[Project] Unlock Droid Bionic Bootloader [Update: 9/29 CWM!]

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kennethpenn

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Hey Bionic owners,

Update #4: Looks like a Motorola update should be arriving soon... fire up those server-checking engines and keep checking over the next few weeks! http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/30/official-droid-bionic-bug-list-fix-coming-in-november/
Update #3: Thanks to "phydo" we have a better set of instructions. Also, it seems someone's found a file on motorola-staging1.blurdev.com. Updated instructions and CWM flash below.
Update #2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=17962554&postcount=143
Update: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=17507776&postcount=34
We ARE still looking for more files and more sources to help with the project. Please come forward if you can help!

There's a chance we can unlock the bootloader on this device with a simple method that led to the unlocked bootloader on the international Motorola Atrix and Sprint Motorola Photon 4G. Not sure if anyone's started the effort here. So, if you'd like to help the unlock process, follow the "Project Cheesecake" instructions below, or contribute in another way.

Ways to uncover unlockable bootloader:

  1. Motorola, Verizon XML file sets for Motorola Droid Bionic
  2. Project Cheesecake - finding update versions on Motorola servers

1. XML File sets
If you or someone you know can provide xml fastboot files that are tailored by Motorola for the Droid Bionic, you can help! Post them on XDA or another source to help the effort. If you wish to remain anonymous or keep the files unreleased, shoot me an email ([email protected]). Your file can be checked for an unlocked bootloader without compromising anonymity or file release.

FYI: XML sets may look like this: "fastboot-p2D_targa_cdma_targa-user-X.X.X-X.X.X_XX_DBN-55-110814-release-keys-Verizon-US.tar.gz"

2. Cheesecake
This project involves scanning Motorola's update servers for potentially helpful build files. You'll need to carefully follow the directions below to obtain files and then send those files to be checked out further. You can send me a PM or email ([email protected]).Alternatively, post the files on XDA or another source and I will check them.

Instructions:
List of servers:
Code:
master-lab.blurdev.com 
master-demo.blurdev.com 
master-dev.blurdev.com 
master-qa1.blurdev.com 
master-qa2.blurdev.com 
master-qa3.blurdev.com 
master-qa4.blurdev.com 
master-staging1.blurdev.com 
master-sdc1.svcmot.com 
master-blur.svcmot.com 
master-homer.blurdev.com 
master-bart.blurdev.com 
master-lisa.blurdev.com 
master-maggie.blurdev.com 
master-marge.blurdev.com 
master-bqa1.blurdev.com 
master-bqa2.blurdev.com 
testcloud01-sdc1.blurdev.com
  1. Root the device
  2. Install the Bionic Clockwork Mod Boostrap Recovery
    • If you want, boot into recovery mode and create a backup. You will need to wipe all of your applications/cache later in the process.
  3. Boot into recovery mode and choose "Wipe Data" then "Wipe Cache" to wipe your Bionic device.
  4. Return your device to stock: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1262540 -- Flash the FXZ file in RSD Lite.
  5. Root your Droid Bionic: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1254516
  6. Install the attached "bionic-servers.zip" file in recovery
  7. Reboot your device.
  8. Enter the Phone/Dialer application and type this number:
    Code:
    *#*#4636#*#*
  9. You can now see the diagnostic menu. Click the bottom option for "Motorola Services" and you should be able to see that the master cloud has changed to: "master-lab.blurdev.com"
  10. Now go to Menu >> Settings >> About phone >> System updates
  11. Check for an update!
  12. If it doesn't work, continue with Step 13. If it works, continue with Step 20.
  13. Edit the file "defaults.xml" located in /system/etc/motorola/com.motorola.blur.services.blur/defaults.xml
  14. Change the server to a new one from the list at the beginning of the thread.
  15. Boot back into recovery mode
  16. Wipe Data and Wipe Cache
  17. Reboot
  18. Check for an update Menu >> Settings >> About phone >> System update
  19. If it says "Update Available," let the update download. Do not install the update, because it could potentially brick your device. If no update is available, revert to step #13.
  20. Pull the update.zip file from /cache [Root Explorer or ADB] and upload/post the file for developer interest.
    • Root explorer: Navigate to the root folder. Then click on "cache" and look for a .zip file. Long press it and "copy" the file to your SD card. Mount your device as a USB host and transfer the file to your computer.
Credits
- eval- for his initial discovery on the Atrix 4G
- Navalynt for scanning servers
- SamCripp, the2dcour - working on "Project Cheesecake" and "Pudding" unlock projects
 

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LegionTHEFecalExcretion

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I can provide the Bionic sbf if needed. ;)
 
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LegionTHEFecalExcretion

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Retail. I cannot guarantee it will have an unlocked bootloader. I should also clarify I do not have it in my possession yet. Retail SBF's are pushed by Moto generally within the first week of release. I will keep you all posted.
 

cellzealot

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Retail. I cannot guarantee it will have an unlocked bootloader. I should also clarify I do not have it in my possession yet. Retail SBF's are pushed by Moto generally within the first week of release. I will keep you all posted.

Look for an xml.zip file of fastboot images because that is how the D3 firmware has appeared, not in SBF format for use with RSD Lite.

I believe this is how we may see many future firmware files, perhaps even exclusively.
 

Berzerker7

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Retail. I cannot guarantee it will have an unlocked bootloader. I should also clarify I do not have it in my possession yet. Retail SBF's are pushed by Moto generally within the first week of release. I will keep you all posted.
This would be extremely helpful to all of us in the development community. Please keep us posted and don't hesitate to come hang out with us on irc.freenode.net in #droidbionic. Thanks for any and all efforts.
 
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LegionTHEFecalExcretion

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Look for an xml.zip file of fastboot images because that is how the D3 firmware has appeared, not in SBF format for use with RSD Lite.

:eek: How could I be so blind?! I will investigate asap! Thank you.
 

Immolate

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:eek: How could I be so blind?! I will investigate asap! Thank you.

How could you be so blind? Dude, you have no eyes.

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Brenardo

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Good luck with this.

I can honestly say this will make or break my decision about me (as well as many others) purchasing the bionic.
 

devanmc

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wish there was someway i could help with this. bought a bionic yesterday, goodluck fellas, might see if i can get a few bucks to add to the bounty(college seems to be expensive).
 
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1stx2

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Yes, because users that insist on unlocked bootloaders make up 99% of their sales. /sarcasm

well..........they do loose alot of business just because they are locked down.......thats the only reason i'm waiting for the prime. Bought a droid x2 when they first came and i didn't know what i was getting myself into = mistake. Don't get me wrong, there hardware is top notch and the call quality is top notch, but that's not justifiable for being so locked down.
 
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Berzerker7

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well..........they do loose alot of business just because they are locked down.......thats the only reason i'm waiting for the prime. Bought a droid x2 when they first came and i didn't know what i was getting myself into = mistake. Don't get me wrong, there hardware is top notch and the call quality is top notch, but that's not justifiable for being so locked down.
They really don't. If they did, they would have made the switch by now. Rooting/development community users don't make up more than 5-10% of the users of the phones.
 

Superguy

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Yes, because users that insist on unlocked bootloaders make up 99% of their sales. /sarcasm

But considering it's been quite awhile since Moto Mobility has turned a profit, even if the bootloader complainers don't represent a lot of people, it can still bring them even closer to getting into the black.

Is Moto that profitable that it can afford to leave money on the table?
 

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    Hey Bionic owners,

    Update #4: Looks like a Motorola update should be arriving soon... fire up those server-checking engines and keep checking over the next few weeks! http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/30/official-droid-bionic-bug-list-fix-coming-in-november/
    Update #3: Thanks to "phydo" we have a better set of instructions. Also, it seems someone's found a file on motorola-staging1.blurdev.com. Updated instructions and CWM flash below.
    Update #2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=17962554&postcount=143
    Update: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=17507776&postcount=34
    We ARE still looking for more files and more sources to help with the project. Please come forward if you can help!

    There's a chance we can unlock the bootloader on this device with a simple method that led to the unlocked bootloader on the international Motorola Atrix and Sprint Motorola Photon 4G. Not sure if anyone's started the effort here. So, if you'd like to help the unlock process, follow the "Project Cheesecake" instructions below, or contribute in another way.

    Ways to uncover unlockable bootloader:

    1. Motorola, Verizon XML file sets for Motorola Droid Bionic
    2. Project Cheesecake - finding update versions on Motorola servers

    1. XML File sets
    If you or someone you know can provide xml fastboot files that are tailored by Motorola for the Droid Bionic, you can help! Post them on XDA or another source to help the effort. If you wish to remain anonymous or keep the files unreleased, shoot me an email ([email protected]). Your file can be checked for an unlocked bootloader without compromising anonymity or file release.

    FYI: XML sets may look like this: "fastboot-p2D_targa_cdma_targa-user-X.X.X-X.X.X_XX_DBN-55-110814-release-keys-Verizon-US.tar.gz"

    2. Cheesecake
    This project involves scanning Motorola's update servers for potentially helpful build files. You'll need to carefully follow the directions below to obtain files and then send those files to be checked out further. You can send me a PM or email ([email protected]).Alternatively, post the files on XDA or another source and I will check them.

    Instructions:
    List of servers:
    Code:
    master-lab.blurdev.com 
    master-demo.blurdev.com 
    master-dev.blurdev.com 
    master-qa1.blurdev.com 
    master-qa2.blurdev.com 
    master-qa3.blurdev.com 
    master-qa4.blurdev.com 
    master-staging1.blurdev.com 
    master-sdc1.svcmot.com 
    master-blur.svcmot.com 
    master-homer.blurdev.com 
    master-bart.blurdev.com 
    master-lisa.blurdev.com 
    master-maggie.blurdev.com 
    master-marge.blurdev.com 
    master-bqa1.blurdev.com 
    master-bqa2.blurdev.com 
    testcloud01-sdc1.blurdev.com
    1. Root the device
    2. Install the Bionic Clockwork Mod Boostrap Recovery
      • If you want, boot into recovery mode and create a backup. You will need to wipe all of your applications/cache later in the process.
    3. Boot into recovery mode and choose "Wipe Data" then "Wipe Cache" to wipe your Bionic device.
    4. Return your device to stock: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1262540 -- Flash the FXZ file in RSD Lite.
    5. Root your Droid Bionic: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1254516
    6. Install the attached "bionic-servers.zip" file in recovery
    7. Reboot your device.
    8. Enter the Phone/Dialer application and type this number:
      Code:
      *#*#4636#*#*
    9. You can now see the diagnostic menu. Click the bottom option for "Motorola Services" and you should be able to see that the master cloud has changed to: "master-lab.blurdev.com"
    10. Now go to Menu >> Settings >> About phone >> System updates
    11. Check for an update!
    12. If it doesn't work, continue with Step 13. If it works, continue with Step 20.
    13. Edit the file "defaults.xml" located in /system/etc/motorola/com.motorola.blur.services.blur/defaults.xml
    14. Change the server to a new one from the list at the beginning of the thread.
    15. Boot back into recovery mode
    16. Wipe Data and Wipe Cache
    17. Reboot
    18. Check for an update Menu >> Settings >> About phone >> System update
    19. If it says "Update Available," let the update download. Do not install the update, because it could potentially brick your device. If no update is available, revert to step #13.
    20. Pull the update.zip file from /cache [Root Explorer or ADB] and upload/post the file for developer interest.
      • Root explorer: Navigate to the root folder. Then click on "cache" and look for a .zip file. Long press it and "copy" the file to your SD card. Mount your device as a USB host and transfer the file to your computer.
    Credits
    - eval- for his initial discovery on the Atrix 4G
    - Navalynt for scanning servers
    - SamCripp, the2dcour - working on "Project Cheesecake" and "Pudding" unlock projects
    5
    RadioComm is Motorola's premier diagnostic serviceware. It is designed for use by top level software engineers. It can access any Motorola device in any mode and perform a huge variety of tests and analyze any aspect of the radio hardware and software.

    With a quick gkance at the GUI and the most seasoned and experienced phone modder is immediately confronted with the fact that they are not a radio engineer and there's a good reason these guys probably make more than you do. ;)

    It is an incredibly complex and cluttered multi window GUI with myriad buttons and fields that can read or write or execute all manner of low level hardware diagnostic and settings parameters.
    You can even set and burn the fuses on the bootloader.
    You can also subsequently render your phone unbootable or worse in seconds if you randomly press buttons or execute anything. There are built in safeguards for most critical operations but very few warnings anywhere. It does what you tell it to do...with wonderful or disastrous results.

    It is a very powerful tool if you respect it and your worst enemy if don't.

    Its just plain scary...but fascinating and you can learn a great deal about how your phone really works.

    Please be very careful and if exploring the GUI only read things and never write or execute anything unless you are certain you understand what you are doing.

    Thanks to kennethpenn we have a very current version again now with compatibility for the latest devices.
    5
    Good news, folks. I found someone credible who will be assisting me (SBF files) with checking into some possible unlock solutions for us. Stay tuned for the results!
    4
    If you sign up at the Motorola dev site for unlocking your boot loader then call the number, complain about the boot loader bricking your device, because you tried to down grade, then complain about wanting to get original web top working and its their fault the new ROM bricked your phone for updating you will be able to get a bionic unlock code its the same as an OEM_unlock with a 14 or 16 digit code with both numbers and letters, in fast boot mode you type the oem unlock then the code and you can flash any boot.img I did this a long time ago but I don't have the code anymore someone should get us the code and put it up here. They just want everyone to buy new phones.
    3
    As an added incentive, please be aware we are hosting a bounty thread for first person to successfully unlock the bootloader.

    Link To Bounty Thread