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Rooted Gingerbread Available for DROIDX2

With the new Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) build for the DROIDX2 arriving to soak test members, we also welcome in a pre-rooted version for those of you who wish to continue on with superuser access.  Our buddy @P3droid put in work as he always does to make sure you can all stay current without losing root, something that has yet to be officially gained on 2.3 builds for any Motorola device.  What I mean by that, is if you update to 2.3 and lose root, there are no current methods to root except to SBF back to 2.2 and then install a pre-rooted build.

Update:  I stand corrected, the Atrix on 2.3.4 has been rooted.

The good news is that you can apparently (haven’t tested myself) still SBF back to 2.2 even on this latest 2.3 build for the DX2.  We had a feeling that Moto would lock us out, but they have at least left us one ounce of rooting safety.

Go get some!  

Download:  DX2-Patched GB update.zip


1.  Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.
2.  Root your DROIDX2 using Gingerbreak.  [Instructions]
3.  Bootstrap the recovery using the DX2 bootstrap app.  [Instructions]
4.  Once you have bootstrapped, “reboot into recovery.”
5.  Once in recovery, it would be wise to create a new backup.

Backup and Restore>Backup

6.  Then choose “install zip from sd card.”
7.  Then select the file from your SD card that you downloaded above.
8.  Run it and enjoy the update!

A big thanks to the crew at MyDroidWorld for releasing this.

Cheers Adam, Cliff and everyone else!

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  • Tearshitup

    simple instructions.. however… ginger break wont crack my X2. helllllllllllllp i miss my root…f’n bloat ware needs to go

    • Tearshitup

      ohh addition… i have the oficial verizon 2.3  ota which is why im thinkin i cant root.. so should i flash back to 2.2 or is that even possible now? please tell em im not screwed now lmaoo

  • Andrew

    with rooted gingerbread on the X2 will you be able to wireless tether for free?

  • Nickhigh

    status 7 here too…. anybody know what to do?

  • Jasonkcornett

    I know this probably is not the place to ask, but I thought I would try.  I have a Droid X, and I downloaded and installed one of the Gingerbread Leaks (4.5.588.MB810.Verizon.en.US) 2.3.3.  I now cannot get the OTA  updates.  My phone is NOT rooted, and never has been.  I just want to be stock.  I have tried to go back by downloading Froyo stock firmware……nothing has worked.  My phone works fine, I just want to be stock and have the latest stock firmware.  Any suggestions?  Thanks so much for any help!

    • Tearshitup

      just simply flash back to the stock sbf file for 2.2. the link is around here some where in this clutter lol.

  • Nickabsinthe

    So i am having issues here. Currently running the minimal x beta 2.0 rom and no matter what I do I can’t reboot into recovery. I’ve tried reinstalling the system recover as well as rerooting with gingerbreak, and attempting to restore the backup i made before hand with ROM manager and nothing is working. Has anyone else had this issue and/or knows how to fix it?

    • Nickabsinthe

      OK, got it working, but ROM is still aborting when trying to verify, what’s goin on?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YT2UBHV6YLL2L5RXMDESP3P5TA Ryan Dominguez

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Jimmy Dingo

    Have had the X2 over a month and comparing to a friends Thunderbolt, glad I did what I did. Her battery is half my use and slower than the dickens. No issues I’ve had, but of course I haven’t tried experimenting with the setup at all as I see others do. Call clarity superb and is fun to use. We are 2 years from local 4G anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/franktheawesome Frank Urbanski

      Yeah, I’ve had the X2 since it has come out and I have 0 complaints about it.

  • Technicalbuzz

    Well so far so good. Even though the update process cleared my phone completely… Blur is still laggy, but opening apps is much faster from what I’ve noticed.

  • Al Heasley

    I cant find bootstrap anywhere….all the links are down….this sucks

  • Bob Nocero

    I’m waiting for the D3 to be rootable before I trade in my Droid1.  16gig of on-board memory and a 16gig card will make it a sure-fire hit!

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      Me too!!!  Can’t wait to get all the crapware off!!!!

  • Anonymous

    great article

  • Unexpected62

    WTF man D3 needs root

    • Anonymous

      True. Impatiently waiting.

    • Anonymous

      I just paid $ 22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 675 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

  • Squirt5431

    When I push update.zip, it tells me “status 7” installation aborted.???

    • Squirt5431

      Failed to verify whole-file signature?

  • http://profiles.google.com/guigsy Oisin McGuigan

    Thank you soooooo mcuh!!!!!! This works great!!!!

  • Reliable Random

    can we use the update on non-rooted devices? I’m still waiting on verizon to push it to me. 

    • Anonymous

      i think you have to update from rooted froyo using bootstrap for it work if you do an offical ota update you will not be able to root at all or sbf back to 2.2.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZY2S6EHWEZAOEKZ62H4PLCCM5Y Cherie Rojas

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  • Anonymous

    I know this is a bit off topic Does anyone understand the whole situation with internal vs ext memory on the dx2 i had a dx1 and i could move whatever it allowed me to my 32gb sd card now the dx2 moves it to a internal memory card of only about 5 gbs. What is the solution to move things to the ext sd card, I thought one of the reasons for 2.2 was capability to move to sd card if you were given that choice for the app it looks like motorola sneaked that this in here on the dx2 and other newer moto phones. So if someone can explain a solution to get my apps on the ext sd card i would appreciate it or at least point me in a direction that does please

    • Adam Thompson

      This is my number one WTF w this phone. I dont know if it will be great down the road once i figure it out but for now it’s just a pain! I don’t know where stuff is. I have the same folders on 2 “SD” cards!

  • Zacharylundberg

    After Installing i am unable to load up bootstrap.  It just gives me a battery meter.  Anyone else having this issue?

    • Ryan

      just now reinstalled my bootstrap after reading your issue. and mine is working fine.

      you should probly try reinstalling it….

      • Zacharylundberg

        Already done lol.  Didnt think about that.  Running Great :D.

  • Hhghg

    Just in case I missed it…. Did they do this for the dx1 yet? Surely it must be possible now

  • lakers1moretime2012

    I’ve been running GB since it came out on Saturday at around noon est and it is awesome – Most of the memory problems, random reebots, weird txting issues, screen ghosting + more are now a distant past. This phone super rocks nows, I still have my DX1 and the GF is rocking DX2 stock and it blows both out if the water in real life measures :) thanks P3 DROID and all of the TBH gang – oh one more thing calls are awesome and no more data/wifi interruption – stable and rooted AWESOME

    • lakers1moretime2012

      Btw – I m averaging 2600 in quadrant score and 65 inmfpls. About 10%-15% gain

    • steven domachowski

      so did you get the dx2 rooted? i’m using the stock GB that came out too….but i’d like to root…can i do that using gingerbreak?

  • Ryan

    these instructions are infact legit. I am now running rooted 2.3.3. Just remember you must be stock except for being rooted and having the bootstrap. i dont know if it will work if you have modified script or changed themes.

    overall though im not really that amazed by the update. i remember when i upgraded my dx1 from 2.2 to the rooted gingerbread and it was noticeably different and performed better. I am not really noticing a dramatic change here.

    when i went from 2.2 to 2.3 on my dx1 my quadrant score jumped from an average in the 1400’s all the way up to an average in the high 1900’s even into the low 2k’s.

    On my dx2 my quadrant scores have gone from an average in the mid 2400’s to now my highest has only been in the low 2700’s. And honestly the phone doesnt feel like its performing any better.

  • Zacharylundberg

    Should we do a data/cache wipe first?

    • Ryan

      yea i had to go into stock recovery and do that because my phone would not boot it was just stuck at the motorola m dual core at the start screen.

      then i went into stock recovery and did it. then bam it worked. it took a while to boot the first time though

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    He’s done it again.

  • DroidX2Sucks

    Just bought a Thunderbolt for $230 to replace my X2. It’s really not a good phone. I’d rather sacrifice battery life and get LTE with a great UI and not so horrible screen than to be stuck w/ an X2.
    I can’t wait for the GSII to drop on Verizon, though I still have some hope for the Bionic.

    • Gcfforeal

      Are anymore available at that price? and for some reason although i hope im very wrong i have the itching feeling that the bionic will be glorified x2 with 4g and a ffc.(i hope not)

    • Anonymous

      The TB isn’t a good phone either…

      • Anonymous

        Compared to any other phone on Verizon at the moment it is the only decent choice.

        • Anonymous

          Charge isn’t a bad phone and has a good dev following

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  • RoK_Boy

    Checking it out now, Thanks!!!

  • Tlwolfe82

    I can confirm that SBFing back to 2.2 works from 2.3. I did it the other night. Also, you will get an error that says installation aborted at the end of the preroot install – this is normal. Just reboot and you’ll be good.

    • Gcfforeal

      i wiped data/cache from recovery but every time i try to install the update from zip its an installation error and when the phone boots back up its still on 2.2 …..anyone else having this problem?…solutions?

  • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      He had a tbolt but took it back. He didn’t care for it much. Plus he hated the battery life. So he got a Charge. I love my charge even more so since it’s got Tbh behind it. 😛

      • Anonymous

        That’s good to hear. Because if he had the Bolt and then got the Charge there is no doubt he will be going back to the Bolt after real life use and comparison. 

        • Anonymous

          He is sticking with the charge the thunderbolt is garbage nobody wants a phone with 4 hour battery life. And yes I have a thunderbolt.

          • Anonymous

            “garbage” LOL  Something is wrong with your phone then. Or just ask your dad to get you a Charge…. :)

          • Anonymous

            Ha I buy my own phones and if you read any forums you would see the long list of issues. Then again your wife/gf did buy me my last phone after I treated her to a good time

          • Anonymous

            They both got you a phone?   lol…

          • Anonymous

            Yeah a thunderbolt and a charge it was nice.

          • Anonymous

            That’s cool…. now you should ask the two girls to teach you how to actually use them. Because they both told me that not only do you not know what to do with the phone, but also didn’t know what to do with them.  That is embarrassing son…. :)

          • Anonymous

            Yeah just couldn’t get into the mood with how beat they looked. Maybe someday you will learn and get a real phone and a real woman. Sadly thing is I’m rooted running a custom ROM so yeah I guess I don’t know how to use my phone. Come on fool get a clue quit glazing your phone like a donut :)