Flashing the L7The easiest way to modify your phone is to use what is known as a monster pack. This file contains a language pack, flash file and a flex file and updates them all at once. You would follow these flashing instructions to install it. Otherwise you can perform a flash and a flex independently.
There are various types of flash files out there. There is a "flash" (the original factory default one), the "reflash" (which does not cause you to lose any personal data) and the "reflash mlp" (a reflash file minus the "LP" or language pack included).
If you ever flash or flex your phone or perform some other mod and it gets away from you and your phone gets screwed up for whatever reason, flashing with a monster pack is a widely accepted cure all. Flashing with a monster pack will erase all your personal data this is stored on the phone like pictures, ring tones, etc. It will not erase these files if they are stored on your removeable storage card.
The L7 can have several different versions of software on it. It is crucial that you only use software that is in the same family as the version on your phone when you bought it. When I say family I am referring to the first few characters of the software version. In my case "R4513". There are several families of software out for the L7 and you cannot mix and match them because it will destroy your phone. Keep that in mind while you read my guide. Some other families out there include: "R4517" and "R44419". You can however use language packs and fonts and DRMs interchangeably between the families.
Head on over to the Mod My Moto downloads section to get the latest flash or monster pack. There is usually a long list of files there so look for your phone's family version first then your carrier (like Cingular), then look for the most recent upload date or verions number. If you wrote down earlier what you looked up on your phone, you want to make sure you download software that is newer than what is currently on your phone.
How do you tell when something is newer than what you have on your phone already? Simple, you just have to know how to count in hex. Here's a little lesson: hex is short for hexadecimal. At its simplest, hex numbers are base 16 (decimal, what we use in every day counting, is base 10). Instead of counting from 0 to 9 and then going on to 10, we count from 0 to 9 and then A through F before going on to 10. For example: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 20, 21 and so on.
Look at your software version and we'll make a comparison to show you how to apply this. In my case I have software version "R4513_G_08.B7.DCR_RB". The part of that number you want to concentrate on the most (besides the family number "R4513") is "DCR_RB". Another file I could download is "R4513_G_08.B7.ABR_RB". Since "ABR_RB" comes before "DCR_RB" in the hex numbering system, this file is older than what I have.
Ok, are you ready to go? Did you back up anything you don't want to lose first? A flash shouldn't delete anything (a monster pack will delete everything) but if it stops unexpectedly part way through or your computer loses power or the phone loses power or the data cable becomes disconnected, anything could happen. Back up whatever you added to the phone that you don't want to lose. All right, let's go.
I am going to cover how to flash with RSD Lite. You could also use Flash & Backup 3, but that program isn't my favorite as I found out earlier in this guide. You will use the same steps for flashing your phone with a monster pack, flash (reflash) file, font, DRM icon set and a language pack. It takes about ten minutes to flash with the monster pack. It takes about two minutes to flash a reflash. It will take about one minute to flash the language pack, font or DRM.
Start RSD Lite and let it connect to your phone. If your phone is not detected (and you are certain you have everything installed), disconnect the data cable, then shut your phone off, and manually put it into bootloader mode. You do this by pressing and holding down the "*" and "#" keys while pressing and holding down the on button until you see text display on your screen. Now connect the phone back to the data cable. Now click the button labeled "...".
This will bring up the open file dialog box. Find the file you want to use and then click the button labeled "Open".
|Click the "Start" button. Now you should see various messages displayed on the screen as the program processes each code group and does various other things. After it's finished and your phone has given you a confirmation tone, you can click "Close" and disconnect your phone from the cable and check out your changes.|
This is what the phone will display during a flash:
After it's finished and your phone has given you a confirmation tone, you can click "Close" and disconnect your phone from the cable and check out your changes.
If you should get a message like this where the program seems to hang:
Don't panic. Just close the program, chance are your phone is just fine. Sometimes this happens.
If you get a fail message like this one:
Don't panic. Just close the program, chance are your phone is just fine. Sometimes this happens. This is usually caused by a checksum error. There could be more serious cases where you phone appears dead. In this case try to reflash your file again. You could also try reflashing another file.
I learned how to flash my first phone (a V3) from MotoX at his tutorial right here.
This ends the "flash" section of this tutorial.