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[How-To] Root the Atrix 2 [ALL VERSIONS]

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    [How-To] Root the Atrix 2 [ALL VERSIONS]

    Thanks to the Droid 4, we now have a successful root protocol for all versions of GB on the A2!
    First off, give a big thanks to Dan Rosenberg for developing an exploit for all versions of our GB.

    Rooting?
    So what exactly is rooting? Rooting is the process of allowing you to access the "root," or administrator account on your device. You need to be rooted in order to install custom ROMs, do any modifications, and to really gain a grasp on the power of your Android device. Before you can root your Atrix 2, you must first have the correct drivers installed. You can find the Motorola drivers here (download the drivers with MotoHelper, not the PC Charging Drivers). Once you install the proper drivers, make sure that USB Debugging is enabled on your Atrix 2: Go to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB Debugging. Note: rooting WILL void your warranty!

    Once you feel that you are ready to root, then read on. Note that you can always unroot later, however it may be more difficult to undo modifications that are made using root.

    1-Click Root

    The easiest way to root your A2 on windows is to use the following zip: A2Root.zip
    All that you need to do is connect your phone to your PC and then double-click "Click-To-Root.bat". If all goes well, then about 2 minutes later your A2 will be rooted!

    Manual Root
    If you are on Linux or a Mac then you will need to root your A2 manually. Follow these directions to manually root your A2 (they will also work on Windows):
    • Have the Android SDK installed
    • Download and extract this zip: Manual Files.zip
    • Move all of its files to the "platform-tools" folder of where you have the SDK installed
    • Open up a command prompt or terminal"cd" to the "platform-tools" folder of where you have the SDK installed. (i.e. if you're on Windows and it's installed in C:\sdk the command would be "cd C:\sdk\platform-tools")
    • Now type the following commands:
    Code:
    adb push motofail /data/local/motofail
    adb shell
    cd /data/local
    chmod 755 motofail
    ./motofail exploit
    • This performs the exploit to get root temporarily. Now reboot your phone with the power button or with "adb reboot"
    • Now type the following commands:
    Code:
    adb remount
    adb push su /system/xbin/su
    adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk
    adb shell
    chmod 6755 /system/xbin/su
    ln -s /system/xbin/su /system/bin/su
    • This pushes the necessary root files to your phone
    • Now run the following commands to remove temporary files and close any residual adb processes:
    Code:
    adb shell
    cd /data/local
    ./motofail clean
    rm motofail
    exit
    adb kill-server
    • Congratulations on manually rooting your Atrix 2 on 2.3.6!
    Enjoy!

    DISCLAIMER: By using this guide you agree that this is at your OWN RISK and this forum nor myself will be held responsible for anything that may go wrong - i.e. bricking your device.
    Last edited by cogeary; 04-14-2012 at 12:59 AM.

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    Can't test this as I have ATRIX 1. But good work!

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    - Sam

    I have much experience with unlocked bootloaders and custom ROMs on the original ATRIX. I will do my best to hold your hand through any problem, small or large, on any phone. Please open up a thread in the help section (or Rescue Squad section if your phone is in dire need) or PM me. I don't bite

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    Smile May the Omega One bless you with these scripts.

    May the Omega One bless you with these scripts.

    Works with my Atrix 2. You're my hero.

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    Worked for me. Thanks

    Here is my phone configuration:
    ATT Atrix 2 (MD865)
    Android 2.3.6

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    Glad to hear they're working for everyone!

    Edit- updated OP.
    Last edited by cogeary; 02-12-2012 at 01:29 PM.
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    New guy here, I must be doing something wrong Windows does not recognize the files. It wont even unzip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozziedog View Post
    New guy here, I must be doing something wrong Windows does not recognize the files. It wont even unzip.
    Are you on XP or Vista/7? I think that Vista/7 has more advanced zipping/unzipping capabilities. Sorry about that, I will upload a different zip later today when I get home.

    However you can try the free utility 7zip. It is a great tool for compressing and uncompressing a lot of different files.

    Sent from my MB865 using Tapatalk

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    made an account just to try out the 2.3.6 root that i lost when i did the OTA updates

    works perfectly

    i am beyond happy right now, thank you so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by l4zzzy4nd0h View Post
    made an account just to try out the 2.3.6 root that i lost when i did the OTA updates

    works perfectly

    i am beyond happy right now, thank you so much
    Good to hear it fixed your OTA's removal of root!

    The zips should be fixed for everyone now.

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    Nice work man…great to know I can just do the OTA update now without worrying about flashing back to 2.3.5!

    Will unrooting this (if necessary) be pretty straight forward and just keep 2.3.6 in place or do you always have to re-flash to stock when unrooting?


 
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