30.000 visitors – Root MiniX Plus

Last week the 30.000th visitor came to this blog! This in just 2 months.

With over 13 Gigabyte of data traffic a month, including downloads, this blog is a great success. It is one of the and most visited and updated small form factor Android blogs out there.

Most of them from Maylasia (Lowyat.net) and Russia. All I can say to them is:

Terima kasih banyak untuk 30,000 pelawat dan bersenang-senang dengan laman web ini

Большое спасибо за 30 000 посетителей и продолжайте наслаждаться сайтом

As a present, I will present the root method for the MiniX Plus, since it comes unrooted from the factory. Proceed at your own risk. The MiniX Plus firmware cannot be downloaded anywhere, so if you screw up the system files, you can only flash an older firmware with more bugs and less functionality.

Hopefully this root method will inspire many people and it can lead to more development on the newer devices 🙂

Root method

The new MiniX Plus (with cooling vents) comes semirooted from the factory, the included patch app doesn’t work, it’s a bogus. Some apps may say that root works, but you don’t have root permissions in ADB / No write permissions on system folder and no root permissions for certain key apps.

It is better to install Superuser from the market and then Busybox Installer (Jrummy). This may fail, as Busybox needs superuser to install in /system/bin or /system/xbin/.

To correct this: Root the MiniX Plus, download the zip file and run the bat file runme.bat

NEW ZIP FILE: here

Select option 4 (other) and there you go. Don’t forget that you have to plug a usb mouse in the MiniX Plus before you begin.

Have fun.

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30 thoughts on “30.000 visitors – Root MiniX Plus

  1. After trying the right USB port (the left has no OTG functionality), and installing the android usb drivers on the windows pc, everythings seems to work correctly, but then I get an arror message at the end:

    C:\>runme
    ======================================================================
    = This script will root your Android phone with adb restore function =
    = Script by Bin4ry (thanks to Goroh_kun and tkymgr for the idea) =
    = Idea for Tablet S from Fi01_IS01 =
    = (01.10.2012) v12 =
    ======================================================================

    Device type:
    1) Normal
    2) Special (for example: Sony Tablet S, Medion Lifetab)

    x) Unroot

    Make a choice: 1
    Checking if i should run in Normal Mode or special Sony Mode
    Please connect your device with USB-Debugging enabled now
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    remote object ‘/system/app/Backup-Restore.apk’ does not exist
    709 KB/s (2179 bytes in 0.003s)
    “GOTO” kann syntaktisch an dieser Stelle nicht verarbeitet werden.

    C:\>

    At this point I’m stuck. Has anybody an idea?
    Greetings, Steff

      • Thanks for the notes on Netflix. As I’m not in the US, Netflix won’t work here (I think). But thanks for the heads-up. Pineriver left it unrooted so the firmware would not leak out, but now the root is achieved there is a way paved for custom firmware and firmware backup 🙂

    • OK, using the new rootminixplus.rar I was able to successfully root my mini Xplus.
      However, an IMPORTANT note needs to be made.
      First of all, DO NOT connect the power adapter to your device.
      Unplug the power adapter and then plug a USB A to A connector to an available USB port on your PC and to the port labeled USB OTG on the Mini Xplus. The
      device will then draw power from the USB port and boot up.
      from a command prompt, type:
      adb devices
      repeatedly
      until you see the Mini Xplus show up.
      If it does not show up, you may need to install the A10 USB drivers from here:
      http://www.mediafire.com/?q1oamnccjk82aq8
      Once the device shows up in the list, run the Runme.bat file and select option 4 (other).

      • Absolutely correct, being so active with ADB, trying to find the solution and tweaking, exploiting, extracting and messing with files I forgot to mention these necessary facts. If you do it like Tecknight describes, it will work fine.

      • Thanks, invictaz for this post. I tried instructions from several other sites, but none of them worked. It is clear that the device is not rooted as shipped. The RunMe.bat runs an exploit that gains root through a cleverly designed restore image. In order for the exploit to succeed, you have to click on the “allow restore” when the dialog pops up on the screen. Rather than plug a mouse and monitor into the mini xplus, I was able to use the E-Control Android app which comes on the micro-cd to connect my tablet to the mini xplus and both view the screen and select the “allow restore” button.
        A few things I have noted:
        The current released version of the Netflix app force closes the mini xplus immediately.
        However, I am happy to confirm that Netflix version 1.81 for android works perfectly. Just google “netflix 1.81 android download” and you will find dozens of places to download the .apk file.

  2. It now worked for me as well. Don’t update busybox, I got then a zero memory issue. I could solve it by copying an older version of “busybox” manually into the system folder, but I had to install a file manager onto the SD card.
    And you have to use the right USB port (that’s the OTG one), and I had to try it 2 or 3 times, until I got a not grayed out button to restore the device.

    • So it was busybox that caused the available space to show as zero ?
      That happened to me as well. Thanks for the info.

    • I make kopy of many versions (one every time) of busybox to the bin or to xbin folder ,then i gave every time read and wright prmissions to the busybox folder and restart my mini xplus with the remote control but nothing hapens, how do i restore the device , you try 2/3 times untli you take a not greyed button (which button ) sorry am a newby.

    • So i solve also my Zero memory prob. with busybox file kopy from the * Root MiniX Plus* folder (only the Busybox file) and is everything ok. I was try all the time with busybox folder kopys (newby)

  3. -Большое спасибо за 30,000 посетителей, и наслаждаться сайте
    +Большое спасибо за 30 000 посетителей и продолжайте наслаждаться сайтом

    • Thanks, stupid Google Translate 🙂 спасибо, глупый Google переводить.

  4. What am I missing? I don’t see anything called runme.bat in the zip file. I get a folder called stuff with various unrecognized files and no instructions. Where do I start? Thanks.

    • OK I see the file now, I assumed it would be inside ‘stuff,’ but it was separate and got lost inside my bigger folder of junk.

  5. I am not having any luck. When I plug in the minix to a pc via usb, it keeps disconnecting and reconnecting, not stable at all. I’m not sure if it is a bad/wrong cable or I need a driver. If I do need a driver, I have no clue what to do with the download of a10 drivers that is linked above. How do I install the driver? Also what is the point of plugging in a usb mouse into the other port of the minix as mention above in the instructions? Thanks.

    • You need a male-to male cable. Plug it into the right port. Then you need to have the Allwinner A10 ADB drivers installed. It wants to install a driver for device called “ANDROID”. Look in the device manager of Windows. The usb mouse needs to be plugged in so you can trigger the fake restore exploit that the root batfile uses to root the MiniX Plus.

  6. After rooting device, my wireless mouse begin to move not smooth only with jumps.
    Can I solve this problem?Thanks.

    • Absolutely don’t know which mouse you are using. And since rooting is only getting permission to read/write root directory (highest level), it’s very strange that the mouse is now hopping. Unrooting is not in the bat file and cannot be done so easily.

    • I agree with invictaz on this. There is nothing inherent in rooting a device that should cause any device or driver issues.
      In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised with the scope of USB devices that the MiniX supports. I have connected a bunch of USB devices to my Mini Xplus and so far all of them “just work”, including:
      —Several wired and wireless mice, including wireless mice with their own proprietary USB wireless adapter.
      —Several different USB storage devices, including hard drives.
      —Two different gamepads, including my wireless Logitech Rumblepad 2.
      —Several generic USB webcams.
      —One USB GPS
      I am using a USB hub with it’s own power connector, so as not to draw too much power from the Mini Xplus.

    • Yes, but that is already rooted right frome the factory. Atleast the stock rom. If you flash another ROM (for example MK802) it can be that that is unrooted. This root method works “allways”.

  7. is there some way to unroot, because i choosed the 1. option sony xperia T. and after i got root, but wifi unstable, regulary discontects from e- control application. also mouse gets unrensponsive.

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