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[GUIDE] Huawei IDEOS X3 (U8510) | Root | CWM | CyanogenMod 7.2

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11th November 2011, 03:13 AM   |  #1  
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This thread is about the Huawei IDEOS X3 (U8510) mobile phone.

Some apparent facts:
  • We need a dedicated X3 forum or at least a generic Huawei forum where all the numerous Huawei owners can get together.
  • Huawei U8650 ROM's are compatible with the X3's with some minor configuration differences. The U8650 port of CM7 is claimed to work well with the X3 and is faster than the stock ROM.
  • Much of X3 development activity have been on German and Spanish forums. Maybe because the English-speaking world got their X3's much later than continental Europe?

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External sources:

Rooting Instructions

This was taken from lowskill's Automatic Root Enabler thread in Android Hilfe forums. Many thanks to him for this.

The Automatic Root Enabler for the X3 v1.0 should install:
  • ClockworkMod Recovery v4.0.1.5
  • Superuser v3.0.6
  • Su binary v3.0.3

Install BusyBox from the Market through one of the installers.

Step by step
  1. Download the Automatic Root Enabler for the X3. For more recent versions I suggest checking his thread and the forum it's in as I may not be able to update this thread all the time.
  2. Install the latest USB drivers for the X3. Search for the latest version of "HUAWEI Android Phones USB Driver" from the Huawei Downloads site.
  3. Turn on USB Debugging from Settings -> Application -> Development on the X3.
  4. Connect the X3 to your PC via microUSB.
  5. Run the Automatic Root Enabler and it should start rooting your phone automatically.

It should finish off with something like this:


There ya go! Your X3 should be happily rooted with CWM installed
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CyanogenMod 7.2 (Unofficial)

There are a few things you have to know before installing CyanogenMod:
  • There is no official CM port for the X3.
  • This CM port came from the developers in the Spanish forum HTC Mania. It was originally built for the Huawei U8650 phone which, if you've read the first post in this thread, have got near identical ROM's to the X3. The guys from the German forum Android Hilfe have taken this port, tweaked and modified it to suit the X3. I don't have a comprehensive list of U8650 and X3 differences but suffice it to say the Android Hilfe folks are happy with the stability of this particular version.
  • As you can see it took me a while to crawl through Spanish and German pages, but with the help of Google Chrome's automatic translation I was able to make of what was going on. I will occasionally try and update this thread based on updates from the said external forums but I'd like to apologise in advance that I will probably not be able to do this quick enough after new releases come out.

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CM7.2 Installation Instructions

The version in this tutorial is cyanogen_u8650-benru89-neu-samia99-2-mit-Wallpaper. the "Wallpaper" bit only means that this is the version with no wallpapers included. It's a lightweight version and contains no bloat.

Note: Please backup your stock ROM with CWM Recovery before installing CyanogenMod. I haven't found an updated version of the stock ROM elsewhere. Mine came with 2.3.4 (Vodafone branded) but the flashable ROM's I could find on the web were all 2.3.3 generic.
  1. Make sure you root your phone as per the instructions in the previous post. You will need to use CWM Recovery.
  2. Download samia99's cyanogen_u8650-benru89-neu-samia99-2-mit-Wallpaper.zip ROM and save it in the X3's SD card.
  3. Reboot your phone into recovery. I use the Quick Boot app from the Market to do this.
  4. Do a factory wipe, cache wipe and Dalvik cache wipe (from Advanced menu).
  5. Select Install zip from SD card and select the ZIP file you've just copied.
  6. Reboot after installation has completed.

For CyanogenMod configuration questions please see CM docs or CM-specific threads.

That's it! Enjoy!
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11th November 2011, 02:55 PM   |  #3  
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good job!!! but is this version of cyan sluggish like the resT?
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Originally Posted by ziggyboy

This thread is about the Huawei IDEOS X3 (U8510) mobile phone.

Some apparent facts:

  • We need a dedicated X3 forum or at least a generic Huawei forum where all the numerous Huawei owners can get together.
  • Huawei U8650 ROM's are compatible with the X3's with some minor configuration differences. The U8650 port of CM7 is claimed to work well with the X3 and is faster than the stock ROM.
  • Much of X3 development activity have been on German and Spanish forums. Maybe because the English-speaking world got their X3's much later than continental Europe?

XDA sources:
External sources:

Rooting Instructions

This was taken from lowskill's Automatic Root Enabler thread in Android Hilfe forums. Many thanks to him for this.

The Automatic Root Enabler for the X3 v1.0 should install:
  • ClockworkMod Recovery v4.0.1.5
  • Superuser v3.0.6
  • Su binary v3.0.3

Install BusyBox from the Market through one of the installers.

Step by step
  1. Download the Automatic Root Enabler for the X3. For more recent versions I suggest checking his thread and the forum it's in as I may not be able to update this thread all the time.
  2. Install the latest USB drivers for the X3. Search for the latest version of "HUAWEI Android Phones USB Driver" from the Huawei Downloads site.
  3. Turn on USB Debugging from Settings -> Application -> Development on the X3.
  4. Connect the X3 to your PC via microUSB.
  5. Run the Automatic Root Enabler and it should start rooting your phone automatically.

It should finish off with something like this:


There ya go! Your X3 should be happily rooted with CWM installed. Should be easier to flash other ROM's at this point. Have yet to try CM7 though. Let me know how you all go from here and I'll update this thread.

thenks very mats just root my x3 its verry good ( bill from greece )
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good job!!! but is this version of cyan sluggish like the resT?

Sluggish in comparison to the X3 stock or other CM versions?

I find this version more responsive than the X3 stock (which lagged quite a bit for me) but got no point of comparison with other CM versions/builds. Only thing I noticed is this CM build seems to eat more battery than my rooted stock. On both I had the same SetCPU and JuiceDefender settings.
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Quick question: Rooting will delete my data?
Root removes the SIM LOCK?

Thank you.
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Quick question: Rooting will delete my data?
Root removes the SIM LOCK?

Thank you.

Rooting will not wipe your data, and will not remove your SIM lock. You will need to ask your carrier for an unlock code.
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Rooting will not wipe your data, and will not remove your SIM lock. You will need to ask your carrier for an unlock code.

Mine just gets stuck @ waiting for device after fastboot.

EDITED: Finally made it. using windows 7.. With XP I got stuck
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Arrow Windows XP Driver Issue in Fastboot Mode
It's a driver issue. The entry for the bootloader interface in Windows XP is missing in the official Huawei USB driver package.

I've made a driver installer, which is based on the current Google USB driver. I only added the missing interface entries. It's tested and working in Windows 7 (64bit & 32bit) and Windows XP. Unfortunately I can't post the download link -.-

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Thanks for the great work gathering useful info and make them in English.

I bought my U8510 in Taiwan and this CM7.2 mostly works with it, except the back camera freezes and FC after a few seconds or as soon as I take a photo.

The front camera is working perfectly though.

Other then that everything seems OK.

The bad thing is I didn't make a original ROM backup and I don't know to restore through the downloaded update.app file, as CM7 doesn't have that "upgrade from SD" option in settings.

Any insight is appreciated.

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