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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Road to extreme modder

Road to extreme modder
from newbie to MP maker
My intention is to write a complete guide for moto modding. If you have any topics you want to add in this guide or anything to contribute, please let me know.

Table of contents: (More guides will be added as and when.)

level 1: install driver & p2k software, backup & flash

level 2: understand p2k file system, simple mods, install skins

level 3: modify/create skins

level 4: seem edit, mods with seem edit

level 5: hex edit, mods with hex edit

level 6: DRM modding

level 7: LangPack modding

level 8: understand SHX file, compile MP.

level 9: advance topics - RSA Patch, CG1 hacking, SHX header, bootloader ...

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61 comments:

11:54 PM, September 17, 2006 Anonymous said...

Thanks, Yuet. The TOC will be helpful. I am still at 'square one' and a bit confused now. FB3 will not backup with A0 bootloader, but FB2 will? You also say FB3 could be used to restore with A0. So if I backup with SB2 can that backup file be used to restore, if need be, using FB3?

Rick

11:55 PM, September 17, 2006 Anonymous said...

Oops, sorry. Forgot to say v360 for prior post...

Rick

12:28 AM, September 18, 2006 Yuet said...

Rick, let me clarify. A full backup consists of many parts, such as bootloader, PDS, and other code groups like Flash, Flex, DRM, LP, DSP and Signature.
FB3 will backup all the above except bootloader & pds. and FB3 can restore the FB3 backup (except for 08.A0 at the moment).
FB2 will be able to make a full backup, including bootloader & pds, for 08.A0 phone. However, FB2 cannot restore the FB2 backup.
Normally we don't touch bootloader & pds zones, so there's no need to restore them. For 08.A0, I suggest you do the followings:
1. use FB3 to backup all code groups (except BL & PDS) in SMG format.
2. use SHXCodec, open a full MP with 08.A0 ramloader, then replace all the code groups with the SMG files from your backup. After that, compile the MP.
3. use RSDLite to flash the MP.

8:53 AM, September 18, 2006 Anonymous said...

OK Yuet. I'll give that a shot. I know we must try your patience now and then. I appreciate the knowledge at your site.

Rick near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

1:36 AM, September 22, 2006 AlexL55 said...

I don't know if you've seen the thread about getting newer versions of itunes to detect the E398.
[HERE]

Anyways was I was experimenting to see if the mods works on the V360 too. I was able to use xvi32 to extract the PDS from a full backup I did using FB2. I ran it through some PDS editors and I'm pretty sure I added the extra SEEM correctly. The probelm now is getting it back on to the phone, since FB2 can't flash the PDS. I found some unlocker tools that could flash the PDS, but they required a testpoint. I'd like to know if you've had any experience or tips for using testpoints. Also since you have a E398 have you tried this mod on yours?

Since I manage my music with iTunes on my comp, I'd rather sync with iTunes than MotoTunes. Even if it is slower.

1:37 AM, September 23, 2006 Yuet said...

alex, I did do that mod on e398, it works perfectly.

I have not unlocker tools, but I tried testpoint my v360 before. My impression is that testpointing v360 only bypass the bootloader but does not erase the flash rom. So you need the unlocker hardware to erase the rom and write data back to it. since I don't have such tools, I can't comment further.

2:14 AM, September 24, 2006 AlexL55 said...

How did you do the testpoint on your v360? Did you open the phones yourself? How do you get it open? or did you pay someone else to do it?

From what I understand you just need to ground a certain pin and then run the unlocker program. The program I'm looking at is called P2K Easy Tool, which claims to be able to do full flash read/write as long as the v360 using the testpoint.

So is the PDS not locked for the E398? The mod still works for iTunes 7, right? since it's indistiguishable from a ROKR.

11:43 PM, September 24, 2006 Yuet said...

alex, yes, I open the phone myself. I cut off the shield with a pliers. (I don't suggest you do the same, :) it is risky.) I am not sure about that software. My impression is that an unlocker hardware is required to unlock the V360.

the 07.D0 bootloader in E398 doesn't have the RSA protection on PDS, so software like flashbackup can backup/restore the PDS.

Yes, you're right. the mod works for all iTunes versions.

10:26 AM, November 26, 2006 kuddo said...

so i just need to backup my data and use RSD Lite to put you`re MP to my phone...and every thing will be ok...

10:27 AM, November 26, 2006 kuddo said...

forgot to mention that this blog is the most complete guide i have ever seen about v360...good work...

2:19 PM, November 26, 2006 Yuet said...

kuddo, before flashing, you must check your bootloader and firmware version. you can flash to my MPs if bootloader is 08.A0/08.D0/09.02. However, if your firmware is AER, you can only flash to the AER MP.

11:25 PM, November 26, 2006 kuddo said...

i`m havin` a R4513_G_08.B7.ABR and a 08.A0 ...so i guess it`s the "standard" flashing... right?

4:56 AM, November 28, 2006 Anonymous said...

Flashed wrong telus (v3c) firmware onto v3m verizon. Now phone doesnt even enter bootloader mode. Probably bootloader corrupt. *#power does not work. Phone not visible to rsd , or any other flashing tools. What to do? Testpoint etc and how

10:56 PM, November 29, 2006 Yuet said...

kuddo, yes, you can flash to any of my MPs.

the anonymous, sorry that I don't know the V3c phone, so I can't help.

9:06 PM, December 15, 2006 Anonymous said...

hi Yuet. PLEASE HELP ME!

i have conect the phone using p2ktools. than i ve changed smth. And I uninstal the drivers. Now i can't conect the phone becouse in the "conectivity" menu there isn't usb conection. just the bluetooth conection. pls help me solve my problem

STRTUS

9:55 PM, December 15, 2006 Yuet said...

Hi, try open rsdlite, then connect your phone. RSDlite should turn your phone in data mode. then open p2ktools to see if it can recognise your phone.

1:23 AM, December 16, 2006 Anonymous said...

hi Yuet

Can I make folders in my v360, and can i make the camera better.
Pls Write
Stratus

4:01 PM, December 16, 2006 Yuet said...

Stratus, yes you can make folders using any p2k tools. I don't think we can make camera better, as it is hardware thing.

6:52 PM, December 16, 2006 Anonymous said...

Hi Yuet
Would u give me a link for downloading RSD lite 2.4. I couldnt find it on google.

GiZZmO

11:20 PM, December 16, 2006 Yuet said...

gizzmo, it is wares, so I can't give a link here. drop me an email.

11:30 PM, December 17, 2006 Anonymous said...

HI Yuet

Where can I find a java video player for my v360. Something similar to digital audio player, but this on for watchig clips on full screen mode (176x220, it can be on landscape).

Stratus

11:48 PM, December 17, 2006 Yuet said...

stratus, there's no such app yet.

1:32 AM, December 23, 2006 Anonymous said...

hi YUET
Will you give me a backup of v360. To meke it like i bought. I didnt beckap it befoure i flex it.
THANKS

LAJNAR

8:23 AM, December 23, 2006 Yuet said...

LAJNAR, what's your original firmware version?
mma converter is here.

8:55 PM, December 28, 2006 Anonymous said...

Hi Yuet
Can I make my v360 to have animated wallpaper, like the sonyericcssons

DAteEBAM

10:22 PM, December 28, 2006 Yuet said...

DAteEBAM, not likely.

4:32 PM, December 29, 2006 Anonymous said...

Please Yuet answer my question
Hi YUET
can i make my v360 to make folders fromthe phone, like nokias and sonyericcsons (not categories)

STRATUS

11:40 PM, December 29, 2006 Yuet said...

STRATUS, you can use java apps, such as "phone manager", to create folder.

7:14 PM, January 03, 2007 Anonymous said...

hey Yuet
Happy new year by the way, i downloaded the phonemanager, but it doesnt work. It says 'Acces denied', with a red cross, so pls Yuet help me to meke the phoneman work properly. I want to make folders, to organaize my phone.

STRATUS

9:34 PM, January 03, 2007 Yuet said...

Stratus, did u install it using motomidman? If no, try using motomidman to install it. If yes, your current firmware doesn't allow your java apps to access phone file system. You may want to try my YuetMod v1.8 MP.

3:08 AM, January 06, 2007 Anonymous said...

Hi Yuet
I was reading a review for the new motorola l7e, so i realized. Can my l7 flash to some mod l7e. Or the difference is when i,m looking my photos on m l7 i can't look them on fool screen, but in l7e even the camera can be on fool screen and landscape. I think this can be done in l7 and v360 to. All of this 3 phones are in java p2k so i think it can be.

Please yuet answer this question i want to watch photos on landscape mode.

EBAC

10:34 AM, January 06, 2007 Anonymous said...

I have the L7 SLVR R457_G_08.C4.25R i'm trying to find out if there are any good Monster Packs hopefully unbranded and one that will allow me to use my memory TF card for ringtones, if anyone knows please email me at billabongsurfer@juno.com ASAP, thank you so much! also I will pay via paypal if someone can make it work, thank you (my network is cingular)

11:02 AM, January 06, 2007 Charles B said...

Hey Yuet, I have to say your software is amazing however, there are somethings that I wanted to know if you could help me with. I have a trip in about 3 months to Russia and I have just got a pair of Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. If I want to use them on the Plane, i need to put it in Airplane mode on my V360 with version 2.0, but if i do that the Bluetooth shuts down. What to do? Also, my other q is, this may be impossible, but I have my eye on that new Sony Ericsson Watch that came out, so is it possible to make it compatible for my phone, or do i really have to get one of those headsets. Thanks man, keep it goin!!

Here's my email: C_Beyrouthy@msn.com

12:29 PM, January 06, 2007 Yuet said...

EBAC, I don't have enough info about L7e to answer your question. I don't think we can flash L7 to L7e firmware directly. We can use java app to view photos in landscape.

Charles B, there's no choice. you have to get a wired headset, because no wireless signal is allowed in airplane, including bluetooth.

10:31 PM, January 08, 2007 Anonymous said...

sorry yuet for interrupting u again, but what yava app can i use for viewing photos and videos in landscape mode (pls give me a link to download it)

thanks again
EBAC

10:35 PM, January 08, 2007 Anonymous said...

Hi YUET, will you give me a link to download motorola icons i wuld like to make my theme, and will you give me a link for changing drm icons tutorial

thanks, LAJNAR

2:12 PM, January 09, 2007 Yuet said...

EBAC, I think MediaViewer can do it.

LAJNAR, please read the DRM modding guides listed in this post. I will upload the latest DRM pack later.

2:46 PM, January 19, 2007 Jared Ryan said...

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 i have yuetmod and i was in the testing menu and i did somehting and now when i turn on my phone it says fts then has lots of wierd code and at the bottom it says help & request...compass.mot.com/go/efem

HELP how do i shut it off i went to reflash my phone but i wont let me b/c it locked the commands... if rsd could do it in bootloader i would be ok but it wont do it help!!!!! if u can help email me at mr_big_down_low@hotmail.com

1:02 AM, January 20, 2007 Yuet said...

jared, remove the battery to shut it off, then press and hold # and * keys, then power on to enter bootloader mode. Now you can connect and use rsd lite to flash.

7:35 AM, January 31, 2007 Anonymous said...

What would I edit so that when I start to install a java app it asks whether I want to install it on the phone or on the card?

1:42 PM, January 31, 2007 Yuet said...

how do you install java app? via bluetooth. I am not sure which seem affect this function yet. One workaround is to take out the memory card if you want to install in phone memory.

1:45 AM, February 01, 2007 Anonymous said...

Well, the only way I've installed java apps so far is usb connect the phone to the pc, copy the .jar files to the kjava dir on the card, then install the apps in the phone.

I can't remember which firmware I was using when it would ask me where I wanted to install the app. The phone came installed with 86R, I've tried Yuet's v1.8 and v2.0 and was stickied on AER for a while until I unlocked my phone.

10:52 PM, February 01, 2007 Yuet said...

I will try to find out the seem. meanwhile, you can try to use midway to install java app.

7:07 AM, February 03, 2007 Anonymous said...

Yuet:

I have been reading your blog for a while and have posted your blog address on my companies website so there's who use Motorola phones can benefit. I hope they click your ads like I do so you get paid something for the invaluable service you provide.

I need help from anyone reading this post. I have a fairly new -2 weeks- L7 phone I bought my wife. This phone was sold to me new and without the itunes software in it. It is unlocked. I downloaded 2 mp3 ringtones and installed them on the phone via SD micro card. Now when my wife calls her voice mail to check messages, as soon as she hangs up she gets a txt message that has two symbols: the first one looks like a pen standing upright and the second one is a @ right next to the pen symbol. We have contacted Cingular and they claim we are not receiving TXT messages [we do not have a TXT message plan but if we get them you have to pay 10 cents for each one]. Since we’re not getting billed for these TXT messges, I guess there is something on the phones software that is doing this. The crazy thing is that we call my wifes phone from our home phone, put in the password, hear her messages and if her phone is on she will get the same txt message even while we’re not pushing the cell phone key pad. I did a master reset on the phone, took the battery out, inserted a different sim card and the same thing happens. What could this be? A virus? How do it get rid of this annoying bug? please email me at motoxdam@spamex.com

9:57 AM, February 03, 2007 Yuet said...

motoxdam, I guess a seem edit can fix it, find it out in my seem handbook. look for "Voice Message Indicator".

5:07 AM, February 04, 2007 Anonymous said...

I have a similar problem to motoxdam's. I get a blank message from "_@" when someone leaves me a message. After I listen to my messages, I get another message from "⌂@".

I edited seem 0032_0001 offset 02 so that bit 1 was set (changed offset 02 from 09H to 0BH). This had no effect.

6:11 PM, February 04, 2007 Yuet said...

That's the seem which I know will fix the problem. What's 09H, 0BH? are u sure you edit the seem correctly?

5:14 PM, February 09, 2007 Anonymous said...

09H=09 hex to 0BH=0B hex

or

00001001 to 00001011.

In other words, I changed bit 1 from a 0 to a 1 , leaving the other bits alone.

1:30 PM, March 17, 2007 sphm said...

Hi, I´d like to make a suggestion! Well there´re lots of messages i didn´t read them, but, Why don´t you create a WIKI "Road to extreme modder" to discuss it? If u want some help with this mail me sphm [at] walla [dot] com and thanks for you blog, really good stuffs ;-)

1:54 PM, March 17, 2007 Yuet said...

sphm, thanks for the suggestion. I am not sure how to create WIKI, and how much control I have on my content.

4:13 PM, March 24, 2007 acan said...

Hey Yuet! if you have iPhone Explorer file manager, please give me one. i can't find it everywhere. I need it cause i don't like Phone manager.
Did you find out how to capture picture in landscape mode for e398 or ROKR, if you know it please tellme how! Can my e398 capture picture with better quality (by seem editing maybe?).Thank You .... Yuet. My Mail

12:31 PM, March 30, 2007 Anonymous said...

HELP ME YUET, PLEASE!
I am a big fan of yours, using your MPs on my V360 (originally R4513_G_08.B7.86R_B) since 1.X.

I was browsing my phone with P2KTools (0.8.6 build 406) and went to Other Features section. Then I clicked on Get button to load values from phone and some options came checked others dont. I then checked [Alerts] Settings > Ring Styles > Details > Ans Mach option and [Other] Settings > Initial Setup > Vibe Sync option. Then I clicked on Set button and restarted the phone. No problem until now, but the font has changed and some pictures has gone. "I did something wrong" - I thought - "I will flash it with YuetMod 2.2.1 again and reset the phone". And so I tried. At the end, when RDS Lite 2.6 boot the phone, it does not happen. The message saying booting or restarting the phone freezed. It was like this for a half an hour and I removed the USB cable and closed RDS Lite. :(

Now I cannot power on my phone. I removed the battery for a half an hour, putted it back and nothing. When I connect the phone to computer through USB cable Windows says "USB Not Recognized", so RDS Lite, P2KTools, P2K Easy Tool, nothing recognizes it.

Is there any way of getting out of this situation or my phone is dead forever? Thank you very much in advance.

Best Regards,

Adriano (agoes@pobox.com)

11:45 PM, March 31, 2007 Yuet said...

Adriano, try press & hold *, # and power keys as long as you can. you should get into bootloader screen if you are lucky, then flash the MP again.

and you can try to use other usb ports to see if your phone can be detected.

2:41 AM, April 05, 2007 Anonymous said...

Hi Yuet. Thank you for your support...
I have my phone back! What did I do? Just inserted my battery while pressing * and #. Then the bootloader screen appeared and I flashed it again with MP 2.2.1.
See ya.

2:03 AM, May 10, 2007 Anonymous said...

Hi, my phone v360 recently stopped working and when searching on how to fix it, I found this awesome website. Actually, I played a little bit with p2k tools and suddenly I couldn't access some menus. Also I enabled the test field and had this annoying result: the screen comes with numbers asking me to go to "compass.mot.com/go/efem" . Secondly, I can't access the 'c' drive of the phone. I don't know what to do. Should I perform a flash or what? Please, help

7:36 PM, May 23, 2007 Anonymous said...

can any of the Yuetmod used on the L7e (an upgrade version of L7)?

3:38 PM, May 24, 2007 Yuet said...

I think the firmware series in L7e is different, so my answer is No.

about the "v360 recently stopped working", flash it to a MP if you can't figure out what's the cause.

8:41 AM, May 26, 2007 rokkuramu said...

Hello! I have a problem with my moto v360 and that is the phone keeps sending me a text message everytime I get a voicemail. Is there a way to stop this?

2:09 PM, May 28, 2007 Yuet said...

there's a seem edit for it. Look for the seem in my seem handbook.

7:28 PM, July 26, 2008 Anonymous said...

Hey Yuet. Uhm i got a big big problem!!! Well i have a v360v which i had been flashing with your great MP's from 1.8 to 3.2 using FB3 and iv been successful each time bsides some of my USB ports being messed up now and then.

However, i downloaded your 2.2 MP and tried flashing with RSD Lite 3.2, it gave a error and hung. I pulled out the cable, battery and then forced the app to close. Opened it again and connected phone, tried to flash and still same problem.
So i disconnected the phone again and now it doesn't even go into bootloader with * + # + power. It's dead :( Do you know of any methods i can try to revive it because i don't know how to testpoint.

Iv been reading threads all over but none seem to help.

Please mail me asap, twizmaster@gmail.com

Thanx

7:34 PM, July 26, 2008 Anonymous said...

Oooops forgot one thing in my post. When i connect the phone to usb it keeps saying "USB DEVICE NOT RECOGNIZED... ", no matter how many times i change ports or pcs.

Is there a way to force windows to see it in Flash Interface??. Also, what do i need to testpoint the phone because i have TP images?

Thanx again, twizmaster


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