Just read on xda the thunderbolt has been rooted. This is nice next up cm7. Clockwork installed http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=11301220
- 02-12-2011, 12:08 PM #2
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"This phone was the official non production HTC Mecha (codename). It may vary from the one released (HTC Thunderbolt). Things to note:
*The phone in the pictures came with Ship S-OFF
*No temp root but perm root with recovery
However, us over at AndIRC are very confident the same methods will still apply but we are keeping that information confidential at this time. Definitely get excited but remember things can always change."
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Once you have root (superuser) access, you can install certain apps that need access to those "locked out" parts of the filesystem (apps like wifi tether, screenshot apps, overclocking apps, full filesystem browsers, etc). Rooting also provides you with the ability to remove bloatware, install custom themes, remove Sense (for those that don't like it), and install custom ROMs.
Another part of rooting is the installation of a custom recovery partition like clockworkmod. This allows you to make full and complete backups of you filesystem in the event that something on your phone goes wrong. You can recover from soft bricks by restoring to one of these backups.
Point is: Everything to gain by rooting, nothing to lose - well, except maybe your warranty :P
- 02-12-2011, 12:58 PM #12
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It means the security switch is set to "off" which means you CAN install unsigned ROMs (the very thing that locked bootloaders try to prevent).
HTC doesn't use locked bootloaders, Motorola does - hence the reason that many people prefer this phone over the Bionic (which is expected to have a locked BL)
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- 02-12-2011, 01:32 PM #16
The rooting process for each phone is different. Sometimes it's as easy as a 1-click method, others require you to ADB into the phone via a terminal or command prompt and use more complex Linux commands like "mount -o rw,remount -t ext3 /dev/block/mmcblk1p21 /system", for example. But there is always a tutorial on how to do it
This phone is going to be very popular, and as such, will have a lot of development behind it. The unrEVOked team is usually the main group of devs that focuses on HTC devices, so I imagine they will eventually have a 1-click method for you to use just like they have for all other HTC phones pictured on their webpage.
Just google "rooting FAQ" to find plenty of links that discuss the overall process of rooting, as well as the risks involved. Once this root is made public, there will be plenty of information and support about how to do it, so don't worry
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A more realistic overclock is going to be 1.5GHz, probably.
- 02-12-2011, 07:41 PM #25
Great, this means I'll have my wifi hotspot on day one. I'm driving to California mid March, so now I'll be able to share wifi with the laptop so people can stay entertained. Naturally, I'll be testing out WOW on 4G.