How to Root a Verizon Droid X w/ System v4.5.621 and Android v2.3.4

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    How to Root a Verizon Droid X w/ System v4.5.621 and Android v2.3.4

    Hi, I recently purchased a completely stock used Droid X. It is my first smartphone. The phone information is:

    System Version: 4.5.621.MB810.Verizon.en.US
    Android Version: 2.3.4
    Baseband Version: BP_C_01.09.15P
    Kernel Version: 2.6.32.9-g1282440 mcbk83@il93lnxdroid08 #1
    Build Number: 4.5.1_57_DX8-51


    What I want to do with this phone is to remove the following applications: Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Books, Browser, City ID, My Verizon Mobile, Quickoffice, Skype Mobile, V Cast Media Manager, Voicemail, and VZ Navigator.

    All of those apps I will never use but they are running and taking too much system ram. Every time I load twitter or browse the web with Dolphin Browser, upon exiting, the home screen needs to reload because the system shut it down to free ram. A task manager will usually list those apps above as running and together they take a significant amount of ram.

    So far I have found that for them to be removed, I will need to root the phone. Upon googling directions to do this, I've found that my system version is very new and there isn't very good direction on how to do it. Every guide I have found is out of date. By searching Google for results in the past 2 months, I did find some guides. But they give directions for how to re-root the phone for people who were rooted but installed the .621 update. This just isn't very helpful to me. Most of these guides assume they already have a custom bootloader installed, recovery systems, system backups or nandroids, and the knowledge of how it was done last time.

    I need directions on how to do it when starting from square one with version .621. I don't know how to install a custom recovery that will allow me to create a backup before attempting anything in a lot of these guides, and to get a custom recovery it seems the phone needs to be rooted first. But the phone was never rooted and so it doesn't have that recovery or bootloader that allows people to root their .621 phones.


    Please help. Thank you to all who read this.
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    EDIT: For those who may find this post via Google and the like. Here's how it's done:

    You only need 2 files and 1 android market app.
    • Rooting the Droid X flashing a Milestone X .604 image:
    1. Download 1KDStaz_MX_4.5.604.iso (Milestone X 4.5.604 Gingerbread), burn the .iso to disk, then boot this disk
    2. Flash the Milestone X .604 SBF via 1KDS ezSBF Live Disc using the directions provided on the disk
    3. Root the phone using the method provided on the 1KDS ezSBF Live Disk
    • Boot the Phone.
    1. Go to the play store and download "Droid 2 Bootstrap." for your Droid X for $2.99 Edit: Look around, there may be a free recovery available.
    2. Open the app, install the recovery (Bootstrap Recovery), then boot the recovery (Reboot Recovery) to verify it works
    1. Boot into the recovery from Droid 2 Bootstrap
    2. Wipe all the catches and format the System
    3. Flash the Zip file
    4. Reboot the phone. You now have a stock rooted Droid X.
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    Last edited by DerekZ10; 05-27-2012 at 06:00 PM.
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    I'd recommend starting here:

    Important Info for .621 Update!

    You need to get familiar with SBFing via Live CD and flashing firmware. It should all be explained in the OP there.

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    Thankyou! I still need some help though.

    I'm trying to break the process down so I can reference this and only this to get it done, without all of the extra info that just confuses me in the other posts. Let me know if this is right:
    • Root the Droid X:
    1. Download 1KDStaz_MX_4.5.604.iso (Milestone X 4.5.604 Gingerbread)
    2. Flash the Milestone X .604 SBF via 1KDS ezSBF Live Disc.
    3. Root the phone using the method provided in the 1KDS ezSBF Live Disk.

    • Flash the .621 kernel over the .604 kernel.
    1. From rootzwiki.com: Download the .621 kernel, recoveries, CDT, device tree and the .621 WIFI Lib Fix
    2. Somehow flash these two files??? How is this done?
    3. Does this give me the ClockWorkMod custom recovery as well?
    1. Move it to the SDcard
    2. Restore it using ClockWorkMod
    • Turn the phone on and see the phone to be exactly the same as when I got it, except now with root. Right?? Or is there more to it?
    Last edited by DerekZ10; 05-20-2012 at 03:44 PM.

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    You'll need Droid 2 bootstrap from the play store, that's how'll you hijack the recovery and flash the zips , once your rooted

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    Ok so like this:
    • Root the Droid X:
    1. Download 1KDStaz_MX_4.5.604.iso (Milestone X 4.5.604 Gingerbread)
    2. Flash the Milestone X .604 SBF via 1KDS ezSBF Live Disc.
    3. Root the phone using the method provided in the 1KDS ezSBF Live Disk
    • Go to the play store and download "Droid 2 Bootstrap."
    ***Why is "Droid 2 Recovery Bootstrap" used instead of "Droid X Recovery Bootstrap"?

    • Flash the .621 kernel over the .604 kernel.
    1. From rootzwiki.com: Download the .621 kernel, recoveries, CDT, device tree and the .621 WIFI Lib Fix
    2. Flash files with Custom Recovery Bootstrap
    1. Move it to the SDcard
    2. Restore it using the custom recovery.
    • Turn the phone on and see the phone to be exactly the same as when I got it, except now with root?
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    HI, long time lurker, first time poster. I am with DerekZ10 here. I have root from my .621 Droid X and am also wanting to get away from the Milestone rom. He's asking all the questions that I also have. Can anyone offer any more help?

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    I have it working, you only need these 2 files and one android market app. It's actually pretty simple just not laid out well anywhere.
    • Root the Droid X:
    1. Download 1KDStaz_MX_4.5.604.iso (Milestone X 4.5.604 Gingerbread)c burn the .iso to disk, and boot the disk.
    2. Flash the Milestone X .604 SBF via 1KDS ezSBF Live Disc.
    3. Root the phone using the method provided in the 1KDS ezSBF Live Disk
    • Go to the play store and download "Droid 2 Bootstrap." for your Droid X for $2.99.
    1. Open the app and install the recovery and then boot the recovery to see if it works.
    1. Boot into the the recovery from Droid 2 Bootstrap
    2. Format the System and wipe all the catches.
    3. Flash the Zip file.
    4. Boot into your new stock rooted android device and have fun.
    Last edited by DerekZ10; 05-24-2012 at 11:46 AM.

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    Thanks DerekZ10 for putting this concise guide together. One question: does anybody know if this can be restored to non-root when it comes time to dump the phone on craigslist after I've upgraded to a newer device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaDog00 View Post
    Thanks DerekZ10 for putting this concise guide together. One question: does anybody know if this can be restored to non-root when it comes time to dump the phone on craigslist after I've upgraded to a newer device?
    Yeah you just do a .621 RSD Lite SBF to go back to stock unrooted then factory reset to wipe your data off there.

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    went thru 1,2,3....now it is stuck in bootloader mode wont boot up....help

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