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[NUT]

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Requirements:
  • Flashtool
  • A recovery (can be both CWM and TWRP)
    NOTE: As some people have problems flashing the update, please update your existing recovery to the latest recovery with XZDualRecovery
  • Current FW version: 10.1.A.1.350 or 10.1.A.1.434: maybe others too, try and let me know!
  • From the users in the thread I noticed people CWM running into trouble because their cache partition is gone. See the 'Known Issues' in the OP of the XZDualRecovery link above for more info and links to a fix. Fix that first before you attempt this update using CWM!

Special features:
  • Superuser integrated in system, FULL root, no reboots when remounting /system RW!
  • XZDualRecovery 2.3 RELEASE (CWM 6.0.3.2 & TWRP 2.5.0.0) pre-installed;
  • Tailored FTF to minimize the chance of accidental system wiping!
  • No need to clear caches!
   @shem2409 created a nice youtube video guide to assist you in your work, be sure to check his post for it! Thanks m8!

TIP: This ROM is compatible with the shutdown/reboot MOD by   @niaboc79
TIP: This ROM and the integrated recovery are compatible with the reboot wrapper by    @DooMLoRD, get it here!

C6603: How to update to 10.1.1.A.1.253:
  1. For C6603: Download C6603.flashable.253.zip (Bittorrent: 728MB) and Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf (14MB), save it somewhere you remember;
  2. Put 'C6603.flashable.253.zip' on (the external) SDcard1;
  3. Put 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' inside the Flashtool/firmwares folder;
  4. Create a backup of your phone in CWM or TWRP and don't forget to backup the contents of 'SDCard0';
  5. Flash everything in 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' to your phone and boot the phone straight to recovery after that;
    NOTE: If you have an unlocked bootloader, you CAN flash the kernel, but you do not need to, to keep your custom kernel. DooMKernel v7 has support for this ROM version.
  6. Flash 'C6603.flashable.253.zip' in recovery (Works in both CWM and TWRP!)
  7. Reboot to system without clearing (dalvik-/)cache.

C6602: How to update to 10.1.1.A.1.253:
  1. For C6602: Download C6602.flashable.253.zip (Bittorrent: 703MB) and Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf (14MB), save it somewhere you remember;
  2. Put 'C6602.flashable.253.zip' on (the external) SDcard1;
  3. Put 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf' inside the Flashtool/firmwares folder;
  4. Create a backup of your phone in CWM or TWRP and don't forget to backup the contents of 'SDCard0';
  5. Flash everything in 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf' to your phone and boot the phone straight to recovery after that;
    NOTE: If you have an unlocked bootloader, you CAN flash the kernel, but you do not need to, to keep your custom kernel. DooMKernel v7 has support for this ROM version.
  6. Flash 'C6602.flashable.253.zip' in recovery (Works in both CWM and TWRP!)
  7. Reboot to system without clearing (dalvik-/)cache.

The first boot will be considerably slower and after a long wait at the boot animation you will see Android optimizing the apps on your phone, It will update your NFC with a firmware and after that, all is done!

IMPORTANT NOTE:
For some devices the first or second reboot after the successful upgrade may be initiated by the ROM/Kernel to upgrade some low-level firmware. This will be done from the screen which normally shows you the kernel logo. This upgrade flash will also happen when on a custom kernel by             @DooMLoRD. DO NOT INTERRUPT THAT WHATEVER YOU DO OR HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES! Just let it do it's thing and wait, your phone will continue boot as soon as it's done.

I have done this myself, using my own method and I have not found any problem yet. :fingers-crossed:

Enjoy! :victory:

Known XZDualRecovery Issues:
All known issues in TWRP and CWM on locked boot loaders apply, see their respective threads for more information.

Be especially careful with the cache partition when using CWM. Hopefully version 2.0 solved the cache issues but in case of problems with /cache use the FTF in my files to restore the cache partition if yours ever stops mounting due to the CWM issues, read this and this for more info on that. This FTF was created for .434 but as the cache did not change between .350, .434 and .253 you can still use it to fix the cache partition.

CWM Usage warning: Root can be lost (almost worst case), a bootloop can be experienced (worst case) or a reboot upon remounting /system to be able to write to it (most cases, relatively harmless) when using CWM and before a reboot out of recovery the 'ROM may flash recovery, fix it?' question is answered with 'yes'. This can be recovered from by opening a terminal app and typing the following commands:
Code:
su
/system/bin/stop ric
mount -o remount,rw /system
chmod 755 /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

Alternatively you can boot in to TWRP and go to the Advanced menu -> File manager and look for /system/etc/install-recovery.sh to set permissions 755 on it.

If even that is too much to handle for you, see the patch at the bottom of the OP to flash the fix. :p

TWRP Usage warning: It seems TWRP 2.5.0.0 has issues with the internal storage, which seem related to the changes made to support encrypted storage volumes... This means the internal storage sometimes shows up almost empty (just folders) and no files. Try to use CWM when that happens.

How to report errors:
Please, before shouting out "It doesn't work!!1!" or "I lost root!" or even "My phone reboots when remounting /system RW!!" try the following:
  • Restore a .434 /system ONLY using any means you are familiar with so you can try again.
  • Root it using any means you are familiar with.
  • Install XZDualRecovery and then try to update again using TWRP. This time you can skip the FTF as it has already done it's job.
  • If it still fails something from there on: LOGS!!.
    NOTE: The important ones can be found in /cache/recovery and in /tmp/XZDualRecovery, pack them up and send them to me.

Thank you :)

Flashable ROM Mutator:

Download AROMA ROM Mutator 0.13

This (former patch package) uses AROMA to create a user friendly menu to choose between updates to be installed.
  • If you want to switch from SuperUser (default in this ROM) to SuperSU you can use this to make the change.
  • If you have the reboot problem when trying to remount /system writable, you can reinstall the superuser app of your preference, it's installation includes the patch.
  • If you are missing /system/bin/chargemon.stock and you want to be able to charge your phone while it's turned off.
Flash using one of the recoveries!

Version 0.13 and upwards is using AROMA 2.70B1 or better, the below warning can be ignored for now. Let me know how it performs!

AROMA Warning: AROMA currently works best in TWRP but even there it has some issues on the Z/ZL. It sometimes does not start up correctly or it has a 'sticky button' issue. It makes it a little less easy to use but this will be fixed in time. It is a combination problem caused by the new hardware and incompatibility with it and the fact the recoveries both have been updated considerably to work on the latest phones, causing issues with some functionality of AROMA.
  • If it hangs when trying to start, reboot your phone and try again.
  • If it has the sticky buttons, press the button again to activate.
    You can avoid the sticky buttons by pressing them for about half a second (that means not too short and not too long). It will work, it's just showing a bug associated with the latest recoveries.
  • The Samsung S4, HTC One and One X and the Nexus 4 & 7 show the same issues. For them AROMA sometimes crashes, this is an issue i have not yet observed on the Z/ZL.

XDA:DevDB Information
Update to 10.1.1.A.1.253, a ROM for the Sony Xperia Z

Contributors
[NUT]
ROM OS Version: 4.1.x Jelly Bean
Based On: STOCK

Version Information
Status: No Longer Updated

Created -0001-11-30
Last Updated 2013-06-25
 

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danw_oz

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I take it you have to be coming from .434 to .253? I also see you have unlocked your bootloader and using a custom kernel
 

[NUT]

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Hi NUT, may I know how to check my XZ is fully rooted or not ?
Thanks a lot ~

Try with root explorer, remount /system as rw (for reading and writing), if it suddenly reboots, your rooting failed.

The root methods by bin4ry and DooMLoRD have more issues. This release was unchanged, root gets installed after the rom itself by the flashable zip. As a result, i could not find a fault yet :)
 
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nhoc_huhu

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Can you show me how root the room (.Zip) because i created my rom (C6602 in my country) but when i installation Suppersu.zip, i go to Root explorer set R/o and my phone reboot....Thanks alot if U help me
 

alfiabraham

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my phone's bootloader is locked. So after following this method will i be having the latest kernel, fota & baseband? will there be any problem if i flash them from the .253 FTF?
 

Mastrox

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I've got a stock ROM, locked and unrooted and branded.

Can I use the FTF file with flashtool only for upgrade and unbrand the phone?

:confused:
 

Aresmar

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This method include the latest kernel, fota, baseband etc..? or just system files?
 

[NUT]

Senior Member
This method include the latest kernel, fota, baseband etc..? or just system files?

Yes, of course :)




my phone's bootloader is locked. So after following this method will i be having the latest kernel, fota & baseband? will there be any problem if i flash them from the .253 FTF?

Yes, no problem whatsoever.




I've got a stock ROM, locked and unrooted and branded.

Can I use the FTF file with flashtool only for upgrade and unbrand the phone?

:confused:

NO, your phone needs a recovery and that can only be if you are rooted...




im downloading the zip file now,
but where can i get the stripped ftf file? is it inside the zip or what?

thanks :3


Inside the zip yes :)




can i flash docomo status bar after finish?


You can do to it whatever you want after installation, it's a full Rom :)




Can you show me how root the room (.Zip) because i created my rom (C6602 in my country) but when i installation Suppersu.zip, i go to Root explorer set R/o and my phone reboot....Thanks alot if U help me

I'll give you an example soon. :cool:

Sent from my C6603 using xda app-developers app
 

Aresmar

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Sorry I want to be sure.
I am locked Bootloader/rooted/recovery etc.
I will do as your guide says. But If I want to get the latest kernel etc; I have to flash kernel baseband etc from a stock 253 ftf?

Am I right? Or your files already have these?

A bit confused here :)

EDIT:
I looked at your "Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf" it containes the kernel baseband and stuff. So first you flash the new kernel etc... than the new system via recovery if I understand correctly. And system includes all the necessary root busybox and recoveries.

I still can't believe how this works on locked bootloader :) hehe.
 
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[NUT]

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Sorry I want to be sure.
I am locked Bootloader/rooted/recovery etc.
I will do as your guide says. But If I want to get the latest kernel etc; I have to flash kernel baseband etc from a stock 253 ftf?

Am I right? Or your files already have these?

A bit confused here :)

EDIT:
I looked at your "Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf" it containes the kernel baseband and stuff. So first you flash the new kernel etc... than the new system via recovery if I understand correctly. And system includes all the necessary root busybox and recoveries.

I still can't believe how this works on locked bootloader :) hehe.

An FTF file is basically the same thing as the packages downloaded by SUS, the only difference is you use a different tool to install them and that a FTF is a container where the separate files are stored into one easy to handle bunble.

The locked bootloader accepts them because it also uses the exact same way to flash them but with a greater freedom of choice. The separate sin files are signed by Sony and that is still unchanged so the bootloader will accept them because of that.

And you understand the procedure well. Now go and do it :D

Sent from my C6603 using xda app-developers app
 

KennyCHF

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Try with root explorer, remount /system as rw (for reading and writing), if it suddenly reboots, your rooting failed.

The root methods by bin4ry and DooMLoRD have more issues. This release was unchanged, root gets installed after the rom itself by the flashable zip. As a result, i could not find a fault yet :)

I have followed your instruction to do, then I get the new firmware with root.
However my XZ will reboot when I mount the /system with R/W.
It does not happen before the upgrade. Any method to solve it ? thanks.
 

mehmetolgungun

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Feb 15, 2012
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After flashing ftf, I lost my recovery.
I cant enter recovery now, so I couldnt flashed flashable.253.zip.
What should I do?

Everything is still working but I am on my old rom. "KA07 Revolution"
 

fer2503

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Nov 7, 2012
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I've been cooking up a FW 10.1.1.A.1.253 Generic release, this thread will carry it into the world... i know @wawyed did one too, he beat me too it :(

I hope I can offer something he can not: ease of installation and without losing any data!

Requirements:
  • Flashtool
  • A recovery (can be both CWM and TWRP)
  • Current FW version: 10.1.A.1.350 or 10.1.A.1.434: maybe others too, try and let me know!

Special features:
  • Superuser integrated in system, FULL root, no reboots when remounting /system rw!
  • XZDualRecovery 2.1 BETA (CWM 6.0.3.2 & TWRP 2.5.0.0) pre-installed;
  • Tailored FTF to minimize the chance of accidental system wiping!
  • No need to clear caches!

How to update to 10.1.1.A.1.253:
  1. Download NUTs_Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253.zip (743MB), save and unpack it somewhere you remember;
  2. Put 'flashable.253.zip' on (the external) SDcard1;
  3. Put 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' inside the Flashtool/firmwares folder;
  4. Create a backup of your phone in CWM or TWRP and don't forget to backup the contents of 'SDCard0';
  5. Flash 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' to your phone and boot the phone straight to recovery after that;
    NOTE: If you have an unlocked bootloader, you CAN flash the kernel, but you do not need to!
  6. Flash 'flashable.253.zip' in recovery (Works in both CWM and TWRP!)
  7. Reboot to system without clearing (dalvik-/)cache.

The first boot will be considerably slower and after a long wait at the boot animation you will see Android optimizing the apps on your phone, It will update your NFC with a firmware and after that, all is done!

I have done this myself, using my own method and I have not found any problem yet. :fingers-crossed:

Enjoy! :victory:

when we flash with flashtool...(locked bootloader) we have to exclude something?
 
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    Requirements:
    • Flashtool
    • A recovery (can be both CWM and TWRP)
      NOTE: As some people have problems flashing the update, please update your existing recovery to the latest recovery with XZDualRecovery
    • Current FW version: 10.1.A.1.350 or 10.1.A.1.434: maybe others too, try and let me know!
    • From the users in the thread I noticed people CWM running into trouble because their cache partition is gone. See the 'Known Issues' in the OP of the XZDualRecovery link above for more info and links to a fix. Fix that first before you attempt this update using CWM!

    Special features:
    • Superuser integrated in system, FULL root, no reboots when remounting /system RW!
    • XZDualRecovery 2.3 RELEASE (CWM 6.0.3.2 & TWRP 2.5.0.0) pre-installed;
    • Tailored FTF to minimize the chance of accidental system wiping!
    • No need to clear caches!
       @shem2409 created a nice youtube video guide to assist you in your work, be sure to check his post for it! Thanks m8!

    TIP: This ROM is compatible with the shutdown/reboot MOD by   @niaboc79
    TIP: This ROM and the integrated recovery are compatible with the reboot wrapper by    @DooMLoRD, get it here!

    C6603: How to update to 10.1.1.A.1.253:
    1. For C6603: Download C6603.flashable.253.zip (Bittorrent: 728MB) and Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf (14MB), save it somewhere you remember;
    2. Put 'C6603.flashable.253.zip' on (the external) SDcard1;
    3. Put 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' inside the Flashtool/firmwares folder;
    4. Create a backup of your phone in CWM or TWRP and don't forget to backup the contents of 'SDCard0';
    5. Flash everything in 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6603-stripped.ftf' to your phone and boot the phone straight to recovery after that;
      NOTE: If you have an unlocked bootloader, you CAN flash the kernel, but you do not need to, to keep your custom kernel. DooMKernel v7 has support for this ROM version.
    6. Flash 'C6603.flashable.253.zip' in recovery (Works in both CWM and TWRP!)
    7. Reboot to system without clearing (dalvik-/)cache.

    C6602: How to update to 10.1.1.A.1.253:
    1. For C6602: Download C6602.flashable.253.zip (Bittorrent: 703MB) and Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf (14MB), save it somewhere you remember;
    2. Put 'C6602.flashable.253.zip' on (the external) SDcard1;
    3. Put 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf' inside the Flashtool/firmwares folder;
    4. Create a backup of your phone in CWM or TWRP and don't forget to backup the contents of 'SDCard0';
    5. Flash everything in 'Xperia_Z_10.1.1.A.1.253_C6602-stripped.ftf' to your phone and boot the phone straight to recovery after that;
      NOTE: If you have an unlocked bootloader, you CAN flash the kernel, but you do not need to, to keep your custom kernel. DooMKernel v7 has support for this ROM version.
    6. Flash 'C6602.flashable.253.zip' in recovery (Works in both CWM and TWRP!)
    7. Reboot to system without clearing (dalvik-/)cache.

    The first boot will be considerably slower and after a long wait at the boot animation you will see Android optimizing the apps on your phone, It will update your NFC with a firmware and after that, all is done!

    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    For some devices the first or second reboot after the successful upgrade may be initiated by the ROM/Kernel to upgrade some low-level firmware. This will be done from the screen which normally shows you the kernel logo. This upgrade flash will also happen when on a custom kernel by             @DooMLoRD. DO NOT INTERRUPT THAT WHATEVER YOU DO OR HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES! Just let it do it's thing and wait, your phone will continue boot as soon as it's done.

    I have done this myself, using my own method and I have not found any problem yet. :fingers-crossed:

    Enjoy! :victory:

    Known XZDualRecovery Issues:
    All known issues in TWRP and CWM on locked boot loaders apply, see their respective threads for more information.

    Be especially careful with the cache partition when using CWM. Hopefully version 2.0 solved the cache issues but in case of problems with /cache use the FTF in my files to restore the cache partition if yours ever stops mounting due to the CWM issues, read this and this for more info on that. This FTF was created for .434 but as the cache did not change between .350, .434 and .253 you can still use it to fix the cache partition.

    CWM Usage warning: Root can be lost (almost worst case), a bootloop can be experienced (worst case) or a reboot upon remounting /system to be able to write to it (most cases, relatively harmless) when using CWM and before a reboot out of recovery the 'ROM may flash recovery, fix it?' question is answered with 'yes'. This can be recovered from by opening a terminal app and typing the following commands:
    Code:
    su
    /system/bin/stop ric
    mount -o remount,rw /system
    chmod 755 /system/etc/install-recovery.sh

    Alternatively you can boot in to TWRP and go to the Advanced menu -> File manager and look for /system/etc/install-recovery.sh to set permissions 755 on it.

    If even that is too much to handle for you, see the patch at the bottom of the OP to flash the fix. :p

    TWRP Usage warning: It seems TWRP 2.5.0.0 has issues with the internal storage, which seem related to the changes made to support encrypted storage volumes... This means the internal storage sometimes shows up almost empty (just folders) and no files. Try to use CWM when that happens.

    How to report errors:
    Please, before shouting out "It doesn't work!!1!" or "I lost root!" or even "My phone reboots when remounting /system RW!!" try the following:
    • Restore a .434 /system ONLY using any means you are familiar with so you can try again.
    • Root it using any means you are familiar with.
    • Install XZDualRecovery and then try to update again using TWRP. This time you can skip the FTF as it has already done it's job.
    • If it still fails something from there on: LOGS!!.
      NOTE: The important ones can be found in /cache/recovery and in /tmp/XZDualRecovery, pack them up and send them to me.

    Thank you :)

    Flashable ROM Mutator:

    Download AROMA ROM Mutator 0.13

    This (former patch package) uses AROMA to create a user friendly menu to choose between updates to be installed.
    • If you want to switch from SuperUser (default in this ROM) to SuperSU you can use this to make the change.
    • If you have the reboot problem when trying to remount /system writable, you can reinstall the superuser app of your preference, it's installation includes the patch.
    • If you are missing /system/bin/chargemon.stock and you want to be able to charge your phone while it's turned off.
    Flash using one of the recoveries!

    Version 0.13 and upwards is using AROMA 2.70B1 or better, the below warning can be ignored for now. Let me know how it performs!

    AROMA Warning: AROMA currently works best in TWRP but even there it has some issues on the Z/ZL. It sometimes does not start up correctly or it has a 'sticky button' issue. It makes it a little less easy to use but this will be fixed in time. It is a combination problem caused by the new hardware and incompatibility with it and the fact the recoveries both have been updated considerably to work on the latest phones, causing issues with some functionality of AROMA.
    • If it hangs when trying to start, reboot your phone and try again.
    • If it has the sticky buttons, press the button again to activate.
      You can avoid the sticky buttons by pressing them for about half a second (that means not too short and not too long). It will work, it's just showing a bug associated with the latest recoveries.
    • The Samsung S4, HTC One and One X and the Nexus 4 & 7 show the same issues. For them AROMA sometimes crashes, this is an issue i have not yet observed on the Z/ZL.

    XDA:DevDB Information
    Update to 10.1.1.A.1.253, a ROM for the Sony Xperia Z

    Contributors
    [NUT]
    ROM OS Version: 4.1.x Jelly Bean
    Based On: STOCK

    Version Information
    Status: No Longer Updated

    Created -0001-11-30
    Last Updated 2013-06-25
    8
    Xperia Z .253 how to root video

    I have had a few requests on my previous video asking for a step by step video guide on how to root .253 firmware in Sony Xperia Z. Well here it is. Enjoy :)

    2
    I take it you have to be coming from .434 to .253?

    Yes, i have :)
    2
    I'll try, but no promises!

    Sent from my C6603 using xda app-developers app

    I think just extracting the attached file and adding install-recovery.sh to /system/etc/ with permissions 550 (r_x r_x ___) is enough to fix this definitely.
    2
    This method include the latest kernel, fota, baseband etc..? or just system files?

    Yes, of course :)




    my phone's bootloader is locked. So after following this method will i be having the latest kernel, fota & baseband? will there be any problem if i flash them from the .253 FTF?

    Yes, no problem whatsoever.




    I've got a stock ROM, locked and unrooted and branded.

    Can I use the FTF file with flashtool only for upgrade and unbrand the phone?

    :confused:

    NO, your phone needs a recovery and that can only be if you are rooted...




    im downloading the zip file now,
    but where can i get the stripped ftf file? is it inside the zip or what?

    thanks :3


    Inside the zip yes :)




    can i flash docomo status bar after finish?


    You can do to it whatever you want after installation, it's a full Rom :)




    Can you show me how root the room (.Zip) because i created my rom (C6602 in my country) but when i installation Suppersu.zip, i go to Root explorer set R/o and my phone reboot....Thanks alot if U help me

    I'll give you an example soon. :cool:

    Sent from my C6603 using xda app-developers app