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Koush Releases DROID X Bootstrap, Allows Full Nandroid Backups, Custom ROMs

The guy just never quits.  Koush, whom you may know from ROM Manager, Cyanogen Mod, Clockwork Recovery, etc. just released what he’s calling the Droid X Recovery Bootstrap app to the market which tricks/hacks/laughs at your phone in a way to allow you to load Clockwork Recovery and create full nandroid backups leading to custom ROMs.  Yep, custom ROMs, full backups and pure awesomeness on the Droid X.  And so many of you say it couldn’t be done.

Here is the deal…

Caveats:
This is not a *real* recovery. The way this recovery works is by hijacking portions of your boot process during system initialization and starting into recovery instead. So, if you hose your system *COMPLETELY* you will need to SBF. Specifically, if your logwrapper, logwrapper.bin, or hijack binary are missing from /system/bin, you will be screwed.

Do I have to be rooted to run this?
Yes.

So can we now install custom ROMs?
Yes, but you can’t replace the kernel or boot image. But really, once you have access to /system, anything is possible. It will just take a little hackery.

Will this work with ROM Manager?
Yes, but not yet. I need to make some minor updates to ROM Manager first to support this recovery. Future recovery updates will come through ROM Manager.

Rest of the “FAQ” can be found at the source link below.

If you are interested in the Bootstrap and understand the risks, I highly suggest you grab the donate version from the market, it’s only $2 and helps with the advancement of the Droid community immensely.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Source:  Koush

Cheers Koush and the other 50 that sent this in!

  • http://odyssey-tours.com/ Italy Tours

    It allows full backups,I think it is really great.It will proves to be really helpful

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

    I have to say, your forum is the best, clearest, concise-est, easiest to read, it's just like my Dummies book ! That is a compliment because I am not a dummy, I am a 4.0 honors student in college.. I didn't have this, didn't know how to do it until, your google hit .. hit it home for me.. thank you

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

    Koush, your going to do a great work but you have keep fighting with customs ROMs you win and allows to Full Nandroid Backups….

  • ArthurRthrjhnsn

    yes great job koush

  • NKTIzzle

    Correct, it's not the official VZW OTA. That hasn't been scheduled yet. This is the Droid X 2.2 build that just began testing the end of last week.

  • Brian

    PS3Droid is puting a leaked version out its not an over the air version thats my understanding from what I read on mydroidworld.com

  • Brian

    sorry double post

  • NKTIzzle

    There is no Droid X 2.2 scheduled as of yet.

  • Brian

    We might be seeing Froyo on the DroidX by this time tomorrow heres a link talking about it.
    http://www.mydroidworld.com/ Kellex have you heared anything about this.

    Also heres some DroidX links for nandroid backup, SBF, and RSD lite 4.7
    http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/droid-x-roms/
    http://twitter.com/b16a2smith/status/21544626803
    http://rootzwiki.com/index.php/Smartphones/Moto

    You need to go to this link on your phone for it to work.
    http://koush.tandtgaming.com//motorola/droidx/D

  • Brian

    PS3Droid is puting a leaked version out its not a over the air version thats my understanding from what I read on mydroidworld.com

    • NKTIzzle

      Correct, it's not the official VZW OTA. That hasn't been scheduled yet. This is the Droid X 2.2 build that just began testing the end of last week.

  • Brian

    We might be seeing Froyo on the DroidX by this time tomorrow heres a link talking about it.
    http://www.mydroidworld.com/ Kellex have you heared anything about this.

    Also heres some DroidX links for nandroid backup, SBF, and RSD lite 4.7
    http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/droid-x-roms/
    http://twitter.com/b16a2smith/status/21544626803
    http://rootzwiki.com/index.php/Smartphones/Moto

    You need to go to this link on your phone for it to work.
    http://koush.tandtgaming.com//motorola/droidx/D

    • NKTIzzle

      There is no Droid X 2.2 scheduled as of yet.

      • Brian

        PS3Droid is puting a leaked version out its not a over the air version thats my understanding from what I read on mydroidworld.com

  • Edgar

    I have a question. I got my DX yesterday, and it's awesome. The only thing that has me annoyed to death is when i boot up my phone some female voice pops out and says “Loss of service” followed by “Verizon Wireless”, and she says “Verizon Wireless” every time i get a call before the ringtone goes off. Can anyone help me silence her?

  • locsta

    Im glad someone is working to do something to the Droid X since Google isnt. This late update for Froyo is ridiculous.

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

    just keep making progress, I want this to be better

  • BigRed4X15

    Since the DX and D2 have similar bootloaders, what is the chance this will work on D2?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jayrodathome Jarrod Lilly

    Donated. Do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

    This is why the rooting community is AWESOME!

    Down with limitations!

  • Brandschnizzle

    What is an SBF?

  • n0m0n

    Will this allow us to install kernels the way we did with the Droid?
    I tried the DX script to o/c but it was not as capable.

    Thanks

  • Ius_

    This just makes me laugh.

    No access to kernel, means no Camera and video recording when attempting to port Froyo on a 2.1; just to give an example.
    Again, this bootstrap, merely brings the Droid X where the Motorola Milestone is.
    Still no ROMS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Dead link..

  • kulz

    kellex, where they find yah?

  • Annoynimous

    the kernel is like the part of the brains of the phone, a crucial one. Any bugs on the stock kernel = bugs stays on all custom roms.

  • David

    now i will definitely be getting a droid x

  • DROID VADAR

    The ROM's are coming soon!

  • http://twitter.com/AmonMurray Amon Murray

    Hey on Rom manager Chevy has released a new Simply Stunning. It includeds the droid x muilt touch keyboerd. And this is awesome by the way. Next time kellex when those iphone users come foe you just hold them in your left hand. They will start dropping one by one

  • Lee

    This sounds like a big step in the right direction!

    I truly enjoy the freedom that my Droid1 permits, and would be very reluctant to get a phone that was locked down. Rom Manager in my opinion is a must have! And I'll tell you what…. Koush deserves to get paid!

    When this process gets ironed out it will allow me the option of upgrading to one of these new phones! I know some guys don't care if they can't modify their phones…. but I do.

    Three Cheers To Koush!!!!!!

  • Scho_74

    This is big…honeycomb big

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordanepps Jordan Christopher Epps

    Now where are all those people who said this wouldn't be possible? No where to be found.

  • EC8CH

    Koush:

    “Silly Moto…

    All your Droid are belong to Us.”

  • OldNuc

    Wonder what the eBay price for bricked Droid X will be…

    • kellex

      There is an SBF in the wild which will fix any DX. :)

      • OldNuc

        My thought is the Dx will hit the Bay after the SBF fails due to improper application. There is many instances of SBF being smarter than the operator of RSDlite. I forcast a booming market in reflashing the Dx.

      • JT

        SBF = single black female?

  • AnDroidSepTIX

    Good ole American Developers. This is the land of the free and Cracked Bootloaders.
    “Cant nobody hold me down OH NO gotta keep on moving”

    • jxcgunrunna

      Bootloader is not cracked yet.

      • AnDroidSepTIX

        There is always one who wants to talk specifics.The bootloader is like cracking a safe. Your not using the actual method(the combination) to open it so its called cracking. This may be as close as they get to “cracking” the bootloader. So for me I will call it cracked. You can call it whatever you want.

    • Dkprnce

      To bad those guys are from Australia.

      • AnDroidSepTIX

        They live in the U.S. So unless they are here illegally that would make them American. touché

    • http://www.facebook.com/cory.britt1 Cory Britt

      I really love the way everytime someone tried to rain on your parade, you turned it around on them and blew it right back at 'em with a very intellegent response…seriously, you executed your responses almost perfectly, I just wish you were like “IN YO FACE, B17CH35!!!”, then it would have been perfect, IMO. Lol and I liked your original post too

  • Quantumflux21

    I got this email last night i cant wait to make my own apps :)
    Welcome to App Inventor!
    The Google account that you are receiving this email on has been given access to App Inventor.

    • AnDroidSepTIX

      I put in my request the first day kellex posted it. Im pissed I havnt received my invite yet. Lucky.

    • Lee

      Cool! I got mine last week and have been messing with it. It's a good idea to follow through with the demo tutorials to get a grasp of how things work. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Banderberg

    It's too bad that Koush is an arrogant ass hat. He's a smart fellow.

    • Caveman419

      I don't think that he is arrogant. If you had to deal with all of the ignorant people that he does your opinion would be a little different.

    • EC8CH

      I don't care is he is arrogant…

      If he punched me in the face right now, I would have to fight back the urge to thank him :-)

  • http://twitter.com/DroidEmperor R R

    re: the $2 app: do you have to run bootstrap everytime before you reboot custom recovery or just the first time?

    • http://twitter.com/koush koush

      Just needs to be bootstrapped once.

      • Mrpicolas

        nice to see you lurking koush

  • Turner

    Is that Koushs' icon @the top? That's pretty sweet. I just can't bring myself to upgrade my D1, at lesast since DL and Root! Thanks Kellex

    • http://twitter.com/koush koush

      Logo/Icon is by @P1X3LPU5H3R!

  • pny0985

    Kellex went all chuck norris and fought off all the isheep

    • kellex

      Indeed I did. Double crouching tiger death grip was the end of their grasp.

      • ngomez

        btw kellex, there is a theme available for most custom roms
        Its called Watermark'd 33
        two thumbs up so far on my droid :)
        http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-themes/6

        • Flyinion

          Yeah it would be great to see it featured in a custom theme friday. The guy has only been theming for about a month and is doing some AMAZINGLY beautiful stuff with the icons and such.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cory.britt1 Cory Britt

          I think he already did a custom theme Friday on that cuz I tried it out when he did

          • Anonymous

            how, when it was just posted like 2 days ago…

    • Lee

      A while back Chuck Norris took a trip to the Virgin Islands. When he left they were just called the Islands.

  • mattyboy1013

    kellex is back from the dead!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158705891 Gavin Spencer Marty

    im confused i have to be rooted correct? and to i need to wipe my /system?

    • AndroidsOfTara

      Scroll up to the top of this page. You will see this:

      Do I have to be rooted to run this?
      Yes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158705891 Gavin Spencer Marty

        sorry i didnt see that lol i just rooted my x and bought this app now what?

        • http://twitter.com/marleyinoc Ric Crockett

          Is your computer at home setup to sbf? If not, or you don't know what sbf is, I'd hold off til you have time to read about it, and til a few tutorials go up to walk you through the process on the Droid X are out. You may not run into any issues, but if it were me I'd want to be ready in case I hosed my system.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158705891 Gavin Spencer Marty

            i have my x rooted and i have downloaded the app and run it in Bootstrap recovery do we wait for the custom kernels? and then recovery booted i think i got it working

    • Anonymous

      rooting the droid x is very easy. just search for droidxroot.zip and download it. then press root me. I used it and it worked great.

  • josh1980

    Has anybody tried easy root and had any success rooting/un-rooting their phone? My droid x is on order and curious to know?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505682534 Leon J Kennedy

      I have it on my Droid X and it works very easily. 1click, reboot, done.

      • Anonymous

        Appreciate it. Haven’t tried to un root with it?

    • http://twitter.com/papibone5 alphonso reeves

      Yep work like a charm

    • http://twitter.com/shells_guy Spencer

      Rooted 3 weeks ago. No problems on my end, just the occasional screen freeze, but that can be due to my apps.

    • Timoh

      I used Universal Androot. Worked fine, no freezes, crashes, or reboots.

  • motograter7

    kellex where have you been buddy?!

    this is great news! and a huge step congrats to Koush for his hard work and talent!

    on a side note, i had not one but TWO i*hone users envy my rooted original DROID 1 last night. it felt nice to hear all those comments and how much they resented the closed doors of being with apple. just wanted to share that! haha

  • Soviets

    Waiting for the droid 2 version of this…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001189473993 Al Melara

      May never come…

      • djenks24

        That's what they said about the X. Thanks Koush!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000158705891 Gavin Spencer Marty

    I sent this in :)

    • mattyboy1013

      join me and the 48 others :)

  • Rizzidy

    DEATH TO BLUR!

  • tbaybe

    kellex is back :)

  • http://twitter.com/richardsonadm Adam Richardson

    This just maybe the reason I would upgrade from the Droid.

  • The_Other_Ray

    first?

    • http://twitter.com/One57 One-57

      this is so awesome i got an incredible 8 days ago and hated it i had the rep who sold me my incredible find me a dx and im gong to swap it out today

  • WhereIsTony

    This is a huge step.

  • Meto

    Amazing!

  • http://Deodexed.com Deodexed

    nice

    • Droidzilla

      I think Al Gore wrote, “First! Lolzorz!” when he booted up the internet.

    • planetes42

      It's really quite a thrill, isn't it? I've gotten two now and I get all excited when it happens. Congrats to you sir!