[VIDEO GUIDE] Test Mode/No service fix (# to Hidden Menu)

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  1. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member


    WHAT IS Test Mode?
    = # button goes straight to LG Hidden Menu. When USB cable is plugged in it says Factory Data Cable connected. Can't change USB connection, only on charge.

    More than likely if you are in test mode, you have NO service. Your "about phone" reads no phone number, min number and PRL is usually 40000. BUT you have data service right? IF you are lucky enough to have service, then scroll to the TEST MODE FIX section.

    This guide will fix all of these issues and get your phone back to normal. This guide is going to be fairly long but detailed. I'm going to divide it into sections in order of what needs to be done. So follow directions and everything should be okay.

    -Thanks to Gbiggie for his LGPNST guide. I had to edit it homie cause we aint using it all
    -Thanks to.............................will fill in later.

    If you searched and found this thread because you are having a problem with your phone I want to thank you for signing up here at AF. But DONT let this be the only reason for coming here. I want you to stay and enjoy the perks of your phone. We have an AMAZING family here willing to help and guide you through your needs. Dont just take what you want and run. Be appreciative of the people that make all this happen!!!!!!

    With that being said if you DO have a problem, go over the steps that you are on and double check everything. If you still have a problem post your question up here. I ask that you NOT Pm me due to I might not see it and I dont want you waiting on me when other people can answer your questions.

    Let's get started

    DO NOT SKIP STEPS. DONT JUMP STRAIGHT TO TEST MODE. Go in order and take your time. If you have a problem it's prolly something on YOUR end.

    This Video is made to work in conjunction with the post below.:D

    I recommend downloading the video here and playing it on Windows Media Player. YouTube quality is AWFUL and the screen is smaller. Much easier to see on WMP.

    Download How To Fix Test Mode Video
    Zippyshare.com - TestModeHowTo.wmv

    LG Esteem-How to fix Test Mode & Restore Service (AndroidForums.com) - YouTube


    Download these files and save them to your desktop.

    -Test mode Fix

    Zipped- Dev-Host - LGRepairTESTMODE.rar - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service

    Unzipped- Dev-Host - LG Test Mode Repair.exe - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service

    -Drivers- Dev-Host - LGUnitedMobileDriver S4981MAN36AP22 ML WHQL Ver 3.6.exe - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service

    -LGPNST- Dev-Host - LGPNST.zip - The Ultimate Free File Hosting / File Sharing Service

    Get your MEID or IMEI number and enter it and get your SPC, Write down the 6 digit number. You will need it later.

    Online MEID convertor- MEID Converter - Free MEID and ESN conversion tool

    Install MEID convertor to your phone-


    -First Unzip the 2 files you downloaded. (LGPNST,TEST MODE FIX)

    -Next install the DRIVERS exe in the drivers folder.


    We are going to Install LGPNST which will be used in the 3rd step to restore your phone #, MIN and PRL. Which will activate your service and get it back working.

    *WINDOWS 7 and Vista USERS*- Turn off UAC and notify "Never"

    *Windows XP Users*

    Read Here
    If you are running Windows XP do this:
    1. Click START-Run- regedt32
    3. Select the SOFTWARE key
    4. Click SECURITY (or PERMISSIONS) from the menu bar (under the "Edit" menu)
    5. Click PERMISSIONS
    6. From the Security section, highlight USERS
    7. Check the option FULL CONTROL
    8. Click APPLY
    9. Click the ADVANCED button
    10. Highlight USERS from the ?Permission Entries? section
    11. Click VIEW/EDIT
    12. From the permissions section, uncheck the DELETE option from the ?Allow? column
    13. Click OK
    14. Click APPLY before continuing to the next step
    16. Click APPLY again
    17. Click YES at the security dialog warning box
    18. Click OK to the message about registry editor not being able to set permissions on some keys
    19. Click OK back at the access control settings for the SOFTWARE key
    20. Click OK back at the permissions for SOFTWARE dialog

    --Open up the LGPNST folder on your desktop.

    --Open the "Move these files to desktop" folder and copy and paste the "skin.dll" and "VS910.dll" to the desktop.

    --Next, start at "Install Me 1st" and go in order and install each of the files located in the folders, ending at "Run Me After (Install Me 4th)".

    Folder Contents
    -1st Folder-Store Version Install
    -2nd Folder-Lab Version Install
    -3rd Folder-Components Install
    -4th Folder-Generic Models Install
    -Run Me After Folder-Right Click and "merge" the Right_Click_Register.dll

    *After you install all the files. Navigate to your desktop and locate the VS910.dll you moved earlier. Right click and "register".

    If you a 64 bit system and cant register the DLL check this out http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1284860

    (You shouldn't get any errors when registering the .dll files. If you do, try to reinstalling all the LGPNST files; Store, Lab, Comp, Generic.)


    If when you click on "register" on the vs910.dll and a window opens up that asks you to CHOOSE a program to open it up with NAVIGATE to C:/windows/system32 and double click on the file regsvr32. It should register the dll.

    --Then, Right Click and COPY the "Skin.dll" file you moved earlier on your desktop and paste it to the LGPNST install, which should be C:/LGElectronics/LGPNST

    (It will ask you if you want to "Copy and Replace" the existing skin.dll, Click YES.)

    --LGPNST is now installed.

    --Next you need to get your 6 digit SPC # from the MEID convertor. Your MEID is located under the battery OR on your original box, that way you dont have to pull the battery. (Make sure you enter your MEID in correctly) MEID is the same as IMEI.

    --If you are getting it from your phone, go ahead and RESTART your computer. If your getting from the site then RESTART after you get your SPC#.

    NEXT-Test Mode Fix

  2. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member


    --Plug your phone into your USB connection.

    --Go to START then CONTROL PANEL then DEVICE MANAGER. Scroll down to "Ports(Com and LPT)" Expand it and your phone SHOULD be listed with a "COM7", "COM3" etc....

    --Get YOUR "COM" number and remember it. This is what USB port you are plugged into. (If you don't see your phone, the drivers are NOT installed correctly.)

    --Open and extract the Test Mode Zip on your desktop

    --Open up the folder "Test Mode Fix" You should be looking at this.

    --Open the drop down menu and find YOUR "COM" port.

    --Click on CONNECT after you select YOUR "COM" and it SHOULD look like this.

    --It takes 2-3 seconds and your phone will reboot if it is successful.

    CONGRATULATIONS. You are now out of the dreaded TEST MODE.

    Now for the fun stuff. Let's get your service back working.
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  3. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member


    Ill try and put all pics back up when i get a chance. If someone wants to take the liberty of taking pics and sending them to me, I'll make sure to give plenty of credit for this guide. ;)

    --Start by going here
    http://androidforums.com/lg-esteem/433515-prl-post-thread-current-prl-3029-a.html and download the latest PRL. Thanks Blaxican

    --Plug your phone into your USB port and put the phone into "Internet Connection" and Enable USB debugging.

    --Open up LGPNST from your computer. (C:/LGElectonics/LGPNST/LGPNST.exe (Notice it's already seeing my phone COM7)

    DO NOT OPEN UP LGPNST_CT. Open the correct application from the location above!!!!!!!

    --Navigate to "FILE" and click "Select DLL". You should see the "VS910.DLL" that is located on your desktop. Select it. (If you don't see it, go back to
    your desktop and right click and register it again and try again.)

    --Once you select "VS910.DLL" CLICK ON THE YELLOW AREA where it says "STAND BY". Notice how the "Start" button, phone settings and other buttons are enabled now?

    --Click on the "Phone Setting" button in the middle of the screen.

    --It will ask for your SPC code that we got earlier from the MEID convertor. Enter your SPC code and click enter.

    --You should now be looking at a screen like this

    --Click the READ button down in the bottom left hand corner. Once it finishes, click on SYSTEM NAM1 on the left hand side and you should see something like this, only with YOUR info.

    --We are going to edit Mobile Directory Number MDN , MIN1 and MIN2 by double clicking in the area below "Value 1".

    -MDN- YOUR 10 digit phone number
    -MIN1- YOUR 7 digit phone number (NO area code)
    -MIN2- YOUR 3 digit area code

    Also make sure you have SOMETHING in Home SID. I've seen a couple people that have had this missing. If it's empty try entering in 6503. That's the one I see the most.

    MORE THAN LIKELY, you will have to call Metro PCS when complete this process as your MIN might be different than your phone #. Just call Metro and tell them you cant make calls but have data and they will help you.


    Click WRITE once you have entered the info.

    --Once that is done the window will close out, or close it out, and go back to the main screen of LGPNST.

    Now we are going to enter the PRL

    --On the main screen. Click PRL/ERI beside "UPGRADE".
    -Click WRITE. Then PRL. Then NAM1. And select the folder icon beside NAM1 and navigate to the desktop and click on the PRL that you downloaded earlier.

    --Once you've entered the PRL. Click START and let it run. Your phone will reboot once it's finished. (If you get an error, try another PRL)

    When your phone reboots you SHOULD be back to normal working order out of test mode and with full service. YAYAY!!!


    -The HOME SID that we entered might not be the correct one for your area. Just call Metro and tell them you have service but cant make calls. They will get you straightened out.

    -Your MIN is one of those that might be different from your phone number. Call Metro PCS and they will take care of it for you.

    -Test mode is bitch, plain and simple. For whatever reason this has started happening a lot lately and for no reason. Unfortunately I was one of the OG's of the test mode crisis and luckily following these steps got me back to normal working condition.

    *Thanks to the creator of TEST MODE FIX over at XDA. Thanks to the people that I was hysterically on the phone with that fateful night of my test mode. You know who you are

    -If you have any questions about this guide, please ask any of the amazing "Esteemers" we have here (Gbig, Pnizzle, MT, Shiny, PG, Blax, Epayne, SU, Ldrifta,Josh D) or myself.
    If i didn't include your name I either forgot or I dont trust you for help. Sorry.

    I tried to be as in depth as possible so just re read if you have any problems but feel free to ask away.
  4. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Well-Known Member Developer

    I thought it was called test mode???
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  5. Mexjoker

    Mexjoker I'm Not Real, Doris!

    It's the same thing pg
  6. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Changed. From what I've gathered online in different forums some people do call it "safe" mode and for whatever reason I had that stuck in my head. But I think it's more known as "test" mode. :D
  7. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Title sorted :)
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  8. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Well-Known Member Developer

    well I have been in a safe mode b4 too, but it had it on the home screen lol
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  9. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

    Good deal..how many more is it going to happen to:confused:
    Is there any explanation as to why:confused:
    You got yours out of this with the fix also PG I take?
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  10. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Well-Known Member Developer

    nope not bothered with it lol CM9 fixes it ;)
  11. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

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  12. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Still working on it. Once i get off work I'll be able to work faster.
  13. Carlos1986

    Carlos1986 Well-Known Member

    That's a good thing!
  14. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Do me a favor please and don't cloud up the post with cm9 stuff. There's a post dedicated for that. :D

    Sent from my LG-MS910 using Tapatalk 2 Beta-5
  15. Carlos1986

    Carlos1986 Well-Known Member

    My fault, edited and revised.
  16. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

  17. Mexjoker

    Mexjoker I'm Not Real, Doris!

    I'm still wondering what makes it go into test mode at all. :confused:
  18. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Well I know my problem was that in downgrading to B, my com port dropped which faulted in the middle of the installation. From which had to finish with a "phonebook" file. Basically emergency recovery for the installation. But by it doing this it automatically sends the phone into test mode.

    Now I've already heard several occurances where people are saying that their phone freezes or just reboots and when it does it comes back up in test mode. Phone number gone, prl is 40000 and # button goes to LG hidden menu. All for no reason. Makes no sense at all. I was thinking that it might have something to do with ZVD but I dont know.
  19. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    OP updated. And it begins..........Mwua-ah-ah-ah-ah
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  20. ShinySide

    ShinySide Disabled

    linked ;)
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  21. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

    Triton Digital Live Player - CIMXFMAAC

    No link here brother:
    Install MEID convertor to your phone-http://tinyurl.com/ctjh9vy

    If you want me to host the files just holla-looks good cant wait for part two;)
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  22. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    I just clicked it and it works. ????

    Put the original link in. Maybe tinyurl doesnt like "Secured" links.

    BUT please double check everything for me. Shit turns into a blur after a while. Haha :D
  23. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

  24. gbiggie

    gbiggie La patience et le pardon VIP Member

    Links are all good Fuzzster:thumbup:
  25. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Well-Known Member

    Finished.............I think. Let me know if anything seems fishy.

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