Xoom Rooted by Koush
Since it’s another Google experience device, and ships with fastboot support (albeit, limited), it really does come rooted out of the box. Just needed to figure out the board kernel base, and compile up a new kernel.
Unfortunately the kernel was not available in the Android repositories. At first, I tried using the Harmony kernel, since they are both tegra 2 250 chips. That turned out to be major fail. As soon as I was about to give up, I noticed that AOSP had updated their tegra kernel repository with some new tasty branches for stingray. Kudos to these guys for being so on the ball! I was able to compile that up and get a working recovery to obtain root, and then get Superuser on the device.
I also built up a recovery, but due to a nonfunctional SD card slot (until they release a firmware update that enables the slot), nothing really works. That will come later.
Here are the instructions to root your device (this assumes you have adb and fastboot installed on your computer):
# Download the XOOM root zip.
# Unzip the package.
# Put your junk in the box.
adb reboot bootloader (skip the next 3 steps if you have already unlocked via fastboot)
fastboot oem unlock
# wait for reboot
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
# wait for reboot
adb shell 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
Yep, that should do it.
As I mentioned, I have a working recovery, but will not be releasing it until Google or I get the SD card working.
ROM Manager support will come as soon as that happens. But feel free to buy a Premium copy in advance.
Source: My Brain Hurts: Motorola XOOM Rooted
Last edited by tp76; 02-24-2011 at 06:36 PM.
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02-24-2011 06:18 PM
Leave it to koush to gain root access out of the box.
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DAAAAYYYYYYUUUUUUUUMMMMMMM Koush is the man!
Added some pics and the complete story and moved to Front Page News
+1, that is awesome news!
Originally Posted by t.crawford714
No SD Card support yet so really no since in doing it just yet. Koush if you're lurking........we're not worthy rinse and repeat!
Holy mackeral! I'm the first to admit my curiosity about rooting has never overcome my fear of bricking my original Droid. But I'm not sure what it says the mental stability of someone who drops almost $1000 on a Xoom and then as soon as it's out of the box starts trying to hack it. I know some people just have a compulsion to tinker and can't help themselves. But I know there are going to be more than a few casual users posting on here in the coming weeks who have thoroughly screwed up their new Xooms messing with them and are begging for help trying to recover.