Flashing to Vivo, the new and improved method!
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After the troubles that some of us have had with getting some data working after doing the Vivo Flash caused by unseen problems during the backup/restore process using PST, I thought I should give back to the community. This is my better idea for the flashing process and uses an additional program. RSD CDMA General. Perhaps it could be called Vivo_Monster2. Now, since Mark V doesn't want anyone to copy his stuff and since I firmly believe that people interested in flashing should do plenty of reading and research, I will not re-write the whole process here. This is a melding of the Vivo for a V3m flash and the USCC for a V9m flash found on Mark V's site. So here it goes. . . .
DISCLAIMER: THIS WILL NOT HELP ANYONE TO FLASH THE NEWER V3m WITH THE MEID AWAY FROM YOUR VZW 01.19.xx F/W!!!!! ALSO, THIS WAS MY METHOD. THIS PROCESS, IF NOT FOLLOWED PROPERLY WILL RENDER YOUR PHONE USELESS (OR 'BRICK' IT). USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND DON'T BLAME ME FOR YOUR FAILURE(S)!
Ok, the process. First read and re-read the info here: http://mark.cdmaforums.com/Vivo_Monster1.htm Get all of the required programs setup and working as the guide states. Then, also aquire RSD CDMA General (5.1.6 worked for me) and get it setup and working as well before proceeding. More info on getting RSD General working and using it is here: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1242423&page=1&pp=15&highlight=rsd+general Like I said, RSD CDMA General 5.1.6 works for me. One main thing. Whatever version of RSD you use, when your firewall asks you whether to block RSD or not, BLOCK IT. That seems to be the main constant method to make it work well. Another nice thing about RSD General is that it seems to work better than PST and as well as MSU to put your phone into the proper state for seem edits.
Now that you have everything working properly, in section one of Mark's guide in "backups" after you have used QPST to backup your service programming, instead of using "Motorola PST to backup additional files" use RSD Gen instead. Using RSD General, click on the ICON under "Phone Provisioning" and wait. Then you can check all the boxes for the files as referenced in Mark's guide and click "Read from Phone" and read them all at once rather than having to read them one at a time with PST. RSD CDMA General will probably restart your phone during this process, don't worry, this is normal. Another nice thing is when I went to read/save my RTT Browser file, it defaulted to version 6.0. If you've done your essential research as I mentioned above, you'll know how much easier this is done with RSD General. BUT, AS YOU GO TO SAVE YOUR FILES ONE BY ONE, make sure that when you go to save your MMS DATA file that it has a .mms (not .vms) extension. If it does not have a .mms extension, you may need to use PST to extract and properly save that file.
During my last flash, I did not know about, nor pay atention to this detail and had to use my previously saved .mms (with PST) file during the "restore" process to "make sure".
Carefully follow all the other instructions in Mark's guide to flash and then start to restore your phone through section 6c including restoring your seems with RadioComm. DO NOT SKIP ANY OF THE STEPS IN SECTION 6b! In section 6d use RSD General to restore your CDMA ERI file and MMS Data file instead of PST paying close attention to the edits needed while restoring your .mms (MMS Data File) BEFORE you write it to your phone. IF RSD GENERAL DOES NOT 'SEE' A ".mms" file, THEN YOU FAILED TO BACKUP THIS FILE PROPERLY. STOP AND GO BACK! Now, for me after going through this process as I have stated here, after step 6e, my phone seemed pretty much almost working like a charm, BUT, DON'T STOP HERE! Follow section 7 to the 't'. In section 8, carefully follow the edits needed for restoring your RTT browser file. Again, as I stated above, RSD Gen only gave me the 6.0 version by default. Now when I clicked "Write to phone" I got a pop-up from RSD CDMA Gen saying "4 or 5 digits are required!!" so I clicked somewhere outside the RTT browser window and then was able to write this file to my phone just fine. Then make sure everything is correct in step 9. After going and doing step 10, etc. I had no problems at all with my Vivo flashed V3m on Verizon wireless, including GIN, browser, etc.
This is probably not quite complete, so PLEASE, PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFO IN THE LINKS PROVIDED! I posted this info here because it worked much better for me than the original info that Mark has on his site. THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR MARK'S INFO, BUT A SUPPLEMENT TO MARK'S GUIDE AS LINKED ABOVE! I only posted this 'guide' supplement because RSD CDMA General worked better than the PST 7.2.5 in Mark's guide did for me.
USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK! But if you do the proper reading, you should have a much better and easier flash using this supplement to flash your VZW V3m 01.09.02 or earlier phone to Vivo.
Last, but not least, if you need help aquiring said programs, pm me. no warez links here.