How-to Root the Droid X
The method is relatively simple, although it requires quite a few steps, and, as usual, proceeding further could void your warranty, kill your cat, brick your phone, or cause spontaneous protonic reversal. Here are the instructions according to rainabba at alldroid.org:
1. Download the file attached to the alldroid.org post and expand it to a folder you can find (eg. c:DroidXRoot_v2)
2. Set up ADB (here’s how to do that)
3. On the phone: Home, Menu Button, Settings, Applications, Development: Make sure the “USB debugging” option is enabled/checked.
4. Status bar, USB connection: Make sure “PC Mode” is selected.
5. Open a command prompt (Windows: Start, Run, “cmd”, OK; Linux: Terminal)
6. Run “adb devices”. If you don’t see your device listed under “List of devices attached”, return to step 2 and follow the link to setup ADB (use that topic for support) and return here when “adb devices” lists your X.
7. Run “CD c:DroidXRoot” (or where ever you expanded the archive)
8. Run “adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk”
9. Run “adb push su /sdcard/su”
10. Run “adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox”
11. Run “adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid”
12. Run “adb shell”
13. Run “cd sqlite_stmt_journals”
14. Run “chmod 755 exploid”
15. On your phone, navigate to a screen where you can switch wifi/bluetooth on/off easily (settings, or a home screen with a widget)
16. IMMEDIATELY after executing the next step, toggle wifi or bluetooth off and back on
17. Run “./exploid” and follow directions on screen. Once this completes you’ll be back at a shell prompt.
18. Run “rootshell”. You’ll be prompted for a password.
19. Type in password “secretlol” and press Enter then you are root! (You’ll know because your prompt will now be a “#” instead of “$”)
20. Run “cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk”
21. Run “cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/su”
22. Run “cp /sdcard/busybox /system/bin/busybox”
23. Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/su”
24. Run “chmod 4755 /system/bin/busybox”
25. Run “rm /system/bin/rootshell”
26. Run “exit” to drop from root to a non-root user shell (on phone still)
27. Run “exit” to drop back to your machine command prompt (instead of phone)
To Confirm root is established:
1. Run “adb shell”
2. Run “su” (now you should see the # sign which indicates you are root)
3. Watch your screen so you can allow Superuser root access.
Again, this doesn’t let you flash custom ROMs, but it does allow you to get into the system, remove bloatware, run apps requiring additional permissions, and opens the door for more advanced hacks.