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22/Apr [GUIDE] How to Install a Custom ROM on the ZTE u-v880 or [GEN2] device

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How to Install a Custom ROM on the ZTE u-v880 or GEN2 device

STOP
This page is for ZTE u-v880 devices that have the new style memory layout [GEN2] blades.

The [GEN1] Thread for installing ROMS is here :
http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...-the-zte-blade/

This means that
[GEN2]
BLADES that use the baseband of
0x02600000
and they can use anything on this page

If your device has the old
[GEN1]
layout its baseband will be
0x02A00000
- and you
MUST NOT
install anything from this page

Currently Swedish Comviq phones and also Bulgarian phones (that are 2.2)
MAY
be GEN2

How to find out what BLADE you have (GEN1 or GEN2)

You need tom install this app
Ask Mr Pigfish

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.apedroid.pigfish

http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...ask-mr-pigfish/

(RAR file attached to first post of above link - for devices that don't have the Market)

When you run the APP the first line will either be

Mr.Pigfish says you have a Gen1 model

or

Mr.Pigfish says you have a Gen2 model

If it's not Gen2 then STOP HERE! - INSTALLING A GEN2 ROM ON A GEN1 DEVICE WILL BRICK IT

Before you can install with Clockwork you MUST get Clockwork onto your device.

Clockwork
is a replacement for the
Recovery tool
that ships with the ZTE Blade.

If you Boot up the device while holding down the
VOLUME DOWN
button, the phone boots into the recovery system.

The ZTE one has no use to us - so we replace it with one that is very useful.

The recovery partition also contains a Linux Kernel - this is loaded before clockwork.

So there are 3 mini Guides here

  1. How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager

  2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager

  3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually

  4. How to Revert back to the Stock ROM

There is currently ONLY one Custom ROM for GEN2 devices.

New users
should follow the
1. How to Install Clockwork

then follow
2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager

If you have just arrived here / or you want to understand some of these terms.

Then you may want to cross reference with the Android Glossary

Unlocking for ANY SIM

You do not need to unlock your device to use any SIM, the SIM lock is separate to the ROM.

You can generate an unlock code so the phone can be used with ANY SIM (see Free Version)

The APN settings will need to be updated for your provider.

This Guide will NOT work on ZTE Blade [GEN1], ZTE Joe (Vodaphone 845) or ZTE Racer - You may BRICK your device if you try using the files mentioned in this post.

1. How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager

Once you have installed Clockwork - you do not need to do it again to change to another ROM.

The easiest way to get Clockwork onto your Recovery system is to use
ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
.

However you cannot run the
ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
unless you have
root
(Superuser).

First we install
z4root 1.3.0
. (z4root.1.3.0.apk)

This is an application - you copy the APK to your phone over USB (or just download in on your phone) then open the file from an APP that lets you browse your SDcard.

There is a Filer app already on your phone, or you can download other ones from the Market (Astro / Es File Explorer)

Files downloaded on the phone go to
/SDCard/Downloads

So here are the Steps

Warning
: z4root may be detected by a Virus Checker as -
Trojan:Unix/Rootkit

This is a false positive - Androot is designed to break the security of Android - that's why it gets detected.

Download to your Phones SD Card

  • z4root 1.3.0
    (z4root.1.3.0.apk)

  • ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager 0.34b
    (check you get the right one -
    0.34b
    )

  • recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.4-blade-g2.img
    - not the ZIP not g1 file



    Check files are Good
    • Install
      ASTRO File Manager
      from the Market

    • Open
      Astro File Manager
      from the
      App Drawer
      - browse to the
      recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.4-blade-g2.img
      file

    • Hold your finger on the file and choose
      Details
      - check the the
      MD5 Sum
      is
      bb9ba179fdaf20633ecc3c2ad0087c52
      - if not re-download the file.



      Actions
      • Install
        z4root.1.3.0.apk
        from the APK you downloaded

      • Launch
        z4root
        from the
        App Drawer

      • Choose
        temporary root

      • Unzip
        ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
        from the ZIP you downloaded

      • Install
        ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
        from the APK

      • Launch
        ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
        from the
        App Drawer

      • Allow the
        ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager App
        to have
        Superuser Rights

      • Hit the
        Recovery
        tab.

      • Hit the
        MENU
        button on your device and choose
        Update Database

      • Choose
        Install Recovery

      • If you have more than one IMG file on the sdcard you will be presented with a list - choose
        recovery-clockwork-3.0.2.4-blade-g2.img



        Problems


        If Recovery Manager keep force closing - try:
        • re-rooting the phone (z4root)

        • removing the Cache of Recovery Manager (in Settings > Applications)

        • Use a task killer to kill both Superuser and Recovery Manager





          That's it you have Clockwork installed: Now lets get a ROM on



          2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager



          We are going to use
          ZTE-Blade Recovery Manage
          to tell Clockwork what to do.


          However in the future you can now
          enter Clockwork
          by:

          • In the
            ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager App
            choose
            Reboot into Clockwork

          • Hold down the
            VOLUME DOWN
            button when booting up the phone

            Swedish Spring RLS5
            (Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip)


            Actions
            • Open
              Astro File Manager
              from the
              App Drawer
              - browse to the
              Rom Zip file you choose
              (Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip)

            • Hold your finger on the file and choose
              Details
              - check the the
              MD5 Sum
              is the same as the one shown on the thread you go the ROM from - if not re-download the file. (C801FDAD511944C9CEE7139E866E160C)

            • Launch
              ZTE-Blade Recovery Manager
              from the
              App Drawer

            • Hit the
              Firmware
              tab

            • Hit the
              MENU
              button on your device and choose
              Update Database

            • If you want to make a complete backup of your entire phone : use the option
              Backup Current Firmware
              - this will put a FULL backup of your device onto the SDCard (in a directory called clockwork)

            • Choose
              Install Firmware
              -
              Not the firmware update

            • If you have more than one ZIP file on the sdcard you will see a list, pick the ROM file you downloaded (Large zip file) - Choose
              OK
              (Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip)

            • Leave the WIPE Checked



              The phone will reboot into
              Clockwork
              and
              automatically
              perform the following tasks:
              • install the ROM

              • wipe data and cache partitions

              • reboot into the new ROM

              Done!
              - This boot will take a while (up to 6 minutes) as the ROM first loads.

              Help it won't boot

              let it try for about 6 minutes before you give up.

              If you tried to use the Install Firmware Update and the phone won't boot, then you need to Wipe manually (Factory Reset).

              This you will do in clockwork

                [*]
                Remove the battery

                [*]
                Put the battery back in

                [*]
                Hold the
                Volume Down
                button turn the phone on

                [*]
                Use
                Volume Up
                /
                Down
                to move between options

                [*]
                Use
                Home key
                to select an option

                [*]
                Use
                Back key
                to go back

                [*]
                From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.

                [*]
                From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.

                [*]
                From the main menu choose: Reboot

                If this doesn't work then it could be that the ROM you downloaded got damaged.

                You need to download the ROM again and copy the File to the SDCard and install again.

                This you will do in clockwork

                  [*]
                  Remove the battery

                  [*]
                  Put the battery back in

                  [*]
                  Hold the
                  Volume Down
                  button turn the phone on

                  [*]
                  Use
                  Volume Up
                  /
                  Down
                  to move between options

                  [*]
                  Use
                  Home key
                  to select an option

                  [*]
                  Use
                  Back key
                  to go back

                  [*]
                  From the clockwork menu choose: mounts.

                  [*]
                  From the clockwork menu choose: mount USB Drive.

                  [*]
                  Plug the phone in, copy the ROM file, unmount on the PC

                  [*]
                  Choose from the main menu
                  install zip fom sdcard

                  [*]
                  Choose the 2nd item
                  choose zip from sdcard

                  [*]
                  Choose the ROM zip file
                  Swedish_Spring_RLS4.zip

                  [*]
                  From the main menu choose: Reboot

                  3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually

                  First go and download the Custom ROM
                  Swedish Spring RLS5
                  (Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip)

                  Actions

                    [*]
                    Open
                    Astro File Manager
                    from the
                    App Drawer
                    - browse to the
                    Rom Zip file you choose
                    (Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip)

                    [*]
                    Hold your finger on the file and choose
                    Details
                    - check the the
                    MD5 Sum
                    is the same as the one shown on the thread you go the ROM from - if not re-download the file. (C801FDAD511944C9CEE7139E866E160C)

                    Turn off your phone and take out the battery.
                    Unplug the phone
                    from the PC / charger.

                    Replace the battery and turn the phone back on with '
                    volume down
                    ' held. The device will go to a
                    ClockworkMod Recovery menu
                    screen.

                    If you want to make a complete backup of your entire phone : use the clockwork option
                    backup
                    - this will put a FULL backup of your device onto the SDCard (in a directory called clockwork)

                      [*]
                      Use
                      Volume Up
                      /
                      Down
                      to move between options

                      [*]
                      Use
                      Home key
                      to select an option

                      [*]
                      Use
                      Back key
                      to go back

                      Choose the 5th item "
                      install zip fom sdcard
                      "

                      Choose the 2nd item "
                      choose zip from sdcard
                      "

                      Choose the file "
                      Swedish_Spring_RLS5.zip
                      "

                      Choose the various yes options

                      When complete use the back button to get back to the main menu

                      If you are moving to a new Custom ROM, you
                      Must
                      reset the device (this will reset the phone losing your apps and data).

                        [*]
                        From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.

                        [*]
                        From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.

                        If you skip the cache wipe factory reset and the phone doesn't boot properly then you need boot back into clockwork to clear the cache and factory reset

                        To get back into clockwork

                          [*]
                          Remove the battery

                          [*]
                          Put the battery back in

                          [*]
                          Hold the
                          Volume Down
                          button turn the phone on

                          [*]
                          From the clockwork menu choose: wipe cache partition.

                          [*]
                          From the clockwork menu choose: wipe data/factory reset.

                          Choose the 1st item "reboot now"

                          The phone now reboots.

                          4. How to Revert back to the Stock ROM

                          You MUST get clockwork onto your device (see 1. How to Install Clockwork using Recovery Manager)

                          Ideally you should have backed-up you device (to your SDCard in Clockwork).

                          If you have it just a simple procedure of re-entering clockwork (boot with
                          Volume Down
                          held) and choosing restore from the menu.

                          However if you didn't backup (Naughty!) then you will need to restore using a
                          Stock ROM
                          image.

                          All you have to do is change the
                          ROM ZIP
                          file in either

                          2. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork via Recovery Manager

                          3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually

                          You should pick the STOCK ROM that matches the ROM you had on the phone.

                          If you have a Swedish Comviq 2.2 Gen2 phone - then the ROM you need is image (CSE_P729VV1.0.0B01-signed.zip) http://www.mediafire.com/?6wme8kejj1jj1ld

                          Other ROMS can be found at http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...ade-stock-roms/

                          You MUST wipe after installing the stock rom or it wont boot.

                          Thanks

                          Thanks to everyone who helped with this guide - especially kallt_kaffe & solidchips

                          Latest Update

                          22nd April - Updated Swedish Spring to RLS5

                          7th April - Updated to Clockwork 3.0.2.4, Updated Swedish Spring to RLS4

                          29th March - Updated 4. How to Revert back to the Stock ROM

                          28th March - added 4. How to Revert back to the Stock ROM

                          28th March - First Stab - thanks for all the work to get this info together solidchips & kallt_kaffe

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For the record. That STOCK ROM image (CSE_P729VV1.0.0B01-signed.zip) is only for Swedish Comviq 2.2 Gen2 phones. It has a operator specific bootanimation and 5 operator specific apps.

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thanks a lot for such great instructions, really appreciate it!

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For the record. That STOCK ROM image (CSE_P729VV1.0.0B01-signed.zip) is only for Swedish Comviq 2.2 Gen2 phones. It has a operator specific bootanimation and 5 operator specific apps.

Cheers Kallt

Latest Update

29th March - Updated 4. How to Revert back to the Stock ROM

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the post is really useful, but one thing is that the recovery manager keep telling me need to install a custom recovery before you can install a new firmware, what can i do?

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Yeah, i can't install clock work recovery too. That's why you can't update the firmware.

When i try to install the recovery it says: "Currently instaled recovery: unrecognized"

What do i have to do?

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Yeah, i can't install clock work recovery too. That's why you can't update the firmware.

When i try to install the recovery it says: "Currently instaled recovery: unrecognized"

What do i have to do?

The instructions say

Hit the MENU button then choose UPDATE DATABASE

Have you done this?

Otherwise:

Once you have RECOVERY on your phone, you can just follow

3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually

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Thanks for the guide, it'll be a good starting point for me! Just one question about reverting my gen2 blade back to stock. If I ever need to do it, can clockwork handle the backup I got using romdump, or do I need to

1) restore clockwork backup of my original rom

2) overwrite clockwork with stock recovery using recovery manager (recovery.img from my stock romdump)

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Thanks for the guide, it'll be a good starting point for me! Just one question about reverting my gen2 blade back to stock. If I ever need to do it, can clockwork handle the backup I got using romdump, or do I need to

1) restore clockwork backup of my original rom

2) overwrite clockwork with stock recovery using recovery manager (recovery.img from my stock romdump)

I would do 1 and 2

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do you want any help with the gen1 to gen2 upgrade guide and the gen2 to gen1 downgrade guide, as it's now possible to do both.

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do you want any help with the gen1 to gen2 upgrade guide and the gen2 to gen1 downgrade guide, as it's now possible to do both.

Has the IMEI problem been sorted?

If so : YES - do you want to write and own them?

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Has the IMEI problem been sorted?

If so : YES - do you want to write and own them?

the imei problem does not exist unless you try using the service tool rickywyatt submitted.

I will write them later today, need images of the exact process so people do not get lost

As a guide, mrradmir managed to remove the firmware check from both the T-mobile HU Eclair flasher and the Telia Sonera Sweden Flasher, Kallt_Kaffe has already posted http://android.modaco.com/index.php?s=&amp...t&p=1654517 how to get the radio image updated and then CW flash Swedish Spring, but it's going to get buried in that topic.

mrradmir then managed to make the flasher smaller and changed the paths so the files do not need to be in C:\Windows\sysdy\

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the imei problem does not exist unless you try using the service tool rickywyatt submitted.

I will write them later today, need images of the exact process so people do not get lost

As a guide, mrradmir managed to remove the firmware check from both the T-mobile HU Eclair flasher and the Telia Sonera Sweden Flasher, Kallt_Kaffe has already posted http://android.modaco.com/index.php?s=&amp...t&p=1654517 how to get the radio image updated and then CW flash Swedish Spring, but it's going to get buried in that topic.

mrradmir then managed to make the flasher smaller and changed the paths so the files do not need to be in C:\Windows\sysdy\

The GEN1 to GEN2 and GEN2 to GEN1 thread(s) are moving very fast - we must be careful about new users getting too much involved in them - we don't want brickage.

However its very impressive - when the dust settles, I am sure it will all be very positive.

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Sorry straying from topic, I want my blade to wake up when i press any button (menu, back, home). Any idea how to do it?

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The instructions say

Hit the MENU button then choose UPDATE DATABASE

Have you done this?

Otherwise:

Once you have RECOVERY on your phone, you can just follow

3. How to Install a ROM using Clockwork Manually

I had issues doing this unless there was 2 img files on the sd card (one was empty file but didn't work unless I had to choose just hung).

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I had issues doing this unless there was 2 img files on the sd card (one was empty file but didn't work unless I had to choose just hung).

Anyone else confirm this?

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Latest Update

7th April - Updated to Clockwork 3.0.2.4, Updated Swedish Spring to RLS4

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Hi @Steven

I just bought my phone yesterday...

After installing the recovery it shows below the successful message then shows the message "Currently Installed Recovery: Unrecognized"...

Plz help...

I even tried the menu>>Update database....

Well let it be I realized whats the problem is the Recovery Manager is not able to detect the Installed Custom Recovery But I would suggest that if it isn't detecting the best way to find out is to hold the Volume Down button whie rebooting and if that takes you to Clockwork then you have successfully installed the mod and you will have to continue the modding by doing the mod manually from step 3.....

I have successfully installed it man thanks for the great Tut...\m/,... I hate just one thing it calls my phone the ZTE Blade I prefer Dell XCD 35...:)

One more thing can I go ahead and install the CM7 for ZTE Blade now which will get me too Gingerbread coz I already was on 2.2 and voiding my guarantee just for installing a modded 2.2 seems idiotic...

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Hi @Steven

I just bought my phone yesterday...

After installing the recovery it shows below the successful message then shows the message "Currently Installed Recovery: Unrecognized"...

Plz help...

I even tried the menu>>Update database....

Well let it be I realized whats the problem is the Recovery Manager is not able to detect the Installed Custom Recovery But I would suggest that if it isn't detecting the best way to find out is to hold the Volume Down button whie rebooting and if that takes you to Clockwork then you have successfully installed the mod and you will have to continue the modding by doing the mod manually from step 3.....

I have successfully installed it man thanks for the great Tut...\m/,... I hate just one thing it calls my phone the ZTE Blade I prefer Dell XCD 35...:)

One more thing can I go ahead and install the CM7 for ZTE Blade now which will get me too Gingerbread coz I already was on 2.2 and voiding my guarantee just for installing a modded 2.2 seems idiotic...

did you back up the 2.2 stock rom before installing a custom rom, the stock rom repository does not have your stock rom

http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blad...ade-stock-roms/

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Yeah I did but its actually stock as I had installed a lot of applications and stuff....

the data partition is not needed, any chance you can upload the boot and system partitions

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I have the same "Unrecognised" problem and i can't find a solution. Plus I can't check rebooting it into Clockwork because the phone freezes on the operator logo screen everytime i try to enter recovery mode and i must take out the battery to boot it again in phone mode.

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I have the same "Unrecognised" problem and i can't find a solution. Plus I can't check rebooting it into Clockwork because the phone freezes on the operator logo screen everytime i try to enter recovery mode and i must take out the battery to boot it again in phone mode.

I resolved the problems i had by wiping directly from Recovery Manager, by ignoring the "unrecognised" tab and going into manual boot and manual installing.

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Sorry Newbie here, Does anyone know which version of android this is? 2.1 or 2.2 etc?

Thanks

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Sorry Newbie here, Does anyone know which version of android this is? 2.1 or 2.2 etc?

Thanks

Swedish Spring is 2.2

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