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Technical questions about the Nook Color rooting process

I've been considering getting a Nook Color with the intention of rooting it for use as an inexpensive general purpose Android tablet. Before I decide either way or dive into one I went and read a ...
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Trying to root Motorola Xoom. Stuck rebooting

I am rooting my Motorola Xoom wifi tablet following these instructions: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/02/25/how-to-root-the-motorola-xoom/ I unlocked the bootloader fine. And I got to this point: ...
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what are the disadvantages of rooting your device [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any risks to rooting a device? What are disadvantages of rooting device . why should it be avoided ?
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Problems rooting an evo shift

I'm on day 2 of the great quest for permanant root. I have followed the guides here and here to the letter and still my hboot shows "S-On". Hboot says: SPEEDY XE SHIP S-ON HBOOT-0.93.0001 ...
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Root the Samsung Infuse (i997)

Does anyone know how to root the Samsung Infuse (i997)? I have tried two methods already: Visionary Samsung One Click Root Visionary simply doesn't work, while the Samsung One Click Root manages ...
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Will rooting my Samsung Galaxy S before I activate it cause any problems?

I have a samsung Galaxy S (Fascinate) that I haven't decided if I want to keep, so I haven't activated it on my Verizon account. I'd like to root it and flash a new ROM (possibly a separate Kernel) ...
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Root N1 and keep the official ROM

Is it possible root my N1 with 2.3.3 without flashing custom ROM?
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Can a Factory Reset fix Malware Problem?

This recent story appeared on Slashdot regarding various malware apps that had invaded the Android Market. Google quickly removed them (and I was not infected - I don't typically download apps), but I ...
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How to avoid rooting my phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any VNC solutions for an unrooted device? I want to connect my phone to my computer via USB, and be able to send keystrokes to phone, and send phone's video output to ...
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What do “root,” “flash,” and “ROM” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? I have been looking for some good explanations of some words that have been frequently used the android ...
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What limitations does rooting and/or installing a ROM put on my phone?

I have an Evo and I'm kind of frustrated at the space limitations on the internal memory, the crapware that came pre-installed (Blockbuster and Nascar, Really?) and some performance issues. I was ...
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Security risks of rooting your android smartphone [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any risks to rooting a device? What are the security risks specific to rooting your android smartphone? Are there any security exploits available because you ...
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Can someone provide a list of the things to ideally do when rooting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my phone? I have found some decent guides on how to root your Android device on various forums, but I would interested in hearing what everyone hear feels ...
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Does rooting a device and installing a custom ROM SIM unlock it as well?

I'm a bit confused about this topic. I have a T-Mobile myTouch 3G which I've recently replaced with a Nexus One so it's kind of standing there. I was contemplating rooting the myTouch and installing ...
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How do I perform a full pre-rooting backup of an Android phone?

The question arises because the best-rated backup application (Titanium Backup) requires root. So what would one use instead when getting a really complete backup is essential? Is there a file ...
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Does flashing a custom ROM require root access?

It was recently brought to my attention that it does not. Can someone confirm this and explain what the determining characteristics are that dictate whether or not root its required to flash a custom ...
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Does rooting require a custom ROM?

I've noticed that some apps say they require a rooted phone. Is it necessary to install a custom ROM in order to root a phone? Edit: I should mention that I've seen this answer, but my phone isn't ...
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What is rooting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what does “to root a phone” mean? Is rooting just copying su onto the phone? Does it try to get the root user's password?
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How to get root privilege in recovery mode?

I have copyed the 'su' command to /system in adb. but i cannot run the 'su', 'su' says: Permission denied.
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How to 'root' (or gain root access to) a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 with Android 2.1-update1?

I have a Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 with Android 2.1-update1 and I need a quick easy way to get root access so I can boot it through a custom ROM me and a friend have been working on (the custom ROM is ...
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How do I root Cruz Tablet?

I am relatively new to the Android scene, and have recently bought my first official android-powered device. The cruz tablet was just $199 at Best Buy so I figured I culd give it a try. Unfortunately, ...
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What is the meaning of “Root Access Required”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my phone? what is root in android OS, some time i read rooted OS uprooted phone what it mean and recently i read "Root Access Required" on an android ...
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nexus s rooting wifi error problem

So, I have unlocked my Samsung Nexus S that runs on Android 2.3.1 and i have rooted it. The problem now is that I cant open wifi anymore, it keeps telling me "error" whenever I click on wifi .. Why ...
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Rooting HTC Evo on Froyo 2.2 and installing a custom rom

I just received the latest update from HTC. They have installed more bloatware on my phone and I've finally had enough. I want to root. I found this rom and this guide on how to root. But the root ...
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Unable to install bootloader on MotoDroid with froyo FRG83D

I'm attempting to root my phone and have placed an update.zip in the root of my SDCard. I get the message that the zip is not signed and the update fails. I understand that VZN started added this ...
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How do I root the Android emulator?

How do I root the Android emulator? I need root to install an .apk file on the emulator.
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Why can't I connect my Samsung Galaxy 3 to my PC after installing the z4root app?

I have a problem connecting my Samsung i5800 Galaxy 3 to a PC. First, I could connect to the PC. I had installed the z4root app in order to root my phone and then after installing it, I could not ...
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Rooting HTC Hero GSM 2.1-update-1 (3.41.61.31)

So I've been trying to root my HTC (Hero GSM 2.1-update-1 (3.41.61.31), originally Orange Spain, but unlocked by code) for few hours now, haven't managed yet. All the articles I've found about rooting ...
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How to root HTC Desire (Froyo 2.2) without putting in a custom ROM (flashing)?

for research purposes I'd need to root a HTC Desire phone without flashing it. I did it already on the HTC Hero, where it was quite simple. Basically all I would need is to get r/w access to the ...
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Open source / trusted rooting app for Android / Motorola Defy?

I found a lot of compiled rooting exploits for Android, but not a lot of source code. So, how can I trust an exploit able to take SU rights on my mobile device? How can I be sure there is no ...
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Is there any benefit to rooting the new T-Mobile G2, and what are the legal issues? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I've rooted my phone. Now what? Are there any risks to rooting a device? Given that the new T-Mobile G2 based on Android 2.2 (and so called 4G network) attempts to ...
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Samsung Galaxy 5 (five) - Custom ROM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my phone? Any one tried to root their Samsung Galaxy 5 (five) device? If so, what is the procedure? And also what are the advantages of doing this? Thanks ...
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If I root my Android phone, will I lose all of my data?

As the question title implies, if I root my Droid Incredible (or any Android phone), will I lose all of my data? I'm not interested in installing a custom ROM right now so will rooting cause me to ...
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I saw the 'z4root' application on the Droid market just now. Is it safe to use on my Samsung Galaxy S?

Anybody used the Z4ROOT program to root/unroot his device ? Can I use it on my Samsung Galaxy S phone ? Is it a real root / unroot process ? I am a developer myself and know how much damage you can ...
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What can I expect if I unroot my Droid?

I am thinking about rooting my Moto Droid but I don't know much about the subject, I've been doing some reading, but I'd like to know: If I were to root and then wanted to unroot later on for some ...
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
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Rooting a regularly used Droid Incredible

I remember when I jailbroke an iPhone one time I had to use iTunes to restore the default system because there were a lot of applications installed on the phone already (which apparently increases the ...
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How to get root access on Android 2.2 with HTC Magic?

I'm using an HTC Magic and upgraded the OS to 2.2. Build number of the phone is FRF91. How can I get root access to the phone?
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HTC Desire: why not to root and install Froyo (no-porting)?

I've bought an HTC Desire a quite ago and, since now, works fine for me (except for this). Now I'm waiting for Android 2.3, or 3.0, or whatever, and I'm thinking: is it possible to install the ...
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How can I root my Droid X with Ubuntu Linux?

My sanity is at stake here. I need root but I don't have access to any fancy proprietary OS. I'd appreciate any help.
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Do I need root to use NewzDroid?

I would like to use NewzDroid for usenet, but I'm not sure if I need root for it to work.
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How do I root my Chinavasion TechPad 7" Tablet android tablet?

I have a TechPad 7" Tablet from Chinavasion, S3C6410 Android 1.6; None of the generic rooting methods work. Any ideas?
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How do I root my Android device?

This is a common question by those who have want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device?
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What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
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Are there any risks to rooting a device?

I see lots of tutorials telling me how to root my phone (Motorola Droid), but none of them mention any potential "side effects." Aside from a few relatively minor issues that seem to require rooting ...
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How to root a Samsung Spica

How do I go about rooting my Samsung Spica?
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I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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How can I root my device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my device? What is involved in rooting an Android phone? I am thinking of rooting my Motorola Droid.
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Is it possible to completely brick your Android phone by using a Custom ROM?

I understand that you can completely "brick" (render unusuable) your iPhone by attempting to Jailbreak incorrectly. Whether or not this is actually the case, is it possible to do the same with your ...
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What is the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking an Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc Is either possible, legal, contractually legit and does either damage the phone?