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    A very easy guide to Rooting, backup, and ROM flashing for the DX....

    This is my guide to rooting, backing up, and flashing ROM's on the DX. I have spent a lot of time lately posting replies into threads for doing this and I have been told that my method is very easy to follow. So I thought I would share with all.

    If you are a totally new to all of this please see this thread BEFORE you continue in this one.

    http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/dr...questions.html

    Here is the "Nerdslogic" way of doing this including rooting, backup, and ROM flashing....ALL of this can be done from PHONE....no PC required


    APPS you will need:
    Andyapppack.zip (linked in this thread at the bottom)
    Z4Root....free and I will get to that in a second
    Astro File Manager (or similar) free in Market
    AppInstaller....free in market (optional)
    DX Bootstrap Recovery or D2 Bootstrap
    Team Black Hat (not available in Market)


    So....let's get started:

    In my opinion one of the most useful apps you can have is TBH or Team Black Hat. This app will provide you with pretty much all you need. For instance....if you prefer to SBF via RSD....then check the app....you will find your drivers, best version of RSD for your phone, and the SBF. If you want Gingerbread....check the app. There are most likely links to Rooted, unrooted, odexed, deodexed, and everything in between. What makes this app super useful to me is it bases the files it shows you off of the device it is installed on. So if you have a Droid X you will only see stuff that works with the Droid X....if you have the Droid 2 then you will only see Droid 2 compatible stuff.

    These are also the guys that provide you with almost every leak you have heard of. Including the most recent Gingerbread leaks....588=TBH, 595=TBH, 596=TBH....ya dig?


    To get the TBH app CLICK HERE


    Rooting the DX: you have a few choices


    NOTE....these only work on FROYO and not GB....

    Method 1
    Gingerbreak---see this thread for newest version as well as instructions

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1044765

    Method 2

    Install Superoneclick on your PC from the Andyapppack linked below. Connect Droid X to PC via USB cable. Click root on Superoneclick. There may be some steps in between depending on your phone's particular configuration....USB settings and so on....but that is pretty much it.

    Method 3

    Copy over and install Z4Root from the Andyapppack attached to this post at the bottom.

    It will download as a TXT file....just use Astro and rename the file to an APK by holding down on the file, select edit, rename, and just replace the last 3 letters (TXT) with APK

    Go to menu, settings, applications, and check the box next to "Unknown Sources"

    Use appinstaller to install Z4Root.

    Open Z4Root and click "Permanent Root" if you select Temp your root will be gone when your phone reboots the next time.

    The benefit to using Z4Root is should you need to unroot you just open the app and click "unroot"


    Backing up your current ROM after root:
    1. Open DX\D2 Bootstrap Recovery
    2. Select top option and grant SU Permission....wait for "success" to pop up
    3. Select second option....your phone will reboot
    4. In this menu Volume up and volume down are your navigation and camera = enter....back arrow goes back a level or to previous menu
    5. Navigate to Backup\restore
    6. Select backup....this will take a while...wait till it says backup complete then navigate back to original menu....select reboot
    You should know that DX bootstrap does NOT work on GB....but the D2 does. Personally I would just use the D2 regardless if you are on GB or FROYO.

    Backing up your apps for easy restore after ROM install on your DX:
    • Download Titanium Backup (your choice if you do free or Pro....I use pro for batch functions)
    • Run a COMPLETE backup of all user and system apps and data
    NOTE: This complete backup and only be restored in it's entirety if you are running the exact same ROM (version and all) on the exact same device....in other words for all intents and purposes your phone has to be in the exact same state it was in when you made the back up for the restore to be successful. BUT....you can restore the apps on a new ROM if you select "missing apps and data"


    Flashing a new ROM on your DX:
    1. Open DX\D2 Bootstrap Recovery
    2. Select top option and wait for "success" to pop up
    3. Select second option....your phone will reboot
    4. In this menu Volume up and volume down are your navigation and camera = enter....back arrow goes back a level or to previous menu
    5. select "wipe data/factory reset"
    6. Select "yes----delete all data"
    7. Hit back arrow
    8. Select "choose zip from SDCARD"
    9. Find and select ROM you are flashing....for example Liberty1.5 2 or X (depending on if you have a D2 or DX) and hit camera button....wait till install is complete
    10. Use back arrow to get back to main menu and select reboot
    That's it. If you bootloop after ROM install go back into recovery and wipe your davlik cache located in the advanced section. That should fix the loop.


    Restoring your apps after install of a new ROM on your DX:

    For the most part Google will take care of this when you open the market after your install. But for those apps no longer available or that aren't listed you can follow these steps providing you used my method to back them up with Titanium Backup.
    • Reinstall Titanium backup from Market
    • Open click "Backup/Restore"
    • Hit menu and select "Batch"
    • Select "RUN Restore missing apps with data
    • Select apps you wish to install (I don't do all of them because sometimes it stores multiple versions of an app and I only want the newest ones)
    • Click "Run the batch operation
    **It is recommended that you reboot after restoring your apps. I do this after every set of 20 or so. Reason being is your apps may require boot, wont work right till reboot, or simply wont show in your app drawer....if you experience bootloops after restoring your apps on a new ROM boot into recovery and wipe davlik cache located in the "advanced" section this has worked EVERY time for me in this situation**


    You can use the first post in this thread for referrence.....there are also instructions for installing themes and more. A lot can be found in the Liberty Toolbox for additional mod's and tweaks.

    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE VERSIONS OF ROM'S YOU ARE FLASHING. IF YOU FLASH A D2 VERSION ON A DX YOU COULD SERIOUSLY MESS UP YOUR DEVICE


    **UPDATE**

    Here is my app pack for rooting the Droid X. I am using this now as a replacement for the Z4Root as Z4 seems to have freeze issues.
    .


    If through any of this you find yourself needing to SBF your DX click here
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    Last edited by Nerdslogic; 06-16-2011 at 12:32 AM.
    I have done a lot of write up's....here's a link to some. If you would like help with your phone simply ask, PM me, or drop me an email and I will assist where I can.
    List of phones I can help with: Droid, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid X, Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Bionic.
    If you don't get response here try me on DroidForums, XDA, or Rootzwiki under the same name

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    it's a very good start, much better than I could write up, but I think it could use a little clarification for newbs or ppl who aren't as familiar w/ some aspects. you might consider specifying which of the methods for rooting is for froyo or gb, z4root doesn't work on gb, you mention needing dx bootstrap, but later on d2 bootstrap as well, maybe explain why the diff versions have diff uses or that dx needs usb debugging turned off for gb

    as i've seen so many ppl on the forum making mistakes or being confused in similar circumstances I don't think it can hurt to over explain things, too many ppl don't read things fully to begin with and sometimes with experience comes the forgetfulness that what's common knowledge to us is unknown to others

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    This is why I created that other thread for Newbs. But yes you are correct. Actually there is no root method for GB so I will just clarify that all posted is for FROYO only.
    I have done a lot of write up's....here's a link to some. If you would like help with your phone simply ask, PM me, or drop me an email and I will assist where I can.
    List of phones I can help with: Droid, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid X, Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Bionic.
    If you don't get response here try me on DroidForums, XDA, or Rootzwiki under the same name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdslogic View Post
    This is my guide to rooting, backing up, and flashing ROM's on the DX. I have spent a lot of time lately posting replies into threads for doing this and I have been told that my method is very easy to follow. So I thought I would share with all.

    If you are a totally new to all of this please see this thread BEFORE you continue in this one.

    http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/dr...questions.html

    Here is the "Nerdslogic" way of doing this including rooting, backup, and ROM flashing....ALL of this can be done from PHONE....no PC required


    APPS you will need:
    Andyapppack.zip (linked in this thread at the bottom)
    Z4Root....free and I will get to that in a second
    Astro File Manager (or similar) free in Market
    AppInstaller....free in market (optional)
    DX Bootstrap Recovery or D2 Bootstrap
    Team Black Hat (not available in Market)


    So....let's get started:

    In my opinion one of the most useful apps you can have is TBH or Team Black Hat. This app will provide you with pretty much all you need. For instance....if you prefer to SBF via RSD....then check the app....you will find your drivers, best version of RSD for your phone, and the SBF. If you want Gingerbread....check the app. There are most likely links to Rooted, unrooted, odexed, deodexed, and everything in between. What makes this app super useful to me is it bases the files it shows you off of the device it is installed on. So if you have a Droid X you will only see stuff that works with the Droid X....if you have the Droid 2 then you will only see Droid 2 compatible stuff.

    These are also the guys that provide you with almost every leak you have heard of. Including the most recent Gingerbread leaks....588=TBH, 595=TBH, 596=TBH....ya dig?


    To get the TBH app CLICK HERE


    Rooting the DX: you have a few choices


    NOTE....these only work on FROYO and not GB....

    Method 1
    Gingerbreak---see this thread for newest version as well as instructions

    [26.04.2011][v1.2] GingerBreak APK (root for GingerBread) - xda-developers

    Method 2

    Install Superoneclick on your PC from the Andyapppack linked below. Connect Droid X to PC via USB cable. Click root on Superoneclick. There may be some steps in between depending on your phone's particular configuration....USB settings and so on....but that is pretty much it.

    Method 3

    Copy over and install Z4Root from the Andyapppack attached to this post at the bottom.

    It will download as a TXT file....just use Astro and rename the file to an APK by holding down on the file, select edit, rename, and just replace the last 3 letters (TXT) with APK

    Go to menu, settings, applications, and check the box next to "Unknown Sources"

    Use appinstaller to install Z4Root.

    Open Z4Root and click "Permanent Root" if you select Temp your root will be gone when your phone reboots the next time.

    The benefit to using Z4Root is should you need to unroot you just open the app and click "unroot"


    Backing up your current ROM after root:
    1. Open DX\D2 Bootstrap Recovery
    2. Select top option and grant SU Permission....wait for "success" to pop up
    3. Select second option....your phone will reboot
    4. In this menu Volume up and volume down are your navigation and camera = enter....back arrow goes back a level or to previous menu
    5. Navigate to Backup\restore
    6. Select backup....this will take a while...wait till it says backup complete then navigate back to original menu....select reboot
    You should know that DX bootstrap does NOT work on GB....but the D2 does. Personally I would just use the D2 regardless if you are on GB or FROYO.

    Backing up your apps for easy restore after ROM install on your DX:
    • Download Titanium Backup (your choice if you do free or Pro....I use pro for batch functions)
    • Run a COMPLETE backup of all user and system apps and data
    NOTE: This complete backup and only be restored in it's entirety if you are running the exact same ROM (version and all) on the exact same device....in other words for all intents and purposes your phone has to be in the exact same state it was in when you made the back up for the restore to be successful. BUT....you can restore the apps on a new ROM if you select "missing apps and data"


    Flashing a new ROM on your DX:
    1. Open DX\D2 Bootstrap Recovery
    2. Select top option and wait for "success" to pop up
    3. Select second option....your phone will reboot
    4. In this menu Volume up and volume down are your navigation and camera = enter....back arrow goes back a level or to previous menu
    5. select "wipe data/factory reset"
    6. Select "yes----delete all data"
    7. Hit back arrow
    8. Select "choose zip from SDCARD"
    9. Find and select ROM you are flashing....for example Liberty1.5 2 or X (depending on if you have a D2 or DX) and hit camera button....wait till install is complete
    10. Use back arrow to get back to main menu and select reboot
    That's it. If you bootloop after ROM install go back into recovery and wipe your davlik cache located in the advanced section. That should fix the loop.


    Restoring your apps after install of a new ROM on your DX:

    For the most part Google will take care of this when you open the market after your install. But for those apps no longer available or that aren't listed you can follow these steps providing you used my method to back them up with Titanium Backup.
    • Reinstall Titanium backup from Market
    • Open click "Backup/Restore"
    • Hit menu and select "Batch"
    • Select "RUN Restore missing apps with data
    • Select apps you wish to install (I don't do all of them because sometimes it stores multiple versions of an app and I only want the newest ones)
    • Click "Run the batch operation
    **It is recommended that you reboot after restoring your apps. I do this after every set of 20 or so. Reason being is your apps may require boot, wont work right till reboot, or simply wont show in your app drawer....if you experience bootloops after restoring your apps on a new ROM boot into recovery and wipe davlik cache located in the "advanced" section this has worked EVERY time for me in this situation**


    You can use the first post in this thread for referrence.....there are also instructions for installing themes and more. A lot can be found in the Liberty Toolbox for additional mod's and tweaks.

    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE VERSIONS OF ROM'S YOU ARE FLASHING. IF YOU FLASH A D2 VERSION ON A DX YOU COULD SERIOUSLY MESS UP YOUR DEVICE


    **UPDATE**

    Here is my app pack for rooting the Droid X. I am using this now as a replacement for the Z4Root as Z4 seems to have freeze issues.
    .


    If through any of this you find yourself needing to SBF your DX click here
    Hi. First of all, thanks a lot for sharing. Now let me explain something:

    I managed to somehow install both z4 Root and SU now, but for some reason the phone seems to unroot all by itself (since an app that needs SU permission doesn't seem to go through the SU). Although I see the Pirate Droid (SU) and the z4 app in the app drawer, there's something wrong. So I rerun z4 and it's just there "Running exploit in order to obtain root access...".

    Any advice??



    Rocky

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    You can try gingerbread......

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    As Nerd suggested, try Gingerbreak. If you still can't get root apps to work check for updates to superuser either through the market or opening up superuser, go to settings, scroll all the way to the bottom and hit su binary (says tap to check for updates).

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    when i was on froyo i didnt need to take z4root off of my computer... i got it from this website... (mod-deleted link)
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