Droid 2 OTA Gingerbread Not Working - Deleted BloatwareSupport


  1. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    So I deleted all of the bloatware off of my Droid 2 and now I can't get the OTA 2.3 Gingerbread update. I'm also having trouble use adb with my Mac. I know how to start the adb server and am very comfortable with terminal (senior programmer and macports expert) but my phone will not register with adb for some reason. I have debugging enabled and connect it with "charge only" selected. I read somewhere in an HTC forum that it helps if I use a powered hub... so I'm thinking power might be an issue. I want to use adb to put that stupid application CityID back on my phone so I can get the OTA update. I reinstalled all of the other bloatware using the android market. Maybe someone could send me the .apk for CityID for 2.2 on the Droid 2? Has anyone else encountered this problem? Sorry for running on.... If it makes a difference my phone is currently rooted using Z4 root.

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  2. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    Didnt you make a backup? You could sbf back to 2.2 from when u got the phone, then update to 2.3 then root using petes root tool.
  3. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    No backup. What is sbf? I know what it is but where can I get one? And it would have to be one for a verizon phone, no?
  4. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    Full SBF: Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!

    RSD lite: Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!

    MOTO DRIVERS LATEST: http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles...al_Drivers/MotoHelper_2.0.53_Driver_5.2.0.exe

    Instructions:
    If you are not familiar on how to use RSDLite here is a brief overview

    Switch your device to PC mode
    Turn on debugging mode (settings>applications>development>debugging mode)
    Launch RSDLite (make sure device appears in window)
    Select SBF
    Start

    Device will switch to bootloader and begin the flashing process and will reboot when it is complete.

    Here you go, good luck!
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  5. xXHalfSliceXx

    xXHalfSliceXx New Member

    Failed flashing process. Failed Flashing process. Unable to retrieve initialization values from INI file. (0x7029); phone connected

    I had to turn the phone off for it to load into the bootloader D2.37

    Battery OK
    OK to Program
    Transfer Mode:
    USB
  6. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    So what exactly did you do? Can I do this with my mac?
  7. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Would it be easier to do this on my PC?
  8. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    You need windows or linux. No mac. I have never done with linux though
  9. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    I noticed the file name of the SBF is "VRZ_A955_2.3.20.zip" Is this directly Gingerbread (i.e. I won't need to do OTA update)?
  10. JDunc

    JDunc Well-Known Member

    No its still 2.2 Froyo build. 2.3.2 is the Verizon update pushed out.
  11. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    There is no sbf yet for gingerbread.
  12. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Okay, so this will flash my device with 2.2 then and will allow me to get the OTA update? I assume it has all the preloaded crapware with it that I need for the OTA update (CityID, etc)?
  13. JDunc

    JDunc Well-Known Member

    Yes once you flash 2.2 you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Update and download the OTA and install it.
  14. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Just flashed the phone using RSDLite and the SBF above. I thought it would delete everything off of my Droid 2 but it didn't do that at all. It failed once and then the second time it passed, and everything was still on my Droid2. Except... CityID is now on it! I don't know why it didn't delete everything, I think that's what it was supposed to do...

    Anyhow, I was able to activate it easily by dialing *22899

    Currently downloading the 2.3 update, waiting for it to finish. Will let you all know how that goes. I never unrooted it, so I'm hoping it is unrooted currently.

    Thanks for the help thus far.
  15. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    It is if you sbfed back to stock.
  16. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Yah it was unrooted. The update worked smoothly, thanks for all of the help everyone.

    Any clue as to why the SBF flashing didn't delete all of my stuff?
  17. JDunc

    JDunc Well-Known Member

    You mean your widgets and settings were still the same? That's not a full SBF if so. You should've had to activate your phone again.
  18. biggiesmalls657

    biggiesmalls657 Well-Known Member

    thats weird cause i linked the full sbf link download....:(
  19. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Yes, everything was the same! It was freaky! I have no idea what happened, but it did put CityID and the other bloatware back on the phone. I did have to activate it to get back on big red, but everything was still the same (all my photos, contacts, widgets, screen layout, everything).

    Thanks for the help everyone, a mystery fix, but it worked!
  20. lrv

    lrv Well-Known Member

    There is the possibility that you may have backed up your information via Google, and when you signed back in after activating, Google updated your phone with your previous information. Basically, it's a clean install of Android, but Google saved you the hassle of having to setup everything again.
  21. JDunc

    JDunc Well-Known Member

    Mine has reapplied my Wallpaper before but that's it. Strange.
  22. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    I don't think so. I just had to get back onto the network, I never had to sign in or anything. Also, before I reactivated the phone, everything was still on there, so there would be no way for it to get on there without a Wifi connection or 3G. I read online that not there is a command when flashing an SBF (I believe in the file itself) that will erase a ROM when it flashes, but this is not true with all of them, only some.
  23. mar2194

    mar2194 Member

    Yah I had a custom wallpaper that I downloaded from the net and even that was the same.
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