A new video has appeared online which seems to show a custom ROM booting on Verizon’s Motorola Droid X — a very big deal for anyone who has been following Moto’s extreme attempts to ensure that such a feat would never be possible.
As an excellent article by our own Joe Levi explained, Motorola has included a chip in the Droid X, known as eFuse, which makes it theoretically impossible to run any bootloader besides the stock one which ships with the phone. The chip essentially monitors certain code, and if it detects anything other than what is expected, the phone goes into recovery mode and is only usable again when flashed with the stock ROM (probably requiring a trip to the local Verizon store).
So the fact that we’re seeing a custom ROM run here — if this video is in fact legitimate — would seem to indicate that a method has been found to either trick or bypass the eFuse chip. No patch or guide has been released yet, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on developments to this story.