Beginner’s Guide: Flashing your Phone

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Hello, 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

89 thoughts on “Beginner’s Guide: Flashing your Phone

  1. 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.

    1. 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

      1. 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!

          1. 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!!!

          2. 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

  2. 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.

    1. 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

  3. 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.

    1. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

      1. 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 )

  7. 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

  8. 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

      1. 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

          1. 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,

    1. 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,

      1. 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

        1. 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

          1. 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

          2. 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

  9. 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 )

  10. 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

  11. 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

    1. 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

      1. 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.

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

      1. 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.

          1. 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.

  12. 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.

      1. 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.

  13. 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!

    1. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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

    1. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    1. 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 !!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. Hi PLease help me ! i have samsung galaxy s5 Clone And i dont know clone model . my phone rom deleted and i cant going to recovery cuz stay on recovery android and whene i turn on my phone showingg mediatek and restarting and showing another mediatek I think my phone now is break . can help me?

      1. Dear MY s5 clone is Mt6582 cuz my phone cpu is dual core 1.3 And android 4.4.2 and i think my phone ram is 512 or 1 and have all sensor

  23. sir I tried to flash stock rom of micromax a25 which is based mtk6575 using sp flash tool but it shows an error

    that ur bootrom start command fail

    plz help me….!!!!!

  24. Hi Sir

    Can you please help me out. Everytime I enter recovery mode or the (power button+voulumedown) it doenst give the option “zip file on /sdcard”. I already rooted my device which is samsung galaxy s5/SM-G900H China, Jelly Bean 4.4.2v. Incase there is something to download please attach link and instructions please and thank you!

  25. my Device is Clone S5 mini it show SM G9008 and it has been bricked, so help me, I need correct ROM for Card Flash or need driver for PC. Thanks

  26. Hi, After I did a card flash, my phone (Kiphone Golden i5s EX) only displays a yellow screen with a line in the middle. I am still able to get into the recovery mode. Is there a way to transfer the ROM files to the phone with its current situation? Or is cable flash the only way to do it right now? Thank you.

  27. Good day! Please help to find the original firmware on my phone . Phone died not included and is defined as MTK USB . Bought as Lenovo, Huawei won untitled . The seller is not responsible link to the phone http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6349471216.html?orderId=64652909539280 and specification Hardware : MT6572 (MTK6592 is Fake!)
    Model : V5
    Build number : S5_JB3_3G_QHD_EMMC_32_4_XLD_Z11_ALSP_3 20141105-113310
    Build date UTC : 20141105-033310
    Android v : 4.4.3
    Baseband v: MTK6592
    Please help!

  28. Hey Vince, I have this weird problem with my China phone. Every time I try to put a service on in Accessibility Setting, it gives me an error (Unfortunately Settings has stopped). Do you have any idea how to fix this ?

  29. I have a hdc galaxy s5 mtk6582, I rooted it, used it a while then after realizing that the call quality had dropped so I factory reset it to get back the original call quality, now it is stuck in the initial setup wizard and doesn’t get past that, it just will not get past “use google apps to detect your location”. It keeps crashing. Booting into recovery, it shows chinese a language I don’t understand. How do you fix this?

  30. Dear vincent,
    i have cloned note 3 (made in korea) model no.n9006. it is bricked.i need flash file for that.it contains mtk 6572 processor.i tried somany roms but it is no use.set was working but display is not showing.it shows color lines only.please do needful.

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