Sony Ericsson Flashing

Flashing

Flashing a phone is basically hacking into the filesystem of the phone and making alterations like changing the sound or camera drivers. This can improve their performance! We need a few programs and tiny knowledge of computers!! Sounds complicated but it's easy!
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Basic Info

First of all, a bit of info about a few terms:

DB:

The phone's platform. Higher platforms mean better proccessors.

The DB's are:

DB2000: K600, K608, V600, V800, V802, W900, Z500, Z800, Z1010

DB2000:(PDA/Smartphones): M600, M608, P990, W950, W960, P1, G700, G900

DB2010: D750, J300, K300, K310, K500, K510, K700, K750, K758, S700, W300, W550, W600, W700, W800, W810, Z520, Z525, Z530, Z550, Z558

DB2012: K320, W200

DB2020: K530, K550, K610, K770, K790, K800, K810, K818, S500, T650, V630, W580, W610, W660, W710, W830, W850, W880, W888, Z610, Z710,Z310, Z555, W380

DB3150(A2): C702, C902, K850, W760, W910, V640, Z750, Z770, K630, K660, W890, W980.

CID:

The security level of a phone. In other words, the protection issued by SE to a phone.There are different CID security levels made by Sony Ericsson mainly to keep us flashers out!! :P

The CID's are :

CID 16: K500, K700, S700, S710, V800, Z500, Z800

CID 29: K300, K500, K700, S700, S710, V800, Z500, Z101

CID 36: D750, J300, K300, K600, K608, K700, K750, K758, V800, V802, W800, Z520, Z525, Z800

CID 37: K608

CID 49: D750, K310, K510, K600, K608, K610, K618, K750, K790, K800, M600, M608, P990, V600, V630, W200, W300, W550, W600, W700, W710, W800, W810, W830, W850, W900, W950, Z530, Z550, Z558, Z610, Z710

CID 50: K310, K320, K510, W200, W300, W810, Z530, Z550

CID 51: K310, K320, K510, K550, K610, K618, K790, K800, V630, W200, W300, W610, W710, W810, W830, W850, W880, Z310, Z530, Z550, Z610, Z710

CID 52: K310, K320, K510, K530, K550, K610, K618, K770, K790, K800, K810, K818, S500, T650, V630, W200, W300, W580, W610, W660, W710, W810, W830, W850, W880, W888, Z310, Z530, Z550, Z610, Z710

CID 53: W960, P1, W380, Z555

GDFS: Where all settings and calibration data is stored; the phone's "stash"

EROM: Extended ROM. It contains the flashing interface, bootloader etc.

Sysgfx:

Sysgfx is a patch that allows us to change the Graphical User Interface of our phone using images placed in specific folders in our phone or in our memory card.

In other words, we can change the system graphics with our own!!

Gfx is the name given to the actual images that we place in that specific folder. The images have HEX names according to the phone e.g: E702, EA09 Now there are many different folders in which the Gfx can be placed. Here's a list of them:

  • tpa/user/other/gfx
  • tpa/user/image/gfx
  • card/sysgfx
  • other/gfx
  • other/sysgfx
  • tpa/user/other/sysgfx

The folder is specific to the patch so be sure to open up your patch in notepad to check!! We have to create the folders!!

Also, tpa/user/other means Phonememory/other and card/other means Memorycard/other

After making the folder and placing the Gfx, just apply the Sysgfx patch and be amazed !!If u want to change the Gfx anytime, just connect the fone and start replacing and changing Gfcx in the Gfx folder!! No need to reapply the patch!!

Things like the walkman skin or radio skin can be changed!!

Note: Sysgfx is only for DB2010 phones.On most DB2020s, images are converted to patches, you cannot have sysgfx the same way as on DB2010.

List taken from here: http://www.topsony.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=44

News: Sony Ericsson widens reach with its most affordable HSDPA phone yet : G502

Sony Ericsson today introduced two new HSDPA phones into its line-up; each clearly designed to take its range of web-enabled phones in a different direction. The Z780 expands the company’s range of devices for markets outside of Europe and the compact G502 brings the power of the web to a mainstream audience.

“These two phones are quite distinct, yet both have the potential to introduce more users to the world of web on your mobile,” said Martin Winkler, director of global marketing and head of multimedia web at Sony Ericsson. “Being able to check your email whenever you like or surf the web when on-the-move should not just be the preserve of professionals. The Z780 and the G502 will appeal to anyone juggling a busy life”.

The Z780, a sister product to the recently announced Z770, is set to broaden the range of web-enabled phones into more markets across the globe. It packs tri-band 3G and HSDPA into its stylish clamshell frame, letting you receive email or browse the web at high speed in countries across the world.

It also introduces built-in aGPS, giving users the opportunity to carry their navigation solution with them on their phone.

The new G502 is the latest in an established line of classic Sony Ericsson phones that cram a wealth of time-saving features into an affordable, pocket-sized phone.

 

The G502 is the first such model, however, to feature high-speed HSDPA capability. This means that more users can now benefit from faster browsing and downloading capabilities in a phone that has a feature-set that is impressive and incredibly easy to use – perfect for those who want to stay in control of their lives.

News: Sony Ericsson's new technology; Project Capuchin

Sony Ericsson today announced plans to release a new technology that, for the first time, bridges the Abobe® Flash Lite and Java ME development platforms. The new technology and tools, referred to as Project Capuchin, make it possible to combine the richness of Flash Lite and Java ME technologies allowing developers to utilize the best attributes of both software stacks to create content-rich mobile applications.

Project Capuchin will provide developers with an intuitive tool to create applications with a cleaner user interface (UI) without sacrificing the strong, feature rich and widely deployed Java ME infrastructure, including secure, well-developed content distribution.

Adobe is pleased to support Sony Ericsson's Project Capuchin. Using Adobe Flash technology as one part of this new bridging technology will ensure further innovation for mobile users when Flash developers gain access to the Java applications functionality and intelligence allowing them to create applications with the ultimate user experience, said Gary Kovacs, general manager and vice president for Mobile and Devices at Adobe. It is encouraging to see Sony Ericsson's intention in making the technology available to the wider community.

Project Capuchin will allow pure Flash Lite content to be encapsulated in Java ME applications with the help of Sony Ericsson Developer World tools, making content created by Adobe Flash technology appear as Java ME applications.

More advanced capabilities will allow Flash Lite technology to handle an entire presentation layer and make it possible to create Java ME applications where some or all UI components are defined in Flash.

Sony Ericsson has plans to make the technology available during the second half of 2008.

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