How to take Motorola Photon 4g out of the grave?


  1. amitranjan

    amitranjan New Member

    Recently I ordered Motorola 4g from US.... It was with stock Sprint Sunfire OS.

    System Version : 45.4.13.MB855.Sprint.en.Us
    Model MB855
    Android 2.3.5
    Baseband N_01.29.10R
    Webtop 1.2.0-180
    Kernel 2.6.32.9dnt648@fl36bld22 #2
    Build 4.5.1A-1_SUN-254_13

    NOW ITS DEAD.... running in RSD Mode

    So what I did, I was trying to install custom rom on that. Steps I had taken

    • Rooted phone via installing SuperUser and various rooting methods like ClickOnce, Photon -Torpedo but no one seems successful , while executing I got errors everytime. But after day or two I came to know about that my phone is rooted. As I was getting SuperUser popups on root operations. Then I installed CWM and tried to install the ROM from there but everytime I got stucked at Yellow Triangular icon (recovery mode).

    • Repeated step one, rooting process and unlocking the bootloader by applying pudding.rar and fastboot commands and every time i got the error and Starting RSD Screens, but anyhow my phone recovers itself to its original boot state afetr pulling out battery and manually restrating.

    • Finally one day I use some other Recovery Tool , i am unable to recall the name. It installed and rebooted successfully in the recovery mode. I then wipe the dalvik cache, wipe factory reset and then tried to installl the custom rom that MIUI 2.68 i think . I was happy to see some designer screens on my phone and then it said rom installed successfully.

    I then reboot my phone and found it in the Failed To Start2 , Starting RSD mode

    I tried various way to restore...

    Installing pudding.rar using RSD lite but everytime I got sec_exception : sec_exception : b655, eddc,eb
    I then tried reinstalling SBF : 1FF-sunfire-user-2.3.4-4.5.1A-1_SUN-198_7-CM-release-keys-signed-Sprint-US.sbf and sunfire-2.3.5-4.5.1A-1_SUN-254_4 but while enumerating phone I got error sec_exception febe 4e 4e
    I have also tried nopudding4u.sbf but the same result.

    Please,, help me and my phone out .. as its going to be more than a week... i feel handicaaped...

    Please guide me through the step by step , which file and when and please do provide the links of the files to download.

    **Update OTA with 2.3.5 before murdering.....**

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  2. Citizen Coyote

    Citizen Coyote Well-Known Member

    To be honest, you might have better luck getting step-by-step instructions on how to fix this issue by checking out the Photon forum on XDA. That said, as far as I know you can not unlock the bootloader on the 2.3.5 build; the update closed the exploit used to do so. You can install "locked" ROMs using a bootstrap method, and you might be able to flash a stock SBF the same way to fix your problem.

    Anyway, check the various threads in the Android Development section, and if they don't help then try posting in the Q&A section. Hopefully someone there can give you detailed help on solving your problem. Good luck!
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  3. amitranjan

    amitranjan New Member

    I have been in XDA already. Asked the same question there too. But no reply from the devs. If you can guide me how can I restore my phone back then it would be great help..... I feel handicapped , bro :(:(:(:(

    Also , I want to know ,

    1. do my phone have its original stock files or i have to fix all the files
    2. Can I install custom rom further i have to remain on the locked one.
    3. My phone is from USA and I am using this in INDIA, am I able to use the phone here , or do I need to perform a SIM unlock too...
    4. or,U want to say Locked means the locked bootloader not the locked GSM radio.
  4. tpeticolas

    tpeticolas New Member

    The GSM radio is unlocked for overseas use. Don't contact Sprint.

    I have used mine in both Ecuador and Panama, with local SIM cards purchased for $4.00 in Ecuador (voice only) and $8.00 in Panama (Voice and data).

    Tom
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