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[Q] [x10i] No fastboot/flash modes; main buttons stop working

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By sclip, Senior Member on 13th October 2013, 05:48 AM
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Hello, I urgently need help with an old x10i (used in the UK) that I have come across. Issues:
  1. Old OS: It has Android 2.1. I want to update to the latest, fully functional JB/GB rom.
  2. Flaky buttons: The three physical buttons at the bottom stop working after about two minutes. This is a known issue and I have tried everything to fix it short of disassembling the device.
  3. No Fastboot or Flash modes: No matter what I do, I cannot get into Fastboot/Flash modes. I have the latest versions of Flashtool, s1tool and GG drivers installed on my WS 2008 R2 PC, but no luck. Holding the Back/VolDn button when plugging in the USB cord just goes directly to the battery charging icon (with *yellow* LED) after showing the "Sony Ericsson" text (no logo) for 8-10 seconds. Is there any indication to the user that the phone is in fastboot/flash mode?
  4. Missing camera button: :'(

I may not have provided enough information, but please ask! All assistance is appreciated.
 
 
15th October 2013, 06:32 PM |#2  
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Please help. I am totally stuck, gentlemen! I am making one minor correction; the LED color mentioned in #3 above is yellow, not green. Here's the Flashtool log:

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15/059/2013 12:59:43 - INFO  - <- This level is successfully initialized
15/059/2013 12:59:43 - INFO  - Flashtool Version 0.9.12.1 built on 2013-06-04 22:50:00
15/059/2013 12:59:49 - INFO  - Device disconnected
15/059/2013 12:59:53 - INFO  - Device connected in flash mode
15/000/2013 13:00:22 - INFO  - Device disconnected
15/000/2013 13:00:26 - INFO  - Device connected with USB debugging off
15/000/2013 13:00:26 - INFO  - For 2011 devices line, be sure you are not in MTP mode
15/000/2013 13:00:56 - INFO  - Device disconnected
15/001/2013 13:01:05 - INFO  - Device connected in flash mode
15/001/2013 13:01:26 - INFO  - Device disconnected
15/001/2013 13:01:26 - INFO  - Device connected with USB debugging off
15/001/2013 13:01:26 - INFO  - For 2011 devices line, be sure you are not in MTP mode
15/001/2013 13:01:52 - INFO  - Device disconnected
15/001/2013 13:01:55 - INFO  - Device connected with USB debugging on
15/001/2013 13:01:56 - INFO  - Connected device : SonyEricson X10
15/001/2013 13:01:56 - INFO  - Installed version of busybox : BusyBox v1.20.2-linusyang (2012-10-15 16:24:24 CST) multi-call binary.
15/001/2013 13:01:56 - INFO  - Android version : 2.1-update1 / kernel version : 2.6.29 / Build number : 2.1.A.0.435
15/001/2013 13:01:56 - INFO  - Checking root access
15/001/2013 13:01:57 - INFO  - Root Access Allowed
15/002/2013 13:02:23 - INFO  - Device disconnected
Note that it connected in Flash mode a couple of times and then it immediately disconnected. I have not been able to successfully connect in Flash mode since.
16th October 2013, 12:51 PM |#3  
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Hmm... I use an old version of flashtool. Version 8.0.6 from memory it has an update patch that went with this release.
The reason is the latest version of flashtool has forgotten all about the X10i.. don't get me wrong, that latest version still works with the X10i for flashing things, it just doesn't have all the old extras like xRecovery/CWM recovery downloads and etc.

To get a Sony core GB v2.3.3 build you can download SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service) and just do a complete phone upgrade/install.

Have you unlocked the bootloader on the X10i yet? It's fine to do this on an X10i as there is nothing to lose, unlike some of the 2013 models.

Then use flashtool to root the X10i (and with an old version of flashtool) download xRecovery or CWM recovery and then start your ROM/Kernel of choice installs.
16th October 2013, 06:33 PM |#4  
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Thank you for your reply! I have already tried upgrading to v2.3.3 using PC Companion. It downloads the update then asks me to a) turn off the phone, b) disconnect the cable, and c) connect the cable with the back button pressed. When I do that, nothing happens; the phone shows the 'Sony Ericsson' text for a few seconds then shows the charging icon (with the yellow LED).

Do you think I should try with SEUS instead of PC Companion?

I also strongly believe there's something physically wrong with my phone. Remember the "buttons stop working 2 minutes after boot" issue? I see that issue even when the phone is off, where pressing any button won't illuminate the screen and show the charging icon! Has anyone else seen this? Is it an easy fix?

Maybe the two issues are related. Thanks again!

EDIT: So I tried with SEUS, and no go. I am stuck on the screen where it asks me to connect the turned-off phone with the Back button pressed -- the phone doesn't want to enter Flash mode, methinks. :'(
16th October 2013, 08:37 PM |#5  
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If your BACK button doesn't work ( you said so), no worth of pressing him to get into flash mode. Don't press volume button either, because there no fastboot mode for X10. I don't know is there another method to get flash mode.

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17th October 2013, 04:19 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Dzufa

If your BACK button doesn't work ( you said so), no worth of pressing him to get into flash mode. Don't press volume button either, because there no fastboot mode for X10. I don't know is there another method to get flash mode.

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No, the back button works, but only for a short while (~2 minutes) after booting the phone. After that, none of the home row buttons work. E.g., on starting the phone when I open the app drawer and press the back button, it will take me to back to the home screen. If I keep doing that for a short while, the buttons will simply stop working and I will be stuck in the app drawer, until I switch off the phone. A quick Google search shows that I am not alone. I have tried most of the (simple) suggestions in those threads and they don't work for me.

Thanks for your reply, Dzufa.
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17th October 2013, 06:30 AM |#7  
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Maybe your Back button don't work when your phone is off, and that would be main reason why your phone can't go into flash mode.

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18th October 2013, 01:53 AM |#8  
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Plug It's tool time
It's hammer time.... Opps no.. that did come out right.

It's tool time... Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Working Instructions v6

You're going to have to fix the physical phone first before you can install/upgrade firmware.

If you don't you're just going to have problem after problem.
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Originally Posted by Dr Goodvibes

Hmm... I use an old version of flashtool. Version 8.0.6 from memory it has an update patch that went with this release.
The reason is the latest version of flashtool has forgotten all about the X10i.. don't get me wrong, that latest version still works with the X10i for flashing things, it just doesn't have all the old extras like xRecovery/CWM recovery downloads and etc.

To get a Sony core GB v2.3.3 build you can download SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service) and just do a complete phone upgrade/install.

Have you unlocked the bootloader on the X10i yet? It's fine to do this on an X10i as there is nothing to lose, unlike some of the 2013 models.

Then use flashtool to root the X10i (and with an old version of flashtool) download xRecovery or CWM recovery and then start your ROM/Kernel of choice installs.




can u please help me I'm getting this error " For 2011 devices line, be sure you are not in MTP mode "

I cant Flash or Unlock Bootloder Same Error on Both time wht to do? , do u have the Old version of flash tool can u mail me
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