CyanogenMod 7 Officially Finds a Home on the Droid X


Even if you don’t have a Motorola Droid X, most people involved in the Android modding scene already know their reputation of being locked down so tight — even Motorola can’t crack them.

Well, a lot of that may soon change with this recent breakthrough in the Droid X modding community. Apparently, the developer known as CVPCS, through the use of black magic and some kind of “2nd-init workaround,” has managed to get both stock, vanilla Gingerbread and CM7 up and running on the uncrackable Motorola Droid X. Needless to say, the Droid X modding community is partying like it’s 1999.

While the ROM is still very BETA and far from perfect (still no working camera/video, etc.), this is definitely a step in the right direction to getting custom ROMs like MIUI (my personal favorite) onto the Droid X. Additionally, to make this ROM easier to flash, developer P3Droid has developed two flashable applications that will allow rooted Gingerbread users to easy flash back and forth to and from the new Cyanogenmod 7 Beta.

While I tend to specialize more in the Evo hacking/modding stuff and all this Droid X stuff is a bit over my head, I can definitely imagine how happy the Droid X community must be right now — having been deprived of custom ROMs since the device was launched. What a day for Droid X’ers!

The Cyanogenmod 7 Beta can be found here. Just be sure to read thoroughly all the information on the thread before attempting to get a taste of stock, vanilla Gingerbread on your Droid X.

[Special thanks to Steven58 from our very own Android Forums! Couldn’t have written this up without you!]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Too bad the bootloader is still locked and this runs on Moto’s own kernel.

    1. Always gotta rain on our parade… Don’t you, Dima o_O

    2. Too bad that doesn’t matter.

      Oh wait, no. That’s a good thing. Read up on it.

    3. They found a way to get CM to run on a phone with a locked down tight bootloader….and this is the best you could come up with?

      What was the point of this post?

      Seriously, inquiring minds wanna know….

      Oh before I forget: haters gonna hate.

  2. Weee!

    We’ve had custom roms, just none as polished as cynogenmod so I’m excited!

  3. I’d like to have a DX and feel the joy some guys are feeling now!! xD

  4. This method were found by Quarx for Motorola Defy.

  5. Joy?  Not really.  The phone doesn’t work.  The camera wont work.  Bluetooth is gimped along with a whole slew of other features that I use on a daily basis.
    I guess if I enjoyed half-baked amateur hour ROM’s I would be jumping for joy – what I’ve seen so far isn’t exactly impressive.

    1. Its a freaking BETA what the hell did you expect? And apparently you havent tried it as most users are reporting that most things DO in fact work

    2. It’s stated that most things work, oh, and it’s still a freaking beta…

      I can imagine most of the DX ROM-using community is probably pretty excited right now. AOSP isn’t something that’s easy to come by with the DX.

    3. You is dumb.

    4. Do ppl NOT understand what the word B E T A means???

      1. Google ruined the word beta with gmail.

        1. lol. got that right..

  6. by officially you mean, Unofficially obviously.

  7. Too bad this phone is almost 3years old, an at this point, who cares really

    1. That’s just it, though. CM is a ROM all about extending the life of your handset. Seeing my handset be added means once the bugs get ironed out, I’ll have a ROM that should keep my phone nice for quite a while.

      Just look at the OG Droid, with CM7 and a 1GHz overclock it runs pretty respectively, even alongside newer phones.

    2. It’s not even a year old yet…was released in July of 2010, you must be from the future and got confused.

    3. My Droid X was very hurt that you thought it to be that old. Smartphones age quickly, and they really take it personally you know. It wishes to tell you that it is, in fact, around 11 months old and still kicking, though it didn’t use that exact terminology.

    4. I see someone has been drinking n driving in their DeLorean ….that or the Droid X came out before the Droid 1, Eris, G1 and they just decided to sell it last July…must have been some deep testing going on…

      Now I see what some iPhone, Apple folks mean about commenting on something they dont own or have no clue about….

  8. Its not like there are NO good alternatives right now, Liberty ROM is super sweet.  I still miss some of the things I could do on my OG droid that my X just can’t do with the bootloader as it is, but the benefits of the X far outweigh the few advantages the D1 had.

    1. “but the benefits of the X far outweigh the few advantages the D1 had”

      My thoughts exactly. Open bootloader vs. the benefits of the DX, DX won out for me.

  9. I think it’s great that the modding community got this to work.  I still think Motorola sucks balls for not having released the encryption from the DX bootloader, in accordance with their new “openness” policy.  I still think they’re full of shit…

  10. I should have got a dx instead of d2 the dx has more dev support.. im pissed

    1. Many ROMs and themes that are built for the DX will either work on the D2 or are ported to the D2 shortly thereafter.  Cvpcs is already working on CM7 for you.  Hang in there.

  11. it is about time 

  12. My camera works just fine

  13. “most people involved in the Android modding scene already know their reputation of being locked down so tight — even Motorola can’t crack them.”
    Made my day Chris. xD

  14. Props to Steven58

  15. I surprised a phandroid writter would say MIUI (the iphone clone) is his favorite ROM!

    1. Why?  sure Miui looks similar to the iPhone, but it definately has some awesome features that other roms don’t have,  not to mention how easy it is to get custom themes on it.  customization within the homescreen and such is cleaner looking.

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