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[ROOT] Instructions for obtaining root access!

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By edgan, Member on 2nd August 2011, 07:57 PM
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Here is the method I discovered for root access. Yes, it requires the HD Station. There is currently no way around that. You have to download and extract pulse.tar in webtop. There is no other way I know of that will work. You can use adb or Android Terminal Emulator instead of ssh, but you are on your own. With those, expect problems with your PATH.

I have surprise for another day now.

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Here is a very nicely done pdf with screenshots, done by twospirits.
Instructions with screenshots

Here is a very nice Youtube tutorial:
Youtube tutorial

HD Station
Sprint Photon
HDMI cable that came with HD Station
Monitor or TV with open HDMI port
Wifi connection on the phone
Computer with network access to the phone

1. Install Superuser from the Market
2. Install SSHDroid from the Market
3. Open SSHDroid, and make sure it is listening on port 2222
4. Connect Photon to HD Station
5. Connect HDMI to HD Station and TV/Monitor
6. Turn TV/Monitor on
7. Change TV/Monitor input to HDMI
8. Open Firefox in webtop
9. Go to
10. Open it instead of saving
11. Extract pulse.tar to /var/tmp
12. Connect to phone via ssh at ip address mentioned in SSHDroid and port 2222
13. Type /var/tmp/pulse/pa_race
14. Type /var/tmp/pulse/
15. Type rm -rf /var/tmp/pulse*



Linux, in terminal window:
ssh -p 2222 root@ip-address-mentioned-in-SSHDroid

Mac, in terminal window:
ssh -p 2222 root@ipaddress-mentioned-in-SSHDroid

Thank you bane449!
Thank you PAulyhoffman!
Thank you Brandon15811!
Thank you Yay!
Thank you twospirits!
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2nd August 2011, 07:58 PM |#2  
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This is some great work Edgan.

Might see a spike in Dock sales, unknown is working on webtop over hdmi right now so if someone can just "borrow" a dock to root they will still be able to use webtop with out it.
2nd August 2011, 08:09 PM |#3  
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Way to go! Can't wait to try it out! Thanks guys!

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2nd August 2011, 08:35 PM |#4  
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Hmmm should be able to just do this all by ConnectBot as well, eh?

Unrooting should be as simple as deleting /system/bin/su and uninstalling Superuser, right?

For people that have seen the webtop in action before, is it activated immediately upon plugging it in or do you need to plug in the HDMI as well? Why are the keyboard and mouse necessary, are there no on-screen equivalents on webtop?
2nd August 2011, 09:03 PM |#5  
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Awesome job here gentleman cant wait to get this thing rooted

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2nd August 2011, 09:12 PM |#6  
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Is this a permanent root or a temporary one that we'll need to reapply each time we reboot? Great job regardless!
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2nd August 2011, 09:13 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by dis39tif

Is this a permanent root or a temporary one that we'll need to reapply each time we reboot? Great job regardless!

Permanent, though as soon as an update comes out, we will have to figure out if it breaks OTA. Once they fix the exploit, it gets even harder.
2nd August 2011, 09:15 PM |#8  
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Nice work, enjoyed watching you guys work last night on IRC.

So has anybody installed apps like Titanium Backup that require root?

If so off to get me a dock.
2nd August 2011, 09:15 PM |#9  
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My will power is getting weaker and weaker.. Im trying to hold out for the SGS2 but these threads make it tough.
2nd August 2011, 09:29 PM |#10  
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My question is, does anyone have a custom recovery installed on it? If you can root the system and put a custom recovery on it, then you're good to go.
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