HOW TO USE AN ENGLISH ROM to switch the SGH-i718 from Chinese into English

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pierrotee

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Hi there,
In another post I asked for a method of converting my strictly Chinese SGH-i718 into English. Now, I know that an English version exists, as you can buy an identical phone in English (i think that is the SGH-i710).

Someone posted a link to a file to purports to be an English ROM for the phone, and I have now downloaded it.

Links are http://rapidshare.com/files/45439904/Juggler_WM6_i718ZMGF4_PDA_Eng.rar.html

and

http://rapidshare.com/files/45950071/Juggler_WM6_i718ZMGF4_Phone_Eng.rar.html

How on earth do I use the ROM without totally bricking my phone?

The file is named;

Juggler_WM6_i718ZMGF4_PDA_Eng.rar

When I extract it, I have an EXE file named;

i718ZMGF4_PDA_Eng

which is described as "UnifiedMultiDownloader MFC 응용 프로그램"

When I open it, it has a screen that says "no phone detected" or something like that, and then it closes and the Microsoft Windows Data Execution Protection pops up and says it closed it to protect my computer.

1) Would you trust this file?

2) If yes, how does it work?

Thanks guys 'n' gals
 

pierrotee

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IT WORKS!

FYI: I used the PDA rom, the first one, and it works! It works incredibly well in fact. After use, when I switched the phone on, it started up in English and prompted me to set the phone up as if it was the first time it had ever been turned on. I will post the full instructions tomorrow (4:30am here and I can't be bothered right now)
 

pierrotee

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It's Done!! Here's How

Well, here's the deal. The forums only work if people help each other. If I were to find out how to do it and not tell you, it would defeat the purpose of having forums and being able to help each other in the first place.

So anyway, I ended up finding a forum with a bunch of awesome Chinese people who helped me to flash it. I already had the file from another forum, and the fact that this guy posted the exact same files, then gave me a step-by-step, made me confident that this flash would actually work.

I have now successfully used the process below to flash the PDA part of my i718. I HAVE NOT FLASHED THE PHONE (RADIO) PART YET BECAUSE MY ORIGINAL PHONE ROM IS STILL WORKING AFTER THE FLASH OF THE PDA ROM.

Here is the process below with no spelling mistakes corrected...

Samsung i718 PPC Phone flash ROM procedure + WM6 English ROM

(A) CABLES

Two Cables are needed for i718 to flash rom.

Cable 1 = USB Cable accompany with your PPC Phone for ActiveSync for the flash of ROM.

Cable 2 = Special USB Phone Flash Cable for the flash of Phone Function ... it seems to be the Radio ROM. It is competible with Samsung normal phone model D828.

USB Phone Flash Cable Info from Taobao site:

Phone Flash Cable 1

http://auction1.taobao.com/auction/0/item_detail-0db2-bd590543d74abee85f6e49e9376b2cca.jhtml

Phone Flash Cable 2:

http://auction1.taobao.com/auction/0/item_detail-0db1-c02f02c2861d77ee6cdc7109e5648732.jhtml


(B) FLASH ROM (PDA FUNCTION)

1. Charge PPC Phone to full power.

2. PC with ActiveSync V4.5 installed.

3. Inside the ActiveSync connection settings, <UNCHECK> Allow USB connections and <CHECK> Allow connections to one of the following: COM? (The port number is your USB will be connected). (trial and error until you get a successful Activesync connection)

4. POWER OFF your PPC Phone and connect it with the USB cable to the PC. (Use cable 1)

5. Run the downloaded WM6 ROM <i718ZMGF4_PDA_Eng.exe>; and choose Detect in POP-UP screen when the program started.

6. Check your PPC Phone is firm connected with PC and POWER ON your phone now.

7. The original ROM program will auto flash the new ROM into the PPC Phone.

8. Just pay attention to the screen of the PPC Phone and follow and instructions pop-up to finish the whole upgrade.

9. After completion, you can check your ROM version inside the PPC Phone, and it will be the new <Version i718ZMGF4>.

(C) FLASH RADIO ROM (PHONE FUNCTION)

1. Install the phone flash driver which is inside the CD that is accompanied with the Cable 2 .

2. POWER OFF your PPC Phone and connect it with the USB cable to the PC. (Use cable 2)

3. Run the bootloader flash program <Qingdao_downloader_v04.exe> inside the folder of <i718ZMGF4_PhoneRom>.

4. In the program screen of <Files to Download>:

1st Boot Loader: Click BIN... choose boot.bin file.

2nd Main Binary: Click BIN... choose i718ZMGF4.cla file.

3rd BP Engine: Click BIN... choose bpexec.bin file.

5. Check your PC's COM number connect with this cable and set the COM Port speed according this cable.

6. Then inside this program choose the Serial Port: COM? (same as your PC's COM Port number).

7. Click the <START> button and it will start to check your Phone ID (if it cannot find the ID, your can disconnect the cable and insert it again to try OR power on the phone to help this Phone ID checking).

8. When Phone ID checking is sucessed, Click the <ALL DOWNLOAD> button to start to flash.

9. After flash is completed, reset the PPC Phone by input *2767*3855# to process.

CAUTION in RADIO ROM FLASHING:

When flashing the Radio ROM/Phone Function or after flash, it will show <Phone Error, Run Later> or similar words. It is normal because the PPC Phone is under phone function flashing procedure and cannot be used. After all upgrade is finished, you just power off the PPC Phone and turn it on again to make it back to normal to fully finish the upgrade procedure.



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So there is it everyone. I hope this helps you to flash your Chinese version Samsung SGH-i718 and enjoy it as much as I am currently.

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pierrotee

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I wasn't trying to be surreptitious. I explained that this info was given to me from someone else I was just trying to put it together into a comprehensive post that people could follow and use to flash their phones. I hope it helps :) :D ;) :rolleyes:
 

maxxamour

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unlock samsung i710

hello can i use this flash rom to flash sasung i710 are they are the same phone like i718 and how to unlock this phone from france network thank you:)
 

pierrotee

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i710 and i718

hello can i use this flash rom to flash sasung i710 are they are the same phone like i718 and how to unlock this phone from france network thank you:)

I'm pretty sure that the i710 and i718 are identical. I think the i710 was designed for sale in western countries, whereas the i718 is specifically branded for Chinese markets.

I think the firmware would be similar, just in other languages.

Give this conversion method a try!
 
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jashi

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i have upgraded my phone i710 well but after upgrading my gprs sto working.i tried all kinds of settings but its not working ,is this s a bug in this rom.
i warn all other members too
and pls any one tell me how can i come back to my perivious wm5,bcoz without gprs my ppc s just a brick
 

caine

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my gprs sto working.
Don't panic! To get gprs working you must flash both pda and phone parts of firmware. Read first post to learn how to do this. To get back wm5 you need to serach something like I710XEGF2 (xe means russian variant, which is yours i don't know) in google. If you still need WM6, but have no possibility to flash phone part (have no cable etc..) you need to find an official samsung update for I710 (not I718) - something like I710UXEGG1 (U means WM6, XE means russian again).
 

jashi

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brother i need my perivious wm5 rom:eek:. i cannt live without gprs on my phone.pls give me any link for my i710 original firmware.
i also want to tell u that i had made a backup by using sprite backup,can it restore my perivious wm5 firmware.plsss guide me
 

jashi

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Don't panic! To get gprs working you must flash both pda and phone parts of firmware. Read first post to learn how to do this. To get back wm5 you need to serach something like I710XEGF2 (xe means russian variant, which is yours i don't know) in google. If you still need WM6, but have no possibility to flash phone part (have no cable etc..) you need to find an official samsung update for I710 (not I718) - something like I710UXEGG1 (U means WM6, XE means russian again).
hi dear,
the version u reffer here for i710 are all downloadede by me but there is no english version of wm5 these all r russian or wm6 (without gprs as i have nt ny cable to upgrade radio).so pls tell me how to find wm5 english rom any link pls.
 

zerosports

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Hello everyone, I found this thread from google search, I have a China version of SGH-i718+ , This phone was given by my dad, I can barely read any chinese, so I wish could convert this to english version, I believe it runs WM6 Chinese.

Does this rom works for this phone? or is there a newer rom?

and where can I purchase the cables , thanks for the help guys.
 

theonlyallan

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this works, just a little change to the instructions to get the PDA part flashing..

- disable active sync usb connection
- disable com port connection

run the flashing program,
select detect & start downloading immediately

plug in your phone and hold the power button until the blue bar starts moving..