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Old 04-25-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
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How to root the Alex eReader

Done! The Alex eReader was rooted on a sunny Sunday afternoon!

How to:

Download the update.zip and copy it to the root folder of your alex' SD card.
click to download

1.) Power down
2.) Press and hold simultaneously the "back" and "next page" button.
3.) While keeping pressed the 2 buttons, press and hold the power button.
Keep pressing these 3 buttons until the alex logo appears on the screen.
Release the power button.
4.) You will enter recovery mode. Release all buttons.
5.) press back + power button to apply the update.zip
Hold on, until it's finished.

You are done! Enjoy full root access!



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Old 04-25-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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Well done!
What do you get from rooting the Alex? I thought you already had full access.

Oh, and welcome to MobileRead!
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No, from stock you don't have full access.

You are able to install apps by downloading .apk files via the browser, but that's what you can do on every Android Phone. (even a lot of users were surprised you can do this one the alex)
Well, on the B&N Nook, you weren't even able to do this.

With root access, you have full access to the entire system!
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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No, from stock you don't have full access.

You are able to install apps by downloading .apk files via the browser, but that's what you can do on every Android Phone.
(even a lot of users were surprised you can do this one the alex)
Well, on the B&N Nook, you weren't even able to do this.

With root access, you have full access to the entire system!
Actually, that's what I meant by full access. Thanks for explaining the difference.

I don't care to use it, but on behalf of the "fiddle with it until it breaks" community, Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:14 AM   #5
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Meaning I'll be able to install Aldiko Book Reader on the Alex?
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:14 AM   #6
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Meaning I'll be able to install Aldiko Book Reader on the Alex?
Yes, you can install Aldiko, but you don't actually need to get root access for that.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:52 PM   #7
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No, from stock you don't have full access.

You are able to install apps by downloading .apk files via the browser, but that's what you can do on every Android Phone.

With root access, you have full access to the entire system!
When I was deciding to get the Alex, I know I saw a link for getting the apps, but I don't know where I saw it? Do you know a good site for the regular apk files (don't feel like being root just yet )
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:29 AM   #8
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Yes, you can install Aldiko, but you don't actually need to get root access for that.
But would we be able to read the Aldiko ebooks on the e-ink screen?
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But would we be able to read the Aldiko ebooks on the e-ink screen?
No. But if you wanted to do that, first someone would have to go quite a few steps beyond simply rooting the Alex. This would take a fair amount of hacking the code before it could work.
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When a book is downloaded using the browser, where is it stored? Is it stored in the SD card or in the system folders?

If it is in the SD card, then I think the Aldiko books can just be transferred to that folder using a File Manager app? If it is in the system folder, then we would require root to do the transferring. My guesses only, going to try it out when I get my Alex.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:16 AM   #11
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When I downloaded a book from Gutenberg it ended up in the "ebooks" folder on the SD card, but I didn't use the browser to access Gutenberg; I used the "Bookstore" app.
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When I downloaded a book from Gutenberg it ended up in the "ebooks" folder on the SD card, but I didn't use the browser to access Gutenberg; I used the "Bookstore" app.
You're still using the browser, actually. The Bookstore app is just a page of links.
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Do you think you can do the trick with a newer firmware?
I've a recent one.

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see 1.6 firmware with English fbreader, just posted. also new root that works on alex. Titanium Backup works fine. if somebody knows how to enable adb more can be achieved.
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News about rooting the ALEX

Excuse me, posted where exactly?

Thnaks.
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