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Various incorrect flashing questions

#1 - I flashed my L7 with a KRZR flexlash.   I then tried to flash with my backup but it always fails.   Now my L7 is dead.   I tried powering it on but it won't turn on.   What do I do?

Flash your L7 with a stock monster pack.   If your phone is R4513 then flash it with the stock R4513, but not AER or EOR.   If your phone is an R4517 then flash it with the same software version that was originally on your phone.   After you've finished, use Flash & Backup 3 to flash your backup CG2, if you made one.   Now your phone will be back the way it was before.





#2 - I accidentally flashed my L7 4517_C4.25R, with 0A.20 with Yuet's 4513 and that seems to have corrupted my L7 beyond repair.   It still shows the boot loader screen but none of the software files I tried were able to revive it.   I tried the following: (1) I made a backup with Flash & Backup 3 before I flashed my phone.   I tried to restore it with RSD Lite, it gave a critical error 84 and didn't help.   I then tried to restore it with Flash & Backup, it gave error 11/35. I tried Cyclone P2K, it didn't give an error but the phone turns off right after displaying the Hello Moto picture.   (2) I tried the 4517_C4.1ER software.   The flash didn't give any errors but the phone would always go back to the boot loader screen right after turning on.   (3) I tried to assemble various flashes with different RAM loaders and other files with SHX CoDec without any luck.   Now what do I do?

If you did not PDS repair your phone yet, then there's a chance you can still fix your phone.   Flash a stock monster pack, the same as your phone's original software, and if it does not work, then try flashing it with Flash & Backup 3, but uncheck the CG1 from the list of monster pack files.



How do I get my battery to charge when connected via USB?

Sometimes your phone just has an issue right from the store or maybe you used someone else's monster pack and you've noticed your phone does not go into battery charging mode when it's connected to the data cable.   There are two seems you should check: seem "004a_0001" and "004b_0001".   In both seems go to offset "207" and check to see if they are set to "01".

xvi32 l7






My phone got wet, what do I do?

There is an excellent guide on what to do in this thread at Howard Forums.   I'll paraphrase the first four steps here since they are so critical.

Step 1 - Immediately remove the battery.   If you wait even 60 seconds after contact with water it may be too late.   The battery is usually the source of the damage, not just the water alone.   Remember, water + battery = short circuit.   Do not attempt to test the phone after removing it from water.

Step 2 - As soon as possible, preferably within 20 to 30 minutes, disassemble the phone using a Torx T6 screwdriver.

Step 3 - Clean and dry as much as you can using Q-Tips.

Step 4 - Dry the electronics components under a desk lamp on a towel for 24 hours.   A drop of water may have gone underneath the chips and components where you cannot get to to dry.

For the rest of the steps involved and questions and answers with the author, see the above thread.



Why do I drop so many calls with Cingular?

With Cingular and AT&T sharing towers, they created something called ENS.   This allows for seamless tower switching while you are on the phone.   To check to see if this is enabled, download seem "0032_0001" and go to offset "8B" and look at bit "4".   If it is unchecked then that could be your problem.   Check the bit, save the file and reupload it to your phone and restart your phone.   Go for a drive and make a call to test it out.



My ring tone menu is messed up.   How do I fix it?

I deleted some of my ring tones with P2K Tools and now when I look at my list of ring tones there are blank spaces in the list.   How do I fix this?

If your list looks like this:

ring tones


Then go to your ring styles menu and set it to "Silent".

ring tones


In P2K Tools (this screen shot is from the older version of the program), click the button "Fix MelodyDB".   Then click "Restart".   The list is now fixed.

ring tones






Do you have any manuals?

If you need the Motorola user's manual I have the Cingular version here.   There is also an outstanding disassembly manual made by Adam Tudor-Lane comes from his blog here.   You can also download the manual right here.




What files can I delete for more storage space?

We are now entering a very dangerous section of this tutorial.   Some people want to delete as much as possible and still have a working phone so they can free up space for their own personal files.   This is a pretty safe guideline of what files can be deleted without causing problems.   I take no responsibility for your phone should something go wrong.   I'd recommend backing up the files you want to delete to your computer, just in case you need them later.   You may not have some of the files listed below on your phone.

/a/
custgoodbye.gif (shutdown animation)
custwakeup.gif (startup animation)
DL_DB_INET_RECORDS (service provider shop links)
Any screen savers or wallpapers you don't want that are not from the Moto theme.

/c/mobile/audio
Before deleting any files from this folder first set your ring styles to silent   This settings can be found by pressing the menu key key, go to "Settings", press "Select", go to "Ring Styles", press "Select", and then at the "Style:" field press "Change", select "Silent" and then press "Select".   I just deleted the mp3s I found in this directory because of their size.   Everything else was pretty small so I left the rest alone.

/c/mobile/mms/mmstemplate/
Everything if you won't be using mms.

/c/mobile/picture/
All .emp and wv*.* and wp*.* files and any .jpgs you don't want.   There are a lot of graphics in here to support the various IM chatting program like emoticons.   Screensavers are the largest files of any in this folder.   I wouldn't delete anything for the Moto skin though.

/c/mobile/skins/
Delete any directories you want except the Moto directory!

/c/mobile/video/
SLVR Demo.3gp (biggest space waster on the L7)



Can I listen to iTunes via a Bluetooth headset?

No, because the L7 does not have the required A2DP Bluetooth profile for stereo playback.



Can I use animated gifs as a wallpaper image?

No, it's not possible.





How do I install Java applications?

With a program called Motorola Midlets Manager.   You can download it right here.

Start Motorola Midlets Manager and decide whether you want to install your program to the phone's memory or to the trans-flash card.   In this example I'm installing a program into the phone's memory.   Click on the "Install" button and select "JAD file (recommended)..."   It will take a minute to read your phone and you will see a display of all the applications installed on your phone.

moto mid man


A window will appear asking where you want to open your file from.   Select the jad file and click "Open".

moto mid man


The status of the installation will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

moto mid man


The list will update and you'll see your program installed at the bottom.   Click the "Restart" button and you're done.

moto mid man




I don't have the battery save option, how do I get it?

Edit seem "0032_0001", go to offset "1D" and check bit "6" to turn it on.   Now when you are in bright enough light the phone will not turn on the keypad lights.



Where can I find some funlights to use on the L7?

The L7 is not able to use funlights, yet...



Can the L7 use EDGE technology?

No, it can't   The hardware in the phone has been disabled by Motorola, and it would take much more than just a monster pack to fix it.



My L7 has "AER" software on it, can I flash with something else?

You can, but it will require a test point procedure to repair the PDS to accept a flash.   You could use P2K Easy Tools to perform the repair, but you'll still need to disassemble your phone.



Did I brick my phone?

I was modding my phone and my bootloader first displayed - Critical Error: 80   40 and then it said this - Critical Error: 84.

Use RSD Lite again and try another monster pack.



Can I view full screen videos?

No, the L7 doesn't support this.



Does the address book have multi-letter searching ability?

Depending on what software is on your phone it might. Your address book could have the ability to search up to the first twelve letters of an entry.   Check for this feature by pressing the phone book search key, click the address book, press "SELECT", press the phone book search key, press "Setup", press "SELECT" and then scroll to "Search Method:".   You should have two choices: "Find" and "Jump To". Set it to "Find" and try it out.   With your address book open just start typing in the letters of a name you know is stored on the phone and then press "SEARCH".



Can I add or remove hyphens from phone numbers I dial?

Download seem "004a_0001" and go to offset "80".   Enter "01" in the box if you want to see phone numbers displayed like this: 1112223333.   Enter "00" if you want to see phone numbers displayed like this: 111-222-3333.



How do I stop these weird messages?

After receiving a voicemail, checking the voicemail and then exiting my mail box I get sent a blank text message "From: text message"   The voicemail icon on the outer display also remains.

Download seem "0032_0001" and go to offset "02" and at bit "1" check the box.


How do I stop this voice mail indicator?

I have a Cingular phone and did the seem edit to change the operator text (alpha tag), now I have an annoying voice mail indicator that won't go away.   Is there a seem edit that will get rid of this?

Yes there is, but it will also undo your operator text (alpha tag) mod.



I deleted my skins, what do I do?

I was using Skiman to add new skins to my phone.   I accidentally deleted all my skins and now I can only see the top line of my phone where the signal strength and battery are.   The USB settings are in memory card mode and I don't know how to get back to data/fax connection.   What do I do?

Start RSD Lite or Flash & Backup 3.   These programs will put your phone into data/fax connection mode.   Now, while keeping one of these programs open, start P2K Tools.   Create a new skin folder in "c/mobile/skin" and label the folder the exact same thing as your .dat and .ski files.   Restart your phone.



How do I remove the roaming icon?

Download seem "0032_0001" go to offset "34" and uncheck bit "3".

roaming




I don't have the auto update feature for my time and date, how do I add that?

Download seem "0032_0001" go to offset "00" and check bit "0".   Now go to offset "55" and check bit "2".   The new menu will appear under Settings> Initial Setup> Time and date.



How can I see more of my dialed or received calls?

There are two seems "0050_0001" and "0051_0001" that you can upload to your phone so that you can see as many as 50 of your past dialed and received calls.   You can get these seems right here.




What's the best storage card I can use?

Sandisk is the preferred brand.   Many have complained about problems with the Kingston brand.   The largest capacity card the L7 can accept is 1 GB.



How do you get those screen shots of your L7 to turn out so nice?

With this great program called Msnap.   You can get it right here.   This newer version will take pictures of both screens.   Just select "Primary" to save a picture of your main LCD screen.   Click "Capture" and it will display the image line by line as it saves it.

msnap


You can get the older version of this program right here.   This version only takes pictures of the inner screen.

msnap




Where can I find help for using Cingular service?

Cingular has many tutorials and lots of great information online.


cimgular help





Where can I find help for using T-Mobile service?

You're in luck, T-Mobile has a webpage you can go to that will allow you to fix your phone.   It allows for wireless data configuration for T-Mobile phones, it also sets up picture messaging, web connectivity and for using your phone as a modem to connect your computer to the Internet.

tmobile help


Interested in seeing a street level view of T-Mobile's nationwide network coverage?   Check out this informational tool.




Are there any other L7 websites I can learn more from?

There are some great forums where you can learn a lot:

      Howard Forums.com
      Mod My Moto Forums.com
      MotoModders Forums.
      MotoX Forums.





This ends the "FAQ" section of this tutorial.



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