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HOW-TO Flash the Tattoo

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19th December 2009, 05:31 PM   |  #1  
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After fighting versus the Tattoo for 2 hours I have finally flashed the device successfully.

Since there is not a proper thread containing the exact procedure for this device I'm going to explain it a little bit in detail, specially based on this device different things that doesn't have other android phones:

1. First we need to find a micro SD, normally this device comes with a 2gb Sandisk micro SD, this will be fine.

2. We need to format the microSD to FAT32, so remember to save your files before going on.

3. After the format, we need to create a GoldCard with this SD Card. Basically this is a "transformation procedure". You can find the method here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=572683 but I'm going to explain it based on Tattoo

Creating the Gold Card:

4. We need the android-sdk tools, we can find them here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html download them, and unzip in a folder maybe in C:\androidtools

5. Go the the Command line (Start->Execute->write cmd and OK), and there you should find where you unzip the android-sdk tools, example cd c:\androidtools\tools

6. Run this command "adb shell cat /sys/class/mmc_host/mmc1/mmc1:*/cid" if you had the microSD in the drive you will find a long number like:
532600bd227d9c0347329407514d5402

7. Go to this page to reverse it: http://hexrev.soaa.me/ and copy the code reversed:
In our example it will be: 00544d5107943247039c7d22bd002653

8. Go to this page to generate your GoldCard image: http://psas.revskills.de/?q=goldcard
And put your reversed number and you email. You will receive an email with a file called "goldcard.img"

9. Now you need an Hex editor like HXD. Download it from: http://download.cnet.com/HxD-Hex-Edi...html?tag=mncol

10. Exactly the same as the instructions I pasted above:

11. Install and launch HxD Hex Editor program. (make sure you use "Run as Administrator" under Vista and win 7)

12. Go to Extra tab > Open Disk. Under Physical disk, select Removable Disk (Must be your SD card), uncheck “Open as Readonly), click OK. (BEWARE, MUST BE UNDER PHYSICAL DISK NOT LOGICAL DISK, THIS MISTAKE MADE ME BIG PROBLEMS)

13. Go to Extra again, Open Disk Image, open up goldcard.img which you’ve saved/unzipped earlier.
Now, you should have two tabs, one is your removable disk, the other is goldcard.img. Press OK when prompted for “Sector Size” 512 (Hard disks/Floppy disks), click OK.

14. Click on goldcard.img tab. Go to Edit tab > Select All, edit tab again > copy.

15. Click on the “removable disk” tab. Select offset (line) 00000000 till offset (line) 00000170 (including the 00000170 line), click on Edit tab and then Paste Write.

16. Click on File > Save. now you can exit the program.

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17. Now with the gold card created (the microSD transformed) we must reboot the HTC Tattoo. When we press the "reboot" button we must press nearly at the same time the POWER OFF and VOLUME DOWN buttons at the SAME TIME!!!! He will enter a new menu called HBOOT

18. We press back button to go to fastboot USB mode

19. Now we have to start the flashing utility for example: http://rapidshare.com/files/29251709...d_NoDriver.exe
This is done the 19th Decembre 2009, but maybe on the future there will be newer flash releases so this file will be replaced for the newer one.

19.1 If we get either Error 170 or 171 in the flashing process follow this other guide to solve this issue: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=646663

20. The Flash will start we must wait, its better to do this process with 100% battery left

21. After 10 minutes, the flash will be done, and the HTC will reboot automatically with the Flashing done and everything OK!

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Latest Official WWE Flashes for HTC Tattoo:

19.12.2009: http://rapidshare.com/files/29251709...d_NoDriver.exe
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19th December 2009, 10:03 PM   |  #2  
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This is for all brand of HTC Tattoo? or only Orange?
20th December 2009, 11:24 AM   |  #3  
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can get root?
20th December 2009, 03:07 PM   |  #4  
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I have successfully flashed my tattoo with your tutorial but still can't use my Wind (italian) sim. At every roboot it ask me the unlock code, says "network succesful unlocked" and after it continue to say "unlocking sim card", but it never stops!!
The data of my phone are those:
HBOOT-0.52.0001
MICROP-0203
RADIO-3.35.07.20

What can I do??
20th December 2009, 05:54 PM   |  #5  
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Tony2k do you have your simlock unlock code? Or did you just flash your rom hoping for the simlock to go away?
20th December 2009, 06:22 PM   |  #6  
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I have bought the unlock code but the problem it's that I can enter another code, like 12345678, and have always the message "network unlocked successful" and after it continue to say "unlocking sim card", exactly like with code that I have bought.
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Well Tony I am sorry but I cant help you here. I dont know whats wrong. I know that you have few trials to enter the simlock unlock code and that after exceeding these attempts you will have to remove the simlock via USB cable (I dont know which software to use). What you can try is using a turbo sim that you can get off ebay. I dont give you my word that it will work, but I have seen one or two people saying that it worked with the tattoo locked to orange uk. If ever you decide to try using the turbo sim, let me know if it bypasses the simlock on the tattoo.

Good luck man.
21st December 2009, 01:16 PM   |  #8  
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Great work MiSSigNNo.... u managed to carry out this impossible work as of now with success....

i have few questions to ask you. what made you flash your tattoo???
what advantage do you have at present over the previous ROM???
have u got into superuser mode with this procedure???

i am sure we all would like to know answers for these from you.... please be kind enough to reply to my post....
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Manuvaidya:

1. To remove simlock successfully on orange uk htc tattoo, you are forced to flash the rom

2. If you were on orange uk, you will have an android with all the software that orange removed and it will be debranded. And knowing that it can be flashed this will encourage ppl to cook roms.

3. Unfortunately there is no way yet to get root access on the tattoo

Hope this helps you out mate
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Quote:
Originally Posted by manuvaidya

Great work MiSSigNNo.... u managed to carry out this impossible work as of now with success....

i have few questions to ask you. what made you flash your tattoo???
what advantage do you have at present over the previous ROM???
have u got into superuser mode with this procedure???

i am sure we all would like to know answers for these from you.... please be kind enough to reply to my post....

No advantages actually, simply I hate much the mobile-branded roms. Also I tried my sim before I flashed to enter the unlock code and nothing happened, but after, I tried and then it asked me for the unlock code and I could manage to make it successfully.

I don't have the root-superuser mode. I'm sure there are plenty of opportunities with that, but we must look forward on finding the method to make it.

By the way In my "experience" with past branded-roms, they used to be slower since they had plenty of ****ty apps of the brand to make you spend money, and waste unnecesarily memory from the device, this is why the first two things I do everytime I buy an HTC is to flash to default rom and unlock them Since it was more difficult than other times with WM I decided to make this mini-guide, to help others make it easier.

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