Tutorial: Flash k550 to w610 !!
This guide will help u convert your k550i into a Cybershot-Walkman Phone !!
Flash k550 to w610 easily and also make it the coolest phone out there in the crowd ! Then u will have w610i, k550i+w610i best of both worlds and popularly know as Cybershot-Walkman, I don’t know if this voids your warranty ! Many say it does void the warranty. My idea in that case is flash back to k550. Flashing back to k550 restores your warranty in many countries.
A Word of Caution !
Its very unlikely and rare that your your phone might get damaged ! But be careful and follow instructions properly if you don’t want to screw up !
Don’t get scared that this tutorial is really long !
Just flash in W610i Main w610i FS and Customize it ! you will have a wonderful new phone w610i
just ignore those lots and lots of updates !! they are all hacking and modding, but if you have the time and interest then go ahead and read the entire tutorial.
Do report broken links if u find any.
Table of Contents !!
1. Tools Needed
2. Install USB Flash drivers.
3. Backup Of GDFS
4. Flashing to w610i
5. Flash Menus
6. How to use FSX
8. Camera Drivers
9. Walkman Skins
10. Flash Wallpaper
11. Lots of other updates
12. Safety Tips
13. FAR MANAGER
14. Change Main Menu ICONS
15. Phone is not updated or can’t update phone problem !
16. Creating Custom Layout File
Picture quality does not decrease !! So don’t Worry !
Cons: Camera does not start automatically when u open the shutter
u hv to press the cam button after opening shutter.
The guide :
Tools needed :
Your phone and the data cable that comes with k550i !!
Windows XP Service Pack2
NOTE: Don’t use SEUS now on ! SEUS will update phone to CID53 and XS++ can’t work on it any more.
XS++ v 2.2 or 3. 1 Download here
Also Check out this websites download section ! Use Any XS++ 2.2 or 3.1
w610i FS..! ( what follows down is w610i Europe Central FS )
Cust pack.. for Cent Europe FS
OR an FS for your region…form the hgetis collection
Click Here !!
About Hgetis .. he is a cool guy who has helped us.. check out hgetis collection for FS ad Custpacks
0: Backup all contacts !! yes back up everything in phone..ur ringtones etc. To Back up contacts use MyPhoneExplorer.
1.Tutorial to INSTALL USB Flash Drivers.
Flashing The Main and FS !
Now the real flashing
Turn off your phone. Start XS++ . Select USB…Reinsert battery.
Click on connect in XS++ and then holding C connect your phone to
the USB cable ( with in 30 seconds )
it gets detected then release the C key
The left screen will display your phone details including your firmware version
EROM CID should be CID52. OTP CID should be 51 or 52 . ( Your Phone Must satisfy this condition for flashing )
Click ‘ .…’ and select the firmware file W610_R6BC002_MAIN_GENERIC_LA_RED52.mbn
Check FS option and select appropriate FS again according to your language FS language list
Download Correct FS for you Language and Region ! Shown in pictures are w660 firmwares but you must use w610i firmwares.
hit the flash button and relax !! it will show finished after loading
when done Exit XS++ and disconnect phone……!!
Don’t try to start your phone , we are not yet done ! Customization is Must
Our Friend has gifted use Some FS and Main !! check them out if u have one for yourself .. for your region.. an FS with your langauge.
Thanks to him !!
Download a Cust_Pack/CDA from hgetis collection which matches your FS !
connect phone ( usual process )
unzip the customization pack ( use the cust pack which goes with the FS of your choice or create one which is very easy )
you will find a folder named “tpa” in it
now in xs++ directory on PC, in the directory where u have xs++.exe create a new folder named “own_custpack”
copy the “tpa” folder into this “own_custpack” folder the path of custom files should be like own_custpack/tpa/preset/custom…
open xs++ and connect fone check only customize file system
now under phone model select ‘Own Custpack’
under CDA and Region, select ‘/own_custpack’
Now Hit Flash
now in few seconds custom files will be added to your phone and done
Start your phone !! Wait for some time !!
You Can Flash Only Main and leave it.. and be on the k550i FS !! This Good for people who are unable to find FS for their Region and Langauge !!
Or People who don’ t know how to add languages to FS ( which is tricky )
By Flashing Main You get everything .. Just that you must then separately flash skins and flash menu and nothing else…!
Because FS contains only Media Contents Acoustics Drivers etc .. Which is same for both phones .. But w610i FS has different ringtones and wallpapers..that’s all and no difference.
if u flashed only main then your phone says k550i in phone status.. but u flash w610i then its always identified as w610i and also shown as w610i in many places !
But XS++ 2.2 will always identify your phone as k550i .. its because every phone has unique IMEI number ! Even SEUS will identify your phone as k550i because they know very well what IMEI number is what phone..!
Its RECOMMENDED to Flash both W610i Main and W610i FS !
IMPORTANT : don’t forget to get original hpm 70 or Creative EP 630 earphones or better
(its ridiculous to expect a very big leap in music quality without good earphones)
Basic tutorial ends here !! Hacking and modding begins now but do read safety tips mentioned somewhere down the line
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You can use XS++ or FAR, Read How to use FAR MANAGER AND SEFP !!
Flash Menus:Inside the own_custpack folder create a new folder named flash
here exactly tpa/preset/system/desktop/
so that u hv own_custpack/tpa/preset/system/desktop/flash/**** .swf files here****
inside this ‘flash’ folder copy the swf files only
then open XS++ and upload the files using own_custpack method. That is the same way as you uploaded customization files.
Then Copy the .thm files as usually u do in file transfer mode when phone is woking in normal conditions.
Download Flash Menu’s From Se-nse Download Area and checkout my download section at this site.
TO PREVIEW them just upload the .swf to phone’s M2 card check them out !!! Its a great way to preview before flashing them into phone’s FS !! better then previewing them on a computer !
Convert Non-Flash Theme to Flash Themes
Adding Support for flash theme !!
google 7zip and tugzip and download them
download instructions here 1.12 MB download
you can use winrar or tugzip to unzip it but you have to change the extension of file from .thm to .tar which you can’t do unless you have show extensions enabled in windows !
Youu can add it to tar achieve only using Tugzip the ones added with 7zip don’t work well !
Google search and download tugzip and 7zip.
Easier method : Use MyThemesCreator by lasyk.net to create flash menu !!
Flash menu will not work if you don’t have appropriate .thm files
you need a .swf and .thm after placing .swf in FS you must copy .thm to M2 Card and then apply the flash menu
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download w880 originals : very good quality
Xearo Ma loud have quality and loudness and superb mega bass !
Upload the acoustic files to this folder
own_custpack/ifs/settings/acoustic/**** zapf files here ****
Flash using own_custpack Method
xaero ma loud tested by me >> they are good and loud…!
People who don’t like loud acoustics try out w880 acoustics ! And i use w880i. I just hate loud music. I like the low music in the background.
Now the phone is a music monster. Also take good care of your god given wonderful ears !!
Tthe bass of hpm 70 is stunning. Especially with properly closed ears with appropriate ear buds !
location : own_custpack/ifs/settings/camera/***camera driver file here****
drivers v2.4 chris067 at esato
( highly improved video recording )
details of mods
1. VR is set to 24 fps instead of 10 fps
2. Fine quality settings :
all pictures , compression is set from 85% to 95%
1632×1224 size, quality improved
3. Sharpening set to maximum
4. Tested and works good.
this driver works fine…
i highly recommened u to follow its discussion on here in esato !!!
cam drivers by number1 at se-nse
increased buffer and image sizes (plz note not tested )
Walkman 2 Skins
You have to place skin folders in
TPA\SYSTEM\MULTIMEDIA\MP\SKIN\**skin folder here**
and each skin folder contians details of that skins… but its already done in and compressed in rar.
just unrar it and upload it
Guess what ?? We can also have Flash walkman Skins
This will require a bit of modding on your behalf
edit the .xml in skin folder
<image id=”audio.background” filename=”PlayView_Background.png”/>
<image id=”audio.background” filename=”PlayView_Background.swf”/>
and replace playview_background.swf with ur fav .swf background..!
only problem is that the player is a little slower with swf background
UPDATE: only for phone with w610i Main and k550i FS
( In such a phone u won’t have radio option in Half of the Flash Menus )
but u will have the radio option in Menu when using Normal Theme…
While using flash menu in (k550i FS and w610i Main phone) u wont have the radio option in the phone…. ( ignore this if you flashed completely to Walkman !)
upload this MENU.ML using own_custpack method ( with break XS settings again ) to this directory ( give also is k550i menu.ml file…if u want to revert back then rename it as menu.ml and up it in its place back )
TPA\PRESET\SYSTEM\MENU\*** menu.ml file here ***
or esnips link
other method is that u shld create a shortcut to ur phone’s radio while using normal themes and then apply a flash theme and u can get to the radio using that shortcut keyy
Information : U can flash only the MAIN and use the phone !! there is actually no need to flash FS at all. You will have the original stock old k550i FS….
and enjoy cybershot walkman with k550i FS and latest w610i MAIN but that k550i FS is old !! coz u did not flash the latest that’s all !
Get Rid Of Sony Ericsson Links
While flashing customization delete all .itm files and send only those Customize.xml and preloaded_config.xml
Find them in the customization pack in tpa/preset/custom/
This way u won’t have Sony Ericsson links all over the phone in games apps pics themes etc !! I hope you guys get it.
Very Cool one !!
Download Content from Sony Ericsson Wesbite : Learn here !!!
Here is a tutorial on how to extract the contents of FS
Get Rid Of…… !
The ring tones Greeting, Brooklyn D, Awakening always enter the playlist and irritate us
just delete Awakening, Brooklyn D them from the phone !
Greeting.mp3 this can’t be deleted normally ! Use Far Manager to delete it.
incase u really like those ringtone and want them
download them and copy to memory card.. this time in ringtone folder not in music folder !!
Get Rid of Operator Logo
Download this layout file and flash it to
tpa/system/layout/ >> layout.xml
Click here to download
thanks to semaj for providing that layout file !!
As of now we have only 3 default ! U can edit the .avx and make new ones !
u can find them in
.avx files in \TPA\PRESET\SYSTEM\multimedia\AV
starting image file in \TPA\PRESET\SYSTEM\multimedia\AV_DATA
change the start image to get new ones !!
as of now its know that there are only 2 effects lines and wrapping !
for more read this thread !
if u hv k550i flashed with w610i main and k550i FS then flash them to the locations mentioned above using custpack method !
SAFETY TIPS !!
Keep the battery at 90-100 % charge…!! This is necessary.
Always make gdfs backup. And Before writing GDFS always ask for expert advice…! or ur phone might die beyond repair !! its then just a brick !You can use XS++ any number of times… ok now that does not mean you use it 100 times a day in 365 days a year on the same phone.. !
Incase u forgot to reinsert battery ! your phone won’t start ! reinsert battery and start ! it should start this time !
And You can Flash Main FS and Custpack all in one Go ( direct from k550i to w610i in one go ) ! which would be better and is recommended !
but if u want to start your phone after every operation then u should not flash all three in one go.
How to Revert back to k550i !
There are 2 ways !
1) Use XS++ 2.2 and flash both k550i Main and k550i FS
2) Use SEUS to flash k550i Main and XS++ 2.2 to flash k550i FS
But i recommend u to flash back k550i Main using XS++
Change Main Menu Icons !!
Tutorial Starts !!!!!!!
Shortcut way to change menu icons with out flashing over again !!
In Phone goto file manager goto other folder and then create a folder called menu and then inside menu create a folder live
like this ( create these folders in phone memory not memory card )
main menu>file manager>other>menu>live>
And in that live folder copy menu ml and icon files ( icon1_slected etc etc )
You must download w610i_custom_menu from my Esnips folder and copy that menu ml along with icons in live folder
This is the folder to download menu ml and shortcut files http://www.esnips.com/web/akmenu
Use FAR MANAGER or XS++ to delete menu ml
1. Delete menu ml from tpa\preset\system\menu\
2. copy all 25 shortcuts to tpa\preset\system\menu\**here**
3. Done !!
4. Start phone and Enjoy !!
How to change icons easily later
Simply replace icon in phone memory with the icon that u want
u can download ready made icons lots of them
Now on camera will be known as Cybershot and Music Player will be known as Walkman.. because i have renamed both in Menu ml ..
remember these shortcut file u must upload to FS
Download all files from here including shortcuts from here
file names and what they are..
1.k550 custom menu >> this menu ml is for using custom icons ! for k550i ppl
2. w610 custom menu >> for custom icons .. this is for k550@w610 flashed phone
3.w610i original cybershot menu >>
camera renamed as cybershot rest everything is same .. this is not for custom icons
4.k550i original walkman menu >>media player renamed as walkman .. this is not for custom icons
5. k550i original menu and
6.w610i original menu are 100% original stuff .. from a factory phone !! lol
i hope all understood
for those who wanted to know how this works
see a preview
download urban icon packs.. its theme is also there
i will soon share many other icon packs !!
We can create shortcuts to files present in FS
so we will place the shortcuts in FS and it will point to a file outside FS
and we make it point to files in free phone memory .. lol !
To new comers >> FS is File System !
To Write into Phone FS you must use XS++ or FAR MANAGER
where we were creating the menu ml files and trying it out
list of what icon is what
icon1_selected.png -> Play now! or Operator Webpage
icon2_selected.png -> Internet services
icon3_selected.png -> Entertainment
icon4_selected.png -> Camera
icon5_selected.png -> Messages
icon6_selected.png -> Media Player
icon7_selected.png -> File manager
icon8_selected.png -> Contacts
icon9_selected.png -> Radio or Track id
icon10_selected.png -> Calls
icon11_selected.png -> Organizer
icon12_selected.png -> Settings
the same applies for icon unselected files !!
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>>>>> Gbrooks3 and Team for creating XS++ and Support !!
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Post your suggestion and ideas !!
Enjoy Your Cybershot Walkman !!
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