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How To Root Sony Xperia Sola

The Sony Xperia Sola can now be rooted thanks to DoomLoRD. The rooted kernel easily be installed on a device in which Bootloader is unlocked. The Xperia Sola once rooted can be installed with custom ROMs. The ROMs on the Xperia Sola are still only Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 supported so its not much of a difference but we can expect a few ICS ROMs to be released by developers soon. The Sola like other devices of the recently launched Sony Android Smart-phones comes with floating touch and other features such as having the Bravia Engine. Anyway without further talk about the phone let us get to the rooting of the Xperia Sola.

As per DoomLoRD the features of the rooted kernel are given below.
  • [v01 onwards] added support for init.d scripts (/system/etc/init.d)
  • [v01 onwards] added support for userinit scripts:
    • if sd-ext is mounted then it will execute /sd-ext/userinit.sh & shell scripts in /sd-ext/userinit.d/ folder
    • also scripts in /data/local/ will be executed... it will execute /data/local/userinit.sh & shell scripts in /data/local/userinit.d/ folder
  • [v01 onwards] autorooting (prerooted)
    • su binary & superuser.apk will automatically be installed by kernel 
    • busybox (1.18.4) gets installed at /system/xbin/
  • [v01 onwards] insecure ramdisk
    • ramdisk is insecure (ro.secure=0)
    • adb server is persistent
    • usb debugging enabled
    • rootfs and /system mounted as rw

Before we can root the Sola we need to first unlock its Bootloader. This is a bit of a long process and needs to be followed precisely.

  • Unlocking the Sony Xperia Sola is the lengthy process compared to rooting the phone. Anyway to begin first find out your IMEI No. If you do not know already then just dial  *#06#. After you note this down you need to check if your phone can be unlocked. For this dial#*#7378423#*# and then go to Service Info, Configuration and then Rooting Status. If its says Yes then you can continue with the tutorial.
  • It is recommended to update drivers on your Xperia Sola so download this file. Plug in your Phone and then hold Power Down and Volume Up Key together to enter into FastBoot mode. By AutoRun the installation of Drivers will begin and then just make sure the installation of drivers is to  usb_driver. After the installation you can unplug your phone.
  • Visit this webpage. Scroll down and Hit Continue and Agree to Questions asked such as Are You Sure?. Then "read" the Legal Conditions and Accept it.  Next you will reach the Create Unlock Request Page. Then enter the Info requested by the page and you will receive a unique Unlock Code. Note it down.
  • From the extracted downloads of Step 2 open the Fast Boot Folder. Hold Shift Key and right click to get Shortcut Menu with Open Command Prompt Here Option. Click it. Now that you have Command Prompt Open plug in yur phone in FastBoot mode just as in step 2 then in Command Prompt type  fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version . After wait and see if 0.5 is returned. If it is it means that your phone is properly connected after that type in  fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY replaceing KEY with the nique Key you got for Unlocking. After that your phone is Unlocked.

  • Now we can begin the rooting process.
    • Download the necessary rooted kernel from the link mentioned. Once you download the file boot your phone into fastboot mode and plug it to your PC.
    • Then Run Command Prompt in the folder type in the command
      fastboot flash boot kernel.elf
    That's it. Once you it finishes you have successfully rooted your Sony Xperia Sola. If you have any doubts about the process feel free to just comment below and I will get back to you.


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