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    This post is for those still lost on how to root a Pre.
    Following these instructions should get you going with gaining root access to your Pre.
    All I did combine the instructions from the link in the reference into 7 simple steps.

    This should work with (only tested with Windows XP 32-bit):
    • Windows XP 32-bit
    • Windows Vista 64-bit
    • Windows 7 64-bit


    Now to get started.
    1. Install mojo sdk
    2. Enable dev mode on your Pre
    3. Connect your Pre to your pc via cable (just charge)
    4. Open a command prompt
    5. Type cd \program files\palm\sdk\bin at the command prompt
    6. Type novacom -t open tty:// at the command prompt
    7. Prompt should change to root@castle:/# ←[J

    If step 7 is successful you should now have root access to your Pre.

    Reference:
    Portal:Accessing Linux - WebOS Internals

    Be sure to also read Milominderbinder's post:
    http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...jailbreak.html


    If anybody has any problems I'd more than happy to provide any help that I can.
    Just go ahead and post any questions here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bzsoaddictiv View Post
    ok I followed the instructions of
    1. Install mojo sdk
    2. Enable dev mode on your Pre
    3. Connect your Pre to your pc via cable (just charge)
    4. Open a command prompt
    5. Type cd \program files\palm\sdk\bin at the command prompt
    6. Type novacom -t open tty:// at the command prompt
    7. Prompt should change to root@castle:/# ←[J


    however, on the youtube that the guy was rooting his pre, he was pasting way more codes. what codes were they and how significant are they in the rooting process. this thread lead me to believe that once I see root@castle:/# then I am rooted.
    Quote Originally Posted by Casketman View Post
    I am at that same code. root@castle.
    See the Next steps - WebOS Internals guide.
    Basically once you have root access (when you are at root@castle:/# ←[J) you can do w/e you want.
    You don't have to necessarily follow Next steps - WebOS Internals but it is strongly recommended.

    See also Portal:Patches to webOS - WebOS Internals for a list of patches (basically hacks) that can be applied to your Pre such as:
    Patch Launcher Add or Delete Pages - WebOS Internals
    Patch webOS Show Actual Battery Percentage - WebOS Internals
    Patch Clock Changing Alarm Button Order and Snooze Duration - WebOS Internals
    and a bunch more.
    Last edited by j0sh097; 08/16/2009 at 02:01 AM.
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    i do have a question - i've read that any rooting and/or installation of homebrew apps has to be un-done prior to updaing webOS, then re-done (if desired) after installation is complete. is this accurate?
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    It does not have to be undone. The update might break the app though. If that happens then you just have to wait for the developer to update it to work with the new update.
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    once i have root access, do i still need putty?
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    the 1st time everything workd fine until it tried to download the files...siad FAILED
    then i did it again and this time afta novacom...was pasted an error message came up saying "failed to connect to server"
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    working on a vista 64bit
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    Is there an up to date Youtube video that shows how to do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bebo77 View Post
    once i have root access, do i still need putty?
    I never messed around with putty in the first place so I wouldn't know how to accurately answer your question but considering fact that I have never used putty I'd assume you don't need it with this method.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bebo77 View Post
    Is there an up to date Youtube video that shows how to do this?
    Here is a video on youtube using the method that I described.


    I'd be happy to make a video if you are still having trouble.
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    this is great, I was wondering if someone did this, maybe a sticky?
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    Josh... would you mind making a Youtube video and includes the links to the webos-internals.org?



    That youtube video is out of date...


    ( i cant seem to connect to putty all i get is a green cursor?)


    Thank you!!!!!
    Last edited by Bebo77; 08/11/2009 at 11:41 AM.
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    Youtube clip from hotrocks85 rocks. Heres the link
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    kpatel... thats the video thats out of date...
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    Thanks! Nice to see some more examples before I go in and attempt NOT to brick my girlfriend's Pre ;P

    Sean
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bebo77 View Post
    Josh... would you mind making a Youtube video and includes the links to the webos-internals.org?



    That youtube video is out of date...


    ( i cant seem to connect to putty all i get is a green cursor?)


    Thank you!!!!!
    Well from what I have read about putty (never used it myself) it is used to root into your Pre through its EVDO connection. This was mainly meant for help with rooting into a Pre through a direct connection via a micro-usb cable. I will see what I can do about making a video though (including putty).

    As for the green cursor:
    Are you getting any pop-up dialogs asking to 'add security certificate'?
    You have to answer yes otherwise it'll stay at the green cursor.
    I just used putty to root into my Pre (for the first time) and that is the only green cursor that I saw. At what point do you get stuck at the green cursor?
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    What do you do after you've done modifying code. Do you disconnect the same way you would a normal USB? Does the Pre need to be restarted?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Achill3s View Post
    What do you do after you've done modifying code. Do you disconnect the same way you would a normal USB? Does the Pre need to be restarted?

    Thanks.
    You can just disconnect it if you want. If you feel safer you can type exit at the command prompt (←[Jroot@castle:/# exit) and press enter and then disconnect it.

    You don't have to restart it but it wouldn't hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j0sh097 View Post
    Well from what I have read about putty (never used it myself) it is used to root into your Pre through its EVDO connection. This was mainly meant for help with rooting into a Pre through a direct connection via a micro-usb cable. I will see what I can do about making a video though (including putty).

    As for the green cursor:
    Are you getting any pop-up dialogs asking to 'add security certificate'?
    You have to answer yes otherwise it'll stay at the green cursor.
    I just used putty to root into my Pre (for the first time) and that is the only green cursor that I saw. At what point do you get stuck at the green cursor?
    i can root my pre easily like this...

    Novcom on Windows - WebOS Internals

    but then when i open putty ( to make custom dialer etc) i get a green cursor.. no security questions?

    what am i doing wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bebo77 View Post
    i can root my pre easily like this...

    Novcom on Windows - WebOS Internals

    but then when i open putty ( to make custom dialer etc) i get a green cursor.. no security questions?

    what am i doing wrong?
    Can you take a screenshot of the settings that you're using?
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    Sorry to sound like a dummie, but, besides gaining access to your pre's os file what is all this rooting about? And does it void my warranty?
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    I've gotten to the point where I have rooted my Pre - I have a cursor, and a blank screen. THEN WHAT?!? I see references to entering the terminal - what does that mean? Do I use Putty, and how do I enter the Palm Emulator?

    When I look on the YouTube videos I see a screen of text after they entered "something" - that's what I haven't done yet. I've tried searching here on the forums, but there are so many references it's hard to know which ones have the answers I'm looking for.
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