The GoClever R974.2 is a rebranded Rockchip 3066 made for the Eastern European market. It's fairly cheap and offers great performance,great set of features and full Google implementation for a very affordable price. I love it.
I tried rooting it with the ICS Root Unlocker 1.0 from sourceforge - but it did not do the trick. Actually, it did it but only partially. A Superuser app was installed, however there was no root access and Superuser wouldn't uninstall either. I did a factory data reset but superuser was still there for some reason
One thing I noticed is that I can't access the recovery mode, but I think this is another problem which is bound to either the bios or firmware settings and which does not really have anything to do with the rooting. I will make another thread on that when I find a solution.
So yeah I just decided to keep searching and it was not a big surprise to find the solution to root my Chinese tablet is a Chinese program - which only leads me to one conclusion - Chinese people are awesome, but why did they have to make their writing so funking hard to read?
So here's what you need to root this baby via Windows 7 (I did it on 64x but should work on 32x too):
1. Enable USB Debugging and (Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging) and enable installation of apps from unknown sources (Settings > Security > Unknown Sources).
2. Plug in your device via USB. Open device manager (Control Panel > Device manager). Your tablet should be under "Other Devices > GOCLEVER" since windows can't find a driver for this tablet. You have to install the driver manually. Download the Google usb drivers here:
This is a pack of the original Google drivers and a modified version for GoClever, use the original google first and if it doesn't work, try the modified version. Unpack the drivers into a folder.
To install, right click on the GOCLEVER entry in the device manager and click "Update Driver Software...", on the window that opens click "Browse my computer for driver software" then on the next screen click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers from my computer".
On the next screen choose the entry "Show all devices" and click Next. Click the button "Have disk" and on the window that opens click "Browse" find the folder where you have previously unpacked the drivers and point to the directory you want to use (within the folder you unpacked the drivers into choose between either "usb_driver" or "goclever") and choose the file "android_winusb" and click Open,and then click Ok. Choose the entry "Android Composite ADB interface" from the list and click "Next", wait for the installation to finish. The device manager should now have an entry in "Android Phones > Android Composite ADB interface". This is good and means Windows can see the device and we can move on.
3. Keep your tablet plugged into the PC. Download a Chinese program called ZhuoDashi from here:
Run ZhuoDaShi installation. It's in chinese but you'll be ok, just keep clicking where the Next button should be.
EDIT: BEFORE RUNNING THE PROGRAM, PLEASE UNINSTALL BLUESTACKS IF YOU HAVE IT INSTALLED. If you have bluestacks installed on your PC, the root program will conflict when trying to root your real device and it will not work. This is probably the case for most Android emulators so uninstall them before attempting to root your goclever tab. Also, temporarily disable security programs like antivirus, anti-spyware or firewall software because those might also interfere.
After the installation, run the program (it's set to run automatically after installation by default). It will detect the device automatically. Under the picture of the device look at the red text that says "Root" and click the blue link beside it.
Wait for it to finish and voila - you should now have root access!
You can also unroot the device via this program by clicking the orange wrench and screwdriver icon (sixth icon from the left). There will be 2 pirate android icons with the word ROOT contained in the writing below it. The left one is for rooting,the right one is for unrooting.
4. Now you will have an app installed called SuperSU and this is of course the superuser app. However, you will not be able to use this app to have full root access since it's SU.apk is outdated and won't let you manipulate files in the system folder. However, do not uninstall it just yet as it is still useful to grant superuser access, which you will need to install a second newer Superuser app which will update the SU.apk. So now pen the market and find the the app called "Superuser" (by Clockworkmod), then download and install it. Open the app and grant it root access when it requests it via SuperSU and it will then ask you to update the SU so agree to that too and click on install.
Now Superuser (by Clockworkmod) will be the default app managing root access.
If you wish to remove the old SuperSU app, open it and let it update the SU again, then go to settings and click "change superuser app", it will offer to remove itself, agree to that and it should now be gone. Start up Superuser (by Clockworkmod) again and let it install the updated SU again. There,now it should work.
FINALLY your tablet is rooted! HALLELLUYAH! Praise the droid!
I've patched this method together from a ton of forum and blog posts, I don't know all the sources so sorry about that, I hope it works for you!