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    Help me root my Motorola i1

    I use an N900 on T-Mo data only. I carry an i776 for work.
    I have successfully updated the N900's kernel for NAT support and can now run my N900 as a 3.5G WiFi hotspot.

    I picked up a Boost i1 that my wife now uses @$50 per month unlimited. The trouble is I can only be an Ad Hoc connection on my N900 for other devices and this Android does not support Ad Hoc connections.
    If it did, it would be a wonderful thing, and I would upgrade as soon as it is available on Nextel.

    It seems that a tweak to 2 files on the Android will allow it to connect.

    edit: > /system/etc/wifi/tiwlan.ini

    Code:
    WiFiAdhoc = 1 
    dot11DesiredSSID = <your_network_ssid> 
    dot11DesiredBSSType = 0
    edit: > /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf

    Code:
    ctrl_interface=tiwlan0 
    update_config=1 
    eapol_version=1 
    ap_scan=2
    ... the trouble is i need root.

    A terminal app is useless without a keyboard and I can SSH to the thing but without root that is just as useless.

    The old "cupcake" trick with [telnetd] can not be performed from the virtual keyboard and Jesus Freaks's APK wont load the recovery image.

    I'm at a loss.

    A boot screen can be reached by holding the green send key and the center key while powering up. This will tell you to connect USB but I haven't been able to connect using the Android SDK on my Win7 desktop. Me thinks Motorola has a Radio Service Software tool for this.

    Any news about a new RSS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_j001 View Post
    You da man!

    No I haven't....

    (wipes coffee from keyboard from spit take while reading your post!!)



    I just d'loaded it and am off to work. Good lookin' out dude. thanks.

    When I get time I'll try it out and if it works...


    How to root the Motorola I1! (yet to be confirmed)
    By Rainabba (thanks to Birdman for the process)
    http://alldroid.org/Default.aspx?tab...ts&m=5876#5876

    Again, http://AllDroid.org has the priveledge of releasing a root tutorial based on birdmans root process inspired by the vulnerability Sebastian Kramer discovered.

    (Run means type the command in quotes [but not the quotes] then press the Enter key)
    Download the attached archive and expand it to a folder you can find (eg. c:\MotoI1Root)
    Set up ADB (Step-by-step guide for Windows Vista/7 HERE. <-- USE THAT THREAD FOR ADB SUPPORT PLEASE.)
    On the phone: Home, Menu Button, Settings, Applications, Development: Make sure the "USB debugging" option is enabled/checked.
    Status bar, USB connection: Make sure "PC Mode" is selected.
    Open a command prompt (Windows: Start, Run, "cmd", OK; Linux: Terminal)
    Run "adb devices". If you don't see your device listed under "List of devices attached", return to step 2 and follow the link to setup ADB (use that topic for support) and return here when "adb devices" lists your I1.
    Run "CD c:\MotoI1Root" (or where ever you expanded the archive)
    Run "adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk"
    Run "adb push su /sdcard/su"
    Run "adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox"
    Run "adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid"
    Run "adb shell"
    Run "cd sqlite_stmt_journals"
    Run "chmod 755 exploid"
    On your phone, navigate to a screen where you can switch wifi/bluetooth on/off easily (settings, or a home screen with a widget)
    IMMEDIATELY after executing the next step, toggle wifi or bluetooth off and back on
    Run "./exploid" and follow directions on screen. Once this completes you'll be back at a shell prompt.
    Run "rootshell". You'll be prompted for a password.
    Type in password "secretlol" and press Enter then you are root! (You'll know because your prompt will now be a "#" instead of "$")
    Run "cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk"
    Run "cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su"
    Run "cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox"
    Run "chmod 4755 /system/bin/su"
    Run "chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox"
    Run "rm /system/bin/rootshell"
    Run "exit" to drop from root to a non-root user shell (on phone still)
    Run "exit" to drop back to your machine command prompt (instead of phone)
    To Confirm root is established:
    Run "adb shell"
    Run "su" (now you should see the # sign which indicates you are root)
    Watch your screen so you can allow Superuser root access.

    You're done! feel free to kill the bloat apps snd such.

    NOTE: It might be a smart idea to do "rm /system/bin/rootshell" after you have su and superuser in place as ANY program will have access to your root if you leave it (cause everyone will know the password)


    Credits
    Sebastian Kramer for this blog post - http://c-skills.blogspot...07/android-trickery.html
    Birdman - for editing Sebastians work for the droidx
    [mbm] - for answering birdmans many questions while root was tried (and failed xD)
    Rainabba - for writing up this tutorial

    The blog list
    Birdman - @mrweeeedbirdman - http://stevenbird.info
    Rainabba - @rainabba - http://rainabba.blogspot.com

    Videos
    Video tutorial for root: http://tiny.cc/How2RootDroidXVideo (clearly this is for the DroidX, but the process is exactly the same)

    As is always the case with this sort of activity, you do this completely at your own risk. AllDroid, Rainabba and Birdman take NO responsibility for the outcome.
    MotoI1Root.zip


    ...In the mean time if anyone wants to try this out and post a confirmation in this thread, please feel free.


    (If you do, you may become a HoFo legend and I bet they'll write songs about you too!)

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    Close but no cigar...

    All is well until:

    Run "adb shell"
    Run "cd sqlite_stmt_journals"
    Run "chmod 755 exploid"
    adbshell fires up and gives me the shell prompt.

    cd sqlite_stmt_journals seems to run and the shell simply reports: sqlite_stmt_journals on the next line and the shell prompt alone returns on the following line.

    chmod 755 exploid does the same thing then back to the shell prompt.

    ./exploid reports that it "can't be found" or somesuch.


    I'm thinkin' the boys in the bat caves need to be called in. It doesn't seem to me that adb shell has the access that is expected. Maybe a BER bug command or suttin' needs to be invoked first.

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