The DROID X has been rooted and you can get a custom ROM running on it. So much for Motorola’s locked bootloader. It looks like the Android community has won again, right? Well, it doesn’t look like Motorola is going down without a fight. a member from the Motorola Owners’ Forum posted this recently:
WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.
Oh no they didn’t!!! Yes, they actually did. For those of you who use custom ROMs all the time (find out why you should here), this isn’t a big deal. Once the update gets rooted all someone needs to do is update there custom ROM to that version so you can download it. Unfortunately, if you just use leaks as a way to get a sneak peek until the actual OTA is release, you are screwed. Well, not screwed, you just need to get your DROID x downgraded to 2.1 so it will allow the update. If you don’t want to get stuck on a dated version of froyo, just follow the instructions below:
- First you will need to download this file (it will take a while): link
- Extract the zip file
- Take the sbf file located in the Phoxus_-_Droid_X_Gift.zip (it should be around 430MB) and place it on your desktop
- Install RSD Lite (executable file in the zip)
- Once RSD Lite is installed, copy “pst_flash.ini” (located in the RSD Lite zip file) and move it to C:\Program Files\Motorola\RSD Lite (replace it with the old file). Your directory may be slightly different but it should definitely be in the RSD Lite folder
- Turn off your phone
- While holding the camera button down, press and hold down the volume DOWN key on the rocker. Then, while still holding both buttons, hold the power button down until it turn on. Once it is on you can let go. After a bit you should see a black screen with white text saying “bootloader”
- Connect your phone to your PC and start up RSD Lite. You should see a device listed in the #1 slot. If not then you don’t have the proper drivers installed (files for x86 and x64 located in the downloaded zip)
- On RSD Lite, click the “..” button, which opens up a file directory for you to find an sbf file. Find and click on the sbf file you put on your desktop. Then hit the START button
- DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING!!! At some point your phone should reboot. This is when one of two things will happen:
- It reboots perfectly normal and gets to the Droid OS and the process is complete
- It gets stuck in a boot-loop saying “manually reboot your phone 100%”
- If it is number one you are finished. Now you will be able to update to the OTA update.
- If it is number two, your reboot may just be taking a while. There are some cases where the boot took about 10 minutes. If it continues for longer though, you are in a bootloop. Take the battery out of your phone to turn it off, then put the battery back in. Then press the HOME key and the power button to turn it back on. Do this until you see a little DROID with an exclamation point. Press the search button (farthest to the right on the bottom). Then use the volume rocker to go down to “reset to factory” and then press the menu button to select. Let it run the process, then when finished use the volume rocker to go up to “reboot” and select it. Then let it boot (long process again).
Done! You should be back to normal so that you can wait for the official update. Which, if you read the warning carefully, says sometime in early September. That sounds more like early fall to me but as long as it comes out, who cares?
[via Motorola Owners' Forum]