Xoom WiFi Rooted – Finally!

by: Darcy LaCouveeMarch 28, 2011
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  1. As we all know – the Motorola XOOM WiFi tablet is available in the US for $600 or less. It’s important that you know however, that if you try and root the Motorola Xoom 3G/4G with the same method as we have discovered below, that you will likely have a temporarily unbootable machine. Thankfully, the gurus over at xda-developers have come with a relatively easy to follow set of instructions for rooting the Motorola Xoom WiFi. Didn’t take them very long.

We’ve pulled the step by step directions from this forum, as well as download links for all the tools you’ll need. While not exactly for novices or soccer-moms, it’s not rocket science either.

With this in mind, do understand that Motorola and/or the retailer you purchased your newly minted Android Honeycomb 3.0 tablet from will not be looking to kindly on your desires to liberate your Xoom from the clutches of control.

The Motorola XOOM WiFi is the newest Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to hit the market, and feature a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multitouch display, and a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

In case you aren’t aware, rooting the operating system grants you the ability to overclock your Xoom, and to run apps that require administrative (really deep access) to the operating system and hardware in order to function.



Here’s the exact instructions, via XDA Forums:

Download the Motorola WiFi Xoom Root Zip file and unzip it. (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZJ8HAF79)
You need the Moto Drivers – Read this thread to START you – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=981578
You’ll need fastboot – get it here http://developer.htc.com/adp.html
Make sure you have the latest SDK – adb and fastboot should be in /platform-toolshttp://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
Place the files in the SDK Tools folder.

If rebooting works…This will wipe your phone by the way!!
adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem unlock
adb reboot bootloader

If stuck at “Dual Core Technology”
Hold VolUp and power to restart Xoom
Hold VolDown will booting unit for fastboot mode

fastboot flash boot boot.img (Tiamat 1.1.6 boot.img – http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=978013)
fastboot reboot
adb remount
adb push bcm4329.ko /system/lib/modules/bcm4329.ko
adb push cifs.ko /system/lib/modules/cifs.ko
adb push tun.ko /system/lib/modules/tun.ko
adb push scsi_wait_scan.ko /system/lib/modules/scsi_wait_scan.ko
adb push su /system/bin
adb shell ln -s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
adb push Superuser.apk /system/app
adb push vold.fstab /system/etc/vold.fstab
adb reboot
adb shell

Did it work ok for you? Hit us up in the comments.

  • The unannounced, trial sale last Wednesday by Motorola to their Xoom WiFi is a good test on how people will accept this product. With the not so good reception of people to the original Xoom that was released last February, it is good to know that they are embracing the Xoom WiFi. Since the beginning, I know that their expensive price will be the biggest factor on how people will choose Xoom over iPad 2. If I were them, I will price Xoom according to the price of iPad 2. This is the only way to get people’s attention.

  • The Xoom has been somewhat “down graded” the past week with the announcement of the mighty slim & light Samsung tabs however, this is a very easy tablet to take apart if you need to–replace the battery or fix a part. These ultra slim tablets won’t be easy to take apart at all. Also, I believe this device will be getting updates and upgrades directly from Google and you don’t have to deal with any of the UI “enhancements” from OEMs and being dependent on them for updates. So, it still has a lot going for it.

    • Chaos

      Actually, I believe Google confirmed that Official Xoom updates will be coming from Motorola. Of course, I’ll be waiting to see what Cyanogen gets going…

  • JOhn Davies

    I tried getting the file on megaupload and its gone…any thoughts?

  • Mark

    Root worked, but now my wifi won’t. In wifi settings, I cannot turn wifi on. It says error. any fixes or ideas?

  • vigor

    my xoom was briked by this process, luckily there is the unbriking procedure at
    so i am back where i was – without root :(
    and at some point i was as Mark says without wifi just Error and no connection whatsoever

  • Edu

    I got root Access!! that is exiting. However, my Wi-Fi shows Error. Not very happy about that.
    Any tips how to recover my WiFi?

    • Sphoung01

      i took the speaker phone off / out (remove) so it wouldnt touch the camera then it came back on .. the wifi found out the cam went dead ..took that out to..

  • Xoom wifi, 3.2, hangs at “Starting Fastboot… etc.”
    As far as I can tell, I have every duck firmly in line yet i cannot move beyond this point =/
    Any developments lately?

  • Lennoxescobar

    Do not Attempt to root your Xoom. First it will void your waranty. Then all the neccesary codes are never complete. I had to send my Xoom back to Motorola with a huge bill. maybe that’s the purpose