Sep 5, 2011
I personally owned a Samsung Wave II S8530 with Bada 1.2 installed by default. I bought this device just to have an experience of the touch screen technology and also to do away from using Nokia phones. Although I am a die-hard fan of Nokia for its durability, what I like about Bada and Android phones is that you can free yourself from the clutches of your local phone reseller and Samsung itself to increase your gadget’s potential by installing modded firmware. I tried modifying my Wave II’s firmware but something wrong happened. Luckily I was able to revert the changes I have made. In this post you will know how I survived from a failed firmware update.
The story began when Bada 2.0 was introduced on the newly released Samsung Wave 3. Since then I am eagerly looking for different ways of updating the firmware. Luckily I found a way how to get things done from www.tsar3000.com and quickly get my phone ready for the firmware update. I download Multiloader Tool or simply called Downloader version 5.64, S8539DXKF1 firmware from samfirmware and the Samsung drivers that contains modem and USB drivers for proper communication between my PC and my Samsung Wave II.
I followed the instructions listed on the webpage and load every file in the firmware package. Upon loading the files, I found out that some files were missing. But I just ignore it because I thought that it’s just an upgrade that is why some files were omitted. Though feeling anxiously, I sometimes pause before hitting the ‘Download’ button.
Then the disaster came, after the first restart my phone keeps on rebooting continuously. I tried to remove the battery then put it back again, turn it on but to no avail. I look some clues on the internet and I found some topic that if some files were missing you should not tick the ‘Full Download’ checkbox. Also, you can optionally load PFS, CSC and SHP file. Though I’m not sure about these things, I am willing to give it a second try.
So I put my phone back into ‘Download Mode’ and I go back to samfirmware to download another firmware. I choose the S8530DXKB1_OLBKB1 firmware for my next attempt. Fired up the Multiloader tool then reconnect my phone via USB cable. Then just as the same I loaded up all the files but this time I did not select ‘Full Download’. After hitting the ‘Download’ button, I crossed my fingers during the re-flashing process. After the phone start that happens automatically after the update process, I waited patiently for the blue flash screen to appear. Luckily it restarts and the Bada logo began to appear along with some flashing blue waves. I waited again. When the home screen began to appear, my eyes began to open wider. I looked at my phone as if it was lost for so long time.
Sorry for the long story. I just wanted to share this experience to anyone having troubles with their phone after failing to upgrade their firmware. I talked to a technical guy at the service center and informed me that it will cost me Php 1,500 for putting it back to normal. But from what I’ve read on many forums, there’s still hope if you can put your phone back into ‘Download Mode’. Because I have faith on my previous research, I kept on trying to find a ‘stable’ firmware. Luckily I found one, thanks to samfirmware for putting it online.
UPDATE: I finally managed to successfully upgrade my Samsung Wave II from Bada 1.2 to Bada 2.0 after numerous failed attempts. Check this post for step-by-step instructions in upgrading your Samsung Wave II firmware.
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