XOOM Updates and Releases

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Android, XOOM
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So the XOOM has been out a whole whopping 15 days or so.  The first update is available, Moto says they will upgrade the hardware on rooted devices and has provided stock files and instructions.  What a nice 15 days its been so far.  Adobe has even announced Flash will be here the 18th.  Could things get any better?  Well I am sure they could but so far it’s pretty sweet rocking the XOOM train.  Keep on reading to get links to the stock firmware, update and a few other goodies.

First lets start with the Stock SBF and RSD Lite 4.9.
These files are mainly for de-bricking if you you somehow manage to do that.  I started with these because its a good idea to get your stuff together before you start tinkering.  At least that’s how I like to do things.
RSD Lite 4.9
Original SBF

So, now you have the two files how about some instructions on how to use them.  If you are unfamiliar with SBF Flashing then I recommend reading XDA Forums and getting the hang of it before we start.  But basically all you need to do is hold Volume Up while you boot the device so that it is in RSD Recovery Mode and then use RSD lite to load the two files.  I have no personal exposure with RSD Lite 4.9 and have not done these steps myself and cannot verify that it works.  I can not stress enough going over to the XDA Forums and reading up on it.

Next lets talk about rooting the device since we have a recovery just in case something goes awry.

The first thing you will need is the root kernel from Koush. That can be found Here.
Then extract the files from the archive.
You will also need ADB tools to do this.  That you can get from the android.com website.  If you are unfamiliar with using ADB to push things to a device check out my pages in a few days as I will be writing instructions on how to install, setup, and ADB.
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem unlock
(Wait for the device to reboot)
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
fastboot reboot
(Wait for the device to reboot)
adb remount
adb push su /system/bin/
adb shell ln -s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

That is all you need to do, at that point you can reboot the device and you should be all set and rooted.  The stock boot img can be found Here.

So far we have covered how to get the original recovery sbf and how to root the XOOM.  That should make most people but we have heard there is an update for 3.0.1 that is required to run Flash.  Some people are all worried about getting that update.  So far I have heard 2 stories one that it keeps root, and another that says you will have to re-root after getting the notification.  I would love some comments and feedback about how it worked for you.  Also there are conflicting reports right now as to whether or not you will even get the notification if rooted.  That brings us to the next steps.  Getting the update applying it and re-rooting if needed. Also towards the end we will cover the official Moto process for rooted users to apply the update.  So far I have not seen instructions on how to root the update on its own but I am willing to bet Koush’s method will still work but there will be more on that as we go.

If you have already rooted these steps from Koush should work.

Get the update either from Koush’s blog: http://www.koushikdutta.com/2011/03/manually-updating-your-rooted-xoom.html (also has the instructions)
Or you can get the file Here. Then go to the link above for the instructions.  I am including  the link because that is what Koush requested just in case he has to make any changes there are no bad instructions out there.

I have read after you get the update installed you will need to enter the following adb commands but have yet to confirm this first hand.

adb remount
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su

That should leave you with a rooted fully update 3.0.1 XOOM.  I will probably be making some edits to this post or making these into static pages over the weekend.

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