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Rooting Your DROID X? Here are some Warnings.

Rooting instructions for the Droid X are out there and you can conquer the task today, but there are some things you need to be aware of before doing so.  One of the biggest reasons for gaining superuser access to your DX is to remove all of the bloatware that Verizon and Motorola forced upon you and we can’t blame you.  Just be warned that not all of this stuff can be removed.  You also should know that there is not a way to make a proper backup at this time since we don’t currently have a custom recovery option.

Here is a running list of warnings that has been started up…

1. First off I am posting this for reasons that were obvioulsy not too obvious.

2. If you chose to delete anything other than something that can be downloaded from the market, YOU took that risk. You have potentially just bricked your device.

3. DO NOT DELETE ANYTHING THAT HAS “BLUR” IN ITS FILE NAME.

4. DO NOT try to flash a custom recovery via Rom Manager then wonder why your phone is stuck with a cool new Motorola logo.

5. This thread will be updated very frequently, before posting questions and what not, just post your problem, no questions please, I will be using this to help as many of you as possible.

6. Most importantly do not mess with the framework right now, there is many $600 papers weights laying around now.

7. DO NOT TOUCH BACK UP ASSISTANCE UNLESS ITS WINDY IN YOUR HOUSE OR OFFICE AND YOU NEED A PAPER WEIGHT.

If you have anything to add, please let us know!  And be careful!

Read the rest of the growing list over at DroidXForums.net.

Cheers B16!

  • http://www.lead411.com/Brooke_Eames_1958135.html Brooke Eames

    Well its was nice one, Thanks Kellex for making the whole root process easy with the Droid and the DroidX. Thanks goes to Birdman over at alldroid.org for discovering how to root the DroidX.

  • http://www.debtmediators.com.au/ Debt

    Very easy…..I just rooted my DroidX first time using adb and then I unrooted with no problem.

  • Smc893

    I have the same problem with my dx… I rooted it and all was good until i downloaded an app from the market. I tried to re boo and got stuck in a loop. I had to do a system restore and everything worked fine. I decided then that I wanted a custom rom. I followed the instructions of a youtube video… it worked on the phone in the video but turned mine into a brick. It tries to boot up but will not get past the “M” screene. I have tried everything and not even a system restore works. Anyone have anymore suggestions?

  • http://riflery1.php0h.com/mykalai-kontilai.html Mykalai Kontilai

    As you think it would be obvious, and as stated in the warnings, don't remove anything that has moto or blur in it.

  • http://twitter.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    I have a droid x, moved up from droid one and now that the droid x is rooted is possible to install alternate bootloader then install a custom rom then reinstall factory bootloader before restarting phone allowing to boot with factory bootload and custom rom? Just curious. O know that would be alot of work but if roms are as nice as bugless. East i wouldn't be changing roms very often.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    So, eFuse is being used here…Well, I was considering the Droid X Motorola, thanks for making my decision much easier..

  • http://www.pacebutler.com/recycle_donate_cell_phones.cfm recycle cell phones

    hey tanks to share information of warning I follow your instruction to rooting my Droid X…

  • Gregg

    I just successfully rooted my Droid X, and I haven't launched backup assistant, but it is shown as a “locked” account in the accounts settings screen. I have no way of shutting it down or removing it from there. Should I remove this or as long as I don't load it will I be OK? I have my own app for backing up my phone (one reason I rooted it and learned this now as MyBackup Pro (I paid for it) can only back up apps and their data on a rooted device. I previously had a Moto Droid which I also rooted, and I had certain apps on it that I spent a lot of time putting data into them and I thought I had lost the data when I did a restore attempt on the Droid X (non-rooted at that time) and it would only restore the app. I was very pleased to find out that I got the data restored after I rooted the device.

  • Carchicken

    Dude! I just rooted my Droid x and put a 1.6 rom on it! It runs so faster now. I also deleted all of my system apps, and replaced them with some market apps. I changed my phone also to run iOS 3.1.3 it rules!

  • Carchicken

    Dude! I just rooted my Droid x and put a 1.6 rom on it! It runs so faster now. I also deleted all of my system apps, and replaced them with some market apps. I changed my phone also to run iOS 3.1.3 it rules!

  • Rphaisha

    Is there a comprehensive back up to the droid? One that is similar to the blackberry.

  • Coney

    can someone post the .apk files on here for backupassitance on here. my home screen is the only thing not working on my phone after i did a factory reset. i still have root access when my DX is connected to my computer. if someone could post that apk i should be able to put it back on my phone and fix it, thanks

    • Brian

      If you have your gmail I can send it to you you will need tattachapkinstaller to install from email though. I dont know if theres a way to attach files on here.

  • Brian

    I tried the way it said but found out all I have to do is this to unroot the DroidX

    • Brian

      You might want to reboot into recovery and wipe the partition after you unroot.
      Heres how to boot into recoery hold down home then when you see a screen with the yellow triangle press the search use the volume to select and menu to execute the command.

  • Brian

    I just rooted my DroidX first time using adb and then I unrooted with no problem. I tried the way it said but found out all I have to do is this

    rm /system/app/Superuser.apk
    rm /system/bin/su
    rm /system/bin/busybox

    finally remove the rootshell

    rm /system/bin/rootshell
    reboot

    I did this three times back and forth with no problems Thanks Kellex for making the whole root process easy with the Droid and the DroidX. Thanks goes to Birdman over at alldroid.org for discovering how to root the DroidX. Thanks goes to bmt626 over at http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-x-hacks/ for finding away to unroot the DroidX.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

    I think ill wait till the froyo update than root, besides maybe by then we'll have custom ROMs

  • Jrosario101

    this is why im sticking to droid incredible i rooted mine in like a few min and everything is fine got rid of stuff nom prob im scared to touch the X ill wait a lil longer till pepl figure that thing out then ill think about it

  • mbaldwin85

    Just curious as to why you're not using LauncherPro Plus there Kellex. My Dx runs so much smoother with it. As for rooting, I'll wait until we can get customs ROMs. Thats all I ever did on my Droid 1. That and overclocking

  • Rjoudrey

    Unless you have to tether I see no use in rooting at this time. Froyo will erase all your hard work.

  • Brian

    I just found a site that has a way to unroot the droidx I was wondering if anyone has tried this and if it worked.
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-x-hacks/

  • Bateluer

    Dang, I want vanilla android, not Blur.

  • Tuna

    Hey, I removed backup assistance yesterday with Titanium Backup, and I've had no problems, is this something that could sneak up on me??

  • gamboo

    My Droid X runs so much faster with out all the crap ware on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156001240 Campbell Jason

    Do you void the warranty if you root your DX?

    • gamboo

      Yes! But you have to brick it before it comes an issue. Make sure you study up on the do's and don'ts before you go and delete apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156001240 Campbell Jason

    Do you void the warranty if you root your DX?

  • chops5648

    lol i hate that i see all these people are saying people are going to have a paper weight cause they bricked there X i have not read one post that anyone has bricked there x by rooting and i dont have a brick i actually have a phone with less bloatware and i can tether now and not get any ads in my apps

    • gamboo

      If they are scared of bricking their phone maybe they should have bought an iPhone. Less bars in more places.

  • mwaychoff

    I hope no one on here ended up with a bricked phone, BUT if they did, out of curiosity was anybody able to take it to Verizon and get it flashed back to stock?

  • Matthenard

    Things you can do with a new rooted Droid X:

    Keep a door open
    chalk your tires for safety
    indestructible Lego for behaviourally subnormal toddlers
    fair swap for a another brick
    next generation pet rock
    and spare battery for your next Droid X you idiot.

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    Wow! I just got this new phone called the DROID X! Went online and found this YOUTUBE video about rooting.. whatever the hell that is…and rooted my phone. They said I could delete files, make it super cool and fast. So I deleted these files blur, sys.ini, and bootldr. Now it boots up so quick to this M logo and Im just waiting to get to my homescreen…its been two hours thinks its coming up soon! ITS GONNA BE SO FAST!!!

    • http://twitter.com/ExelSPEED kevin lee moody

      I have a droid X and i am using it to post this i am confused about that screen problem does rooting cause this

      • Unknown

        No, the screen problem is a defect is some Droidx, but not all. My first X had the issue as soon as I turned it on, my second one has worked great.

  • nick o

    so now that im rooted once they crack the bootloader how will i install that root or whatever you do!

  • Johnsnydergraphix

    And this is why, I will never root.

    • aczm1988

      Rooting the moto droid is much easier then this, without risk of bricking. And remember this phone is brand new the root strategies are gonna be rough for now. Give it time something easier will surface.

    • Lee

      It depends on what phone you have. If you have a Droid 1 rooting and flashing roms is safe. Even if you mess something up you can always us RSD Lite to put things back to normal.

      If you have a Droid X it is probably too soon to be messing around with it. And if you don't know what you are doing, you probably shouldn't be doing it.

    • bananaphone

      pussy.

    • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

      I'm with you. I'll deal with a little bloatware for now. Plus city ID will expire in 8 days. Anyone know if we'll be able to delete it after that?

      • gamboo

        Unable to delete. Take ownership of your phone and root it.

    • gamboo

      Das root! You don't know what your missing!

  • bmc

    what weather app is that on screen?

    • Michael_NM

      There's a question that hasn't been seen in a while! It's called Beautiful Widgets. Welcome to Droid Life! :)

      • bmc

        thanks! ill check it out :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/GrantPhillipWilliamson Grant Philym Williamson

    My house is windy…

  • nick o

    what will backup assistant do!

    • gamboo

      If you root your phone and try to delete it? It will Become a phone will same amount of bars as the iPhone. Don't do it!

  • Timoh

    Isn't that the reason for the recovery mode? If something is missing or corrupt(or it detects an unsigned ROM) you run the backup to restore the phone?

    • gamboo

      If you delete the files or apps the application you will not be able to get them back even if you restore it.

  • EdCenter

    “You also should know that there is not a way to make a proper backup at this time since we don’t currently have a custom recovery option.”

    Ok, so I will refrain from rooting until there's this “Custom Recovery Option” available I guess for my Droid X.

  • Rodeojones000

    I don't have an X, but I get the impression from this post that many out there now have an 8-day old, $600 paperweight on their hands.

    • TeenFaces

      successfully modified framework with non-brick results, not for the timid….

  • Dan

    I feel like the root of this issue has to do with some x-treme idiocracy.

    • http://twitter.com/KpAtch3s Luke

      My thoughts exactly

  • Gokuz89

    i'm not sure where else to post this, but i read how Samsung is giving iCrap4 owners a free Galaxy S if they have been complaing about the phone on twitter. I'm no fan of Samsung, but I really like the idea of giving *pple customers free Android phones and seeing what happens. Thoughts?

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      good way to stick it to jobs

    • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry Sura

      Thoughts:

      samsungs homescreens on the ui look just like an iphone. whyyyy samsung…

      • sjavvaji

        how do u think they got on AT&T?

    • Timoh

      Sounds expensive. I doubt that's true, but if it is the iSheeple will just complain to get one then turn around and sell it on CL or Ebay.

      • Gokuz89

        i thought the same thing when my buddy said it, but i ggoled it and it shows up on cnet, so i figure it's at least possibly true. maybe D-L can research it at put some credibility to it. the cnet article link is below.

        http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20011502-1….

      • gamboo

        Check out the news and you find that it is true.

  • http://twitter.com/hawkinbj Brandon Hawkins

    if you remove any of the BLUR apps…..YOU DON GOOFED

    • Angry DroidX Owner

      Consequences will never be the same!

    • http://www.facebook.com/GrantPhillipWilliamson Grant Philym Williamson

      YA DON GOOFED UP! IMA CALL THE CYPER POLICE ON YO ASS!

    • http://twitter.com/jakechance Jake Chance

      If you remove the BLUR crap, Moto will back trace it and find you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.chinn1 Chinn Mike

      The police back-traced it

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

      Anyone else notice that her dad looks like the pringles guy?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

      hye how do you post a pic in a comment?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Amanda1337 Amanda Gregory

      LOL @ Jessi Slaughter

  • http://smackbox.org Smackbox

    whats the issue with Backup assistant? I have renamed the .apk and stopped the service and I am running fine! Many reboots and battery removals since then. is there something I am missing? I did not delete anything since we can always rename and save the original file.

    • Coneyq02

      i removed back up assitance on my dx no negative side effects

      • nick o

        howd u do it im rooted but can get things to delete

        • mwaychoff

          Use a program like Titanium backup, and make sure you back up your apps before uninstalling just in case you need to put them back for somereason.

          Also I'd note that just because a few people were able to get away with removing something, if someone bricks their phone by removing an app right now and posts about it, i'd highly suggest staying away from removing it just to be safe. You can always remove your backup assistance account from “My Accounts” to at least stop it from running all the time.

          I've removed things like Kindle, My City ID, and regular apps (after backing them up) and have no issues with my phone.

          As you think it would be obvious, and as stated in the warnings, don't remove anything that has moto or blur in it.

          If you're not 100% sure on what you're removing (and really 100% sure!!) then DON'T remove it!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2214771 Dan Fitzgerald

            I rooted but haven't touched the backup assistant. There is no way to remove it in “My Accounts”. I could always rename the file and that should get it to stop.

    • gamboo

      Smart man.

      • http://smackbox.org Smackbox

        I always backup or rename, hardly ever do I delete! =)

    • http://www.mumbledog.com/ fwagglechop

      The issue, I believe, is if you ever need to do a factory reset… the “welcome” or “installation” app to set up your phone requires Backup Assistant to be there. As long as you never end up doing a factory reset, you’re probably okay – but what if you get into a situation where you need to reset and you can’t rename the .apk back?

  • nkhex19

    I take it there have been many reports of Droid X paper weights?

    • gamboo

      None that I'm aware of!

  • Paul E.

    “obviously not too obvious”… that made me LOL.

  • poeddroiduser

    I prefer 10 lb gold bars in wrapping paper as paperwieghts

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707166291 John Lee

      I prefer the lg dare lol

  • Rizzidy

    Where do you get the backtracing app?

    • KEITHSMNR

      I BACKTRACED IT!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

      Don't make fun of him guys, he's just redirecting his angry at the fact that his daughter is an 11 year old whore molested by Dahvie who threatens to make brain slushies whenever someone starts to poke fun at her pathetic attempts at being cool. *Notice thickly laid sarcasm*

  • amosk

    1st. thanks

    • Chase

      Damn!!!!