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Xperia Arc: Flash MIUI V5 4.4.18

CynogenMod 9 on my old Xperia Arc is failing to connect on Wi-Fi recently, giving me a hard time with just 3G connection available. Therefore, i decide to flash another custom ROM, to test on whether the Wi-Fi problem caused by hardware or software.

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Been using Redmi for a month now, liking the MIUI interface a lots, read through “[ROMs] MIUIv5 for Sony Ericsson XPERIA 2011 (4.4.4)“, so i picked Fusion v5.5 kernel by mechmetal and MIUI V5 custom ROM by maxworks as the replacement ROM on Xperia Arc.

Hereby, i will share how steps on flashing the phone, do mind i already unlock bootloader so i’ll not go through that stage. To unlock bootloader, refer: Guide [for beginners] – How To Unlock Bootloader via Flashtool or [Tutorial] Xperia devices Bootloader Unlocking/Relocking.

Preparation:

Download:

Steps:

1) copy “MIUI5_4.4.18.zip” in to root of Micro SD Card
2) install flashtool and run it, it takes around 3 -5 minutes on “Syncing Devices from Github” process, just wait
3) turn off Xperia Arc, connect it with PC via cable, press on “Menu” (Right) button till the notification light shows Blue light. Click on “Check Current Device Status”, it should show the model number of your phone
4) On Flashtool, click on “Lightning” button, choose “Fastboot mode”
5) at “By DooMLoRD” section, click on “Select kernel to Flash”, locate where you place the downloaded Kernel in PC. In my case, i need to change “Files of type” to “*.img” to make the kernel file visible
6) it will now flash Kernel to your phone, once done it will display on log, click on “Reboot device into system”
7) disconnect the phone from PC, press on volume down button several time to enter Recovery mode
7) in Recovery mode, use “volume down key” to navigate and “Home” button to select. Choose “install zip from sdcard”, select “MIUI5_4.4.18.zip”
8) maxworks has done great and easy to use user interface to install MIUI ROM, just follow the instruction
9) wait for installation to finish and the phone is ready to use with MIUI interface

Xperia Arc: Flash CyanogenMod 9

Been a year with Xperia Arc, is time to unlock booatloader and install CyanogenMod custom rom, the latest CyanogenMod 9 (based on Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich).

Thanks to Free Xperia Team from XDA Developers forum that putting hardwork and keep rolling out updates to make sure CyanogenMod works good on Xperia handset. Below are brief explanation on steps to install CyanogenMod 9 on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (LT15i).

Tools and Backup:

  • Need a PC and USB Cable to unlock, flash, file transfer
  • Do Back-Up, flashing progress will wipe all your data
  • CM 9.0 is still in progress, some function are not working yet, refer HERE
  • Treat this post as an extra, your main master guide will be: “Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: Full Update Guide”
  • Preparation and Steps:

      i) Speed reading through these sites:

      ii) Downloads (These are whatever i downloaded to make it done)

      iii) Sequences in brief (Detail steps refer to the links attached)

  • Install Android SDK by following this site: Howto: Install the Android SDK
  • Get the Fastboot: Fastboot
  • Unlock Bootloader: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: Full Update Guide
  • Flash the phone: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: Full Update Guide
  • For application downloads: Freeware Lovers: alternative Android apps download Site
  • Minor Problems:

    Have met few small problems during progress, i just Google-ed out solutions and replaced some file that can be found (which included on “Downloads” section above). Problems such as:

  • During SDK installation, i left out Google USB Driver install, therefore met problems in next stages.

  • Since i have trouble on SDK, i refer to this site too: What Is ADB And How To Install It With Android SDK

  • Replaced C:\android-sdk-windows\extras\google driver with usb_driver

  • when click on menu button to connect via pc, it asked to instal Android adb Interface
    adb Driver for xperia Arc. i downloaded this and direct windows to the folder and install

  • Fastboot not working in my terminal (cmd mode), downloaded fastboot_with_Android_USB_file.rar and copy all (fastboot.exe, AdbWinApi.dll and AdbWinUsbApi.dll) in C:\android-sdk-windows\tools

  • img boot, need to type full HDD address in terminal. In my case, my boot.img is in D:\Xperia Arc Flash\CM 9, so i typed this in terminal: fastboot -i 0xfce flash boot D:\Xperia Arc Flash\CM 9\boot.img

  • Boot device into bootloader: in arc, Press & hold the Menu button while connecting the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to the computer, it will display Blue color on LED Notification light

  • ClockworkMod Recovery: typed “fastboot -i 0xfce reboot“, i pressed side Volume Rocker after the “Free Xperia Project” screen, so it doesn’t boot in ClockworkMod Recovery. Should pressed side Volume Rocker before or during the “Free Xperia Project” screen


  • Photos during progress:


    Inside SDK Folder

    Inside SDK platform-tools folder

    Inside SDK tools folder


    Unlock Bootloader Key

    Unlocking Bootloader

    Flashing boot.img


    ClockworkMod Recovery

    Wipe Data

    Reboot


    Installation complete

    Firmware version

    Downloaded Clock widget

    Freeware Lovers: alternative Android apps download Site

    If you come in to a case that you doesn’t want to sign-in or register on Android Play Store and trying to install few applications, then you should try this Germany Site: “Freeware Lovers

    Freeware Lovers is an Internet community, which is aimed to collect and categorize truly free software.

    The directory is geared toward software users and enthusiasts who are looking to fill their computers and mobile devices with FREE and QUALITY games, utilities, themes, and other useful stuff.

    I have downloaded two application from the website, Digital_Clock_Widget_1.8.5.apk by Maize and ES_file_explorer_1.6.1.3.apk by EStrongs, downloaded and installed by using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) stock browser.


    (Digital Clock Widget by Maize on Xperia Arc CyanogenMod 9)

    HTC One X: Camera Sample Images

    The following images were taken with HTC One X rear Camera (8 mega-pixel, 28mm, f/2.0) in auto setting:

    The camera focus speed on HTC One X is incredible fast, press once on screen part to focus, it will auto focus and ready for you to perform capturing. HTC done a good choice on Camera shutter sound and focus notification, it does improve the camera taking experience.

    By Comparing photo taking experience on HTC One X (HOX) and SE Xperia Arc:

  • Image quality seems quite identical on both
  • Image exported from HOX is more closer on what you see on phone’s screen
  • HOX’s camera user interface is extreme friendly
  • Low light capture is better because of the HOX aperture f/2.0
  • Bokeh is easier to achieve and looks a lot nicer on HOX
  • The “Tap-on focus” or “Touch focus” performed in high accuracy
  • Successful rate on HOX is 60% higher because of the fast capture
  • Macro gets better and scene captured is wider since HOX comes with 28mm lens
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