*** a new version of this "how to" for my latest cfw is available here ***
As a reaction of many requests and comments about the flashing process, I will try to explain what you need to do, to successfully flash your phone with my cfw...
I will explain the way to flash I recommend, there are other Settings you can use, if you know how it works!
You should already have phoenix installed (download is available in "Tools" section of my Blog).
Basics you need to know
There are many files in the main package, four of them are important for modding: CORE/ROFS2/ROFS3/UDA
Depending on the version of my CFW (mainly important for different languages and keyboards) you don't need all of them!
Successful flashing only needs CORE & ROFS2, UDA is highly recommended, because its the content of your C:\ drive. ROFS3 in original firmwares, contains all kind of data, its not required for my CFW, I modded those files to contain only input languages (keyboards).
Choose your Version
There are two packages you can choose from:
-contains all files you need for english only!
-ROFS3 is optional in case you need additional input languages
-contains the version for full tranlsations
-ROFS2 is available as seperate download by nekeule, this file is required
-ROFS3 is not required, input languages are integrated in ROFS2
Copy all files from the package you choosed to
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Nokia\Phoenix\Products\RM-596"
(depending on your Windows version)
Preparing your Phone
Backup all content, you can use Nokia Suite or the built-in file browser. For best results, do not backup apps and settings, restoring them (especially if you are on different base firmware (like Anna), this can cause bugs).
Then turn off your phone.
Optional: you can connect the phone via usb now, it will connect in mass memory mode and you can clean up systemfiles and folders manually or format mass memory/mem card via Windows. This step is recommended but optional!
Make sure the phone is turned off and not connected before you setup phoenix.
Settings for Phoenix
I recommend "Dead USB Mode" for flashing, its easy and safe to use!
This how to is for Phoenix v2011.38.003.46817, but should work similar on all Phoenix versions.
1. start Phoenix
2. go to "File" -> "Open Product" -> choose "RM-596"
3. go to "Flashing" -> "Firmware Update"
4. hit the 3 dots button next to product code and choose the firmware (if you only have my files in your "\RM-596" folder, there is only one option)
5. check "Dead phone USB flashing"
6. hit "Options" and the file list will open
-delete those files from the list
-for full translations or english-only also delete ROFS3 from the list
-for additional writing languages, doubleclick ROFS3 and select the file you downloaded
-e.g.: "RM-596_111.020.0203_00.01_79u_prd.rofs3.fpsx" for german
-filename doesn't matter, no need to rename for latest version!
7. the file list should now contain only CORE/ROFS/UDA (and optional ROFS3), click "OK" to close the file list
8. hit "Refurbish", Phoenix will give you some instructions how to connect the phone... IGONORE THEM!, just click "OK"
9. connect the (turned off) phone via USB, without pressing any button!
10. wait until the flashing process is done!
I hope this tutorial will help and answer most of the questions I got lately.
If you still have problems to flash your phone, you can send me an email or add me in msn/live messenger and I will try to help you.