Getting Started with the X2 - Easy Root and Bloat Clean up [6/3/11]

nitroglycerine33

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Hello All!

This is a quick "guide" to get you going on your new Droid X2. The X2 can be easily rooted using Gingerbreak. To use the exploit make sure you have USB Debugging enabled and install the Gingerbreak apk courtesy of Chainfire. For more information of how it works visit Chainfire's page here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1044765.

Root X2 using Gingerbreak
Instructions- Ensure you have your SD card inserted and mounted, enable USB debugging and Install gingerbreak apk. Click on Root Device. Your phone will reboot and you will have Superuser installed when your phone is rooted.
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?rdan1eqfk7ce0wz

Host File to block Ads*Added 6/3
Here is a host file that will block ads within apps. I have slightly modified this host file so that it doesn't break zynga games and a few others. Adfree blocks nearly everything (which is good), but can break the functionality of some games and apps.
Instructions-Use root explorer, mount the system in R/W and place the file in system/etc *Make a backup of your existing version
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?a1nynz5bni766ad

GPS Mod*Added 6/3
Here is a modded gps.config file to lock in GPS faster. It changes the GPS satellite location to the US instead of North America.
Instructions-Use root explorer, mount the system in R/W and place the file in system/etc *Make a backup of your existing version
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?sonmbwj9c30m8s9

Froyo Malware Exploit "Patch"*Added 6/3
This tricks an older and current froyo exploit into thinking it has already ran. All you need to do is place a blank file (created in linux) with the name of "profile" and place it in system/bin. I have created a zip file with the profile file inside. I had to place it within a zip file since you cannot upload empty files to mediafire.
Instructions: Extract the zip and use root explorer (mount R/W) to place the profile file in system/bin.
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?pkl6zhq94w1jqbo

Spare Parts for X2*Added 6/8
Here is a stripped down Cyanogenmod spare parts for our phones if anyone would like it. It doesn't have all the crap the market version comes along with. You can use this to speed up window and transition animations and lock the launcher in memory.
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?amd9s9bacgyadba


We do not have an SBF for our phones yet if you choose to remove the apps you will not be able to restore at this time.

Safe List of apps to remove/Freeze (recommended to freeze, but I removed mine and have had no issues)

DO NOT REMOVE AUTHENTICATING APPS!! IT WILL BREAK CONTACTS FUNCTIONALITY!! IF YOU USE AN APP OR WIDGET THEN DONT REMOVE IT!
I will add more to the list as I find them
Amazon Kindle
Amazon MP3
Backup Assistant
Backup Assistant Client
Blockbuster
City ID
DLNA 0709.69
DLNAsystemService
Emergency Alerts
Help Center
Homescreen tips
IM 3.0.4.6
IM presence
Lets golf
My Verizon (May have force closes after removed but will be fine when rebooted)
News 2.2.2
NFL Mobile
NFS Shift
Quickoffice
Rich Location
Skype
Slacker
Tasks 1.0
VCAST Apps
VCAST Music
VCAST Videos
Voice Commands - Will remove dialer voice searching functionality (VSuite.apk)
Voicemail - Remove the visual voicemail
VZ Navigator

New Added *6/3
BlurTasks.apk
Cmas.apk
PerformanceManager.apk
StatusWidget.apk
StickNotWidget.apk
WeatherWidget.apk
WorldClockWidget.apk
 
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phys1x

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Which application did you use to remove the default apps? My DX2 is now rooted with busybox but the android application manager still locks the default apps.

Thanks!
 

nitroglycerine33

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Which application did you use to remove the default apps? My DX2 is now rooted with busybox but the android application manager still locks the default apps.

Thanks!
You can use titanium backup to freeze the apps or use Root Explorer (mount R/W) to remove the apps. Remove the corresponding odex file with the app (if it has one) as well.

When I removed the apps I just made a folder on my SD card and moved them there in case I needed them.
 

Thracia

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Ahh, this is a good list, thanks for the heads-up. I've been wanting to uninstall some of this bloat, but wasn't sure which ones were safe to remove.

What is Rich Location, anyway?
 

Heelpir8

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I think NFS Shift and Lets Golf are probably safe to uninstall as there's no trick to uninstalling them and I couldn't imagine them being tied to OTA update eligibility.
 
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Hello all,

So I'm still pretty new to this! I had a HTC Hero and finally decided to root it because my contract was up and thought her why not. Anyways I put CM6 then 7 on the phone and loved it.

Anyways I just bought an X2 and I wan't this Motoblur put into the grave faster than my mother in law! I was wondering if I use this exploit gingerbreak will I be able to recieve the OTA of gingerbread when it is released? Also will gingerbreak allow me to get rid of motoblur?
 

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Giving yourself root access won't keep you from receiving the OTA, but there's a chance something might go wrong-- or so Motorola warns. Gingerbreak has an "unroot" option, however, so just do that before updating and things should go fine. And, unfortunately, you can not simply remove Motoblur. You have home/launcher replacements like LauncherPro and ADW Launcher though, and those help speed up the phone on the home screen. Root also gives you the chance to remove unwanted apps like the ones above, which can be quite helpful in speeding up the system as a whole.

On the bright side, blue blur is a helluva lot better than old blur.
 
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lostconfuzed

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I've ran Gingerbreak twice now, and superuser hasn't appeared. Any suggestions?

Edit: i was looking for it in the apps browser. I didn't realize that it would not show up. I did find it when I tried to add it to the home screen by adding a shortcut to the application.

Edit2: how do you view the apps in ti backup as .apks? i see the newly updated apps to be frozen, but i don't see the corresponding .apks in the ti backup. is there a way to view the apps as .apks?
 
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Host File to block Ads*Added 6/3
Here is a host file that will block ads within apps. I have slightly modified this host file so that it doesn't break zynga games and a few others. Adfree blocks nearly everything (which is good), but can break the functionality of some games and apps.
Instructions-Use root explorer, mount the system in R/W and place the file in system/etc *Make a backup of your existing version
Is there any way to do this without root explorer? I already have Astro and found the hosts file but I can't even copy it.
 
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silly question but i can assume that you can use the host ad block, gps lock and malware fixes on any rooted droid and not just the x2, correct?
 

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Great, great post. Helped me so much on my very first android device. I do have a question about IM Presence. What the hell is it? LOL

Oh, and I used Bloat Freezer to freeze this stuff. I'm not really hurting for the 100 megs and I don't feel all that confident removing stuff yet. So if anyone curious, Bloat Freezer works great.