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How to: Root Android 2.1 and Install Android 2.2 on Motorola DROID

With the official Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid hopefully arriving next Tuesday, this may seem a little late, but we still wanted to make sure we had a full guide on file which can take you from Android 2.1 to rooted Android 2.2 with ease.  This is really just an update to our previous guide which helped thousands of users find life as a rooted beast, but wanted to give those on the fence some easier instructions.

So for many of you, this is old news, but to the group of new Droid Life readers, I hope this helps.  Good luck!

Now read the warning below and we’ll jump right into this…

*Warning* – The process we are about to layout is extremely risky.  If you choose to do this, we are not liable should you brick your phone or cause any sort of permanent damage.  If you do harm to your phone, please do not email us asking for help as you have already been warned and accept all risk involved. Cheers!

Full rooting instructions after the jump!

*Note 1* – So we are clear, this is for Motorola Droid users running stock Android 2.1.  If you are running 2.0.1 or rooted 2.0.1, this process is not for you.

*Note 2* – This is for PC users only. I’m sure it can be done on a Mac, but I have no way of taking you through that process.  Feel free to ask in the comments though as one of our readers may be able to help you.

*Note 3* – This will not work on the Motorola Milestone.

STEP 1:

Flashing SPRecovery onto your device:  The first and most important step is to use a program called RSD Lite to flash/install the SPRecovery image onto  your phone.  This recovery will replace the stock Android recovery image and allow you to install a 2.2 ROM with root access.  This step does not root your device, it simply allows us to install a ROM that has superuser/root access included.  Make sense?  Proceed.

How to Install SPRecovery…

1.  Download the SPRecovery SBF file:  SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf
2.  Place the file somewhere other than your desktop.

DO NOT RENAME OR ATTEMPT TO UNZIP OR ANYTHING.

3.  Download the correct Motorola USB drivers and install to your PC.  (32-bit)  (64-bit)

32-bit for a 32-bit Windows OS and 64-bit for a 64-bit Windows OS.  To find out what your Windows OS is, go to Control Panel>System and it will tell you.

4.  Download and install RSD Lite 4.6.  (Download Link)
5.  Once you’ve completed steps 1-4, you can follow the video instructions below or skip right to step 6 to complete the process…

6.  Connect your phone to a USB and your PC and turn it off.
7.  Open RSD Lite (run as administrator).
8.  Slide open your keyboard, hold up on the d-pad, then the power button for 5 seconds and release.

Your phone should then boot to a black screen which is your bootloader.

9.  Click the … next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the SPRecover_ESE81.sbf file.
10.  Double click and open the file.
11.  Click “start” and allow the SPRecovery SBF to flash.  This should not take long.
12.  Allow for your phone to reboot and for RSD Lite to show that you are 100% and completed.
13.  Close RSD Lite and disconnect your phone.  You now have SPRecovery installed on your Droid.
14.  Proceed to STEP 2.

STEP 2:

Installing a 2.2 rooted ROM:  This final step involves flashing/installing a 2.2 ROM with root access onto your device using SPRecovery.  For these instructions, we have chosen a stock 2.2 rooted ROM, but you can go straight to a custom ROM doing this same procedure if you’d like.  Instructions for that here.

How to Install a 2.2 ROM Using SPRecovery…

1.  Update and backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe all data.
2.  Download this file to your computer:  sapphire-0.7.0-update.zip
3.  Once you’ve completed steps 1-2, you can follow the video instructions below or skip right to step 4 to complete the process…

4.  Rename the file to “update.zip”

MAKE SURE IT’S NOT NAMED “UPDATE.ZIP.ZIP” or the process will be aborted.  If using Windows XP and your files are not showing file extensions, simply rename to “update”.

5.  Place the update.zip on the root of your sdcard.  (Meaning not in a folder)
6.  Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
7.  Using the volume up/down switch highlight “Wipe data/factory reset” and select with the camera button.
8.  Choose “Wipe cache partition.”
9.  Choose “Install.”
10.  Choose “Allow update.zip installation.”
11.  Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).”
12.  The update.zip will now be installed.
13.  When it finishes, select reboot.
14.  When your phone boots up, you will have to re-add your Google accounts.
15.  You are done.

You now have a Motorola Droid with a rooted 2.2 ROM installed.  If you would like to change to a custom ROM, I highly suggest that you download ROM Manager from the market.  It will give you various options and will also simplify this process.  You will also find a bundle of videos on how to use ROM Manager in our Root(unlock) section.

Other Info:

Overclocking: If you are interested in overclocking your device, you can find some general information about it at this post.

Root-Only Apps: Here is a list of apps worth checking out that work once you have root access.  Trust me when I say that these will make your phone that much more amazing…

  • SetCPU: App used to overclock your device.
  • Root Explorer: File manager that lets you browse every file on your Droid.
  • ROM Manager: The easiest way to install new ROMs.
  • ShootMe and Drocap2:  Screen shot apps.
  • Barnacle Wifi Tether: App for wifi tethering your Droid.
  • LEDs Hack: Gives you control over your LED soft-keys.
  • MetaMorph: Allows you to install custom themes.
  • Titanium Backup: For making custom backups including your apps.

Questions or comments?  Make sure to drop them below so the entire community can attack them!

  • Crash

    Sweet! This worked on my a854 Milestone (rebranded Droid).

  • Czy_963

    what if my phone dont have any x button?

  • YR

    Well…When I connect my phone to the USB and the computer, it turns on everytime. I can't stay with the phone turned off while he's connected to the computer.

  • Oazuelos

    Can I also do this on a rooted Motorola XT720?

  • Jose Vega

    It could works on Motorola Charm MB502 with Android V 2.1 ?

  • Jws2040

    followed all the proper steps got to install update.zip and says e:cant mount sdcard.update.zip installation aborted……help????

  • Jws2040

    does this work for the motorola a854???

  • Bill Dennes

    Thank you. That got me a little farther. I installed RSD Lite 4.7 and replaced the .ini file. RSD Lite started, found the Dx and found the .sbf file. I selected start and…

    Progress never got off of 0%, and the Dx displayed:

    “Critical Error:

    1337

    510B”

    After 1 minute, the Dx restarted itself into normal Droid mode. RSD Lite sat there, still frozen at 0%.

    ???

    :+(

    Thanks again.

  • Bill Dennes

    RSD Lite fails at once with Droid X (INI file problem?)

    I like the looks of this method a LOT! I lack the will to wrestle with ADB as required by most other approaches. I learned how to get into bootloader and recovery modes, thought I was all set.

    I d/l and installed RSD Lite v4.6, seemed OK. When I tried to flash the SPRecover file I immediately got this error; “Failed flashing process. Failed flashing process. Unable to retrieve initialization values from INI file. (0x7029); phone connected.” Yep, it said “Failed flashing process.” twice.

    RSB Lite says the Droid X is Model “S Flash OMAP3630 MI”.

    The Device Properties box says:

    IMEI/ESN/MEID: N / A

    Technology: N / A

    Software Version: N / A

    Flex Version: N / A

    Bootloader Version: v0x002901

    DRM Version: N / A

    Can somebody help me? TIA!

    • Mrpicolas

      You need rsd kite 4.7 and the patched ini pstflash file in order to use this on the x

      • Bill Dennes

        Thank you. That got me a little farther. I replaced the .ini file. RSD Lite started, found the Dx and found the .sbf file. I selected start and…

        Progress never got off of 0%, and the Dx displayed:

        “Critical Error:

        1337

        510B”

        After 1 minute, the Dx restarted itself into normal Droid mode. RSD Lite sat there, still frozen at 0%.

        ???

        :+(

        • Bill Dennes

          Shoulda said that I installed RSD Lite 4.7, then replaced the .ini file. Sorry.

  • Mooseman66

    ok, i did all the SPRecovery stuff and installed the sapphire 1.0. but now i cannot get google accounts to load and i do not want to manually put my contacts back on my phone, i installed the sapphire 0.8.4 one first as well. so i thought that it would work.. but it didnt. and, there is no market so i cannot dl the rest of my apps. and when i restore from nandroid it goes back to before the sapph 1.0 install. HELP! im technically apt but need step by step directions (Please and THANK YOU! in advance)

  • Mooseman66

    ok, i did all the SPRecovery stuff and installed the sapphire 1.0. but now i cannot get google accounts to load and i do not want to manually put my contacts back on my phone, i installed the sapphire 0.8.4 one first as well. so i thought that it would work.. but it didnt. and, there is no market so i cannot dl the rest of my apps. and when i restore from nandroid it goes back to before the sapph 1.0 install. HELP! im technically apt but need step by step directions (Please and THANK YOU! in advance)

  • Dugthefreshest

    sooo, i just tried it about 4 more times, one time, it magically worked

  • Dugthefreshest

    i'm having an issue here. so i went through all the steps, i triple checked the name of the file, and it is correct (even used the command line). for whatever reason, i KEEP getting this message after pressing install

    “E:Can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 (or /dev/block/mmcblk0) (No such file or directory) E: Can't mount SDCARD:”
    installation aborted”

    ive been at this all night, google, droid-life, ive looked everywhere and cant find a solution. i can go back to the factory settings and use the phone as normal, but obviously thats not what i want to do lol. is there another 2.2 rooted rom i can try? i looked up bugless beast, and dont really know which one to try if that would solve it. i formatted the sd card as well, and still get the same error.

  • Dugthefreshest

    i'm having an issue here. so i went through all the steps, i triple checked the name of the file, and it is correct (even used the command line). for whatever reason, i KEEP getting this message after pressing install

    “E:Can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 (or /dev/block/mmcblk0) (No such file or directory) E: Can't mount SDCARD:”
    installation aborted”

    ive been at this all night, google, droid-life, ive looked everywhere and cant find a solution. i can go back to the factory settings and use the phone as normal, but obviously thats not what i want to do lol. is there another 2.2 rooted rom i can try? i looked up bugless beast, and dont really know which one to try if that would solve it. i formatted the sd card as well, and still get the same error.

    • Dugthefreshest

      sooo, i just tried it about 4 more times, one time, it magically worked

  • Twilds

    Learned a lot as a neophite, Thanks

  • Okay so i got to 100% and its sitting at the Motorola Symbol and RSD Lite says Manually power off Phone

  • Avasquez33

    Great Video! looks easy.. If I did this will it ease all my stuff like, music, pictures and stuff. I wanted to backup my stuff that I have on it now and I used Titanium backup and it said: cant becuz my phone doesnt have a root on my card and some busybox..

  • Sunny

    will this work for moto milestone….
    whats the latest rom of froyo available for milestone

    plz plz help wanna update to 2.2

  • just Rooted and wanted to say thanks for the expert advice and the easy to follow guide. For the record You guys ROCK.

  • Skells

    Read everything and followed the directions to a T, except the update.zip was Sapphire 1.0.0. Flashed the recovery, wiped cache, formatted cache, ran the update, then downloaded and transfered the gapps.zip (from the sapphire site), updated that via update.zip, went through activating the phone and because I had backed things up to my google account previously, all my apps were reinstalled, as well as my desktop image. Everything is going ducky, and my phone is running at 1Ghz and ~ 24C temperature. It was very simple to do, but READ EVERYTHING TWICE and follow the directions.

  • bigfire

    can we use this same procedure to install instead of sapphire-0.7.0-update, sapphire-1.0.0-update instead?

    • Skells

      Yes, I did just that last night! See my above comment. DO NOT forget to do the gapps update or you will have no market, no anything. Also, to those who said that there is no default alarm clock app, the Clock app has the alarm clock functionality in Froyo. Took me a minute to locate it (until I clicked on the clock and got the clock screen with the alarm clock icon), but now everything is good in the hood.

      • bigfire

        Thanks. For those of us that jump the gun and manually upgraded to stock 2.2 Froyo (the one that's not going OTA), any difference in terms of procedure?

        • Skells

          NP. I am interested in the answer to that question myself since I have a friend in that situation who might be interested in trying it.

  • NYdroid

    Has anyone had issues with v0.4 of bugless beast and MMS function? I just have seen today that my rooted droid running 2.2 BBv0.4 won't send or receive multimediate messages …. no idea why, have been rooted a month and just noticed it. Anything out there known as far as bug reports?

  • Joshua Lee

    Can someone tell me how to return my phone to stock in case I have to return it for whatever reason?

  • Thanks for the easy instructions. Rooted today and not sure why I waited so long! I have had one issue though- voice search does notg work. How do I fix that? Thanks.

  • what about the Baseband it lower than the ota?

  • Bogart2482

    I did the manual update for 2.2….how do i undo it? i want to got back stock. 2.1update-1t so i can root 2.1!

    • Darryll Fletcher

      Ditto.

  • Philip Marquis

    could you please post an official md5 sum for the sbf file? i tried to flash a corrupted file, thankfully it failed.

    i think it should be: 9b6a336cd8f067d4487935468c758d89 for SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf

  • Gsalogar

    How do I keep this rooted when Verizon pushes their update? I hear they are going to force it to install.

  • Gsalogar

    Awesome!

  • Andy

    how do i completely remove sprecovery from my droid 1?

  • En28so

    Ok I rooted my droid and all is good,but i lost my skype app in the process, now everytime I try to download skype from their website, it says that my phone is not supported? does someone else have this problem?

  • Luvjones305

    hello i have a motorola droid 2.1 smoked glass an rooted an flashed on the metropcs service i have clockworkmod recovery can i still use that because i already have the first video in my phone i use to have sp recovery but i downloaded rom manager app an it changed my sprecovery to clockworkmod recovery so am i still capable to skip the first video an continue to the next

  • Spursrchamps2007

    Does this way still work, I cant even flash the recovery on my friends phone (it immediately says failed). I did this on my phone a few months back and it worked flawlessly just curious if there are any known issues.

  • S_lilm

    My phone does not restart after I run the SPF recovery… Any thoughts.

  • Michael Appenauer

    I am ready to root my machine! LOL However, will i lose all my apps and contacts? I heard there was a way to back everything up but i cant find any info on it. PLEASE HELP

  • Merc56

    what are the steps to updating Sapphire from 0.7.0 to 0.8.4 ?

    Do I have to go through all these same steps? I cannot boot into recovery mode like I used to (power and X)…

    very confused here ……

  • Tlclem075

    wow really no one will help with the screen not booting back up? no one no one at all….wowzers heavens-to-mercatroy we are on or own.

    • Tlclem075

      ok i did it you have to factory reset as well as wipe Wipe cache partition. that what i get for scanning and not reading the whole thing…shame on me

      • Mrpicolas

        lol it has happened to all of us data wipe and cache can fix alot of problems although a pain

    • Mrpicolas

      screen not booting after what need more info to help

  • Kvn Lesh

    Thanks guy, it took me a while not having ever done this before but after a few times it worked.

  • Evanevster

    i have chosen all the right options and tryed to install sapphire but it says that it cant find the file and i made sure to put it on the sd card

    • Chris Nimon

      double check that it isnt labled update.zip.zip try renaming it to just update. Windows may be adding an extra .zip.

  • qudwis

    i want to go back to unrooted 2.1… how can i do that??? help me pls…

  • droid1

    for some reason after i open RDS lite and bring my droid to the bootloader screen, RDS lite is not recognizing my phone and therefore i cannot flash the sbf file to it…any explanations??

  • en28so

    hey guys i need help. When i use rom manager to try to update my rom or install a new one i get this message: E:can't open /sdcard/update.zip (no such file or directory) installation aborted. What do i do? thanks for any response in advance!

  • en28so

    i need help guys! when i use rom manager to try to update or install another rom i get this message: E:can't open/sdcard/update.zip (no such file or directory) Installation aborted. What am I supposed to do? thanks in advance for any help!

  • slightlyannoyed

    ok so i downloaded the sprecovery file but when i go to open it my pc cannot open the file…any explanation for this?

  • Cubsoxs87
  • Johnny G

    this F*cked up my phone

    • Johnny G

      oops.. this actually wokred… wrong thread

  • Chris Pupka

    Exluding dowloading the files and setting up my pc, the actual update process took all of 10 minutes and went withou a hitch

  • Aces2115

    just a question,. i am completely new to all of this,. so would it be safe to root the version2.1-update1??

  • Jshipler

    I have a question. I recently updated my Sapphire to the new 0.8.4 and it mentions installing the google apps after the update.

    “As of 0.8.4, sapphire is no longer including google apps by default, for legal reasons. If you still wish to have the google experience installed, then please download the package below and install it as well.”

    Does anyone know how to do this? Not sure if I have to change the name to update.zip and do that process again. But I am afraid that will mess up the 0.8.4. install???? Any help would be great!

  • Rhoffman0528

    Ok, found different version of RSD, and now it's showing my phone. But now when i open the new “recovery” it doesnt populate anything, and it does not give me the option to “start”

  • Rhoffman0528

    RSD will not show that my phone exists, even though it is connected 🙁

  • En28so

    Thank you for this post! I bought my droid from a dude brand new, and now i have learned about rooting and went ahead and did it! It was fun and easy.

  • Mkelly20

    Will this work on firmware version 2.1-update 1?

  • Mjfox75

    Voice Search isn't working since i've Rooted, keeps FC before it even opens

  • Chris S Girl22

    My rooted Droid took a bath and was ruined. The insurance company sent me my new one. Can I just use the SD card from my original and follow the steps above with the files on my card to root the new droid?

  • Slntdth7

    I already rooted 2.1 to gain super user access. Can I proceed to step two in this tutorial? Just follow the whole tutorial? Shuld I go back to stock 2.1 first?

    • tom76

      If you're already rooted use ROM Manager (if you aren't already) from market to install a froyo rom. Make sure to back up all apps + data as you WILL HAVE TO WIPE DATA and CACHE!!! No need to go back to stock.

  • Baston8005

    Ok when I try to update the update.zip file, i get:
    E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (bad)
    Installation aborted

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!

    • Baston8005

      Gonna try to rename update.zip to just update. I'm using xp….I'll post results in a few

  • nothappywiththis

    got it after several format and reinstalls.

  • nothappywiththis

    Im pissed- why is it now stuck on the sapphire loading screen?! People have asked this question several times and no responses to that?! HELLO DROID LIFE- where are you now? In the video you say, if you see the sapphire, good things are happening… well I see the sapphire and I can no longer use my phone. No responses – Wonderful. GREAT BLOG, buddy.

    • MuddyB00ts

      A few things might have gone wrong. Did you wipe data and cache? Some people say it helps when they wipe both 3x. Also, sometimes, when loading a new rom (especially after wiping) it can take an extremely long time to boot up. It's basically like loading a whole new OS on you phone, It can take up to 10 minutes or more just on the sapphire screen, but the boost in speed is worth it in the end. Also for what it's worth, I like JRummy Kangerade 5.0.9 better.

    • Coreycomm

      I had the same thing happen. All i did was go into recovery mode “Power + X” and did the steps again and it cleared it up and off I went. Hope this helps

  • Eternalsoldja

    RSD Lite isn't even acknowledging my phone. I downloaded all the correct files and up-to-date software but its still not reading….Any suggestions??????

    • When you open up RSD, plus in your phone and then boot into recovery. RSD should then have your phone listed…
      And make sure you're running with Admin privileges lol

  • Slimjim1814

    I rooted on Friday following the directions, most everything is working great. I do have some hiccups though maybe someone can help me out with.
    First, Videos. The videos that I had on my phone before the root do not work now, some don't even show a picture in the gallery, none of them play correctly now. Do I need to take them off the sd card and replace them?

    Second, the web. It works great for the most part but I do have an issue with msn.com. Every time I want to go to this site it sends me to the UK version. I have tried and tried to go to the USA version but nothing works. Google can not find my location, it searches for a while then states cant be located.

    Lastly, WiFi tether, I can not get this to work. I have tried 3 different apps from the market and none of them work for me. The only one I got close to working is the one called “wireless tether”, my laptop sees it, connects but I can't get out to the web.

    Any advice anyone can get me would be great. I love the Droid all over again not that's its rooted.

    Thanks

  • Alex

    I just updated to sapphire-0.8.4. Everything works great.

  • Alex

    Hi everyone. Does anyone have a problem with voice command app – it’s not working for me. Are there any fixes/patches?

    • Badger1313

      Yes, mine force closes no matter what.

  • Badger1313

    Help! I followed all of the instructions, plus inserted a backup prior to installing the saphire ROM. It worked well, but I lost all of my many downloaded apps. I downloaded all of them again, then installed ROM Manager (premium). I could not find instructions to move my apps to the sd card, but did find an update for saphire in ROM Manager. When I followed the update instructions I saved a back-up. But when my droid rebooted, I discovered that I had lost all of my applications again including ROM Manager premium. In addition, my setting shows I still have Saphire-0.7.0-Droid (the original 2.2 ROM). What must I do to regain the apps including ROM manager? Please help.

    • Badger1313

      I went back to the market and found that ROM Manager showed I had paid for the app, so I downloaded both versions again. This allowed me to use the restore function. When I restored the most recent backup it brought back my apps, settings and layout. SWEET!

      Now I still must figure out how to move the apps to the sd card.

      • Badger1313

        Well DUH! I went to settings, applications, manage applications and as I scrolled through the apps, I discovered that only about 30% can be moved to the sd card. I moved all i could.

        Is there any way to flash an update ROM on ROM Manager and still retain the apps and settings? I have a notice that a new one is available, but I do not want to go through the download process each time I flash a new ROM. Please help.

        Otherwise, kudos to the people who put this instruction set together. It is great, except it does not tell one to backup 2.1 prior to flashing 2.2.

        • tom76

          You should only have to restore apps + data if you've wiped data and cache to install the new rom. I wipe from time to time just to keep things clean and when switching from one developer's rom to anothers although I don't believe it's necessary unless going from one build to another ie, 2.1 to 2.2. Also I've noticed CyanogenMod v6 RC1 and RC2 for droid, allow you to move any app to sd, not 100% sure about the others.

      • Alex

        Use 'Astro' file manager from the market. Just go to tools and select all the apps you want to backup.
        Same way to restore. And get Sapphire-0.8.4 with gap package. Much more stable build. I didn't use ROM manager, just boot to recovery.

  • CORYK333

    whats up guys…..have had my droid since march and found this site right away, great job kellex and the whole community. u clowns r a riot and have also given me so much info w/o root (thanks), so i can just imagine what is instore 4 me with root…..FINALLY am making the jump 2 root and had 2 questions….have watched the vids/read the instructions on the site over and over so i get the idea, but i have always heard about backing up EVERYTHING b4 doing anything in comments and other articles on this site….#1 should i do some sort of backup b4 i start the rooting steps from this site and then proceed and if so, then how??? #2 should i do any sort of reset b4 i start the process????….i have 2 droids but would rather b safe then sorry…..any help is much appreciated, thanks in advance

    • CORYK333

      like i said, have heard BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP and NANDROID NANDROID NANDROID soooooo much that would rather be 110% sure as 2 when 2 do it……after do the sprecovery steps, but b4 2.2 install??? or after ALL the steps????……1nce again, thanks in advance 4 any help……

  • Aaric Mullins

    Just a tip, I was waiting for the reboot prompt after the installation completed. I pushed the power and the menu featuring the reboot option appeared. You might want to add that into the equation. Great and easy instructions. Got it on the first try and took all of 30 mins. Thank you times 100

  • Alex

    RSD Lite Failed flashing process. Phone[0000]: Phone did not re-enumerate after RAM-downloader was sent: (0X703E); phone disconected. I got this message in RSD Lite. Please help.

    • JDB

      It looks like a number of people have had this problem. As I'm sure you guessed, it means your phone disconnected during the install. A number of possible reasons:

      1) Make sure you have the correct drivers (32-bit vs 64-bit).
      2) There are some reports that older boxes don't handle this well. At the least, you should have Vista or 7, and, if possible, a relatively new computer that's up to date.
      3) Make sure your phone is fully charged before you start.
      4) Don't use a USB hub or anything like that — make sure your USB cable goes directly to the box and (if you happen to know this about your computer) a jack that goes directly to the motherboard is preferable.

      Hope that helps.

      • Alex

        Yes, it was a hub, thank you for your help. I'm all done running 2.2.

  • Slimjim1814

    I just did it. Everything is working great so far. I did have an issue with the GPS but going outside and launching Maps gets everything going. Getting all the apps and widgets and such back is a pain but whatever I have flash now! And at least my contacts were intact. It seems to be getting faster as time goes on and with a couple of reboots. The instructions here were far better for me to follow and was super easy to do…took me about 30mins to root and a few hours to get everything set back up. But thank you so much for this thread…I was so tired of waiting for 2.2 and now I have control MUHAHAHAHHAHA!!! LOL
    I'm still relatively new to the rooting thing I'm sure it's just gonna get better and so addictive.
    I do have one minor issue tho maybe someone can help with. Wifi tethering. I'm using Barnacle but I cant seem to get my laptop to discover it. I also tried wireless tether and with that one my laptop sees it but cant log on. Any advice?
    But thanks again, this is so the bomb!

  • JDB

    Is this sapphire ROM deodexed? I installed this a few days ago and want to try playing around with MetaMorph and want to know if I need to reflash with Pete's deodexed 2.2 before I try …

    • JDB

      Never mind, answered my own question: sapphire is fully deodexed.

  • Ddlugatch

    i got to the : sapphire but its in like a boot loop
    help!

  • Froid

    If the Start Button is disabled in RSDLite or the ROM information is Not coming up prior to starting the flash, the location of the flash file is not truely accessible by the program. Copy it to C: and try it from there. I noticed that even “Run as an Administrator” doesn't true work if you have the UAC turned off in Windows 7 so stuff like this happens.

    • Tek0428

      what if rsd lite doesnt recognize my phone…

  • Nick

    Instructions were extremely easy to follow. Now i get to enjoy 2.2! Dont know why i didnt do this earlier.

  • Tek0428

    im having an issue getting rsd lite recognizing my phone, iv read through these threads and tried the ideas posted and still can not get the program to recognize my phone… i look at the device and the computer recognizes it but it says theres no drivers installed while my phone is in the bootloader screen.(regular drivers are installed) is that the problem im having? how do i fix? anybody with any ideas? help!!!! thanks

  • Chicagoboy_123

    my Droid device will NOT show up on RSD Lite

  • Lsiracer78

    Need help… I installed this new rooted firmware 2.2 about a week ago. I just found out today that my music player will not play wav files. It plays everything else including midi but not wav files. I received voicemail for work via email and before I switch to the new rooted 2.2, I had the 2.1 with root access. That one was able to support wav files because I was able to play my voicemails from my emails. I tried everything as far as looking for an application from the droid market that supports wav and still will not play my voicemails. It will just skip right to the next playable file. Please help… if there is no fix, I need to know how I can return my phone my previous firmware. Thank you.

  • BACKUP2222222

    After installing Sapphire 7 I cannot access the paid apps from the App Market. One is Documents to go. They offer the following reason but no solution.

    The Documents To Go Full Version Key app is copy-protected and therefore will not show up in the Market on Android Developer Phones or on custom/modified Android ROMs.

    ANY WORK AROUND TO THIS?

    THANKS

  • what is the best custom rom to root to.

  • Kellex is the man. Your how to info is soooo helpful. Even if your not tech savvy your instructions are simple to understand. One thing to note, that if you try to install RSD Lite onto your computer you need winzip or equivalent to install it.

  • Mikescalero

    I have done the above steps. 2.2 seems snappy and more polished, however it seems like I can't get at certain apps I used to have on 2.1 update1. I have also noticed my Droid is getting warm if not hot very often.

    Is there a guide on how to reverse the above process, and go back to stock 2.1 update1?

  • Geryllfoo

    didnt work for me. it says my phone is not compatible with multilayer ..

  • Mikescalero

    I have done the above steps. 2.2 seems snappy and more polished, however it seems like I can't get at certain apps I used to have on 2.1 update1. I have also noticed my Droid is getting warm if not hot very often.

    Is there a guide on how to reverse the above process, and go back to stock 2.1 update1?

  • Balthuszar

    ok guys…i have a problem…i followed all the steps, and now when i go into google maps, it says my location is temporarily unavailable, also when i go into the browser and go to google.com it tries for a minute to acquire my location and then says my location is unavailable. when i go into menu>settings>location and security both “use wireless networks” and “use gps satellites” are checked. i even tried unchecking “use gps satellites” and re-checking it and still nothing…this isnt good as i use my phone as a gps ALL THE TIME

    • balthuszar

      edit a little…i followed all the steps, and successfully rooted and installed sapphire, and now when i try to find my location it says it is temporarily unavailable

  • Pacmannproductions

    So now that i rooted and at 2.2, if i dload SetCPU so i can overclock it, what exactly should i do now that i got SetCPU on my phone..i wanna speed it up a lil bit, but not too much so i have to worry bout my phone failing haha.. Any tips anyone

    • Mrpicolas

      the stock froyo kernel with most roms will overclock to 800mhz which is a good place to start and will make your phone more snappy and yoou will not have to worry about it failing

      • Pacmannproductions

        so i can stay how it is right now that ive rooted and just go into setCPU n boost it up??? I dont have to change any roms or anything? thats for the reply too homie..much apreciatedfa

        • Mrpicolas

          Should be able to if not you can find jdlfg kernel in rom manager 2.0 series
          1.0ghz and under clock to 800mgz just dl and flash don't have to wipe data
          or cache

  • Nytromix

    Finally took the leap and rooted using this tutorial. It was easy and gave me great results… until I noticed features that didn't work and apps that I couldn't load. The main feature that I missed was the Voice Search. I use that all the time while driving and need it for when I'm working on the go. I used Clockwork's Rom Manager to load the CyanogenMod 6.0.0-Droid-RC1 and am pretty pleased with my Droid 1 now.
    If you are thinking about rooting, this tutorial is a great way to get through it, but you may want to check out other ROMs afterward.
    I still can't get a few of the apps that I want, but I'm sure it is because they don't support Froyo. I'll work without them for now. I looks to be worth the sacrifice.
    Thanks DroidLife for this awesome post! You made a rooting believer out of me.

  • Lakeem

    omq , I did this sucessfully like 20 minutes ago the phone still has not rebooted.

    • Aewells302

      yes thats my case right now…still hasnt rebooted? i hope i didnt kill it.

    • ughh

      have you figured it out yet??! This guy obviously avoids answering vital questions…

  • joey

    when i try to flash spr recovery on rsd lite it says phone didnt re enumerate and it said phone disconnected 0x703 any help please?

    • Alex

      Just had the same issue any luck solving?

  • Perryperkins2012

    wow i love u guys 😛 this is soooo much better

  • Mark

    I tried to use ClockworkMod (ROM Manager) to go to Sapphire 0.8.4 but it failed. Is there a reason for this? It failed because of a build version not being there or something.

  • Cis314

    how come when I try to update it says:
    Can't mount/dev/block/mmcblk0p1(or /dev/block/mmcblklk0)
    (no such file or directory)
    “can't mound SDCARD:update.zip”

  • Dantheman51sj

    After completing part 1 successfully i think..im on part 2. now when i downloaded saphire do i unzipp the file? or do i just leave it how it is on there. anyone can help me out?

  • Cis314

    For some reason these steps dont work on my droid. I followed the steps listed above.
    It says “failed flashing process. Phone did not re-enumerate after Ram-downloader was sent. “
    Please help

  • TRAMBIX

    HEY GUYS I WAS JUST WONDERING IF I CAN ROOT MY PHONE AGAIN . I ROOT IT ONCE LIKED IT BUT I THOUGHT FROYO WOULD BE COMING SOONER SO IM AT STOCK 2.1 NOW. MY QUESTION IS IF MY ROOT MY PHONE AGAIN WOULD THERE BE ANY PROBLEMS USING MY PHONE. THANKS DROID-LIFE IS THE BEST SITE

    • Chris Nimon

      no problem, and froyo is pretty awesome.

  • Kevin

    Once the “blue saphire” comes on the screen…how long should it take to finish? Mine has been there for ~15 minutes and I want to make sure it isn't hung up.

    • Chris Nimon

      If its stuck booting on phone then pull the battery, count to ten and put it back in and reboot.

  • Aantdoe3

    anybody know if there is a fix for why my MP4 movies wont play after i've made these changes???

    • Chris Nimon

      download rockplayer. it plays many video types and you can make 4:3 movies 16:9 (full screen on the droid) and its free.

  • steve

    Help, I did as described in the video but now my phone just has the sapphire logo and won't go away. Anyone know what I can do to fix or restore? Thanks.

  • Nathan

    When i try to install these updates on like the sprecovery. it take me to a websit called mega upload..? what is that for and what does it do.?after that i guess it downloads it. then i go the file and i cant open it?what am i supposed to do ?? HELP ME PLEASE!!!

  • Gordon Andrus

    Followed instructions, but RSDLite won't recognize my Droid. Is there some set up I need to do? Otherwise, the instructions seem pretty clear.

    • Vellan_Lear

      I had the same problem and really frustrated me for a while but was finally able to get it to work. I had to uninstall RSDLite then run the install again…this time change the install path to C:RSD Lite. All you should have to do is remove the Program FilesMotorola part and let it install there.

      After I did that and started it as an administrator again, worked fine…I just rooted my phone and am in the process of install ROM Manager to try out one of the new 2.2 builds. 🙂 Thank you DroidLife! Love my Droid!

  • Pacmannproductions

    just updated to 2.2 and rooted, now how would i go into my sd card to put all the aps back on that i backuped up on astromanager? or did that get wiped too?

  • Kurt5153

    i like it but some of my normal droid stuff doesnt work, like: cant close apps all the way, voice search doesnt work, and for being 2.2 cant install adobe flash player 10.1

    • Nytromix

      Same issue here. I was kinda liking this until voice search messed up. I use that quite often. Also, had problems with voice to text in the Google Search widget… locks it up. 🙁

  • Sajlsasjl

    i cant open rsd…..any help???

  • Fsdv

    it wont install flash?

    • Trouttamer01

      im new to this. i followed the instructions above and watched the video. everything is downloaded, and installed correctly. SPRecovery was left as is not touched. When I go into SD Lite and find SPRecovery and open the file nothing happens in the file properties box. It stays blank and doesnt give me the option to start the flash.

  • Trouttamer01

    cant get RSD Lite to read the SDRecovery file. I select SDRecovery from the … box in RSD lite and nothing happens. Cant click start, and cant see anything in the right side box like the video. Help Please.

  • Igor

    After , a Motorola Droid with a rooted 2.2 ROM installed. I lost Skye and some programs

  • Scott

    I finally decided to root my phone last night, using this method. I installed Sapphire 0.8.4 and although my battery life seems to be significantly worse. Is this normal when installing a new ROM? I'm going to install SetCPU tonight when I get home from work and try to set up some profiles. Should that improve battery life? When I was running stock 2.1, my Battery Left widget always said i got about 15 hours full battery life. I haven't had a chance to calibrate it with the new ROM but it's saying my full battery life is less than 7 hours. Besides SetCPU, is there anything I can do to improve battery life? Thanks.

  • Duncan

    When I open the RSD Lite, selecthe the file, and push start, nothing happenes?? HELP PLS

  • Elwood

    First time trying all of this, the directions above made it easy. There were a couple of minor issues, but I was able to get Sapphire 0.8.4 working on my Droid fine. I do have a question, however. My understanding is that you are supposed to be able to move/install apps to the sd card in Froyo. I can't figure out how to do that. If anyone could explain that, I would appreciate it.

    • aric

      just go under settings then apps then manage apps and click on a app and then click move to sd……
      easy as that!

  • DALEE

    DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE GOOGLE VOICE SEARCH ISN'T WORKING

    • Chris Nimon
      • Ring

        tried – no go

        • I am having the same issue, tried the above fix, however, it will not allow me to uninstall. It will allow me to force stop and clear cache though. Tried reinstalling and rebooting, but still having the same problem. Suggestions?

    • Ring

      Yeah! What's up with that?

  • Patrickwhiteman

    well done 🙂 rooted my droid

  • Cool_trisha

    i received probz…Failed flashing process.Phone[0000]:Phone is not compatible with multi-interface super-file.[0x703B]; phone connected
    it popz oout such msg while flashingz…can any1 plz help me on where i went wrong???…can any1 helpz me out…

  • Sirhccs

    Hopefully someone is here to help. I've followed the process up to the point where I'm trying to flash the SPRecovery and under platform it states “unknown platform” and not CDMA OMAP like it should. What do I do now? How do I enter that platform info?

  • Jooboi

    Made it super easy. Thanks!

  • raj

    Just wanted to say a big Thank You for your simple instructions, especially the videos. I rooted my Droid and flashed it with the CyanogenMOD-6.0.0 RC1 without any issue at all. Overclocked it to 800MHz (max) (keeping 250 MHz as min). I unfortunately chose ADW launcher over Launcher 2 when installing CyanogenMOD and it is super slow. So I had to install LauncherPro Beta – any tips about switching back to Launcher 2 (not sure if that is the same as LauncherPro Beta) would help so that I can free up some phone storage. I couldn't spot a couple of apps in the Market though – e.g. Fandango. Regarding the Froyo experience – one still has to go to each and every app in the Downloads section of Market to enable automatic updates which is still a nuisance in my opinion.

    Final question: Should I choose Stock ROM from the ROM Manager if I wish to switch back to the stock Sapphire-2.2 ROM from the customized one now? Thanks for the great work.

  • anyone else getting an error when using the voice command?

  • Mexigreek

    Rooted this morning. Wish I did it sooner. The voice search was not working with the sapphire rom. Tried updating it with ROM manager and still did not work with the newest build. I also did the wipe data option when updating it. So I downloaded BB and now the phone works great. All my unpaid apps eventually loaded them by them self. Thank you Kellex for the walk through.

  • Frank Ortiz

    I rooted mine last night and it's awesome!!
    A few nights ago, I tried to root it a million times using the 64 Bit Motorola Drivers, but it wouldn't work. The SBF didn't load on RSD. I tried EVERYTHING – Changing folder locations, downloading it multiple times, and nothing.
    Last night, I borrowed my cousins OLD laptop (funny how old = 2yrs) and downloaded the 32 Bit Motorola Driver, and it worked perfectly on the first try!
    2.2 It's awesome and REALLY FAST!! I can't get Tethering to work though, wanted it for my iPad; but it's not a big deal for me right now since I have Wifi pretty much everywhere I am and I'm not traveling for a while.
    I'm worried that when Froyo officially comes out, the tethering option will come at a cost from Verizon.

    • MrDMA

      Wireless tethering native to the ROM is rumored to not be working. I use “Wireless Tether (Muller, Lemons, Buxton)” from the Market.

      • Frank Ortiz

        I have it and tried to use it, but it didn't work. By the way, this is my first root…

        • MrDMA

          Keep in mind you have to create a ad-hoc connection versus the traditional
          infrastructure mode we commonly use for wireless access points.

          Sent from my Verizon Wireless Droid!

      • Frank Ortiz

        Forget it!! Got it to work. haha. Just rebooted the phone!!
        Amazing… Just got a 3G iPad– Amazing!

  • Nate

    Kellex, no homo, but I love you. 😛

    I was pulling an all-nighter tonight, and I was just thinking about stuff, (after playing with the Droid X at the VZ store today), and I literally said outloud, “You know what? Screw it. I'm rooting my phone.”

    And so I did. So far, it's amazing. Thanks SO much! 😀

  • Sandra

    Everything was ok until i tryed to use a theme, I cant seem to get back into recover to apply a theme. I tryed using ROM manager and no luck. i hold x and the power bottom but nothing happen. what i am doing wrong?

  • Cutekidd26

    hey is there a way to go back to stock??????

  • How do I get rid of the ninja superuser icon on my droid 2.1?? Why is it there?

  • dct3416

    How long should the Sapphire initial boot take? I followed the directions and I'm at the Sapphire boot logo for over an hour now.

    • dct3416

      In researching this I came across Sapphire 0.8.4. This loaded and booted within seconds.

  • Sparking22

    I cant seem to get back into recover to apply a theme. I tryed using ROM mager and no luck. or i dont understand it

    • Sparking22

      I think i figured it out.

  • Thisguyhere85

    My app killer isnt working! and moto torch isnt turning the led flashlight on!

  • Please help a recent convert. I would like to get swype back on my droid.

  • If anyone can assist with getting Swype back onto my droid after rooting, I would appreciate it.

  • (aP)

    done, thanks. another rooted droid and new rooter. easy

  • Sparking22

    I am now ROOT!

    • Sparking22

      Ok so i cant seem to add my Gmail account and the market is now showing I used 0.8.4 for the update. what do i do?

      • Sparking22

        Fixed it. This is great!

  • Drphibes303

    Not able to flash SPRecovery onto my phone get error in RSD lite “phone did not re-enumeration after RAM downloader was sent” I am on as a admin and i put SPRecovery on the C root of my computer any other suggestions?

  • xmetl

    i messed up my phone where do i go to get someone to help me fix it

  • PoopayDeSmellum

    I am having a problem getting RSD Lite to recognize my phone. I have reinstalled multiple times and nothing I seem to fix the problem. Anyone know what I can do to get this working correctly?

  • Mattocksbri

    where do i get flash after the update????

  • larocp

    I have installed SPRecovery, but I'd like to know if I can create a nandroid backup from it before installing a custom ROM. Is this possible? Do I need to have a rooted ROM installed before I can make a nandroid backup?

    My initial thought is that I don't need a rooted ROM, just SPRecovery because I wouldn't think it would run anything out of the ROM while backing up the ROM. Is this correct?

    • MrDMA

      I did what you are asking. Before I allowed update.zip and install.zip, I did a “simple” backup, I think it's called. Simple backs up everything and advanced allows you to choose “what” pieces to backup.

      NOTE: I haven't tried recovering that first backup, so I have no idea if it actually worked, however the folder that the backup creates with a folder name of the current date and time does exist on my SD card.

  • Jose123

    The SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf file did not work what do i do now?

  • Korhummel

    wow did everything per instructions and it cannot open spphire file wtf…anyone? bueller? bueller?

  • Zachstorml

    the rsd lite wont read the sb recovery file. what should i do?

  • Korhummel

    ok i cannot get it to open the file on sd card during install it is named update.zip and it is in the general file its says E;can't open / sdcard/update.zip
    no such file or directory

    • C Hutchson

      Ok I had the same problem. What you need to do is go back into your folder and make sure that it doesn't read zip.zip. You'll have to go into the sapphire winrar file and find the zip.zip and change to update.zip and try the process over and it should work. Hey this is coming from a newbie and the experience is going to blow you away. I haven't figured out everthing else, but have fallen back in love with my droid. So good luck!

    • Rexic1

      I had the same problem! I read a few more comments and found out that if your using vista it automaticly tacks on the .zip at the end even if you can only read update.zip. It reads it as update.zip.zip. I tried it again and all was well! Instead I of getting an error it said “welcome to sapphire 0.7.0 droid!

      • Aewells302

        ok I am having problems just downloading this sapphire file to my computer…i cant see where its going and what to do with it. I'm lost. i hope i didnt wipe my phone for nothing someone please help!!!

        • Aewells302

          nevermind. i got it now…lol was thinking to much into it…i got the welcome sapphire! yayyy

    • Nathan56989

      Windows XP does the dame thing it tacks on .zip at the end without you seeing it. So save it to your desktop and when renaming just type in update and try it that way. also it had to be in lower case for me. If you save it on your desktop you can simply rename it with a right click. At least this is what worked for me.

  • Wayne W.

    Just successfully rooted 2.2 since we didn't get it for Droid on the 13th this month. Already see things I like.

  • Aantdoe3

    ok HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! tried and performed all the steps to the letter and now all i get is “process system not responding” the phone keeps telln me to conect my charger but its already connected??? I THINK I KILLED MY PHONE?????

  • Got it all worked out. Thanks for the instructions! Can't wait to really dive into Froyo!

  • How long will it take for Sapphire to load.. the “sapphire” has been on my screen now for a while

  • Any help with installing flash would be great, I tried following the post on here but was unsuccessful.

    I've noticed today after rooting my phone yesterday that when I play Mafia wars and vampire wars that when I click on in game lins the touching/targeting seems to be off. Any ideas as to why? Just seems to be those 2 sites.

  • Zachstorml

    does rooting your phone delete contacts and pictures?

    • Merc56

      No, I just rooted last night and it was EASY !!!!

      Contacts resync with google once you sign into your google account again. Photos should be on the SD card anyway and were all still there.

      • Zachstorml

        thx. but rsd lite wont read the sb recovery. what do i do?

  • Zachstorml

    does it delete your contacts when you do this?

  • tyrion

    I've been trying to root all morning….I don't know if I have a serious problem yet or not. I am at the point of installing the update.zip file. My phone says install from sd card complete but the progress bar has been stuck at almost finished for a good 40 minutes. I don't know if I should let it just sit and continue to run down the battery. Should it take this long?

    • Adking

      Nevermind…got it. Thanks.

    • MrDMA

      I remember this happening to me at some point, either during my very first flash or during a subsequent flash. If I remember correctly, and use at your own risk, I think I hit the power button once which takes you back to the main menu in recovery which allows you to “reboot now” I think it reads.

  • Sparking22

    so I am trying to root and i get to the part were we open SPRecover_ESE81.sbf in the RSD Lite but its not opening it like in the video. I have download and followed the directions to the T. and still not opening the SPR

    • Sparking22

      Any one? I restarted my computer and RSD still wont open SPR

      • MrDMA

        I don't know if THIS is your issue, but when I read through some of the threads regarding this step, you couldn't save SPRecover_ESE81.sbf to your PC's desktop. It had to be saved in another directory of your choosing on your PC. Just a thought!

        • Sparking22

          I tried that. I re-downloaded it 3 dif location and still no luck sadly.

          • MrDMA

            Are you able try another PC? What about running as Administrator? Although I think the Administrator issue may not get you as far as you have gotten so far, so that may not be it. Did you download as a .rar or .zip? And regardless of either, was it unpacked as a .sbf?

          • Sparking22

            Ya. Ill see if i can try the other PC.

          • Mike

            im having the same problem, im on a windows 7 64 bit and have the drivers and everything but i cant get rsdlite to highlight the start button when i click on the sprecovery…idk what im doing wrong…any help?

          • Mike

            nvm i fixed it….seeing how windows 7 has a bunch of shortcuts on the desktop for instance to your documents and ect. i moved the sprecovery to a few different spots and found one that works,… library documents worked perfect….try that and see how it goes…just make sure there arnt any shortcuts to it from your desktop im guessing….dont know why…

  • Drberezin

    Been rooted for almost a day now (Sapphire 0.84) A couple of questions:

    – You can have both recoveries on the phone – SPRecovery and ClockworkMod? Any issues or problems?

    – I downloaded Wireless Tether for Root and turned it on. I forgot to turn on my WiFi first and I had all kinds of strange issues with the WiFi turning on and off and the bluetooth wouldn't stay on and when I stopped the Tether app and turned off WiFi, my 3G didn't come back! I stopped Tether and deleted it and to rebooted the phone and everything seemed fine after that. Anybody have any issues with this app? Is Barnacle any better? Possibly could have been Juice Defender.

    Thanks

  • How do I get the voice search to work? Also, If I want to go back to 2.1 (non root)…how do I do that?

  • Cvfd01

    Ok, this may have been covered but so many posts to sift through. I am tired of waiting for OTA 2.2 update so I finally decided to root and do it manually. I have SPRecovery installed and it appears to be working normally. I downloaded the “clean frf84b” build from an ealier post and tried to install it. I downloaded it and renamed it “update.zip”. Before you ask it is just “update.zip” verified on my computer (I view all file extensions) and on my phone via eStrongs file explorer. I boot into SPRecovery and wipe data & cache. I click allow update.zip installation then click install update.zip (deprecated). It goes all the way to saying installing update.zip then says installation aborted. my phone was at about 40% battery power at this point. I have redone the steps about 4 times and same results each time. Any ideas or suggestions anyone?

    • Cvfd01

      Ok, I have now re-downloaded the “cleanfrf84b.zip” file 3 times and tried about 6 times to make this work. When I go to install it gives the following:

      Finding update package…
      Opening update package…
      Verifying update package…
      Installing update package…
      Installation aborted.

      Please if anyone has had this problem or knows what I may be doing wrong pleasehelp me. I am lucky enough to have done a nandroid backup and so far that has saved me. I have restored 3 times (getting ready to for a 4th time) since this is not working. Any help please?????

      • Contact Santiago

        try deleting the update.zip from your sdcard and recopy. Then try install again.

      • aric

        how do you do a nandroid backup?

      • DroidALicious

        I have the same problem…any answers yet?!?

        • make sure to delete your old update 2.1 if you installed it manually

    • Mercedesbling

      rename to “update” not “update.zip”. lemme know if that helps

  • Xdevin

    The instructions were perfect and the results were perfect. Excellent job to Droid Life!!

  • keystpwn

    Can I skip step two and go straight to using Rom Manager?

  • i am having some problems with this. when i go to install the update.zip it says it aborting that the file cant be found? do you know whats going on here???

    • Mrpicolas

      Yiu have to allow update zip in recovery. Then flash

  • Drberezin

    After sitting on the sidelines for about 4 months with my Droid, I finally took the plunge! I used the above guide and got Sapphire 0.7. A couple of things weren't working quite right and I uninstalled and went back to non-root, stock (panic set in, I guess).

    I saw that 0.84 of Sapphire came out and I tried again. Restored all my apps from MyBackup Pro and set my screens and apps up again (use ADW launcher).

    Got a little nervous with how warm my Droid was getting. I installed SetCPU and followed this guide – http://www.droidforums.net/forum/hacking-faqs/4… for doing profiles and it seems to be working quite nicely now.

    Finally running Froyo!

    I have a couple questions –
    – You can have both recoveries on the phone – SPRecovery and ClockworkMod? Any issues or problems?
    – i downloaded Wireless Tether for Root and turned it on. I forgot to turn on my WiFi first and I had all kinds of strange issues with the WiFi turning on and off and the bluetooth wouldn't stay on and when I stopped the Tether app and turned off WiFi, my 3G didn't come back! I stopped Tether and deleted it and to rebooted the phone and everything seemed fine after that. Anybody have any issues with this app? Is Barnacle any better? Possibly could have been Juice Defender.

    Thanks to all on the forums and the great information here and the other Android sites (Droid Life is my main “go-to”, though)!

  • Jj198806

    Will STEP 2 work if I got ClockworkMod Recovery with rooted Android 2.1 installed? If not is there any other steps I can use to install this Froyo ROM?

  • Peterrrr

    Can you go back to stock 2.1 once you rooted to 2.2?

    • Drberezin

      I did (see my post). I panicked and went back to 2.01 through ClockworkMod and then it did the OTA update to 2.1 by itself. I did go back to Sapphire, though (0.84) and my first 6 hours seem to be good!

      • Peterrrr

        thanks

  • Mormile2084

    Hey fellas so i tried this…. got all the way to recovery and went to install sapphire and it started to load and then said failed to install bc it couldnt find the update.zip i dunno why that happened. Now all i have it a factory stock droid unrooted… what did i do wrong?????? PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • You need double check what you named the file. Go into Astro File Manager and make sure you didnt name it “update.zip.zip”.
      Windows hides file extensions…
      Then, once you MAKE SURE it is name correctly, try flashing again 🙂

      • tehownage

        I did that and it's still not working… help me please haha.

  • Lloyd877

    This is pretty Awesome I was worried that some things would not work. The Videos are very helpful.

  • Jj198806

    What if you already have rooted Android 2.1 installed, can you go straight to STEP 2 and install 2.2 without any problems? I apologize if this question was already covered.

  • Acalvillo5

    Help Please.
    Trying to root phone for first time and my computer cant open RSD lite. which program do i need to open it?

  • MDD1031

    Just used this guide to root my Droid. Was kinda nervous but its really simple, I didnt feel like waiting on Verizon.

  • Vellan_Lear

    I downloaded the SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf file and didn't change anything…
    then downloaded and installed the 32 bit motorola drivers for windows os…
    then downloaded and installed RSDLite 4.6 application…
    connected my phone to my PC then turned it off then started up RSDLite (it is set to run as administrator)
    then booted phone to bootloader

    Seems like I followed the instructions to the letter but, at this point in RSDLite, it cannot “see” my phone (at least it's not listed in the matrix at the bottom..also, when selecting the SBF file, it does not show the file properties (i.e. no “Start” option)…Thoughts?

    I'm running windows 7 international if that helps.

    • Mike

      having same problems here just with a windows 7 64 bit….any help on this issue yet?

      • Mike

        nvm i fixed it….seeing how windows 7 has a bunch of shortcuts on the desktop for instance to your documents and ect. i moved the sprecovery to a few different spots and found one that works,… library documents worked perfect….try that and see how it goes…just make sure there arnt any shortcuts to it from your desktop im guessing….dont know why…

  • Datsunjon

    ok..followed the vids to the letter but my install aborts
    E:can't open /sdcard/update.zip
    (no such file or directory)
    installation aborted.
    any idea what I messed up on?

  • Jvynal

    This was by far the easiest way to root your phone I have ever seen. Kudos to the author! Froyo is AMAZING. Can we say *5* home screens now? WOOT!

    To all those who are are scared snotless worried about bricking your phone like I was, dont be! Take your time, make sure your battery is fully charged, and just follow STEP BY STEP. Pause the video and rewind if you need to in order to make sure you dont skip a step. If you follow this too the letter, you too will be amazed on the wonderful goodness that is FROYO! =D

  • Thank you for the help! Everything is running perfect except for one thing. I set up the phone with my old Gmail account so i could re download my apps. When I go to the Market and to my downloads only a select few of my paid apps are there. I even try to do a search for apps that I have paid for and it says they do not exist on the marketplace. What do I do? I have spent a lot of money on apps and I want to be able to re download them. If anyone else has ran into this problem it would be great to get some help and or tips.

    • Ring

      I have the same issue…did you find a fix?

  • This is probably the best how to do it video set I have come across in a while. I actually got interested in rooting yesterday at work while looking for some new emoticons for my phone. This led to that and pretty soon I found myself here, searching for information on what rooting is and how it could be accomplished safely. I really couldn't afford to break my phone. So I got home last night and decided to just do it. It took me maybe an hour and that was only because i messed up. A note for Vista users: when you change the name of the Saphire zip DO NOT put .zip at the end. Evidently, Vista already recognizes file types and tacks it on. Me, I made it update.zip and it kept failing. Anyway, got passed that. Got it rooted and the ROM installed and its working GREAT! Its been up for over 12 hours by this point and not a hitch! Now I just have to figure out how to change out the ROMs as wanted. Can you change back to a 2.1 ROM from this?

    Anyway, thanks for the introduction to the world of rooting. I may be hooked.

  • Ruddy

    man ok im trying to install the update.zip and it gives me the installation aborted thing and that it cant open the update.zip file..anyone know whats up with it?
    first time rooting :/

    • Droidfan01

      I would try renaming the file to update only, leave off the .zip. This worked for me, Moto droid, windows xp.

  • Erickrebsbach

    How, do i install flash player after installing 2.2? the market wont let me

  • Spreck

    Anyone else missing apps from the market place after this? Specifically I'm missing Abduction World Attack, and Digital Clock Widget by Maize (not the one by Notes). I'm sure there's plenty of others that are missing that's just what I've noticed from my apps so far.

  • droidaholic

    Hey Kellex, Where did you get your stock 2.1 without root zip. For those of us who would like to unroot. Having touchscreen problems and taking it back to verizon.

  • Help Needed

    This does not work for me for some reason, I seem to be having the same problems Carriest had. I get all the way to step eleven, where i double click the SPRecovery file in RSD Lite, but nothing shows up under “file properties” and the start icon is grayed out…… any help would be highly appreciated! 🙂

  • I would love to root my droid but want to see if anyone out there can shed some light on doing it with a MAC? Is anything different from the directions below? Thanks for any advice!

    • Drberezin

      I'm a Mac user, also. But to play it safe, I did it on my work laptop (Windows XP). This way I could follow the directions exactly and if there were any issues, it would be easier to get help from the forums.

    • Markduenas

      I use Mac as well. If you can find the USB drivers for Mac and RSDLite then you can do it. I was not able to find RSDLite so I gave up and just used my XP laptop.

  • Finally decide to join in the with the popular crowd and root my phone and I am loving it. The extra speed and and freedom for full customization in great! My wife now wants me to fix hers up as well so that is my job tonight(she wanted to see if mine would work over the weekend without any problems before hooking hers up.

    I have to agree with Driodzilla as well yall at Droid Life are awesome and I seriously appreciate yall always keeping us up to date with the newest and best features out there.

  • Jaerows

    never mind i got it to work will post my feedback when its all said and done

    thanks a ton
    love the blog keep of the amazing work

  • Jaerows

    I'm having issues trying to install the update.zip file , i did everything as instructed just as you did in your video
    and i keep getting this error
    E:can't open/sdcard.update.zip (no such file or directory)
    i doubled checked to make sure the file was indeed infact on my sdcard
    my computer sees thats its there
    so i reformatted my sd card and dropped the file back in there
    and still the same issue

    ?
    any suggestions

  • qman2009

    I followed the directions exactly right for both parts and it still doesnt work for me. It always says “installation aborted”. Can someone help me with this problem?

  • Scott

    every time I install the update.zip is says Can't open /sdcard/update.zip (bad) Installation aborted
    Does anyone know?

    • Mrpicolas

      You have to allow update zip installation its a toggle in recovery

    • Droidfan01

      Try renaming the file to update only, leave off the .zip. This worked for me…

  • Trevor-kai

    Has anyone rooted using an Apple Macbook. If so hit me up so I can get this D.O.N.E.

  • Yoly

    I am currently on Step 2 #2. When I downloaded the link “sapphire-0.7.0-update.zip” the file saved as a compressed folder. Is there some option I am supposed to change to get a file and not the folder?

  • Antonius138

    Does anyone know how to apply the updates the Sapphire team has released to fix the voice search, location, and market syncing? I have a zip file on my phone but I cannot figure out how to apply the fixes…

    A.

  • Hey Kellex I'm new to the whole Rooting world…..attempted to make it happen, but when I do….my phone doesn't show up on the RSD Lite list as connected. Nothing pops up like the instructional video on installing RSD. any ideas?

    • Mrpicolas

      start rsd lite then boot phone into bootloader thrn navigate to the sbf file and open once this is done it should give you the option to start

      • H2otwa

        I have a question…it finds my phone, and says its connected…but when I load the sbf file it doesnt give me the option to start 🙁 ive literally tried everything…idk what it is

        • Mrpicolas

          Try redowloading the sbf file again maybe download got corruoted

          • H2otwa

            I've literally downloaded it like 20 times, from this site, other sites, everywhere. saved it to different places..etc… really really annoying considering i stayed up til 5 in the morning trying to solve it but nothing.. updated everything.. still cant click start.

          • droidaholic

            same thing happened to me my problem seemed to be which folder the sbf file was in. whether it was in a folder or on the desktop. cant remember which one worked.

          • H2otwa

            I guess I'll try just putting the file everywhere and trying them all….really annoying though.

    • Mrpicolas

      also try and find a rsd lite download that is not in rar format but rather a zip format people have been having issues with the rar ed one

  • azwaterengineer

    Droid Life- Thanks for the easy to use instructions. I have a couple questions now that I have rooted my phone.

    1. I have a few apps on the market that do not show up now. I have waited a few days and they are still unavailable. I have emailed the developers to verify their existence and checked http://www.androidpit.com. They are still available. How has this root OS update removed the apps from the marketplace?

    2. How do I backup now? I have found that I can easily go to SPRecovery and reload my previous OS version with apps and data. Is there some way that I can now save my 2.2 version in another file and have a backup now that I am ready to try some Roms…this way if something goes wrong I can revert back to my working Sapphire ROM?

    3. What happens to my phone when Verizion pushes out the “real” 2.2 OS? Do I do the upgrade or do I ignore?

    4. Is there some way that I can get to my old data that was on 3banana, mileage tracker, and other apps? I assume that I can find the data files on my SD card to get the previous stuff back?

    Thanks again!

    Emery

    • Edfritz

      I have the same questions, although I am mostly concerned with how to back up ALL my apps (160+), settings, contacts, etc. so I can restore my Droid back to what I have. Will MyBackup Pro do that or is there something better or more reliable…

      Thanks,

      • Mrpicolas

        that will work or you can use astro and once rooted 2.2 will restore your stuff if you flash and wipe data and cache also titanium backup once rooted is good

    • romick

      I'm having similar problems.

      One of the goofiest is that I do not get the temp or animations from Beautiful Home. I've tried several different skins and settings, NADA!

      Stupid me. I was so excited to do the update that I didn't perform a backup.

      Anybody got any ideas?

      • Mrpicolas

        B home has issues and has had issues exclude it from task killer and hope fpr the best

  • Jtrosario

    After months of seating on the fence I finally took the plunge and rooted my phone. It launched pretty fast but typing is sluggish and sensitivity is acting weird and doesn't respond. Also my installed apps don't show up on the market. Everytime I hit voice search I get FC, help please!

  • Unotlikeme0303

    wont install update.zip i installed an app called g script to change fonts and it never re booted stuck at M logo when i go to install i hit allow update.zip installation then install sd card update.zip(deprecated) and it says ” E:cant mount SDCARD:update.zip instalation aborted ………. Plz Help!

    • Droidfan01

      rename the file to update only. DO NOT add the .zip to the file name. This worked for me….

  • Nbeduhi

    how come when i downloaded RSDlite to my pc it doesnt let me open it?…it says windows cannot open this file….anyone know what im doing wrong?

  • This was amazing. Thank you for all your hard work. Keep up the good job.

  • Ryan C

    Am i the only one with a Droid 1 who still runs 2.0.1 by choice? I'm waiting for the 2.2 to be released for Droid 1. Also does anyone know if i can jump from 2.0.1 to 2.2 or do i have to go to 2.1 then go to 2.2? Thanks in advance for help.

  • VanessaRenee1030

    I am wondering if someone can please help me out, I am getting so frustrated. I have only been rooted for a couple of weeks and have been on jrummys kangerade v.1. Everytime I try to download a different ROM, the market won't work. When I go in to try and download ROM Manager or Titanium Backup it just gets stuck on Installing. I wipe Data and Cache everytime. What am I doing wrong? I would really like to try out something other than jrummy. Please help!

  • Nbeduhi

    ok someone plz help me out here….i downloaded the 64 bit drive to my pc…and i downloaded the RSD lite file from above^^^^ to my desktop….but when i double click on RSDlite and try and use it …doesnt open up…it says windows cannot open this file…what did i do wrong?

    • AlexM

      hasdgjads;lkhjalajhd;lhkjd i got the same problem!!!!!!!!!!!

    • VanessaRenee1030

      I had the same problem. You have to download winrar to unzip the file.

    • Kt55

      Find a RSD lite file without the .rar extension i did the same

  • Hey folks, I have a stock 2.1 Droid and I've been attempting to flash the Recovery file to my phone so I can root it, however, when I go to flash it with RSD Lite, it errors and says “Failed flashing process. Failed flashing process. (0x7100); phone connected.” I have a 32 bit system (Windows 7 Ultimate) with the 32 bit drivers installed, and I followed the directions up to this point, any ideas?

  • pitts2b

    Alright guys I finally jumped to the fence to come over to root world. I already ran into a problem. I flashed sprecovery using rsdlite and it said everything was finished and looked like everything worked. but, my phone never rebooted and just came back to the Bootloader screen. What the hell do I do now?? Thanks for your help all!

    • pitts2b

      I'm assuming since it appeared everything worked correctly I just need to get out of this bootloader screen. Is this correct? How do I get out of the bootloader?

      • Mrpicolas

        Unplug it fro the usb when its done flashing if you leave it plugged in it will turn on and bootloader will show up

        • thanks for the help. I got impatient and got it working lol. I am now fully rooted and exploring !!!

          • Mrpicolas

            Good to hear

  • Rooting question-does it wipe everything off your phone or just OS related files? i.e. will I have to re-install all of my apps and reconfigure all of their individual settings, or does it work more like the OTA update where I get all of the new goodies but the rest of my customizations are safe (besides google account as you mentioned)?

    • EC8CH

      Titanium Backup is an app in the market that can be used to backup and restore all of your apps (including data and setting). It is used by rooted users who jump ROM's frequently. However it requires root access and thus can't be used until after you're first ROM flash when you gain root. The first time you flash your ROM to gain root you will unfortunately loose your data. Astro file manager has a feature that will backup and restore your apps, but your data and settings will be lost. The does not require root and could be used for your first ROM flash.

      Hope that helps.

  • Yo! Everything checks out, now rooted for 2.2; I was EXTREMELY nervous that I wouldn't be able to have everything work out alright, and I would be out $559, ya know? Especially since I don't money to go out and buy a cheapo replacement phone had I bricked mine.

    Anyways, I DID actually run into the problem with the “Update.zip” deal, and renamed it to “Update” using mounting via the recovery flash; Then I ran into the problem of having it stuck on the Motorola symbol, I freaked out; Crossed my fingers, took out the battery and waited 5 seconds, re-booted into recovery, cleared data and cache (which is done really with Data), and then reinstalled the 2.2 ROM, and everything went smooth. First impression is the phone runs SLIGHTLY faster, but nothing too crazy.

    Thanks! I'm eager to learn about the Custom ROM world, and glad I finally took the plunge to root after being a Droid-Life reader since December of last year.

  • Ckj1536

    It didn't download as a zip file either.

  • Ckj1536

    What can I do if I can't even open up the .SBF file?

  • Jsrvevia

    So iupdated this from the other 2.2 release, and now beautiful Widgets isn't getting weather.anyone else have this problem?

  • Tireur

    Awesomeness! Okay I'm saying this anonymously but I work for the big red Verizon as a sales representative. I was on the fence about rooting and updating my phone for a long time because I use my phone to demo to customers. I decided to try it tonight and I love it! I'll just tell my customers that I have a “special theme” because we can never recommend to root your phone. But I LOVE THIS! It's so fast and awesome! Thank you!

  • Richardavila1980

    i know this has nothing to do wit this subject but i need help guys. i rooted my stock 2.1 droid to JRummy’s Kangerade rom. i then wanted to manually return To Stock Android 2.0.1 and did everything up till i had to flash the “alternate recovery” aka SPRecovery which i did. then when i tried to boot in recovery mode a picture of the phone wit a “!” inside a triangle comes up and when i just try to do a regular reboot i get these following error messages which say ” the application google partner setup(process.com.google.android.partnersetup) has stopp unexpectedly, please try again” and then another that says “the process android.process.acore has stopped unexpectedly. please try again” and when i hit force close on both of them the home screen is blank and i cannot bring up anything. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!

    • Mrpicolas

      Flash 2.0.1 sbf in rsd

  • TheFarmerDeBoer

    For whatever reason, I randomly decided to root tonight. I would have never taken the leap if not for you

  • Shanklin07

    ok i downloaded the update.zip file but when i open the containgin folder their are two folders that are, META-INF, and, system. why isnt it just the update.zip file like in the video? and if it is why am i not finding it inj this sapphire download? someone please help me.

    • Mrpicolas

      the update zip is the rom that is what goes on the sd card then when you go into recovery that will be the one you select to flash the rom

      • Shanklin07

        yea but im not seeing any update.zip file….just the meta-inf and system folders whenj im opening the download?

        • Mrpicolas

          You don't open the zip stick it on the sd and select it when in recovery

          • Shanklin07

            ok but when i got to my downloads i see the folder that is named sapphire0.7.0-update.zip. do i just rename that and transfer it to my sd card or what? i thought it was not supposed to be in a folder.

          • Mrpicolas

            Yes what it means is don't put it in a folder that's on your sd leave it
            with all the other folders you see

          • Shanklin07

            ok that all makes sense but even if i rename that file its still a folder right? Im just not seeing that zip file. its a folder

          • Mrpicolas

            Well yeah but trust me its packaged up look at the file size and the folder
            will look similar to the other ones but different

          • Shanklin07

            ok i did what you said then put it on my sd card and it looks like a folder that is named update.zip. so will that work?

          • Mrpicolas

            Should I sent you a gtalk invite. So I can help ya

          • Shanklin07

            yea hold on i gotta install it and find my number i forgot it. but i did what you said and it said aborted so im doing something wrong.

          • Cdhoward32

            how do i flash on 2.2 its not in the market

          • Mrpicolas

            Grab it of droid-life look in root and unlock section

          • Mrpicolas

            Windows hides the ext by default that's probably why you are not seeing
            the.zip

          • Shanklin07

            ok im gonna try to install it. i will let you kno if it works

          • Mrpicolas

            Cool remember to follow the steps in order and you should be fine

  • Alexm9437

    whenever i try to download the SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf file i get an error that says windows doesnt know what to do with this file, is there something i need to download so it knows what to do with it? i know this is probably a very easy thing to fix, but its late and im gettin a little tired, just not enough to give up on rooting!

    • Mrpicolas

      do you have rsd lite installed and the drivers also if it is zipped up you need to extract it with winrar or winzip and then you will be able to access the file

  • I'm having trouble with SBF file. When you add the SBF file in RSD lite it loaded some information. It is not doing the same for me? not sure why it wont load that information. Did this happen to anyone else? Vista 64-bit.

    • Mrpicolas

      the … you see click on that then look for the sbf file and open it then hit start and dont touch it till it finishes if it fails restart it and do this till it says sucess do not unplug your phone until it is done or you will have a paperweight it may also say fail and your phone may reboot on its own as well and load up once it loads then it is safe to unplug if that happens

    • The Carriest

      I'm having the same problem. The SBF file doesn't load at all in RSD Lite. Doesn't allow the start.

      • Mrpicolas

        Did you unzip the sbf and put the file anywhere but the desktop?

        • The Carriest

          I'm not sure that I understand. How do I unzip SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf? I followed the directions below:

          “1. Download the SPRecovery SBF file: SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf
          2. Place the file somewhere other than your desktop. DO NOT RENAME OR ATTEMPT TO UNZIP OR ANYTHING.”

        • The Carriest

          Within the RSD Lite screen, it doesn't show the File Properties after selecting the .sbf file. I attempted to flash anyway, and it said that flashing failed. I downloaded and installed the correct driver for my PC.

          • Mrpicolas

            Flash again also did phone reboot may take a few min if so your good

          • The Carriest

            Thank you, thank you for all your help, btw. Very cool. I'm in the process of starting from scratch; uninstalling/reinstalling all programs. Perhaps I didn't stick to the correct order of things to begin with.

          • Mrpicolas

            Let me know if you run into problems Going to bed for the night But me or tim will help you out

          • Coomoefoe

            I re-downloaded/installed all of the files again to no avail. RSD Lite gives me “0x7100 Error”. Did some research, read that it might be a USB problem, so I switched ports, and even made sure to use a Motorola USB cord, just to be safe. Nothing 🙁 Within RSD Lite, the file properties do not load at all after opening the .sbf. My device properties load up fine though. Any ideas? I'm running Windows Vista Home, 32-bit with the correct drivers installed. Is there something more to the driver installation that I may missed? Thank you for you time, I'm so grateful that you guys are here to help.

          • Mrpicolas

            make sure you have rsd lite 4.6 and try to find one that isnt a rar file
            look for zip some are having problems with the ones that are rar files

  • The Carriest

    What if the SPRecover_ESE81.sbf info does not appear in RSD Lite 4.6 (as shown in the vid)? Proceed anyway?

  • MrDMA

    I've had my Droid for almost a week and I have been reading this forum for 2 or 3 months. I'm a former assembly language programmer from back in the day, so one would think I would have gotten all of this by now, but I am still fuzzy on what and when I need to backup. I feel like someone needs to insert “backup apps”, “backup settings”, and “backup existing ROM” in the above instructions. Or does backing up a ROM backup backup apps and settings?

    I feel like I have more questions than answers. I get more and more frustrated.

    • Mrpicolas

      backing up a rom will give you a sysem image settings like wifi and ringtones that stuff will have to be reset as different roms come with different tones and such. anything you have on your sd card will still be there and if you are going to a 2.2 ro your apps should install be default becuase 2.2 does this with the market because of it being linked to your google account

      • MrDMA

        I finally found the information I was looking for:

        “You have installed SPRecovery for the very first time. What would be the next good thing to do?

        Perform a Simple Nandroid Backup.

        Power off your phone.
        Hold down the X key and keep holding it down. Power on the phone. Don't let go off the X key until the SPRecovery screen comes up.
        Select Backup/Restore
        Select Simple Nandroid Backup
        Reboot your phone and using Astro (free market app) you will see a file in your /sdcard/nandroid folder. The one I made today, April 25th, 2010 is named BSD-2010425-1715 and you can see the datestamp in the middle of the file.Selecting Simple Nandroid Recovery will put your phone back to the same state it was when you made the backup if you select this file during that process.”

        Did no one here know about this or is it a matter of everyone is so excited to get rooted and ROM'd that they don't care about having that FIRST backup? I think Kellex makes a brief reference to backing up but this little nugget I found makes more sense other than something simple like “make a backup if you want”.

        Maybe I'm to anal with details.

        • Mrpicolas

          Many people just relate the 2.0.1 sbf as going back stock as the nandroid is
          the state of your phone after flashing the 2.1 sbf with sp recovery and your
          phone wont flash vzw updates with a custom recovery present

    • Mrpicolas

      although once rooted if you install rom manager premium you will have these options that you can do within the app it kind of automates the process for you

      • MrDMA

        So, there isn't a way to “backup” the stock ROM after flashing SPRecovery? I realize those of you in the root community don't ever look back after rooting, but call it a security blanket for me. Or how about a way of backing up the stock recovery before flashing SPRecovery?

        Also, I downloaded ASTRO backup from the market. Could I use this to save settings (wifi, gmail accounts, ringtones) currently used to my SD card then move/copy them back once I have a new ROM?

        PS. Thanks for the help so far!

        • Mrpicolas

          yes if you look through this site you will find the 2.0.1 sbf file this is the stock verizon file untouched using rsd lite you can flash this and reboot it will unpack and load then once up and running it will ask you to update to 2.1 since 2.2 isnt out yet select accept and you will be back to normal and yes i believe you can use astro for this not sure how it excatly works because i dont use it for that

  • The Carriest

    Can I substitute thjis Sapphire rom with the cleanFRF84B.zip?

    • Mrpicolas

      yes you can just remember if you are using sp recovery rename the zip update the .zip will be implied if your using windows

  • Mrpicolas

    STEP 1:

    Flashing SPRecovery onto your device: The first and most important step is to use a program called RSD Lite to flash/install the SPRecovery image onto your phone. This recovery will replace the stock Android recovery image and allow you to install a 2.2 ROM with root access. This step does not root your device, it simply allows us to install a ROM that has superuser/root access included. Make sense? Proceed.
    How to Install SPRecovery…
    1. Download the SPRecovery SBF file: SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf
    2. Place the file somewhere other than your desktop.
    DO NOT RENAME OR ATTEMPT TO UNZIP OR ANYTHING.
    3. Download the correct Motorola USB drivers and install to your PC. (32-bit) (64-bit)
    32-bit for a 32-bit Windows OS and 64-bit for a 64-bit Windows OS. To find out what your Windows OS is, go to Control Panel>System and it will tell you.
    4. Download and install RSD Lite 4.6. (Download Link)
    5. Once you’ve completed steps 1-4, you can follow the video instructions below or skip right to step 6 to complete the process…

    6. Connect your phone to a USB and your PC and turn it off.
    7. Open RSD Lite (run as administrator).
    8. Slide open your keyboard, hold up on the d-pad, then the power button for 5 seconds and release.
    Your phone should then boot to a black screen which is your bootloader.
    9. Click the … next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the SPRecover_ESE81.sbf file.
    10. Double click and open the file.
    11. Click “start” and allow the SPRecovery SBF to flash. This should not take long.
    12. Allow for your phone to reboot and for RSD Lite to show that you are 100% and completed.
    13. Close RSD Lite and disconnect your phone. You now have SPRecovery installed on your Droid.
    14. Proceed to STEP 2.
    STEP 2:

    Installing a 2.2 rooted ROM: This final step involves flashing/installing a 2.2 ROM with root access onto your device using SPRecovery. For these instructions, we have chosen a stock 2.2 rooted ROM, but you can go straight to a custom ROM doing this same procedure if you’d like. Instructions for that here.
    How to Install a 2.2 ROM Using SPRecovery…
    1. Update and backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe all data.
    2. Download this file to your computer: sapphire-0.7.0-update.zip
    3. Once you’ve completed steps 1-2, you can follow the video instructions below or skip right to step 4 to complete the process…

    4. Rename the file to “update.zip”
    MAKE SURE IT’S NOT NAMED “UPDATE.ZIP.ZIP” or the process will be aborted. If using Windows XP and your files are not showing file extensions, simply rename to “update”.
    5. Place the update.zip on the root of your sdcard. (Meaning not in a folder)
    6. Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
    7. Using the volume up/down switch highlight “Wipe data/factory reset” and select with the camera button.
    8. Choose “Wipe cache partition.”
    9. Choose “Install.”
    10. Choose “Allow update.zip installation.”
    11. Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).”
    12. The update.zip will now be installed.
    13. When it finishes, select reboot.
    14. When your phone boots up, you will have to re-add your Google accounts.
    15. You are done.
    You now have a Motorola Droid with a rooted 2.2 ROM installed

    • Mrpicolas

      please read this over and over till it is second nature if you do this step by step it will work people i change roms daily and it never fails me

    • skltr21

      hahahaha isnt ALL this up at the top of this page……….????? =)

      • Mrpicolas

        yes but i thought it was necessary we have an influx of new people and the
        best way to understand is repition 🙂

  • mate

    Can I use AppBrain to re-install all my apps after I root?

    • Mrpicolas

      if going to a 2.2 rom the market should reinstall them for you

    • Mrpicolas

      this is becuase your apps are linked to your google account

  • Mrpicolas

    6. Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time). 7. Using the volume up/down switch highlight “Wipe data/factory reset” and select with the camera button. 8. Choose “Wipe cache partition.” 9. Choose “Install.” 10. Choose “Allow update.zip installation.” 11. Choose “Install /sdcard/update.zip (deprecated).” 12. The update.zip will now be installed. 13. When it finishes, select reboot. 14. When your phone boots up, you will have to re-add your Google accounts. 15. You are done. You now have a Motorola Droid
    please remember to do all of these steps

    • Mrpicolas

      This will fix alot if not all the looping problems

  • guest

    i get the sapphire looping screen as well and it's really frustrating… how do i fix this?

    • Mrpicolas

      Did you wipe data and cache if not do that

    • Mrpicolas

      Also try a battery pull and reboot if all else fails reflash with a clean install

    • skltr21

      pull the battery out and wait a few seconds and then try booting it back up. if that doesn't work pull the battery again and restart the phone while holding x to boot into recovery. if you made a backup, restore that and try again going through everything from the step 2 video again. if you didnt do a backup….. well youll have to ask around and see what to do. im not that advanced to know what to do at that point…… sorry.

  • VirtueoftheAbsurd

    You didn't mention making a nandroid backup! The most important thing to possibly do!!?!!!!

  • Mikeyoungblood84

    Will the ota froyo unroot my droid if I install it? Current froyo build is a little laggy, though I just got setcpu and it seemes to help so far.

    • skltr21

      this froyo build should not be laggy at all! compared to 2.1 this is suuuuuper quick. you may want to try a different kernel and see if that helps. but ive stuck with the kernel that came with it and i feel like its the fastest my phone has run since i got it.

    • Mrpicolas

      No rooting and installing a custom rom will block ota updates

  • Jbona3

    I rooted my phone using the above guide set setup the Sapphire rom and I'm stuck in boot-loop with the gem (a Sapphire I assume). Does anyone know how to fix this? Or can help? Please let me know.

    Thanks!

    • skltr21

      pull the battery out and wait a few seconds and then try booting it back up. if that doesn't work pull the battery again and restart the phone while holding x to boot into recovery. if you made a backup, restore that and try again going through everything from the step 2 video again. if you didnt do a backup….. well youll have to ask around and see what to do. im not that advanced to know what to do at that point…… sorry.

    • Mrpicolas

      Wipe data and caxhe in recovery

  • Ewhitak

    jrummy recently updated kangerade its v5.0.9 and man its amazing. especially his droid x theme. He also has a fix for the black on black text problem.

  • I'm a supernoob I guess.
    I followed all of the posted instructions, even made sure it was not named update.zip.zip, but I still get “Installation Aborted” due to this
    “E:Can't mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 (or /dev/block/mmcblk0)
    (No such file or directory)”

    Did I miss something? I feel stupid, thanks in advance for the help.

    • villian1998

      Use Chrome or firefox to download the update zip

      • I've been using Chrome. I will try Firefox again.
        SPR worked correctly, so I shouldn't be worried about that being the issue, right? And since I am not downgrading, I don't have to call VZW for a reactivation, right?

        • skltr21

          if you download the new baseband you have to reactivate your phone. but you dont call verizon. when your phone boots back up after downloading the new baseband update youll get prompted to activate your phone. hit that button and follow the instructions and you're done. easy as pie. you dont get charged or anything for the activating though if that's your question.

    • Mrpicolas

      Did you allow sd card install in recovery options some people miss that

      • Where are recovery options?

        • Mrpicolas

          When you boot into recovery it will give you options one should read allow
          sd card update this is toggled when you hit the middle button on your d pad
          when selected once this is done highlight apply sd card update and proceed.
          Also the option to wipe data and cache should be availible this should be
          done as well

          • skltr21

            is it just me or does it seem like people just arent following the instructions completely??? =)

          • Mrpicolas

            Yeaaa i suggest everybody please read the directions thoroughly lol…

          • skltr21

            THOUR-OUGH-LY!!!!!!!

          • In recovery, I did select both the second and third options in install, and it failed.

          • Mrpicolas

            Are you using windows if so make sure that the zip is named update the .zip
            will be implied windows hides ext by default do not name it update.zip or it
            will end up named update.zip.zip which will cause it to fail the only other
            thing I can think of is redowloading the file and try to reflash it for
            whatever reason maybe your dowload was corrupt

          • I left last night, and I have to work this morning. I'll send you a GTalk invite if I still can't get it. I'm going to start over. Redownload drivers and RSD, and redownload Sapphire and SPR. I can install any stock ROM through SPR, right?

          • Mrpicolas

            You can install any rom using sprecovery

          • I pulled up BuglessBeast and it worked like a charm. I guess something is up with downloading saphire from my laptop. Thanks anyway. Really excited to dive into ROM culture.

          • Mrpicolas

            No prob I was helping like 5 people last night lol…

          • tehownage

            I'm having the same problem. It keeps saying E: can't mount SDCARD.update.zip. I've redone the entire process of flashing and have renamed it update without zip but I still have the same problem.

          • tehownage

            Never mind. I unzipped to the root and it's working… strange.

          • Mrpicolas

            Send me a gtalk inv and ill try and help

  • Bonez

    Does anyone have the same problem of the plastic rubbing off the back of their Droid if so is it anything major

    • It's not a problem, you're actually supposed to take the plastic off according to Moto (although leaving it on does no harm either).

      • Bonez

        Really that same plastic. At the back of the screen when you flip IR up to use the keypad it was soo tightly pressed there that I thought it was for the actual imagery thanks now I can do away with the annoying peeling everytime I need to use the keys.

  • P3longto

    thanks u the best

  • Juliancollins09

    i need help someone, my phone just keeps looping on the sapphire screen. i followed the video but i don't know what happened

    • skltr21

      pull the battery and hold down the x when you start the phone back up until you get to the recovery screen. try wiping data and cache again. and make sure you click the button allowing the sd card update. then click the option to install the update.zip again and reboot. see if that works.

  • Kellex: I love your Blog. All killer; no filler. Thanks for all your efforts.

  • Jcsandifer713

    I just want to say THANK YOU…..I've been on the fence about rooting and I finally took the leap!!! I followed every step and pow…..2.2 goodness!!!!!

  • toroman

    when i load jrummys 2 latest roms 5.0.9 and 5.0.7 after the sign in page i get a force close and the only thing i can do is reinstall my backup to get things going again.Only seems to do this on his roms. Any ideas? thanks

    • Flyinion

      Hmm since you have a backup, have you tried wiping data/cache when moving to either one? Which ROM are you coming from? I know I've read that 2.1 to another 2.1 or froyo to froyo you're not supposed to have to do a wipe but I've read some people have problems and that's the only thing that fixes it. If you're going from 2.1 to a froyo ROM you should definitely do a wipe.

      • toroman

        im coming from 2.2 and i usually always do a wipe just to make sure i get a clean install ( i know you don't need to but i guess i just like to restore apps.)

    • skltr21

      when you get to the very first screen where you have to touch the green droid dude….. just tap all four corners of the screen and it will bypass the activation process. the go into your settings and just sync your google account that way. should be fine then.

  • Outsider_Droid

    I have a ? for anyone that can help me, and it has nothing to do with this story but i have a droid that i installed JRummy rom Froyo Kangerade V5.0.9. First off its a great rom love it, but the prob im having is just like most built from source roms it allows u to “add on” apps so i added on the Handcent sms its a great looking txt messaging app but for sum reason when i try to use it it will FC and wont send the message. What could be the prob?? Thanks in advance for any help

    • Mrpicolas

      Handacent has issues with froyo

      • Outsider_Droid

        Thanks guys, what i ended up doin was redid the rom without a message app then after it loaded i went to the market downloaded handcent from there added it to my ph seems to be working ok now 🙂

    • skltr21

      try chompsms. i use that and i looooooove it. i think its better than handcent…… imo

  • Hello everybody, I upgraded to the Droid on May 14 and I've been a Droid-Life reader/member even before I had it. I just rooted my device Friday nite (July 2nd) and I have to say at first I was scared shitless but once I got the hang of it (and realized that some apps aren't available on the market for froyo yet) I felt better.I didnt notice a big difference with the bugless beast maybe cause I didnt download a kernel (who knows im stll new at this) HOWEVER when I downloaded the Sapphire ROM…holy shit-n-bockers batman, my Droid is blazing fast and I dont even have the SetCpu app..i got a free overclock app (don't worry ill get that app soon).I just want to say that THIS IS THE BEST WEBSITE FOR ANDROID USERS OF ANY PHONE moto Droid or otherwise. Thanks and I look forward to more Droid goodies in the future.

  • toroman

    anyone know why when i download any rom through rom mgr. except for BB0.4 none of my location services work except for Google maps which work fine (IE radar now, weather bug etc.)

  • TheGoldenDroid

    Droid Family, I know Im always asking simple questions and stuff but I need your help once again..***it'll just take a sec** ok.. I do alot of music downloading (the free downloading alone has already paid for this phone 3X's in usefullness) anyway.. sometimes whent he song downloads the title is weird.. its either numbers or weird letters and stuff so i cant really see all my titles by scrolling…its not too many of the songs but enough so that its an inconvenience.. when I long press on the song their isnt a prompt to edit or renname so Im wondering if anyone on here has a solution.. Please drop a line… thanks!

    • guest

      itag app lets you edit

  • Chris.Go

    Why is Barnacle Wifi Tether better than the original http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/? I want to know?

  • Flyinion

    So what's the deal with the 1.43 baseband? When it came out I saw the article mention “we don't know if this is real or what it does” but every screenshot I see from Kellex that shows that screen now has the 1.43 baseband in it. I'm wondering if I should update as I'm still running the old one with my JRummy Froyo ROM.

  • Evcostanzo

    market runs extremely inefficient with sapphire. Anyone know of a fix?

    • They issued a fix. Did you see it on their site?

      • skltr21

        the fix didnt work for me the other day and it was suuuuuper annoying. what i did was i installed the 0.6.2 version of sapphire and then installed the .7 version over that one without wiping data or cache and it worked perfectly. no issues at all. you can try that if the fix doesn't work for you. that was the only issue i had with this ROM. everything else is amazing!

    • Chris.Go

      I had to apply the market fix to see everything but other than that it's perfect!

  • Jerseykid418

    when i try to install the update.zip file and it says “installation aborted”

    • On your computer did you name it “update.zip” or “update”??

      • KingCollins

        hey Tim my name is julian and i see you on droid life a lot like myself, and i tried this by following the video and my phone is stuck on the sapphire boot screen looping can u help me

        • skltr21

          pull the battery and hold down the x and reboot into recovery again. try wiping data and cahce if you forgot to do that before…… then make sure you click the option to allow sd card update. then try installing the update.zip again and reboot and see if that works.

      • Jerseykid418

        update.zip

        • Rename to “update”….Windows hides file extensions so what you did was accindently name it “update.zip.zip” 🙂
          You'll be good to go!

    • Muddy Boots

      don't name it update.zip, just “update” the computer will add a .zip after that but you don't see it. if you add the .zip yourself then it will read as update.zip.zip and it will abort the install.

      • Jerseykid418

        thanks dude it works now. i appreciate that

        • Muddy Boots

          No prob. I love this site, it's like my crack.

  • Chris Nimon

    Thats funny. I wasnt expecting a bacon joke lol

  • Looks like that Milestone bootloader will never be unlocked. Pity for those who'd like custom ROMS 🙁

  • machinegun68

    Anyone know if Pete is waiting for the final 2.2 release for BB05?

  • root4life

    if i was rooted and runnin bb 4 should i have done this

    • skltr21

      you do the same process for any ROM.

  • rockymtnhigh

    Nicely done. Always good to have all the instructions in one place.

  • otter34

    I still can't post on this site from my rooted droid. What a pain in the a$$. Can you switch the format back to how it was a month ago? I am using mobile mode and it doesn't work. If I use desktop mode then it takes forever to load.

    Also, I'm curious to know why you still say to change the name to update.zip and not JUST update? Changing the name to update.zip (in WinXP) screwed everything up for me when I rooted. I changed the name to update.zip and when I clicked on the icon on my desktop it said, “Update.zip” so I thought everything was fine. I thought great, now it's named what it should be. Nope…there is another .zip that you don't know about. Perhaps you should add a step saying to verify the name in Astro. When I went into there it was the only time I could clearly see it was labeled update.zip.zip (again big thanks to Tim-O for your help!!).

    Doesn't Win 7 and all the other OS automatically add the .zip or is it just winxp that does? Maybe it's just a problem for me because winxp adds the .zip automatically

    • Not everyone is running Vista or XP.
      But you're right, some clarification is needed, but it is also listed right in the post 🙂

      “MAKE SURE IT’S NOT NAMED “UPDATE.ZIP.ZIP” or the process will be aborted. If using Windows XP and your files are not showing file extensions, simply rename to “update”.”

      P.S. You're welcome! Hope you're enjoying!

  • Wasn't there something Verizon was doing to prevent Moto Droid users from tethering? Or would the above allow me to tether using Barnacle with vzw?

    • rockymtnhigh

      the latest version of Froyo do not permit USB tethering natively through the OS, but the third-party apps work fine still. PDAnet, wireless thether both work. THere are others too.

      • The_Other_Ray

        I use “Wifi Tether for Root”, it works great. I could never get Barnacle to work on my rooted Droid for some reason but Wifi Tether for Root works just fine.

  • EC8CH

    Ahhh, this post reminds me of when I first rooted my Droid…

    *Singing*
    Memories, light the corners of my mind
    Misty watercolor memories of the way we were…

  • “This step does not root your device, it simply allows us to install a ROM that has superuser/root access included.”

    *sigh*. Yet one more person furthering the misunderstanding that replacing the recovery image is somehow not rooting. It's giving you access to modify system files that you would not otherwise be able to, that's what “rooting” IS. Just because you can't type “su” and get a root prompt doesn't mean that it doesn't have all the same ramifications as rooting.

    • andrew401

      oh please i think kellex breaks it down enough.

  • Ray949

    One more thing… has anyone run into this issue with Swype. I have been switching ROMs almost daily now and have run out of available installs on my Swype. I would really like to have that keyboard back… any advise/ solutions??

    • Yes, uninstall everything and then redownload the Swype Installer, and then install swype from them again.
      OR, I said this to someone else, if you can find my email on this site, or anywhere, I will give anybody a present so they dont have to keep doing this 😛

      Good luck! haha

      • Ray949

        Thanks for replying, the problem with reinstalling is i have to enter my email address and password in the installer and that is where I get the install too many times error.

  • Mliebman1011

    ok so i downloaded everything but it says install rsd lite as well how do i install it i click on it in my folder and it pops up and says would you like to pick a way to open or let the internet find one i click lets internet and it gives me this page… http://shell.windows.com/fileassoc/0409/xml/red
    Help would be amazing i really want to root!! thanks

    • Mrpicolas

      Grab winzip to open it

      • Mliebman1011

        ok u guys really helped and i used both ways idk how but i did it all and now i ran into another problem ok…i got the rsd up and running like in the video. I then plugged my phone in and found the spfrecovery in my docs and clicked it it popped up in the top line and nothing else happend…idk help again i really appreciate this like so much!! ur the bestt

        • skltr21

          if you have RSD installed just go back to the top of this page and follow the instructions and video as you go and you should get this all done in no time.

          • Mliebman1011

            i tried but when i put in the recovery file onto the top bar of RSD lite nothing happens…in the video it pops up and he hits start

          • Evil Flexo

            i have the same exact problem

  • sandwich

    Exactly what I was looking for! But I have a similar question to several others already posted. How would one unroot and go back to stock 2.1 after this process?

    • After rooting, you get ROM Manager, which is an app off the market which holds the “Stock Images” inside 🙂

      • sandwich

        Awesome thanks!

      • sandwich

        Ok another question. I got the free ROM manager (cuz I'm cheap) and I downloaded the 2.0.1 stock image. When I try to install and reboot, it just goes straight back to the Sapphire ROM above. What am I doing wrong? I just want to go back to stock 2.1

  • Ray949

    Hey everyone one, I have a dumb question. Once the official 2.2 comes out next week and we have it loaded what is the advantage to having the phone rooted???

    • Flyinion

      Custom themes and over/underclocking just to name two. I'm still learning myself but those are the two big ones I see right now. I guess a 3rd would be access to new OS builds before the official OTA.

      • The_Other_Ray

        Having free Wifi Tethering is a REALLY nice feature of being rooted which you won't get with the official 2.2 without having to pay Verizon the $20 a month. So, Free versus Pay…

        Plus all the custom themes, overclocking…that's just extra gravy on my mashed potatoes.

    • EC8CH
  • Droidzilla

    Thank you so much for doing this series. I have now rooted my droid and my wife's because of the old article; and I may update with the new one (I have an FRF57 build, but it's really stable).

    To all of you on the fence- DO IT!! It's soooo much better than stock. Faster, more options, all that. I now see no need to do the OTA update coming soon as I already have all of the goodies FroYo has to offer plus things that the stock OTA won't give (theme-ability, overclock, wired and wireless tether, app backup ability, ability to turn off the LEDs with my night clock, and more).

    Thanks, Droid Life. You guys put the “awesome” in “holy crap, bacon is awesome!”

    • Flyinion

      Also once the OTA update comes out, the devs will grab it and start making ROMs based off it 🙂

    • Lloyd877

      I do want to do it, I just don't want to loose all my contacts and all that stuff. Will Gmail Re-do all that or is there any way to back it all up?

      • Froweman

        i just did it and my contacts and songs are still there on the phone.

    • Whistlebritches123

      Ok i did the swap and its great but after i loaded rom manager i recieved an update 0.8.4 and it wont load after i download it through rom manager and then through the clockwork recovery mode what in the world do i do

      • Bachinphx

        Not only did I attempt the 0.8.4 update, but I lost EVERYTHING and now I hope I can get my phone back. I am D-E-A-D. Wish me luck!!

  • I'm in Mexico and I don't even know what motorola droid I've got. They call it Motoroi here but I has a 5mp camera.

    How can I be sure I don't have a Milestone?

    Pd. I can't see all aps on android market. Eg. ShoutOut, Pandora.

    • You don't have a milestone, you have a motoroi!
      http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/19/motorola-mot

      • Thanks for the help but i don't think so, look: http://www.motorolaroi.com.mx/

        That's what I've got,

        Model Number: A854
        Firmware version 2.1-update 1
        Kernel Version: 2.6.29-omap1
        [email protected] #1
        Build numbre: MILER_X1_37

  • Hey Kellex,

    Did you ever root your incredible?

  • Jbona3

    I'm a relative noob to rooting, and have been on the fence about doing. This probably has pushed me over to root. When I root will I loose any apps that are already installed, or any media (video, music, pictures, etc.) in the process?

    • Flyinion

      You won't lose anything on the SD card. You can use Astro to backup your apps and restore them. However in going from non-root to root, you'll lose your app settings and market associations. I had to go through and reinstall apps from the market. Once you root though you can use titanium backup which will save all of your settings with the apps and system data like facebook to google contacts associations. This makes going from say rooted 2.1 to a Froyo build much easier though of course now you can just go right to Froyo.

    • villian1998

      You can use Myback up for the trial period to back up your current apps and data and then when you root you can use titanium…. that's if you didn't want to buy Mybackup Pro, which is very useful.

    • skltr21

      you wont lose anything on your sd card such as videos and songs and what-not. but you apps will all be gone. the ones you purchased will be there when you go back to the market and your downloads section and you can re-download them again for free. with most of the froyo ROMs as well they will also just automatically start downloading all you apps that you've previously downloaded. so you should be fine.

  • Flyinion

    Quick questions about SetCPU. I notice now that I'm on Froyo it constantly dissappears from advanced task killer's running apps list even though I'm not killing it. Does that mean my Froyo ROM is killing it? Or is it still running in the background? Does it even need to be running after it sets the CPU speed? Or is this maybe some Froyo incompatability?

    • I've got the same question!

    • Muddy Boots

      from my understanding, a lot of the froyo roms come with pre overclocked kernels (e.g. Bugless Beast, JRummy stuff) and there is no need for setCPU because it's built in. Also the reason it may be killed is a lot of the new froyo roms have a higher amount of RAM always free so things running in the background get killed faster but the whole thing runs smoother and you absolutely DON'T need a task killer. IMO bugless beast v0.4 does all this flawlessly. Hope it helps

      • Flyinion

        Thanks, yeah I'm not sure which kernel JRummy is coming with as far as if it's just straight up 800Mhz or slotted, but I do know when I loaded up SetCpu and had it autodetect it put me to 550Mhz to start. I think I found the answer to my other question about setCPU disappearing. I put the widget on a homescreen and purposely killed setCPU in ATK. Check the running processes in Astro and setCPU's process is still there. So I guess the app shortcut is really for configuring and you should have the widget running to make sure it doesn't get killed.

        As far as ATK itself, yeah I've been noticing that Froyo seems to kill things on its own. As a matter of fact, killing things in ATK seems to not actually kill them at all they just disappear from the list. Memory free doesn't really go up once I haven't rebooted for a while. Maybe instead I should use JRummy's scripts for freeing memory.

        • andrew401

          you need setcpu on that ROM if you indeed want to overclock, and get rid of your task killer they do more bad then they could ever do good.

          • Flyinion

            Well, I never let ATK run automatically, I would load it and use it to kill whatever I didn't want running including killing ATK so it was gone until I wanted to use it again. With 2.2 though ATK doesn't seem to kill itself so yeah I'm going to dump it for now. I guess with the better management in Froyo I won't have to worry about getting down to 30-35MB of free memory and the phone bogging down from too many things running, though I also killed things to save battery.

  • Razotar

    You probably already know this, but Jrummy Kangerade v5.0.9 is up.

  • Digital

    Why not recommend a completely stock froyo ROM rather than a customized one that can cause issues for noobs (the intended audience of this article). http://bit.ly/9K09ZX

  • Psh I've been root since 2009 I am just the much of a G

    • Mliebman1011

      can u help me

  • Dude u can use dmupdater to get root instead of the rsdlite crap.. so much easier all u do is click the root button

    • Mrpicolas

      i think you are wrong if on 2.1 from vzw i believe it will fail you have to flash an sbf file with an alternate recovery

  • Darkcomartist

    Do we need to be unrooted to receive the OTA of the official 2.2? If so, how do we go stock to receive the OTA?

    • skltr21

      yes. but youll have 2.2 before they release the OTA anyways if you just root now…… once youve been rooted you wont want to unroot just to get the “official” OTA and then have to figure out how to root again anyways. you'll get the “official” OTA from a ROM as soon as its released anyways. but form my understanding all the 2.2 ROMS now are using the “official” OTA update anyways. so you'd be getting something you could have had for months before it comes out……

  • Negrito768

    SO you info is so good and easy but do you have info on unrooting and puting it back to 2.1 stoct ESE81?

    • El El Cool Yay

      Yes, there is a guide up. Its called the search bar.

  • Look at that sweet animation… 😛

    “Did I do that?” – Steve Urkel

    • spyder00

      HAHA Luda Got any Cheese? LMAO
      Props on the Inro Bro!! +100!!

    • kulz

      nice introooo! +100

  • doctorogres

    Alright, can anyone tell what changes if I'm running Mac?

    • Rodeojones000

      Pretty much everything changes. This can't be done on a Mac unless you're running Virtual Machine or a similar program. You NEED a PC to do this.

    • skltr21

      sucks for mac users. im also a mac user and had to use my parents computer to do this all……. you're better off if you can use someones computer to do this. there are ways of doing this on a mac using your terminal but i have NO clue how to. google it. but it's gonna be waaaaaay easier to just do it following these instructions.

  • kellex

    And how about that new intro on the second video? 🙂

    Luda +1000000000000000000

    • FrenchToast

      thats sick! love it! +1

  • Michael_NM

    Cool!