Beginner’s Guide: Flashing your Phone

flashing your phone 7Hello, this is a republishing of a beginner’s guide on flashing, i’ve decided to make this a lot easier to understand because a lot of people have had difficulty doing the procedure, also this article contains update guides on the process, so enjoy

REMEMBER: PLEASE USE FIRMWARE INTENDED FOR YOUR PHONE,  USING FIRMWARE NOT INDICATED FOR YOUR PHONE COULD CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE OR MAY POSSIBLY BRICK YOUR PHONE.
NOTE: Do at your own risk, and remember the needed precautions when doing this procedure, and also more importantly “DO AT YOUR OWN RISK”
There are actually 2 steps in flashing your phone into a newer firmware.

  1. 1. Card Flash
  2. 2. Cable Flash

CARD FLASH: Which means using your SD Card to install the firmware, much easier and least risky, however, you need to have the recovery installed.
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Micro SD Card, preferably at least 4 GB
  • Battery, fully charge or not below 70%

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STEP BY STEP PROCESS:

  1. Your ROM (in zip format) send it to your SD card, Remember not to unzip, and make sure your SD card is not corrupted (blank is preferable).
  2. Turn off your phone, insert SD Card.
  3. Insert Battery, Enter RECOVERY MODE (Normally done by pressing Power Button and Volume – Key Simultaneously) Or you may use Volume Up (+) depending on your device.  Hold for 8 secs until you go to Recovery Mode (Menu System with Dark background)
  4. When you enter Recovery Mode, You will see options (see image below). Touch Navigation doesn’t work, instead Volume Up and Down key and Power Button for confirmation or enter.
  5. First you need to wipe data and also data caches before flashing.
  6. Then choose install zip from SD card and Confirm (power button)
  7. After that your new ROM will be flashed to your phone, remember that if the ZIP is corrupted, security measures “installation will be aborted” or if your are trying to flash the wrong ROM.
  8. Reboot your phone

NOTE: if you encountered an error where your SD card is not recognized or detected by the phone, please wipe the data or format your SD card (blank) send ROM back again to SD card and then insert on phone.

CABLE FLASH: Is much more complex and riskier. When is it used? For example, a ROM update from Android 4.0 ICS to Android 4.1.2 or 4.2 Jellybean. Where you need to install a completely new system from scratch. In this area Card Flash is practically useless.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • USB Data cable
  • Battery, fully charge or not below 70%
  • Computer (windows 7, haven’t tested with Windows 8)
  • ZIP File (rename it in english)

STEP BY STEP PROCESS:

  1. Install msxm16 or 6575/6577 USB Driver (older) for dual core versions
  2. Install USB Driver, try to connect Phone and PC, see if it is detected (go to device manager), if not, reinstall and reboot pc.
  3. Extract Flash tool (newest one for MT6589) SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1304.0.119 or later
  4. NOTE: Flash tool is soooo buggy, sometimes it works, and other times doesn’t. If it doesn’t work, you need to install a newer one or sometimes a previous version works. Extract ROM on desktop (you may place all the files on the desktop to make it easier).
  5. Remove battery from phone, SD Card
  6. Open Flash tool.exe, click Scatter loading and look for “MT6577_scatter_emmc.txt” all files should be ticked.
  7. NEWER ROMS (“Samsung5410_Android_scatter_emmc”), doesn’t allow you to continue, please rename to “MT6589_scatter_emmc.txt” (if you have a MT6589 phone). it should look like this “MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt”
  8. Click firmware Upgrade, Insert Battery (do not start phone) and connect your phone to pc via USB. and leave it be
  9. Wait until the green circle shows (please do not interrupt) firmware update is done and now you

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Q&A

Q: Flash tool error with (“Samsung5410_Android_scatter_emmc”) doesn’t start

A: Rename it please to “MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt” (if your phone uses MT6589, if not, use MT6577)

Q: Can’t Start Up the flash tool

A: Close it, or you may need to restart your computer, and make sure the folder name is all in English

Q: Shows nothing after clicking fimware upgrade

A: Please reinstall driver, reboot, and free USB port with other peripherals.

Q: Flash tool recognizes but seems to have problems flashing,

A: Like i said, it’s very buggy, so you need to use another flash tool (preferable a newer one especially for MT6589 phones)

Q: Upgrade but stuck at 50 or 76% or any percentage.

A: Click stop, you may reflash again, don’t worry this doesn’t brick your phone, Make sure the battery has more than enough juice in it.

Q: Startup Stuck or nonresponsive after rebooting.

A: Wait at least 3 minutes, Reinsert battery and start again, if not, Reflash (ive experience this before, and reflashing did  the trick)

Q: What is the scatter file?

A: Check image below

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Q: ROM?

A: Image Below

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If you have additional questions, feel free to post them below and i will be glad to answer them as soon as possible.

For more information please refer to the video below, it is a combination between Cable flash and Card Flash, I know the video is old, but the procedure is just the same. The video is a tutorial on upgrading the Star B92M or HDC Galaxy S3 EX (Dual Core Versions) to Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. Click here for the full guide or tutorial

78 Comments

ciao on August 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm.

hello,
please know how I can correct mtk6589 rom s4 i9500?
the seller does not respond …..
Thank you.

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Vincent on August 15, 2013 at 3:29 am.

Hello Ciao,

What do you mean correct MT6589? could you elaborate please.

Best Regards,
Vince

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Raju on August 18, 2013 at 10:48 am.

Hi Vincent !!
Can you help me out.

I have this phone from China which is supposed to be HTC One X:-

the build.prop shows this below:-

# begin build properties
# autogenerated by buildinfo.sh
ro.build.id=IMM76D
ro.build.display.id=IML74K
ro.build.version.incremental=eng.1351714217
ro.custom.build.version=release.V1.01
ro.build.version.sdk=15
ro.build.version.codename=REL
ro.build.version.release=4.1.9
ro.build.date=Thu Nov 1 04:11:41 CST 2012
ro.build.date.utc=1351714301
ro.build.type=user
ro.build.user=lijianping
ro.build.host=compile03
ro.build.tags=test-keys
ro.product.model=HTC One X
ro.product.brand=htc_asia_hk
ro.product.name=HTC One X
ro.product.device=G26
ro.product.board=HTC One X
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.manufacturer=HTC
ro.product.locale.language=en
ro.product.locale.region=US
ro.wifi.channels=
ro.board.platform=
# ro.build.product is obsolete; use ro.product.device
ro.build.product=G26
# Do not try to parse ro.build.description or .fingerprint
ro.build.description=zhephone77_cu_ics2-user 4.0.4 IMM76D eng.1351714217 test-keys
ro.build.fingerprint=alps/zhephone77_cu_ics2/zhephone77_cu_ics2:4.0.4/IMM76D/1351714217:user/test-keys
ro.build.flavor=
ro.build.characteristics=default
# end build properties

# begin mediatek build properties
ro.mediatek.version.release=ALPS.ICS2.6577.SP.V1
ro.mediatek.platform=MT6577
ro.mediatek.chip_ver=S01
ro.mediatek.version.branch=ALPS.ICS2.6577.SP
# end mediatek build properties

When I start the phone ‘HTC quietly brilliant’ screen comes the black screen.
Power + -vol. button gives HBOOT menu with following:-

MARVEL PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT-1.08.0000
MICROP-0451
RADIO-7.53.39.03M
Oct 31 2011.20:38:16

FASTBOOT ———— in red color

BOOTLOADER ————when selected, It reboots the phone normally.
REBOOT——————–when selected, It reboots the phone normally.
REBOOT BOOTLOADER–when selected, It reboots the phone normally.
POWER DOWN————when selected, It switches off the phone.

Power + +vol. button gives android recovery menu with following:-

reboot system now
apply update from sdcard
apply update from cache
wipe data/factory reset
wipe cache partition
backup user data
restore user data

Kindly pls help me restore this phone – it’s only one. PLEASE HELP – I HAVE SEARCHED THE NET – BUT I CANNOT UNDERSTAND ANY THING. IT ALL HAPPENED WHILE I WAS UNINSTALLING SOME APP – AFTER THAT BLACK SCREEN ONLY.

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Vincent on August 19, 2013 at 4:48 am.

Hello Raju,

What ROM did you try to flash your phone? Was it successful when you flash it? what method did you use? Cable flash or card flash

Best Regards,
Vince

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Raju on August 19, 2013 at 10:08 am.

Hello Vince !!

Thanks for your reply.

I have not flashed any thing yet – i do not know what to flash? I mean which ROM & where to get it. I don’t know the CID too. It used to show as ‘unknown’

All this happened while i was uninstalling some apps.

I have noticed a few things such as:-
1. when i start the phone normally, the HTC logo comes but no ‘Beats Audio’ – there is black screen.
2. in this state if i connect USB cable – the windows 7 device manager shows only two ‘Linux File-CD Gadget USB Device’ under Disk drives and under Portable devices – two ‘H\:’ & ‘I:\’. No android devices shown.
3. HTC Quick Root.exe used to show like below:-

SN: 0123456789ABCDEF
Device Manufacturer: HTC
Device Model: HTC One X
Device Board: HTC One X
Model ID: unknown
CID: unknow

Firmware Info
ROM Version:
Baseband Version: MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V1, 2012/06/05 21:23

Software Info
Sense Version:
RIL Version: mtk gemini ril 1.0
Kernel Release: 3.0.13
Kernel Version: #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Nov 1 03:31:45 CST 2012
ROM Build: zhephone77_cu_ics2-user 4.0.4 IMM76D eng.1351714217 test-keys
Android Version: 4.1.9

4. CPU-Z used to show as below:-
HTC One X S720e (HTC Endeavor)

The packet had this on it:-
Model: S720e
CPU: 1.5 GHz, Quad Core
Platform: Android with HTC Sense
1 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage
Serial No.-0123456789ABCDEF
Device: G26

Vincent,
I think i need to know the right ROM & how to flash it.

CAN YOU HELP????

PLEASE VINCENT —–DO SOMETHING!

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Vincent on August 19, 2013 at 11:12 am.

Hello Raju,

Is your phone the original HTC One X?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Raju on August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm.

Hello Vincent!

I am not sure – the packet in which i got it looks original. There is two recovery screens – HBOOT when i press vol. down & power and Android Recovery screen when i press vol. up & power.

I did not take any back up OR write down any other details when the phone was working.
I bought it in China. That shop sells a lot of Galaxy S3 & S4 clones.
When first connected it to the computer, i loaded HTC Sync. software – it showed in device manager as ‘My HTC’. But in ‘adb’ it showed as something alcatel ? adb commands worked but fastboot commands never worked even when the phone was good. I had rooted it too using some htconex rooting tool.

The cpu showed as something arm7??
Today i did a ‘wipe cache’ from the recovery and after that i rebooted the phone – it got stuck in
“Android is upgrading…
Starting applications.”
screen.

I have no idea whats happening

Thanks Vincent!!!

Vincent on August 20, 2013 at 2:18 am.

Hello Raju,

I thought you are using an orig HTC Phone, because from the info you’ve given it seems like the original, usually clones are powered by mediatek mt6589 quad core clocked at 1.2 ghz

Best Regards,
Vince

Raju on August 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm.

Hi Vincent!

the build.prop file has this line

ro.mediatek.platform=MT6577

so i think it’s not a original one.

Do you know where to get the original ROM.zip file.

Thanks again.

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Vincent on August 22, 2013 at 7:07 am.

Hello Raju

so your phone is a Dual Core MT6577, What seems to be the problem with your ROM, i recommend that you update to Custom Firmware, you may move towards Jellybean (Android 4.1.2), could you please share the exact model of your phone?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Raju on August 22, 2013 at 9:15 am.

Hello Vincent !!

Thanks again for your prompt reply.
All details as below:-

1.
HBOOT screen shows:-

MARVEL PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT-1.08.0000
MICROP-0451
RADIO-7.53.39.03M
Oct 31 2011.20:38:16
————————————————
2.
CPU-Z showed:-
HTC One X S720e (HTC Endeavor)
Quad Core
——————————————————————-
3.
HTC Quick Root tool showed:-
SN: 0123456789ABCDEF
Device Manufacturer: HTC
Device Model: HTC One X
Device Board: HTC One X
Model ID: unknown
CID: unknown

Firmware Info
ROM Version:
Baseband Version: MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V1, 2012/06/05 21:23

Software Info
Sense Version:
RIL Version: mtk gemini ril 1.0
Kernel Release: 3.0.13
Kernel Version: #1 SMP PREEMPT Thu Nov 1 03:31:45 CST 2012
ROM Build: zhephone77_cu_ics2-user 4.0.4 IMM76D eng.1351714217 test-keys
Android Version: 4.1.9
——————————————————
4.
The packet in which it came has this label:-
HTC One X
Model: S720e
CPU: 1.5 GHz, Quad Core
Platform: Android with HTC Sense
1 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage
—————————————————–
5.
Today I tried a chinese software called ‘Shuame’. This shows the phone as:-
HTC One X (G23)
:htc one x (0123456789ABCEF)
:-HTC
:-unknown
-bootloader: unknown
radio:
Android:4.1.9
: ROM Build: zhephone77_cu_ics2-user 4.0.4 IMM76D eng.1351714217 test-keys
:
:
——————————-
6.
The build.prop file shows as:-
ro.build.id=IMM76D
ro.build.display.id=IML74K
ro.build.version.incremental=eng.1351714217
ro.custom.build.version=release.V1.01
ro.build.version.sdk=15
ro.build.version.codename=REL
ro.build.version.release=4.1.9
ro.build.date=Thu Nov 1 04:11:41 CST 2012
ro.build.date.utc=1351714301
ro.build.type=user
ro.build.user=lijianping
ro.build.host=compile03
ro.build.tags=test-keys
ro.product.model=HTC One X
ro.product.brand=htc_asia_hk
ro.product.name=HTC One X
ro.product.device=G26
ro.product.board=HTC One X
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.manufacturer=HTC
ro.product.locale.language=en
ro.product.locale.region=US
ro.wifi.channels=
ro.board.platform=
# ro.build.product is obsolete; use ro.product.device
ro.build.product=G26
# Do not try to parse ro.build.description or .fingerprint
ro.build.description=zhephone77_cu_ics2-user 4.0.4 IMM76D eng.1351714217 test-keys
ro.build.fingerprint=alps/zhephone77_cu_ics2/zhephone77_cu_ics2:4.0.4/IMM76D/1351714217:user/test-keys
ro.build.flavor=
ro.build.characteristics=default
# end build properties

# begin mediatek build properties
ro.mediatek.version.release=ALPS.ICS2.6577.SP.V1
ro.mediatek.platform=MT6577
ro.mediatek.chip_ver=S01
ro.mediatek.version.branch=ALPS.ICS2.6577.SP
# end mediatek build properties
#
# system.prop for generic sdk
#
—————————————————–
SO I really don’t know what it is?????
This is my BIGGEST PROBLEM.
Is there any other way to find out the model/make etc, when a phone is soft-bricked.
Also I noticed today, from abd.execommands device serial no. is shown but if i try to mount the SD card – it does not happen – no dir found.

Is there any way I can send you some screen shots & pics of these? – may be you will get to understand the scenario better.

I am totally lost in this regard.

Kindly help out.

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Vincent on August 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm.

hello raju,

could you use, antutu (check for details on your system), device z, because i am also confuse with the information you’ve given.

Best Regards,
Vince

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Vincent on August 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm.

Hello Raju,

have u tried this site, http://www.needrom.com/?s=htc+one&sa=search&scat=0
please choose the ROM that is intended for your phone

Best Regards,
Vince

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Raju on August 24, 2013 at 8:04 am.

Hello Vincent!!

There is no antutu in the phone system, device z, because i remember this.

Now new thing has happened – phone will not start or battery not charging???

HEEEEEELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

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Daniyal on August 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm.

hello,
Sir I have brought hdc s4 clone i9500 with mt6589( this is displayed by antutu) it has 2 gb ram and around 1.7 gb space avilable. First few days it worked quite well than suddenly it started mixing button commands and when i restarted it it showed a menu with 3 options recovery, f boot and normal boot. It said that i should press vol + button to select and vol – to select. At first somehow I managed to select the normal boot after playing some time with buttons. One day later vol + and home button stoped working adn now I am stuck. When ever the phone starts it shows the same menu and I am unable to do any thing. kindly help me with this. And kindly give me a faster way to contact you.

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Vincent on August 26, 2013 at 12:49 am.

Hello Daniyal,

you could try: remove sd card, sim, then restart phone
If this fails, you could reflash your phone, roms available here: http://www.needrom.com/?s=hdc+galaxy+s4&sa=search&scat=0
or http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/rom-download/

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm.

friends,
my HDC Galaxy s4 i9500 (MTK6589) has dead, no charge light, no one action. i need its backup and dump file for flash, anyone help me here .
please………………………………………………………………….
javed.sipra@gmail.com
my skype : javed.sipra
i am waiting for helpful person , thanks a lot

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Vincent on September 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm.

Hello Javed

http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/rom-download/
http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/hdc-galaxy-s4-i9500-rom-update-announcement/

ROMS are available here, may know the exact model of the phone?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 13, 2013 at 7:25 am.

Hello Vince,
it is ok now, but now problem is IMEI is corrupt . how we can change it or replace it ?
please tell me the detail procedure.

Phone detail:
HDC Galaxy S4
Model : GT-i9500
FCC ID : A3LGTi9500
SSN : -i9500GSMH
IMEI : 355096039850895
S/N : R21CCZYBCW
Sim Card : Micro Sim Card ( Single )
2GB ram
OS : 4.2.2 jelly bean
Supper Almond display
Made in Korea by Samsung

Basically it is a High definition Copy ( Chinese phone )

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Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 9:22 am.

Dear Vince,
exact model is HDC Galaxy S4 GT-i9500
Model:GT-i9500
FFC ID: A3LGTi9500
SSN : i9500GSMH
IMEI : 355096039850895
S/N : R21CCZYBCW
OS : 4.2.2 jelly bean
Sim: Micro sim card (Single)
Made in korea by Samsung

Dear Vincent,
i was trying to install CWM recovery on this phone but it was dead. now it is not able to connect with PC by USB. no chargin , just black screen.

i need its dump file which is neccessary and then its rom backup. please help me and tell me what is the process to fix it .
i am waiting for your kindness.
thanks a lot in advance.

javed.sipra@gmail.com

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Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 11:12 am.

Hello Vince,
it is 2GB ram as phone shows me when it was running. i bought it few days ago, it was runnig quite well and high speed like a original S4. after few days it losts its rotate system, no picture rotate, no video rotate , nothing rotate on the phone. i wanted to flash to fix its rotate system. i used sp flash tool but it is dead.
is it able for re-flashing ? is it able to fix ? or is it useless now ? some friends told me that you need a dump file . i don’t know what is dump file. is it need dump file ?
it is compeletely dead, no charging, no light , no usb connection with PC. no nothing. just black screen now. please show me right path.

javed.sipra@gmail.com

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Vincent on September 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm.

Hello JAVED

you can reflash the phone, use splash tool

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm.

hello Vince,
but it has not connection with PC via USB, then what to do ?
and nor it asks for drivers when i connect the usb cable. is there any other option ?
please guide me ,
thanks

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Vincent on September 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm.

Hello JAVED,

can you reflash your phone via splash tool? you can find the drivers inside a ROM folder when you download it, http://www.mediafire.com/download/vb4i1qodr8c8mk4/MT6589+drivers.zip available also, after that you can try to reflash your phone

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm.

hello vincent,
please send me link of splash tool and suitable rom for this device.
thanks,

Vincent on September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm.

Hello Javed

it is usually included on the roms http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/rom-download/

best Regards,
Vince

Vincent on September 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm.

Hello Javed,

http://www.mediafire.com/download/2bxktkt7gwkbybr/flash_tool_android4.2_SN139.zip
splash tool

Best Regards,
Vince

Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm.

Dear Vince,
My mobile is totally dead, no charging via usb, no turn on, no effect when connect usb cable. normally when we connect the device with PC it ask for driver but it has not this action. this has only black screen, no action, never.

is it re-flash with PC without any box machine ? please reply

thanks,

Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 11:18 am.

please help me, please please please please

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Javed Sipra on September 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm.

i think its bootloader is replaced or not working. can we change or replace the bootloader without any box machine only with computer via usb ? can we install adb interface drivers ?
it is the problem. what is solution ?
please reply.

thanks,

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Vincent on September 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm.

Hello JAVED

your computer doesn’t detect an external device? may i know the exact specs and model of your device again. (is it a clone?) when you flashed your phone before, what ROM did you use?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 12, 2013 at 5:12 am.

Hello Vince,
yes it is clone (HDC) High Definition Copy. not original S4.

Phone detail:
HDC Galaxy S4
Model : GT-i9500
FCC ID : A3LGTi9500
SSN : -i9500GSMH
IMEI : 355096039850895
S/N : R21CCZYBCW
Sim Card : Micro Sim Card ( Single )
2GB ram
OS : 4.2.2 jelly bean
Supper Almond display
Made in Korea by Samsung

Basically it is a High definition Copy ( Chinese phone )
please send me its Dump file + original backup rom
OR
what you suggest about it for its fixing and run again.
lot of thanks in advance , please help me

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Vincent on September 12, 2013 at 5:18 am.

Hello JAVED,

usually when it comes to problems with software, it is advisable to reflash your phone using cable flash or card flash.
unless its a hardware issue, then its a different story.
have u tried using firmwares for your phone? http://www.needrom.com/?s=galaxy+s4&sa=search&scat=0 or http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/rom-download/

best regards,
vince

Javed Sipra on September 12, 2013 at 5:24 am.

Vince,
Please this is dead, no charging, no turn on, no usb connection. if it has usb connection i have many way to fix it but now there is no connection between laptop and phone. when i connect the phone to pc via usb, no ask for drivers. laptop is ok but phone is dead , its bootloader dead, or not working, or replaced .
can we change bootloader ?
what bootloader version ?
please send me link

thanks,
javed

Vincent on September 12, 2013 at 5:31 am.

Hello Javed,

you can change the bootloader, but only if you can get the phone to be detected by your computer, could you have it looked by a CP technician to determine if there is no hardware issue with your phone. BTW, where did you buy the phone?

Best Regards,
Vince

Javed Sipra on September 13, 2013 at 9:30 am.

Hello Vincent,
Now i have problem only IMEI is corrupt, please tell me how we can change it or replace it. Please tell me detail procedure.

Phone detail:
HDC Galaxy S4
Model : GT-i9500
FCC ID : A3LGTi9500
SSN : -i9500GSMH
IMEI : 355096039850895
S/N : R21CCZYBCW
Sim Card : Micro Sim Card ( Single )
2GB ram
OS : 4.2.2 jelly bean
Supper Almond display
Made in Korea by Samsung
Basically it is a High definition Copy ( Chinese phone )

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Vincent on September 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm.

hello javed

here is a guide for imei

http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/guide-how-to-write-imei-for-mt6575-to-mt6589-devices/

Best Regards,
Vince

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Javed Sipra on September 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm.

Hello vince,
thanks for reply, so nice of you > my device is MTK6575-S01 GT-i9500 S4 hey. it is HDC mobile. 2GB ram, 4GB rom i think,
please tell me its system recovery is 3e hey, how i can change it and how i can install cwm recovery on it. so that i can install any custom rom, i can’t install custom rom on it . how i can flash recovery on it by sp flash. i can’t use Odin, because it is not go to download mode yet. please tell me easy way to install root + CWM recovery on it . send me cwm recovery link, sp tool link and method link please .
thanks a lot , so cute you are.

javed sipra

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Javed Sipra on September 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

Vince,
i wrote twice (hey). its mean (Is) in english . ” hey ” is in Urdu . please understand.
thank you.

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Renman on September 15, 2013 at 1:43 am.

Hi Vincent, maybe you can help me.

Phone: HDC Galaxy Note 2 B6000- MTK6589T Quad Core 1.5GHz 5.8inch HD IPS Screen Android 4.2.1 Phone
The phone freezes and then reboots when I use a China Unicom WCDMA 3G card.

I am trying to re-flash it. Found ROM in talkingmobi.com: hdc galaxy note 2 b6000.rar
Contains folder: 12J25_H29A_JB42_V12_HD720P_EN_8P64_MT6589_WCDMA_130627

3 questions:
1-Rom file is RAR, do I need to convert to ZIP before I use it.
2-Recovery mode is entered by pushing volume+. Pushing volume- gives me a Chinese menu (is that Chinese version of recovery?)
3-There is no “install zip from sd card ” option in the Recovery Menu, only ” apply update from sdcard”

Thanks for any help

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Vincent on September 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm.

Hello Renman,

may i know, does it just freeze when your connecting to 3G? or other situations?

Answers to questions:
Do not unrar (can you flash it by splash tool?)
Recovery mode differs from every phone you may achieve this by holding down powerbutton and volume up or down (depending on the phone)
you may use apply update from sd card (usually present from card flash)

Best Regards,
VInce

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Renman on September 18, 2013 at 3:40 am.

When I connect to 3G it runs (and connects to data, eg a website through a browser) for about 1-2min, then goes black screen, then within 30 secs reboots/restarts the phone. It goes on indefinitely. I can be accessing something, or the phone could just be using data in the background, the same happens either way.

I am trying to flash using the micro SD method recommended in talkinmobi.com. Fastcardtech tech support has been pretty useless. Keeps sending canned replies.

So I assume the steps are:
1 – copy RAR file to microSD
2 – insert in phone
3 – Press Power/Volume+
4 – Get Recovery menu
5 – Select “install from SD Card”
6 – and PRAY. I hope it does not brick my phone.

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Vincent on September 18, 2013 at 4:29 am.

Hello Renman,

usually, card flash is safer than cable flash, and usually if the rom is not compatible, it doesn’t flash

Best Regards,
Vince

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renman on September 20, 2013 at 8:20 am.

Didn’t work. Would not recognize RAR, gives error on ZIP. Phone still freezes.
Will return to Fastcardtech. Their service is terrible.

Renman on September 15, 2013 at 1:48 am.

FYI
Subscribing through WordPress does not seem to work while in China.

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Vincent on September 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm.

Hello Renman,

can you elaborate?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Renman on September 18, 2013 at 3:29 am.

When I click on the “Confirm Follow” or go to the “If you want to see all of the blogs you follow on the web in one easy place, sign up for a WordPress.com account.”
I get a “This Webpage is not available” error message (in Chrome browser). Same error I get from blocked websites in China.

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Vincent on September 18, 2013 at 5:47 am.

Hello Renman,

if im not mistaken, some sharing or media sites are blocked in China? im not so sure, is facebook block? twitter?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Vincent on September 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm.

Hello Renman,

does it work on other websites? can you confirm follow?

Best Regards,
Vince

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Renman on September 19, 2013 at 2:51 am.

It is a media site block. eg Bloomberg, Youtube, etc, are all blocked.
Facebook, Twitter definitely blocked.
I will just have to follow your stuff when I am out of the country.

Vincent on September 19, 2013 at 11:20 am.

Hello Renman,

i think china has a tight grip with regards to media or sharing tools

Best Regards,
Vince

Javed Sipra on September 16, 2013 at 11:40 am.

Dear Vince,
how i can install CWM recovery on my HDC galaxy s4 i9500 (MTK 6575 )confirmed.
OS:4.2.2
Model: GT-i9500
kernel verison: 3.0.13
Build number: JDQ39.I9500ZHUAMDE

It has Andriod system recovery 3e but it is not working on zip files and not go to download mode. just stuck on recovery. every installation abort.
can we fix it (recovery 3e) OR can we install CWM recovery on it ?
it has OTA update system. and msg singature permission not allow.

please solve it . i am tired to fix it but impossible for me . please help.

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Mauricio on September 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm.

Hi I have a dead i9500 MTK6589 after run memory test with sp flash tools, has anybody a rom for sp flash tools or athier software to revive this phone? this is the phone: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/freeshipping-1GRAM-4GBROM-MTK6577-Mobile-phone-5-0-inch-I9500-S4-dual-core-1-2GB-3G/914357237.html option 5. Thanks

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Vincent on October 1, 2013 at 7:42 am.

Hello Mauricio,

you can try this splash tool http://www.mediafire.com/download/2bxktkt7gwkbybr/flash_tool_android4.2_SN139.zip

Best regards,
Vince

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Mauricio on October 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm.

Ok, and waht about the rom? I don´t have any backup or functional rom for this model, if you know where can I donwload it, at least a back up, regards.

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Marvic on October 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm.

How can i sim unlock my phone. Im using alps galaxy s4 vietnam.

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Vincent on October 13, 2013 at 11:26 am.

Hello Marvic,

most china phones are already unlocked? could you please elaborate?

best Regards,
Vince

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wauwter on October 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm.

Dear all,
I have been following the tutorial, and all steps seemed to have gone fine. However, after flashing is finished and the green check has been displayed, I try to reboot but phone it not able to do any-thing. Screen stays black, no charge, no nothing. Somebody knows what is wrong, its totally useless like this..
Thanks!

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Vincent on October 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm.

Hello wauwter,

may i know the model of your phone, specs and what ROM you use to flash?
Note: you can always reflash your phone and try again restarting your phone

Best Regards,
Vince

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naresh on October 17, 2013 at 6:35 am.

Hi Vince,

Ihave s4 clone with MT6575_S01, can i flash it with mt6589 rom…
i searched web and tried few roms, but didnt find the correct one for my phone, can u please suggest. my phone has air browse too

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Vincent on October 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm.

Hello Naresh,

for S4 Clones, ROMS available support for only MT6589 currently, im try to get hold of other ROMS available.

Best Regards,
Vince

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matheszabi on October 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm.

hi, my original serial number become altered mac address and IMEI lost after fully install with usb cable.

Phone Thl w8s, mt6589t

which part of the original Rom has the 01234577… serial number? as how it is for Raju, see above.

if I ever can fix it which part to not flash in order to not overrode?

which img or other file in Rom is the nvram?

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Vincent on October 22, 2013 at 12:50 am.

Hello matheszabi,

what ROM specifically did you use, i also have a guide to fix imei problems, you can refer here http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/guide-how-to-write-imei-for-mt6575-to-mt6589-devices/

Best Regards,
Vince

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ashok on October 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm.

helo

i need your help. I bought a new DC Galaxy S4 (H9500). I am in india , i received the product yesterday. all my other functions are working properly, except service provoder. i can able to search network, but when i try to select the network its giving a message, “network error please try again later. i have tried several sim cards but the same complaint i am getting

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Vincent on October 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm.

Hello ashok

may i know the service provide and do they support unlocked phones? GSM 850/900/1800/1900mhz frequencies and WCDMA 850 or 2100mhz for 3G

Best Regards,
Vince

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Matheszabi on November 4, 2013 at 11:00 am.

I am using the original Roms:

http://www.needrom.com/mobile/thl-w8s-2/

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Vincent on November 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm.

Hello Matheszabi,

Usually one of the possible problems with flashing is the deletion of the IMEI, you may refer to this link for getting it solved http://www.chinasmartphonereview.com/guide-how-to-write-imei-for-mt6575-to-mt6589-devices/

Best Regards,
Vince

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raid on October 30, 2013 at 11:47 am.

please help i flashed the rom and gave me the green circle but my phone wont start i tried flashing again and gave me dram not suported

my device is hdc alpa i9500 dual core 2gb ram android 4.2.2

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Nathan on December 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm.

Hi all,

I have a Galaxy S4 Clone:

Model : GT-i9500
FFC ID : A3LGTI9500
RATED . 3.8 V 1300 mA
MADE IN KOREA BY SAMSUNG

S/N : RF1CA6290VP

Can anyone help me as im new to all this FLASHING!
My device is a clone, and google play or google account does not
open, i do not even think it is android?

Thanks in advance.

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Carl on January 2, 2014 at 7:49 am.

Hello Vincent,

I have same problem as #Nathan. I am new to all this. I have clone i9500 and i have bricked it while installing chainfire 3d pro. I stucks on samsung logo. I have windows 7 and when i connect it via usb it appears for 1 or 2 seconds and suddenly disappears and I installed mediatek driver too. When i open mtk droid tool it shows blank. Plz tell what i have to do. Thanks in advance !!

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Vincent on January 11, 2014 at 4:35 am.

Hello Carl,

have u tried going to recovery mode and delete the cache, reboot afterwards and try if that works

best Regards,
Vince

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sam on January 21, 2014 at 7:49 am.

could you please advice me;
i have a fake galaxy s4, when i restar factory default, when i open it appears the mediatek logo with android, and not the galaxy s4 logo like previously, would you please advice how to do to reinstall the Samsung galaxy s4 on it.

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Vincent on January 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm.

Hello Sam,

you can install the boot animation via recovery mode

Best regards,
Vince

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Richard on June 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm.

What About Non-Removable battery phones? :/

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0000 on July 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm.

Vincent,
I would love some help! I’m trying to hard reset the following phone:
Model: GT-mini I9500
SSN: I9500GSMH
Pushing vol+ with power results in a test screen (no wipe option). I tried using Android Multi-tools, but the computer won’t recognize the phone. I installed the latest drivers I could find (1.5.6.1) but device manager still shows “unknown device.” When I try to update to the correct driver, it can’t find anything compatible. Any help? Thanks in advance!

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mody_207 on August 30, 2014 at 9:36 am.

i have a mobile lenovo k910 2sim
at install new rom (adb sideload rom.zip)
A message appears
“installation is aborted”
can you help me pleas .
now the mobile stop in start at bootloader logo .
thank you friend

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Vincent on August 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm.

Hello mody,

did you update your rom via OTA (wireless update), may i also know the rom you use to flash the phone

Best Regards,
Vince

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mody_207 on August 31, 2014 at 10:29 am.

i installed the rom by USB cable .
rom file name is VIBEUI1_5.zip for lenovo k910 from ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2592434&page=10 ) .
but the install is not complete
and how i can send the rom to my mobile to install the ROM by zip intention .
thank you .

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