Motorola Will Brick Your Droid X

July 15, 2010 at 7:45 am 1 comment

UPDATE: Motorola has recently addressed the issue. The eFuse tech isn’t designed to brick your phone, and according the Motorola, it’s there to prevent the installation of malicious software.

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If you just bought the shiny new Motorola Droid X, but want to load a custom Android 2.2 Froyo ROM on it, well, don’t.  That’s because Motorola doesn’t want you to and if they catch you doing so, they will essentially make your phone unusable.  To fix it, you’ll have to buy some special hardware that you have to purchase from Motorola.

Photo: user robertnelson via Flickr

According to this forum post at Android fansite MyDroidWorld.com, Motorola has installed a chip called the eFuse, which scans the device for a specific set of code that is pre-installed when the phone is manufactured.  That bit of code is called the bootloader, which essentially is what the phone loads first when booting up.  Now, the eFuse is capable or reprogramming the phone, so if it sees a different set of code, like that of a custom ROM (like Cyanogenmod), then the chip will brick your phone.

No circumvention of the eFuse chip has been found yet.  The Droid X only recently launched, so it may be just a matter of time.  However, considering that the Droid 2 is on the horizon, it might be a safe bet that the chip will be installed on that phone, and future Motorola phones, as well. (via Gizmodo)

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