• Introducing XDA Computing: Discussion zones for Hardware, Software, and more!    Check it out!
  • Fill out your device list and let everyone know which phones you have!    Edit Your Device Inventory

[NANDROID] Motorola Marshmallow Soak test v5 - Dec 13 - makes other phones jelleh!!

Search This thread

Tel864

Senior Member
Nov 22, 2011
3,012
1,095
Greenville
Silly question, but please indulge me; now that the official marshmallow OTA is reported to have started rolling out for 1540, do we (running soaktest 5) also get to be able to receive this OTA?

Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk
And personally, I think it's safer to flash the MM final when it becomes available, rather than taking the OTA.

Sent from my SM-T530NU using Tapatalk
 
  • Like
Reactions: MarkAndroid.UK

Tel864

Senior Member
Nov 22, 2011
3,012
1,095
Greenville
I would think the OTA would work just fine as long as you still have the stock recovery installed. The official testers have to get the final somehow, so I doubt the OTA would be disabled.
The soak targets specific IMEI's and is sent specifically to those phones in the soak. If the OTA is anything like the soak and you've ever flashed back for any reason then the OTA isn't going to install even with stock recovery.
 

Selmak

Senior Member
Jul 7, 2010
267
65
The soak targets specific IMEI's and is sent specifically to those phones in the soak. If the OTA is anything like the soak and you've ever flashed back for any reason then the OTA isn't going to install even with stock recovery.

Interesting that the OTA would discriminate based on the current version that one has. Well in my case it doesn't matter at this point. V5 crashed out on me, and I couldn't get it fixed. So I'm on CM13 now.
 

hp420

Senior Member
Jul 31, 2011
2,547
1,422
Gainesville, Fl
Google Nexus 4
T-Mobile LG G2
Interesting that the OTA would discriminate based on the current version that one has. Well in my case it doesn't matter at this point. V5 crashed out on me, and I couldn't get it fixed. So I'm on CM13 now.

This is always how OTA updates are, 100% of the time. On every single android device in existence. Go look in the Nexus forums if you'd like to see updates that get more specifics behind them. You'll see threads with lists of links for OTAs, depending on what version you're coming from, and what version you're going to. Not everyone takes every single update every time. Some people may be still running the original firmware the device shipped with, has skipped several updates, and now wants to take the 6.0 OTA. When you install an OTA zip it's not a rom like we flash with TWRP. It only contains scripts and files to PATCH the system, not fully replace it. Therefore, if you're on a device running, say, 5.0.1 and you flash the 6.0 OTA, you'll need different files within the system, kernel, modem, etc patched than someone who is currently running 5.1.1...so the OTA needs to be different for that reason.

The same thing goes for soak tests. There is a disclaimer when you sign the user agreement that you could very well be left out in the cold when the official OTA is pushed. You may never get an OTA notification. But all you have to do is flash the factory image and you'll be fine to update then. If you're running a soak test it's expected you're a semi-intelligent human being that can follow simple instructions detailing the process to return to the last official release...and if you aren't that type of person, you're nothing but a liability to the soak test, and no one wants you being an official tester anyway, because you're not going to give reliable feedback.
 

Selmak

Senior Member
Jul 7, 2010
267
65
This is always how OTA updates are, 100% of the time. On every single android device in existence. Go look in the Nexus forums if you'd like to see updates that get more specifics behind them. You'll see threads with lists of links for OTAs, depending on what version you're coming from, and what version you're going to. Not everyone takes every single update every time. Some people may be still running the original firmware the device shipped with, has skipped several updates, and now wants to take the 6.0 OTA. When you install an OTA zip it's not a rom like we flash with TWRP. It only contains scripts and files to PATCH the system, not fully replace it. Therefore, if you're on a device running, say, 5.0.1 and you flash the 6.0 OTA, you'll need different files within the system, kernel, modem, etc patched than someone who is currently running 5.1.1...so the OTA needs to be different for that reason.

The same thing goes for soak tests. There is a disclaimer when you sign the user agreement that you could very well be left out in the cold when the official OTA is pushed. You may never get an OTA notification. But all you have to do is flash the factory image and you'll be fine to update then. If you're running a soak test it's expected you're a semi-intelligent human being that can follow simple instructions detailing the process to return to the last official release...and if you aren't that type of person, you're nothing but a liability to the soak test, and no one wants you being an official tester anyway, because you're not going to give reliable feedback.

Well said. I am aware of all of this. What I didn't understand is that the OTA for the soak test would only target the IMEI numbers for the official testers. I thought if one was running the soak, and had the stock recovery that would be enough to get the OTA. Thank you for the clarification.
 

minieod

Senior Member
Jun 24, 2010
1,974
528
San Diego, CA
can someone try and help me here:

running us version 1540 --- i am just confused on the fastboot command for flashing the modem.img. usually it is fastboot flash modem modem.img . but when i look up the instructions people have posted for the moto g (on xda) it shows this whole set:

fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
fastboot flash logo logo.bin
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
fastboot erase cache
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot reboot

nowhere does it show a modem.img.

i tried flash modem modem.img and it worked. but when the phone boots into the setup wizard it gets signal or wifi and force reboots


edit: i just booted into bootloader and noticed that it showed a blank after baseband, i tried flash modem.img again, and it populated baseband, so maybe it somehow bugged out?

edit 2: still rebooting after loading up
 
Last edited:

hp420

Senior Member
Jul 31, 2011
2,547
1,422
Gainesville, Fl
Google Nexus 4
T-Mobile LG G2
can someone try and help me here:

running us version 1540 --- i am just confused on the fastboot command for flashing the modem.img. usually it is fastboot flash modem modem.img . but when i look up the instructions people have posted for the moto g (on xda) it shows this whole set:

fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
fastboot flash logo logo.bin
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
fastboot erase cache
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot reboot

nowhere does it show a modem.img.

i tried flash modem modem.img and it worked. but when the phone boots into the setup wizard it gets signal or wifi and force reboots


edit: i just booted into bootloader and noticed that it showed a blank after baseband, i tried flash modem.img again, and it populated baseband, so maybe it somehow bugged out?

edit 2: still rebooting after loading up

fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin is your modem.img. if it's rebooting you've flashed the wrong modem.img for your region. This has been repeated over and over and over, and the topic has been beaten to death in this thread. Please read!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Versatil2010

minieod

Senior Member
Jun 24, 2010
1,974
528
San Diego, CA
fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin is your modem.img. if it's rebooting you've flashed the wrong modem.img for your region. This has been repeated over and over and over, and the topic has been beaten to death in this thread. Please read!

Sorry it's gone over and over. Your reply leaves me even more confused though

I am using a us xt1540 2gb 16gb...bought on motos site and always used in the us

I followed your link in the first post to your other thread with the img dumps and downloaded the modem.img for v5 soak

It should be the correct region, right?



As far as the non-hlos are you supposed to just rename the modem.img and non-hlos.bin?
 

hp420

Senior Member
Jul 31, 2011
2,547
1,422
Gainesville, Fl
Google Nexus 4
T-Mobile LG G2
Sorry it's gone over and over. Your reply leaves me even more confused though

I am using a us xt1540 2gb 16gb...bought on motos site and always used in the us

I followed your link in the first post to your other thread with the img dumps and downloaded the modem.img for v5 soak

It should be the correct region, right?



As far as the non-hlos are you supposed to just rename the modem.img and non-hlos.bin?

No, don't rename anything and enter the command just as it's written. I just meant non-hlos.bin is your modem file, so when you enter that line it will be flashing your modem. Once you boot to the system the modem will be initialized and it will show you the new version in the bootloader screen.
 

Stefano 99

Senior Member
Nov 12, 2015
140
46
Torino
@hp420, it works fine on xt1541 2gb Italy, with root and xposed. You can add it at first post ;) I'm using it from two weeks. The only things that are not perfect are the connection to the wifi network (it works only with settings opened) and the connection with the cellular network, that's slow to connect and scan the networks,...but both are related to the modem...so I think it's not a bug.

Sorry for my bad english [emoji16] [emoji16] [emoji16]
Stefano 99

Inviato dal mio Moto G 2015 (soak MarshMallow v5)
 
  • Like
Reactions: diaboliko.hacker

nelsonw

Senior Member
Jun 29, 2009
2,569
550
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Well I installed on my 1543 DUAL SIM Phone and it don't see the sims. I guess is because is a single sim on a dual sim.

---------- Post added at 04:33 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:29 PM ----------

would someone using aa dual sim device please try this....

download this app:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.szalkowski.activitylauncher

select all apps
scroll to setup and expand it
select com.motorola.multisim.SelectData

try setting your sim card and test, please.

you can long-press this item in the activity launcher app and add a shortcut to the sim card selector on your home screen for easy access, too.

forgot about this... will test

---------- Post added at 04:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:33 PM ----------

It FC trying to setup SIM 1... it needs root?

It FCs even on stock ROM
 
Last edited:

djekan

Senior Member
Dec 29, 2012
346
73
Portugal
I, can someone help me with my ROM problem, I've one XT1541, 8Gb ROM, 1Gb RAM, with this soak v5 and mines above 40 app the internal memory is always full, what can I do to solve this?

My doubts is if it's possible partition the SD card and use a part of this with the internal memory.

If I use SD card as Internal memory any time I need install other ROM I loose everything right?

Thanks, and sorry my English

Enviado do meu MotoG3 através de Tapatalk
 

Tel864

Senior Member
Nov 22, 2011
3,012
1,095
Greenville
I, can someone help me with my ROM problem, I've one XT1541, 8Gb ROM, 1Gb RAM, with this soak v5 and mines above 40 app the internal memory is always full, what can I do to solve this?

My doubts is if it's possible partition the SD card and use a part of this with the internal memory.

If I use SD card as Internal memory any time I need install other ROM I loose everything right?

Thanks, and sorry my English

Enviado do meu MotoG3 através de Tapatalk

You can go into your settings and clear the cache under Internal Storage>Cached Data. This will free up a little. Also get rid of some of those apps you don't use that often.
As for using the card as internal memory, you won't necessarily lose everything because not every app is going to move to the SD card plus you can go through your apps before you reformat the card as portable and manually move the app back to internal. That way, you won't lose anything.
 
  • Like
Reactions: djekan

VicSanRED

Member
Jan 11, 2015
11
0
This works on my xt1540 1gb. I am not responsible for any harm to your device.

Flash this modified boot image from fastboot then install supersu beta v2.52 from twrp

The only modifications to the image are the sepolicy modifications in post #1 of this thread

This worked on my xt1540 1gb too, I installed the modified boot image then SuperSU 2.66 via TWRP, only issue is that wifi didn't work when the phone started, any solution to this problem? or should I try with an older version of SuperSU?
 

Top Liked Posts

  • There are no posts matching your filters.
  • 17
    This is considered a beta rom. Things may break, things may change, and your phone may brick or turn into a portable toaster. I'm not responsible.
    You are flashing this at your own risk!!!


    This is a nandroid backed up from a US 2gb/16gb xt1540. It may or may not work on all models...that is to be determined.

    Confirmed compatible variants:
    XT1540 (US 1/8GB and 2/16GB) (Canada)
    XT1541 (UK) (France)
    (if your variant is not here it only means it's either not tested or not reported working. please test and report back!)


    If you are unable to boot or obtain any signals after flashing this, it is highly recommended you flash a full factory image intended for your specific model and wait for another solution.

    This is only meant to be a temporary fix while we wait for the big guys to build us a standard rom.

    PLEASE READ THE GUIDE BELOW!!! Some things have changed with v3

    How to install:
    Extract the .tar.gz archive like any zip
    copy the folder to the directory where your other TWRP nandroids are on your internal storage or sd card (TWRP/BACKUPS/ZZY222____/) in here you will see folders with dates, times, rom names and info, etc in the folder names...copy the folder you extracted to this directory.
    boot to TWRP
    restore this backup
    if coming from anything but a previous soak test, wipe userdata
    wipe cache and dalvik cache
    flash systemless root zip SuperSU v2.61 (optional) DO NOT flash any lower SuperSU version!!
    reboot (Please be patient...it's a VERY long wait. If you pass 10 minutes waiting and it hasn't booted, force a reboot by holding the power button)
    profit!


    ***It is HIGHLY recommended US xt1540 users update their radio. It is not required to run this soak test, though. THIS IS ONLY FOR US USERS!!!!! DO NOT FLASH THIS IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE UNITED STATES!!!!***
    See this post for the updated soak test modem.img files (just flash to the modem partition with fastboot and reboot the device)
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/201...-devs-moto-g3-xt1540-soak-test-files-t3255643

    For anyone who is not in the contiguous USA (48 states) but still has xt1540 and would like to test the modem above, you can use the app linked below to back up your modem partition directly from your device before you try the new modem. This way you don't have to download a factory rom to get the right modem.img if you don't already have one backed up on your computer. You have to be rooted to use it.

    Wanam Backup & Restore app (free)

    How to root:
    Please see this thread for the download:
    http://www.xda-developers.com/update-to-snapprefs-xposed-module-includes-17-instagram-like-filters
    The newest root method provided by chainfire does not touch the system partition. To the end-user, the only change is that when you flash a new kernel you must re-flash superSU....not your rom!!! What this means to us in this case is we can use the stock kernel provided with the soak test, flash the superSU zip, and have root, just like a Nexus device without having to wait for a permissive kernel!

    *****After flashing the new systemless root zip you will be prompted to install superSU before the device reboots. DO NOT ALLOW IT TO INSTALL!!!!!! If you allow it to install with this option you will get a bootloop*****

    **To view your device storage from your computer, open your notification shade, click the "USB for _____" notification, and select "transfer files (MTP)". It won't stick through a reboot, so you'll have to do this each time you boot.....the same thing goes if you unplug the cable.

    Download:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByE999IDa0JnaEpnX0FCRjNxX28
    8
    To clarify the few points of confusion here.....

    Modems for this device are NOT version specific, but ARE region-specific!! In other words, a lollipop modem for US XT1540 users will work on a US XT1540 running MM, as well as the other way around. But you can NOT.....I repeat CAN NOT....flash a modem from another variant or region!!!

    So....to sum up, those who are running US ONLY XT1540 devices....you have the option to flash a new modem if you so desire. THat's all...you don't have to flash it if you don't want, but if you would like to see if you get a better signal, web speed, etc. then by all means, try it out. If it's not what you're looking for you can flash ANY other modem intended specifically for your region and model....and this goes for all G3 users. Anyone can flash any modem intended for their exact variant and region...don't try another region's modem, but if you had a better signal running an old modem, then flash that modem. You don't have to be running any specific android version to use it. Just because it may have come bundled with 5.1.1, hypothetically speaking, doesn't mean it won't run on 6.0.

    Now...the data wiping. Most people aren't coming from a previous soak test...if you only restore this nandroid without wiping userdata on top of, say CM, then reboot the device, the userdata from the CM rom will be left installed. Because my nandroid does not contain any userdata, recovery will not wipe the partition and the userdata from your last rom won't be compatible with this one and you'll have a bootloop until you wipe the userdata partition or do a factory reset. If you are coming from a previous soak test, since the userdata you have will be from an official Moto 6.0 rom, you can just restore the nandroid, reflash your xposed, superSU, etc. and you do not have to wipe your userdata.

    Think of this nandroid just as you would any other rom....if you're coming from anything but a previous version of the same rom you have to do a factory reset, because the zip isn't programed to wipe the userdata partition for you.

    I hope that clears things up.

    BTW...one final note:
    What I said above about modems ONLY goes for Moto G3....do NOT try swapping modems with any other device. We are lucky that our modems are not android version specific. Most devices are, so if you have, say an LG G2 and you flash a jellybean modem on a lollipop rom you're not going to have a good time. Our device is like a Nexus, in that the modems are interchangeable.
    8
    Soak v5 uploaded in OP.

    We're skipping right over v4, everyone. I have no idea what v4 changed, but it only lasted a matter of like 3 days. v5 is the current soak test out at the time of posting this.

    Happy flashing everyone!
    7
    You must not know what you're talking about. Even the OP says you have to wipe data after restoring from the backup.

    There is a whole ton of misinformation in this thread. The OP should have ALL of the information and instructions we need to do this. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to write.

    It does, but that's 5-10 minutes every single time a new soak is released, and really, this is not that hard to figure out. I'm not trying to lay into you or anything, but I don't think you realise how long it takes to do all this, so let me lay it out for you...this is the process every time a new soak gets posted:

    - Download the new update from my source, which usually averages about 1.5GB
    - Back up my current setup and get ready to flash the update, which entails completely wiping my system and data partitions
    - flash the new soak test
    - test the new soak test to make sure it's ok and not going to insta-brick a few hundred devices as soon as I post it
    - dump all partitions to img files
    - compress and upload all image files so our rom devs have updated MM dumps to use so they can fix issues with their roms...this is about 3GB
    - run a nandroid backup for all the members here to restore
    - upload the nandroid...about 1.5GB
    - post all the stuff I just uploaded

    All in all, this is about 3-4 hours of work every time a new soak gets released. I'm not trying to say anyone here seems ungrateful, because I see all the thank yous and posts to this exact effect....but forgive me if I don't have all the time in the world to get absolutely everything done in between working my current third shift job, packing up my entire house to get ready to move, looking for a new job and also trying to find a new apartment in the new city....and it's also coming up on the holidays. I'm a very busy person right now.

    So please....be patient and understanding if you have to do a little searching to find the answers to your problems. I'm doing the best I can with the limited time I have.

    BTW, this is also all being done from my android, since I don't have any other internet in my name....so that makes it take a little longer to do, too. Luckily, I have unlimited LTE and Tmo was kind enough to uncap tethering for the holidays. I go through over 5GB of mobile data every soak test just downloading and reuploading it.
    6
    What? People bricks their phones flashing official build. This is hilarious

    Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk

    Don't feed the trolls, please.

    ****Soak test 3 incoming today!!!****