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[Q] Bootloader/fastboot confusion

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20th July 2014, 06:46 AM   |  #1  
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Hi all,
I've been searching like crazy for the past week, looking for info on the bootloader/fastboot systems on the Xperia L.

I've read in lots of threads that the Xperia L's (and SP's as well) which cannot have their bootloader unlocked (Bootloader unlock: Not allowed) don't have the so-called "fastboot mode" which is accessed by pressing the volume up key and plugging the USB cable.

Now, my Xperia L, bought in Portugal, SIM-Locked to Vodafone, has this "BL unlock: Not allowed" - which means I cannot unlock it nor do I have access to the fastboot mode. The twist here is that it appears that I do have fastboot.

10 minutes ago I switched off my phone, pressed the vol-up key, plugged the cable and the phone wake up with the characteristic blue LED and my computer recognized a device being connected to it.

What I'm asking right now is - where do I stand? Is is possible to unlock my BL having access to the fastboot mode? Is there anything I can do to verify that I actually do have it?

I'm sort of desperate right now because I really want to flash custom ROMs on my L and all I see is closed doors due to this BL thingy. I've been told there are ways to mod a ROM in order for it to be flashed on locked BL (this info came from one FXP dev!) but I really don't see anything anywhere regarding it.

If anyone has any knowledge and/or can help me anyhow, please do so.
Thanks in advance!
20th July 2014, 09:46 AM   |  #2  
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have you tried unlocking the bootloader??

Why don't you use flashtool to give it a try
20th July 2014, 10:27 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by abhi007.john

have you tried unlocking the bootloader??

Why don't you use flashtool to give it a try

If I try to, wont it brick my phone? I thought of doing it before but was sort-of afraid, because I didn't backup my TA partitions etc.
21st July 2014, 04:10 AM   |  #4  
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Though I haven't tried it, I don't think it will brick your phone.
You can first backup your TA Partition and then proceed.
21st July 2014, 07:39 AM   |  #5  
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Unlocking bootloader can't even be done with a Non unlockable bootloader

And do try to flash a kernel, it should say not allowed
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