Oct 26, 2011

How to root Motorola Atrix got from Expansys (4.4.35.MB860.Retail.en.GB)


After two days of research, I managed to root my Motorola Atrix bought from Expansys.
This device has Android 2.2.2, System version 4.4.35.MB860.Retail.en.GB, a locked bootloader and it resisted various attempts to gain root access.
By carefully reading every XDA forum post about the device – it took me quite a day – I was able to finally find a user with my same software installed, that was able to root the phone.
The method to be followed is the same one for the DROID 3. Therefore, follow the same instructions at the previously given link for rooting your device. If you are a Windows user, you will be fine, since the script uses Windows commands and files.

If you are a GNU/Linux user, what you need to do is:

  1. Have ADB installed and added to your $PATH
  2. Open the file Click to root your DROID 3.bat with a text editor
  3. Paste the adb instructions of the file Click to root your DROID 3.bat in your terminal emulator

Just a note. For commands like:

Substitute each ^> with a \>

Therefore, they will look like:

What follows is directly taken from my bash history and should be the correct sequences of commands to be given inside the directory containing the DROID 3 files. It will probably work but don’t trust it completely:

update: I verified the steps, they correctly work.

Enjoy your European Atrix with root access 🙂

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

  • Arnold John Nov 4, 2011 Reply

    Thanks finally got there!

  • leigh Nov 17, 2011 Reply

    thanks man, this worked for me.
    had to use windows. In ubuntu it got too hard

    • dgraziotin Nov 20, 2011 Reply

      I assumed that Linux users already know how to have adb working and recognizing the device (Section “Linux”). My fault 🙂 I am happy that you were having access to a Windows box, though.

  • Phil Nov 20, 2011 Reply

    Nicely done – Windows script worked for me without a hitch… Thank you!

  • Kunle Jan 24, 2012 Reply

    Thanks a million dgraziotin, as the DROID 3 method does indeed root my Motorola Atrix (Build no. OLYEM_U4_4.3.5). Without exaggeration, seems I tried every other method online (Ginger Break, SuperOneClick, command line coding) but all failed.

    Cheers again – Great work!

  • Yadric Feb 17, 2012 Reply

    Thanks a lot, man! Did anyone got bsod on win7x64 when plugged phone to pc in motorola phone tools mode?

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