How to Root MINIX Neo X5, G4 (RK3066)

by on Nov.02, 2012, under Linux

Instructions how to root your Minix Neo G4 and X5 Android computer with a Rockchip RK3066 processor.

root minix neo x5 g4 devices

This tutorial works for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) only. Tutorial for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) below…

  1. Download Moborobo (Phone Management Software) directly here: MoboroboSetup_V2.0.7.501(Moborobo_En_official).exe or grab the latest version here: moborobo.com/download/
  2. Download a modified version of SuperOneClick – Short Fuse.
  3. Install Moborobo and start the program
  4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your device (Settings –> Developer Options)
  5. Connect your MINIX device (X5, G4, etc.) to your PC via the OTG port (micro USB port)
  6. Wait for Moborobo to detect the device and install the drivers
  7. If you have problems during the installation e.g. your minix g4/x5 isn’t detected, go to Settings > USB > Connect to PC
  8. Extract SuperOneClick and run SuperOneClick
  9. Click on Root

During the rooting process of the Minix Neo X5 it’s going to warn that the device is already rooted. Simply continue…

Done. :)

Besides rooting it installs busybox and SuperUser on your Minix computer. Useful tools by the way…


Update 1

As the first instructions work only with the stock rom (Android 4.0) here is a tutorial how to root a minix neo x5 with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) rom:

  1. Download Moborobo (Phone Management Software) directly here: MoboroboSetup_V2.0.7.501(Moborobo_En_official).exe or grab the latest version here: moborobo.com/download/
  2. Install Moborobo and start the program
  3. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your device (Settings –> Developer Options)
  4. Connect your MINIX device (X5, G4, etc.) to your PC via the OTG port (micro USB port)
  5. Wait for Moborobo to detect the device and install the drivers
  6. If you have problems during the installation e.g. your minix g4/x5 isn’t detected, go to Settings > USB > Connect to PC
  7. Download TPSarky-VonDroid-Root.zip and unpack.
  8. Run TPSparkyRoot.bat and follow the instructions. (It restarts your device 3 times)
  9. Optional: Install SuperSU/SuperUser/BusyBox from Play Store. (If not installed in the previous step)

This process installs also the app “root explorer”. You can delete stock apps etc. (Be careful!)

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21 Comments for this entry

  • John Dancocks

    Have you tried this with the new 4.1.1 firmware. Should the firmware make no difference?

  • admin

    I haven’t tried yet, but I read that this method won’t work. I’ll try later and post a solution here :)

  • John Dancocks

    Thanks. The new ones with 4.1.1 already installed.

  • John Dancocks

    This guy managed to root his X5 but the method does not look nearly as elegant as yours.

    “- rooting this device was a serious pita. I finally managed to by using these instructions: http://yourdeal12.blogspot.co.at/2012/11/how-to-root-imito-mx1-android-tv-box.html

    The trick was leaving Motorobo running for a while because it did the driver install thing about 3 or 4 times before it managed to find the right driver.”

  • admin

    I added a tutorial for the 4.1.1. rom… See above :)

  • John Dancocks

    The only problem I had was the OTG cable connector. I had to trim the black plastic end back a mm or so. Then the computer detected the MX5 ok.

  • le95dap8

    Hi, heard that someone followed your instructions and succeeded in rooting X5/G4, but I failed, mine is ICS 4.0. Moborobo stop installing driver at 99%, a few times, give up.
    Can I use factory method (recovery mode) to install driver and click the SuperOneClick to root X5? Thanks

  • Brett A

    Will the method for rooting jelly bean work with windows 8 pro 64bit?

    Thank you.

  • admin

    I used Win7 (64bit) for this tutorial and it worked :)

  • Victor

    Works great on 4.1.1, thank you!
    I had one problem: Moborobo didn’t detect my device. I had to unplug the ethernet cable to get it to work. So only connect HDMI and OTG when you follow this tutorial.

    Thanks again!

  • Onetrack

    Worked great here, found the link via google, followed the instructions and it worked first time. Many thanks :D

  • Ivo

    I just rooted my G4 running on new firmware 4.1.1. by instruction for X5. The only strange think is that there was not installed SuperUser as default.. I installed it manually from the Play store but he do not reports any requests for root (e. g. Titanium backup, DroidMote). The log of SuperUser is empty. Than I have installed SuperSu and it works well and reports all requests for root. Do you have the same experience? Is the SuperSu full replacement of SuperUser? Thanks..

  • onelovekir

    @Ivo…the Superuser.apk in the package I believe is the SuperSU that you see in the Play store. I actually updated the package before I flashed everything, as well as edited the .bat file so that “su” and “busybox” will install in the correct folder.

    As a piece of advice, keep Moborobo up and visible when running the .bat file so that you can see when your device is actually recognized. I was having the problem where it wasn’t rooting my X5 because I was pressing the space bar too soon.

    here is the updated package for people that want it or admin can check it out and add it to this tutorial. It includes the current Root Explorer 2.21.1 as well as the most current SuperSU 0.99 with the most current “su” and “busybox” also with the edited/corrected .bat file.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8oq5a8bfpy7tfga/TPSarky-VonDroid-Root%20new.zip

  • onelovekir

    sorry about the dropbox link…here is the new one

    http://d-h.st/j3H

  • Aie

    I succeded rooting my Minix Neo G4 on 4.1.1 after many failures and as many google searches. Here is my comment,

    - Don’t run TPSparkyRoot.bat as Administrator, every time I tried running it as administrator it didn’t work, I got the message ‘ADB’ is not recognized… but running it without Administrator rights worked!

    By the way, I rooted it on a Mac, running Moborobo and TPSparkyRoot on a Windows7 virtual machine.

    One last thing, the dropbox link doesn’t go to the new TPSarky… file, but to the X5 4.1.1 upgrade file.

    Thank you for the instructions!

  • onelovekir

    sorry again, I apologize about that, this is the correct link…

    http://d-h.st/MLW

  • Sam

    Unfortunneely , i can´t get past the 99% on moborobo, trying to root NeogG4, on 4.1.1.. I folow all steps, but neog4 isn´t reconized… so frustrated…

  • Adam

    Thanks for the tutorial, I tried this on windows 8 pro (64 bit) and it worked with one extra step that I thought I should share for all of those other windows 8 users, maybe it can get added to this tutorial.

    The reason why Moborobo will not install the drivers and freeze at 99% is because Windows driver signature enforcement is blocking the installation. To get this to install automatically you will have to boot windows without certificate enforcement.

    Settings/General/Advanced Startup/Restart Now/Troubleshoot/Advanced Options/Windows Startup Settings/Restart

    on boot press F8 repeatedly and you will get a menu of advanced startup options.

    Select option 7 – Disable driver signature enforcement

    Once you are booted up run Moborobo again and you should have no problem

  • Corey

    Adam, I tried your method for disabling certificate enforcement, but it still hangs at 99%. I about to give up.

  • a1pollo

    good, good, this metod (update 1) is only working in my tablet KINGDOM FLYTOUCH9 4.1.1 jb 10,2″ RK3066 ARM CORTEX A9 dual core.
    THANKS,good job

  • Kolki

    Hi

    I was unable to be succesful. After 3 tries, the software startet installing the driver, but after little more than 50% it stopped and reported that the device was not found. I should choose another device, but mine was the Minix Neo X5 and no other device. But Minix Neo X5 was not accepted and I was unable to continue.

    Any hints?

    Kolki

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