Saturday, July 7, 2012

Update Sony Ericsson W8 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (GingerDX) without unlocking bootloader.



Please do this on your own risk.. if you miss anything in rooting or installing X recovery or installing the ROM and brick your phone.. i am not responsible..

Download These File First :
http://www.4shared.com/file/zvI0Lv2q/SuperOneClickv191-ShortFuse.html
http://www.4shared.com/file/3BuwWfWr/xRecovery01.html
http://www.4shared.com/file/XdtGx9oo/Root_Explorer_v216.html

GingerDX ROM
http://www.4shared.com/get/LQgUrhzK/update-gingerdxv021.html

Just Follow This Step

Step 1: Root your W8
- download and unzip SuperOneClickv1.9.1-ShortFuse to PC Desktop
- connect W8 to PC (Do not mount)
- on your phone [goto] [setting] [applications] select [unknown sources]
- on your phone [goto] [setting] [applications] [development] select [usb debugging]
- Launch SuperOneClick, click [Root]
- If it ask something about Busy Box just click Yes
- you will see - [not successful - is your phone software higher than 2.0?]
- click [yes] and then [success] & [test su] message
(this last part might not appear the same as It's written here, so just use your common sense to get through)

If you are successful in ROOTING your phone - SuperUser app will be installed to your W8.
If you are not successful:-
(a) check your PC [devices] [usb] to see if your phone is recognized by your PC (troubleshoot PC driver problem)
(b) [usb debugging] in your W8 phone settings enabled?
Then [Launch] [SuperOneClick] and try again.

Install any File Manager from Android Market, such as Astro File Manager.


Step 2: Mount W8 (to access SD Card)
- copy [Root.Explorer.v2.16.apk] to root of SD Card
- using PC create folder [xRecovery] and unzip xRecovery0.1.rar
- put the 3 files into the xRecovery folder you've created
- copy the xRecovery folder to root of SD Card


Step 3: UnMount W8 from PC


Step 4: Launch [Astro File Manager] Install [Root Explorer v2.16.apk]


Step 5:
- Launch [Root Explorer]
- scroll down to /sdcard [click to access]
- scroll down to xRecovery folder [click to access]
- Select each of the 3 files (one by one) [click & hold] [copy]
- [click] parent folder (twice)
- scroll down to [click to access] [system]
- [click to access] [bin] and [click] [Mount R/W] (R/W as in Read/Write)
- press [paste] button

Now your Phone should be rooted and ready to install your Android 2.3.7




Step 1: Make a backup copy of your Android Eclair 2.1 using xRecovery
- check that your phone's SD Card has at least 650MB of free space
[SD card free space is to hold both your phone original backup ROM and the 2.3 ROM]
- shutdown your W8 and wait 5 seconds and then [reboot] your phone.
- when you see the words [Sony Ericsson] on the phone screen, start pressing the back button on your phone multiple times and you will enter the xRecovery Menu.
- select [backup and restore] [backup] from the menu

NOTE:
- This will create a backup file in your SD Card [SD/xRecovery/backup]
- After you have completed the backup using xRecovery, it will return to the menu screen.
- Now choose [reboot] - your W8 phone should restart


Step 2: Download GingerXperia ROM (something you probably already did with the links above)
- [mount] your W8 and copy this file [GingerDX.zip] into SD card
- [unmount] and shutdown your W8

Step 3: Installing the 2.3.7 ROM on your W8
- [boot] W8
- when you see the words [Sony Ericsson] on the phone screen, start pressing the back button on your phone multiple times and you will enter the xRecovery Menu.
- [select] [factory reset (full wipe)]
- scroll down and hit [install custom zip]
- select [GingerDX.zip] from your SD card & hit [yes]
- xRecovery will start to install the 2.3.7 ROM on your phone.
- when it is done, xRecovey will go back to the startup menu
- [click] [reboot]

If you are stuck in the GingerDX startup screen for more than 5 minutes, just try restart the phone and It should be fine. Took me 2 restarts before the new ROM took action.



RESTORING THE Official Android Eclair 2.1.1 ROM

- [shutdown] wait 5 seconds [reboot] W8
- when you see the words [Sony Ericsson] on the phone screen, start pressing the back button on your phone multiple times and you will enter the xRecovery Menu.
- [select] [factory reset (full wipe)]
- scroll down and hit [backup/restore] [restore]
- you should see your original 2.1 backup ROM
- [select] [2011-10-xx.xx.xx.xx.ROM] [restore] [it should look something like 2011-05-06.21.01.23]
- xRecovery will start to install the original 2.1.1 ROM [the ROM you've backed up in Step 1] from your phone's SD Card.
- when it is done xRecovey will go back to the startup menu
- [click] [reboot]

Watch my video... its not a very good quality one.. but i am sure that it will increase your confidence..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxJNy07hwjQ

Thanks to Xda Forum and Ginger DX developers Doxian for providing this ROM

43 comments:

  1. Why I cant select after reboot? Need your respond ASAP~

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  2. I meant by cant select [Backup and Restore]

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    1. Aha, its okay dude, I manage to find a way to scroll and select it...hehehe~

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    2. Please explain it for me also? I am stuck at this point.

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  3. after upgarding to gdx 2.3.7 v21b.
    my wifi is not working, when turn it ON, it keeps scanning but i am unable to view wifi networks.

    can someone help here please

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    1. you have to click FORGET all network & system will be able to scan available network.. it's a bug :p

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  4. thank you very much..i done with it!!

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  5. hey the links
    http://www.4shared.com/file/3BuwWfWr/xRecovery01.html
    http://www.4shared.com/file/XdtGx9oo/Root_Explorer_v216.html
    are showing "file are not valid"
    cn u pls giv new links for xrecovery and root explorer....

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  7. i forgot to backup my official 2.1 eclair
    can i get a restore link???

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  8. Awesome my new updated Sony Ericsson w8 working!! Thank you very much of my heart for helping me out to update my Sony Ericsson w8 from 2.1 to 2.3.7!! :) :)

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  9. thank you very... much.....

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  12. can anyone help me..i can't get into the first boot..already pressed the back button so many times but can't also..

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  13. hai guys if error occur like stuck with logo sonyericsson and nothing respond can be fix easily............with the help of pccompanian.....check out this site.... http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1590266....very usefull

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  14. Hey I done all the things as above.& I successfully updated my W8 to 2.3 GINGERBREAD (GINGERDX) a day before yesterday. but now I am getting notification like " Su Binary is outdated" how to fix this?
    & i have taken my message back up through Super Backup App but it is now not able to restore message backup, how can I fix this?

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    1. hi is ur phone working fine m too trying but unable to enter into xrecovery menu , so many time ihad tried pressing back key can u plz help me my email id is hitu8987@gmail.com

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  15. i am stuck with that Ginger DX flash with the notification tone...
    restarted it 3 times so far..... any idea?

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  16. plz give me backup of stock rom of sony ericsson w8
    my backup was deleted
    mail me link at mandeepsingh3333@gmail.com
    i will be very thankfull to you

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  17. hey xrecovery file i cannot download

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  18. hey.thanx it did work..i jst experience the taste of ginger bread once .bt soon after it prompted the su binary files are outdated ..so jst let it to be updated. then after the reboot nothings coming only freaking ginger dx (orange)appearing ...wat can i do about this??

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  19. Why Applikation can't open/Force close

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  20. IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO UPGRADE MY W8 NOW??IS IT NOT THE FILES ATTACHED IN HERE ARE OUT OF DATE?AND MINE HAS A MANUFACTURE CODE OF 12W09 IS IT JUST OK?REPLY ASAP THANKYU

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  21. Thank u frnd...i done with it..can i update my mobile w8 into ice cream sandwitch...

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  22. i cannot enter into xrecovery after i rooted my w8.how can i enter?

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  23. works perfectly ...thanx alot

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  24. my superclick became not responding.. how to solve the problem?

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  25. why my sd card is not detected after finish installing?

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  26. my backup for the original android 2.1 got deleted. How can i restore my phone?
    Please mail me at subhroster2007@gmail.com

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  27. SuperOneClickv1.9.1-ShortFuse unable to find device plz help , me what to do
    and after pressing back key nothing is opening phone is starting normally is that will open after rooting plz help me i dont have much idea about this thinks........... hitu8987@gmail.com

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    1. uninstal and instal again adb driver for w8,or download that driver from sony sites

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  29. thank ufor ur last reply it really helpfull
    but after pressing back key still am not able to enter into xRecovery Menu plz help me for that too........................

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  30. hey please help someone am unable to get into x recovery menu even after pressing back key .........................my email id is hitu8987@gmail.com

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  31. pls answer my questions T_T (sorry for bad english)
    is this still working by these days?
    can this thing brick my phone? (im already rooted and i already have xrecovery and backup)

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    1. last questions:
      can i kill tasks by using task manager when i already updated it?
      and lastly... does the root and xrecovery still in the phone when it's updated?

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  32. i have installed 2.3 DX v22 ROM but in what's app application the hindi messages are showing the box [][][][] like that what i can do for having the hindi message in what's app as in readable format...

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  33. dud i am not getting xrecovery menu even pressing back button many times dud plz reply fast with gud soln.

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  34. http://www.4shared.com/file/3BuwWfWr/xRecovery01.html
    http://www.4shared.com/file/XdtGx9oo/Root_Explorer_v216.html
    these files are not available or not found can anyone help in downloading them

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