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OMG! I accidentally bricked my Nokia during software update!!!

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However, the Nokia Software Updater, freezes during the flashing of my device and leaves me with only one option: interrupt the process. Sometimes, the Updater is operating as it should, but by mistake the usb cable (via which data are transferred) is disconnected. Both cases result in a Nokia phone that is “bricked”.


 The first scenario is what happened to me 2 days ago, while updating the firmware of my father’s Nokia 6600 slide. I was in big trouble and ready to announce him my failure (and accept the punishment). As it turned out, I still had an ace up my sleeve. If you keep reading, I will tell you what to do to get yourself out of trouble.

 What will follow is not some divine wisdom, but the result of careful search over the internet, so I am not to take the credit for it. However, I had to read quite a lot of forums, which can be frustrating and time consuming, thus I decided to document my findings and save those in need from the frustration and the purchase of a new phone. I would like to give my thanx to me.dhillon and all the guys of this forum  http://forum.dailymobile.se/index.php?topic=288.360 .

 Rise from the ashes of the Phoenix

 Mobile phones have a flash memory chip, where their operating system is stored (yes phones have operating system since they are a type of specialized computer). When flashing a new firmware, specialized chips in the phone are powered that take care of the programming. Stopping the process does not affect those chips so there has to be a way to command them to perform their purpose. The way for Nokia phones is a program and its name is Phoenix Service Software (for Nokia Phones).

The version I used is 2010.38.005.44210. I cannot provide you with a link to the software but I believe that a simple search in a torrent site will be sufficient. As soon as you download it install it and restart the computer. Most times a txt file with instructions is included, saying that you have to uninstall previous versions of Nokia Ovi Suite etc. I ignored it and had no problems whatsoever.
 Update: Phoenix can be found here:  http://www.seidea.com/2011/07/09/pheonix-service-software-2011-24-002-46258-cracked-original/

 Except for the Phoenix, a datapackage containing the firmware to be installed is needed. You can find this in this site:  http://www.blue-nokia.com/index02.html . As you open the web site, in the left hand you can find a section called downloads. Under this section, you will see categories which refer to the baseband locking technologies used by Nokia, for certain families of its products. For Nokia 6600 slide, the technology of interest is BB5.
 
 Blue-Nokia Web Site

 Clicking on BB4 will redirect you to a page where you can find all the phones using this technology, among which is Nokia 6600 slide. Clicking on the phone will give you a new page where you can find what you want. You can see a column with all the available versions. Personally I chose the latest version 6.55. Download the datapackage and install it. Most probably, it will be .exe. If not unzip/unrar and install. One of the columns also notes the model, 6600s. OK, big deal we know our phone model! True, but you also need to know the model in the parenthesis later, the RM-414, so note it down (See picture below).
 
 Datapackage Selection

 We are almost there. With the datapackage installed, open Phoenix and connect you phone with the usb cable provided. Make sure that in the connections menu (top left) NO CONNECTION is chosen and then click on File -> Open Product. (See pictures below)
 
 Phoenix - Open Product

  Now, type in the type filter the name of the model you previously noted, in this case RM-414, and click OK. Then click on Flashing -> Firmware Update. Now this part is a little tricky in the sense that I am not absolutely sure as to what is what and I chose basically based on intuition. Click on the 3 dots and a new window will show up, named “Product Codes available in current Data-Package”. This is where you need to find the version you will install in you phone. I wanted Greek language also included so I found those entries containing “Greek” and “Euro”. In addition, the entries include a color world like “Orange”. This must be the color of the phone. Long story short, chose the phone color and the language you want.

 Alternatively you can remove the battery from your phone and check the CODE field. Mine was 0565185 but no Greek was included so I just chose something else. In any case make sure that Dead Phone USB Flashing is checked and click Refurbish. That’s it! Flashing will start and after a couple of minutes your dead Nokia will rise from the ashes like the Phoenix!!!
 
 Phoenix - Firmware Updates and Product Codes

Some Details
 In my father’s Nokia, I noticed a small sluggish behavior after I restored his contacts. I didn’t try to change the version again as he needed it ASAP. However, I believe that a second firmware update with Nokia’s official software should fix any issues. Besides the point was to un-brick the phone. I intend to check it again in the future and if I find something I will update my post.

 Finally, Nokia’s update software in the Nokia Ovi Suite sometimes fails to even start. I digged around a little and found that Microsoft’s Internet Connection Sharing service is the problem and it needs to be stopped during normal firmware flashing. To do that click Start  and type Services (for Vista/Windows 7), or Start->Run->services.msc. Find the Internet Connection Sharing, right click on it and Stop. While doing the Phoenix process above, I had the service stopped and thus I am not aware if it affects anything.
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