I CLAIM NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE TO YOUR PHONE DUe TO NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS. IF YOU DO MANAGE TO BRICK YOUR PHONE, PLEASE EMAIL US HERE TO HELP YOU UNBRICK IT. THIS TUTORIAL WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
First and foremost, make sure you back up your contacts to your Google account.
Download files, then place them all on your sd card. Then place card in your phone.
Locate and install z4Root apk found on sd card. Open it after install, then select permanent root. Let your device reboot.
Install and run ROM Manager. Select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Then select Huawei Ascend. You will receive a confirmation notice.
Select Backup Current ROM (do NOT skip this step!) Device will restart and backup. After it has restarted, go back into ROM Manager and select Reboot into Recovery. Device will boot into the Clockworkmod Recovery mode.
Select and click yes (using trackball):
wipe data/ factory reset
Go to advanced, then select wipe dalvik cache
Go to mounts and storage, format: boot, data, system, cache (only these!)
Go back to main screen.
Select install zip from sdcard, then choose zip from sdcard
Now select CM7-Ascend-05212011-signed.zip (located where you downloaded to on your sd card). Then install cm7_gapps.zip, now go to advanced, then select fix permissions. Reboot, setup your newly installed 2.3.4 on your Ascend!
I have tried this method along with countless other methods of trying to install CM7 to my metro pcs ascend...i've tried almost every "build"..."signed zip" whatever you can imagine...I've followed every tut to the T...NOTHING....either it boots up to freeze up and or it just don't work and i'm reverted back to my saved 2.2 rom. I need to know why i can't install any of these but i seem to see people on the forums with the same phone and running gingerbread...wtf am i doing wrong?
After successfully bricking and then un-bricking my phone...I have tried this method yet once again and it all it does is seem to freeze up my phone at an adroid load screen. I don't know how people are using this to install CM7 but i can tell you right now with certainty that this NOT working what so ever. If someone could point me into the direction of installing CM7 to a metro pcs huawei ascend with the stock 2.1 rom then by all means please send me another "tut" Because this one along with the rest have nothing but bricked my phone...I've been using this site since 2004...I'm by no means "new" to all this but i can't fathom how following these directions are supposed to work when all it does is indeed brick/freeze my phone.
This is for Cricket only! I must have missed putting that in my tut, as it will not allow me to edit my post. I am running this on my Ascend using Cricket with no problem. Give me a few and I will put a tut on for Metro PCS. Sorry for any grief this has caused you. If you bricked your phone, message me and I will give you the stock ROM to unbrick with. Thanks.
I just want to make sure I'm reading this correctly......
I can actually upgrade my old janky Ascend to a more current OS??! THANK JEEBUS!! I've been trying to figure out how to update my system and it always said "No update available". Grrr.
Thank you so much!
I also offer services for flashing the Huawei Ascend to Cricket, MetroPCS, and yes, even Verizon. I also unbrick, root, and install paid APK's on it as well. I offer these and computer repair & web design for low pricing. Message me for details. I've been gone for a bit, but now I'm back, should I post a tut on flashing to MetroPCS now?
OK, so I did everything exactly as described, and it worked perfectly. Then, my phone randomly shut down and all I can get it to load up is the white Huawei screen, , and the red screen that replaced the Cricket boot screen, . After that, all I see is a black screen.
And if I try to reset it by pushing the vol, end, and pwr buttons, I get a screen that says,
(yellow triangle sign with "!" in it)
And the send, menu, back, and end buttons all flash.
Im 2k miles from home, and am only here for a few more days. I would love to have my phone either restored to stock, or running 2.3.4, either one works.
Last edited by Dan Stenberg; 10-25-2011 at 03:15 AM.
Reason: Add'tl info
I am unfamiliar with this phone, however a few thoughts.....
Generally you boot and the recovery is trying to do a firmware update, there is an .img file in root directory of the sd card that it is trying to load. Two things here......
1st - it appears that you are booting into the bootloader rather than recovery. It looks like booting into recovery for the Ascend is: Send Call + Volume Up. If that works and you go into recovery, find your nandroid backup that you made, it is usually an option like restore and backups and have it do that.
2nd - If that doesn''t work I think I would look at what was in the root folder of the sd card, find the .img, rename it xxxxxx.img.old and try rebooting to see it will boot past that in recovery.
ok so ive been trying to flash my ascend to CM7 2.3.4 Gingerbread and evrytime i get an installation aborted error message and if i try to boot up like that i get stuck on the huawei logo and it dont do nothing else from there ive followed your instructions step by step and it still wont do it am i doing anything wrong or is there something wrong with my phone that i wont let me do it? its cricket
I'm assuming you've solved your problem by now. The links in the OP are old, and that CM7 version sometimes needed multiple boots to get up and running. It's much improved these days. Use these files instead...
That CM7 is for the lazy Ascend, so it should work on all of them, except the rare super-lazy Ascend. The lazies will only OC to 710, while the regular ones will OC up to 748. If you want to try the higher OC ROM, use this CM7.2 0912 with 748 OC kernel.
If it boots, fine. But if it doesn't, and after doing a battery pull once or twice it still won't boot, flash with the 710 OC version.
If you're on MetroPCS, you'll also need to flash the MetroPCS mms fix with CWM, but only after you've booting into your new ROM at least once.
So, I'm back. After the initial difficulties, I was running CM7 without any problems. Then my phone fell out of my pocket, and I had to get a new one. I want to re-install CM7, either the older one, or the newer one posted by Scur above. The problem Im having now is that neither of the newer ones nor the old one is booting past the Ascend screen.
When I boot into recovery in CWM and am formatting everything, it all goes fine except I noticed this message when I wipe data/ factory reset:
E: format_volume: make_extf4fs failed on /dev/block/mmcblk0p2