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Procedure to Root Droid X Revealed

Launch reviews faulted the Droid X's bloatware. It's "littered with widgets, oodles of little programs—the vast majority of which you probably don't want or need," complained Gizmodo. Worse, the relatively common method of "rooting" the phone caused the it to stop working.

At the center of the whole issue is the Droid X's eFuse chip, which temp-bricks the phone if it detects the user attempting to boot the device with third-party firmware. Needless to say, most in the modding community weren't happy about the hardware component. Drawing from the experience from users who've managed to trick other Android devices however, it was a matter of time until someone found a way to defeat Motorola's best attempts to maintain smartphone "purity".

A video outlining the entire rooting process is below. Full text instructions are available here. Keep in mind that rooting the Droid X—like any other smartphone—will most likely void its warranty.

Update: Some warnings on rooting your Droid X.

  • Fibrizo
    That will teach them, People wants unlocked phones.

    Open Source FTW
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  • shloader
    Ya just don't take an OS developed on the ideal of openness and try to lock it down, especially if it's a hot phone like the Droids seem to be. You're just pissing money away on security. Motorola kinda deserved this at least a little.
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  • sliem
    Open Source FTW
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  • figgus
    It was foolish of Motorola to lock this phone down at Verizon's request, but Verizon gimps ALL their phones (too bad their service is so good around here).

    Incidentally, I think this sort of thing is why Google never sullied the Nexus1 by bringing it to Verizon. Big Red probably wanted the OS locked down tight.
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  • IFLATLINEI
    Shame on both Verizon and Motorola. Wasting cash. Its been proven time and time again. The hacking community will always find a way. There is nothing these big companies can do to stop it. I dont know why they even bother.
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  • TheDuke
    i hate bloatware with a passion
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  • gwolfman
    Thumbs up to all the comments above ^^^^^
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  • Sabiancym
    This is just rooting....it's not getting past the boot loader. So there will still be no custom ROMs yet.
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  • Rooting the phone has NOTHING to do with the EFuse. Come on TH. Do your research.
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  • chris13th
    Motorla?
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