Questions on Root and Overclocking Droid

p08757

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Okay -- I understand what root access is. What I don't understand is this:

When/if I root my Droid, is this just patching my existing ROM to allow root access, or is it totally replacing my stock ROM and replacing it with one that allows root access?

Secondly, if it turns out that rooting only requires patching the existing ROM, can I overclock with an application like SetCPU with just rooting, or do I need to load a custom ROM to do this?

Thanks in advance for helping a noob out. I did a search and did not find these exact answers.

I would like to overclock, but really don't want to load any cutom ROM's yet.
 

Jared DiPane

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Rooting will give you the additional access from within your existing ROM. To overclock your stock rom you will have to add the kernel to your device before being able to. You cant just download setcpu and overclock it like that.

loading some custom roms will include this, but not all.
 

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it's a two step process...

first you gain root access, and your system remains in tact as it was (except for your new root access).

next you flash it to a new rom that will allow the overclocking you want. if you try to use setcpu after rooting but before flashing to a new rom, it will max out at 550Mhz.
 

Jared DiPane

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it's a two step process...

first you gain root access, and your system remains in tact as it was (except for your new root access).

next you flash it to a new rom that will allow the overclocking you want. if you try to use setcpu after rooting but before flashing to a new rom, it will max out at 550Mhz.

you could always push the new kernel to your existing rom and overclock, right?
 

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not sure -- what I mentioned above is just from my experience with SMUpdate from sholes.info. Seems they have things figured out to be as simple as possible, so I just sort of went with the flow.
 

p08757

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Thanks everyone! I really dont want to load a custom ROM, so I will skip rooting for now. I only wanted to boost up my processor speed.
 

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So has anyone experianced any bugs/hicups/erros with overclocking, wondering about it myself, worried i'd fry my phone or perhaps accumulate long term damage over time, idk, rooting NOOB

(also can anyone see my profile pic, i cannot for some reason...)
 
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Just root and load the overclocking ROM by tas .. HERE

Make sure to load the recovery console by SirPsychoS .. FIRST .. HERE

This way you can backup the phone and restore any ROM you want .. even back to factory. Saves you from bricking.
 

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So has anyone experianced any bugs/hicups/erros with overclocking..

At 800Mhz, it is rock solid. No issues.
At 950Mhz, it is really solid. Maybe an occasional Force/Wait or reboot.
At 1Ghz, mine was not stable and I got multiple reboots per day and odd freezes with the notification bar that I had never seen.

I am currently running at 950Mhz and so far today it has been mostly flawless and fassst. I also just loaded Bugless Beast this morning.
 

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Just root and load the overclocking ROM by tas .. HERE

Make sure to load the recovery console by SirPsychoS .. FIRST .. HERE

This way you can backup the phone and restore any ROM you want .. even back to factory. Saves you from bricking.

I meant to mention that when you load the overclocking ROM, you just restore the Boot partition. So you can overclock and keep your stock 2.0.1 (rooted).
 

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