Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Step By Step Procedure for Updating to SuperAOSP [Videocon Zeus]

I have tried almost all available custom roms for the commtiva z51 or videocon zeus (spice mi 300 , Orange Boston variant) . For 2.2 Froyo its Android -ID by our very own Tj_style and Phantom ROM and Jellybean have been found very very stable and efficient.But we need GingerBread now. There has been no official update from FOXCONN international holdings. :)

The cyanogen team and some other individual devs or they together as a team work has been continuosly porting  the latest builds each and every day with new features and bug fixes. But we need to put a last stable release. The primary and most important concern for  every user is BATTERY LIFE and RAM MANAGEMENT. All other features like GUI looks and feel will come second.

Well I suggest SuperAOSP build. Even cyanogen Mod now comes with the superAosp kernel which has a better battery management and ram management. The most irritating issue of SD CURRUPTED/REMOVED error is first fixed by this kernel mod form Super@osp team.

Well enough with the talks and lets go to the procedure 

First As usual Back Up all the apps and data with Titanium back up or anyother program of your choice.
Dont forget to backup ur SMS with SMS Backup & Restore program.
Now for added safety we take a Nandroid backup of full ROM using our Favorite Clockworkmod 4.0.0.9
Then Copy all the SD Card contents to PC ( Yes  i reccomend making a full back up of SD card to PC)
We might do a repartition for SD Card since the SuperAosp supports App2SD-ext and SWAP very efficiently
Now that i believe you have successfully taken a full backup of all most all sensitive or important data of your present system. Now we proceed to the updation process.

Since this SuperAosp comes as a UPDATE.ZIP format you might lose the RADIO or IMEI if you are NOT updating from a STOCK FOXCONN ROM. 

So i Suggest to get these Files in hand / PC  well before you start the process 
1. Foxconn ROM 2.2  official 
2. Super AOSP 4.8 superAosp_4_8.nb0 
3. SuperAOSP 8.6  UPDATE.ZIP with AW (anti wipe means preserves your data ) 
4. Latest Kernel Fix ( not recommended since i couldnt test it and i have heard from the guy who bought my phone having terrible battery issues . Only do this if u want to do a testing )

Once update has done you might need these files to make your zues look like its Videocon official

1. Splash Img 
2. Boot animation.
#3 Someone will provide a way to edit the Phone INFO menu .

FOR THOSE WHO INTERESTED TO USE APP2SD and SWAP 

Do this before the steps Else skip to next section.

In CWM recovery > Go to advance > Partitio SDcard> 
512 mb Ext 
64mb swap

The Steps are as follows

1. Connect your phone in Download mode to pc and Update using SUTLR 
   First UPDATE with FOX OFFICIAL ROM (if your already on official rom skip this step)
2.Just as the first update is finished you can switch off the phone and again boot into Download mode
3. Now select Super Aosp 4.8 nb0  and do the update with SUTLR 
4. After update make sure you have booted the phone to normal mode and u have a valid signal (IMEI) 
5. Now you can copy the Super Aosp AW 8.6 Update.zip to memory card
6.Reboot To CWM Recovery Update using option UPDATE.ZIP 
7. Reboot the phone to see you have a valid signal (Anti Wipe was designed to save time for those who were already using superAosp before. But if you switch from CM7 or any other Custom rom you need to start all over from beginning to get a VALID SIGNAL .

If things go well make a CWM Nandroid Back up of this raw SuperAosp and you can restore it in case of emergency.
Now if you copy the Titanium Backup Folder back to the SD card and you can Restore all the apps and use the phone like you were using from before :)

I have to Credit all these wonderful blogs,people and their undconditional service and support as for these information stated above is only possible just cos they shared it for the mankind :)

boston-mania.blogspot.com
all-4-andoid.weebly.com
SuperAosp team for this wonderful best i should say ROM
Cyanogen mod team for the continous support and devoloping they are doing
Kaushik dutta for the stepping stone ... CWMRecovery without it ..all this would have been a big joke.
Akong / amon_RA another great recovery. 
and anyone if i have missed :) 

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Googles Android Phones Secret Codes and Hidden Settings

There're many hidden secret codes on your Android phones that can be used to accomplish certain tasks with more easy way. Those from some advanced to basic codes. Some of them do fairly basic, practical things, while others can be used to perform complete alterations, such as factory resets. Lest start from here: 

~The code *#*#4636#*#* shows the following information about your phone and battery:

    * Phone information
    * Battery information
    * Battery history
    * Usage statistics

~The *#*#7780#*#* performs a factory data reset, and will remove the following:

    * Google account settings stored in your phone
    * System and application data and settings
    * Downloaded applications

It will not remove:
    * Current system software and bundled applications
    * SD card files e.g. photos, music files, etc.

This one asks for a confirmation, so if you do get a chance to change your mind.

~This *2767*3855# code is used for factory format, and will remove all files and settings including the internal memory storage. It will also reinstall the firmware. Don’t try this one unless you’re sure.

PS: Once you give this code, there is no way to cancel the operation unless you remove the battery from the phone, and even then, you run the risk of bricking your phone.

~This *#*#34971539#*#* code is used to get information about the camera. It shows following 4 menus:
    * Update camera firmware in image (Don’t try this option)
    * Update camera firmware in SD card
    * Get camera firmware version
    * Get firmware update count

WARNING: Never use the first option otherwise your phone camera may stop working, and there is really no reason to update the camera firmware anyway.

~This  *#*#7594#*#* code will change the “End Call / Power” button action on your phone. By default, if you long press the button, it shows a screen asking you to select any option from Silent mode, Airplane mode and Power off.

You can change this action using this code. You can enable direct power off on this button so you don’t need to waste your time in selecting the option.

~This  *#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* code opens a File copy screen where you can backup your media files e.g. Images, Sound, Video and Voice memo.

~This  *#*#197328640#*#* code can be used to enter into Service mode. You can run various tests and change settings in the service mode.

~WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth Test Codes:

*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* – WLAN test (Use “Menu” button to start various tests)

*#*#232338#*#* – Shows WiFi MAC address

*#*#1472365#*#* – GPS test

*#*#1575#*#* – Another GPS test

*#*#232331#*#* – Bluetooth test

*#*#232337#*# – Shows Bluetooth device address

~This *#*#8255#*#* code can be used to launch GTalk Service Monitor.
~Codes to launch various Factory Tests:

*#*#0283#*#* – Packet Loopback

*#*#0*#*#* – LCD test

*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* – Melody test

*#*#0842#*#* – Device test (Vibration test and BackLight test)

*#*#2663#*#* – Touch screen version

*#*#2664#*#* – Touch screen test

*#*#0588#*#* – Proximity sensor test

*#*#3264#*#* – RAM version


~Codes to get Firmware version information:

*#*#4986*2650468#*#* – PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate

*#*#1234#*#* – PDA and Phone

*#*#1111#*#* – FTA SW Version

*#*#2222#*#* – FTA HW Version

*#*#44336#*#* - PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Changelist number

You should be careful when using some of these codes. Once you apply them, they can not be undone. For exp restore factory settings.

Courtsey and full credit for Mannu at: http://www.mannuforall.in/2010/09/google-android-phone-secret-codes.html#ixzz1Tw0tpE84

Friday, 29 July 2011

Super Video Converter

Many of my friends keep on asking how to convert videos for mobile/portable devices. What software to use and how to do it. Ok fine here is the answer. This is a free ware yet very very powerful video conversion software. Its name is SUPER and is from Eritesoft.



Well i cannot possibly define how to convert or the settings since it will be different for defferent devices. Still i can guide you on how to do it.

Get your devices display resolution from google or from your user guide /service manual.
Then apply those setting on super
And then add videos to super which are supposed to be converted.
click convert and sit and watch :)/
Still confused ?? Read here how to do it ... HERE

Get SUPER from here

ClockWorkMod Recovery 4.0.0.9 for Spice Mi-410

Well it was this early morning Prof Tj a.k.a Tj_style released the first working clockwork mod recovery for the Huawei X6 variants on an Indonesian forum.( Kaskus.us ) This is a first beta release as more or many of the functions are not implemented fully. This information was received from FreeRadical who earlier made a detailed workaround for rooting virtually any andorid phone.

I myself have tested the clockwork recovery and its working in a limited way.

Version is based on Clockwork mod recovery 4.0.0.9

What's Working:
  • Backup
  • Restore
  • Install From Zip

What's Not Working:
  • ADB
  • USB Mount

Installation:
  • Download, extract file recovery.img from cwm-recovery-fb0-v1.zip
  • Connect mi-410 to PC in Download Mode (keep pressing vol up and power on)
  • You will find a new USB-Storage drive possibly named FIH,
  • Replace file recovery.img in the folder named image
  • Disconnect USB From PC
  • Disconnect mi-410 USB cable and reboot to recovery ( VOL UP + VOL DOWN + POWER ON)

Download:
cwm-recovery-fb0-v1.zip
there is an updated v2 from Tj_style with cwm 4.0.1.9 it seems

Thanks to Tj_style and kaskus forum for the release.
Thanks to FR for sharing this great news on Erodov

Monday, 25 July 2011

Some Good Apps I always use with android phones

This time i wanted to intro to you some good really good apps that will always be worth to have in your android powered phone.

Titanium Backup Pro


This one needs ROOT access.But once your rooted and installed Titanium backup it saves a lot of your time and bandwidth. How ?? Titanium backup can back up all your Installed apps and their Data too.

which means when ever you format or reinstall or upgrade your phone ,you dont have to go to market and redownload all those apps. For example if your browser is restored you have the option to restore the DATA part too that means the settings , bookmark and preference  that you already saved when you backed up last time.saves a lot of time.The PRO version is a paid app but trust me its worth. It can does all these with super fast speed using HYPER SHELL .so go to market and try out the free version .

Pulse Reader



As you all know we guys have to read and keep updated to the new happenings in technology world and its a big task for me always to go type in all the web address and read all of them one by one. If i had to do this i might be reading 40 plus sites daily and that will be a big headache. There will be good news or articles that i wish to share with other friends having similar interest. So to do all these with ease and accuracy with a less data sacrificed and organised in a better or best way. Well thats the Pulse Reader does.                                         









Dolphin Browser HD


I was a great fan of Netfront when using nokia S60V3 phones then OPERA when using symbian s60v5 phones.Then eventually the chinese UC browsers took over symbians best browsing experience. The UC browser 7.8 for android is really fast and stable. But somehow i like the Dolphin Browser HD. Why ???. Dolphin browse has very optimised way of rendering pages even on EDGE/2G networks.It has speacial add on plugins available.(i use the translate plugin) Tab browsing and it feels like you are really using a Computer and not a phone. Dolphin browse has special gesture feature,which help you easily bookmark ,navigate while browsing.And above all the best feature is a good download manager. still UC is best at this.



Alternate browse recommendation. UC Web 7.8 , Opera Mobile.





SMS backup & Restore.


A really useful and ultra fast app that helps to back up all the message threads in your android device. The best part is when restoring it helps to add up to the existing thread. Another feature is its in built DUPLICATE CHECKING while restoring. This feature helps not to create duplicate sms entries.The back up format is in .xml and this can be found in the SDcard sms backup restore folder. The size of the .xml will be so small that you can manually attach and upload it to your mail or online. Another noticable feature of this app is with out restoring you can look into or read an existing baked up xml file and see the messages. :)




India Rail Info.


This perticular app was very helpful in many situations and gained me a lot of praise!!. This app helps to find out the status, time, number, arrival /departure of Trains running under Indian Railway. This has feature to find out the Fare also. This is really useful for anyone who has someone who atleast use Indian railway sometime in his life :) . Very light weight app (size in kb) 













Mobile Number Tracker.

This app helps to track /trace the network circle from which you are getting the phone call.So when your phone rings it will show from which circle the call is coming.I found it very useful.But with the recent Mobile Number Portability the accuracy on ported number is not good.still it helps to find out /surprise friends :)


                                               


Mobo Player.

This is one best app which is free and does its job wonderfully well.Yes its a video player with  a nice GUI and does play almost all the formats. Best idea of on screen controls. options to show hide Hidden files.and a lot more.



this list will continue.......

Sunday, 24 July 2011

My New Phone Spice MI 410

Hi Friends n Followers :)

I have sold out my Videocon Zeus and bought a new Spice MI 410


Here in this picture you get the specs :) 


This phone is a rebranded version of Foxconn product(Code name FB400)  like our old commtiva z71 .These are the names it is known in different parts of the world :)

CSL Blueberry Mi 410

Motorola TRIUMPH

Huawei U9000 IDEOS X6

Cherry Mobile Magnum HD A400

Viewsonic Viewpad 4

Olive Smart VS300

WellcoM A99

Spice CSL Mi 410 - Slim

Axioo Vigo 410 

So i will come with more news and reviews and updates soon .. rite now .. fighting hard against this monsoon fever :)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Foxconn Official Android Builds So Far For Videocon Zeus

The more recently released a 2.2 update is not included among the Issued by Foxconn. The clarity in order to look at the fact that official, shall we say "factory" expenditure.

The android OS 2.2 (Froyo) the same, the same kernel, builds a change in expenditure. The builds, which include some minor modifications.

android 2.2.1, kernel 2.6.32.9, 122-600MHz CPU set

Foxconn officially made so far by Google search are as follows:

build: 2_3_220:
F0X-3220-0-0001-A01
F0X-3220-0-0001-A02

build: 2_3_230:
F0X-3230-0-0002-A01
F0X-3230-0-0002-A02

build: 2_3_260:
F0X-3260-0-0002-A01
F0X-3260-0-0002-A02

build: 2_3_270:
F0X-3270-0-0001-A01
F0X-3270-0-0002-A01

Latest Release of Foxconn-developers site after registration, as well as the priority agreement with page Apanda collected.
Hungarian translation should include the ruins of these is sent several times, yet is not always included.

Courtesy : Google Translate
Source : Commtiva Smartphones 

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Tutorial For a beginner using Android phones

First of all congrats on getting your new android phone.If you are planning to get one then make it fast.

Many of my friends keep on asking the same questions again and again so i thought i should organize few links and walk through  to my best possible way so you all can get benefited.Let me start straight to the point..

How to manage your phone using a Windows PC.


Most of the android phones come with pre loaded software which help you to a good extend to manage your phone sync the contacts and calender. But for me it was not enough. Mainly because i just needed to get a better  access to all the filesystem other than just /sdcard. if you are one like me then just get these tools and work deep into your phone.

So few tools you should get before you start

First you need the Android SDK installed    or   Get these ADB tools (almost same like sdk but only with needed binaries )

Then you should Try this Android PC suite software  which makes your life so easy its QtAdb
Get the windows version here with QT library files  >>> HERE
Original web site >>> HERE

With this software installed you can

  1. install apps which are in your pc directly to your phone over WIFI or USB cable. 
  2. Sync your filese ,back them up, 
  3. Take screen shots of your phone display
  4. Use your phones shell (command line mode) efficiently
  5. and many more like message syncing etc 
On using the QtAdb you can read this topic and see some screen shots :) >> HERE

I now assume you have your stock firmware either 1.6 or 2.1 froyo running on your videocon device and you are going to try out new firmwares or ROMs available on internet. Before doing this i suggest you to make a proper back up of your phone and then proceed . so you wont have to ask around in the internet for those boot animation and other files like build.prop (which has the about phone specs) etc ...

For backing up your ROM or the whole of your phone you need to install a better more powerful recovery rom. Something like ClockworkMod Recovery  or ak0ng recovery.

Get the recovery files suitable and working ones for your phone (tested on my own videocon)
  1. a88 recovery 
  2. clockworkmod 
  3. another one 
To put the new flash img to your flash partition do the following procedure...

Go to FTM mode (by pressing RED/End Call  + Vol down key + Power )
Now open a command promt (window key + R   and type in CMD then Cntrl + Shift + ENTER ) so you are in admin mode

Now  navigate to the folder which has your ADB.EXE file ... its will be something like C:\android\
Type in Fastboot devices   and press enter . 
you should see            ?              devices 

now you are ready to flash.....
to be continued 



Here is the videocon splash file ( means the V logo shown when you press the power button or one shown during the fast boot mode)
here you will fine your Bootanimation.zip ( one which shows the twisting turning V during phones boot.) 
here it is  Videocon_bootanimation.zip (thanks to Jagadeesh K who sent me this file)

to be continued 

Monday, 21 February 2011

I Simply Cant Understand !! Why ??


All these days i never even bothered about getting or even checking an Iphone 4 even when
few (4) of my friends uses it and i had easy access to it. Cos i simply didnt get
fasinated abt it...recently arguements/debates was going in on deep n day by day i find
its a crApple Iphone !! there are far better phones on market !! its simply like bit*hes
going after the rich dumb dude in your locality !!! all money n style but no quality !!


Well that was on my mind and it was my FB status for a moment. It all started with immense
curiosity on why ppl boast on apple products without knowing or really respecting the
actual PRODUCT simply sees it as a matter of pride(Fools Gold ) ( suddenly diamonds came
to my mind..it says they burn those in the mines just to keep the demand high in the
markets !!!)

Well its not a usuall i-hate speech again its just some info sharing to those few i-
Friends-of mine who uses Iphone :P
well its a great INNOVATION (once !! but now with so many better products available its
just a Great marketed product alone) but sure a trend setter
the main area ppl boast off is RETINA DISPLAY !! whts it ? anyone ? simply a qHD LCD
screen !! (960x540) quarter of a HD !! since size (area is small 3.6" diagonal it has 330
pixel density ?? what ?? that simply means if ever crAPPLE try to make a screen like
Galaxy S 2 4.3" the pixel density will come down to 270 !! to be honest you would never
even understand the difference with normal eyes !! but its all psychological !! Get well
soon bros n iLadies :P

About the processor and ram ?? A4 chip ?? what ?? its simply "1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8
processor, PowerVR SGX535GPU" lots of phones has it which is much better ... my spice MI
410 (motorola triumph) has better one "1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm
MSM8255 Snapdragon" ..last night i Over clocked it to 2Ghz and still worked like a charm
!! btw both crAPPLE n mine has only 512 MB RAM !!! so next time you put ur 35k on a phone
think again ?? you could actually buy two or three phones of same or even better specs !!
and after all these looting your company gives you only this much ?? shame !! imagine
spice taking 20k more for my same product what kind of TREATMENT they would have given to
its customer ? and Funny thing is like many my friend are not using a genuine apple phone
bought from iStore its JAIL BREAKED !! its like stolen good for APPLE ..so dont talk to me
about crAPPLE !!!

 But sure the man behind these and the marketter!! behind this simply proved its so easy
to move products to the masses simply by BOASTING of and PUTTING a striking NAME ( retina
display , A4 chip, Iphone ) ...now Icloud ?lol who actually know whats cloud computing ?
do you know Chrome OS ? how it works ? ok leave it.. For those INDIANS who boast about
APPLE understand for anything in Cloud to work you need a FASTER DATA CONNECTION ? what ?
( your GPRS /3G /WIFI ) :P these has different speed though !! you need the max to get the
MAX out of it .. in INDIA 3G came last quarter n still its expensive ... IPHONE ?? hehe

!!! will talk about BLACK BERRY later lol

One of my friend asked will you get updates for older ANDROID phones as new OS Versions
comes out !!! Yes MOST OF THE PHONES .. it depends on two things DEVOLOPERS working on it
AND how many ppl are in NEED OF A PORT (DEMAND) ... MIND IT and its done for free !!!
which means EVEN G1 the first google android phone has a Gingerbread 2.3 running on it
still !!! what else you need ?? Just keep in mind that DEMAND is important for any one who
working on FREE basis out of INTEREST he wants MOST of the PPL to have the benefit.now my
turn CAN APPLE IPHONE 2G run IOS 5 ? or IOS 4 ? the company taken so much from you and
dont release SOURCE or SUPPORT !! so buying a MARUTI ALTO Legally and driving it on indian
roads...with pleasure is way better than Sitting IN A STOLEN Merc n teasing him !! lol :P
:P


I had to say this ... its not a usual I-Hate-speech just sharing some info thats all....

well if it was not the IPHONE then there wont be any interest shown by google on android
and cell phone section wouldnt have gone this far today :)
so just a TREND setter only !! simply like MOTOROLA made the first phone Ford created the
FIRST CAR !!! Toshiba made the first LAPTOP ...like that .... and if there were no IPHONE
then the companies like HTC/Samsung/Motorola/LG/Sony would never have become so FAMOUS
among ppl who uses SMARTPHONEs those days only NOKIAs SYMBIAN n Microsofts Windows Phone
were called as a SMARTPHONE and HTC had WINDOWS PHONES no one bothered !! Samsung/Sony had SYMBIAN no one bothered !! now i guess I KNOW WHY NOKIA wanted to STAY OUT !! but i really believe the ONE NOKIA N9 PHONE IS ENOUGH TO SHOW THE WORLD HOW MEEGO would have GROWN

!!... ok fine lets see how mANY gets ANY info from this !!!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

A great tutorial from a Thai forum


The whole of this tutorial is a with the help of google translate. Much editing correcting is required. First of all thanks to the original post and all the guys behind the original forum. do check them at here. 
A big thanks to k0ng :)


** I took out link offline I see that someone has started a 2.1, this file is not available for offline ** 2.1.
custom recovery rom A88 can do for people without flash App2SD boot partition in the partition can be divided into steps I detailed a bit offline. To understand the process.
Files and the next step for this particular Wellcom A88 1.6 can not be used with other versions.
**** A88DS-recovery change log ****.
1.6.0.2 [5/5/2010].
--- Add the menu to the right off the root of the machine.
Properties A88DS-recovery rom.
1. Toggle USB SD card via the SD Card off usb without having to OS.
2. Backup / Restore for backup partiton boot, data, system and app2sd ext.
3. Flash zip update.zip Flash files or other files with the extension. Zip.
4. Wipe clear machine factory reset.
5. Partition SD card in the sd card partition divided for making App2SD.
6. App2SD enable App2SD.
7. Enable / Disable Root was right off the root.

What needs to be.
1. Cable to usb, fastboot and driver for the ADB interface ->. A88 Tools.
2. A88DS-recovery rom downloaded from -> recovery-a88ds-v1.6.0.2.img.zip.
Installation A88DS-Recovery. (for that never made app2sd from other methods.)
There was major.
0. Wipe (Factory Reset).
1. Install driver, fastboot and test Rom.
2. flash Recovery rom.
3. Do Backup.
4. Do App2SD.
0. We add additional steps to prevent use Wifi I do not have offline.
0.1 go to Setting> Privacy Select Factory Data Reset.
Doing a factory reset to clear out all data in the machine.
1. Install driver, fastboot and test Rom.
1.1 unzip A88_Tools and the file recovery-a88ds-v1.6.0.2.img to stay in the same folder as fastboot.exe crack zip to the C: \ a88_tools.
1.2 Close the connection.
1.3 Connect the usb.
1.4 to fastboot mode by pressing the button End call button [DROP] + [Volumn Down] + [Power] to power.
1.5 equipment will remain on the screen Welcome (waiting to make sure that the machine is not accessible in normal mode) If windows ask to install drivers from the driver to select A88 Tools.
1.6 If the driver installed successfully in Device Manager of windows will have a device that ADB Interface.
1.7 Go to menu Start -> Run .., type cmd, and then ok.
1.8 In the window that opens. Change the folder to unzip to come out like
cd c: \ a88_tools.
1.9 Testing and fastboot a88ds-recovery. To ensure that the work with commands.
fastboot boot recovery-a88ds-v1.6.0.2.img.
Then press Enter.
1.10 If everything is correct, see below.
downloading 'boot.img' ... OKAY.
booting ... OKAY.
Screen and the connection mode to recovery.
** If you are not forbidden to continue. Turn off the machine, disconnect and remove the battery and try again **.
1.11 Power off choosing the menu and press the track ball 1 time machine is turned off.
2. flash Recovery rom.
2.1 Press the call button [DROP] + [Volumn Down] + [Power] to power once again.
2.2 Connect the usb.
2.3 Go to menu Start -> Run .., type cmd, and then Ok.
cd c: \ a88_tools.
Flash 2.4 recovery image with the command.
fastboot flash recovery recovery-a88ds-v1.6.0.2.img.
Then press enter.
Wait for the 2.5 that
sending 'recovery' (3632 KB) ... OKAY.
writing 'recovery' ... OKAY.
2.6 When done, add to reboot.
fastboot reboot.
3. Backup.
The sd card should have a space of not less than 200 MB.
3.1 off.
3.2 into recovery mode by pressing Camera [Camera] + [Volumn Up] + [Power].
3.3 Scroll to the menu Backup / Restore press track ball to select it.
3.4 Nand backup selection, press track ball and press the Home button to confirm.
3.5 Wait until the backup is complete, press Back to return home.
3.6 Select Reboot system.
OS 3.7 to normally mount sd card.
3.8 on a PC open to Removeable drive sd card and copy all data stored in the computer (check that the Folder nandroid should have a file system.img, data.img, boot.img).
3.9 Once all the data copy. Off, then press into recovery mode again.
4. App2SD.
* Split partition sd card sd card to make the information on all missing
4.1 break new partition by selecting the menu Partition sdcard.
4.2 Select Partition SD.
4.3 Press Home to confirm.
4.4 Swap-size set to zero by using a track ball spin up - down to adjust.
4.5 on Swap-size = 0 MB, then press Home.
4.6 Set Ext2-size = 512 MB, then press Home.
4.7 Press the Home button again to confirm. Program will split the partition.
4.8 When done, press the Back button to return home.
4.9 Choose to Enable App2SD.
4.10 Press Home to confirm.
4.11 When finished, select the menu Reboot system now.
I finished up doing app2sd on to OS and then copy the data to sd card to put back the original.
A88DS-recovery menu.
1. Reboot system now - reboot your machine.
2. Enable / Disable SD Card - SD Card off via usb.
3. Backup / Restore.
--- 3.1 Nand backup backups boot, data, system.
--- 3.2 Nand + SD ext backup boot, data, system, sd ext (app2sd to do it).
--- 3.3 Nand restore the backed up data back.
4. Flash zip from sdcard Flash update.zip zip files or other
5. Wipe.
--- 5.1 Wipe data / factory reset to clear the machine to restart.
--- 5.2 Wipe Dalvik-cache data in clear only dalvik-cache.
--- 5.3 Wipe SD: ext empty sd ext (app2sd to do it).
--- 5.4 Wipe battery status battery status clear.
--- 5.5 Wipe rotate setting clear set rotate.
6. Partition SD Card.
--- 6.1 Partition SD divided partition on the sd card.
--- 6.2 Repair SD: ext check the data in sd ext.
--- 6.3 SD: ext2 to ext3 conversion of the format as ext2 ext3 (not available).
--- 6.4 SD: ext3 to ext4 format to convert the ext3 to ext4 (not available).
7. Enable App2SD enabled app2sd.
8. Enable / Disable Root was right off the root.
9. Power off shut down.
** For those who follow the way of snowwolf725 already have flash boot partition back to the old before I can use offline to app2sd with this method.

How to look up the partition structure of your android phone


This tutorial is for 1.6 only (FTM mode is not available on 2.1)

Setup

1. Download A688 Tools from
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IFO209MS
The latest version of A688 Tools can be downloaded from
http://snowwolf725.blogspot.com/2010/04/a688a60a88.html
2. Unpack A688 Tools into C:\A688_Tools
3. Reboot your mobile to FTM mode.
4. Execute "Dos_Console.bat" in A688_Tools folder.
5. Use "mkdir sdcard" command to make sdcard folder.
6. Use "mount -t vfat /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 /sdcard" command to mount SD card to sdcard folder.


How to look up partition table of your android phone.
Use "cat /proc/mtd" command to look up partition table of mobile.
$ cat /proc/mtd
The partition table of A688 with 1.6 rom:
dev:    size   erasesize  name
 mtd0: 00500000 00020000 "boot"
 mtd1: 00200000 00020000 "misc"
 mtd2: 00080000 00020000 "splash"
 mtd3: 00500000 00020000 "recovery"
 mtd4: 00500000 00020000 "ftm"
 mtd5: 01000000 00020000 "hidden"
 mtd6: 00060000 00020000 "dbgmsk"
 mtd7: 0a000000 00020000 "system"
 mtd8: 06400000 00020000 "cache"
 mtd9: 0ac80000 00020000 "userdata"
The partition table of A688 with 2.1 rom:
dev:    size   erasesize  name
 mtd0: 00500000 00020000 "boot"
 mtd1: 00200000 00020000 "misc"
 mtd2: 00080000 00020000 "splash"
 mtd3: 00500000 00020000 "recovery"
 mtd4: 00500000 00020000 "ftm"
 mtd5: 01a00000 00020000 "hidden"
 mtd6: 00060000 00020000 "dbgmsk"
 mtd7: 0a000000 00020000 "system"
 mtd8: 00200000 00020000 "misc2"
 mtd9: 05800000 00020000 "cache"
 mtd10: 0ab80000 00020000 "userdata"



Backup Splash,Boot,Recovery,FTM partitions

It is very easy to backup these partitions into image files.
Execute "Dos_Console.bat" in A688_Tools folder, and use "cat /dev/mtd/mtd0 > /sdcard/boot.img" command to backup mtd1 partition to /sdcard/boot.img
In 1.6 mobile, the mtd0 partiton is mapping to the boot partition



Backup Userdata, System, Hidden partitions

1. Execute "Dos_Console.bat" in A688_Tools folder.
2. Using the following commands to backup these partitions into image files:
C:\A688_Tools>adb push RomRepackTools_Linux\mkyaffs2image /sbin
 C:\A688_Tools>adb shell chmod 4777 /sbin/mkyaffs2image
 C:\A688_Tools>adb shell
 # mkdir /sdcard
 # mount -t vfat /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 /sdcard
 # mount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock7 /system
 # mkyaffs2image /system /sdcard/system.img
 
 #mkdir /data
 # mount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock9 /data
 # mkyaffs2image /data /sdcard/data.img
 
 #mkdir /hidden
 # mount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock5 /hidden
 # mkyaffs2image /data /sdcard/hidden.img



Restore roms by using fastboot

Important: Don't flash hidden partition by using fastboot.If you flash hidden partition by using fastboot, you will get a empty hidden partion.
1. Reboot your mobile into fastboot mode
2. Execute "Dos_Console.bat" in A688_Tools folder.
3. Use "fastboot flash [partition name] [image file name]" to flash the partition in the mobile.
For example:
"fastboot flash boot boot.img" will flash the boot partition in mobile with boot.img.
fastboot flash boot boot.img
4. Use "fastboot reboot" to reboot your mobile
Other useful commands:
Earse the specified partition
fastboot erase [partition name]
Boot with specify boot image(This command is no effect in 2.1 mobile)
fastboot boot [image name]

How to update your videocon zeus from 1.6 stock to 2.1 Eclair



Warning This will void your warranty !!! And i am not responsible if you brick your phone !!! :)

But i think you cant brick it .. there will be some hope finally at the service center though !!
This procedure is very simple and tension free :)

Preparation:
you should have these two files ready.

1. spice 2.1 update file F0X-219M-0-5015-A01.nb0  >>or  Read Here
2.SUT-LR update Tool Get it >> HERE


INSTALLING SUT-LR UTILITY:

I hope you already downloaded the Software Update Tool from here SUTLR.ZIP else download it

Extract it to some folder in your pc

Then install it by running the Setup.exe inside

Then start SUT-LR program



it will open to show a screen like this



Connect your phone to the pc using USB cable


Click NEXT




Browse to the folder where you copied the F0X-219M-0-5015-A01.nb0
The screen should show phone is connected.(just making sure drivers are installed :)






Optionally ( I think its better to ) select ERASE DATA




PUTTING THE PHONE IN DOWNLOAD MODE


TURN OFF your phone

Start to Download Mode ( Press Red + Vol Up + Power Key )

It should show
 Flash item : SAMSUNG KG45******
Modem REV  FXX-2-19M-00
incomming download mod
 blah blah blah ….
Don’t have to rush let it go…printing….

Phone should be connected with the USB to the PC else connect it

Now click NEXT on the SUT-LR utility



Then

then

Finally it should give you a screen saying






 update successfull !!!


press FINISH or CONTINUE if you want to update to another ROM any thing as you like :) immediately :)



Either UPDATE Success or with an error code 0x4000 something don’t worry just try to manually switch on your phone it should work fine.




This is just because the reboot failed.. just power on manually and it should all work well.




This method can be used even on a bricked phone which is not booting.So this should work fine or else try again don’t panic J you can always go to Videocon service center and fix it if something terrible happens. I have tried it again and again it worked fine. I even came back to 2.1 and then went up  to 2.2.1 .. now I am looking for a 1.6 stock rom so I can try to come back to 1.6 stock. I will update this post as and when required.

Please share it if you find it useful…… J

Those who successfully done the update please post a comment/feedback. I might be integrating the VIDEOCON Startup and Boot Animation soon … so it will look like a stock version J




How to Back up Spice 2.1 Eclair stock update file


Warning Do not connect your phone to the pc during this procedure !!!
I am not responsible if anything happens to your pc or phone. :)



UPDATE: For your convenience i have uploaded it to mediafire.you can now skip this tutorial (unless you want to try it) and download the F0X-219M-0-5015-A01 directly

Extract it to a folder on your pc
Open the folder and Install it by running Setup.exe
 you will see



Click NEXT

Click NEXT

Click NEXT

Wait Till it finishes



It will close automatically and opens up a new window 



DO NOT PRESS NEXT BUTTON or DO NOT CLOSE IT 

COPYING THE 2.1 FLASH FILE:

Go to your installation folder .. normally …. 
C:\Program Files\Software Update Tool Setup\



Copy file named F0X-219M-0-5015-A01.nb0
Paste it somewhere safe.

Once you are sure that the file is copied out of that folder to some other place.Then only close the window.If you accidently press next and the phone is connected It will try to update the phone software ..so beware of this .. Do not close this window until you make sure you have copied the File F0X-219M-0-5015-A01. Closing the window will run some script which will delete all the files inside the installation folder. so u go there and see nothing.

i will try to upload this file to some place so you can direct download it from internet in future.

Please do share if you find it useful........ post some feedback in the comment section :)