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Old December 3rd, 2010, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Happy Guide to flashing your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade with a custom ROM

Simple Guide to Flashing your Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade
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Please note that this guide may now be out of date. I will attempt to update the information at some point soon.

Please note that, for now, this will only work with older models of Orange San Francisco with the OLED screen. If you have a TFT screen, do not flash your phone with this ROM.

To Check go to Settings > About Phone > Build

OLED Screens have Android build B05 whereas TFT Screens have build B08

OK, to save you all the hassle of downloading the Software / ROM from various posts over at MoDaCo, I have zipped them all and uploaded them to file sharing sites so simply pick one of the following links to download.

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Zip file contains the following files :

ZTE Blade Drivers - Win7.zip
ZTE Blade Drivers - XP.zip
ZTE Blade Drivers - Vista.zip
Fastboot.zip
Update.zip (ROM) - This is Sebastians404 De-Orangeated ROM R6 (FAT version) from MoDaCo forums
recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img

All credit for the files and following information goes to the guys over at MoDaCo forums...I have just tried to simply the process for you all.


Although this is a fairly simple procedure to follow (which many users have done successfully), please note that flashing a custom ROM is done entirely at your own risk.

1) Firstly you'll need to extract and install the relevant ZTE Blade drivers for your version of windows. Included in the SanFrancisco.zip file are Win XP, Win Vista and Win 7 drivers.
(On XP you are prompted to install the drivers when you plug your phone in so just point it towards the directory where you unzipped the XP drivers. I'm not sure if you are prompted on other versions of Windows because I did it from my works Win XP laptop. I will try it on my Win 7 Desktop at home later to see if that also prompts).

2) Next extract the files in the Fastboot.zip to a folder on your desktop (name the folder 'fastboot')

3) Copy the file 'recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img' to the same desktop folder that you extracted Fastboot to.

4) Turn off your phone and take out the battery for a few seconds. Replace the battery and turn your phone back on whilst holding the 'Volume up' button. Your phone should show a Green Android logo and then remain on that screen.

5) Plug your phone into your PC (at this point install drivers if your PC prompts you).

6) Open up a command prompt (Select Start Menu, Run and then type 'CMD' and enter).

7) Make sure CMD is pointing at the fastboot folder you created on your desktop (i.e. on XP mine would be 'C:\Documents and Settings\thoml_\Desktop\Fastboot). If not change it as I have done below (remember to use your own windows username ).



8) Next, type 'fastboot-windows flash recovery recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img' and enter.

(If you're using a Mac or Linux then simply replace 'fastboot-windows' with either 'fastboot-mac' or 'fastboot-linux').

9) Once that process shows as completed type 'fastboot-windows reboot'

10) Let your phone reboot back to it's normal homescreen.

11) Copy the file 'update.zip' across to the root of the SD card on your phone.

12) Turn your phone off and remove the battery for a few seconds. Replace the battery and turn your phone back on whilst this time holding 'Volume down'. Your phone will show the Green Android logo again but this time after a few seconds it will load ClockworkMod Recovery (the screen will be upside down but don't worry about this).

13) Select 'apply Update.zip' option and then confirm that you want to apply it. (Use the Volume Up/Down buttons to navigate the menu and the Home button as enter).

14) ClockworkMod Recovery will begin to flash the phone (you'll see the progress on screen). Once completed, select the reboot option from the menu.

15) DONE !! You may now delete update.zip from your SD card, and enjoy your Orange free phone

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I have to ask is this completely reversable if you havent backed up your phone first?

Just in case I decide to change my mind!!
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In fact scratch that I dont think I will be changing my mind this is fecking fantastic!! So so quick now whereas before it was sluggish!!
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In fact scratch that I dont think I will be changing my mind this is fecking fantastic!! So so quick now whereas before it was sluggish!!
Well, if for some reason you did change your mind I can point you in the direction of the original Orange ROM. Then it's just a case of copying it to your SD card and using ClockworkMod Recovery to flash your phone again....
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You may be able to help..... The only orange widget I found useful was the SMS message display so when one comes in it shows in the display until its read.

Is there any way we could maybe take that particular widget and add/install it from an apk file?

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I know there are other ROMs on MoCaDo forums that still contain some of the Orange apps, not sure about an actual .apk file for it though.

As an alternative you could use either ChompSMS or Handcent apps that are available on the Market. They both have widgets that show messages in the same way.
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Il have a look! Thank you very much for your advice throughout this process, my phone is 100% faster than before, Its like an htc handset now!!
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So have I rooted my phone? sounds like a daft question I know! but as I see it ive just installed a modified OS?
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so i did this proccess and now the phone wont start.it just frozes at the android logo.what's wrong and what can i do about it?:/
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Mine did this the first boot felt like an age.....leave it a little longer and it will boot.

I had a heart attack coz it force closed several times but now its stable and bloody fantastic, still dont really know if what I did has actually rooted the phone!??!?

Anyway it will be ok im sure
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Just brought one of these phones for my son for Xmas & decided de-branding was a good idea.
I followed your excellent guide & everything seems to be fine, that is except for one strange issue, once you put the phone to sleep with the power button itís impossible to wake it, you can feel the phone vibrate when you touch the keys, but thereís no display, the only way Iíve found of resetting it is to disconnect the battery.
Can anyone one offer any advice as Iím meant to be wrapping this up tonight.
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Just brought one of these phones for my son for Xmas & decided de-branding was a good idea.
I followed your excellent guide & everything seems to be fine, that is except for one strange issue, once you put the phone to sleep with the power button itís impossible to wake it, you can feel the phone vibrate when you touch the keys, but thereís no display, the only way Iíve found of resetting it is to disconnect the battery.
Can anyone one offer any advice as Iím meant to be wrapping this up tonight.
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Help!! The same has happened to mine, also everything is shown in different colours & aeroplane mode keeps coming up!
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Mine did this the first boot felt like an age.....leave it a little longer and it will boot.

I had a heart attack coz it force closed several times but now its stable and bloody fantastic, still dont really know if what I did has actually rooted the phone!??!?

Anyway it will be ok im sure

i left it like 20 minutes and still no progress.stucked on android logo and every 15-20 secs the logo is flashing but still not booting.any suggestions?
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Help!! The same has happened to mine, also everything is shown in different colours & aeroplane mode keeps coming up!
I managed to turn off aeroplane mode but everything is still in different colours & display still keeps disapearing!

If there's no way of sorting it out is there a way to change it back to orange?

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Just brought one of these phones for my son for Xmas & decided de-branding was a good idea.
I followed your excellent guide & everything seems to be fine, that is except for one strange issue, once you put the phone to sleep with the power button itís impossible to wake it, you can feel the phone vibrate when you touch the keys, but thereís no display, the only way Iíve found of resetting it is to disconnect the battery.
Can anyone one offer any advice as Iím meant to be wrapping this up tonight.
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Further to my post yesterday, I have now discovered that the majority of these ROM images that are being posted donít appear to support TFT screens [it would seem that there may be 2 versions of this phone, although I donít actually know]. Now having tried the stock Orange OUK_P729BV1.0.0B08 & Hungarian Hedgehog RLS1 form here http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blade-blade-modaco-com/319831/09-dec-installing-the-modaco-custom-rom-from-scratch-and-other-roms/ the phone now appears to work normally. This page has a very useful table that shows the details of each image.
I hope that helps everyone who is having the same problem I was.
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I presume you can all still get in ClockworkMod Recovery ? Turn off your phone, remove the battery for a few sec and replace. Turn your phone on holding the volume down button.

If you can then you can re-flash your phone again no probs, so don't worry.

Apparently Orange have change the screen type on the new batch of phones which is what's causing the problem. I've just read a post about it on MoDaCo forums.
People on there have simply changed to a different custom ROM or gone back to the stock Orange ROM and it's been fine again.

Give me a short while and will find out which alternative ROMs people are using....or try and source the original ROM for that particular model.
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Further to my post yesterday, I have now discovered that the majority of these ROM images that are being posted donít appear to support TFT screens [it would seem that there may be 2 versions of this phone, although I donít actually know]. Now having tried the stock Orange OUK_P729BV1.0.0B08 & Hungarian Hedgehog RLS1 form here http://android.modaco.com/content/zte-blade-blade-modaco-com/319831/09-dec-installing-the-modaco-custom-rom-from-scratch-and-other-roms/ the phone now appears to work normally. This page has a very useful table that shows the details of each image.
I hope that helps everyone who is having the same problem I was.
Ah it appears you've found it too

Sorry about any probs you've had. At the time I posted the guide there was only 1 type of San Francisco screen. I will update the post with an additional ROM for those with the new screens.
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"Now scroll down to Flash Zip From SD card option and select the Update.ZIP file you placed earlier in SD Card root"

Where is the rout on the SD card? Does one just drag the operating system (2.2/2.1) on to the card amongst the other files - or insert it into a file?

I have a TFT and though I have not as yet changed the OS I have the freezing probs. as stated above
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If you're having issues with screen colour and power button not working then the original Orange ROM for TFT screen can be found here (make sure you download the TFT version) :

[OLED+TFT] 06/Dec: Stock ROM downloads + Online Kitchen - Android @ MoDaCo

Simply rename the downloaded file as update.zip and copy it to your SD card. Then re-flash your phone using ClockworkMod Recovery.

If you are going to flash back to the original Orange ROM then make sure you select 'wipe data / factory reset' option in ClockworkMod Recovery BEFORE you 'apply update.zip'.

Apparently, there will be an updated custom ROM for TFT screens within the next week.
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"Now scroll down to Flash Zip From SD card option and select the Update.ZIP file you placed earlier in SD Card root"

Where is the rout on the SD card? Does one just drag the operating system (2.2/2.1) on to the card amongst the other files - or insert it into a file?

I have a TFT and though I have not as yet changed the OS I have the freezing probs. as stated above
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The root is the top level directory on the card. So typically when you browse the SD card it will be the first directory you are in. Just copy the update.zip ROM file to that directory.
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"Now scroll down to Flash Zip From SD card option and select the Update.ZIP file you placed earlier in SD Card root"

Where is the rout on the SD card? Does one just drag the operating system (2.2/2.1) on to the card amongst the other files - or insert it into a file?

I have a TFT and though I have not as yet changed the OS I have the freezing probs. as stated above
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My SD card is showing as follows:
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Should i drop it into the Android? (they appear alphabetically arranged) Or just drop it in with all the others?
I assume that whatever rom one installs it is renamed to update.zip
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Should i drop it into the Android? (they appear alphabetically arranged) Or just drop it in with all the others?
I assume that whatever rom one installs it is renamed to update.zip
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No, don't put it in any of the folders, just place it in the same directory along side those folders....and yes whatever ROM it is needs to be renamed to update.zip
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Many thanks again BurnCK
I may have 4xed something having put the boot.blade.superboot.mcri.r3 on.
and I have the 2.5.1.3 Is it possible to just install 2.5.0.9 over the 2.5.1.3 or indeed worth the risk.
I am using Windows 7 64bit and have been pressing the shift key whilst right clicking the file and then choosing "open command window here" is this a satisfactory method as against the more complexed CDM etc?
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Yes, I also originally installed Superboot and then 2.5.1.3 on my phone and it didn't work, so I installed 2.5.0.9 over it. So if I was you I'd do the same and install 2.5.0.9 instead. Just follow the original procedure but with the 2.5.0.9 img file

Also, yes you can open command prompt that way...infact, that's probably the easiest way to do it Don't know why I didn't include that method in my guide.
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Many thanks BurnCK for all the help. Have now installed 2.5.0.9 and also MoDaCo Custom Froyo A3. Have to see how everything goes. It's all new to me finding my way around.
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If you're having issues with screen colour and power button not working then the original Orange ROM for TFT screen can be found here (make sure you download the TFT version) :

[OLED+TFT] 06/Dec: Stock ROM downloads + Online Kitchen - Android @ MoDaCo

Simply rename the downloaded file as update.zip and copy it to your SD card. Then re-flash your phone using ClockworkMod Recovery.

If you are going to flash back to the original Orange ROM then make sure you select 'wipe data / factory reset' option in ClockworkMod Recovery BEFORE you 'apply update.zip'.

Apparently, there will be an updated custom ROM for TFT screens within the next week.
All sorted now. Thanx for your help Mr Burn!!
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Everything seem to be working fine now but I just noticed "Android Market" is missing from phone, is anyway I can get it back??
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With this ROM how do you choose a different homescreen/launcher?
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Are you sure it's not on the app list ? It's listed as 'Market' not 'Android Market'.
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Don't think you can. You had a choice previously because of the Orange launcher app which let you choose between Orange launcher and default Android launcher. Obviously the Orange stuff has now been removed.

If you want to change homescreen / launcher then try either 'Launcher Pro' or 'Zeam Launcher' from the market
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Are you sure it's not on the app list ? It's listed as 'Market' not 'Android Market'.
Its not on the list, google maps is not listed niether!!
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I'll look into it for you...
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I'll look into it for you...
I just reinstalled it & both Market & Google Maps app have now reappeared!

Thanx for your help all's sorted now!!
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I've unlocked and rooted my phone successfully. Yesterday I managed to load Clockwork Recovery and boot into Clockwork Recovery. I then istalled the Froyo 2.2 update zip file ontot the root of the SD folder.

However, when in clockwork recorvery and selected update zip from SD Card, all seem to be progressing fine. Then i got the following error message and installation was aborted : E: Board does not support mtd utils.E:Failure at line 68:
write_raw_image PACKAGE:boot.img BOOT:
Installation aborted.

If there is anyone out then who can please advise where I’m going wrong then I will be very grateful as phone is now stuck on the green android screen (however can still boot into Clockwork Recovery mode) just not use the phone.
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I've unlocked and rooted my phone successfully. Yesterday I managed to load Clockwork Recovery and boot into Clockwork Recovery. I then istalled the Froyo 2.2 update zip file ontot the root of the SD folder.

However, when in clockwork recorvery and selected update zip from SD Card, all seem to be progressing fine. Then i got the following error message and installation was aborted : E: Board does not support mtd utils.E:Failure at line 68:
write_raw_image PACKAGE:boot.img BOOT:
Installation aborted.

If there is anyone out then who can please advise where Iím going wrong then I will be very grateful as phone is now stuck on the green android screen (however can still boot into Clockwork Recovery mode) just not use the phone.
You haved used ClockworkMod Recovery 2.5.1.3, that's the problem. I had the same issue too. You need to install 2.5.0.9 instead and it should work fine.

Luckily you don't need to boot your phone to install it. Turn on your phone holding the volume up button and then use flashboot to install version 2.5.0.9. You can get it from zip file I've posted links to in the first post of this thread
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I just reinstalled it & both Market & Google Maps app have now reappeared!

Thanx for your help all's sorted now!!
Was gonna suggest that as couldn't find anyone else with the same issue. Strange one that, but at least you've sorted it now
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You haved used ClockworkMod Recovery 2.5.1.3, that's the problem. I had the same issue too. You need to install 2.5.0.9 instead and it should work fine.

Luckily you don't need to boot your phone to install it. Turn on your phone holding the volume up button and then use flashboot to install version 2.5.0.9. You can get it from zip file I've posted links to in the first post of this thread
Many thanks for the post BurnCK. Sorry to be a nuisance but I have downloaded version 2.5.0.9 Clockwork Recovery, switched on my phone holding the power button and up volume button so I have the green adroid image. I have then connected my phone to my PC and from a command prompt typed the following: fastboot-flash recovery clockwork.img, which is what I typed previously when installing 2.5.1.3. However this time I get the following error: cannot load clockwork.img.

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If you're using the .img file from the zip file I posted then you need to type 'fastboot-windows flash recovery recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img'

If it's a different file name then type 'fastboot-windows flash recovery' followed by the actual .img file name.

Also make sure you've placed the .img file in the fastboot folder.
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If you're using the .img file from the zip file I posted then you need to type 'fastboot-windows flash recovery recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img'

If it's a different file name then type 'fastboot-windows flash recovery' followed by the actual .img file name.

Also make sure you've placed the .img file in the fastboot folder.
It's worked a treat, should've realised the filename was different. Many thanks for all your help BurnCK.

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Panic over! Ran Clockwork Recovery again and installed like a dream. Great find and thanks a mill!

"I have tried to apply sdcard:update.zip from the root directory of two different sd cards but keep getting "Finding update package...Opening update package... E:Can't open /sdcard/update.zip (No such file or directory) Installation aborted. Totally perplexed! Any help gratefully appreciated...Tnx!
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Hi has the updated custom ROM for TFT screens been released yet??
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Just tried it out. Its worked all seem's to good so far . Thanx for the link!!
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Just tried it out. Its worked all seem's to good so far . Thanx for the link!!
No probs

Let me know how it goes and if all is ok (which I'm sure it will be) then I can add that ROM to my original post.
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Let me know how it goes and if all is ok (which I'm sure it will be) then I can add that ROM to my original post.
All seems to be working rather well at the moment. I did noticed there was no alarm clock but I ended up downloading 'Better Alarm Free' from market place!!

I only installed to lite version not the FAT add on because I'm not sure how to installed add ons!!
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That will be why there was no alarm then. The lite version is missing all of the manufacturers apps.
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Hi all, thanks for the guide, nice to have these sorts of processed simplified.

I'm currently following the steps in your guide and have got to step 8, I have entered and started the fastboot-windows flash recovery recovery-clockwork-2.5.0.9-modaco-r2-blade.img command but cmd is just sat with a message saying < waiting for device >. I'm not sure how long this should take but it's been a good 10-15 minutes now and I can't see it taking that long to install. I'm afraid to uplug it from my machine in case it hald-installs and messes everything up. Any ideas?

I'm running Vista by the way.

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If it says 'waiting for device' then it sounds like your PC has not recognised your phone. Try re-installing the Vista drivers for the phone.

By the way, you can unplug your phone if it just says 'waiting for device' as the process hasn't started.
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That will be why there was no alarm then. The lite version is missing all of the manufacturers apps.
I went back to link you give me & I've now installed the add on, all manufactures apps (including alarm, FM radio ect) are now back!!
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Oh dear, I've followed these instructions on my son's new San Francisco and now it won't boot - just get the green android staring at me.

When I try to apply the update.zip, I get the following messages:

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ClockworkMod Recovery v2.5.0.9 (MoDaCo r2)

-- Install from sdcard...
Finding update package...
Opening update package...

Installing update...
Formatting SYSTEM:...
Copying files...
Formatting BOOT:...
Writing BOOT:...
E:Error writing BOOT:
E:Failure at line 80:
write_raw_image PACKAGE:boot.img BOOT:
Installation aborted
I tried to read the SD card in a reader on my laptop, The card mounts as a letter, but it says it has nothing on it. I don't think Windows can read the contents.

Anyone any suggestions please!!!

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