I’m not a smart person (but you knew that already). Within the last two days I’ve flashed two phones – a Pure and my HD2 and twice I thought I had bricked a phone and probably deserved bricks. On the Pure I downloaded the latest NRG ROM, extracted the zip to \NRG and went to run the .exe to start flashing. I noticed that the ActiveSync picture was a Fuze – I proceeded. Entered bootloader and it stopped, telling me the device was wrong. But how? OK, unzip it again (into the same directory) thinking that maybe it didn’t unzip right. Start flashing, see the Fuze image, keep going and it crashes again. OK, it must be that I have an older version of SPL (I saw that in some XDA thread),so I get the newest version (which requires disabling all of my antivirus software and a whole song and dance) and flash the latest SPL, go to \NRG and still showing a Fuze image and it fails to install again. What the heck? Oh in the \NRG directory was a former FUZE.nbh file…right. It turned out I had used \NRG in the past and it wasn’t a new directory so when I went to flash it was trying to flash that image. Turns out that if you try to flash the wrong device it doesn’t brick a phone. Interesting. Deleted the Fuze.nbh file and flashed it successfully.

So next up is my HD2 and I wanted the new leaked ROM. Download it, start flashing…and the program crashes during the flash. My phone is in bootloader (tricolor screen) and the software upgrade app is recovering from a crash. Windows noticed that the software may not have installed correctly. Would I like to retry? Well I have a phone in bootloader and I’m not disconnecting the USB, so sure, let’s see where this goes. And…it flashes successfully. Man I’m rusty at flashing. Probably time to get WP7 already…

Anyone else have any near death stories you want to share?


  1. i remember when i was flashing my fuze for the first time, that i got stuck in the first process of changing the spl. the phone wouldnt boot or do anything. i just turned it all off and on repeatedly and it worked again.. i somehow still had the nerve to carry on and made it work. i probally should have stopped and just left the phone alone, but hey look where i am now. with out that flash i wouldnt be on this site 24/7

  2. i was actually flashing a friends phone (he was drooling over my fuze and had to have one) so he got his phone and wanted me to “trick it out” at the time i was really diggin chrome by “jmckeejr” from xda (thanks for the tip simmons) so i go to flash his brandy new phone and halfway through the flash his dog knocks the phone off the desk… oh, hello tricolor screen, i didnt expect to see you again so soon… anyways, disconnected, reconnected, and re flashed and it all went smoothly the 2nd time. good thing cuz i was scared for his dogs life :)

  3. I know a guy who tried to flash a fuse rom to his TP2, and got an error, saying wrong version of the SPL. He downloaded the Fuze SPL, flashed that, realized what he had done, and then had a bricked phone.

    It won’t let you flash bad ROMs. But flashing the wrong SPL will completely brick your phone.

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