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    Setting up and using adb

    Alright, a lot of people are asking what adb is and how to use it.

    ADB is a command line application that you run on your computer.

    It probably has many uses I don't know about, but typically it's used to access and manipulate the filesystem of the phone.

    You can delete files, copy them from the phone to the computer, and even run a "shell" which is pretty much like typing directly into a terminal on the phone itself.

    Other threads can tell you why you need it, I'm just making this thread to tell you how to set it up. These instructions are for Windows users. I got a lot of info from Cyanogen's Wiki (This link in particular.) I'm just adding Moto-specific stuff.

    1) Follow the Get Connected Guide.

    2) Follow the guide for Setting up the SDK.

    3) On your phone, enable USB Debugging (Settings-Applications-Development-USB Debugging)

    4) Set up the path to the SDK tools.

    On your computer, right click on "My Computer" and go to "Properties." Next we want the advanced settings (On Windows XP, go to the "Advanced" tab. On Vista/7, click "Advanced System Settings.") Click "Environment Variables."

    Under the "System Variables" there is one called "Path." Click on it and click "edit." You will see a path in there (something like "%SystemRoot%\system32;c:\DanationIsTheGreates t\") At the end, add ";" then add the path to the Android SDK tools folder (e.g. c:\Android\android-sdk_r3-windows\android-sdk-windows\tools\)

    Click Ok, Ok, and Ok.

    5) Use adb/test to make sure it's working.

    Make sure RSD Lite is closed and plug in your phone. Open the command prompt in admin mode (Start-Programs-Accessories-cmd.exe or "command prompt." Right click and Run as Administrator on Vista/7.)

    Now type in "adb devices." If you get something like this, then you're good to go:

    List of devices attached
    TA55555U55 device
    If you get something like this, it means your device is not plugged in or the drivers are not properly installed:

    List of devices attached
    If you get something like this, you did not set up the SDK or the path correctly:

    'adb' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    If you have any questions about setting this up, please post here.
    Last edited by Danation; 12-27-2009 at 01:29 PM.

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    I think this is the best setup option for windows 7 thanks Danation for putting it out there.

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    awesome writeup. ive always just navigated to the sdk tools folder in command prompt and run the commands from there but this is great.

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    I just used this to get adb working on Vista x64. Perfect instructions.

    Thank you

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    I have followed everything to the letter, yet when I adb devices I am getting nothing in the list.

    I have uninstalled, reinstalled, rebooted, unplugged, turned off. Basically anything to try and get the phone to be recognized.

    Running as admin as well.





    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Edit:

    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Edit2: Weird it fixed itself after a bit. I don't know what happened, but problem solved.
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    Thanks for the write up. Works great finally have root on my Cliq like I had on my G1. Man how I have missed it.

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    Thank You!!! This Worked Great on my Windows 7 64 bit

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    Hey, thanks everyone for the feedback Let me know if I need to change anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by PILLSBVRVS View Post
    Edit2: Weird it fixed itself after a bit. I don't know what happened, but problem solved.
    Oh, good. I was trying to think of what would cause it. I'm glad it's working!

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    just tried it, and all went great except nandroid backup, but otherwise U IS DA BOMB THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    i would donate but i am poor i have 2 teenage boys though let me know if u want em

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    I'm unable to push the signed update to the sd card. The error says it's a read-only file system.

    Suggestions?

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    Just plug the phone in in USB mode and put the file in the root directory of the SD card using Windows Explorer.

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    my computer does not recognize the card, either. i get the Hardware Fail tone when I plug it in. Could this be an issue with the USB drivers?
    Thanks.

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    It could be. Do you have RSD Lite running? It's better if you don't.

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    ok so ive had a g1 since it came out. am fimilar with adb and such. my gf got a cliq yesterday. i already have adb setup and running for my g1 on windoze xp. when i plugged in her phone, notfound. i then downloaded the moto drivers, and volia it shows up under device manager as adb interface, mot composite adb interface. but in command line it says the list of devices: with no lisitng. adb remount says error no device found. i then removed my adb/sdk setup, and downloaded and installed the new one from link above just to make sure, but it yeilds same result. its really frustraiting me! sorry for long post but i wanted to post eveything ive tried, so u can better help me. thanks!

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    Here's what I'd do. Uninstall the drivers and the sdk. Not sure if this matters, but install RSD Lite. Install the drivers. Run RSD Lite and plug in the phone. Then close RSD Lite and install the SDK.

    Reboot the phone and the computer, plug the phone in and try it.

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