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[Q] Have I bricked my Arc S?

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By SnowJim, Member on 7th June 2014, 08:58 AM
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Hi,

I got a Sony Ericsson Arc S that I tried(4 hours) to update to Android KitKat without any success.

I tried to follow this guide : http://techglen.com/2013/12/04/updat...11-custom-rom/

But to not lose the Bravia function it states that I need to do a TA partition backup first and to do this the phone needs to be ROOTed. To get the phone ROOTed I tried this : DooMLoRD's Easy Rooting Toolkit [v4.0](zergRush Exploit) but it gave me this errors :

--- DEVICE FOUND
--- pushing busybox
1926 KB/s (1075144 bytes in 0.545s)
--- correcting permissions
--- remounting /system
mount: permission denied (are you root?)
--- copying busybox to /system/xbin/
/system/xbin/busybox: cannot open for write: Read-only file system
--- correcting ownership
Unable to chmod /system/xbin/busybox: No such file or directory
--- correcting permissions
Unable to chmod /system/xbin/busybox: No such file or directory
--- installing busybox
/system/xbin/busybox: not found
--- pushing SU binary
failed to copy 'files\su' to '/system/bin/su': Read-only file system
--- correcting ownership
Unable to chmod /system/bin/su: No such file or directory
--- correcting permissions
Unable to chmod /system/bin/su: No such file or directory
--- correcting symlinks
rm failed for /system/xbin/su, Read-only file system
link failed Read-only file system
--- pushing Superuser app
failed to copy 'files\Superuser.apk' to '/system/app/./Superuser.apk': Read-only
file system
--- cleaning
--- rebooting
ALL DONE!!!
Press any key to continue . . .


(Firewall and antivirus off)

The phone was on the next to latest official version so I tried to update it with the PC Companion from Sony Ericsson. It said that I hade to press down the back button at the same time as I connected the USB and then on the next step when it hade began the update it stated that I did not need to hold the key anymore so I released it and then the update stoped with error. After this the phone canīt be booted? When starting upp the phone I see the Sony logo and then a image with a phone and a warning triangle!? Nothing more happens, the screen goes black. I have tried to remove the batteri and I have tried to do the update again(the PC Companion do not recognize it).

Is it possible to fix it or is it forever bricked?
 
 
7th June 2014, 09:54 AM |#2  
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http://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Androi...nd/td-p/154389
Flash stock ftf using flashtool...and there's no use of backing up ta of xperia 2011 phones...
Follow this for installing cm11:
https://github.com/LegacyXperia/Wiki...ia-for-Dummies

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7th June 2014, 10:36 AM |#3  
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You can't backup TA partition on 2011 Xperia phones (including Arc and Arc S).

Just unlock the bootloader and install custom kernel. Don't bother rooting your phone, you don't need to.
7th June 2014, 05:54 PM |#4  
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Okay,

I am now trying to follow : https://github.com/LegacyXperia/Wiki...ia-for-Dummies and this is what I have done :
  1. Install Mobile Flasher by Androxyde
  2. Start Flasher
  3. Hold the menu button at the same time as I put in the USB

The Flasher will responde with this :

07/042/2014 18:42:26 - ERROR - Drivers need to be installed for connected device.
07/042/2014 18:42:26 - ERROR - You can find them in the drivers folder of Flashtool.

I have runned the Flashtool-drivers.exe in C:\Flashtool\drivers folder, checked the Sony Ercisson Xperia Arc, Xperia neo, Xperia PLAY... but at about 80% completion a new wizard is shown(Device Driver Installation Wizard) and this will fail :

Sony Ericsson (WinUSB)... Install failed
Sony Ercisson NET Install failed

I have also tried download the Arc S drivers from this site : http://developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/drivers/ but Im not sure how to install these drivers? there is no setup?

When connecting the phone to the USB a Other Devices > S1Boot Fastboot will show up in the Device Manager with a exclamation mark?

There is problems where ever I go with this?
7th June 2014, 06:11 PM |#5  
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I have tried this :
  1. Start Sony Mobile Flasher
  2. Connect the USB without doing anything else
  3. Flasher says that the phone is connected
  4. I click the flash button in flasher and choose Flashmode, then OK
  5. Choose the folder where the firmware is(LT18i_4.1.B.0.587_Generic_Global.ftf)
  6. Click Flash
  7. A dialog open and closes
  8. It ends with error

07/005/2014 19:05:51 - INFO - Reading device information
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - Unable to read from phone after having opened it.
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - trying to continue anyway
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - Start Flashing
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - Processing loader.sin
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - Checking header
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - ERROR - Processing of loader.sin finished with errors.
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - INFO - Ending flash session
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - ERROR - Error in processHeader : 2 : The system cannot find the file specified.
07/005/2014 19:05:54 - ERROR - Error flashing. Aborted
7th June 2014, 07:25 PM |#6  
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Okay, I have now restarted Windows 8.1 and the stock flash was successfull. The phone is now starting up as it should.

I have also reinstalled fastboot according to this : http://techglen.com/2013/10/01/abd-and-fastboot-guide/

When connecting the turned on phone to the USB it is found as a ARC S in the Windows Explorer. So far so good.

But when doing this :
  1. Turn off phone
  2. Start fastboot(admin) in cmd
  3. Holds the menu button and connects the USB so the led goes blu
  4. Type fastboot flash boot boot.img and enter
  5. It will no just show < waiting for device >

I also notice that when I connect the USB Windows sais that it does not recognize the device anymore. Probably becouse its in fastboot mode?

So what do I do now? I suspect that Im missing some USB driver for the fastboot mode on the phone?
8th June 2014, 09:45 AM |#7  
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Windows 8 and 8.1 have signature verification, which does not allow the installation of fastboot drivers.
Use this guide to install them - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2095087

EDIT: or this, if the first one doesn't - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2633904
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Originally Posted by Someguyfromhell

Windows 8 and 8.1 have signature verification, which does not allow the installation of fastboot drivers.
Use this guide to install them - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2095087

EDIT: or this, if the first one doesn't - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2633904

Tried the first example but that did not work. Feels like I invested to much time in this already so I will place this on hold and see if I will ever come back to fix it.

I have a Samsung S3 on service so my thought was to use the old Sony Ericsson ARC S instead of the HTC Titan but it is a bit to much work to get latest android running on this phone and even if it is done there will be buggs.

So Thanks so far for your help.
9th June 2014, 09:09 AM |#9  
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Okay, I tried on a Windows 7 64Btis as well and with the help of this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUsA9HxZjJE I got the drivers installed so the S1Boot Fastboot driver dont got a warning.

But when running the fastboot it is still waiting for device. The blue led is active so the phone is in fastboot mode and I can see in activity field that it is connected to computer. Yet the fastboot will not find the phone? This feels all but unstable.
10th June 2014, 10:34 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by SnowJim

Okay, I tried on a Windows 7 64Btis as well and with the help of this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUsA9HxZjJE I got the drivers installed so the S1Boot Fastboot driver dont got a warning.

But when running the fastboot it is still waiting for device. The blue led is active so the phone is in fastboot mode and I can see in activity field that it is connected to computer. Yet the fastboot will not find the phone? This feels all but unstable.

install android skd also (you said you installed allready the fastboot drivers.) also connect the phone onec powered on, may win installs some drivers. (in sdk just leave it like it is & press on install packages)
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