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[GUIDE] Download ANY firmware customization from Sony & create an FTF with Flashtool

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22nd June 2013, 09:01 PM   |  #1  
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Part A: changing your customization number to download a different firmware customization (optional)


Requirements:
  1. Start BuildProp Editor.
  2. When a Superuser request pops up, tap 'Grant' or 'Allow'.



  3. At the first start, a backup of 'build.prop' will be created automatically, which can be restored in case of any problems.



  4. Scroll down to 'ro.semc.version.cust' and tap it.



  5. Change the value to the customization number of the firmware you want to download.



  6. When asked to reboot, tap 'No'.



  7. Tap 'ro.semc.version.cus_revision' and change the value to 'R1A'.



  8. When asked to reboot, tap 'Yes'.

Part B: downloading firmware with Sony PC Companion


Requirements:
  1. Delete this folder if it already exists:
    - Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db
    - Windows Vista/7/8: C:\ProgramData\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db
  2. Start Sony PC Companion.
  • Case A: new software version available



    1. Click 'Update'.

    2. Click 'Accept'.



    3. If you only want to download the firmware without updating, disconnect your phone as soon as the "Downloading software..." screen appears.



    4. If you disconnected your phone, this window will appear, which you may close. Otherwise your phone software will be updated.

  • Case B: no new software version available



    1. Click 'Your Phone / Tablet is up to date'.

    2. Click 'repair my phone / tablet'.



    3. Click 'Next'.



    4. Repairing your phone will delete your personal data and settings. If you don't want this, see step 6. Click 'Continue'.



    5. Tick the checkbox and click 'Next'.



    6. If you only want to download the firmware without repairing, disconnect your phone as soon as the "Downloading software..." screen appears.



    7. If you disconnected your phone, this window will appear, which you may close. Otherwise your phone software will be repaired and your personal data will be lost.


Part C: creating an FTF file with Flashtool


Requirements:
  • Flashtool
  • Firmware files from Sony PC Companion or Sony Update Service (see part B).
  1. Start Flashtool or Flashtool64 (for 64-bit Windows).
  2. Click 'Tools' > 'SEUS Decrypt'.



  3. Select the 'Source Folder' (copy-pasting this path will not work):
    - Sony PC Companion (Windows XP): C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony PC Companion (Windows Vista/7/8): C:\ProgramData\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony Update Service (32-bit Windows): C:\Program Files\Sony Mobile\Update Service\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony Update Service (64-bit Windows): C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony Mobile\Update Service\db\13740270\blob_fs
    Move all 'Available files' to 'Files to convert' by selecting them and clicking the right arrow button.
    Click 'Convert'.




  4. Enter the following details:
    - Device: your phone model, e.g. 'C6502', 'C6503' or 'C6506' for Xperia ZL (see 'Settings' > 'About phone' > 'Model number').
    - Branding: can be found in the first columns of these tables by looking up the customization number, e.g. 'Generic US'.
    - Version: the build number of the firmware, e.g. '10.1.1.A.1.307'.
    Move all files from 'folder list' to 'Firmware content' except *.ta files (e.g. simlock.ta, preset1.ta, cust-reset.ta, ...) by selecting them and clicking the right arrow button.
    Click 'Create'.



  5. When you see 'Bundle creation finished', your FTF will be in 'C:\Flashtool\firmwares'. If your combination of device/branding/build is not yet available on xda-developers forum, please be so kind to share it (see part D).



  6. To save about 2 GB of disk space, delete this folder:
    - Sony PC Companion (Windows XP): C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony PC Companion (Windows Vista/7/8): C:\ProgramData\Sony Mobile\Update Engine\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony Update Service (32-bit Windows): C:\Program Files\Sony Mobile\Update Service\db\13740270\blob_fs
    - Sony Update Service (64-bit Windows): C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony Mobile\Update Service\db\13740270\blob_fs

Part D: sharing your FTF on xda-developers forum

  1. Upload your FTF to a file host. I use Dev-Host for this purpose, but it only supports files up to 512 MB, so I use WinRAR to pack my FTF with the following options: 'Compression method' = 'store' (since FTF is already compressed), 'Split to volumes, size' = '512 MB'. Of course you can use a different file host and archiver if required. Please note that Google Drive, Dropbox and Box all have bandwidth quotas, so your shared files may be disabled if they are downloaded too much.
  2. Create a new thread on xda-developers forum in 'Xperia ZL General' and include at least the following information:
    - Device
    - Build number
    - Android version
    - Customization version
    - Region
    - Branding
    - Download links
    Here is an example: [STOCK ROM][FTF] Xperia Z (C6603) 10.1.1.A.1.253 Generic BE (Unbranded/Belgium)

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HI, i have a question
this procedure does not change the official operator of the band,
because for example in a xperia x10 mini, flash the ftf file from other country, the cellphone show the message input the code for sim unlock
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Quote:
Originally Posted by XaviCampos

HI, i have a question
this procedure does not change the official operator of the band,
because for example in a xperia x10 mini, flash the ftf file from other country, the cellphone show the message input the code for sim unlock

That's correct. Flashing a different firmware customization does not lock or unlock your phone. SIM lock is inside the Trim Area (TA), which does not get flashed.

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I already have got the ftf file from my generic 4.2.2 from Argentina. I'm uploading it and then will share it thanks Apollo89

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Does the device unlockable allow go to yes if you flash an international or debranded ROM?
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Quote:
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Does the device unlockable allow go to yes if you flash an international or debranded ROM?

That's something Apollo just answered a few posts away. No . Won't unlock it.

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That's something Apollo just answered a few posts away. No . Won't unlock it.

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I think he meant the bootloader unlockability, and the earlier post meant the network operator unlocability....
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Originally Posted by Seemanthinis

I think he meant the bootloader unlockability, and the earlier post meant the network operator unlocability....

Both the bootloader lock and the network lock settings are stored in the Trim Area (TA) of your phone, which does not get affected by Flashtool. So no, flashing a different firmware customization will not change anything to your bootloader lock or network lock status.
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Part B, Case A: The downloading window disappears when I disconnect the cable. Doesn't matter whether it's before or after clicking accept.

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