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“Re-imaging” a Device – or flashing a Rom

Had a problem where I was added  a phone that someone had tried to install ubuntu (Linux flavor) on it, it failed and they just put it back on the shelf int he lab 😦

Took me a couple tries to figure out how to put a usable version of Android back on the device.

What I went through:

  1. Figure out what model phone I had – had to pop the case and read behind the battery – since didn’t tell me the carrier, fortunately IT had that info
  2. Then I needed to find the right Rom (image) for the device and download the zip file for it to my computer (first image failed)
  3. Then I copied the image to the SDCARD of the phone:
    • adb push bigxie_maguro_JRN84D_v2-signed.zip /sdcard/bigxie_maguro_JRN84D_v2-signed.zip
  4. Then on the phone I “Flash Zip from SD Card”
  5. And choose that zip above, it took  a few minutes to unpack the zip file and boot – but it worked.

Command line I also used the commands “adb reboot” and “adb reboot recovery” to keep booting my phone

For the Roms, I found the images here:  http://www.clockworkmod.com/rommanager

For Additional Flashing/imaging instructions:  Flashing Guide – http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/index.php?title=Flashing_Guide_-_Android