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#1 butchconner


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:50 PM

( NOTICE: Now that an OTA Update has come out, I do not know
what effect that will have on this procedure. Please research
and check it out before you go further. I had to return my A500
and don't have a way to check it myself.)

Alternate Non-ADB Rooting for Acer Iconia A500

There is another thread in this Forum which tells how to root an Acer Iconia A500
tablet. It is a good procedure. But for me it was not workable because I didn't
want to have to install ADB on my PC and learn enough
about it to do the root.

Following a an alternate procedure which does not require ADB and uses USB to add
needed files to the A500.

NOTE: I didn't design or program this; credits are below. I only re-wrote the
procedures for PC loading of files using USB. If you have questions after carefully
reading through this, please double-check other threads and search for other root
instruction on the search engine of your choice. I will not be responsible for
problems you have using this procedure and tools.

Also, I apologize for the length of this post, but when I do something like this I
try to write out the details so anyone can follow it through and do it step-by-step.


It would help if you would download the attached Gingerbreak file to your PC. This
Forum software would not let me attach it here -- so maybe you can find it in one
of the other "root" threads and D/L it there. Working to get a copy here!!

It also would help if you would download and install OI File Manager or ES File
Explorer to you tablet in advance of the install.

Ditto for the Acer USB Install Package at the Acer Support/Download site.

Procedure for Rooting:

1. Go to the Acer Support site and download the A500 USB driver package.

2. Install the USB driver package on your PC. All you have to do is extract it
and then run the setup program.

3. Then use the USB cable which came with your tablet to connect the A500 to
the PC. It should pop up an Explorer window on your screen and you want to choose
to open it and look at the files. That will give you an Explorer window where you
will see the Acer 500 listed and be able to copy into and out of the /sdcard
directory (main internal memory).

4. Download the Gingerbreak APK from one of the other "root" threads to your PC
and then copy it to the /sdcard folder.

5. Disconnect the USB connection and use your tablet to download OI File Manager or
ES File Manager to your tablet and install it.

6. Use the File Manager to go to /sdcard and tap on the Gingerbreak apk to install it.

7. Insert a microSD card into the external card slot. This will not be overwritten
during the install, but you might have some space available on it for use if needed.

8. Turn the A500 into Portrait position and lock it using the button next to the
Volume Control.

9. Go into Settings/Applications/Development and turn on "USB Debugging". Also turn
on "Unknown Sources".

10. Then go to Apps icons and find and run Gingerbreak, choosing "Root". It takes as
much as five minutes, so don't panic. When it finished, the tablet will reboot.

11. Turn off the Screen Lock. When you check your apps icons again, you should have
"Superuser" listed. At this point you are rooted.

12. At this point, if you plan to use Titanium Backup you should download and install
it. It will ask for "root" and verify you are installed, plus, when it installs and
you choose "Problems" as a part of the process, it will install BusyBox.

Appropriate credit should go to Monki-magic, who provided the modified apk.

See the "Link" in the other thread on rooting in this forum for a D/L of the Gingerbreak
apk. Working on getting an attachment here or in the SD Downloads area.

If anyone one finds anything that needs to be corrected here, please post and I will take
care of it.


Edited by butchconner, 04 June 2011 - 09:42 PM.

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#2 it2steve



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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:09 PM

When we originally working towards the root that's how I ended up doing it as well (even tho I had adb hooked up)... I went and grabbed a second tab the other day and realized that since it calls for a micro SD, just the app on it and root that way?

Good write up either way. Some people automatically panic when they see ADB, hopefully this helps them be aware that there are other alternatives.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:20 AM

This method worked well. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Now that I have it rooted and installed Titanium, what other things can I do?


#4 butchconner


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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:04 AM


Root is not all that big a deal. What it really does is let you run your
tablet in what in Windows is called "Administrator Mode".

It gives you more authority and allows access to more of the system.
Backup is the biggest things since you have authority to backup all files
as needed.

I think I heard there is a screen snapshot program that requires root and
then the paid version of Root Explorer (a file manager program) is supposed
to work with it (the free version I had would not format right on the
screen of my Acer).

And of course, when we get into mods later in it should be required.

Hope this helps.


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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:31 PM

Root is not all that big a deal. What it really does is let you run your
tablet in what in Windows is called "Administrator Mode".


Thanks. That's what I thought but I wanted to make sure I was not missing anything


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Posted 13 May 2011 - 10:14 PM

Hi, Thanks for the thorough writeup! Just got my Acer today, and was wondering how I was gonna get TB on this thing. I'm coming from the world of Gtab goodness, so I was kinda freaking out about not having this new tab rooted. Gonna try it here in a few. Again, thank you!

Edit: Once I got the right version of gingerbreak, rooting went smoothly. Tried once with the wrong version but figured it out. Thanks again for the easy directions.

Edited by karlkarloffs, 17 May 2011 - 06:13 PM.

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#7 wowsher



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Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

There is an even easier way with no usb, no sdcard.


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#8 xd3vil5.dr0id



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Posted 24 July 2011 - 12:45 PM

okay.. thanks, i will try.. :)

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 04:41 AM

whats the but to root this tablet ?

#10 butchconner


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Posted 25 November 2011 - 10:10 PM


I really don't know what you are asking. But I will say
that the posts and links above pretty much cover the
rooting issue.


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