (!), the XDA member has revamped the original Droid X multi-touch keyboard to a black version. This version also includes a special Droid Eye style voice level meter too and has been tested on the Droid X 2.2 Deodexed ROM.
If you fancy trying this out, head on over to the modification thread for full instructions on how to install the mod onto your Android device. More screenshots are also available at the thread.
If you’re a fan of tweaking your Android device, then you might want to take a look at the build.prop edits that XDA forum member LexusBrian400 has been applying to his Motorola Droid X.
Changes applied include:
The XDA member has posted individual settings for the above, but has also rolled everything up into one single build.prop for you to install via adb or root explorer.
For those of you who are wary to try the LCD Density mod, LexusBrian400 has also uploaded a build.prop with all changes excluding the LCD Density change.
For the full settings, new benchmark results, and to download the build.prop edits, check out the modification thread.
September 2, 2010 By: egzthunder1
Are you tired of seeing the same type of text on your Droid X, when it comes to Notifications? If you are, relax because you are not alone and there are people out there who feel the same way. XDA member phimuskapsi is one of them and he actually did something about it. He wrote an app that will allow the user to change the text color in the notification area in Froyo (Android 2.2). The app he made is rather simple to use, but you have to follow the instructions in the guide carefully as you will be doing some hex editing as well.
So, if you are up for the challenge, head over to the guide thread and start playing with this neat little modding tool.
Hey all! I sat down today, for hours, trying to figure this out and I finally got it. The solution was actually a little bit easier than I had thought but I had to jump through a lot of hoops, semi-boot loops and more.
Status Bar XML’s per a couple requests. Download and pop in an Extracted (NOT decoded) framework-res.apk. These are encoded with light colors. You CAN edit these in a hex editor like HxD, open up the file, then Find 0800001C Make sure “Hex Values” is selected.
EDIT: Currently Making a Windows App to do this and other things. Stay tuned.
You can find more information in the guide thread.
It was only a matter of time until the Motorola Droid X jumped on the Froyo wagon. According to a thread started by XDA member bignadad, there have been reports and even a video which shows Froyo very much alive and kicking in Motorola’s latest and greatest.
There isn’t any official report or due dates for the OS update to hit the streets, but now that the OS has been spotted, you can make sure that it will be showing up in a Droid X near you sooner than later.
You can join in the discussion and find more information in the discussion thread.
Yep, you did not misread the title. The newly released Motorola Droid X has been successfully rooted as per a Tweet found by XDA member zanix. The developer known as mrweeeedbirdman over at Alldroid.org seems to be responsible for this feat and he mentioned in his Twitter page that he will put up a guide shortly for people to join into the legions of rooted Android devices. There isn’t an awful lot to flash onto the X yet, but expect to see something really soon.
According to this man, we now have root on the Droid X
You can find more information in the discussion thread.