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Flash/Debrand your sony ericsson w580i for FREE

Re: Flash/Debrand your sony ericsson w580i for FREE

THANK YOU! worked perfectly very clear steps GREAT TUTORIAL! I thank you now I can finnally enjoy my W580i the only hard part was taking the battery cover off to remove the sim card Smiley Wink anyways thank you and IT DOES WORK! just follow the guide to the letter...and make sure you HAVE THE DRIVERS INSTALLED CORRECTLY!
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Thank you for the post.  It worked like a charm.  I need to find the generic USA or generic America 1 files, the Asian version uses the "rest of the word" calendar style with Saturday and Sunday at the end of the week.  I'm used to seeing the weekend split up so Sunday appears on the far left and Saturday appears on the far right on a calendar.
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WARNING: What ever you do, be matter what anyone says, not knowing what you are doing (or following the advice "it's easy, just go for it" ) can easily turn your $50.00 to 599.00 phone into a paperweight.  You can mod your phone, for sure, many do... but you can also break it permanently and void the warranty, too.
Originaly Written by FoneJunkie
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WOW!! What would I have done without you guys! Thanks a million. My Ericsson is now free of all those annoying AT&T logos and apps. Everything looks like it did in my grey w580i.
I admit that I struggled with this procedure a little, but only because of my lack of expertise with files, folders, installations, etc. I must also thank the person who gave tips on what to do when the flashing seemed to run indefinitely, and that was to copy the files to a different folder (in my case it wasn't c: drive...because Windows Vista FREAKED when I tried to copy files to it! Instead I copied them to the SWTOOLS folder. I also connected the USB cable in a different USB port, and that did it!
NOW.....How do I erase the AT&T logo printed in front, between the screen and the navigation switch, and replace it with the WALKMAN logo......????
Would sandpaper do the trick? ;-p
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hi .. i have a AT&T branded W 580i.. and I want to flash it to the original sony ericsson version. I doubt the AT&T sim might not work if I debrand the phone, Can any one give me a reply for this. I prefer replies from those who have debrabded thier W 580.
Can I use the main- W580_R8BA024_MAIN_GENERIC_LA_RED52 ? and HB1_06_Gen_CDA102568_15_R8A_GENERIC_AMERICA_1 for the flashing?
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welcome to setool2 lite edition v 1.08
supported DB2010/DB2012 CID49/50/51/52, DB2020 CID49/51/52
Loaded 51 flash descriptors

MODEL:HB1-06 Gen

ChipID:9900,EMP protocol:0301
FLASH CID detected:52
OTP LOCKED:1 CID:51 PAF:1 IMEI:01127100812424 CERT:RED
LDR:061201 1314 HANCXC1329129_DB2020_FLASHLOADER_R2A005
Flash ID check:897E
Flash props sent ok
writing C:\setool2flashingguide\W580_R8BA024_FS_C_ASIA_RED52.fbn
SSW uses complete hash, hash len is:4420
Will flash 221 blocks...
SSW loading returns:0
writing C:\setool2flashingguide\W580_R8BA024_MAIN_GENERIC_LA_RED52.mbn
SSW uses complete hash, hash len is:9200
Will flash 460 blocks...
SSW loading returns:0
CSloader version:
070410 1557 HANCXC1250562_DB2020_CSLOADER_R3A009
loader startup: executed
loader filesystem startup: executed
CSloader refused to start GDFS services,error is:29
loader GDFS startup failed, that is fatal
Elapsed:402 secs.

that is what i get and now it says configuration error please contact your network operator or service centre

anyone know how to fix this?
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ok i tried it again and it worked....but like someone else said all media net stuff is gone how do i get media net back as my homepage and stuff

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To (sent this as private message as well)
I have 2x SE 580i's (mine and wifes)

I keep trying to unbrand my phone and have done all you said and the status bar on the bottom of the usb installer just crawls across in green for several minutes but to the right it shows no processes being communicated with my phone. I hit stop and try and connect phone again and it says connected when USB device pops up but upon checking "My Computer" it shows nothing connected. I think this may be the problem or do I need to unlock phone or put it in different mode before I remove sim and connect?

I have tried to put USB cable in other USB ports and even downloaded the PC suite software from Sony Ericsson to no avail!

Have put sim back in and turned phone back on and it still works fine but am really bummed that I can't debrand it. I have only owned it for 3 days and want to debrand it like NOW! LOL

Any suggestions on why my computer seems to not recognize phone after "USB Device Connected" pops up in my activity tray below and says successful but won't show any device under "My Computer"

Please email me directly or contact in the thread on this forum.......sooner the better if possible.

Thanks in advance,

P.S. (edited from private message)
I should also tell you that I downloaded the files to a direct folder named w580 under my C drive.....C:\w580 as suggested by a previous post!
OK this may seem a little dumb but here go's my exact steps in case you notice something I am forgetting to do!
1.  Turn phone off and remove sim card (have no m2 card right now).
2.  Turn phone back on.
3.  Run downloaded software and usb installer with correct files in proper places as per your info.
4.  Connect USB cable supplied with phone to motherboard USB port.
5.  Press and hold "C button" on phone and connect USB cable to phone.
6.  Hit "FLASH" and green status bar on bottom of usb installer screen creeps across as if it is doing something but no processes are being shown on left in big box.  Under the big box it said "Awaiting your commands" but after I hit "FLASH" it now says "Hold "C button" and connect USB Cable."  Did not do anything other than hit "STOP" for fear of really screwing things up if I tried to disconnect and reconnect USB cable while in process.
I think my problem is simple as in the program and downloads are correctly running in the installer but my phone is not getting anything.  ALSO if this helps to identify problem, my phone screen is dark with nothing on it and no lights on phone when I hit the "FLASH" button.  As soon as I pick up phone and hold "C" button down to pull out USB cable (after hitting "STOP" as I said above) it says something to the effect of "insert sim card!"
I may have not done something very simple prior to following your info. but I am a TOTAL Newbee when it comes to these cell phones but have some basic computer knowledge which is why this has frustrated me not being able to figure out how to fix problem myself.
I found the exact tutorial you gave in this post on YouTube.....not sure if it was yours or not but swwwweeeeet none the less!!
Anyway in this video demonstration it shows the person highlighting a selection on the left in the big EN or something to that affect.  Do I need to highlight the english version before hitting flash becasue I didn't pick one of these choices because it was not  in your instructions.  It also does not say anything in the worded instructions on the video about this as well.  Is it not necessary or do I need to highlight a language selection before hitting "FLASH."

Message Edited by redburn_38 on 02-03-2008 06:10:21 PM

Message Edited by redburn_38 on 02-03-2008 06:11:23 PM

Message Edited by redburn_38 on 02-03-2008 06:53:46 PM
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Re: Flash/Debrand your sony ericsson w580i for FREE

Also to anybody else who might know this....when I finally do get my phone DEBRANDED (Hopefully).
If I am going to make ringtones from my massive MP3 collection do I just make shortened versions of the songs using my "Cakewalk Pyro 5" program or something and then load them on phone and assign them to ringtones folder.  Because I have tried this with other branded phones and they won't let me use them this way.
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I GOT IT !                    FINALLY!!
Seems I am a slow learner who needs to have simple steps that most already know told to me. 
How I finally debranded my SE 580i ........ (and yes, it is now SWEET as you know what Smiley Happy )
1.  Hooked my USB to a USB port on motherboard.
2.  Went to Sony Ericsson online and downloaded the update service and connected my phone with sim card in it......following all prompts on the tutorial.
3.  This said my phone was up to date but it FINALLY recognized my phone and labled it "SEMC Flash Device!!!!!"
4.  Turned phone OFF and removed sim card.
5.  Reinstalled battery and left phone OFF.
6.  Followed   rafoolik 's instructions again exactly as he states (only exception is that when I added the 2 files under "Files" I added the "+ W580_R8BA024_MAIN_GENERIC_LA_RED52.mbn" file first and the "+ W580_R8BA024_FS_C_ASIA_RED52.fbn" file second.  This was a suggestion from another post on YouTube with a video tutorial.
7.  Hit "Flash" button and waited about 7 minutes while the process was completed until it said "Phone detached & elapsed time 466"
8.  Disconnected phone.
9.  Turned Phone on.
10.  Can't go to bed like I should for work in morning because I am now playing with this AWESOME BEAST!!!!!
Thanks again and 3 cheers to    rafoolik
Man Very Happy
Anyone who is trying this for the first time with no experience what so ever needs to know that they must connect phone to PC prior to all this with sim card in it and the Sony Ericsson PC software downloaded from their website to have the drivers on the phone updated/recognized.
Here are the 2 most helpful links to what you need to do prior to debranding in my opinion if your phone is brand new and you have not ever connected it to a PC.

Message Edited by redburn_38 on 02-03-2008 08:59:39 PM
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You may have already determined this, but my understanding is that once you've debranded your phone you will not really need to make shortened clips of your mp3's to use them as ringtones.  The generic software is supposed to let you assign full length mp3 files.
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

     - Doug Larson

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Try having the MediaNet settings sent to your phone from SE's support site - here .
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

     - Doug Larson

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Hi, just bought a w580i last night and decided to flash it within 24 hours.  This tutorial worked perfectly, thank you!  I'm definitely enjoying the perks of an unbranded phone!

Only one problem: can't get picture messaging to work yet.  Any hints?

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Can anyone that's done this through this method or another confirm that they've been able to get text and picture messaging as well as MEdia Net working and how? I'm interested in debranding my phone but rely on these features and would need them to work (even if some configuration needs to be done) if I'm going to do this.

Thanks for the help!
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I bought a pink w580i and decided to flash it within 24 hours of receiving it, also.  This tutorial worked flawlessly!  Use caution and be precise, and you shouldn't have any problems flashing it.

The only problem I have now is that I can't get MMS to work at all.  Even with SE's over-the-air configuration.  Anybody figured this out?

I love this phone even more now!

Thanks & Help if you can!
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