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How-To #8: How to Update Your Radio and SPL

Learning how to update(aka. flash) the radio and spl is very essential to any Android users who wishes to use ROMs - different builds for the Android system that improves functionality and UI. Although most Android devices don't need a radio update, there are some that still require this process. Flashing the radio is the same process as flashing a rom. Download your radio file in this directory and make sure you know the risks for your individual phone when doing this task, as it could brick the phone.

This How-To is for the g1 and myTouch 3g.

Known ways to brick your device
- Check to make sure you have a PVT board(press camera+power key). It should say PVT at the top or DVT. IF YOU HAVE DVT THEN STOP HERE NOW. DO NOT UPGRADE YOUR SPL.
- Do not try to flash the older radio back after you flash the SPL or you WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE

- Incorrectly flashing Radio and SPL are the primary ways of bricking your devices. Do it at your own risk. Make sure you follow step by step.


1. Determine if your board is PVT -> press camera + power key(bootloader mode). If it is not - STOP NOW DO NOT CONTINUE.
2. Download the new radio and SPL. Place these files directly on the SDcard by using an SDcard reader or USB connection.
3. Boot into cm-recovery-mod(home+power key) on your device.
4. Press Alt + A
**Important** Flash/Upgrade RADIO before SPL
5. Select the radio file from your SDcard(triple check that you have it selected before you continue)
6. Reboot and renter into recovery(home+power key) when the process is completely finish.
7. Press Alt + A
8. Select the SPL file and update accordingly.
9. Reboot and Finish.
* Optional 10. It is recommend that you upgrade your ROM at this point(Soon to come: How-To #9 - Upgrading the Rom)

Now your Android have an updated Radio and SPL. Keeping these updated will allow you install newer versions of ROMs and reduce a lot of potential problems.


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I have the HTC MyTouch 3G 1.2 32A phone. I don't have a camera + power key. Just the power key. How do I do that key combination?

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Etwizzy said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I have a samsung galaxy prevail from boost mobile I have my phone rooted yet I still have trouble flashing or installing a different rom. Please Help!!!!!!!

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Great! thank you very much for sharing!

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