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Old May 31st, 2011, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Creating a bootable linux CD soley to SBF *headache free*

Hey guys here is the easiest way (IMO) to SBF. This has saved a lot of people and works great no matter which computer OS you use. All credit goes to 1KDS over at DroidXforums.com.

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Don't let the word Linux scare you, this is just a cd you burn, nothing installs to your pc. Once you burn this CD you are ready to SBF flash anywhere you have a computer, no net connection needed to download any files.

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This is an .iso file. It is a complete Linux operating system that you will download, burn to CD (or USB) then boot your pc from CD or USB, this allows your pc to reboot into a different operating system. The operating system has been preloaded with an SBF file for the DX, sbf_flash (the Linux method of SBF flashing) and a script I wrote to execute it, this makes it very simple to SBF flash your phone. As soon as you boot into the Linux OS the script will automagically start and you will be ready to flash.

Video instructions on the process Thank you RageXmods!

Download - 1KDStaz0.9.iso (2.3.340 FroYo)
295mb (309,329,920 bytes)
MD5 (1KDStaz0.9.iso) = 2f36c808ae05e914f1210bcf0ef8d33f

Download - 1KDStaz0.9_4.5.596.iso (4.5.596 Gingerbread)
221mb (231,735,296 bytes)
MD5 (1KDStaz0.9_4.5.596.iso) = ff07b94f66edcc767b11b4f3c024b535

Download - 1KDStaz_DX_4.5.602.iso (4.5.602 Gingerbread)
221mb (231,735,296 bytes)
MD5 (1KDStaz_DX_4.5.602.iso) = bb4bd1ff8239aa13c0be309229325750

Download - 1KDStaz_DX_4.5.602_root.iso (4.5.602 Gingerbread)
225mb (235,929,600 bytes)
MD5 (1KDStaz_DX_4.5.602_root.iso) = e53c1fbea60c240b8663ecb7b1b2b191
(This version will let you root with D3 or ZergRush method after the SBF is done, also has root only option)

Download - 1KDStaz_DX_4.5.605.iso (4.5.605 Gingerbread)
229mb (234,881,024 bytes)
MD5 (1KDStaz_DX_4.5.605.iso) = 7d29849d65c4a9fb66549db9cdb40b74
(This version will let you root with D3 or ZergRush method after the SBF is done, also has root only option)

Please do not put up any mirrors, link this thread, if the download links aren't working let me know.


Live CD Instructions (Mac):
Download 1KDStaz0.x.iso
Use Disk Utility (built in) to burn iso file to a CD (instructions)
Shut computer down
Hold c key, push power and hold c untill you see the Linux OS start
Hit enter at the yellow "boot baby... boot" screen
You will see yellow dots for 3-5 minutes then the script will start
Hit cancel at the sound card check

Live CD Instructions (Windows):
Download 1KDStaz0.x.iso
Burn iso image to a disk (Instructions, Window 7 - Vista and XP)
Reboot PC
Hit F12 (sometimes F8 or esc) during boot to go to boot menu (possibly google search how to boot your specific pc from CDROM)
Select boot from CDROM
Hit enter at the yellow "boot baby... boot" screen
You will see yellow dots for 3-5 minutes then the script will start
Hit cancel at the sound card check

Live USB Instructions (Windows):
(Instructions from pendrivelinux.com)(thanks)
Download
UNetBootin for Windows
Download your favorite Linux ISO
Double click the Unetbootin Executable to start the program
(1) Click the Diskimage radio box
(2) browse to select your ISO
(3) Set your target USB drive
(4) click OK to start the creation



Then reboot and get into the boot menu and select boot from USB drive.

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You will now be in the script and ready to flash.
The pc screen will look like this: (screen shots from the 2.3.340 version)



Use the numbers across the top of your keyboard, not the number pad

Once the flash completes you will see this:



If you already use Linux as your OS of choice you can flash with your current system, grab sbf_flash and the SBF file then simply cd to where you put the files, then:
chmod +x sbf_flash
./sbf_flash VRZ_MB810_2.3.34_1FF_01.sbf (if you are using the full .340 file)

Credits:
Credit to WugFresh for the original idea to do something like this with windows
Credit to the SliTaz community for the perfect distro for the job
Credit to mbm for the sbf_flash utility
Credit to Team Black Hat for the SBF file

Thanks to the beta testers!
mikeinrichmond
HarleyDude
C Dippa
macpro88
smalltowngirl13 (for the D2G iso)
Bob Dammit (for the OG iso)
RPPing (for the D2 iso)


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anyone try this yet on a mac?

thanks for the awesome info!
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i actually just ran across this yesterday and burned the iso to a cd. I went as far as booting from it and running the linux build from the CD. Since i just recently bought a MacBook Pro this is a HUGE lifesaver for me. I really think the link to link to this should be added to the rooting guide sticky at the top of the thread. ...hint hint guides....
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For sure it works on a mac. All I do is mac. Well I dual-boot snow leopard and ubuntu 10.04.

And I wouldn't post something I didn't try I didn't even need to SBF but did anyway to check it out.

Don't be scared when it says loading /boot/roofs.gz and then it fills your screen with yellow dots. It takes a few minutes.

Edit: I put it in the stick with all the major links. I put the link to this thread so people can ask questions here as well.
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anyone try this yet on a mac?

thanks for the awesome info!
i actually have already had someone in the Lounge suggest to me to use this method on my new MBP for sbf'ing. I may try it out for sh*ts and grins but i really feel that it will work. Like i said i went as far as booting from the cd (didn't have my phone connected) so i just bypassed the option of running the SBF script and booted into the linux os. So i think it will be awesome.
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I just used this on Windows Vista flawlessly. RSD Lite couldn't get the job done, but this seems to have done the job
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Oh goody. A new way of SBF'ing to get used to....lol......very nice find indeed.
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Does NOT work on powerpc. Just putting that out there if anyone other than me has one....lol
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For sure it works on a mac. All I do is mac. Well I dual-boot snow leopard and ubuntu 10.04.

And I wouldn't post something I didn't try I didn't even need to SBF but did anyway to check it out.

Don't be scared when it says loading /boot/roofs.gz and then it fills your screen with yellow dots. It takes a few minutes.

Edit: I put it in the stick with all the major links. I put the link to this thread so people can ask questions here as well.
...hey can't you also burn this to a thumb and do the same thing? How about an sd card? ....just wondering.
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I read that somewhere on the droidx forum that it can be done. There is a link on how to do it on that page
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yeah its a little harder than burning a CD but let me take a look.
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yeah i have made a bootable thumbdrive that has my Win7 distro on it. I was thinking i would like to make another thumbdrive with just this on it. ..a thumb drive is more durable in my backpack and that way my cd drive isn't constantly spinning like its about to take off.
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that way my cd drive isn't constantly spinning like its about to take off
Not to mention that kind of constant vibration isn't good for a laptop. It tends to shake things loose over time. Kinda like my head.....lol
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So to break it down completely, this SBF's the DX to where you can OTA to the new update?
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So to break it down completely, this SBF's the DX to where you can OTA to the new update?
For sure. Just like SBFing on windows with RSDlite but waaay easier
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For sure. Just like SBFing on windows with RSDlite but waaay easier
Can't wait...been holding off on SBF'ing since I didn't have access to a PC
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This rules. I couldn't SBF my X back to .340 using RSDLite. It kept failing. This worked like a charm.
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I could never get RSD lite to work on my Win 7 64 bit laptop. So I finally installed RSD lite on my older Win 7 32 bit laptop, and it worked fine. But maaaaan was it frustrating to try many different options on my 64 bit rig before giving up. Wished I had seen this bootable linux option before that, but ohh well. If I SBF again I will try this option for sure.
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to be able to work on my macbook pro when away from my desktop at home is awesome. word.
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This works great on my macbook pro. Just hold down the "C" key on your keyboard and it boots up off the CD. I have used it multiple times now. Thank You!
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For sure. Just like SBFing on windows with RSDlite but waaay easier
Not to be contradictory or anything, but I think sbf'ing in Win 7 (64-bit) is a piece of cake.
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Oh it is. But with the amount of people saying they have issues with RSDlite and/or drivers, phone not being recognized and the like I figure this is easier.

There are so many threads needing help with SBF'ing and RSDlite, just sayin.

If you know what you're doing and have done it before doing it on Windows is not a problem.
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Oh it is. But with the amount of people saying they have issues with RSDlite and/or drivers, phone not being recognized and the like I figure this is easier.

There are so many threads needing help with SBF'ing and RSDlite, just sayin.

If you know what you're doing and have done it before doing it on Windows is not a problem.

Yeah, I guess that's a good point
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just did it tonight and it worked flawlessly

Much easier than doin it with RSD in Parallels (or alike) IMO
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Haven't downloaded this yet, but if this is burned to a bootable flash drive, is it possible to just replace the .sbf file with an updated one should it ever become available?
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I don't need this yet but I have my usb flash drive all set up and ready to go for when I do need it.
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Haven't downloaded this yet, but if this is burned to a bootable flash drive, is it possible to just replace the .sbf file with an updated one should it ever become available?
I'll take care of that for ya

Glad you guys are liking the LiveCD

Look for a new and improved version tomorrow, also D2, D2G, DPro and Xoom are on my short list, OG Droid is available already.

Edit: Yes, works great on Mac, I built it on a MBP, and flashed my DX from it multiple times.
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Cool, I was wondering if there was going to be other devices listed, my wife will be happy her D2G will be "bugly-proof"...
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Glad you guys are liking the LiveCD

Look for a new and improved version tomorrow, also D2, D2G, DPro and Xoom are on my short list, OG Droid is available already.

Edit: Yes, works great on Mac, I built it on a MBP, and flashed my DX from it multiple times.
as a new first time owner of an MBP i really appreciate this. Thanks for your work.
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First off THANKS !!! 1KDS for making the recovery CD! And Aggie12 for posting about it!!
It is a great tool and has saved me a bunch of time!!!
I am now back on Apex 141 and very disappointed in the Gingerbread upgrade.
I started out SBFing back to 340 stock from Apex 141. I also wiped data, cache and factory wipe, every step in the SBF process. All went smooth as silk with the 2 part upgrade. I used Titanium to restore my apps and when I started checking them out I got FC's on most of them. I double checked to make sure they were current and they were current. So I SBFed back again to 340 and started over again. On this 2nd attempt I cleared everything again 3 times just to be sure the wipe process took. I installed the upgrade again and wiped 3 times again and got the same FC's again. O instead of doing the batch restore in TB I did the restore one by one. This is when you really appreciate the batch function! Well I got abit frustrated with the way Gingerbread was behaving.
I then SBFed back rooted and installed CWM, loaded my nandroid backup back on to the phone and renamed the upgrade file in system\app so I would not get the upgrade barker.
So at this point in time I am not impressed with Gingerbread at all!!
I wound up wasting this weekend on this process and will maybe try at a later time when the dust settles and when Apex 2 is out.

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Harry, I wish I could take credit for it but I'm just the messenger! 1KDS put this all together and I posted it here since he doesn't frequent this forum much

Did you ever try running GB without restoring all the data for your apps just to see how that went? For whatever reason, some have reported FC's when restoring data like that every once in a while.
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Harry, I wish I could take credit for it but I'm just the messenger! 1KDS put this all together and I posted it here since he doesn't frequent this forum much

Did you ever try running GB without restoring all the data for your apps just to see how that went? For whatever reason, some have reported FC's when restoring data like that every once in a while.
Aggie12 I edited my post moments after sending it.
I did run GB with out running restore and the stock blur worked ok and I'm leaning towards compatibility issues with the apps or it could be something else. Apex 141 has been working perfect for me so far. I have also created some apps that is geared towards controlling broadcast equipment at work.
My DX has saved me trips to the office when the station is having some issues. But I had more problems with other tools for the DX. Also some widgets caused the phone to reboot which was strange. I hope it is not my DX being the issue but it has been fine up to this update. This is my 4th DX due to other HW problems with the DX.
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I'm having an issue with the .iso file I downloaded. It fails to boot at boot screen. Do you think maybe I have a bad download or something?
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I'm having an issue with the .iso file I downloaded. It fails to boot at boot screen. Do you think maybe I have a bad download or something?
The md5sums are given in the first post. Check your download against it.
Did you burn the CD properly? And what exactly do you mean it doesn't fail at the boot screen
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I just checked the properties against the filesize and it matches exactly. I created the disc using the link for Windows 7 provided so it burned exactly like it looks like it should from the link. Is the download a .zip file because I can extract to desktop, which gives me a folder named BOOT.
After I select in BIOS to boot from CD, the machine reboots but then it says failed to boot.
Thanks for the quick reply, I'm pretty much a newbie at this stuff.
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No, the download is the actual .iso file. Don't extract anything.
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OK thanks. I re-downloaded the .iso file and made another CD. It works now. Back to stock with no issues. Appreciate the help.
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this even works awesome on my netbook....hehehe!
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Thank you for this! It worked great!

FYI to others:
The the .iso file took almost an hour to Download for me.
I was easily able to create the CD with the image on it via the CD burning program (Roxio Easy CD Creator DE from 2006) that was pre-installed on my Dell laptop running XP.
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If you guys don't have Roxio software or Nero, etc., you can use ImgBurn, which is free and is one of the best image burning software out there.
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Followed all the information in the OP and made my CD last night, probably put one on my flashdrive too, just incase.

It was a very easy process.
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I think this is a very good idea and very helpful, but I also think that people should actually learn how to sbf and how the process works before taking shortcuts.

Just like when you do math, you should learn how to work out problems properly without skipping steps so you get a full understanding of what you are doing, and once you understand the concept you can skip steps, etc.

Of course, that's just my point of view
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Agreed.

I still have the files to do it manually..
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I think this is a very good idea and very helpful, but I also think that people should actually learn how to sbf and how the process works before taking shortcuts.

Just like when you do math, you should learn how to work out problems properly without skipping steps so you get a full understanding of what you are doing, and once you understand the concept you can skip steps, etc.

Of course, that's just my point of view
With math though you do it that way so you can apply what you know from that to other problems. This is a one problem system. And as I see it this is the most native way to flash the SBF. Android is based on a modified linux system so flashing in linux is the 'proper' way. RSDlite is there so Windows users can do it. But I think everyone should have a linux partition so they can boot into linux and do it that way. This is just a script that automates it.
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With math though you do it that way so you can apply what you know from that to other problems. This is a one problem system. And as I see it this is the most native way to flash the SBF. Android is based on a modified linux system so flashing in linux is the 'proper' way. RSDlite is there so Windows users can do it. But I think everyone should have a linux partition so they can boot into linux and do it that way. This is just a script that automates it.

Don't take it so literally, it's just an example.

As long as people keep taking shortcuts and doing things without fully understanding what they are doing we will continue to see threads with "HELP!" and such in the tag line because they messed something up without fully understanding what they were doing......that is really my point.

On another note, you can't assume that people are using/want to use a Linux based system on their PCs because they do on their phones.
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I'm wondering how difficult it would be to put the .596 SBF into this, I put mine on a flash drive, so it should be somewhat flexible for that kind of thing.
*edit* so far, no luck I ended up on stock FroYo again after adding the .596 SBF file to the portable linux USB drive. Hmm, anyway, I went for the stock OTA update and I'll see how long I can stand it without root and all those ads.... I guess if I get tired of all that, I can always SBF back and go with the two-part file and feel "normal" again...
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Don't take it so literally, it's just an example.

As long as people keep taking shortcuts and doing things without fully understanding what they are doing we will continue to see threads with "HELP!" and such in the tag line because they messed something up without fully understanding what they were doing......that is really my point.

On another note, you can't assume that people are using/want to use a Linux based system on their PCs because they do on their phones.
I wasn't assuming people wanted to. That's just how I feel. Similar to how you feel that everyone should learn to use RSDlite. If everyone used this method and forgot about RSDlite there would be fewer HELP threads. Most of them now are currently dealing with questions over RSDlite. I'm not trying to say one is better than the other. I was simply putting it out there.
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This was straight up awesome. Thanks.
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I made my usb flash drive the other day with this and today i used it to sbf back to stock. Nothing was wrong. I was just itching to use it.....lol.....and it worked flawlessly.
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I made my usb flash drive the other day with this and today i used it to sbf back to stock. Nothing was wrong. I was just itching to use it.....lol.....and it worked flawlessly.
I used RSD Lite twice yesterday with no issues what so ever and it was a piece of cake
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