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    Upgrading to Rom 2.04 WWE for dummie

    I finally did the Rom upgrade following Ehud's instructions. Much props to Ehud but I feel that the instructions are meant to be for someone that have a slight advance computer skill. I'm a certified computer tech, and a network engineer and I still had a few hiccups following his instructions. (I guess all those years in school did help) lolz.. Anyways I decided to point out a few spots that I had confusions with during this installation process. It was mostly nervous and cautiousness that made the steps longer. Please follow Ehud's instruction but use the following info to help you out. I'm not trying to take credit from him. Just wanna give some back to the community.
    EHud's instruction located here.
    http://www.myehud.com/xv6600/upgrade...ructions_2.txt

    download files from here
    http://www.myehud.com/xv6600/upgrade/

    Here we go.

    Create a folder and put ALL of the downloaded files instructed by Ehud in there. I find it easiest to create it on my desktop. (From the desktop right click „-> new „-> folder) I name mine Phone Upgrade

    Follow step 1-3 as instructed,

    Step 4. You¡¦d run rom Updated as instructed and select port \\WCEUSBSH.... Click ok

    (this stepped got me confused for a second so I thought it may be confusing for u too)

    Step 5. When you type D2S w/o the card in your PPC it should say card not detected and it¡¦ll take you back to the USB> prompt


    Step 11. In order to run NTRW, you must change your directory to the folder location that ¡§ntrw.exe¡¨ is in from DOS as instructed by Ehud¡¦s.

    To change to the correct directory verify the folder path by opening the folder and look at the address bar. Mine is located at the Desktop so this is how it looks like

    C:\Documents and Settings\End-user\Desktop\Phone Upgrade

    You¡¦ll see there¡¦s very similar line when you¡¦re in Dos. But usually when you start dos for the first time it¡¦s at

    C:\Documents and Settings\End-User>

    To change to "Desktop\Phone Upgrade" you must change one directory at a time by typing
    "cd desktop" enter

    Now you¡¦ll see your directory change to
    C:\Documents and Settings\End-user\Desktop>

    Do it again replacing desktop with ¡§the name of your folder¡¨ until you get there¡K if you¡¦re in a folder that¡¦s not under the same tree as your source folder just type "cd.." (there are 2 dots after cd) to go back a folder.

    You will not stay in this folder and work through the rest of the process.


    Step 12. Bytecopy.exe is to be ran from Windows, and your oldprom.bin is located in the same solder as NTRW or the Phone Upgrade folder if you did it like I did.
    (I was trying to run this program from Dos and wasted 10 minutes doing so)

    REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE BYTE SIZE TO 416, DEFAULT IT¡¦S AT 400. This step is extremely fast. Just a blink of an eye and it¡¦s done. But don¡¦t worry if it said it¡¦s done then it¡¦s done.

    Step. 13. Physdiskwrite is to be ran from DOS. When you type
    "physdiskwrite telusd2a.nb1"

    You¡¦ll see something like this.

    physdiskwrite v0.5 by Manuel Kasper

    Searching for physical drives...

    Information for \\.\PhysicalDrive0:
    Windows: cyl: 3648
    tpc: 255
    spt: 63
    C/H/S: 16383/16/63
    Model: QUANTUM FIREBALLlct20 40
    Serial number: 054114265607
    Firmware rev.: APL.0900


    Information for \\.\PhysicalDrive1:
    Windows: cyl: 15
    tpc: 255
    spt: 63


    Which disk do you want to write? (0..1)


    To figure out which drive number is your SD Card use the following formula

    Cyl * TPC * SPT/2000

    So for drive "0"¨ I have the following
    3648*255*63/2000= 29,302.56
    (in my case I have a 30gb HDD) that¡¦s showing 29,302.56 bytes

    Drive "1"¨
    15*255*63/2000 = 120.4875
    This would be my SD Card since I¡¦m using only a 128mb this is reading 120.4875 bytes.

    Pick one as close to your card as possible by entering the number corresponding to the drive of your SD Card.

    Give it a few minute to write to your card.

    You¡¦ll receive an error message about writing to the card. Ignore that, remove the card from your card reader then pop it into your PPC and follow the rest of the instruction from Ehud.
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    Good write up, yeah this will clear up alot for some people that might not be too savy. But then again if they dont know how to do the ROM why give them baby step to something that they dont even know what it does? Eh either way good write up on something that was already writen up.

    Im not trying to bash you but why make somehting idiot proof that idiots shouldnt be doing i the first place?
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    Im not trying to bash you but why make somehting idiot proof that idiots shouldnt be doing i the first place?
    IMHO there's nothing that shouldn't be made idiot proof. If everything is writen in advance text, it'll only make the advantaged folks more advance and the entry level people will never get a chance to climb the ladder. That's why there's a published book "For Dummies" for almost everything now a days. Especially in the tech world. Thanks to all these books for Dummies (I'm one of them) I was ablel to know what I know and help me with what I do. Although computer/networking isn't what I do for a living anymore, it still got me through all those years, and had actually help me with my current position. So I think it's only fair to give everyone a chance.
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    In a since yes I agree, but some of the things on this forum could be un-healthy to most "run of the mill" users. To be on the bleeding edge and not know what’s going on there your going to be cut. But for sure I think that established technology and information that everyone should benefit from should have a way to be presented that will give a equal advantage to all.

    Now that I read this I kind of laugh cause I sound if the newest of the new technology or experimental and or jury-rigged tech, which most of this is, should only be accessible for the "smart" users

    I guess if somebody is so determined to brick their phone they are going to do it one way or another, you've just made it that much simpler.

    I respect that. Like I said before good write up.
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    Thanks for the compliments, no feelings hurt here. "Cheers"
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    I have been around these devices for since Palm-sized PC 2.0 and anything that can make them easier to use or upgrade help to facilitate growth and user acceptability.

    Forget the these guys that want to keep control of there little empires(sounds a little M$ish doesn't it). Anything that can be done to spead the succes of this this platform the better.

    Job Well done

    Your next one is on me. I had some issues with my initial try and have shyed away from it. I just might have to give it a try again and this upgrade is really the only fix that I am aware for the blue tooth issue.

    I say it again thanks!
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    I don't want to sound like a bastard, but I will anyway: if you couldn't understand the "advanced" instructions that Ehud has on his site, then you should not be messing with your phone. Your argument that things need to be made more accessible to everyone makes little sense in this situation. There are plenty of FAQs out there on how to convert your diesel-powered car to a used-cooking-grease-powered car , but I don't think you'd take apart your car without knowing anything about the inner workings. Yes, that's a horrible analogy, and I apologize for it

    As for being able to learn new skills (like mechanical engineering) I'm a firm believer in "practice makes perfect", but there are some skills that practice just doesn't help with. My background is in PC support, and I pride myself on my troubleshooting skills. I've worked with people who couldn't troubleshoot themselves out of a wet paper bag (even after a decade of working in the industry). Following step-by-step instructions will not help you troubleshoot a problem that you might have down the road. Now you're stuck with a new ROM and no way to fix it. Or worse, a car that won't run.
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    Well each have their own opinion. I first encounter with a PPC when the Ipaq 3800's came to market. At that time I was in the tech world and had to get my dirty little hands on every new gadget on Tech TV. This was one of them. I found it to be extremely useful among other things beside work. Not knowing anything about this device I read and read and read then started to play with the rom updates et... Because it was new technology everyone was extremely helpful in walking each other through and teaching one another what they've learn.

    Now just because PPC has been around for a few years, doesn't mean that everyone knows exactly what they are. I'd bet a million bucks that some of us had just be made aware of a PPC recently with the new phone integration. So with that, just trying to keep the spirits alive by helping each other out as much as possible. I rely solely on forums and chat rooms for technical issues. The reason why I'm still doing so is because I know there's valuable resources there. I know it's fustrating to be new at something, especiallly when you have a problem and you know there's only one way to solve it but u don't know how. In my case bluetooth was screwing up hard and I couldn't make a call. I spent at least 5 hours each day for 8 straight days reading up on this device before I finally found my problem. I was fortunate enough to have a troubleshooting background but still took me that long. So I put myself in a not technical person's shoes, they'd probably be discourae and toss the phone.
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    i found echuds instructions quite clear

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    I Finally got it to work... ONE little difference in the instructions was holding me back.

    I tried this on 2 machines w/built in card readers & it wouldn't work. I went out & bought an external reader & it still wouldn't work...

    I was plugging in the reader, then the card & it wouldn't pick it up. I finally put the card in the reader, THEN plugged in the reader & VIOLA... it picked up the card.

    Also, those who have 1GB cards HAVE to use the -u option when running physdiskwrite.

    It's the little things that can make ya NUTS!

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    Originally posted by diveriter
    I Finally got it to work... ONE little difference in the instructions was holding me back.

    I tried this on 2 machines w/built in card readers & it wouldn't work. I went out & bought an external reader & it still wouldn't work...

    I was plugging in the reader, then the card & it wouldn't pick it up. I finally put the card in the reader, THEN plugged in the reader & VIOLA... it picked up the card.

    Also, those who have 1GB cards HAVE to use the -u option when running physdiskwrite.

    It's the little things that can make ya NUTS!

    David
    This is exactly what I mean, everyone will run into different problems. If everyone would just speak up and show everyone else how they solved it. It'll make everyone else's lives easier.
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    Dannieboiz....you sir are a true gentleman!

    I appreciate everyones input here and I definatley appreciate Ehud and everyones VERY HARD work at improving our 6600's thru ROM upgrades and tweaks.

    But I'm a novice and I want to learn! How is that going to happen without help from a site like this and with KIND people such as yourselves that are willing to work with a guy like me?

    I totally understand how frustrating it is for tech savy individuals to deal with newbies that seemly want to drain the life out of you with incessant "seemingly" stupid questions. And there are those newbies that will never get it.

    But please don't lock out the "willing to learn" individuals with a type of techno elitism!?!?!?!?!

    Some of you have been great at working with me and I want to say THANK YOU in a big way!!!!!! I don't want to be "givin" a fish, just taught how to get the fish......as a esteemed member of this forum and I have discussed.

    And Dannie .....thanks again for your input at the beginning of this thread and your great attitude towards guys like me!!
    I'm going to attempt the 2.04 upgrade and I am a very perfectionist and cautious individual! But I do pride myself on being semi-intellegent. And a though walk thru on this helps give me the confidence to do what other more tech savy peeps take forgranted. Oh yeah, and I don't want a brick!!!!!!

    Thanks for the rant... all! Expressed with complete respect!!!

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    By no means am I at the bottom of the totom pole in the tech understanding, but at the same time, I'm always trying to find out more. I would love to here stereo through my music through my headsets, as well ass all the perks that come with my new i tech clip. Sure it's great to be able to use my own earpieces, but I would like to maximize my purchase. Does that mean that someone shouldn't explain upgrades to me, to help me maximize it? I would have to say no. I mean as long as people know the risks, and there's someone out there to offer the info, I don't understand why would anyone esle be concerned. Hey you have to get of the training whells and fall off off the bike sooner or later. LOL!!! My attempt of a horrible anology.

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    Thanks, and it's good to see some are finding the instructions usefull.
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    Also for those new guys doing the upgrade, sometimes you get a check sum error at the end of the ROM Flash. I freaked when this happened, but the machine loaded with the new rom and WMP 10. There might be nothing wrong with your dump, turns out it's happened to several people. I saw that Helix had the same issue arise in the earlier 2.04 upgrade thread. Everything is working fine with mine and the BT is much better.

    Good luck to all who try this.

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    Originally posted by wififreq
    Good write up, yeah this will clear up alot for some people that might not be too savy. But then again if they dont know how to do the ROM why give them baby step to something that they dont even know what it does? Eh either way good write up on something that was already writen up.

    Im not trying to bash you but why make somehting idiot proof that idiots shouldnt be doing i the first place?
    How do people learn? By trying things themselves...so what if they fry it, it's "THEIR" choice--right?
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    Hey guys just wanted to say thanks, I finially upgraded from 2.03 to 2.04.

    I finially run out of reasons why not to upgrade when my phone hit the floor, battery went flying and a hard reset to bute. So I gave it another shot. Just wanted to thanks to all on the good instructions.

    That includes you EHUD as you were the original person to post complete instructions to make this possible. So thanks all.

    One thing to watch out for if you already have an old exported rom in the same folder as the dir you are exporting to, it will error out and not over write the existing exported rom. I went around in circles on that till I moved the previouse exported rom. just a heads for the next guy.

    Thanks to all it went as per your instructions.
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