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    Default Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    Hello, all of you frustrated Mac users out there!

    This method is tested on my MacBook Pro (10.6.7)

    Linux users should be able to use this if they replace the copy of adb that is in the zip file with the appropriate executable from Linux version of the SDK. If you know enough to run Linux then you can do that on your own

    Warning -- AT&T Atrix only! No Bell!

    So you're on 1.5.7 (or a brand new 1.8.3) -- let's root it!

    Part A -- Revert software back to 1.26

    1. Download this file and unzip it () () MD5 hash: 950e8dd3a1dd28a6c8f06da7f48ea5a9
    2. Make sure your phone is FULLY CHARGED
    3. Turn off your phone
    4. Remove your SIM card and SD card if you have one
    5. Turn your phone ON and hold the Volume UP button
    6. It will say “Starting RSD protocol support” at the top of the boot screen
    7. Connect your phone to the computer via USB
    8. Run the downgrade.sh script. This will reflash your phone to 1.26 so that we can gain root access.
    9. it can take up to 5 minutes to flash depending on your computer speed. My MacBook Pro takes just under 4 minutes. If you get any errors that look something like

      >> uploading RDL03: 0.0%usb_bulk_write -5
      >> uploading RDL03: failed at 00000000/00300000
      !! failed
      >> rebooting
      usb_bulk_write -104

      Don't get nervous! That happens occasionally. Just run the script again.
    10. Phone will reboot and it takes longer than usual to come up
    11. disconnect USB and power down.
    12. Put your SIM and SD cards back in
    13. Power up and verify that you are running 1.2.6 in Settings -> About Phone. You'll have to reenter your Motoblur account info.

      Part B -- Root it!
    14. Enable USB debugging (Settings -> Applications -> Development).
    15. Connect your phone and set USB Connection to 'None'.
    16. cd to the aRoot directory and run aRoot.sh and follow the on-screen directions

      If you see this:

      Getting temporary root access...
      mmap() failed. Operation not permitted


      then the rooting operation failed. Try running the aRoot.sh script again. If it fails manually run this:

      ./adb kill-server

      If it keeps failing you may not have flashed back to 1.26 successfully. Start again.
    17. Verify that there are no errors before updating.
    18. Go to Settings -> About phone -> System updates
    19. Follow the on-screen instructions. First download the update (you will need a Wi-Fi connection for this), then it will prompt you to install.
    20. The update will reboot the device and install itself. If this part fails it's because you are not on stock 1.2.6 firmware. Start over and read the directions.
    21. When it boots back up, verify USB debugging is still on. Some users report that disabling and re-enabling USB debugging solves a few issues with the script detecting your device (Settings -> Applications -> Development).
    22. Run afterupdate.sh
    23. Make sure you allow the superuser request on your phone or it WILL fail.
    24. All done! Enjoy your rooted Atrix on 4.1.57!



    See this post for further directions on 1.8.3


    thanks to
    OpticalDelusion ()
    DesignGears()
    Ririal ()
    Kennethpenn ()
    Last edited by slushy; 07-09-2011 at 03:36 PM. Reason: reupload script file and add MD5 hash
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    Default In case it was not obvious...

    In case it was not obvious...

    Following this method is destructive to the system settings of your phone! The first part flashes your phone back to the 1.26 firmware.

    Music, movies and pictures in your camera roll are OK. Your contacts will be OK (you're using your Gmail ,right?).

    But you WILL LOSE your Angry Birds progress. Unless you had managed to root prior to the update and run Titanium Backup, all of your application settings are toast.
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    I will give this a try here in 4 days 2 hours 53 minutes and 42 seconds after the file downloads
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler.ring View Post
    I will give this a try here in 4 days 2 hours 53 minutes and 42 seconds after the file downloads
    Yeah, the zip contains the SBF image of the 1.26 software. Uncompressed it is 1.51GB.
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    Update for 1.83 -- if you previously rooted your phone using this method you will be OK when you get the 1.83 update. Follow the directions:

    1. Start with your phone on 1.57 which was rooted using this method
    2. download and install the 1.83 update when it is pushed to you
    3. Enable USB debugging (Settings -> Applications -> USB debugging)
    4. Hook up your phone
    5. run the afterUpdate.sh script from the command prompt
    6. Your phone reboots
    7. congrats! you are rooted again. Verify root via Titanium Backup or RootCheck in the Market
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    Default Thank you!

    As a mac user I am very appreciative of this script! Thank you so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slushy View Post
    Update for 1.83 -- if you previously rooted your phone using this method you will be OK when you get the 1.83 update. Follow the directions:

    1. Start with your phone on 1.57 which was rooted using this method
    2. download and install the 1.83 update when it is pushed to you
    3. Enable USB debugging (Settings -> Applications -> USB debugging)
    4. Hook up your phone
    5. run the afterUpdate.sh script from the command prompt
    6. Your phone reboots
    7. congrats! you are rooted again. Verify root via Titanium Backup or RootCheck in the Market
    So i downloaded the 1.83 update and tried to install. Phone rebooted, installed about 25% then hung with the android and the Triangle with the exclamation point in it. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler.ring View Post
    So i downloaded the 1.83 update and tried to install. Phone rebooted, installed about 25% then hung with the android and the Triangle with the exclamation point in it. Any suggestions?
    Ouch.

    If it won't come back up after pulling in that update you will have to flash it back with an SBF. Pull the battery and see if you can get it to start up in "Starting RSD protocol support” mode, per the instructions at the top. If you get that going you will be able to recover.

    If your Android hacking-fu isn't super-strong you should start at the very beginning of the instructions. It will take a while but you'll eventually get back to a 1.83 phone that is rooted.

    Reflashing the SBF is not destructive to the storage on the phone, so any TitaniumBackup folders you have will be OK.

    If you are adventurous you can flash 1.83 (grab the SBF ) and do a on it. Much more direct but I haven't worked out the kinks on the Mac just yet. You would be on your own
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    My Atrix is on 1.8.3. How do I downgrade to 1.5.7?
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    Why would you want to downgrade to 1.5.7? well, none of my business

    If you have a brand new 1.8.3 you can use the method described in the first post and skip the downgrade to 1.5.7. What'll happen is in step 18 you'll jump from 1.26 straight to 1.83 but the afterupdate.sh step still should work OK.

    But if you have some other reason to be on 1.57:

    Go here and the SBF and unzip it. Note that this is an AT&T SBF, not Bell.

    if you don't have the SBF flashing utility included in the link from the first post go and download that utility.

    Follow directions 2-7 in Part A of the first post. Then you run the utility via the command prompt in place of step 8:

    Code:
    ./sbf_flash -v OLYFR_U4_1.5.7_SIGNED_OLPSATTSPE_P012_HWolympus_1g_1FF.sbf
    This will leave you with an unrooted 1.5.7
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    Slushy,
    Thanks for the input.
    I'm not too bad when it comes to android, but the atrix and moto are kinda new to me. I'm used to HTC products.
    I figured out there was a problem with the Webtop app that caused the update to hang. (I think i tried to do the webtop hack once upon a time but never finished), but I ended up just using the SBF and finally go it all to work.
    Thanks again for your instructions and files here.
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    I get this error message:


    line 9: ./sbf_flash: No such file or directory
    Exiting...
    logout

    I can see the sbf_flash file. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meursault- View Post
    I get this error message:


    line 9: ./sbf_flash: No such file or directory
    Exiting...
    logout

    I can see the sbf_flash file. Any ideas?
    when i 'cd' into the mac-aRoot-v3 directory and look around, I get this:

    Code:
    spiffy:mac-aRoot-v3 eric$ ls -las
    total 120
     0 drwxr-xr-x   8 eric  staff    272 Apr 12 20:41 .
     0 drwxr-xr-x+ 67 eric  staff   2278 May 23 21:48 ..
    16 -rw-r--r--@  1 eric  staff   6148 May 15 17:50 .DS_Store
     8 -rw-r--r--@  1 eric  staff   3224 Apr 10 22:17 Untitled.rtf
     0 drwxr-xr-x@ 12 eric  staff    408 May 22 21:15 aRoot
     8 -rwxr-xr-x@  1 eric  staff    284 Apr  9 14:47 downgrade.sh
     0 drwxr-xr-x   3 eric  staff    102 Apr  8 20:10 sbf
    88 -rwxr-xr-x@  1 eric  staff  44019 Apr  7 21:53 sbf_flash
    Does your sbf_flash file have the same permissions ("-rwxr-xr-x@") and file size (44019)? If not then the file you downloaded may have been corrupted.
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    Thanks for the reply. I just went ahead and used a friend's PC.
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    I get this error when I try to downgrade any help?

    line 9: ./sbf_flash: No such file or directory
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by odub View Post
    I get this error when I try to downgrade any help?

    line 9: ./sbf_flash: No such file or directory
    That sounds like the problem someone else above had. I wonder if the upload isn't corrupted.

    I'm reuploading another copy of the file to depositfiles. I'll update the first post with the new link when it is done.
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by slushy View Post
    That sounds like the problem someone else above had. I wonder if the upload isn't corrupted.

    I'm reuploading another copy of the file to depositfiles. I'll update the first post with the new link when it is done.
    OK, the .zip has been re-uploaded here

    to validate your download use the command prompt
    Code:
    spiffy:~ eric$ md5 mac-aRoot-v3.zip 
    MD5 (mac-aRoot-v3.zip) = 950e8dd3a1dd28a6c8f06da7f48ea5a9
    it can take a few seconds to run that op

    MD5 hash: 950e8dd3a1dd28a6c8f06da7f48ea5a9
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    Ok I think I am going to attempt this today, this is my first time rooting, so I have a few questions:

    1) What does "cd to the aRoot directory" mean?

    2) I haven't started yet, so I dont know if I will have to do this, but in step 16, it says "If it fails manually run this: ./adb kill-server" -- How do I do that?

    3) Once rooted, what are some good ROMs that can be installed from a mac? Are there guides for this?
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    I suggest not even trying
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spocket View Post
    Ok I think I am going to attempt this today, this is my first time rooting, so I have a few questions:

    1) What does "cd to the aRoot directory" mean?

    2) I haven't started yet, so I dont know if I will have to do this, but in step 16, it says "If it fails manually run this: ./adb kill-server" -- How do I do that?

    3) Once rooted, what are some good ROMs that can be installed from a mac? Are there guides for this?
    Well, the guide as written assumes a modest level of technical prowess on the part of the user. I don't have the time or inclination to write a SuperOneClick alternative for the Mac.

    Jerry, one of the writers for Android Central, wrote a missive not too long ago covering this topic. I suggest you give it a read:
    http://www.androidcentral.com/someti...%80%99t-answer

    Sent from my MB860 using Tapatalk
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    Default Re: Root 1.5.7 on a mac/linux (updated for 1.8.3)

    Quote Originally Posted by iamldavis View Post
    I suggest not even trying
    Well this is very helpful... I read the article that was posted above also, and I understand what he is saying. However, I don't believe that I'm so computer illiterate that I need to read a book about basic computing. There was just one thing in the main instructions that I did not understand, so I thought I could get a quick answer. The other one I may not have even encountered while rooting, but I wanted to be extra careful as this is my first time. But really, thanks for the help guys.
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    Actually, the first question you asked (not knowing what the cd command meant) indicates that you probably should read a book. I don't think the question per se makes you an ***** or a bad person. But it reveals ignorance of the fundamentals.

    Knowing how to use the Terminal app and the command prompt is necessary for rooting and very rudimentary. If the lingo in the instructions doesn't click for you then you are not the target audience for this method, that's all.

    If you must root your phone, find a friend with a windows pc and do it. There are several very nice tools that don't require you to understand what is happening in any real way - you can click and root.

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