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Does the atrix 2 supports 720p & 1080p video playback ??

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Hopefully this will get some attention and help some people out before they dig that treacherous hole that they cant get out of and of course for the ever present (NOOBS) The guys that are brand new to Android and hit the ground running full speed with the itch to do something but just dont know what to do

So with that said before you go junking up the forums asking for help. Do us all a big favor and USE THE SEARCH BUTTON!!!!!! Please read and abide by all the forum rules as this includes duplicate posts as well!! Do a little homework before you get the itchy finger and do something you foolishly shouldn't have! And before you delete something make sure you know what it is. THE SAFEST THING TO DO IS JUST FREEZE IT!!!!

Rules:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/announcement.php?f=1058

Our Mod asking to keep the place clean:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1337004


** IF YOU ARE HAVING APPS DISAPPEAR, A MESSAGE OF NOT ENOUGH STORAGE SPACE FOR APPS, OR COMPUTER NOT RECOGNIZING THE SD CARD LOOK HERE!! MAKE SURE ALL APPS ARE INSTALED TO INTERNAL MEMORY AND NOT ON THE SD CARD.IF YOU HAVE APPS ON THE SD CARD YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE PROBLEMS!!! THIS PHONE DOESN'T PLAY WELL WITH CERTAIN CLASS 10 SD CARDS, THE SAFEST THING IS TO HAVE A CLASS 6 OR LESS CARD AND MAKE SURE THE CARD IS FORMATTED CORRECTLY!

First I want to thank Swiftks, as I am borrowing a lot of his work from the OG ATRIX forum

Lets start with some basic terminology & general understanding:

What is Root / Rooting?

Put simply, Rooting your device allows you, and/or rooted apps, to access parts of the Linux based Android software that is your OS, and that you would otherwise not be able to access. These tasks can be as simple and beneficial as backing up your system setting, or as complicated as installing custom ROMs, Kernels, etc. (more on this later).


What are Fastboot files or (FXZ) ?

Fastboot files (FXZ),contains a firmware image that can be installed on your device. i.e. they are more of less what you are installing on your device when you do a OTA (over the air) update; except an actual Fastboot file (FXZ) that you download and flash on your own will most of the time not only contain the updated info. in the OTA, but also all the other “stock” info. that came with the device. That’s why when you flash a Fastboot file (FXZ) it will return you to a stock/retail device.

What is ADB?

ADB = Android Debug Bridge. So what this basically is, is a command/terminal based interface you can run from your PC, to interact with your device and its file structure. You can PUSH (install) programs, apps, .apk files, etc. to your device, move things around, set permissions, etc. One of the primary things to remember when trying to use adb, is that you need to enable debugging on your device. In fact it’s a good idea to enable this, and leave it that way… forever! This setting can be found on your device under Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging

Here is a list of helpful adb commands:
http://android-dls.com/wiki/index.php?title=ADB


What is a ROM?

A rom is like a custom firmware image that is made by a Developer either entirely from scratch, or based off of the official firmware package. Some ROMs contain simple changes like changing icons and adding extra options to things, other more complicated ROMs can change the entire Android experience. Which one you will want to flash, will be entirely up to you. Read carefully, and make sure you understand what you are getting into before you flash.


What is a Kernel?

As a rule of thumb, if you have to ask, you probably shouldn’t be messing with this anyway. But hey, best for you to at least know what it is. A kernel is the heart of the device's OS. In simplest terms it’s a connection between your apps and your device’s hardware; i.e. the processor, RAM, etc. A custom kernel can dramatically change the way your device’s hardware performs… for the better and/or the worse.

**Right now we currently have a LOCKED BOOTLOADER so we can not change Kernal's at this time, IF the Bootloader gets unlocked this WILL change !!


What is a Bootloader?

The bootloader is a program code that is executed before the device OS starts up, and that instructs that device to boot “normally”. The bootloader can come locked or unlocked from the manufacture. A unlocked bootloader will allow you to install custom ROMs & Kernels (as well as some other neat things) on your device.

**Currently our BOOTLOADER IS LOCKED!!! but you can take a look here and join in if ya want to!
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1328714



What is a odexed and de-odexed framework, and what is the difference between the two?

Just read this:
http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/...omplete-guide/

What is CWM Recovery (ClockWorkMod Recovery)?

CWM is a custom recovery program that allows you to backup / restore a full or partial system backup of your device. It also allows you to install flashable .zip files; which is one of the primary installation methods for custom ROMs. It also provides other neat features such as cache wiping, battery reset, and other processes. Long story short, if you are thinking about flashing custom ROMs or just want a really good backup program, incase you FUBAR your device, you need to install this.



What is Fastboot?

Again, just read these for description & helpful Commands:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=619153 [Thanks briggie108]
or
http://android-dls.com/wiki/index.php?title=Fastboot


What is all this CM7 stuff about?

CM7 stands for CyanogenMod. It's a very popular ROM, b/c of its built-in options, great enchantments and total removal of manufacture software; i.e. all that MotoBlur stuff on your device is gone. It is a stripped down fast and well designed ROM with a custom kernel, that allows for easy flashing of great custom themes (just check out the General Theme Section for Android on XDA). Only a small selection of Android devices have a "official" release of CM7, however almost all Android devices have a "un-official" port for it.

More info. on CM7 can be found here:
http://www.cyanogenmod.com/
And here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CyanogenMod

The #1 rule of CyanogenMod is that you do not ask for timetables!!! You have been warned. If you choose to ignore my warning, ask away and prepare to be blasted until you cry.

SOME RECOMMENDATONS FOR THE FLASHAHOLICS!!
ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP ON YOUR SD CARD AT ALL TIMES FOR EMERGENCY!!

HERE IS A LIST AND GUIDE THAT WILL HELP YOU OUT AND SAVE YOU A LOT OF HEADACHES!!

GO HERE AND READ THE GUIDE!!

HOW TO FLASH A FXZ:

FXZ Hints, Tricks & Guidelines:

- Always make sure to flash with a full battery! The last thing you want to do is run out of juice in the middle of a FXZ flash; that's a great way to brick your device.

- As a general rule of thumb before flashing a FXZ file to your device, you should always download the FXZ file to a file path on your computer with the least possible spaces (i.e. the shorter the file path to the FXZ file the better). So just download it to the root drive of your computer, such as C:\.

- If you are running Windows on your PC, open RSD Lite as a Administrator. Also, when you open RSD Lite, Instead of browsing for the FXZ file via the normal “…” button in the program, just drag the sbf file onto the file path bar in RSD Lite. Sometimes, the FXZ file will not load when you select it via the browser button in RSD Lite (again I have no idea why).

- Once your FXZ file begins to flash to your device, be patient… the device will re-boot at least a couple times in the flash process. Do not get jumpy and disconnect your device until RSD Lite says you are 100% done! Doing so can cause your device to BRICK! If for some reason you have waited for an inordinate amount of time, and it does not say finished, then ask for help on the thread, before unplugging. The same goes for pulling the battery. DO NOT DO THAT!!! Pulling your battery during a sbf flash, is one sure fire way to brick your device. Only pull the battery as a last resort and only after you have asked for help.

STEPS:

1) Have the correct Motorola drivers installed for your PC (i.e. x32-bit or x64-bit).

Here is the Motorola Driver site
http://www.motorola.com/consumers/v/...D&pubid=987654

2) Download RSD Lite & install on your PC.

Here is the latest version to download (RSD Lite 5.6)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...7&d=1321414457

3) Choose the FXZ file to download

Android 2.3.5 ---- Blur_Version.55.11.16.MB865.ATT.en.US
InlineFlashing_edison_5.5.175.16_cfc_p3_APBP_CID28 5.zip
http://www.fileserve.com/file/erjAuT...PBP_CID285.zip
or
www.multiupload.com/W3UH3W5LU0



4) Make sure you alternatively boot into AP Fastboot mode by powering down (or pulling battery), then press and hold the volume up and down button while powering on.

5) Plug your phone into a back USB port on your computer.
Front USB ports are often unreliable when it comes to power levels. They should not be used for flashing.

6)Run “RSD Lite” on your computer

7)Press the “. . .” button next to the box labeled “Filename”

8)Browse and open the FXZ file or just just drag the FXZ file onto the file path bar in RSD Lite

9)Wait for the program to read the file, then choose “START”

10) Now, the device will slowly flash the FXZ file. BE PATIENT AS THIS MAY TAKE A WHILE!

11) Congratulations! You’ve restored your ATRIX 2!!

How to flash the FXZ once applying the OTA update and get back to 2.3.5, ONCE YOU UPDATE TO THE OTS 2.3.6 YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FLASH THE 2.3.5 FXZ WITHOUT FOLLOWING THESE STEPS BELOW!!

NOTE: Download this file HERE -
Unzip it and move all the the items in it to the stock fxz. You might get a warning about replacing files, just click OK. NOTE that Windows might not be able to handle the size of the fxz. I have 6 GB RAM but Windows still wasn't able to perform a drag-and-drop through the fxz's zip. I recommend that you just unzip the fxz and then put the files in. (You don't have to rezip it either, RSD Lite will still recognize it and will flash faster).

You should be able to use RSD Lite to flash the file.

THANKS TO COGEARY FOR THESE STEPS

HOW TO UNLOCK YOUR BOOTLOADER FOR ANDROID 2.3.5

Still a work in progress but you can take a look here and join in if ya want to!
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1328714

HOW TO ROOT YOUR DEVICE

FOR ANDROID 2.3.5
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...00&postcount=1

FOR ANDROID 2.3.6

Install the OTA and upgrade your phone to 2.3.6
Download the 2.3.6 root zip from HERE
Make sure you have the right drivers installed then connect your phone to your PC.
Unzip the file and then double-click "Click-To-Root.bat".

THE FOLLOWING METHODS BELOW FOR MAINTAINING ROOT SHOULD BE NO LONGER A NECESSITY BUT I'M LEAVING THEM FOR REFERENCE IN CASE WE NEED THEM IN THE FUTURE

How to maintain root through any OTA update! THIS MUST BE PERFORMED BEFORE INSTALLING THE UPDATE!!!!

You can use Root Explorer for a copy/paste method DO NOT USE ES FILE EXPLORER!!! or you can use adb push/pull if you prefer the manual way.

Root Explorer copy/paste method - make sure you make system r/w

go to /system/bin/
open in text editor – mount_ext3.sh
add the 3 following lines to the very bottom

chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
chmod 4755 /system/xbin/su
chmod 4755 /system/app/Superuser.apk

ADB Shell Method

1) download the mount_ext3.sh file, .... get it HERE
2) open a command line in the directory you saved the file
3) run the following commands:

adb push mount_ext3.sh /data/local
adb shell
su
cd /data/local
mount -o remount, rw /system
cp ./mount_ext3.sh /system/bin
chown root /system/bin/mount_ext3.sh
chmod 755 /system/bin/mount_ext3.sh
mount -o remount, ro /system
reboot

4) Then run the update

Thanks to Jimbridgman for this version


HOW TO INSTALL CWM RECOVERY

ATRIX 2 BOOTSTRAP
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...21&postcount=1.... everyone send a thanks to Nitroglycerin33 for taking the time to modify this for us

[Safestrap] (STILL A WIP)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1427007

WHAT DO I DO IF MY DEVICE WILL NOT FULLY BOOT??? (i.e. Boot Loop or Soft Brick)

Follow the directions in the FXZ section to get that phone back to operational status

ROMs & Kernels:

ROMS

[ROM] STOCK Deodexed - With 2Themes
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1420980

[ROM] Supercharged Atrix
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1441397

[ROM] CM9 Barely Alpha (WIP)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1427026

[ROM] Rebel Rom
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1543792

[ROM] Atrix Blaze
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1550693


KERNELS

For future reference

THEMES

[THeme] ICS Blue [THEME][WIP]
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1383779

[Theme] Darkened Blur
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1332470

OTHER MODS & FIXES

[Mod] Webtop via HDMI without a Dock
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1357600

[How to] get full ubuntu and your favorite desktop in webtop
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?t=1375042#

[How to] Disable CarrierIQ on the Atrix 2
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1402657

[Overclock]
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1405964

[MOD by APP] Nebtop - Universal HDMI Webtop hack
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1410509

[Reference] List of things that are safe to freeze
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1330235

A lot of people don't like the stock camera and have purchased Camera FX Zoom from the market and have had great results

Enable Built In wifi Hotspot
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1328588


1% Battery Mod (MUST BE ON STOCK DEODEXED ROM!)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1437712

1% Battery Mod- 6 options
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1449631

[MOD] BlurHome Launcher - ICS StYLE
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1529488

[MOD] blurhome2.apk UPDATE! 2.3.6 added
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1486299


As things progress I will continue to update and if you think I need to add anything send me a PM




ok i did all of this and now i cant get the phone to turn on, it says invalid flash mode (s) (boot failure) what should i do?
 
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ok i did all of this and now i cant get the phone to turn on, it says invalid flash mode (s) (boot failure) what should i do?
Your phone is exhausted if you did this all at one time


That's a lot if topic to cover, how about being just a little more specific
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I tried the root steps with 3 different root programs (Super 1 click, 1 click exploit, and 2.3.6 root), and the error message i get when using all of them is that it failed to push due to a "read only file system"

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intresting... it saying that /system is RO directory.. but the only way to mount it as an RW is if you have SU accesses. So I'm not quite sure...
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sadly this is not what I wanted to hear =p

BUT its good to know im not crazy. Anyone have any ideas? REally want to root this mofo, my Captivate wasnt this much of a problem.. QQ
 
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intresting... it saying that /system is RO directory.. but the only way to mount it as an RW is if you have SU accesses. So I'm not quite sure...
The point of the exploit is to provide you elevated privileges in adb so you can mount /system as RW and push the su and Superuser, so that's why it works.

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sadly this is not what I wanted to hear =p

BUT its good to know im not crazy. Anyone have any ideas? REally want to root this mofo, my Captivate wasnt this much of a problem.. QQ
Hm, that is strange. Could to tell us a bit more information about your A2? System version, Android version, etc?

The first thing you should do is try this zip: A2Root.zip. It's pretty much the same thing posted in the A2 root thread but it uses a different method to mount /system and if the mount fails it will tell you.

If you still can't get it to work then as a last resort you might want to try flashing the fxz. This will return you back to stock 2.3.5. Normally it will wipe all of your data but you can remove a line in an xml file to make it not wipe data. Once you're back to 2.3.5, you can try to root it again or you can update to 2.3.6 then try to root.
 
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system version - 4.5.141.MB860

Model MB860

Android Version 2.3.6

Kernel Version - 2.3.32.9

Build 4.5.141

Stock out of the box form ATT, but I did the OTA a few months ago


same error with the A2Root you posted.
 
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system version - 4.5.141.MB860

Model MB860

Android Version 2.3.6

Kernel Version - 2.3.32.9

Build 4.5.141

Stock out of the box form ATT, but I did the OTA a few months ago


same error with the A2Root you posted.
Well I think I see the problem here... MB860 = Atrix 4G. MB865 = A2

Try the Atrix 4G forums. Good luck!
 
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