Upgrade Sony Xperia Arc / Arc S to Android 4.2 via Cyanogenmod 10.1

Sony has stopped updating their 2011 Xperias and hence refused to provide Jelly Bean update. But this doesn’t mean that Android development for those devices has stopped. In fact more & more developers and ROM makers are showing interest for the development of a devices like Xperia Arc / Arc S.

Last time we posted about Cyanogenmod 10 for Xperia Arc /Arc S which was based on Android 4.1 & was compiled by freexperia team. And now XDA Recognized Developer Zackconsole has showed some love in porting Cyanogenmod 10.1 Custom ROM for the device. CM10.1 is completely based on latest AOSP sources. It means that Xperia Arc / Arc S can run Android 4.2, not officially though. But this also mean that Sony specific features like Bravia Engine, Social integration, launcher etc. won’t be there in the ROM.

Besides Android 4.2 based custom ROM, CM10.1 offers its own customizations too. But As it’s in alpha stage, Some of those features may not work or may not be there in this build. But soon, Zackconsole will make them work & add CM10.1 features along with that. According to the developer, he hasn’t found any non working thing. But if you find, you can report him over at XDA. He has provided a list of Working things which is as follows:

  1. Booting.
  2. Touchscreen.
  3. Wi-Fi.
  4. 2G & 3G.
  5. SMS/MMS.
  6. Accelerometer.
  7. Sensor.
  8. Audio.
  9. Headphones.
  10. Superuser.
  11. Apps & Games.
  12. Camera.
  13. Led.
  14. Hardware Keys.
  15. Root & Superuser.
  16. Bluetooth.
  17. USB Connection.
  18. Mass Storage (SD Card).
  19. Others.

If you’ve finished reading working things given above & if you are ready for the next step then read on further & know how you can update your Xperia Arc / Arc S to Android 4.2.1 via Cyanogenmod 10.1.

Disclaimer: The procedure given in this tutorial is considered as risky and may cause damage to your phone. It is recommended that you should not follow it unless you are familiar with these things. Follow this guide completely at your own risk. We or Cyanogenmod team won’t be held responsible for any damage caused to your device while attempting these steps.

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This guide is compatible only with Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S having model number as LT15i & LT18i respectively. DON’T try it on any other device or it may result in undesired outcomes.

Pre-requisites:

  • Your device must be charged up to minimum 75% battery level.
  • This procedure involves wiping data therefore for the safe side, it is recommended to backup all your essential data such as Contacts, SMS/MMS, Apps, APNs, Memos etc.
  • Enable USB debugging mode on your phone.
  • Ensure that you have unlocked the bootloader of your device.
  • Custom recovery like Clockworkmod is required to flash CM10.1 Custom ROM. Follow this guide to install CWM on your phone using RecoverX tool (If you’ve already installed CWM, you can skip this step).
  • Your phone must be running Android 4.0.4 ICS (4.1.B.0.587) firmware. If it’s not then flash it using this guide.

Procedure to Update Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S with Cyanogenmod 10 Custom ROM:

  • Download Cyanogenmod 10.1 package from the ROM download page. (Filename: shu_cm-10.1-20130515-UNOFFICIAL-anzu.zip)
  • Since Google Apps are not there in the ROM by default, you have to flash them manually. Download GApps from the link given below.
  1. GApps for Jelly Bean
  • Connect your device to the Computer using a USB cable. Enable mass storage mode & copy/transfer ROM package & Google Apps file to the external memory slot on your device.
  • Up next, you need to flash kernel image required to boot CM10.1. For that, follow the steps mentioned in further article.
  • Download the fastboot files
  1. Fastboot Files
  • Extract the zip file (fastboot.zip), you will find four files inside the fastboot folder.
  • Download Kernel from here (required for booting the ROM). Extract ‘shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img’ from RAR file.
  • Now move kernel file (the one that you’ve just downloaded) in the fastboot folder so that now it will contain total 5 files inside.
  • On the phone (while switched off), enter into the fastboot mode. To do so,
  1. Press & hold Menu Button while connecting your phone to the PC.
  2. Open the Fastboot‘ folder where the fastboot files are located.
  3. Now Open command prompt & Point its directory to the fastboot folder (OR You can do the same as: open Fastboot folder, Press & hold shift key and then right click on the free space in the same folder.When right clicked (holding shift), you’ll see ‘Open Command window here‘ option. Click it & Command prompt will be open pointing to the Fastboot directory).

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  • Type the following command in command prompt to flash the kernel file:

fastboot flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img

  • Now switch off the phone (either by removing battery or by any means) & boot into the Clockworkmod Recovery. For doing the same, tap Volume rockers few times while the phone restarts.
  • After getting into the recovery, make a nandroid backup of your current ROM so that it can be restored in case of failure. To do so, Highlight backup and restore option in the recovery menu, select it & then choose backup to start the backup process.
  • Select wipe data/factory reset & subsequently wipe cache partition to wipe the data & caches respectively from the phone memory.
  • Now select install zip from sdcard & then on next screen select, choose zip from sdcard. It will show you the files & folders located on the root directory of your device. Navigate to the ROM file, select it using power button (unless youre using touch CWM) & confirm the installation by pressing on Yes. This should start installing the ROM.
  • As soon as ROM installation finishes, again select install zip from sdcard followed by choose zip from sdcard. This time search for the gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip & install it.
  • Select +++++Go Back+++++ to land into the main menu of recovery. There, select “reboot system now“.
  • Your phone may take some time to boot than the usual. This is normal & happens only for the first time after installing a new ROM. So be patient.

Tip: You can restore back your previous ROM using CMW’s restore feature. To restore the previous ROM, boot into the recovery mode, select Backup and Restore option & on next screen, select restore.Now choose the backup you like to restore (or the restore the backup you’ve made before flashing this ROM).

Voila! Android 4.2.1 based custom ROM Cyanogenmod 10.1 is now successfully installed & running on your Xperia Arc / Arc S. If any problem persists while applying these steps, you can leave a comment below for the same, we’ll be happy by helping you out. Enjoy..

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Viraj Kshatriya

Hello everyone, I'm Viraj, the chief editor at Android Legend. When I'm not checking out the latest stuff happening in Android, I mostly spend my time flashing different ROMs, testing Android apps & games. Feel free to join me on Google+.
  • Berukurosu

    I would apreciate it if you could put a little more detail in this tutorial, i have a sony ericsson eperia arc flashed with 4.0.4,and i got stuck at
    ” Type the following command in command prompt to flash the kernel file:
    fastboot flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img ”
    Because it tells me and i quote ” Waiting for device ” Can you update the tutorial abit more ? Because i have no ideea what i need to do now as on pphone screen shows nothing ( as it’s closed in Debugging mode ) I see only that the led is blue as it’s connected to PC . But as i said in the upper rows, i ain’t sure what i need to do next .

    Thank you!

  • sravan kumar Reddy

    hi viraj,

    im trying above steps to do Update Sony Xperia Arc/Arc S with Cyanogenmod 10 Custom ROM i cont understand steps,i want to upgrade please provide step by step screenshots .

    thans in advace

  • amit

    hey viraj,
    i done the all step & its working good..
    but there is some prob. some times when i unlock the phone it restart automatically. & it automatically disconnect the wifi..

    can you plz help me bro..

    • Viraj SK

      The issues you’ve mentioned are totally related to Kernel. So, there is nothing much I can do about it. Really sorry!

  • amit

    thanks bro…
    thank you so much!!!!

  • amit

    hey i didnt get the kernel & Cyanogenmod 10.1 package. the link says ”

    The file you requested was not found”. is der another link. or another way to download. plz help

    • Viraj SK

      Link fixed.

      • amit

        it is necessary to root??

        • Viraj SK

          No.

        • amit

          hey when i connect my phone to fastboot mode the command prompt stuck it show waiting for device.

        • amit

          bro need your help i dont understand. plzz help meeee!!!!!!!

  • basel

    Hey Viraj i just cant get that kernel to download shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img

    • Viraj SK

      I guess http://goo.im is down due to maintainance. Wait till it starts working normally….

      • basel

        no the file isnt there i think

  • Abutole

    Viraj,
    When i click to download the file in Browser, it will play it, what can i do? (CyanogenMod 10,1)

  • kelvin

    Pls help i tried to upgrade my xperia arc s using CM10.1. Everything was okay until i clicked on “reboot system now” now my phone is stuck on the bootscreen. It just shows “sony ericsson” and nothing happens. I can’t even get into the recovery mode. Pls help :((

    • Sanket

      Have you flashed kernel??

  • ahmad

    dear Viraj
    press home not enable and lock screen not exsist
    by arabic language
    زر الهوم لا يعمل وقفل الشاشة غير موجود

  • ubaid

    i have a problem in xperia arc s is in boot loop showing only sony and xperia logo i tried all the thing like pc companion,recovery x ,SUS bt nothing happened actualy my phone not able to connect through USB cable when i pressed back boton for entering in to flash mode the green light blinks less then a second and goes directly on charge please help me out…..

    • nirav thorat

      i tooo having same problem………if u get any solution plzz also help me… :)

  • nirav thorat

    my xperia arc s is stucked it on bootscreen bcoz i installed wrong firmware….and i cant flash new firmware as my pc is not detecting xperia arc s …and PLEASE HELP! XPERIA ARC DOESNT ENTER RECOVERY MODE….plzzzzzzzz

    • nirav thorat

      helppppp plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..

  • Baruch

    amm iv got 2 camera apps and the 4.2.2 version does not work.
    like it does work it takes pictures but the screen is black… can i fix it somehow?

  • jade

    i think im stuc at cyanogenMod logo for more than 20 mins and still counting… help!

    • Shreyas

      Go to recovery and do wipe data and wipe cache

  • Bogo

    Hey dude ! Thanks for the tutorial ! Please tell me 2 things :
    1. What is the worst that can happen if some of the steps do not work ?
    2. If any error comes up during any one of these steps, is there any permanent change that is made to the phone not making it work ? Like for example needing to restore it to default or something ? Thank you

    • Viraj SK

      1) Your phone may get into bootloop.
      2) No permanent change will occur. If anything goes wrong, you’ll have to restore the backup that you are going to create at the time of installation..

      • Vinu

        Dear Viraj
        i folowed all ur instructions.. Now I have a serious problem… after try to install in sdcard in cwm mode it says system aborted and i restore the backup and bootted.. the sony symbole only is coming.. pleeeeeeeeeeeeease help me as soon as possible…

        • Viraj SK

          Check for the newer version of CWM recovery. Once you flash the newer version, this issue will be resolved….

      • Ben

        Hai. I tried this on my Xperia Arc S,I followed every step that you asked to.Now my phone after 4hr or so will just reboot by its self.Is there any way to repair this?

  • Abutole

    Hello,
    My phone is Xperia Arc LT15i, but i installed cm-10.1, the model shows Xperia Arc S LT18i?

    • Viraj SK

      It’s because of build.prop file (located in /system folder). You can change it by editing the same..

      • Abutole

        I changed it, but i reboot my phone it did not swithch. then i restore it. Why? what i have to change in this build.prop file?

  • Abutole

    1)Download Flashtool 0.9.11 and install it. (only on this version)
    2) Type on ypur phone *#06# to see your IMEI
    4) Go to the http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/ scroll down, click submit and continue.
    5) Enter your IMEI. And get your code from your e-mail.
    3) Open flashtool there is BLU click on it.
    6) Paste the code on Flashtool. And it will unlock your bootloader

  • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

    now i have aproblem…i want to back to my old software 4.0.4 but i can”t make arestore because i didn’t make abackup…what can i do???

  • Nitesh Sethiya

    Hi Viraj,
    I followed all steps mentioned about and used a different custom rom LegacyExperia to get JB 4.2.2 on my Arc S. All went well and I am able to use the JB with onnly one issue. It seems that I cannot enable wifi on this phone now. I have tried installing the wifi module from Bestt XDA Developer but that is not not working also. The problem is when I got settings module and the wifi on/off toggle switch is greyed out. When I tap on wifi and go inside and then try toggling to ON it gets stuck on Turning Wifi on and nothing happens after that. Any help will be appreciated here.

  • younyy

    hey please somebody help me how to unlock boot loader

  • sunroop

    Hello Viraj,

    I have done all the step that you mentioned above. But after installation my phone(Arc S)is restarting continuously. Finally I backup with the restored version.

  • Giancarlo

    Amigos yo tambien tuve el problema de “esperando dipositivo” flasheando el kernel, lo solucione cambiando el nombre de la rom zip que era shu_cm-10.1-20130516-UNOFFICIAL-anzu, por: shu_cm-10.1-20130515-UNOFFICIAL-anzu, notaran que el kernel tiene el numero 20130515 pero la rom tiene 20130516, bueno lo cambie a 20130515 y le pude el codigo del amigo Karim: a la pantalla CMD: fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img y SIII lo reconocio… ahora a instalar la rom y la gapps, saludos avisen…

    Translation:

    Friends I also had the problem of “waiting dipositive” flashing the kernel, solved by renaming the zip rom was shu_cm-10.1-20130516-UNOFFICIAL-anzu, by shu_cm-10.1-20130515-UNOFFICIAL-anzu, notice that the kernel has the number 20130515 but the rom is 20130516, 20130515 good to change it and the code of the friend could Karim: a screen CMD: fastboot flash boot-i 0x0fce shu_cm-10.1-20130516-SIII anzu.img and recognized him … now to install the rom and gapps, greetings reminded

    • Viraj SK

      Thanks for the solution. It will definitely help others…

      • Nadeem Abbasi

        mentioned solution is also worked for me. After flashing the kernel shu_cm-10.1-20130515-UNOFFICIAL-anzu using FlashTool. but after installing rom and gapps it stopped working. Then I renamed kernel to shu_cm-10.1-20130516-UNOFFICIAL-anzu and flashed by fastboot mode from FlashTool. It worked for me..

  • AG

    Hi
    I don’t have many information about install custom rom but I want to install this Cyanogenmod 10.1 through your article
    But still there is a problem for me before starting process
    Is it nessecary to to have the phone rooted?
    I have arc s with official 4.0.4 rom and unlocked bootloader and nothing else!
    What should I do more before starting these steps?
    (tnx for your good article!)

    • massimo

      Hi,
      I’ve installed 4.22 on my arc S (lt18i).
      How to move cache and browser cache to sd card?
      When I try umount cache it is in use, if I try to move browser cache with a symbolic link, android rename link and create again a real folder on rom!
      Thanks

  • Venan Osmic

    Thanks man everything works fine except Camera. Actuali i have 2 camera icons in menu. First i can enter and see my camera, but i can not take photos. On secound camera icon i don’t see anything but i can take photo and view it (while shoting photo i don’t see what i shooting, after i shot i can see photo in galery) Please HELP

    • Jacob knowles

      Hey dude!
      I got a serious prob!When i try to flash the boot i get a message which says and nothing happens..what’s wrong?any idea?
      thanks

      • Jacob knowles

        It says

        • Jacob knowles

          waiting for device

        • karim

          try dis code in cmd fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img

    • Venan Osmic

      I fixed this problem above, but now my phone sometimes turn off or reboot itself. Why ?

  • Luis

    everything installed properly but I’M having problems w error message when system boots. I get the “unfortunately the process com.android.phone has stopped” message, any work around? I have already cleared cache, and factory restore. Reinstalled rom several times. Suggestions?

    • Viraj SK

      May be, fixing permissions from recovery will help you….

  • Vithiea

    I have successful installed it! Now my arc s is running more smoother and faster. But, i can’t restore my data back in recovery mode. it said “mismatch”. However, it doesn’t any problems. Thanks for your hard working :)

    • Viraj SK

      Had you changed the name of backup folder?

      • Vithiea Hor

        Nope! But when I backup, it appeared an error message after it shown “backup data completed” “backup system completed” “error while……..” sorry, I forgot that error said

        • Vithiea Hor

          When I restore it said “MD5 mismatch”

        • Viraj SK

          The backup you’ve taken is corrupted..

        • thodoris

          i cant update my xperia arc…
          i followed every single step and when i’m installing the 10.1 it says that the installation is aborted..what’s wrong?
          desperate :/

        • Viraj SK

          Are you talking about status 7 error?

  • ayman mousa

    finally i updated my phone but there is aproblem :
    - my mobile restarts several times without any reasons
    -my phone heat get increased very much
    - can’t acsess to internet application
    …what is the solution plz

    • Viraj SK

      1) May be you’ve over clocked the device.
      2) Try to lower the current CPU frequency.
      3) Don’t know what’s the cause.

  • Mladen Virijevic

    can you install this over thilinaC pureness 13.0?? i am asking because i am not sure that there is mentioned firmware, 4.1.B.0.587?

    • Viraj SK

      Yes, you can. Just remember to flash kernel first…

      • Mladen Virijevic

        does it matter where fastboot files folder is? is just desktop fine? and when you want to flash the kernel, should you type fastboot flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img in command prompt or fastboot flash boot boot.img (this boot.img previously copied from ROM.zip?? because when i type in fastboot flash boot shu_cm-10.1…. it says ” waiting for device”, and then i just go to recovery mod, but nothing happens, nothing happens in cmd prompt.. thanks in advance, greetings from serbia..

        • Mladen Virijevic

          then again, maybe my bootloader is locked.. i don’t know, when i had regular ics 4.0.4. when i typed in phone pad *#*#7378423#*#* service info/configuration it use to be rooting status: bootloader unlock allowed: Yes
          now, on this pureness when i type in same number nothing happens. how can i find out whether is my phone bootloader locked or unlocked? thanks again

        • Viraj SK

          If you’ve not unlocked bootloader of your phone ever then it’s locked….

  • smitty

    my xperia play r800i was stucked at the sony ericsson logo then i tried to fix it with wotanserver but after it completed the flashing it said i should unplug and turn on my phone i did and now i just get 3 flashing red light and my system donnot recognize my phone anymore what should i do???? help me!!!

  • ayman mousa

    thnx to ur effort but..i have aproblem ..i have already done all steps and my mobile is restatred and the word ‘ SONY ‘ is written on the screen waiting for the first operation with the new version ..but i’m waitng about 2 hours now and nothing has been done …what can i do???

    • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

      plz quickly…i don’t know what can i do…nothing happened.. the word ‘ sony ‘ is still written and nothig is done plz help me :(

      • Viraj SK
        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          but i want to use jelly bean &i want to know the reason of my mobile plz

        • Viraj SK

          Can you tell me the exact steps that you did while installing CM10.1 (everything from beginning)?

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          nearlly i sis all steps gradualy but at the begining i made rooting to the mobile using ‘EROOT’ PROGRAM …and i didn’t use the fastboot program as when i open it i feel that it doesn’t do anything ..and i had coppied the files on the card …then rebooted the mobile and make the steps but it doesn’t opened untill now

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          and i want to know what should i do to begin from the first step …notice that my mobile is still the word ” sony” is written

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          why didn’t u reply on my sir??

        • Viraj SK

          Have you installed any custom recovery?

    • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

      i’m sorry i don’t know

      • Viraj SK

        First you’ve to unlock the bootloader: http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/

        Now, Install Clockworkmod recovery using this tool: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1773227

        And then follow above instructions..

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          during installation & during installtion from cwm zip , it says installation aborted is this mean any thing???

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          i think i used custom recovery…but i have some qusitions plz: 1) why do we use fastboot prog.??
          2) what is the action should be taken after coping ‘fastboot flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img’??..it just saying ‘waiting for device’??

        • Viraj SK

          You need to install proper drivers for flashing a kernel through fastboot commands…

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          what drivers??
          & i think i knew where the problem is….after using recover x tool and after rebooting my phone , i can’t access to recovery mood …so how can i know if recover x has installed clockworkmod or not??

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          i have already downloaded the unlock boot loader which contaails the sdk manager but i don’t know how can i install thih pp. and how use it

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          i finally got the point..i don’t know how to install the driveres of SDK & from where i can get them …plz give me the link & show me how can i install it

        • Viraj SK
        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          can i use this one ” CWM-5.0.2.7-nAa-r2.tar ” ??

        • https://www.facebook.com/eng.a.mousa.9 ayman mousa

          the point i miss now is the step of fastboot and flash the rom…i can’t do it…can you plz give me the way to do that??

  • jitendra

    sir
    mobile update karte smay bich me proses ruk gaya our mobile swichoff ho gaya fir mobile on nahi hoo raha hai screen pe sony ata hai fir whi heng ho jata

    plz help me.

  • JimTheGreat

    Hey man, thanks for the tutorial. As many others, I’ve run into a problem while flashing the kernel using the command prompt. When I type the command it just stays stuck at . My bootloader is unlocked, my phone is rooted and I have the ADB drivers. Any ideas?

    • JimTheGreat

      EDIT:I managed to solve the problem by typing this command into CMD: fastboot -i 0x0fce flash boot shu_cm-10.1-20130516-anzu.img

      • JimTheGreat

        EDIT 2: After installing the custom ROM, I must say, it’s amazing. Much faster than ICS 4.0.4 that ran terribly on my device, plus nice new features.Thx a lot man, you’re awesome!

        • Viraj SK

          Glad :)

    • buco00

      how did u root ur phone?’ please hep

  • Rakesh

    Dude.. you are awesome.. This is the first CUSTOM rom I installed and it worked. Initially I had trouble while installing from recovery, it said “Can’t install.. bad”. I then downloaded the file again and tried it on my ARC S.
    BTW, I liked the quotes you have put on the display during the installation..

    Once again, Thank you so much.. you’re the man.

    • Viraj SK

      You’re welcome Rakesh. Glad to hear your words… :D

      • Rakesh

        Viraj, this ROM is perfect for my device. I’ve installed SETCPU on my device now.
        I googled but couldn’t find a gud setting,

        Could you suggest me SETCPU configuration for this ROM such as screen off, screen on, screen unlock, battery < 20% , charging etc…

        Thanks for your help.

  • Vikraman

    Hi Viraj,
    Installation successful. Everything is smooth and perfect except my FM Radio. Which is getting opened, Showing that its playing but am not able to here anything. Could you please help me on this?

  • Shlomowolf

    Bluetooth calling working???

  • http://www.westvleterenshop.com/ david

    HI Viraj

    A simple question, does this update actually boost the Very Weak Wifi of the Xperia Arc S lt18i ??

    Thanks

    • http://www.westvleterenshop.com/ david

      To complete my Post before, running:

      Android Version 4.0.3
      LT18i

      kernel: 2.6.32.9-perf

  • Andreas

    After CM 10.1 installation i’ve been having quite a lot random reboots. Phone reboots totally randomly 4-5 times in a day. Depends how much the phone is being used. Is there any known reason what could cause this?

    • Viraj SK

      Are you using any custom kernel?

      • Andreas

        I did everything by the instructions above.
        Kernel version: 3-4-0-nAa-02+fukin@fukin-VirtualBox #2

        • Dennis

          had the same problem.

        • Andreas

          how you fixed it? is it a kernel problem?

        • Tomer

          I’m having the same problem, works great but restarted twice in the last 4 hours.
          How can I fix that? should I try another kernel?
          (Using the kernel in the zip file)
          thanks!

  • aditya

    the status 7 error is not going even after editing the updater script please tell me a solution asap….stuck

  • aditya

    viraj the Cyanogenmod 10.1 download link is not working tell me some other link pleaseee….

    • Viraj SK

      Guide updated. Please re-check all the links…

      • aditya

        thank you :D

  • dr3w

    I have Xperia Arc LT15i. Any way to make native SE Xperia camera drivers and vendor Camera app installed over CM 10.1&

    Thanks

  • Heng

    Can you show me by send me video how to update version xperia arc s from ICS to jelly Bean.
    Thanks you so much

  • Rashid malik

    i have problem in starting of my sony ericsson arc s. and its only show free xperia product and not run its android os . please provide me a better solution of my problem and give suggestion what should i do ?

  • Marcus

    it is posible to get back to original kernel & modules?i have problems when i want to update 2.3.7 to 4.0.4 .
    It apears an error witch don’t let me upload the software OTA or with FLASHTOOL

  • Dave

    Viraj, where can I get the newest version for my arc?

  • supp3

    does not work for me. installation is aborted for any reason (status 7 error)…

    • Sanket

      Flash kernel first. Then flash ROM.

      • supp3

        i can’t even get to the cwm with the included kernel in the cm10.1.zip
        when i start the phone after flashing the kernel nothing happens (no kernel-logo or stuff like that. only black screen)

        • supp3

          to the cwm recovery*
          i tried to wait for any reaction from the phone after starting it, but after 10 minutes i gave up

        • Viraj SK

          I will suggest you to flash Official ICS firmware.

  • Nozomi

    Can i use it in Xperia S(lt26i)?
    please tell….
    i am now using unofficial avatar rom…

    • Sanket

      No.

  • Manivannan

    boss excellent work.. my xperia arc now successfully got 4.22.. thank u

  • sam

    my touch screen is disfuction…i cant even choose language

  • sam

    i try to flash the kernel manually using the driver.. but then it says my device is not rooted. but i already rooted my device. i have the superuser already in my phone.

  • Dave

    Hi guys, when i try to select video recorder in camera application, on screen is displayed “the galery stopped working. Is the problem in unstable ROM? What can i do?

    • Viraj SK

      Did you try with 3rd party app like CameraFX?

      • Dave

        3rd party apps are working, but you know, the integrated camera is much better. Dont you know when xperia arc get cyanogemod 10.1 officially?

        • Viraj SK

          No…

  • Marcus

    And when i try to flashit with FLASHTOOL this msg apears (PS:THE DIVICE IS ROOTED)

    21/018/2013 16:18:32 – INFO – <- This level is successfully initialized
    21/018/2013 16:18:33 – INFO – Flashtool Version 0.9.9.0 built on 2012-11-13 22:53:30
    21/018/2013 16:18:33 – INFO – You can drag and drop ftf files here to start flashing them
    21/018/2013 16:18:38 – INFO – Device connected in fastboot mode
    21/018/2013 16:18:41 – INFO – Launching Fastboot Toolbox 1.0 by DooMLoRD
    21/018/2013 16:18:41 – INFO – Device Status: FASTBOOT mode
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – Selected kernel (boot.img or kernel.sin): C:Flashtoolfirmwaresboot.img
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – Flashing selected kernel
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – sending 'boot' (6912 KB)…
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – FAILED (remote: The Device must be rooted first)
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – finished. total time: 0.000s
    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – FASTBOOT Output:
    sending 'boot' (6912 KB)…
    FAILED (remote: The Device must be rooted first)
    finished. total time: 0.000s

    21/018/2013 16:18:47 – INFO – Please check the log before rebooting into system

  • Marcus

    When i tipe the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img” in CMD it’s says WAITING FOR DEVICE
    Why?

    • Dave

      You must install drivers manually. then its working.

      • sam

        what drivers? can u give the link to download the drivers?

      • Marcus

        what drivers?

      • Loz

        Worked until this point. Then “waiting for device”. i have the RAR in this comment but I don’t know what to do to manually install. is there a separate thread or something?

  • Marcus

    When i tipe the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img” in CMD it’s says “”
    Why?

  • Aloe

    thank u so much!

  • Aloe

    thks~!

  • lahbib

    nice very smooth just needs some extra apps specialy WALKMAN
    i really hat that ogly Apollo player

    • Viraj SK

      Haha. Me too..

  • shahab from iran

    very very very thank u
    its OK

    • Viraj SK

      You’re welcome Shahab

  • NILADRI

    I have a Xperia Arc LT15i with Android version 4.0.4. Wanna upgrade to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Is it possible ? Pls suggest. Thanks.

  • Camruq

    Its working. Thank you Viraj SK for this awesome guide.
    Thank you again.

    PS: I flashed kernel before flashing the ROM and got it working very well.

  • IlMarsalI

    Fastboot link not working
    Please fix

    • Viraj SK

      Link is fixed. Thanks for informing..

      • IlMarshalI

        Ok thanks, am going to try this once more; last few days ago
        i did this update with all your old links & followed your procedure but i was JAM @ updating with PAC_iyokan_JB_4.1.2-v19.3.0.zip failed with Error 7 Some symlinks failed that left my LT18i BRICK which i can’t even do shit in it!
        Had to reinstall stock 4.0.4 back to basic.
        Will updated again if this work or not!

        • IlMarshalI

          Mr.Viraj
          I believe u didn’t try this out on Xperia ArcS/Arc phone before u post this TUT!
          Well my phone went BRICK again following your TUT.
          After few hours searching for answer, i finally got CM10.1 into the phone.
          The links to files in this thread are all good but the TUT is a fail.
          But i still thank u for the fills u have post.
          They are all TRUE & Working!

        • IlMarshalI

          ^*Files*^
          BTW here’s the prove CM10.1 loaded in XPERIA ARC S [ http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l569/fosqategirl/Screenshot_2013-04-15-22-44-36_zpsb6feab2a.png ]

        • Viraj SK

          It would be better if you can share the solution with us. It will help others that have same problems as you had faced before..

          P.S: I’ve tested this guide yesterday, on my friend’s Xperia Arc S (not that PAC ROM but the new one)..

  • http://arturmartins.wordpress.com Artur Martins

    Unfortunately installing the ROM failed.
    I rebooted the phone and now I only get the initial screen with “Sony”.
    Device does not respond to start button (it does not turn off), it does not gets any further on the boot process (can not boot into the Clockworkmod Recover again), therefore it’s not detectable by any computer (so I can’t flash it again).

    Any suggestions???

    • Viraj SK

      First Flash boot.img and then try to boot in the recovery..

      • Artur Martins

        How to flash the boot.img if the cellphone does not even get recognised by the operating system?

        Perhaps a video showing the actual state of the device would help to see what I mean?

      • Artur Martins

        There is the video link: http://youtu.be/DH5IBx3qxHs

        • http://arturmartins.wordpress.com Artur Martins

          Sorry, upload died. New URL: http://youtu.be/qsn042muQGg

        • Josh

          I think, the link is dead again.

        • http://arturmartins.wordpress.com Artur Martins

          Jezz… it still updating! It would be available in 10 minutes.

        • Viraj SK

          I think it’s recoverable. It’s not hard bricked. You may recover your phone by flashing a stock firmware: http://www.androidlegend.com/update-sony-xperia-lt18i-with-official-ics-4-0-4-firmware/

          (To boot into flashtool mode, switch off your phone & hold ‘back‘ button and connect it to the PC).

        • http://arturmartins.wordpress.com Artur Martins

          How can I flash the phone if it can’t be even detected by the computer? On the video I also state that pressing ‘back‘ button does not work either…

        • Artur Martins

          Managed to flash it back to 4.0.4 using recoveryX as stated on the guide: http://www.androidlegend.com/update-sony-xperia-lt18i-with-official-ics-4-0-4-firmware/

          The reason I was not able to flash it back was because my windows virtual machine was not able to detect the phone. Using a windows machine did detect the phone.

          Linux/Mac guys, that’s a tip for you.

        • Viraj SK

          That’ great. Glad..

    • gorca

      Same here. This is a very good guide to destroying your phone!
      Updating with PAC_iyokan_JB_4.1.2-v19.3.0.zip failed with Error 7 Some symlinks failed. Restoring previously made backup also failed so am left with a brick.

      • Artur Martins

        Sorry to know that gorca. Do you know if Sony can recover the phone in such state?

  • Andi Lehner

    Please help me

  • akshay

    i was getting installation aborted while installing PAC_iyokan_JB_4.1.2-v19.3.0.zip and now i m not able to go in recovery mode also
    plz help me.

  • andihaha12@gmail.com

    Hallo!
    Leiter dieser Rom können Sie mir bitte den Link für die CM 10 Custom Rom noch einmal in die Kommentare posten mit dem richtigen Kernel zum Flashen bitte, denn ich denke ich verwende die falschen Flashtoole…

  • JackWinston

    Are you sure this is Jelly Bean 4.2?

  • BarBarBai

    When I do wipe data/factory reset I had an error :/ ‘ No app2sd partition found. Skipping format of /sd-ext. ‘ WHAT I CAN DO?? Please help !

  • BarBarBai

    I can done this operation by Flashtool?

  • BarBarBai

    Hi, Hmm can You tell me, why i can’t done this? ;( I Try with CWM and I had an error when I Install Zip from sdcard.. My Phone is dead, but I awake him by Flashing the old ROM

  • hemachandra

    sir,links are not working.

  • hemachandra

    sir, is this the same procedure for flashing any kernel? please guide me sir……….

    • Viraj SK

      Yes. Just enter kernel flashing command according to the name of kernel file..

  • hemachandra

    Sir, can’t we flash the kernels using CWM or flashtool. If so can you give me a detailed view on how to flash kernel using CWM or flashtool

  • pinkierobot

    I read some other thread mentioned to fastboot kernel BEFORE backup data and flash ROM. Which way is better? or Either way works?

    • Viraj SK

      Before performing any operation, it is always recommended to have a complete backup of your phone. Then it may be flashing of a kernel or a ROM.

  • hemachandra

    Thank you for giving such an understandable tutorial. One question that should my phone be rooted?
    After typing “fastboot flash boot boot.img” should we press enter key in Command Prompt?

    And also after typing “fastboot reboot” in command prompt. we should press enter key in Command prompt?

    • Viraj SK

      Yes, your phone will be rooted and you can press enter key after typing both the commands..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tashik420 Ѕнангіаг Кавіг Таѕнік

    Would this work on Xperia neo V?

    • Viraj SK

      No, this won’t work.

      If you want to try out for Xperia Neo V, here is the link for that (developers preview):
      http://www.mediafire.com/?t7dt4j6glq646w9

      Just follow the same procedure given for Xperia Arc / Arc S..

  • Viraj SK

    For Xperia SL, follow this guide:
    http://www.androidlegend.com/xperia-s-update-to-android-4-1-jelly-bean-with-cyanogenmod-10/

    It is meant for Xperia S LT26i but can be used for Xperia SL..

  • dada

    Hi I have a sony ericsonn xperia arc s, thanks for the tutorial, is great and very easy to understand, but I have one question, which version of cyanogenmod should I install? 10 or 10.1? 

    • Viraj SK

      CM10.1 is currently in development stage & may contain few bugs. Hence it may not be used as a daily driver.
      I would suggest you to go for CM10. It is quiet stable as compared to CM10.1.

      • Vinu

        Dear Viraj
        Please Help me to unlock Bootloader Xperia arc s lt18i Running Android 4.0.4.. i Rooted My Phone Via One Click Root Method. I want To Update Android 4.2 ..Please Please Help Me

        Thanks&Regards
        Vinu.U

  • Osama-younis1

    after typing “fastboot flash boot boot.img”

    it says “waiting for device” then nothing appears please help

    • Darrensumaoy14

       you have to install for your ADB driver and have your phone rooted and unlock

    • Abutole

      you must turn your phone with fastboot mode. (press and holding menu button (=) then join the cable)