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    Default Did I miss the big gsm update?

    I thought we were getting an update to make the Rezound a world phone by the end of summer... Did I miss the official Verizon update or is big red dragging their feet as usual?

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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    You did not miss anything official but it is out there if you are into rooting and flashing.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    The update doesn't require rooting, but it does require a factory wipe of the phone. If you're interested you can read up on it
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    On a similar note, if you are rooted, there's a version of the Global RUU with everything but the updated firmware stripped out so no full wipe is necessary.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith317 View Post
    The update doesn't require rooting, but it does require a factory wipe of the phone. If you're interested you can read up on it
    For some of us we have tried this several times and have not been successful. I have downloaded the file from several different sites and can get into boot, but no matter what file I try to load, it starts to load then says PH98IMG, no image, no Image, etc. Yes, I've tried several times to factory wipe, but still no success.
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    The file must be named exactly PH98IMG.zip on the microSD card, /sdcard/ext_sd in the device itself or the unnamed volume on the PC, be aware that Windows will often hide the extension of known file types, so it is easy to accidentally have the file named PM98IMG.zip.zip.

    Use some thing like ES File Manager to navigate to /sdcard/ext_sd and make sure the file is there and the name is correct in the phone to verify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanda View Post
    On a similar note, if you are rooted, there's a version of the Global RUU with everything but the updated firmware stripped out so no full wipe is necessary.
    I think you are referring to the .1 OTA update, avoid this if at all possible, it is very buggy and many users have reported significant battery drain issues.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Steps I tried:
    •Renamed to PH98IMG.zip
    •Placed on ext_sd
    •Powered down device
    •Rebooted into the bootloader by holding VOL DOWN + Power
    Screen:
    HBOOT
    FASTBOOT
    trys to load, but as I said says checking, then No image several times.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Thanks acejavelin, I used Astro file manager and it looks like the file was in the wrong location. I moved it and it seems to be working now, so I'll post later once it updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    I think you are referring to the .1 OTA update, avoid this if at all possible, it is very buggy and many users have reported significant battery drain issues.
    I was referring to this one:



    The firmware only is labeled "Firmware" underneath the kernel in the first post. This is the method I used. I've had no problems with it and battery life has not been affected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkuypers View Post
    Steps I tried:
    •Renamed to PH98IMG.zip
    •Placed on ext_sd
    •Powered down device
    •Rebooted into the bootloader by holding VOL DOWN + Power
    Screen:
    HBOOT
    FASTBOOT
    trys to load, but as I said says checking, then No image several times.
    Possible bad download? Had that problem when flashing an RUU several months ago...it just wouldn't progress just like yours...redownloaded and tried again and it went through.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Success! It works much better when the phone can find the file. Thanks again for the tip acejavelin.
    Last edited by gkuypers; 10-25-2012 at 12:43 PM.
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    Awesome! Glad to be of service...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanda View Post
    I was referring to this one:



    The firmware only is labeled "Firmware" underneath the kernel in the first post. This is the method I used. I've had no problems with it and battery life has not been affected.
    Ahhh... OK, I see what you mean now. I shy away from recommending anything non-stock or at least non-official except basic rooting in most of the forums, for the average user it is not usually an option they are willing to go with.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    I am considering flashing the stock RUU. Aside or wiping my phone, what other risks exist by doing this? Will I be off the OTA track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocaldawg View Post
    I am considering flashing the stock RUU. Aside or wiping my phone, what other risks exist by doing this? Will I be off the OTA track?

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    By "stock" RUU, are you referring to the 3.14.605.12 version that was pushed OTA? My question would be if this is what you have now, what are you hoping to accomplish, or are on a custom or other "non-stock" ROM currently?

    To answer your questions... Assuming you are bone stock, there is little risk of any issues other than a wipe of data (which WILL happen), but there is always a chance when you are erasing/writing to non-volatile memory of a problem. The OTA track question would depend on which version you installed, if you installed the exact same version as the OTA you would be good to go for future updates, if you installed a semi-official leak , then all bets are off.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    I am on 3.14.605.12 right now. No root or mod of any kind. Thinking about going to 4.03.605.2

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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Well, since I am not going to give into the DNA for now, I think I am going to attempt to flash the global RUU this Thanksgiving weekend. I already have the file on my SD card (happily I still have a phone WITH an SD card) and I should be ready to go. I have bookmarked Mr. Smith's instructions. I had all those failed attempts with ICS, but I am thinking the file was not in the right place. I believe I currently have it named and in the correct spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skatergirl View Post
    Well, since I am not going to give into the DNA for now, I think I am going to attempt to flash the global RUU this Thanksgiving weekend. I already have the file on my SD card (happily I still have a phone WITH an SD card) and I should be ready to go. I have bookmarked Mr. Smith's instructions. I had all those failed attempts with ICS, but I am thinking the file was not in the right place. I believe I currently have it named and in the correct spot.
    Good luck SkaterGirl - let us know how it goes and whar noticeable improvements/detractors there are.
    I followed your attempts at ICS, and decided to flash shortly after - just days before the ota; just my luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by danhartman26 View Post
    Good luck SkaterGirl - let us know how it goes and whar noticeable improvements/detractors there are.
    I followed your attempts at ICS, and decided to flash shortly after - just days before the ota; just my luck

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    Just make sure that the file is in the Root directory of ext_sd and that it is named ph98img.zip (member to check for .zip.zip)

    I'll be most likly at the casino that day but i'll have my phone on me if you need an assist.. wouldn't be the first time i have help flash over the phone most likly wont be the last lol
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    What are the benefits of 4.03.605.2 beyond global. Really appreciate all the input from everyone here!

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    I have been running it since about a week after release... there are several fixes:

    In reality though, there are very few things I have noticed, here are a few... slightly improved battery life when in an area of excellent signal, with worse battery life when in rural areas with poor signal, Manually toggling WiFi or Mobile Data on/off causes occasional reboots or lockups, I have had one issue of the network "bootloop" where I had to pull the SIM to boot and manually toggle the Mobile Data mode to [something other than CDMA/LTE] then back to CDMA/LTE then reboot and replace SIM (never had this before). On the plus side, I have never seen another instance of data stall since going to it.

    So in reality unless you are going overseas (or wish to experiment with AT&T/other SIMs), use Skype, or have lockup/data stall issues, there probably isn't much advantage to it at all, and on the downside unless Verizon/HTC happen to release this as an OTA ROM (unlikely), you will not get further OTA updates since it is not an official Verizon-supported ROM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    I have been running it since about a week after release... there are several fixes:

    In reality though, there are very few things I have noticed, here are a few... slightly improved battery life when in an area of excellent signal, with worse battery life when in rural areas with poor signal, Manually toggling WiFi or Mobile Data on/off causes occasional reboots or lockups, I have had one issue of the network "bootloop" where I had to pull the SIM to boot and manually toggle the Mobile Data mode to [something other than CDMA/LTE] then back to CDMA/LTE then reboot and replace SIM (never had this before). On the plus side, I have never seen another instance of data stall since going to it.

    So in reality unless you are going overseas (or wish to experiment with AT&T/other SIMs), use Skype, or have lockup/data stall issues, there probably isn't much advantage to it at all, and on the downside unless Verizon/HTC happen to release this as an OTA ROM (unlikely), you will not get further OTA updates since it is not an official Verizon-supported ROM.
    If one does the flash and there is an OTA, could one do a factory reset to get the OTA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Payne View Post
    Just make sure that the file is in the Root directory of ext_sd and that it is named ph98img.zip (member to check for .zip.zip)

    I'll be most likly at the casino that day but i'll have my phone on me if you need an assist.. wouldn't be the first time i have help flash over the phone most likly wont be the last lol
    Thank you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skatergirl View Post
    If one does the flash and there is an OTA, could one do a factory reset to get the OTA?

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    Thank you!!
    No, a factory reset won't change your firmware... in order to get the new OTA update you would either have to flash back to 3.14.605.12 (may require S-OFF, haven't tried it yet) or flash the new official RUU when it is released.
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    Default Re: Did I miss the big gsm update?

    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    I have been running it since about a week after release... there are several fixes:

    In reality though, there are very few things I have noticed, here are a few... slightly improved battery life when in an area of excellent signal, with worse battery life when in rural areas with poor signal, Manually toggling WiFi or Mobile Data on/off causes occasional reboots or lockups, I have had one issue of the network "bootloop" where I had to pull the SIM to boot and manually toggle the Mobile Data mode to [something other than CDMA/LTE] then back to CDMA/LTE then reboot and replace SIM (never had this before). On the plus side, I have never seen another instance of data stall since going to it.

    So in reality unless you are going overseas (or wish to experiment with AT&T/other SIMs), use Skype, or have lockup/data stall issues, there probably isn't much advantage to it at all, and on the downside unless Verizon/HTC happen to release this as an OTA ROM (unlikely), you will not get further OTA updates since it is not an official Verizon-supported ROM.
    Acejavelin, this "data stall" you refer to - is it something like updating apps from the app store, and the download stalls even though all indications are that network connectivity is fine? I have that issue regularly, and the fix seems to be to stop the download and re-attempt the update...
    Except for battery life, it is my only real Rezound complaint. (like many others, I have 3 standard batteries, an external battery charger, and regular chargers stashed in all of my regular haunts...)

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