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Hi folks,

I'm trying to flash the latest firmware using flashtool, but it doesn't get any further than "Reading device information".

I've disabled driver signing checking and installed the flashtool, fastboot, z1 compact and common drivers for Rhine board devices. (I couldn't find anything else relevant)

I ran check drivers in flashtool and that seems ok. I'm using flashtool

Here's the log:
28/005/2014 00:05:23 - INFO - Flashtool Version built on 06-16-2014 23:00:00
28/005/2014 00:05:23 - INFO - Executing search strategies to find proxy selector
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - No proxy found for IE. Trying next one
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - ERROR - Error parsing settingsprefs.js (The system cannot find the file specified)
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - Strategy firefox failed trying next one : prefs.js (The system cannot find the file specified)
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - No proxy found for java. Trying next one
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - Syncing devices from github
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - Pulling changes
28/005/2014 00:05:24 - INFO - Devices sync finished.
28/005/2014 00:05:29 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
28/005/2014 00:05:33 - INFO - List of connected devices (Device Id) :
28/005/2014 00:05:33 - INFO - - USB\VID_0FCE&PID_ADDE\7&FBF12B9&0&4 Driver installed : true
28/005/2014 00:05:33 - INFO - List of ADB devices :
28/005/2014 00:05:34 - INFO - - none
28/005/2014 00:05:34 - INFO - List of fastboot devices :
28/005/2014 00:05:34 - INFO - - none
28/006/2014 00:06:02 - INFO - Selected Bundle for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503). FW release : 14.4.A.0.108. Customization : DE
28/006/2014 00:06:02 - INFO - Preparing files for flashing
28/006/2014 00:06:13 - INFO - Please connect your device into flashmode.
28/006/2014 00:06:14 - INFO - Opening device for R/W
28/006/2014 00:06:14 - INFO - Reading device information

Anyone have an idea how to coerce this to work?
28th June 2014, 08:47 AM |#2  
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Are you on factory firmware now? If so try the Sony PC companion software.
28th June 2014, 10:42 AM |#3  
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Originally Posted by mr mystery

Are you on factory firmware now? If so try the Sony PC companion software.

I'm on official Sony firmware. I'll give Sony PC companion a go now.

I thought I was not supposed to use it anymore since the phone's been rooted, at least none of the guides mention using the Sony tool.
But heck, if flashtool doesn't work I don't see what option I have really.

What I was trying to flash with flashtool was the firmware that Sony PC companion downloaded, then I decrypted it and created an ftf file from it.
28th June 2014, 11:41 AM |#4  
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For what it's worth - flashing with Sony PC Companion works fine, no need for flashtool.

Easy Root Toolkit v7 has restored root, and lockeddualrecovery beta installer 128 works fine.

129 reboots into a stuck Sony logo, so there's obviously an issue there, it seems that PhilZ recovery in that zip is buggy.

Now I'm back to normal. Still have no idea how to make flashtool work, and I would like to find out for when the next release is out.

Any help would be appreciated!
29th June 2014, 03:59 AM |#5  
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I had the same problem that you did. When you install the flashtool drivers make sure you install the flashmode, adb and z1 compact drivers. If your on windows 8 there's a process you need to do before you install the unsigned drivers.

In the flashtool FTF folder ensure your FTF is in there and if there are any other folders in there delete them as they are from the failed flash and flash tool will automatically refer to that folder every time you try and use flashtool.

Turn off your phone.
Run flashtool. I used the normal one not the x64 one.
Click Lightning icon.
Select firmware.
Flash and follow instructions.

I also forgot, make sure your computer doesnt go to sleep or turn its screen off while flashing as it will most likely fail again.

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30th June 2014, 08:41 PM |#6  
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That's exactly what I've done, but it's not working. I'm on Server 2012, but for all intents and purposes it's same as Windows 8.

I went to disable driver signature checking and installed the following drivers from the pack:
  • flashtool
  • fastboot
  • z1 compact
  • common drivers for Rhine board devices

Are there any other drivers required for this?

Adb works fine, I believe those drivers came with Sony PC companion and I can use Easy Root Toolkit and stuff like that.

Also, assuming I can't get this to work - is it possible to get a flashable zip file from the ftf file - one that I could flash using PhilZ recovery?
7th June 2016, 04:27 PM |#7  
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The above mentioned advice does not work...stuck at reading information still...
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