Rooting your BlackBerry PlayBook is easier than ever with DingleBerry 3.x

DingleBerry 3.x makes it easier than ever to root your BlackBerry PlayBook
By Joseph Holder on 18 Jan 2012 05:24 pm EST
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If you've ever wondered if it was worth your time and effort to root/jailbreak your BlackBerry PlayBook, wonder no longer. The latest DingleBerry rooting tool, DingleBerry 3.x, makes rooting your PlayBook a simple matter of activating Developer Mode on your PlayBook and following the instructions in the DingleBerry program.

With the release of DingleBerry 3.x, Mac and Linux machines get some love too. It should be noted that these Linux and Mac users will need to have certain libraries already installed on their computers first. Since I'm a PC, you find a helpful tutorial and links to the necessary libraries at the DingleBerry.it website.

We've written about rooting your PlayBook using DingleBerry before. That process involved pushing some files to your PlayBook, backing up data from and then restoring data to your PlayBook, and finally you might have to pray to the gods of Technology that you unplugged your USB cable fast enough to complete the root.

DingleBerry 3.x is light-years ahead of that process. Downgrading, rooting, and confirming whether or not the root was successful are all accomplished within the rooting tool itself; BlackBerry Desktop Software is not required. The process is straightforward and easy to do; still, there are a couple of things that can ruin your day. Keep reading past the break to find our helpful guide on using this amazing tool to gain root access to your BlackBerry PlayBook.

What we're going to do

We're going to root your PlayBook, giving you the ability to watch Hulu videos from the device as well as add the Android Market to your BlackBerry tablet. To do this, we'll download the 3.x DingleBerry rooting tool from their website, and unzip that program to your computer. We'll enable Developer Mode on the PlayBook so that the tool has the access it needs to complete the process.

Following that, we'll use DingleBerry to root your PlayBook. If your PlayBook is not running OS 2.0.0.4869, the tool will help you to run that operating system - even downgrading your PlayBook from 2.0.0.6149. If you do find that you need to downgrade to .4869, we'll show you how to sideload the proper .bar files to get the Android launcher and web browser working again on your PlayBook. Finally, we'll briefly cover how to get the Android Market working on your PlayBook.

Preparing to Root

Tools & Downloads

micro USB Cable

To use the DingleBerry rooting tool on your PlayBook, you'll need your PlayBook; a micro USB cable, and the DingleBerry rooting tool. You will not need BlackBerry Desktop software or copies of old operating system versions, and I strongly suspect you will not be required to sign up for the OS 2.x beta. 

Download DingleBerry 3.x

Turn on Development Mode for your PlayBook

Setting the PlayBook Development Mode

Touch the gear icon in the upper right of your PlayBook's screen to open its options. Scroll through the list on the left until you find Security. From the list that appears on the right, tap Development Mode. Set the slider tab sitting next to User Development Mode to On. If you have not yet set a password for your PlayBook, you will be prompted to do so now. Make it something that's easy to remember; you'll be entering this password a great deal during this process. This will also become the password for your PlayBook tablet; DO NOT FORGET IT. If you have already set a password for your tablet, you'll be required to enter it before the PlayBook will enter development mode.

Take a look at that development address; you'll need it later. It is usually best to leave it set at the default setting of 169.254.0.1.

Unzip and Start the DingleBerry rooting tool

DingleBerry Folder

If you downloaded DingleBerry 3.x from the DingleBerry.it website, you'll receive a .zip file containing all of the files for the rooting tool. Unzip the files to a place where you can easily find them; I recommended the unzipping the entire archive to a folder on the desktop. Make sure Development Mode is active on your PlayBook and attach the tablet to your computer with a micro USB cable. When first connected to the computer, you should be asked for your PlayBook password. This is the password you used or set when turning on Development Mode.

In the DingleBerry folder you created while unzipping the archive, Start the DingleBerry application.

Are you running 2.0.0.4869?

OS 2.0.0.4869

The easiest PlayBook OS version to root is 2.0.0.4869. If that OS is not running on your PlayBook, you'll need to upgrade or downgrade as necessary. Unfortunately, time did not permit me to try different permutations of DingleBerry'ing a PlayBook; i.e., a PlayBook running 1.0.8.6067 (consumer build), a PlayBook running 2.0.0.4869, and a PlayBook running 2.0.0.6149.

Since I was running 2.0.0.6149, DingleBerry made it incredibly easy to downgrade my PlayBook by downloading and installing 2.0.0.4869 with very little help from me. I strongly suspect that users running 1.0.8.6067 will find themselves prompted to allow DingleBerry to download and install the .4869 update for them. I imagine the process for upgrading and downgrading to be much the same.

Downgrading from .6149

Beginning the DingleBerry 3.x process

In previous articles, we've talked about downgrading the OS on your BlackBerry PlayBook, but the process was not a simple one. With nearly split-second timing, you would have needed to copy files into a certain folder on your computer. Copy them too late, and it won't do any good. Copy them too early, and you could find yourself with corrupted files.

DingleBerry 3.x brings an end to those days. After starting the DingleBerry application, you'll see a friendly button at the top that says Downgrade OS. If you're running the latest consumer build (1.0.8.6067), clicking the Downgrade OS will actually upgrade your version number.  Still, the process is the same.

Clicking the Downgrade OS button, you'll be presented with a window that will allow you to upgrade/downgrade your OS. You'll need to download the 2.0.0.4869 version of the PlayBook's OS, but that's all handled from within the app. Click inside the box that says "Click here to Download" and DingleBerry will find and download the files you need.

DingleBerry 3.x handles downgrading for you

There's no need to start BlackBerry Desktop Software to install the OS to your PlayBook. Clicking the Downgrade button at the bottom of the window will send the software to the tablet and start the install procedure. Your PlayBook will let you know the OS is being updated. Once your BlackBerry tablet is running 2.0.0.4869, you'll be able to use DingleBerry to root the device.

Downgrading the PlayBook's OS after DingleBerry 3.x downloads the proper files for you

Rooting

DingleBerry, ready to root

Now that your PlayBook is running the latest rootable verson of the OS - 2.0.0.4869, you'll be able to jailbreak that device with just a few clicks of the mouse. After downgrading or upgrading, click the Continue button found at the bottom of the window to begin the process.

For folks - like me - who've spent a bit of time with the DingleBerry interface, the next screen with the big blue box will look familiar. Where we once spent time using DingleBerry and BlackBerry Desktop software to root the PlayBook, all of the rooting tasks are now handled here.

Enter your PlayBook's password at the top, and then click continue. DingleBerry 3.x takes care of deploying some data to your device, creating a backup, and restoring the backup. The end result is that your PlayBook is rooted. The tablet even gives you a nice message stating that the root has been successful.

Dingle successful on the BlackBerry PlayBook

Congratulations, you've rooted your PlayBook!

 

Does your web browser work?

At first glance, it looks like DingleBerry broke the PlayBook's browser. Not exactly.

If you're like me, you used DingleBerry 3.x to downgrade your PlayBook from .6149 to .4869. This tends to cause some problems with the web browser and the Android system. Both apps seem to hang or freeze once they've been started.

An interesting side effect of downgrading is that these two files don't seem to be affected when the downgrade happens. Thus, you have the .4869 OS trying to use .bar files created for the 2.0.0.6149 version. The two don't really get along. The easiest fix is to simply replace the sys.android.bar and sys.browser.bar files with their .4869 equivalent. It's easy; we'll use DDBP Installer to do all the hard work. First, download and unzip the two .bar files found in the download link below.

Download sys.android.bar and sys.browser.bar 

Using DDPB to sideload PlayBook .bar files

Selecting files to sideload using DDPB

Download DDPB Installer v1.0.8

Now install and start that application. On the left side, enter your PlayBook's IP address and your PlayBook's password. You should already be in Development Mode (if not, be sure to turn it on). If you left the address set to its default value when you enabled Development Mode, you'll enter 169.254.0.1 as your PlayBook's address. Click the button marked "Connect" and the information below will populate. You'll need to be connected to the PlayBook before you can sideload apps.

At the top of DDPB screen, you'll see a button marked Add. Click it and then find the two .bar files that you just downloaded in the step before this one. Click on sys.Android.bar and then choose Ok or Open. Repeat this process for sys.browser.bar. Now, click the box next to sys.Android.bar and sys.browser.bar so that a check mark appears beside them. Finally, click the Install button found at the bottom of the DDPB screen.

Sideloading bar files using DDPB

Wait. It does seem to take a good while - maybe 5-10 minutes - to get these .bar files loaded and installed on your PlayBook. The application will tell you when it's finished. Once done, you'll find that the browser works just fine now.

What's Next?

The PlayBook can run the Android Market - with some help from you

Rooting or jailbreaking (however you want to call it) was once a difficult and laborious process that seemed - to some - to fail more often than it worked. With the release of DingleBerry 3.x, the process is dead simple. Plus, since I don't have to sign up for the 2.0 beta, my PlayBook doesn't end up in limbo for 24 hours if I want to perform a factory reset.

Now that your PlayBook is rooted, will you install the Android Market? Indeed, there are a lot of steps to follow to get the Market running, but you've already completed the most difficult one: the root itself. All of the tools and downloads you'll need are linked in the article, and we've provided tons of pictures and detailed instructions. So, how about it? You gonna run the Android Market on your BlackBerry PlayBook?

How to install the Android Market and other applications to your BlackBerry PlayBook

51 comments

TheMarco

It's worth noting that you get absolutely nothing useful out of this. Huluberry is broken (again) and most Android apps don't work and the Android environment itself is highly unstable (freezes, app crashes and whatnot).

So my advice: don't waste your time. I know I wasted mine.

Rootbrian

Why did you even bother?

4872.

It seems as though all the "HuluBerry is broken" comments are coming from after doing a restart of the PlayBook. What works for me is, after I would do a restart, I would run DingleBerry on my Playbook again, clear browser Cache/History and.....TaDa HuluBerry is working again.

Joseph Holder

We're following up with this tomorrow, but HuluBerry is not broken. I'm watching Hulu on my PlayBook right now. If HuluBerry isn't working, turn on Development Mode and connect your PlayBook to your computer. HuluBerry will now work again. You can disconnect your PlayBook at any time.

Rootbrian

To gain root access and extra functionality.

Revord

To confirm, huluberry is NOT broken, if you reboot, you need to go back to dev mode, dingle the playbook(you dont need to go thru the whole downgrade process again.) and then disconnect after you establish a successful ssh. It works perfectly. Just dont reboot.

jayemmbee

I live in Canada is doing this really worth it? Hulu wont work for me.
should i bother or just wait for February ? what I'd really like to do is get a certain text book app on the playbook if its not availible in OS 2.0 id like to get using dingleberry

taylortbb

Installing Android apps via DDPB/dev tools doesn't require rooting. Rooting is only if you want to install them from the Android Market. If you don't care how you install the app don't bother with rooting.

jayemmbee

is there any point to rooting? and I'll still need 2.0 right?

Talus91

Hulu works fine for me, I'm also in Canada, you just need to use a US ip address.

ghostzapper

RIM customers and investors have been dingled for many quarters now.

glamrlama

The only benefit i have seen is adding USB read ability to the PB. For me I can't justify the effort. I am content to wait for OS2.0 and the goodies it brings. Hopefully the USB functionality comes soon though! I continue to watch DB to see if the ends justify the means but currently the PB offers so many other great activities to pursue

bbbeliever

ok- so i used dingleberry to downgrade and root my PB...but now I can't launch the Android Player... has anyone else had that issue?

-RYknow

Thumbs up for Linux support! I dumped windows years ago. Nice to see the dingleberry people are making it a little easier for us!

FTBBoy2115

I've dumped Windows for about 6 months now, and let me say, I love it but it is a bitter sweet circumstance considering RIMs love affair with Windows. Barry is very user-unfriendly to say the least. But how did you get your dingleberry to work? Did you have to run it as sudo/su(super user)?
I was able to get it to upgrade to the rootable OS, (which now no longer let's me do all my bridge items) but I couldn't get dingleberry complete the root.
It said sending SSH. Then closed connection. Its missing steps. Anyone else get this to work completely on linux?

tomzda

On a related note...is anyone else worried that RIM is going to miss their vague February release date for 2.0? I can't wait to get it and would be disappointed if it were full of bugs when it came out but it would be an equally serious problem if they pushed this a couple of months. If we dont get a specific date in the next week or two I bet they won't release next month.

Here's hoping I'm wrong!

::posted via playbook::

-RYknow

Couldn't agree more! I'm really excited for 2.0, and I will be extremely disappointed if it gets pushed back... With all the hype from ces2012, I don't think I could survive a delay.

I imagine that at this point rim realizes they need to release 2.0 in february, and it needs to be a hit. Don't let us down rim!!!

d_pang

i alway jailbreak my ipod touch whenever it is available but now after getting the playbook I am happy the way thing are so I'm going to wait till 2.0 is released

JimmyZ18

I Need Help I Have OS 1.8, I want to boot my playbook, but When i get to the part i have to downgrade OS, in part 2 I put my password and click downgrade (but here I saw is gonna upgrade my playbook to OS 2.0) but then in the bar only appear "Waiting" and continue, Then "Sending Firmware to Device"... minutes later again "Waiting" and "Continue"... and again and again!! I Don't Know What is happen!! and didn't even I get a Error message anything! Help Please

johnsbold9700

I am having the same trouble. What is going wrong?

esselle

worked like a charm! thanks!

i'm in canada, and huluberry didn't work for me, so i deleted it.

android player clearly still has many kinks, but i was too curious and impatient for the official 2.0 i had tried the first dingleberry but it didn't work. this one is super easy, and fast. rooted and installed android market within 20 minutes (thankfully, i was still on .4869).

jose_416

question i m currently running os 2.0.0.6149 can I jailbreak it without having to downgrade? because I have tried to downgrade and was unable too.. Also is there a youtube video on all this?

1edyson

SUCCESS! So bouse, now I can use Pandora, and netflix!

dime8611

is there any possibilty of installing android?

Azeron

I'm going to wait for the official release. I am very nervous about installing Beta. I am patient though.

mhessen6

So the whole dingleberry rooting process was a breeze, i got the 2.0 on my playbook, and i got the root to go through successfully. However, when i plug it in (in developer mode of course) and try to connect it to the DDPB app all i get is "ip address or password incorrect" when i KNOW they are both correct. I tried emailing the developer and they told me to make sure i was using the usb cable (which i am) , make sure it connects to the bbdm (which it does) and make sure my password and ip address are correct (which they are!). I even went so far as to security wipe the device, downgrade BACK to 1.08 software and redo the entire dingleberry process with a fressh clean playbook... Just tried DDPB again: unable to connect "ip address or password incorrect"

WTF?! Anybody else have this problem, if so, what's the fix! It's killing me!

Joseph Holder

You might need to install the .NET 2.0 framework or a Java Runtime Environment in order for DDPB to work properly. Unless you're running a 64-bit machine, you probably want the x86 files.

.NET 2.0
JRE 

brandonwh

Once OS 2.0 is released from RIM will this be a lot easier to do? I dont want to go through all the steps when I can just wait a month.

jymbrittain

Anyway to restore Android app functionality after using Dingleberry 3 short of security wiping and starting all over?

Update - NEVERMIND - I rebooted and everything is working fine.

amirfluid

Would you please provide an alternative mirror for sys.android.bar and sys.browser.bar? Megaupload seems to be down...

jymbrittain

The Justice Department has indicted seven individuals and two companies behind the popular file sharing website Megaupload.com - no mystery as to why it's down

jymbrittain

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Alphax45

Anyone test and/or get this to work with 1.0.8.6067 (consumer build)? I can't seem to actually get the 2.x firmware to push to the device. I get the downgrade button but the progress bar on DingleBerry never moves - just sticks at "waiting". I have ensured that dev mode is on and I know the password is OK. Did a reboot too, same issue.

lwildma2

Same here. Need help PLEASE!!!

xtremez

Same problem here and i'm on the current public latest build...

COOKIE1003

where do we get : sys.android.bar and sys.browser.bar
because up to this point everything as gone ok but now i have no browser
WUPLOAD.COM doesnt seem to work & megaupload ain no more so what do we do. ??????

COOKIE1003

also when i get that working how or where do i find the android market place

Reload7542

This many not be the place but one I have found, or hope to have. Anyone Know if the Dingleberry team has a donation Site? I would like to keep these guys/girls motivated as the official OS is on the dawn

tundraJarvis

great instructions for rooting playbook. and installing android market. Thanks Joseph Holder and the delevopers of dingleberry 3 and the other programs

Hiking Ed

Just finished jailbreaking my Playbook......but the android app just says Intializing, Please wait... then closes. Also my Browser doesn't work. Anybody know where I can get those 2 files? I deleted them as instructed above in the next section.

Hiking Ed

Also, I accidently deleted the Docs to Go that came with the Playbook. Anyway to get them back? I did notice that I couldn't browse with the Blk Berry Bridge to the files on my Blackberry Torch.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,

garora

THANK YOU!!!!! Finally, the root worked and the browser is now working as well!

nyonk

Please HELP

everything its ok with market and browser

BUT

Why i cant open my BBM, Messages, Contacts,memopad,task via BRIDGE ????

I have reinstall my Blackberry Bridge and re join but still the same

PLEASE HELPPPPP !!!!

nyonk

hellooww any body there, please help me :(

after update to 2.4869 my bbm, task,contact cant bridge

jajano

i'd like to know if is it work on os 2 beta 7111 ???

Abel Larocque

hey all was wondering if there is a version of dingle berry that is out that i can run with mac os v 10 .5 .8 because i am havong problems because my sytem is not newer pllzz help

mark tyson

hi all i can't find the DingleBerry 3.x link any pointers