How to root the Bell and Howell C714 tablet

I picked up a couple inexpensive Bell*Howell C714 tablets from Ollie’s Bargain Outlet store for Miriam and Asher (5 & 4 years old).

Bell&Howell C714 Tablet

In order to sync movies & tv shows to the tablets, the Plex app needs write access to the sdcard (memory card).  Since the Plex app is a media type application for Android, I needed to update system/etc/permission/platform.xml but that requires root access.   So what to do?  Root it!

We need to download PDA.net and “root with Restore” from HOW TO ROOT ANY CHINESE ANDROID 4.0 PHONE OR DEVICE.

  1. Remove the sdcard from the tablet
  2. On the tablet, we need to turn on USB Debugging. This can be found under Settings -> Developer Options. Turn it on.
  3. Install PDA.net
  4. Unzip “root with Restore.zip” on to your C: drive.  I used “C:\root” for the directory
  5. Tap your Windows key, and type cmd but do not hit enter.  Right click on it and click on “Run as administrator”
  6. cd to the directory where you unzipped “root with Restore.zip”
  7. Type “RunMe.bat” and select the second option.  Wait until it is done.

root with Restore

After a few minutes your Bell*Howell C714 tablet will be rooted and you can edit the platform.xml file!  Don’t forget to insert your sdcard.

For Plex to store the synced shows on the sdcard, I had to

I had to add to both the read & write storage for my kids’ Bell&Howell C714 tablets to get plex to store the sync’d files on the sdcard. update system/etc/permission/platform.xml
replace:

<permission name=”android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” >
  <group gid=”sdcard_rw”></group>
</permission>

<permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” >
  <group gid=”sdcard_rw”></group>
</permission>

with

<permission name=”android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” >
  <group gid=”sdcard_rw”></group>
  <group gid=”media_rw”></group>
</permission>

<permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE” >
  <group gid=”sdcard_rw”></group>
  <group gid=”media_rw”></group>
</permission>
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