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[Q] Rooting an old original Xoom

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28th March 2014, 06:50 PM   |  #1  
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I have a 1st edition Xoom, WiFi, that I bought in March of 2011. I never rooted it before but am considering doing it now if it is still feasible. It looks like my current Android version is 4.1.2.

One thing - due to my work email, they made me encrypt the tablet. I hated it the moment I did it because it slowed it down quite a bit. But its done and there does not seem to be an option to un do it, unless rooting it will. I am ok with that as I do not need that email on this device. But is rooting an option with an encrypted tablet? Is it the same process? Does it change anything?

So - my questions are:
  1. Is it still feasible to root this tablet?
  2. Is this page this the latest/greatest Root for the Xoom?
    [**]http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1010568
  3. What version of Android would I have once done?
  4. Any other factors I need ot consider?

I rooted my phone a few years ago and it was straight forward. But I do not want to end up with a 10.1 inch brick.

Thanks.
29th March 2014, 01:19 AM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by Gamul1

Hi All

I have a 1st edition Xoom, WiFi, that I bought in March of 2011. I never rooted it before but am considering doing it now if it is still feasible. It looks like my current Android version is 4.1.2.

One thing - due to my work email, they made me encrypt the tablet. I hated it the moment I did it because it slowed it down quite a bit. But its done and there does not seem to be an option to un do it, unless rooting it will. I am ok with that as I do not need that email on this device. But is rooting an option with an encrypted tablet? Is it the same process? Does it change anything?

So - my questions are:

  1. Is it still feasible to root this tablet?
  2. Is this page this the latest/greatest Root for the Xoom?
    [**]http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1010568
  3. What version of Android would I have once done?
  4. Any other factors I need ot consider?

I rooted my phone a few years ago and it was straight forward. But I do not want to end up with a 10.1 inch brick.

Thanks.

How did you encrypt the tablet anyway?
29th March 2014, 02:36 AM   |  #3  
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How did you encrypt the tablet anyway?

Its been a few years so its fuzzy. I think it was in the settings under security. But at the time I followed some directions. It took over night to do. Now when I go to settings I see the encryption option but it does nothing.

Un. Encryption is not the reason I want to root. The device is slow and I hear I may be able to speed it up a bit. Plus, there is a game that crashed the tablet because of the tegra 2 chip and k read some steps on making a change that prevents the crash.
29th March 2014, 03:06 AM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by Gamul1

Its been a few years so its fuzzy. I think it was in the settings under security. But at the time I followed some directions. It took over night to do. Now when I go to settings I see the encryption option but it does nothing.

Un. Encryption is not the reason I want to root. The device is slow and I hear I may be able to speed it up a bit. Plus, there is a game that crashed the tablet because of the tegra 2 chip and k read some steps on making a change that prevents the crash.

Then dont hesitate and go for it
29th March 2014, 02:55 PM   |  #5  
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May I add that rooting will need an unlocked bootloader which will wipe /data so you'd loose everything
29th March 2014, 03:11 PM   |  #6  
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May I add that rooting will need an unlocked bootloader which will wipe /data so you'd loose everything

I am ok with that. I was just trying to figure out if this older tablet that was encrypted can be rooted. And, if the thread I referenced was the latest still. It is a couple years old so I was not sure that meant the android OS was old or updated or if there was a newer thread somewhere I can't find.
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I am ok with that. I was just trying to figure out if this older tablet that was encrypted can be rooted. And, if the thread I referenced was the latest still. It is a couple years old so I was not sure that meant the android OS was old or updated or if there was a newer thread somewhere I can't find.

what android version are you on? this will help me tell you through how to root
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what android version are you on? this will help me tell you through how to root

According to my settings page, my Android version is 4.1.2.
29th March 2014, 03:27 PM   |  #9  
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According to my settings page, my Android version is 4.1.2.

Are you familiar with fastboot/adb?

you need to unlock your bootloader using

Code:
fastboot oem unlock
then you need to flash a custom recovery, I suggest this one: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1782235

use the command:

Code:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
then

Code:
fastboot reboot
upon rebooting when you see the motorola logo, wait about 2 seconds, then you need to press the volume down button, then volume up to select android recovery.

Once in recovery you will need to flash this file to gain root:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=408





After all this you will have Android 4.1.2 with a custom recovery and root access, from now on it will be easy to swap between ROMs, android versions etc.

Always make a backup
29th March 2014, 04:08 PM   |  #10  
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snipped a bunch of great info...

Thanks! I will give this a try. A few other questions around this:

1. Will the device still be encrypted once this is done?
2. If not - do you know if it is possible to fool the mail program into thinking it is still encrypted?

Thanks!

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