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fktsndr

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Jun 18, 2007
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There are many posts, how to install rom, radio, what is hard-spl, etc...

Here is a little help:

- There is NO best rom...cookers are different, users are different, roms are too....try them, do not ask which one is the best !
- Hard-spl is a hacked bootloader (spl) you can flash cooked roms with it. YOU NEED it, if you want to flash cooked roms or radio or splash screen because it ignores CID-lock.
- CID-lock means Carrier ID lock. For example offical WWE devices have CID HTC_001. (AUS and SEA devices have HTC_023, etc...) This means you can flash these devices, if offical rom has the same CID as your device has. (or you have to use hard-spl)
- Romflashing will delete everything from you PDA!
- WWE means World Wide English
- It is strongly recomended to remove SD card and Sim card before flashing.
- All the roms in Polaris forum compatible with Cruise, Polaris, P3650, XDA Orbit 2 (but you NEED hard-spl before flash)
- Radio-rom is the firmware of wireless (GSM-GPS-WIFI) communicaton hardware modul. This is NOT the FM radio!
- Full rom has 5 parts: ipl+spl+splashscreen+os+radio (cooked roms do not include all of them)
- Shipped rom can be restored, if there is an offical or dumped downloadable original rom.
- Backup your current rom means dump and reconstruct it. (find links below)


Note:
These steps are tested on Windows XP sp3
These steps are not the offical rom upgrade, you can void warranty.
Bad flashing can brick your device. Do it on your own risk!


So:

How to install HARD-SPL! (You MUST do it first and once!)

Download Hard-spl, and unpack it to a folder.
Connect your PDA to PC, and be sure Active Sync can connect to it.
From the Hard-spl folder, run RomUpdateUtility. (push Next, Next, and Update…)
Your will see a tricolor screen on your PDA.
It will ask you to Replug your usb Cable. DO IT!
The screen will be grey, and a few seconds later hard-spl will be installed.
If you want to check it, step manually to bootloader (Press and hold camer button and press reset), and you have to see SPL-2.20.Olinex string on the tricolor screen.


How to install cooked rom.

Download the cooked rom, and unpack it to a folder.
STEP MANUALLY to bootloader. (Press and hold camera button and press reset)
You will see a tricolor screen on you PDA, and you have to see SPL-2.20.Olinex string. IF YOU NOT SEE THIS DO NOT TRY TO FLASH ROM!!!
Now connect your PDA to PC.
From the Hard-spl folder, run RomUpdateUtility.exe, or Rom.exe, (Next, Next….)
The screen will be grey, and a few minutes later the new rom will be installed.
(After rom flash Hard Reset is strongly recommended)


How to install Radio rom

Download the radio rom, and unpack it to a folder. (only first and second radio-roms are for Polaris, the others are for Kaiser)
STEP MANUALLY to bootloader. (Press and hold camera button and press reset)
You will see a tricolor screen on you PDA, and you have to see SPL-2.20.Olinex string. IF YOU NOT SEE THIS DO NOT TRY TO FLASH ROM!!!
Now connect your PDA to PC.
From the Hard-spl folder, run RomUpdateUtility.exe (Next, Next….)
The screen will be grey, and a few minutes later the new radio rom will be installed.

Note: Here are the Murata radios if you have bad gsm reception
Note2: Radio 1.59.42.15 and 1.59.42.23 are here


More how to
:

How to make custom splash screen: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=375980 Big Thanks to raramomo!
How to config UC roms: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=366337 Big Thanks to Sleuth255!
How to flash your Polaris using SDcard: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=384084&highlight=guide Big Thanks to Taiseer999!
How to flash hard-spl (with screenshots): http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=370434 Big Thanks to panosha!
How to unlock you device: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=375338 Big Thanks to Olipro!
How to replace your screen: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=392301 Big Thanks to Reuvenm!
How to avoid HR during radio or splash flash: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=376119 Big Thanks to UDK!
How to dump rom: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=334680 Big Thanks to Pof! (compatible with Polaris)
How to reconstruct dumped rom: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=337066&highlight=reconstruct Big Thanks to jcesp2005! (compatible with Polaris, in HTC Rom Tool you have to use POLA*****)

Original roms:

Offical HTC WM6.1 roms: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=431738
Offical WWE HTC (1.25.405.1): http://rapidshare.com/files/9162747....1_radio_sign_25.65.30.04_1.58.21.23_Ship.rar (CID__001)
Offical WWE SEA HTC (1.28.457.2): http://210.64.124.194/download/RUU_...o_sign_25.69.30.05_1.58.25.14_murata_Ship.exe (CID__023)
Offical RUS HTC: http://rapidshare.com/files/1095339...5.65.30.04_1.58.21.23_polaris_murata_Ship.exe
Offical ITA HTC: ftp://xda:[email protected]_radio_sign_25.65.30.04_1.58.21.23_Ship.exe
Offical GER Xda O2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=390201
Offical GER Xda O2 wm6.1: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=425585
Offical AUS WWE HTC: http://www.asia.htc.com/download/RU...5.65.30.04_1.58.21.23_polaris_murata_Ship.exe (CID__023)
Offical WWE TEST HTC: http://rapidshare.com/files/9284896...dio_sign_25.69.30.05_1.58.25.14_Test.exe.html (CID__001)
Offical FRE SFR: http://rapidshare.com/files/1446452...ign_Polaris_1.58.21.23_20080623_Ship.exe.html
Dumped NLD: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=416165
Dumped NOR: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=379341
Dumped ENG Xda O2: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=369163&highlight=dumped
Offical ENG XDA O2 WM6.1: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=434737
Dumped FRE: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=395982&page=2
Dumped SVE: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=372391
Dumped ESN: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=380068&highlight=original+spanish+rom
Dumped GER: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=379796

Original HTC, SFR Vodafone, O2 German Splash Screen: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=375699&highlight=original+rom


Offical HTC blutooth fixes: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=2310756&postcount=8


Cab Collections, Themes: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=2283171&postcount=65

Maybe this help, if you stuck in bootloader: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=2003948&postcount=2
Or this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=2350974&postcount=4
 
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fktsndr

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Flash back to original SPL

Thanks to Olipro, Cmonex, Pawel062 and Abbsta

Note: use restore spl only in warranty situation. Hard-spl is much more safe than original spl!

So:
I advice first flash your original rom. (step manually to bootloader, after start the RomUpdateUtiliy from the downloaded original rom)

Restore original SPL:

Download the attached originalspl.zip (these are from the offical 1.25.405.1 WWE, 1.28.405.1 Test WWE and 3.13.405.0 WWE HTC rom)
Unpack it to a folder.
Connect your PDA to PC, and be sure Active Sync can connect to it.
Start the RomUpdate Utility from the folder.
You will see the tricolor screen on you pda, and device will ask you to Replug USB cable. DO IT!
After a few seconds original spl is restored. (this will restore only spl, not flash the full rom)
You can check it to enter manually to bootloader.
You have to see this in tricolor:
POLA100 (or POLA200)
SPL-1.25.0000 (or SPL-1.28.0000 or SPL-3.13.0000)
CPLD-2

Do it on your own risk!
If you are stucked in bootloader or in windows screen, this will not work!
 

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spiderwig

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Feb 16, 2008
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Help for new guys.

Thanks for the info guys I am really overwhelmed by everyones knowledge on this interesting forum.
I have an o2 xda orbit 2 and would like to change the ROM.
How do I know which ROMs are compatible with it?
Also what exactly is a Radio ROM please?
 

fktsndr

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Jun 18, 2007
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Thanks for the info guys I am really overwhelmed by everyones knowledge on this interesting forum.
I have an o2 xda orbit 2 and would like to change the ROM.
How do I know which ROMs are compatible with it?
Also what exactly is a Radio ROM please?

Answer is in the first post now;)
 

Jibreil

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Jan 11, 2007
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With Hard-SPL v2 I see a EnterBooloader.exe file, do we need to run this to enter Bootloader rather than the manual step?

Thanks for the guide.

Update 1: You don't need to get into Booloader mode manually.
Update 2: Please add this, "You must always do a HARD RESET after a successful custom ROM flash." Follow this guide on how-to SOFT RESET & HARD RESET a Polaris (http://www.hardreset.eu/htc_touch_cruise_polaris_hard_reset_soft_reset_en.html)
 
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fktsndr

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Jun 18, 2007
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With Hard-SPL v2 I see a EnterBooloader.exe file, do we need to run this to enter Bootloader rather than the manual step?

Thanks for the guide.

Update 1: You don't need to get into Booloader mode manually.
Update 2: Please add this, "You must always do a HARD RESET after a successful custom ROM flash." Follow this guide on how-to SOFT RESET & HARD RESET a Polaris (http://www.hardreset.eu/htc_touch_cruise_polaris_hard_reset_soft_reset_en.html)

Hard reset is a good idea!
With Hard-spl DO NOT use Manually Bootloader. I did not write to use it...
With Rom and Radio Rom flash USE Manually Bootloader. (becuse it will use the hard-spl on pda, not the jump-spl in Enterbootloader.exe)
 
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rhov23

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Feb 4, 2007
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I try to press/hold the camerabutton and reset button but the device just soft resets... what am I doing wrong?

Thanks

EDIT: Got it, I shouldnt release the camera button after pressing reset
 
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Jibreil

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Jan 11, 2007
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When you see all lights go off the phone, release the Stylus and keep the Beam and IE button pressed. It will enter the Bootloader in a few seconds.
 

sofaford

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How to backup current ROM O2 rom

Many thanks for the Help.
Sorry to bother but I could not find an answer in the forum that would be easy enogh to understand to the following question:

How to backup the original ROM before flashing.

I am having a concerns that something might go wrong with the flash and as my XDA Orbit 2 is still under warranty I wanted to be able to restore original ROM.
 

leondaphillips

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Feb 3, 2008
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Cotswolds
Many thanks for the Help.
Sorry to bother but I could not find an answer in the forum that would be easy enogh to understand to the following question:

How to backup the original ROM before flashing.

I am having a concerns that something might go wrong with the flash and as my XDA Orbit 2 is still under warranty I wanted to be able to restore original ROM.


I used the following commands to get the raw dump files:

pdocread -w -d FLASHDR -b 0x800 -p Part00 0 0x31f000 Part00.raw
pdocread -w -d FLASHDR -b 0x800 -p Part01 0 0x3c0000 Part01.raw
pdocread -w -d FLASHDR -b 0x800 -p Part02 0 0x54a0000 Part02.raw
pdocread -w -d FLASHDR -b 0x800 -p Part03 0 0x7740000 Part03.raw
 

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