Hacking my SI / Customization code - so that I can upgrade to Android v2.1 - Very confused!! :-/


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  1. whirlpool

    whirlpool Member This Topic's Starter

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    I want to update my Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 from Android v1.6 to Android v2.1.

    I have been researching online for hours how to upgrade to 2.1.

    I used SuperOneClick to "root" my phone. However, although I did get the message "Root Complete!" I don't see any difference except for there is a "Superuser Permissions" icon on my screen amongst my other apps. The icon is a little man dressed in black holding a rifle/gun.

    I tried downloading "Superuser" application from the Android market, but I kept getting "Installation Unsuccessful."

    I tried rooting my phone again, using SuperOneClick. But again, I don't see any difference.

    I followed the directions in the "Root/Unroot - a very detailed explanation" thread. I had debugging enabled. I had my SD card unmounted and removed from the phone.

    My SI is not in the list of SI codes to which A2.1 is currently available. There were lots of guides online today on how to hack this. However, my root did not appear to work, and also one of the steps in these guides was "Change your SI or Customization Code" - yet I could not find anywhere online which told me how to do this.

    I'm at a total loss.

    There is another guide to rooting your X8 here: Alternative rooting method for 2.1 (advanced) - xda-developers However this requires the download of "Superuser" application, and as I already said, this did not download for me.

    I have no idea how to root my phone. I have only had the phone about two weeks. I am very computer-literate, but I am not familiar with how phones work.

    Can anybody help please??

    I want to update my Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 from Android v1.6 to Android v2.1.
     

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  2. iwanarifs

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    it should be easy to upgrade to eclair 2.1 from donnut 1.6. You no need to install superuser or rooting your phone. You just need application to download the latest available software.

    Here, i used to find the available software, the name is "Update_Service_Setup-2.10.11.10.exe". I will provide it for you then if you want.

    or download by searching by internet tool searcher.
     
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    kiz1983 Well-Known Member

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    For my case, I cant updatr thru pc companion but can update using seus.. U shud try both first, n tried the hacking method if both is unsuccessful..
     
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    Got the generic world update via Sony Ericsson Update Service this morning. All went through fine.
     
  5. Lupajz

    Lupajz Well-Known Member

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    Did you instal root explorer after you root your phone ? You can download it from almost anywhere. I done it way xda forums says and it worked for me :)

    After the superclick says rooted, download and isnstal app RootExplorer. Then find that file, i dont remember the name ! Dont forget to click Mount R/W ! Then in phone text mode edit that file. Save. Reboot and connect your phone to pc Pc Companion then imediately will recognize your device and tell you your updates are ready ! :)
     
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    in SEUS it say's that my phone software is up to date what should i do to update?
     
  7. whirlpool

    whirlpool Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you all for your replies.

    @ iwanarifs, kiz1983 & rosered: SEUS says my software is up to date.

    Please Note: My SI code is not included in the list of SI codes for which the update has officially been released. I think I need to hack into my phone so that I can change the SI code on it.
     
  8. whirlpool

    whirlpool Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you for your reply. But what file?
     
  9. Lupajz

    Lupajz Well-Known Member

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    1. You need your phone to be rooted. I use superoneclick 1.5.0. for me it works best. Newest versions do not work correctly at my X8. The attached archive X8win is the superonelick 1.5.0. You should enable usb debugging (settings->applications-development) and connect the phone to your pc. If you do not have drivers for the debug mode you can use the ones from the "X8 drivers" archive which i have also attached. After you have the drivers installed ,usb debug enabled and phone connected start superoneclick.exe and press root. You may need to wait 5 or even 10 minutes for it to complete. Wait until you see "Your device is rooted" popup.

    2. Install root explorer. I have also attached it. Start root explorer. Open the "system" folder. In the upper right corner of root explorer you will see "Mount R/W" button. Press it. Now go to the build.prop file. Long press on it and select "Open in text editor". You should edit the following items:

    ro.product.name=E15i_XXXX-XXXX where XXXX-XXXX is the customization code. For example mine is 1241-3708 but there is still no update for it.

    ro.build.fingerprint=SEMC/E15i_XXXX-XXXX/sonyEricssonE15i/

    ro.semc.version.cust=XXXX-XXXX

    You should replace XXXX-XXXX with the desired customization code for all the lines listed above.

    When ready press the menu button (left) while still in the text editor and press save.

    3. VERY IMPORTANT - REBOOT YOUR PHONE.
    4. After reboot check for update with Update service or PC Companion and it should find it.

    If you edit your build.prop on your pc and return it back to the phone you should correct it's permissions so that it can be read by user, group and others and written by group using root explorer.

    You can also see the codes which have the update at the sony ericsson product blog:

    2010 November | Product Launch Blog

    Customization codes with update so far:

    1242-7327
    1236-9291
    1241-4091 - It is russian firmware but has following languages:

    Russian Firmware contains languages:
    Русский (Russian)
    Bahasa Indonesia
    Bahasa Melayu
    Basa Sunda
    Bosanski
    Catala
    Cestina
    Dansk
    Deutch (Deutschland, Liechtenstein, Oesterreich, Schweiz)
    Eesti
    English (Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zeland, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US)
    Espanol (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Espana, Mexico)
    Euskara
    Francais (Belgique, Canada, France, Suisse)
    Galego
    Hrvatski
    Islenka
    Italiano (Italia, Svizzera)
    Jawa
    Laviesu
    Lietuviu
    Magyar
    Nederlands (Belgie, Nederlands)
    Norsk bokmai
    Polski
    Portugues (Brasil, Portugal)
    Romana
    Shqipe
    Slovenscina
    Slovensky
    Srpski
    Suomi
    Svenska
    Tagalog
    Turkce
    Greece
    Bulgarian
    Kaзak
    Ukrainian
    Korean
    Chinese (simplified)
    Chinese (traditional)
    Chinese (Hong Kong)


    Here is how to check your customization code:

    1. Lock the screen of your phone. Press the menu button (left button) so that the screen is lit but still locked.
    2. Press the home (central button) and back (right button) in following sequence:

    home-back-back-home-back-home-home-back

    Try several times if you can not do it the first time. when successful secret menu will appear. Go to Service info->Software info and find "customization version"
    It should be something like 1241-3708_R3A (this is my code, your will be different but the same format).


    Copied from XDA dev.
     
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  10. whirlpool

    whirlpool Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you so much, that worked perfectly! ;)


    P.S.
    I did not use any of these codes:
    1242-7327
    1236-9291
    1241-4091 - This one did not work.
     
  11. coman_nick

    coman_nick Well-Known Member

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    I've just checked for updates, and now it's here to (Romania). Customization code is 1241-3833_R2A (don't know if R2A is important)
     
  12. Blitzkri3g

    Blitzkri3g Well-Known Member

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    Mine is 2.1 now too.

    To the original poster: I say wait a little! ;)
    N.
     
  13. westice

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    hi Lupajz,

    i cannot be able to find superoneclick 1.5.0. can you help/post for the website wherein i can download the software?
     
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    suhel28 Well-Known Member

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    you don't av to add [28] Suhel is my name lol..

    tis k

    we all were NEWBIE at one point
    tis only one month am having my android and tis my 1st

    do let us know if you are successful :D
     
  17. westice

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    ..... hi suhel

    this is my first attempt of editing my si, i have successfully root my unit but there's an error occured while saving my new si."Error occured when trying to save the file. Close anyway?" i'm using es file explorer.can anybody suggest what software will use in editing si thanks.:mad::(
     
  18. suhel28

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    no ideas sowi :)
     
  19. Lupajz

    Lupajz Well-Known Member

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    Try Root Explorer :) Its free I think and you can dl it on market :) Worked for me ;) GL and watch the numbers you are changing ! :)
     
  20. westice

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    im having a hard time hacking my si for x8. maybe the last choice is to wait for the update in my region. thanks for the suggestions.:(
     
  21. Lupajz

    Lupajz Well-Known Member

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    What is the problem ? :) Try describing ... :D
     
  22. suhel28

    suhel28 Well-Known Member

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    +1 to lupjz
     
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    i'm having difficulties looking for the root explorer apps. i thought you have attached the file. please assist.
     
  24. Lupajz

    Lupajz Well-Known Member

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    You can find it on market :) or even applanet store :)

    Just one Q : Why are you changing your SI now when there are updates avaliable for all devices ? o_O
     
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    My Irish network provider Vodafone is offering me an upgrade from 1.6 to 2.1, do I need to back anything up, precautions I should take before I upgrade?
    Thanks in advance to all you lovely peeps :)
     

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