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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Steve_S_T, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Steve_S_T

    Steve_S_T Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I de-branded my phone last week and successfully updated to FroYo. Instead of using the 16gb sdhc card that I use for my Desire for the de-branding I used the 4gb card that came with the phone, and so that was the SD card with the gold card on it. However, once FroYo was installed I took that 4gb card out and replaced it with the the 16gb again, thereby removing the gold card from the phone. Since then I've read that de-branded phones won't get any OTA updates without the gold card, so I copied the folder containing the gold card from my desktop onto the 16gb sim card in it's own folder. So, my two questions are;

    Firstly, is it true that I need the gold card to get updates? Secondly, if the first is correct will simply copying the gold card file onto the sd card do the job, will the phone recognise it, and enable me to get updates?



  2. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    You will still be offered OTA updates without the goldcard, but you shouldn't install them.

    You cannot copy goldcards. If you want to use the 16gb card as a goldcard, you'll need to create it as one. You can still use it as a normal sdcard later.
  3. scarlet_pimp

    scarlet_pimp Newbie

    Make sure you keep the gold cad safe, you cant copy the files.
    I didn't realise that you needed the gold card to to the OTA update to 2.2 and ended up having to reflash the image on my phone since the update would not work.
    Installed the update with the goldcard in though and had no problems.
  4. Steve_S_T

    Steve_S_T Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So basically I need to create a gold card on my 16gb sd card? Will this resolve any potential issues?

  5. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    If you ever want to install any OTA updates you will need to use your goldcard, but you can just swap the card over to perform the update.
  6. Steve_S_T

    Steve_S_T Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks all. Better go back home tonight and make sure the 4gb card and gold card is safely stored.
  7. elbraddo

    elbraddo Newbie

    I debranded and manually updated to Froyo last week. Also used the 4G card as Goldcard.

    Q. What would be the implications if I accidentally lost it? Could I create another Goldcard at any time?
  8. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    As long as you can boot up your phone and run it normally you can make a goldcard at any time.
  9. Bonce34

    Bonce34 Newbie

    A. Yes
  10. Steve_S_T

    Steve_S_T Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Ok, one final question before I go home. When I looked on my 4gb card last night (mounted as a usb disk drive) I could not see any mention of gold card amongst all of the other folders (Media, MP3 rosie_scroll etc). Is that normal - I assume that running the gold card from the pc when creating it formats the card in a certain "invisible" way rather than installing a gold card "app" or programme?

    Thanks for indulging the questions.

  11. teppic74

    teppic74 Android Enthusiast

    The card is modified in a way that won't show up as a file or folder.
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  12. embattle

    embattle Lurker

    1. Bit old but if you use the phone to format the SD card does it stay as well?
    2. If you still had the old image and repatched it after formatting does it still work?

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