[GUIDE] Flash SBF to Motorola Atrix 4G

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kennethpenn

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WARNING
DO NOT FLASH ON BELL ATRIX
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http://bandbinnovations.com/Atrix.7z
Password: atrixbl

1.5.2
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UPDATE: Linux SBF guide here --> http://blog.opticaldelusion.org/2011/02/sbfflash-updates.html --> Thank you "relaxed"
Flash Guide (Instructions)
Prerequisites

  • Download RSDLite 5.0 (MediaFire mirror)
    • Install the program
  • Download SBF file from above links
  • Bricked phone or test device
  • Fully charged device
  • Drivers installed (if you rooted your phone, your computer has the necessary drivers)
Problems

  • Some users experiencing WiFi connectivity weirdness
  • SIM-unlocked devices may still have WiFi problems
  • Market might not show all applications (easy fix on the way)
Do not flash this file unless absolutely necessary. It will help those who’ve bricked their device to recover, but this is not for flashing just for fun. BriefMobile cannot be held responsible for device damage due to this guide.

  1. Make sure your phone is turned off
  2. Take out your microSD card and SIM card for the flashing process
  3. While turning the phone on, hold the Volume Up button until it acknowledges RSD
  4. Your device will say “Starting RSD protocol support”
  5. Run “RSD Lite” on your computer
  6. Press the “. . .” button next to the box labeled “Filename”
  7. Load up the SBF file
    • The SBF file is located inside of the .gz file, you must extract it out before loading it into RSD Lite
    • Use WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the .gz file on your computer
  8. Plug your device into your computer
    • Use the USB ports on the back side of your computer for safety
  9. RSD Lite should recognize your device and say “Model: NS Flash Olympus” and “Connected…”
  10. Press the “Start” button
  11. Be patient while the phone reboots. It will take a long time.
  12. Congratulations!
 
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cellzealot

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Are you sure it says "NS Flash Olympus" and not "S Flash Olympus"?

NS stands for Non Secured and is how a development phone with unlocked bootloader is designated.

A secured stock phone should be seen as S Flash in RSD Lite.
 

cellzealot

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I would suggest a large warning to always charge the battery completely before any flash attempt.
The phone cannot charge in bootloader and if you get stuck or need to reflash several times you can run the risk of a dead battery if the phone will not boot normally to recharge it.

Another important note is it is a very common misconception that flashing and SBF file completely restores the phone to a stock factory state. This is not true. Most SBF files and in particular official release builds do not write to cache or user data partitions by default and you must factory reset/wipe either in recovery or from the phone menu after flashing if you want a truly clean configuration.
 
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kennethpenn

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I would suggest a large warning to always charge the battery completely before any flash attempt.
The phone cannot charge in bootloader and if you get stuck or need to reflash several times you can run the risk of a dead battery if the phone will not boot normally to recharge it.

Another important note is it is a very common misconception that flashing and SBF file completely restores the phone to a stock factory state. This is not true. Most SBF files and in particular official release builds do not write to cache or user data partitions by default and you must factory reset/wipe either in recovery or from the phone menu after flashing if you want a truly clean configuration.

Thanks for the info! Duly noted... editing the post.
 
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kmiller8

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RSD Lite reports "NS Flash" for me too

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purchased through Amazon
 
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diedemus

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mine also says NS, purchased directly from AT&T

start is greyed out if there is no file/an incorrect file to flash, notice that the file properties pane is blank, it has not actually loaded the file in the select box in that screenshot
 
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das8nt

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Does this leaked update (leaked sbf/ whatever you want to call it :] )
do anything useful?

E.g. make any important/useful updates? If it does I am willing to try despite having a sim unlocked device

Mainly just recovers you from a soft-bricked or improperly hacked device. It flashes you back to stock (or as close to stock as we have right now.)

No new features. No bug fixes. Nothing different from stock except a few new possible issues.
 

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    WARNING
    DO NOT FLASH ON BELL ATRIX
    If you appreciate this guide, please visit my website (maybe check out my sponsors!), subscribe on Twitter, press the thanks button below, or donate to Fixter, DesignGears, Fenny and other great helpers/devs for the Atrix 4G.

    Download
    1.2.6
    http://bandbinnovations.com/Atrix.7z
    Password: atrixbl

    1.5.2
    HTTP (Rename from .rar to .gz)
    HTTP (Rename from .rar to .gz)
    MultiUpload
    Hotfile.com
    DepositFiles


    UPDATE: Linux SBF guide here --> http://blog.opticaldelusion.org/2011/02/sbfflash-updates.html --> Thank you "relaxed"
    Flash Guide (Instructions)
    Prerequisites

    • Download RSDLite 5.0 (MediaFire mirror)
      • Install the program
    • Download SBF file from above links
    • Bricked phone or test device
    • Fully charged device
    • Drivers installed (if you rooted your phone, your computer has the necessary drivers)
    Problems

    • Some users experiencing WiFi connectivity weirdness
    • SIM-unlocked devices may still have WiFi problems
    • Market might not show all applications (easy fix on the way)
    Do not flash this file unless absolutely necessary. It will help those who’ve bricked their device to recover, but this is not for flashing just for fun. BriefMobile cannot be held responsible for device damage due to this guide.

    1. Make sure your phone is turned off
    2. Take out your microSD card and SIM card for the flashing process
    3. While turning the phone on, hold the Volume Up button until it acknowledges RSD
    4. Your device will say “Starting RSD protocol support”
    5. Run “RSD Lite” on your computer
    6. Press the “. . .” button next to the box labeled “Filename”
    7. Load up the SBF file
      • The SBF file is located inside of the .gz file, you must extract it out before loading it into RSD Lite
      • Use WinRAR or 7-Zip to extract the .gz file on your computer
    8. Plug your device into your computer
      • Use the USB ports on the back side of your computer for safety
    9. RSD Lite should recognize your device and say “Model: NS Flash Olympus” and “Connected…”
    10. Press the “Start” button
    11. Be patient while the phone reboots. It will take a long time.
    12. Congratulations!
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    Thanks, I was about to write one up myself because of the Adeo bricks :)

    Alternatively you can just enable usb debugging. Clicking start will reboot into rsd mode.
    7
    I would suggest a large warning to always charge the battery completely before any flash attempt.
    The phone cannot charge in bootloader and if you get stuck or need to reflash several times you can run the risk of a dead battery if the phone will not boot normally to recharge it.

    Another important note is it is a very common misconception that flashing and SBF file completely restores the phone to a stock factory state. This is not true. Most SBF files and in particular official release builds do not write to cache or user data partitions by default and you must factory reset/wipe either in recovery or from the phone menu after flashing if you want a truly clean configuration.
    4
    Thanks, I was about to write one up myself because of the Adeo bricks :)

    Alternatively you can just enable usb debugging. Clicking start will reboot into rsd mode.

    Good tip! Didn't know that!
    2
    Sorry but why shouldn't it be used with sim unlocked devices?
    Is it cause it can cause wifi issue?

    Yes. This isn't a confirmed issue, but others have experienced WiFi problems with this SBF flash over their SIM unlocked devices.
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