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dibblebill

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Thanks

Bit of an ADB noob here so I didn't use it at all. Posting from my rooted Iconia tethered to my Gingerbreaded Gen Droid :)

(Post-root)
Apps used: ES File Explorer, Root Explorer
Downloaded wpa_supplicant zip from thread above
Extracted zip via ESFileExplorer to /sdcard/download (just for ease of finding)
Opened Root Explorer browse to system/bin, Mount R/W
Renamed current wpa_supplicant to .old
Through Root Explorer, copied extracted wpa_supplicant from /mnt/sdcard/download
Long press, selected Permissions, set to User: RWE, Group & Others:RE only --this may be what got overlooked?
Mount R/O

Fired up Wireless Tether on Droid and network showed up right away in Iconia network list; connect and away I went

Thanks man. adb kept giving some "failed to remount" error that Google couldn't solve, but this worked perfectly to tether to my WildFire S (using Barnacle). Appreciate this!
 

akran

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Editing this post as it now being linked directly from other pages.

Go Here Initial Root for A500 for updated version & information in the A500 forum

What I did to gain root:
  • turned on usb debugging & unknown sources
  • leave usb connected between tablet and pc
  • must have microsd card in the device (you may loose all the data on the card, read Chainfire thread)
  • split open chainfire's gingerbreak.apk with apktool
  • hex edited the gingerbrake.png change HONEY to HRI66 (see this link after reading the exploit)
  • added the updated su from xoom (thanks guys for coming to help me!)
  • recreated the apk with apktool
  • resigned with apkmanager
  • pushed to /data/local
  • launched apk install using oi file mananger entering the whole path to apk
  • set tablet in portrait mode and locked rotation
  • run the gingerbreak tool (it installs the root, updates SU and installed superuser.apk) waited about 4-5 tense minutes
  • confirmed root in terminal
  • install busybox

so going to attach my version.. usual rules apply, if you break then best efforts but in the end it's was up to you to click 'root'

Thank you for your tools and time:
apkmanager; Daneshm90
apktool; brutall
Superuser honeycomb; j4mm3r
gingerbreak initial version ; Chainfire (Please review this for all the requirements)
The Android Exploid Crew for the exploit

Thanks you people for your help and input:
lou0611,dc13,maddler,nycbjr,seraphimserapis, it2steve, thor2002ro, rmgold & of course all of the team xda-developers

Special thanks to maddler for pointing us to the exploit
Chainfire for his apk version and work on gingerbreak

thanks to the other who have also posted step by steps please review them as well incase I missed something...

Chrome and also antivirus detected a virus in the file GingerBreak.apk
 

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    acer A500 rooted

    Editing this post as it now being linked directly from other pages.

    Go Here Initial Root for A500 for updated version & information in the A500 forum

    What I did to gain root:
    • turned on usb debugging & unknown sources
    • leave usb connected between tablet and pc
    • must have microsd card in the device (you may loose all the data on the card, read Chainfire thread)
    • split open chainfire's gingerbreak.apk with apktool
    • hex edited the gingerbrake.png change HONEY to HRI66 (see this link after reading the exploit)
    • added the updated su from xoom (thanks guys for coming to help me!)
    • recreated the apk with apktool
    • resigned with apkmanager
    • pushed to /data/local
    • launched apk install using oi file mananger entering the whole path to apk
    • set tablet in portrait mode and locked rotation
    • run the gingerbreak tool (it installs the root, updates SU and installed superuser.apk) waited about 4-5 tense minutes
    • confirmed root in terminal
    • install busybox

    so going to attach my version.. usual rules apply, if you break then best efforts but in the end it's was up to you to click 'root'

    Thank you for your tools and time:
    apkmanager; Daneshm90
    apktool; brutall
    Superuser honeycomb; j4mm3r
    gingerbreak initial version ; Chainfire (Please review this for all the requirements)
    The Android Exploid Crew for the exploit

    Thanks you people for your help and input:
    lou0611,dc13,maddler,nycbjr,seraphimserapis, it2steve, thor2002ro, rmgold & of course all of the team xda-developers

    Special thanks to maddler for pointing us to the exploit
    Chainfire for his apk version and work on gingerbreak

    thanks to the other who have also posted step by steps please review them as well incase I missed something...
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    I've been in Chicago so sorry.

    Iconia has been rooted,details in this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=13292713&postcount=82
    Credit goes to those posted in that thread.


    *4-26*
    Alright folks,

    I got small news that ill update tomorrow with. I'm out of town and ill be back in the AM.

    *4-25*
    I've had a some time to mess around with this. So I don't think the root will come with the update.zip file. I have been unsuccessful with getting the tablet to run my modified update.zip file. Im guessing that honeycomb has a special digital signature but im no expert lol. So the root is going to have to come else where. I'm about 95% sure that I have a working su file but the task comes to copying it /system/bin and changing the permissions.

    Also, when acer releases an update; it will shed some light on the image. If anyone has any ideas shoot me a PM because 2 brains are better then my one.

    *Original post*
    Ok first of all, the a500 def needs a dedicated forum. I think with the requests in this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=998123 and the fact that the tablet is just coming out is good reason enough......

    Ok, so I got mine yesterday and I just started tinkering with it today. It appears there is some type of bootloader to say the least. I don't think rooting will be difficult at all.

    If you press the Volume up and Power button, the tablet apperas to look for a file called you guess it, update.zip! It then says "rebooting recovery image"

    So I know this is not much progress, but im going to be working on making a root method...
    5
    I've got it 'trying' to run but it's been there for a good 7 minutes or so now? I'm trying the 1.1 (as I saw there were two current versions)

    I just grabbed GingerBreak2, set scale = 10, honeycomb = 1, commented out the if block that detects it, built a standalone executable with ndk-r5b, pushed that to /data/local/tmp , ran it within adb shell, it took about 5 minutes and ROOT!!! :D

    here's an Android.mk for your ndk build:

    LOCAL_PATH := $(call my-dir)

    include $(CLEAR_VARS)
    LOCAL_MODULE := GingerBreak2
    LOCAL_SRC_FILES := GingerBreak.c
    include $(BUILD_EXECUTABLE)
    4
    Step by Step

    My Step by Step Root Guide
    As with most instructions read completely before starting...

    Install Applications from market:
    • oi file manager
    • busybox

    From your setting menu:
    1. settings/applications
    2. check Unknown Sources box
    3. setting/Development
    4. check USB Debugging

    Download modified apk:

    On the PC and Acer a500: Using ADB (I needed to download the usb driver from acer & sdk for adb):
    (from the folder where the apk & adb is...)
    1. connect your micro usb cable make sure usb debug comes up !
    2. adb push Gingerbreak-v1.20.apk /data/local

    On the Acer A500:
    1. insert micro SD card if you have not done this yet
    2. Rotate display to Portrait mode
    3. Lock the screen its the little button under the VOL up/down (just incase)
    4. Launch oi file manager
    5. Click on the SD card icon - which will change to the folder location
    6. Change the text to /data/local/Gingerbreak-v1.20.apk
    7. Click the arrow point to the right at end
    8. Install the applicaiton 'GingerBreak'
    9. Return to apps menu
    10. Find and launch 'Gingerbreak' [you must be in Portait or it will FC]
    11. Select root device
    12. Wait for it to reboot (2-5 mins, if you want monitor it with aLogcat or Logcat)
      --- after reboot ---
    13. Remove the rotate lock
    14. Disconnect the usb cable
    15. Uninstall Gingerbreak
    16. Launch busybox app which will install busybox !
    17. Install your root apps (my first are Titainum Backup and Cpu Master for me)
    18. enjoy your Iconia a little bit more...

    Regards and Best of Luck

    ps.
    hopefully we can bump this to front of this thread or maybe start a new one.
    Believe the OP is away at the moment
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    I followed the directions and I keep getting error on my wifi now evrn after I put the original wpa file back. How did u get urs working?

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    Bit of an ADB noob here so I didn't use it at all. Posting from my rooted Iconia tethered to my Gingerbreaded Gen Droid :)

    (Post-root)
    Apps used: ES File Explorer, Root Explorer
    Downloaded wpa_supplicant zip from thread above
    Extracted zip via ESFileExplorer to /sdcard/download (just for ease of finding)
    Opened Root Explorer browse to system/bin, Mount R/W
    Renamed current wpa_supplicant to .old
    Through Root Explorer, copied extracted wpa_supplicant from /mnt/sdcard/download
    Long press, selected Permissions, set to User: RWE, Group & Others:RE only --this may be what got overlooked?
    Mount R/O

    Fired up Wireless Tether on Droid and network showed up right away in Iconia network list; connect and away I went