Posted by: zerofreedom | October 26, 2008

Tutorial | Flashing/GDFS-operations/Uploading files with XS++, Guide to flashing your phone with XS++

This guide was damaged in the move to the new server at the end of 2007, I will try and fix it whenever I have time.

–Rekoil

Step by step instructions for flashing a phone using only XS++

Guide V1.3

Foreword
On behalf of TeamXS++ I would like to thank you for supporting free development by using our software.
This is the most updated version of the official XS++ user guide. Compiled by Rekoil on October 1st 2007 and updated by Rekoil on October 22nd 2007.

Table of contents
i) Terms of agreement
ii) Downloads
iii) Changelog
1) Converting to CID52 (if required)
2) Backing up GDFS
3) Flashing the firmware
4) Customizing your phone
5) Uploading files via FSX *optional*

*) Recovering from a bad flash

i) Terms of agreement
By following this guide you recognize that SE-NSE or the XS++ Team take no responsibility for any damage caused to your handset while doing so, having said that, it is very unlikely that you will.
If you do not agree to these terms leave this page now.

ii) Downloads

Please download all of these files before proceeding.

iii) Changelog
V1.0 – October 1st 2007

  • Initial release

V1.1 – October 5th 2007

  • Added links for CDA and language information
  • Added Foreword and Changelog sections
  • Updated CID-change information

V1.2 – October 17th 2007

  • Reorganized a little. GDFS restore is now clearly shown as an optional step
  • Unless your customizing with FSX, it is also an optional step

V1.3 – October 22nd 2007

  • Added note about customization

1) Converting to CID52 (if required)
If XS++ detects a DB2020 CID49 or CID51 phone, it will automatically ask if the user wants to upgrade. I can not grab any screenshots of this as my phone is already CID52. (if someone would do that for me though it would be much appreciated smile.gif

2) Backing up GDFS
Backing up the GDFS isn’t something which necessarily has to be done when flashing firmware, but it is a very good way to ensure you don’t damage your phone beyond repair.

Step 1.
Take battery out of phone and put back in (do not turn phone on). Open XS++ and click Connect. Hold down the “C” button on the phones keypad and connect the USB cable. If this is the first time you flash your phone you will need to install the Flash drivers I posted further up.

Step 2.
Click on the GDFS tab as shown in the picture.

Step 3.
Click “Backup GDFS” and wait (shouldn’t take more than about half a minute).

Step 4.
Done smile.gif

3) Flashing the firmware
Step 1.
Take battery out of phone and put back in (do not turn phone on). Open XS++ and click Connect. Hold down the “C” button on the phones keypad and connect the USB cable.

Step 2.
Select the firmwares (make sure you extract them first) by clicking the “…” buttons or simply dragging the file from the explorer to the box (don’t get mixed up with FS and MAIN).
Click “Flash” and wait (this takes a while, 6-7 minutes is normal).

Step 3.
Flashing is done, you can breathe now smile.gif

4) Customizing your phone
Compulsory if flashing FS
Step 1.
Take battery out of phone and put back in (do not turn phone on). Open XS++ and click Connect. Hold down the “C” button on the phones keypad and connect the USB cable.

Step 2.
Tick “Customize File System”, select model and region/CDA, click flash.
Click here for help picking the right region.
Click here for help picking the right CDA.

Step 3.
Done.

5) Uploading files via FSX *optional*
FSX can be used as a way of customizing your handset just like step 4. This would be done if a user had a custpack they wanted to use which wasn’t in XS++ yet.
Step 1.
Browse to the directory where you have XS++ installed and create a folder named files_to_upload (if it doesn’t already exist). In here extract all the files as they would go on the phone. E.g. a flash menu swf would go in C:\XS++\files_to_upload\tpa\preset\system\desktop\flash\name_of_flash_file.swf

Step 2.
Take battery out of phone and put back in (do not turn phone on). Open XS++ and click Connect. Hold down the “C” button on the phones keypad and connect the USB cable.

Step 3.
Click on the FSX tab as shown in the picture.

Step 4.
Click “Start FSX” and wait.

Step 5.
Done. Files have now been uploaded.

*) Recovering from a bad flash
*WARNING* flashing a GDFS that did not originally come from that exact handset may have severe consequences. By exact handset I mean your handset, not your friends unlocked handset, YOUR HANDSET!
Number of users that have not listened to this and ended up with a broken handset: 4

If a flash goes bad, two things need to be done. 1. You need to flash the firmware for the model you had before (when you did the GDFS backup), and 2. You need to restore GDFS.

For flashing follow from step 3 above. Do the GDFS restore after flashing and customizing the handset.

Step 1.
Take battery out of phone and put back in (do not turn phone on). Open XS++ and click Connect. Hold down the “C” button on the phones keypad and connect the USB cable. If this is the first time you flash your phone you will need to install the Flash drivers I posted further up.

Step 2.
Click on the GDFS tab as shown in the picture.

Step 3.
Select the backup you wish to restore. Click “Write GDFS”.

Step 4.
Done smile.gif


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