Feb 19, 2012
After scouring the Internet for articles for so many months related to upgrading Bada 1.2 of my Samsung Wave II, I finally have my Samsung phone loaded with Bada 2.0 operating system. I made this decision even though many people say that incorrect flashing will brick my phone. Additionally, when all of my attempts in updating my phone’s firmware through Samsung Kies were exhausted that waiting for the official released of Bada 2.0 seems to be futile. With the information (and a lot of courage) that I gathered, I proceed blindly to flashing my phone with firmware from another region to upgrade Samsung Wave II to Bada 2 OS.
Previously I was using an Asian firmware with S8530DXKB1 and CSC with S8530OLBKB1 because I’m from the Philippines. And when I visit sammobile.com and find out that there’s still no firmware for my region, I decided to use a Romanian (Vodafone) Bada 2.0 firmware released this month (February). Though I do not know whether this is an official release or not I pick this firmware because after downloading the zipped file, it seems that it has all the files needed. After downloading the file, I suggest that you make it sure that the files you have downloaded is not corrupted. So if it’s possible to turn off advance virus scanning, turn it off before downloading the file.
Before proceeding with the steps required in flashing your Samsung Wave II, make sure that your does not have SIM lock and NET lock. To check, type *#7465625# and see to it that all the settings were currently set to [Off]. In my case, after typing the code all settings were set to [Off]. If this is not the same as yours, I highly suggest that you do not proceed.
According to samfirmware, if you have boot and FS files you can use that firmware even if that firmware is from another region. By believing in that statement I proceed to flashing my phone with a firmware from another region (Romanian). Check this post by samfirmware that I used as a basis in using this firmware.
Warning: Flash at your own risk and always make a backup of your data. I am not responsible for any damage to you and your phone in this process.
Download the files below:
- Multiloader v5.65
- USB Drivers
- Bada 2.0 firmware – Romanian(Vodafone)
- Latest version of Kies (Samsung Apps)
Things to do:
- You can choose between installing the USB drivers for Samsung Wave or install the latest Kies from Samsung Apps website. But I suggest that you install the latest Kies version because I believe that the latest USB drivers are included in the latest release of Samsung Kies.
- Check that your phone can connect with Kies via USB cable.
- Extract the contents of the firmware archive in a folder.
- Launch Multiloader v5.65 and select LSI.
- Before connecting your phone, take out the SIM card and memory card.
- Put your phone in Download mode by holding Volume Down + Camera + Power buttons.
- Connect your phone via USB cable and click ‘Port Search’ button. Make sure that you select the port labeled as ‘Ready’ by clicking the correct radio button.
- Choose ‘Full Download’.
- Select Boot and locate the file from the folder you extracted on Step 3.
- Select Amss and go to the file.
- Select Apss and go to the file.
- Select Rsrc1 and go to the file.
- Select Rsrc2 and go to the file. (Select always LOW)
- Select Factory FS and go to the file.
- Select CSC and go to the file.
- Select SHP APP and go to the file.
- Select FOTA and go to the file.
- Click the Download button.
- Wait for the flashing process to finish. If finished, your phone will boot and you should see the blue Bada logo.
After the phone has restarted, you might find it a bit slow at first but be patient because your phone is just warming up. Also you might find out that there’s no connection settings configured for your applications to use when connecting to the Internet. You can ask this info from your respective service provider but normally they can send this as configuration file in the form of SMS. In my case since I’m a Globe subscriber I just send ‘GO’ to 2951 to get all the connection settings that I need.
Also you might find yourself wanting to change your phone’s theme immediately after using it for a while. To change your default theme, you can download themes from Samsung Apps or you can do it manually by using STune.
To use STune, connect your phone via USB cable then launch STune. Select ‘Samsung Mobile USB Modem’ under the ‘Devices’ tab. Select ‘Browser’ tab then double-click AppEx from the folder list. Proceed to User > Theme > Download then drag the *.smt theme file that you downloaded from the internet to this folder located at the right pane. Unplug your phone then go to Settings > Display > Theme then select the theme you added previously.
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