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    flashing TM506 to Cin Bell version tutorial

    this one is mostly same as S.D., but I do some more modification

    ---Preparation---

    you need to have
    SE DCU-60 or 65 cable
    xml editor (I use Peter's XML editor)
    a2uploader http://filebeam.com/753605a9b5c6a7d46ffd3a0c7821e14d
    an M2 card (for backing up stuffs)
    fully charged battery (just in case the power runs out, the flashing may take 30 mins without optional procedure)
    SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service)

    you have to open XML editor, combine the contents in these 3 threads
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1496955 (first post, if you decide to get other 2 posts, forget the following 2 threads)
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1496957
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1496959

    highlight EVERYTHING within "code", copy, and paste onto editor
    if you want to do some changes, do it now (like changing <allowed-language>, or delete more Cin Bell related stuffs)
    once it's done, save as
    Customize.xml
    Customize_upgrade.xml

    install SEUS if you didn't do it before, don't run it yet
    after installation, unpack and run a2uploader
    turn the phone off, prepare USB cable, click "File System Tool", press and hold 2 when connecting cable, you should see hardware installation if you never did it before, or just a hardware plugged sound, a2uploader should start
    go to /tpa/preset/custom folder
    put Customize_upgrade.xml in there
    shut down File System on a2uploader

    after that, turn the phone on, wait for a couple of minutes, once the phone displays standby screen, backup everything you need, and this is the last chance before flashing
    go to contacts-more-advanced-backup to m card
    if you have something stored on the phone, copy to memory card NOW
    you can turn the phone off
    Last edited by matt.mingkee; 02-25-2009 at 10:11 PM.



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    It looks like to make easy thing complicated.
    Just simple copy Customize_upgrade.xml to the phone /tpa/preset/custom folder with a2uploader. then your phone is ready to upgrade. follow SE upgrade service wizard instruction. *DONE*
    No XML editor needed. Microsoft Notepad is good enough.
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    ---Flashing and Post Flashing---

    once you finished backup, it's time to run the most important part: flashing
    WARNING: do this with your risk, any minor mistake can permanently ruin your phone!!!
    now start SEUS, you may have to wait for a few minutes to get update
    once it started, choose flip form, TM506
    same procedure as you did with a2uploader, take the battery out, put it back in, prepare USB cable, press and hold 2 when connecting, as you're instructed
    if everything goes well, you should see the model displays "AMERICA-BAND1-4", as well as you can see "re-install software", do it of course, it takes about 10-15 minutes
    once it's completed, unplug USB cable once, remove the battery, and put it back in

    DO NOT TURN THE PHONE ON YET!

    now run a2uploader again, run "File System Tool", same old way to connect (press and hold 2 and connect)
    now go to /tpa/preset/custom folder again, delete the following files
    2 DESKTOP_HOOK.itm files
    1 Cinbell*.jpg file
    original Customize.xml file (you may want to grab the file, just in case), put the modified Customize.xml in
    turn the phone on, it takes about 5-7 minutes to configure everything, then you can do post flashing settings, make sure you have to check internet setting, you should see ALL 4 internet profiles
    then go to messaging setting, you should see T-Zones on MMS profile

    on menu, the 2 icons from top left should be
    t-zones (you may not see the icon with some flash themes) Internet

    ---Optional---
    if you decide to add other language, you can modify Customize.xml, do it right after flashing to avoid hassle, you need to get the language files you want, and know the code
    on <allowed-language>, you can add more lines to add the language you want
    put the font files, with associated fonts.xml to
    /tpa/preset/system/fonts
    as well as .lng files to
    /tpa/preset/system/language

    note: some language may not work properly, if you need .lng file, get files from C902 R3DA, make sure ALL the files are lower case

    install flash themes
    if you have some themes with associated .swf files (TM506 only works with flashlite 2.0), put the following files to
    .swf: /tpa/preset/system/desktop/flash
    .thm: /tpa/user/themes or your memory card /themes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Skyeandce

    install flash themes
    if you have some themes with associated .swf files (TM506 only works with flashlite 2.0), put the following files to
    .swf: /tpa/preset/system/desktop/flash
    .thm: /tpa/user/themes or your memory card /themes
    This kind of goes along, borrowed from the other thread and tried to make it relevant to this one. (from Romeo0119’s debranding post):

    Flash menu files

    Unzip the above after you debrand, then you can use the A2uploader after you put in Scottish’s Customize thing and pop battery out, now you can add the:

    SWF (shockwave) files to: tpa/preset/system/desktop/flash

    Theme Files to: tpa/user/theme.

    Then disconnect and redo battery and power on.

    Now I have a nicer menu with flash files and EDGE/GRPS/HSDPA indicators. No more T-mobile junk and the google maps and Opera work flawlessly! Thanks goes out to Scottish, SD and Romeo0119!

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    So i tried following the instructions and after doing the post flash stuff where you delete the HOOK files, once i start up the phone it gets to a screen where it says "Configuration error. Please contact your service provider or service center."

    HELP!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog37_
    So i tried following the instructions and after doing the post flash stuff where you delete the HOOK files, once i start up the phone it gets to a screen where it says "Configuration error. Please contact your service provider or service center."

    HELP!!!!!
    bad or missing Customize.xml causes that
    try to create the file other way

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    Thanks for the tutorial, now what I wanted to know was, if I wanted to throw T-Mobile's orginal software back on there, how would I be able to do that?

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    Hey, I plugged in the three sections from the Customize_upgrade.xml code into an xml editor and the editor gave me the following error message:

    End tag 'mms' does not match the start </mms>

    Comparing the file to S.D.'s version, is it missing the following snippet at the end of the second section or the beginning of the third?

    <mms>
    <settings reg-path="/apps/msg/mms">
    <request-read-report>false</request-read-report>
    <request-delivery-report>false</request-delivery-report>
    <send-read-report type="str">confirm</send-read-report>
    <validity-period type="str">maximum</validity-period>
    <reject-advertisement>true</reject-advertisement>
    <reject-anonymous>false</reject-anonymous>
    <message-max-size>600</message-max-size>
    <download-home type="str">on</download-home>
    <download-roaming type="str">on</download-roaming>
    <content-creation-mode-visibility>0</content-creation-mode-visibility>
    <content-creation-mode type="str">free</content-creation-mode>
    <resize-picture-mode type="str">standard</resize-picture-mode>
    <max-number-of-recipients>50</max-number-of-recipients>
    <message-max-video-size>600</message-max-video-size>
    <active-account>1</active-account>
    <account-list>
    <account id="1">
    <name type="wstr">T-Mobile</name>
    <message-server type="str">http://216.155.174.84/servlets/mms</message-server>
    <netw-account type="wstr">t-zones GPRS</netw-account>
    </account>
    </account-list>
    </settings>

    If so, that may explain why frog37's try didn't work.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sendpaulmailat
    Hey, I plugged in the three sections from the Customize_upgrade.xml code into an xml editor and the editor gave me the following error message:

    End tag 'mms' does not match the start </mms>

    Comparing the file to S.D.'s version, is it missing the following snippet at the end of the second section or the beginning of the third?

    <mms>
    <settings reg-path="/apps/msg/mms">
    <request-read-report>false</request-read-report>
    <request-delivery-report>false</request-delivery-report>
    <send-read-report type="str">confirm</send-read-report>
    <validity-period type="str">maximum</validity-period>
    <reject-advertisement>true</reject-advertisement>
    <reject-anonymous>false</reject-anonymous>
    <message-max-size>600</message-max-size>
    <download-home type="str">on</download-home>
    <download-roaming type="str">on</download-roaming>
    <content-creation-mode-visibility>0</content-creation-mode-visibility>
    <content-creation-mode type="str">free</content-creation-mode>
    <resize-picture-mode type="str">standard</resize-picture-mode>
    <max-number-of-recipients>50</max-number-of-recipients>
    <message-max-video-size>600</message-max-video-size>
    <active-account>1</active-account>
    <account-list>
    <account id="1">
    <name type="wstr">T-Mobile</name>
    <message-server type="str">http://216.155.174.84/servlets/mms</message-server>
    <netw-account type="wstr">t-zones GPRS</netw-account>
    </account>
    </account-list>
    </settings>

    If so, that may explain why frog37's try didn't work.

    Thanks.
    I have a complete one posted on tmonews, just remove ".txt" first, then rename as Customize_upgrade.xml
    http://forums.tmonews.com/index.php?topic=7616.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachviet
    I deleted the OperaMini 4 & Wayfinder (trial ware) from CB firmware and installed OperaMini 4.2.
    Where do you go to delete out these items?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antenna
    Where do you go to delete out these items?
    This was covered by SD here:

    http://www.howardforums.com/showpost...8&postcount=35

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    um.. every time I try to hold c and insert usb cable, I hear the hardware chime 3 times quickly, the A2 does nothing, and after a bit it boots as usb mass storage....
    any thoughts?

    update: DCU-60 is my cable, so I do not think thats the reason.
    Last edited by naxalite; 04-04-2009 at 04:08 PM. Reason: getting smarter, slowly

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    Quote Originally Posted by naxalite
    um.. every time I try to hold c and insert usb cable, I hear the hardware chime 3 times quickly, the A2 does nothing, and after a bit it boots as usb mass storage....
    any thoughts?

    update: DCU-60 is my cable, so I do not think thats the reason.
    As it says in post #1, you need to hold down the 2 key (not the c key). You should follow the instructions exactly.

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