[100% Working] Changing the default language of Xperia X2 - takes you 5 minutes.

hertell

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This message is now updated with a 100% working, and quick way of changing your language for the X2 device. I have now tested with 4 different languages (fi, en, se and de), and all worked. I also updated the cabs to report to the Update Software that the phone has an old versison. Now it does not compalin that the latest version is installed!

I have tested with these languages: GENERIC_FI, GENERIC_SE, GENERIC_UK and GENERIC_DE. The rest of the cabs are created with the same rules, so they should work to (if not, then please post here which cab does not work).

Before you upgrade, please write down the following info and fill it into the form on the download-page!! I really want this info.
I would like to know which all versions are out there, and how they are connected to the different ID:s and versions!
Code:
Software ID:
Software Version:
Customization ID:
Customization version:
Language Region:
Content version Software language:
In what country the phone is bought:
Otherwise i have to put a special form that requires everyone to fill in this info before you can proceed to download..

Just follow these steps
  1. Get one of these cabs, and save it on yout SD-card (not phone, becaue you will erase the memory during this procedure!):
  2. Save the cab on your SD-card
  3. Reset the memory of your phone (settings->Clear phone)
  4. After the reboot, you have to align the screen. When finished, the phone starts to install cabs. NOW remove the battery (or press the reset-button on the back of the phone) so that the custom cabs wont get installed
  5. Start the phone again. Now when you get a screen that asks you if you want to continut the installation process, click NO. The phone boots up to default windows mobile with no SE panels etc.
  6. Now install the custom language-cab you downloaded to your SD-card earlier
  7. Turn off the phone
  8. Start the phone and keep the vol-down + power button down till you come tho the white SE screen.
  9. Start the SE Update Software, pick your X2 and click next. Connect the phone to the USB-cable when the software asks you to do so.
  10. After a while, the update-software informs that there is a new software-update available. Just hit next/continue and confirm that the phone's data will be erased.

There is NO need to remove any files on windows, The update software starts to automatically fetch the ROM that matches the installed custom-CAB

Now you notice that the update-software starts to download the new ROM (over 125Mb). If for some reason the upgrade does not start to install (eg. one case was with a demo X2 phone), then just let the phone complete the custom cab-installation It does a factory-reset before it resumes the install)

Below are the different language-versions available. I have not yet had time to create cabs for other languages, but if you need a specific language, then post to this thread a request so that i can create a custom cab for that language.

It would be nice if you would report to this thread if you succeed or not with this upgrade! :)

So, here is a list of available regions that i simply picked up from listigs of ROM:s To get the MR2-release, it has to have been released by SE...

Code:
Belgium - GENERIC_BE
Czech - GENERIC_CZ
Danish - GENERIC_DK
Dutch - GENERIC_NL
English (Generic) - GENERIC_EN
English (UK) - GENERIC_UK
Finnish - GENERIC_FI
French - GENERIC_FR
German - GENERIC_DE
Greek - GENERIC_GR
Indian - GENERIC_IN
Middle East - GENERIC_MEA
Polish - GENERIC_PL
Portuguese - GENERIC_PT
Russian - GENERIC_RU
Singapore - GENERIC_SG
Spanish - GENERIC_ES
Swedish - GENERIC_SE
Taiwan - GENERIC_TW
etc...
Needless to say that you do these tweaks on your own risk
 
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BRAIN_STEW

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There are two other files that go along with this, and i can confirm that it did not work for me.

ill see if i can get the other file names. but i belive there may be another thread floatinga round that has suggested this as well.
 

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hertell

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i gave my phone back to the seller because it was prototype version of the x2
I think that the hardware is the same, but with an old software.

Did you
  1. Reset the phone
  2. Cancel the installation of the cabs after aligning the screen?
  3. Install the generic_ru cab?

I did this, and i had an russian x2 with the latest R3A software...

So my opinion is that you gave back a great phone!
 
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hertell

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yes i did like you but still was the same.
now i'm going to buy SE X10
I had a couple of times that the update did not work on the first time. What i did was that i rebooted the phone, and when it asked if i want to continue the cancelled update-process i answer yes. Now the phone asks you to accept a reset. After accepting, the phone reboots, and you are at stage one again when the phone asks you to align the screen. Again when finished, cancel the update-process by removing the battery.

Now install your generic_XX cab (download a fresh copy of it!).

Now reboot your phone at least one time. What you could do is paste the content of the following files (you can get to them via ActiveSync):

\windows\swVersionCust.txt
\windows\swvercust.txt
\windows\swVersionProduct.txt
 
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I had a couple of times that the update did not work on the first time. What i did was that i rebooted the phone, and when it asked if i want to continue the cancelled update-process i answer yes. Now the phone asks you to accept a reset. After accepting, the phone reboots, and you are at stage one again when the phone asks you to align the screen. Again when finished, cancel the update-process by removing the battery.

Now install your generic_XX cab (download a fresh copy of it!).

Now reboot your phone at least one time. What you could do is paste the content of the following files (you can get to them via ActiveSync):

\windows\swVersionCust.txt
\windows\swvercust.txt
\windows\swVersionProduct.txt
Thank you for your solution, i think soft-reset after installing cab is mandatory.
All work as you describe, I've just flashed my X2 from English to Russian.
 

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thanks hertell

since we don't have SPL yet, I suggest this thread being stickyed


Some suggestions:

1.- a spanish CAB ??

2.- many users vahe tryed and tryed everything before with no success, which means their PC SEUS SOFTWARE IS ALREADY MARKED with their current I-wanna-get-rid-of language. this prevents the installation of a new language...
May I suggest you to include anohter step into your guide:

UNINSTALL SEUS FROM THE PC and reinstall it after the lang CAB has been installed
OR
delete folder C:\Program Files\Sony Ericsson\Update Service\db
 
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thanks hertell

since we don't have SPL yet, I suggest this thread being stickyed


Some suggestions:

1.- a spanish CAB ??

2.- many users vahe tryed and tryed everything before with no success, which means their PC SEUS SOFTWARE IS ALREADY MARKED with their current I-wanna-get-rid-of language. this prevents the installation of a new language...
May I suggest you to include anohter step into your guide:

UNINSTALL SEUS FROM THE PC and reinstall it after the lang CAB has been installed
OR
delete folder C:\Program Files\Sony Ericsson\Update Service\db
Regarding the re-installation of SEUS, or deleting the files, i say that that's pointless. I have not done that, and i can install any of my tested languages directly without having to every time download them... SEUS can even resume nicely uncomplete downloads!

I think that the Spanish language has not yet been released, but as soon that will be released, then i'll create a new cab for with spanish language.

There is one thing that puzzles me, and I would like to know a bit more about what they mean (This is an example from the GENERIC_UK rom):

  1. Software Id: 1230-2799
  2. Customization Id: 1231-4909
  3. Customization Version: R22A

What do these values mean? I would apreciate if someone could explain me more in detail, and if someone could point me to a complete, then that would be even better! :)

If this is some kind of flavour of each specific language, then it's not a big deal for me to create a custom cab for each of these flavours.
 
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I just added two Spanish cabs: Standard + Vodafone. With this you can change your language to Spanish. Currently there is no spanish MR2 release, but you should get the spanish previous version installed.
 
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Thank you!!
My phone is currently in Europe as i did not want to risk "bricking" it myself: better to blame someone else if it happens ;) But you have some pretty clear instructions so if I were to do it myself, I dont think that I would have a problem.

I sent this as a link for a more experienced tech to follow and make the change from Czech to English.

Unfortunately I do not know the the answers to the questions that you recently posted on your first post in this thread but as soon as i get it back I can try to find out what I can: albeit it will already be too late because it would have been changed already.

Anyways thank you again so much for figuring this out. Dealing with SE is so frustrating: "you bought the phone in Slovakia therefore it is not meant to be used anywhere else." WHAAAAA??!?!?!? Darn SE... have some product support for once.
 
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mafo82

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hi hertell,i try to change language to my xperia but every time it return vodafone spain.I try with generic_it and generic _es but seus upgrade evry time firmware vodafone:(:(
 

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So, the same problem with "You phone already has the latest available software installed" with only button "Exit" in SEUS.
Trying all variants described there with no luck....