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This topic has now been superceded by the MoDaCo Hero Patch.

I've compiled BusyBox latest (1.14.3) as a quick fix for getting Swapper up and running (I'm currently using it with a Swap partition!)

I'll cook this into a update.zip at some point and put the files somewhere other than /system/bin but for now...

- Root your device using my method
- Change to the directory containing the root files
- Download my busybox to the same directory
- Type 'adb remount'
- Type 'adb push busybox /system/xbin/busybox'
- Type 'adb shell chmod 4755 /system/xbin/busybox'
- Type 'adb shell /system/xbin/busybox --install -s /system/xbin/'

Install Swapper, and it should now work, as should all the other cool Busybox stuff! :)

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Hi Paul,
Might not be the right forum but I had my Hero for a week now and its my first Android device. I am loving it and have moved from my iPhone 3GS and away from my SE Xperia (with custom rom).
I have read about rooting the device and am confident in doing it following your method, what I want to know is the benefits?
On my iPhone jailbreak gave me 3g/wifi tricker and a few other bits, but Android seems to have most things out the box.

So in your opinion what advantage would I gain by rooting? and if I do it what should I tweak to make it the best experiance?

Thanks

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p.s BTW if I do follow your guide (I have the white unlocked Hero) will I lose any setup etc/ apps I have added so far?

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You can completely edit the system partition, adding and removing built in apps, install wireless tether, use market enabler to view the US market, install remote wipe, use swapper to set up a swap partition, er, loads of stuff! :)

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Rooting won't make any difference to your current setup.

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Hi, what does Swapper actually do? What are the benefits?

Sorry to be a n00b.

You seem to be doing a lot of great work for us folks with Hero's, well done, keep it up :)

**EDIT** This line - - Type 'adb shell /system/xbin/busybox --install -s /system/xbin/'

Gave me this error "permission denied"

Any ideas?

Edited by AndyCr15, 10 August 2009 - 02:48 PM.

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I am *guessing* you didn't root using my method...

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I am *guessing* you didn't root using my method...

:)

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I did. Unless it didn't work? I've done other things you suggested and they worked.

How do I check it rooted properly?

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Try this...

adb shell
cd /system/xbin/
./busybox --install -s /system/xbin/
If that fails then type...

chmod 4755 busybox
./busybox --install -s /system/xbin/
Let me know how it goes!

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Try this...

adb shell
cd /system/xbin/
./busybox --install -s /system/xbin/
If that fails then type...

chmod 4755 busybox
./busybox --install -s /system/xbin/
Let me know how it goes!

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It didn't give an error after I did the second set of code. How do I get to it now? It's not listed in my apps? (Sorry to be a pain)

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Now install 'Swapper' from the market!

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Oops :)

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Hi Paul,
Well I did it and it was very easy and worked great.
I too saw the permissions issues with busybox but the chmod seems to have done the trick and it installed. (did not say anything but I assumed)

I installed swapper from the marketplace and its on and running. I dont however get info when I click Get Infomation.
I just get "Reading error. Please try one more time."

When i say swap on it runs through and says its all ok but I dont know how to see its actually working.

Any tips.

Thanks

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Install Terminal Emulator or ConnectBot and type 'free'.

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Incidentally 'Get Information' works for me?

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Incidentally 'Get Information' works for me?

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Its running as when I type free it shows the 32mb swap in the list.
Will my 16GB Type 2 card be an issue?? Maybe too slow

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For swap I don't think you'll see a big issue...

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