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!!!DO NOT DELETE ANY FILES FROM THIS PARTITION!!!

Use linux to mount the hidden partition that comes with your internal 8GB storage.

That contains a full firmware image.

Maybe it is for safety, when you #&#@ up your pda with illegal rom updating. (incorrect bootloader update, etc..., the phone will auto replace bootloader, phone and others without any damage - omnia i900 died a lot :-) ) Its just a thought!

You can access the image from here too (for rom developers):

PDA: i8000XXIH3

CSC:I8000XSOIH1

Phone: I8000DXIH2

http://norad.shacknet.nu/lifeforce/pna/cubic37.rar

English-Francais dictionary (developed by Samsung)

http://norad.shacknet.nu/lifeforce/pna/PowerDic2_V1.rar

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Thanks you,

This is a very good news, I can now upgrade my phone without a fear that it will easily brick like omnia1.

You are s brave! :)

Its just a thought, someone should try this. :)

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You are s brave! :)

Its just a thought, someone should try this. :)

I think that it works somehow, a guy screw it up during flashing but the phone after removing the battery is still working! :)

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downloading now.. but sorry, how to use this file? using octans or what? can u give step by step? maybe with screenshoot? is this dump ROM from original samsung ones? sorry im really don't understand.. :)

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looks like this backup isn't full copy of original ROM.

It doesn't contains header and extROM content.

Not sure if it will be accepted by OCTANS flasher.

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looks like this backup isn't full copy of original ROM.

It doesn't contains header and extROM content.

Not sure if it will be accepted by OCTANS flasher.

It was already extracted. It will be great for rommers to repack.

Yes, this image is not for PC Octan, its for Omnia i8000 internal Octan, it it wasnt clear before you. :)

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taril, you didnt by any chance get urself an Omnia II did u? :)That would be to good news for some of us :)

Btw i was wondering, whats the difference between omnia pro and omnia II considering the rom? Do the 0.2 inch screen size diference and 480*800 vs 800*480 screen resolution essentialy effect the development of the roms? Or will the O2 roms be compatible with Opro? If not, its probably a better choice buying O2 over Opro isnt it? Due to software support i'm guessing Opro will be close to nothing, tho it would be a great shame, as its practicaly the same phone with hardware keyboard and with .2 inch screen size deficit. They should make it the other way around, or why didnt they make O2 with keyboard. Why did they made smaller screen i dont get it.

I hope the chefs will cook us some great rom-meals as i am hoping my O2 to come would be Sumo-sized with apps and roms :) :) ;)

Btw taril, i hope u do get to develop some roms for new omnia. I kind of loved your rom most. You really dont put all that stuff into it, just newer version being optimized. I gave my gf ur rom and she had tried just about any rom there is and she still favours yours. (And i'm not sucking up to you :) )

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linux is not required.

WinHex can open that partiotion and copy all required files :)

Is it very difficult to explain how to do it with WinHex?

It would be great to have an image on the disk for backup and know how to use it.

thanks in advance

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i'm really a noob when it comes to these stuff.

am i right to say that one needs to create a partition in My Storage

to place this backup which can be utilized in the event of bricking?

if so, it's a damn good thing.

kudos to Taril. :)

and how can others like me, who are technically challenged,

go about putting this great backup into our phones?

and how do we use it if we should brick our phones while flashing?

how does it automatically activates itself?

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i'm really a noob when it comes to these stuff.

am i right to say that one needs to create a partition in My Storage

to place this backup which can be utilized in the event of bricking?

if so, it's a damn good thing.

kudos to Taril. :)

and how can others like me, who are technically challenged,

go about putting this great backup into our phones?

and how do we use it if we should brick our phones while flashing?

how does it automatically activates itself?

I've probably got this completely wrong but I thought Taril meant that the backup image is already on the hidden partition and would be automatically restored if a flash went wrong.

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I've another question!

If that image files change every time when you flash ROM to your phone, isn't it mean that there are no "real" ROM memory on Omnia2 but it use some space from 8GB internal memory to be a ROM???

ps. Just a theory.

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I've another question!

If that image files change every time when you flash ROM to your phone, isn't it mean that there are no "real" ROM memory on Omnia2 but it use some space from 8GB internal memory to be a ROM???

ps. Just a theory.

there are 2 ROMs in omnia 2: main ROM where firmware resides and additional ROM 8GB/16GB for extra user storage.

This second ROM has hidden partition wich holds backup of firmware.

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Is it very difficult to explain how to do it with WinHex?

It would be great to have an image on the disk for backup and know how to use it.

thanks in advance

u need the full version to extract the files.

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there are 2 ROMs in omnia 2: main ROM where firmware resides and additional ROM 8GB/16GB for extra user storage.

This second ROM has hidden partition wich holds backup of firmware.

oic. now i understand.

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I don't (exactly) subscribe your point of view about this partition.

If you look what Octans do when you update your phone, you can see it donwload firmares into RAM first, then check checksum, then dowload to (EEP)ROM.

I think this partition is a cache to safely updating.

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Is it very difficult to explain how to do it with WinHex?

It would be great to have an image on the disk for backup and know how to use it.

thanks in advance

u need the full version to extract the files.

I have the full version of WinHex, Can Anyone tell me tow to extract the rom

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i'm sure at 99% this image in hidden partition is NOT for backup purpose.

This is the source for utility to change language.

When you switch from one language to another, internal flasher takes this image and combine IMGFS part with selected language packs and then flash it into main ROM as new IMGFS.

after more investigating, this image contains:

1) its own header

2) copy of EBoot image

3) XIP+ULDR+IMGFS - standard ROM parts (excluding language specific packs)

4) TFAT32 partition with language packs

It's possible to make:

1) PDA part in nb0 format (like H6 and H9) from parts 3 and 4

2) EBoot image from part 2

One interesting thing:

my original ROM was H9. Hidden partition contaned copy of this rom. I've flashed H5(MST format) and copy changed to H5 as well. After that i've flashed H9(nb0 format), but copy cetained H5 version.

So, i think, flashing NB0 ROM will not put copy into hidden partition. And most likely if you will change language in device settings, it will revert back into latest MST-formatted ROM (in my case H5).

This conclusions requires more investigation. It requires several re-flashing to provide real proof.

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So if flash with MST format change the file in that partition then I think the hidden partition would storage ROM as MST format too.( but it merge with EBOOT and etc into one single file).

Could you try to copying first 100-200Byte of MST file and search in that big file in hidden partition, I think you will find the same thing in it.

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