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[Resources] Flashing your First GSM Rhodium Rom (For Noobs)

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JVH3

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Hello everyone of course i am a noob and i just got a Tp2 Rhodium on Sprint and my situation is i am trying to extract the Hard SPL and when i open the folder it dissapears. I am running Windows Vista...i even tried switching to 7zip and i get the same thing. What am i doing wrong?

Sprint is CDMA, you should not be using the HardSPL from this thread.

You should be using the one from here: http://forum.ppcgeeks.com/cdma-tp2-development/93252-hspl-unlocker-rhodium-w-hardspl.html
 

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Read my quotes and you understand my dout.

JVH3 is right. CDMA devices are only supposed to use CDMA flashing materials regardless of the network you use them on. Rhod400/500 are both CDMA devices. As such, only the CDMA Hard-SPL, CDMA WU-Unlocked radios, and CDMA ROMs are to be used. Even if you use a GSM network, your device is and always will be CDMA.
 

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I did hard-spl to my phone #1 (tilt 2) and now the phone does not recognize my 16GB SD card. To check that it is not a problem of the SD card, I put in the phone another 2GB microSD card from my phone #2 and still it does not recognize it either. I have also did the opposite - put my 16GB card into phone #2 and it does work.

These tests prove that hard-spl changed something in the phones ability to read from SD card.

Note also that I took SD and SIM cards out before hard-spl. Can anyone please help me to fix this as without SD card the phone is not of much use to me as I store lots of data on SD?
 
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nykiea

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My tp2 is locked

I have a htc touch pro 2 gsm 6.5 currently running the energy rom using the cookiehome tab. I know that i does not allow alpha numeric passphrases........Well i happend and now i can not unlock my phone or synch it to the cpu because it is locked. I tried hard resetting from the device itself, does not work, it stops as soon as it starts........I need help please anyone
 

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I have a htc touch pro 2 gsm 6.5 currently running the energy rom using the cookiehome tab. I know that i does not allow alpha numeric passphrases........Well i happend and now i can not unlock my phone or synch it to the cpu because it is locked. I tried hard resetting from the device itself, does not work, it stops as soon as it starts........I need help please anyone
Your phone is device locked? Where exactly does it ask for a password?

Can you go through the EXACT procedure you used to Hard Reset your device. A Hard Reset 'should' clear the device lock.

Mark.
 
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Is it possible to flash a new ROM onto a phone with a non-working screen? My phone's screen is always black now. It used to turn on if I hit the power button on/off enough times and hit end call etc... but now it won't light up at all... seems very much like a software problem since hitting certain buttons made it work before.

*EDIT* DUH I just ran the flash utility from my PC but unfortunately, the screen still doesn't work even though flash was successful. The screen came on during and after flash, and everything worked fine. "Wonderful!" I thought... its been a week since I've seen my screen light up... But then I tested... slid the screen over to reveal keyboard, and now the screen won't come back on.

I hate my HTC Touch Pro 2
 
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Is it possible to flash a new ROM onto a phone with a non-working screen? My phone's screen is always black now. It used to turn on if I hit the power button on/off enough times and hit end call etc... but now it won't light up at all... seems very much like a software problem since hitting certain buttons made it work before.

*EDIT* DUH I just ran the flash utility from my PC but unfortunately, the screen still doesn't work even though flash was successful. The screen came on during and after flash, and everything worked fine. "Wonderful!" I thought... its been a week since I've seen my screen light up... But then I tested... slid the screen over to reveal keyboard, and now the screen won't come back on.

I hate my HTC Touch Pro 2

It will flash just fine without the screen, as you have seen. What you're experiencing sounds like a loose ribbon cable for the screen. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens with sliders. If you still have time on your warranty (or insurance), send it in for repairs. Make sure to flash the stock ROM and stock SPL first, though. Otherwise, you could try your hand at taking it apart and replacing/readjusting the ribbon cable. I'm not guaranteeing that this is the problem, but it does seem that way.
 

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Hi.My friend flashed CDMA ROM on GSM TP2 and now PDA is bricked. He can acces to color screen but nothing else. Is any way to unbrick his phone? Thx.

If you have access to the bootloader (tri-color screen), then boot into that, and wait until it says SERIAL at the bottom of the screen. Once it does, plug it into your computer. It should change to say USB instead of SERIAL. Once that happens, you should be able to flash the stock ROM for your device and start the process over again. Be more careful next time, and always remember to read before doing anything. CDMA ROMs are in the CDMA section or hosted over at PPC Geeks. XDA is generally more about GSM development than CDMA. PPC Geeks does more CDMA stuff.
 

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MPORTANT: Each user gets 1 license, or perhaps 2-3 on request if needed (valid forever and works as transparently as possible, so it won't be a problem at all)
you can send a request for 1-2 more devices for private user (free) at http://support.htc-unlocks.com (ONLY at this link, not in PM).

I do not understand this part. do i need some short of licence before i flash HardSPL, Custom ROM Or Radios ?
 

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I do not understand this part. do i need some short of licence before i flash HardSPL, Custom ROM Or Radios ?
The license is generated automatically when you run the program thats why you need an internet connection present. If you try to unlock several devices from the same IP then you will require additional licenses in order to proceed but if you are only unlocking 1 phone then you will be fine.

Mark.
 

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The license is generated automatically when you run the program thats why you need an internet connection present. If you try to unlock several devices from the same IP then you will require additional licenses in order to proceed but if you are only unlocking 1 phone then you will be fine.

Mark.

Oh.. All Right Got it. Thanks Bro :) By the way Sorry to disturb you but License requires only one time while flashing Hard SPL ? Or the license required each time i flash Custom ROM/Radios.. ?
 
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Oh.. All Right Got it. Thanks Bro :) By the way Sorry to disturb you but License requires only one time while flashing Hard SPL ? Or the license required each time i flash Custom ROM/Radios.. ?

Licenses only applies to Hard SPL. If you ever have to replace the one you are currently using, you may need to contact them to add a new license for you. Your first one is always covered with no hassle (usually). Flashing ROMs and radios will have no bearing on the Hard SPL license.
 

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Oke! I have a (minor?) problem. Ill show you all here:

I want to HARDSPL my phone: it is a Rhodium (HTC TOUCH PRO 2 dutch/english device)..

But my sticker/cover says otherwise:

 
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    PLEASE READ THE *FAQ* BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS!!

    IF YOU HAVE A CDMA DEVICE THEN GO *HERE* FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO HARDSPL

    IF YOU NEED TO HARD RESET OR ENTER BOOTLOADER YOU CAN FIND INSTRUCTIONS *HERE*

    Before starting, backup anything you might want to keep after the new Rom has been flashed as all contacts, emails, texts, notes, Internet BookMarks WILL be lost!!

    PimBackup is good and free (copy any mms attachments to your storage card or computer seperately)

    *ONCE YOU HAVE FLASHED A HARDSPL ITS PERMANENT. YOU DONT NEED TO DO IT AGAIN WHEN FLASHING NEW ROMS OR RADIOS*

    *DO NOT start another process while the flashing process is taking place*
    *DO NOT click off of the status bar... Let it stay in the foreground*
    *DO NOT let the Screensaver activate*

    Any of these can lead to a bad flash and possibly brick your phone

    *FLASH HARDSPL BEFORE FLASHING ANY CUSTOM ROMS*

    1. YOUR DEVICE MUST HAVE AT LEAST 50% BATTERY POWER FIRST BEFORE ATTEMPTING EACH STAGE

    2. FLASH HARDSPL

    The Original HardSPL Thread is *HERE*


    IMPORTANT:
    Each user gets 1 license, or perhaps 2-3 on request if needed (valid forever and works as transparently as possible, so it won't be a problem at all)
    you can send a request for 1-2 more devices for private user (free) at http://support.htc-unlocks.com (ONLY at this link, not in PM).

    NOTE1:
    This package is for Rhodium (Touch Pro 2, not the original Touch Pro) devices. CDMA-GSM worldphone version is not accepted (RHOD400, RHOD500 modelids), that will have its own HardSPL later. This HardSPL supports WM6.5

    NOTE2: If you have Vista or Windows 7, update WMDC to v6.1 *HERE* first


    Flashing via ActiveSync with USB Lead
    (thanks to
    OliNex)
    1. Download HardSPL package from *HERE* and extract to an empty folder
    2. Synch Phone with PC in Windows Mobile!!! It has to be connected to activesync or WMDC via USB cable and it must not be in Flight/Airplane mode (i.e. radio should be on)
    3. NEW: Internet access is required as the program checks online for updates and license
    4. Run
    Rhodium-HardSPL_V2_00R3.exe on PC, make sure it's launched from a local drive (not through network drive, etc.). XP requires Admin logon and Vista/Windows 7 will automatically prompt to allow it to run in Admin mode, allow it. If you get an AntiVirus warning please ignore it, it contains no harmful code (just used a packer to compress it).
    5. Follow steps as prompted in the HardSPL program. If this is the first run of HardSPL on a device after Hard Reset, you must select Automatic Flash Mode (first button in Welcome Screen)
    NOTE: You should usually go for Automatic Flash Mode. The Manual Flash option is only to be used as noted below and you must only attempt the Manual Mode option if Automatic Flash Mode or SSPL-Manual.exe already put device in black screen. Any other errors triggered while running in Autoflash Mode will have to be fixed as instructed in the error message.
    6. It will ask you to wait while it prepares for the flashing, press OK
    7. Now it should go through without any error messages, if one does pop up then follow the instructions included in the error text. If no specific instruction is shown then ask for help in the thread, but this should not ever occur (as this means a really fatal error occurred)
    8. At this point the phone hopefully went to a black screen (reporting version as 1.01.C-SSPL only using "info 7" in mtty), this is the SSPL version, which is temporary. Then RUU will instantly launch
    9. NOTE: When RUU says it will Hard Reset do not worry, it is not going to do that. Also when it says the flash will take 10 minutes ignore that, it will only take a minute or so
    10. SPL flashes, device automatically reboots, job done

    *Go into BootLoader Mode
    (do a Soft Reset while holding the "volume down" key on the left side of the device. Keep holding the "volume down" key until you see tricolour screen which is the bootloader mode, then release it) and verify the screen shows 0.85.OliNex, which is the HardSPL version*

    NOTE1: This is unsigned HardSPL. No limitations on flashing ROMs (except of course some Radio roms). Also this has overwrite protection against HTC RUU's overwriting HSPL with a stock one.
    See steps in the Original thread about how to reflash stock SPL.

    NOTE2: Anyone having USB problems with the device after it enters SSPL mode, download SSPL-Manual-Rhodium.exe, copy it to the phone and run it. Once the screen has gone black, run the HardSPL package on the PC and select Manual Flash option.
    *IMPORTANT* Make sure that the USB cable is plugged in and device is synched to Windows Mobile even if doing manual method.

    NOTE3: Do not use this RUU for anything other than SPL flashing (i.e. hardspl or stock spl restore)!!! Nothing other than SPL's made by Olinex team (using OliNex custom cert, which is not public) will flash to make SSPL more secure. If you want to flash another rom then use shipped RUU or Rhodium customRUU if you want to flash cooked ROM.


    3. DOWNLOAD AND FLASH YOUR PREFERED ROM

    NOTE: Check the Roms Thread for any specific Flashing instructions. If there arent any then you can use the following guide.

    Flashing Via ActiveSync
    1. Download your prefered Rom from the Rhodium Rom Develpoment Page and unzip/unrar it to your computer
    2. REMOVE SIM and microSD CARDS!!
    3. Turn phone back on and wait until it syncs with your PC
    4. Run the CustomRUU.exe
    from the Roms Folder (if one isnt included then download it *HERE*)
    5
    . Follow onscreen instructions to set up your New Rom
    6. Once phone has gone through the customisation procedure then replace Sim and microSD Cards
    7. Turn phone back on and set up as required

    Flashing Via MicroSD Card
    1. Make sure your microSD is Formatted to fat32 (you dont have to delete all files but it is safer if you do)
    2. Download your prefered Rom from the Rhodium Rom Develpoment Page and unzip/unrar it to your PC
    3. Goto the Roms Folder and rename the .nbh file to RHODIMG.nbh
    4. Copy the RHODIMG.nbh file to the root of your MicroSD Card
    5. Plug the MicroSD Card into the phone
    6. Enter the BootLoader screen, you will first see a tri-color screen with the phone and SPL Information at the top
    7. Follow the On Screen instructions to start the update
    8. After flash has completed, press the reset button with the stylus to reset the device.


    4. FLASH PREFERED RADIO (OPTIONAL)

    For more information about compatible Radios go *HERE*

    Flashing Via ActiveSync
    1. Sync your phone with the PC
    2. Run CustomRUU.exe from the Radio's Folder and follow the instructions
    (if one isnt included then download it *HERE*)

    Flashing via MicroSD Card
    Use same method as Flashing a Rom via MicroSD Card

    5. JOB DONE. Well Done YOU DID IT!!

    *DISCLAIMER*
    I take no responsibility for any fault or damage caused by any procedures within this guide. No warranties of any kind are given.
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    I just tried to do a TASK29, like here
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=649191

    but, it asked my if i want to upgrade to the rom 2.0.0 (?? something)..and now the phone remains in the splash screen.

    how can i connect it to upgrade to a ENERGY ROM?

    i have done a couple of ROMs updates, and all of them worked fine...now...how to pass the spash screen and connect it to the PC?
    thank you...


    tried the HARD RESET..and it still remains in the HTC white screen...for a couple of minutes...

    Were you aware that task29 is a format utility? It erases everything on your device and prepares it for a flash. All you have to do to get to the bootloader to flash is press the reset button with your stylus while holding down the volume down button. This will bring you to a tri-colored screen known as the bootloader. Plug in your USB cord and the bottom of the screen should go from "Serial" to "USB." Once that happens, run the RUU for the ROM you wish to flash.

    On a side note, a hard reset restores the last ROM you flashed. Meaning, since you flashed the fake OS from the task29 tool, you aren't really able to hard reset back to the last ROM you flashed. The task29 tool runs after the flash and wipes out everything. There basically isn't anything for the device to restore, which is why it doesn't work for you.
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    ***Each user gets 1 license, or perhaps 2-3 on request if needed (valid forever and works as transparently as possible, so it won't be a problem at all)

    1) Do we need this in order to install HardSPL?
    2) what is meant by it runs transparently?

    I usually buy them unlocked already and decided to give it a go myself this time, so i am reading as much as possible before the big "brick" (^_^)

    Thanks (^_^)

    This means everyone can put Hard SPL on their device at least once. You don't need to apply for a license or anything, you get it with the download. Transparently means that your information is stored for later use if you need to Hard SPL a replacement device or anything.

    This has nothing to do with unlocking your device for use on a different network. This only allows you to flash a custom or non-stock ROM to your device.
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    Hi all,

    I have a RHOD100 UK Touch Pro 2 that is just back from HTC due to an RS232 USB port failure.

    I am trying to flash up the latest Energy ROM but when I tried to install it it sits at "Loading..." and does nothing. Do I need to re-HardSPL the handset? I have tried this and the Auto Flash doesn't work and gives an error message. I tried the manual flash and the phone sits at 0% and times out and then I got an Error 262 message?

    Has HTC done something so I can't flash a Custom ROM on to the handset!!?

    Thanks.

    It's likely that they have relocked the device. The easiest way to check that is to get into the bootloader and see if it still says Olinex after the SPL version number. If it doesn't then you'll need to put it on there again. Contact cmonex for help on reflashing Hard SPL.
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    it says spl-0.05.axebox

    FULL TEXT :
    Rohod100 32m ss-dc
    spl-0.05.axebox
    microp(led) 0x0A
    microp(key) 0x04
    turbo hw/turbo sw
    TP MFG DATA
    449,522. 798,849
    790,202, 201,204
    189854 cALIBRATED


    so do i still need to flash again?

    That doesn't look like HardSPL on there - it's some custom "axebox" SPL by the looks of it. Probably worth flashing with HardSPL just to give you a safety net even if you don't want to change ROMs.

    Incidentally, if you *do* want to change ROMs, there are some particularly good ones. I've been using Jackos S3 ManilaRUSH for the past couple of weeks and it's really quite speedy.