Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Making and Restoring Backup.

Assuming you have rooted your phone and installed Xrecovery:

Making Backup:
  1. In Xrecovery menu...goto "Backup and Restore".
  2. Select Backup.
  3. Your backup will be saved in "/sdcard/xrecovery/backup/". Copy it to a save place in your pc.
  • Backup makes an image(copies) of the entire phone along with all settings,messages,applications installed,etc!
  • Preferably make 2 images....
    •  After doing factory reset(full wipe) which will act as a clean image.
    • After Installing all required applications and settings - which can be used to make quick restore when needed. 
  • DO NOT RENAME THE FOLDER!! (else you will get a md5 mismatch error during restore!)

  1. In Xrecovery menu...goto "Backup and Restore".
  2. Select restore. Then select the folder to restore.
  3. Done. :)

    Sunday, 10 July 2011

    Installing and using Xrecovery.

    Xrecovery is a tool that can be used to install new Roms, backup/restore your existing ROM,apply patches,batch install applications & many more things.
    Its very easy to install and use.

    Root Explorer.

    1.Root your phone.
    2.Install Root Explorer.
    4.Copy xrecovery folder to SD card.
    3.Copy 3files from "/sdcard/xrecovery" folder to "/System/bin"
    5.Keep taping the 'back' (the rightmost one) button when 'Sony Ericsson' is displayed.
    6.You will enter xrecovery menu.

    Using Xrecovery:
    1.To move around in xRecovery you use the volume buttons, to select an item you press the Home button (the middle one), and to go back you press the Back button.
    2.Use common sense!

    First thing to do - Make Backup!! - View Post

    Rooting our Sony Ericsson W8.

    Definition from Wikipedia:
                "Rooting is a process that allows users of cellphones and other devices running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's Linux subsystem, overcoming limitations that the carriers and manufacturers put on such phones."

    First off, let me start by saying that if you don't think you need rooting, don't root.
    It can be dangerous if done wrong, so be sure you know what you're doing.
    With that out of the way, let's get going then.
    Rooting voids Warranty!
    [ but we can unroot our device before submitting to service center... ;-) ] 

    Actual Process:
    We can use SuperOneClick or any of the following softwares for rooting our W8
    • Flash tool,Universal Androot ,Recovery Flasher,Easy Root,Unrevoked...use google to find them.
    1. Download SuperOneClick.
    2. On your phone, go to Settings -> Applications and enable Unknown Sources.
    3. Next, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable USB debugging.
    4. You also need the proper USB drivers.(Install PC Companion to get the drivers.) To check if you have them, start SuperOneClick.exe and click Driver Check. If the driver check fails, update your phone with PC Companion.
    5. Now, connect your USB cable from your W8 to your computer. When connected it is VERY IMPORTANT to select CHARGE PHONE.
    6. Start SuperOneClick.exe and just click ROOT. Everything should go normally. You might get a message asking you if your OS is 2.0 or higher, just go ahead and click Yes.
    7. You should now be rooted! :)

    Note: After rooting you will have application named SuperUser in you phone which is used to allow/deny root access to other applications.
    Disclaimer: I wont be responsible if u damage your phone!
    [dont worry....i have tried it myself......and you can restore your phone most of the times in case of software problems! :) ]

    The new Sony Erricson W8.

    Name : Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman
    Other Name : Sony Ericsson E16, Sony Ericsson E16i
    Network : 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G HSDPA 900 / 2100, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
    Dimension : 99 x 54 x 15 mm
    Weight : 104 g
    Screen : TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 320 x 480 pixels, 3.0 inches, Scratch-resistant

    surface, Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Timescape UI
    Camera : 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, Geo-tagging, Video VGA@30fps
    Connectivity : 3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with

    A2DP, MicroUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
    Memory : 128 MB storage, 168 MB RAM, MicroSD up to 16 GB external
    Battery : Li-Po 1200 mAh
    Other features : Android OS v2.1 (Eclair), 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227

    chipset SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push email, IM, HTML browser, GPS with A-GPS support, Java (via Java MIDP emulator), SNS, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
    Games, Digital compass, Voice memo, Predictive text input, Stopwatch, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar
    Walkman player, Audio player (MP3 / eAAC+ / WMA / WAV), Video player (MP4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV), Video recorder, MP3 ringtones, Stereo FM radio with RDS, TrackID music recognition.

    Awesome looking Android phone from Sony Ericsson! :)