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adb doesn't detect my Defy (Motorola MB525) after I call adb kill-server (rageagainstthecage exploit). Any ideas?

I'm trying cyanogen's mod approach to root my Defy. I can do adb shell, it works as intended. But after I run adb kill-server and try an adb shell I get error: device not found It seems my phone ...
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Acer Iconia Tab A500 - Rooting & Honeycomb 3.2

I just bought a brand new Iconia Tab A500. I just unboxed it and it shall be charging for the next 14 hours :) While I wait for first booting it, I have a question on rooting with 3.2. The tablet ...
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Root Nexus One without wiping?

I have a Nexus One running Gingerbread (2.3.6), completely stock and unrooted. I would like to root my phone, and try installing ROMs like Cyanogen. However, as far as I know, the official way to do ...
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What are the steps for rooting an Android device, in general?

I'm aware that for different devices the particular procedures are different, but I guess there are principal similarities in the procedure. So what are the basic steps to root your phone? What ...
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How can I root my Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T)?

I have been looking everywhere online, but I cannot find anything helpful in rooting my Samsung Infuse 4G. I have even tried (once) with SuperOneClick, but it never worked. Didn't affect my phone, but ...
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How can I root my Android on my Mac?

I've been looking into rooting my Android phone, which is a ZTE Score. The only way I've found so far is to use the ZergRush tool (Or something like that..) But I believe it can only be used on a ...
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How can I root my ZTE Score?

I'm new to Android, but I just heard about rooting; and I'm already interested. Anyway, I've been looking around, but I can't find a way to root my ZTE Score. :-( So my question is simple: Does ...
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How to root my ASUS Eee Pad Transformer?

I need to root my Eee Pad Transformer. But how?
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How do I unlock the bootloader on my Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro?

I own a "Sony Ericcson Xperia Mini Pro" (model number SK17i) running Android 2.3.3 (Kernel 2.6.32.8-perf, build number 4.0.A.2.335). It's branded by Orange Austria. I'm looking for a way to root it, ...
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Hacking HoneyTab

I found this strange "anonymous" device: HoneyTab. Never wishing to discuss whether it's worth to buy or not (it would be totally OT), my questions are simple and straight: does somebody know if this ...
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Is it possible to root the Samsung Galaxy S II without installing a custom kernel?

Is it possible to root the Samsung Galaxy S II without installing a custom kernel or otherwise flash custom firmware?
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Revert back to factory defaults after rooting and installing CM7

Rooting your Android and flashing CM7 seems pretty straightforward (SGS2 as an example). I'm a complete notice and notice that you have to replace the recovery partition thingy in the process. Lots ...
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How can I root my Pandigital Novel 7" Tablet?

I have a Pandigital 7" that is updated as far as the firmware updates go. However, I do not have access the Android Market and I do not have root access. I am trying to install a SQL reader that I ...
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Can Android 2.3.4 be rooted?

I have a Samsung Mesmerize and I've recently upgraded to my carrier's official release of Android 2.3.4, but to my dismay SuperOneClick doesn't seem to be able to root the device, it's always worked ...
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Can I root locked Droid 3 and flash Cyanogen

Before I purchase a Droid 3 from hong kong , I would like to know if I can apply the recently discovered root exploit on a locked phone that i can purchase there. Pardon my ignorance in this locked ...
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Installing GalnetMIUI Rom on HTC Desire

I Have an HTC DESIRE which I upgraded to Gingerbread recently. My friend told me about Galnet MIUI for Desire, and now I want to root my device. Is this possible? These are my phone's specs: HTC ...
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Problem running z4root on Galaxy S GT-I9000

I installed Z4root on my Galaxy S (the original, not the S II) after reading this post, using the APK file attached to the post (can't find it in market). The thread leads me to believe that the ...
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What to do before root and flash my phone?

Right now I have in my phone the stock rom and I haven't rooted it. I want to root it and change the rom. What should I do first, root or flash the rom? I don't want to lose all the configuration, ...
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How do I get Android 2.3 on my Verizon Droid 2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When will my phone get the Android 2.3 update (Gingerbread)? How do I root my device? I have a Droid 2 with Verizon and the Android version is 2.2 (froyo). I am looking ...
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Can I get back to root-able HBoot version by doing a factory reset

I have a HTC Wildfire (Buzz) that originally came with Eclair. I now have Froyo on it and the Unrevoked tool doesn't work as the HBoot version is not supported (too new for Unrevoked). At this point, ...
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Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I've rooted my phone. Now what? I'm considering rooting my Galaxy S2. But would just like to make 100% sure that the benefits that comes with rooting your device ...
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Will Asurion charge me for my replacement phone if I've rooted it

I have an android phone with Sprint which I dropped and cracked the screen. I have insurance, and they've already sent me a new phone. However, my old phone is rooted and has CyanogenMod on it. Will ...
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Sony Ericson Xperia 10 Mini - rooting Android 2.1 [closed]

I need to root my phone in order to tether it to an iPad. I have tried everything i found, but no success: - Exploid - SuperOneClick - z4modd (z4root) - Universal Androot well, i'm a newbie when it ...
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Should I root before or after activation?

I purchased an evo on Sprint that I'm going to root. I'm wondering, should I root the phone before or after activation on Sprint's network? Does it make any difference?
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Rooting acer liquid mini with Ubuntu?

can someone explain how to root android phone using ubuntu or any linux distro please? There are so many app like superoneclick, z4root etc..but android is based on linux right? so it should be easy ...
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How To Install/Root Vegan-Tab GingerEdition on Viewsonic gTablet

I recently purchased a Viewsonic gTabet and want to root the device with the Vegan-Tab Ginger Edition. I'm an absolute newbie when it comes to Android, I've been a Windows guy my whole life. I'm ...
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Space issues and rooting

I have a Huawei IDEOS u8150 running Froyo. Ever since I got this device, I've been running into low disk space problems (because of only 150 MB internal space). So I've had enough and moved all the ...
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NEXUS S (t-mobile version) 2.3.4 / GRJ22 — IS ROOT POSSIBLE?? can't mount /system mount /data

I have the Nexus S (t-mobile version) that is 2.3.4 / GRJ22 and just wanted to ask, is root actually possible now?? I see lots of posts about how to do it under 2.3.3, but all the posts I have seen ...
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Preventing mobile data use for select apps on non-rooted phone?

I have a number of apps that are fairly chatty on the network, and with a limited data connection I would like these apps to not use the 3G connection (WiFi is fine). I know that rooting the phone ...
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What can I do with an Nexus One with a broken LCD?

I've managed to acquire a Google Nexus One, that had an unfortunate encounter with a car door. The screen still accepts touch input, but the LCD itself is broken - no display at all. What is ...
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SuperOneClick freezes at “Running psneuter” while rooting. What can I do?

I tried to root my new Samsung Galaxy S II today using the instructions in the CF-Root thread and in the videos provided by this guy on YouTube. I was nearly across the finish line, but when I click ...
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Backup stock HTC Desire ROM with Unrevoked

I want to play with different ROM's for HTC Desire (which is still under warranty). Based on my understanding, in order to keep the warranty and still play with custom ROM's, the following steps are ...
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What are the security disadvantages of rooting an Android phone?

I know there was a discussion previously BUT they didn't talk about security. E.g.: if I root my phone will all my apps run with root permission? Related: Are there any risks to rooting a device?
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Is it possible to root the Samsung Galaxy Fit?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Fit. I am not able to find any guide on the web regarding how to root it. Is there some method suitable for beginners?
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How can I root or make my partitions mounted rw?

I can edit firmware, how can I make my firmware rooted? I tried changing all ro in init.rc to rw, but my after boot they are mounted in ro. I guess problem is there. Also I cant remount in adb. It ...
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How to root and what apps to use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I root my device? I have an HTC Incredible 2. I would like to know how to remove the locked pre installed apps and what apps I need for longer battery life and to ...
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rooting of galaxy 5 in india? What about warranty? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any risks to rooting a device? I own a samsung galaxy 5. I live in India. In contrast to US and UK where devices come with carrier contracts in india we can ...
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Rooting the HTC Desire Z

Just received one of these (SIM Free, UK Version, Android 2.3 with Sense UI). Can anybody point me towards the simplest and most easiest way to root this handset?
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Upgrading LG P500 (Optimus/Maximo One) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? How to backup an Android device? How do I backup and restore SMS Messages? I've thinking about rooting my ...
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How do I root Samsung Galaxy Tab? (Verizon)

I need to install an app which requires root on my Samsung Galaxy tab(Verison). How can this be done?
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Are there any known ways to root the new HTC Wildfire revisions?

After using CyanogenMod on my HTC Desire for some time, i wanted to root and convert the HTC Wildfire i bought for my wife early this year. Turns out that unrevoked is currently unable to root this ...
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Do you have to root an Android device to install Ubuntu?

Just as the title says. In order to install another ARM based Operating System or to dual boot your phone, do you have to have root access? I'm currently using a Motorola Atrix, not sure if that ...
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Whatever happened to VISIONary?

A number of people on here have recommended I give VISIONary a try out on my HTC Desire HD. But I can't find it anywhere - has it been decommissioned?
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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?