Earlier we covered a major breaking news regarding the forthcoming unlock for the Motorola Atrix 4G’s bootloader. According to developers, the coming Gingerbread update by Motorola would leave the bootloader prone to unlocking. However, XDA-Developers forum member the2dcour has rid you of that wait and come up with a solution to unlock your Atrix 4G’s bootloader, even on a Froyo based firmware. Read on for instructions on how to to unlock your Atrix’s bootloader!
The process will involve the use of ADB, RSD Lite and an obvious unlock package. The instruction set may seem extensive but it’s not complicated at all. So let’s get on with it and unlock your Atrix’s bootloader, for a world of options awaits you!
Please be warned that you WILL loose all your data during this process, so be sure to take appropriate backups.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Motorola Drivers: Download for 32 bit Windows | Download for 64 bit Windows
- Android SDK installed on your system. If you want to skip installing the whole SDK, just download this fasbtoot package and extract its contents anywhere on your PC.
- Froyo Only: RSD Lite
- Froyo Only: Unlock SBF File – For AT&T (on 1.8.3 and 4.5.91 ATT firmwares) | For Orange/Bell/Telestra/Latin America/International (Extract the downloaded file anywhere on your PC)
The process to unlock the bootloader on Gingerbread is a fairly simple one, so you should skip to step 7 and continue from there. However, it is likely that most people would be running a Froyo based firmware, so we’ll start of the instructions based on that.
- Repeat: If you are on Gingerbread, skip to step 6. If you are on Froyo, continue with step 2.
- Turn the phone off and turn it back on by pressing the Power button, holding the Volume down button as the phone boots up.
- The phone will then read, Starting RSD protocol support.
- Run RSD Lite on your computer and press the … button next to the box lableled Filename and choose the SBF file.
- Connect your phone to the PC and RSD Lite will recognize your device. Once it does, simply hit the Start button to begin the flashing process.
- The phone will reboot and will take quite a while so be patient as that happens. Once it boots up, power it off.
- Now open up command prompt and navigate to the folder where fastboot package was extracted.
- Hold the phone’s Power button and the Volume down button, letting go of them when you see Fastboot on the device.
- Once you see the message, Starting Fastboot Protocol support, plug your device into the PC and enter the following commands in command prompt:
fastboot oem unlock
- You will now receive a unique device ID, continue to enter these commands replacing ### with the unique ID:
fastboot oem unlock #### fastboot reboot
Wait for the device to reboot and once it’s done, give yourself and the developer a round of applause! For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.