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Old 07-18-2012, 02:26 AM
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Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

I'm completely new at this, and I don't know how to get started. Please be gentle; I'll happily do my due dilligence once I get some starting points.

A few years ago I bought an unlocked Verizon HTC Touch Pro2 on eBay. The seller had flashed it with some sort of non-standard ROM, I believe. I used the phone in GSM mode with my prepaid T-Mobile SIM (no carrier, no monthly plan). One day the phone woke up and told me that a piece of firmware was out of date. I switched my SIM to my backup phone and carried on.

I would like to resurrect my Touch Pro2. I assume I can find an up-to-date ROM somewhere, and that I can load the ROM onto my phone somehow.

Please give me some pointers to where I get started. I want to use the phone in GSM mode (not in CDMA mode) with T-Mobile (not with Verizon).

I am joined at the hip to Microsoft Office 2010. I'll connect the phone to my PC using ActiveSync and download all my PIM stuff from my PC to my phone.

Success looks like:
  1. My phone makes and receives calls using my T-Mobile SIM via GSM in the continental USA.
  2. My phone runs the most current version of Windows Mobile 6.* possible.
  3. My phone cross-synchronizes with my PC using ActiveSync and a USB cable.
  4. My phone's GPS works.
  5. My phone's Wi-Fi works.
  6. My phone's Bluetooth works so I can run ActiveSync to my PC using Bluetooth (something I did routinely back in the good old days when the phone worked properly).
Pointers, please.

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Old 07-18-2012, 11:20 PM
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

Well, if you were happy with the Rom that was installed, I would continue using it as is. What were the symptoms after the firmware notice?
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:12 AM
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

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Well, if you were happy with the Rom that was installed, I would continue using it as is. What were the symptoms after the firmware notice?
Phone boots up, raises dialog box saying that a firmware component is out of date, freezes. (If it is important or helpful I'll wake up the phone and the dialog box's exact message.)

Back Story: I was very happy with the installed ROM and how it worked. It worked great the day before it froze on boot-up. I have not been able to use the phone since that time. I would be more than happy to get the phone running again with the ROM that is already in it, if I can find a way to satisfy the out-of-date firmware complaint.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:29 PM
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

I plugged the HTC Verizon Touch Pro2 in over night to charge its battery. Just for fun I popped off the back cover and poked the "reset" with the stylus. The phone booted up, first displaying a "HTC" splash screen, then a "Verizon Wireless" splash screen, and then an orange "Windows" splash screen, and then (amazingly) my Today screen came up. The phone knew the proper time and date.

No complaints about out-of-date firmware that I had seen in the past before I set the phone on the shelf and abandoned it (probably more than 6 months ago, more likely a year ago).

I clicked through the 117 notifications I had for missed events (birthdays, etc.). The phone raised a dialog box telling me that there was no SIM card and that the phone wanted to switch to CDMA. I clicked "OK". (This leads me to believe that the original Verizon ROM is in place and phone was simply unlocked.

I fired various applicaitons on the device, all of which worked fine. I awakened Wi-Fi, connected to my router, and connected to the Internet. The entire PDA worked properly. I could see the contents of my memory card.

Battery showed as 100% charged.

All was going swimmingly so I decided to pop the back cover, pull the battery and insert my (known to be good and working in another phone) T-Mobile prepaid SIM card. Horrible mistake on my part.

The phone went totally comatose. Clicking the resessed red reset button with the stylus did nothing. Clicking on and/or holding down the power button did nothing. Plugging in the power cable caused the orange light to come oh, unplugging the power cable caused the orange light to go out.

So I removed the SIM card, figuring that the SIM card was somehow the problem.

No change. Put the battery back in and the back cover back on. No response to the reset button. No response to the power button. Stone dead, utterly comatose, and completely useless. Only the orange power light shows that there is something alive in there (maybe).

Removed the memory card and repeated the process. Still comatose.

Help?
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Try taking the battery out for about an hour, don't put the sim card back in and see if you can get the phone to boot again.

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:53 AM
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

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Try taking the battery out for about an hour, don't put the sim card back in and see if you can get the phone to boot again.
Will do. Will report back. (Tnx!)
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

Removed battery for 2 hours. Inserted battery, no SIM, and pressed the reset button with the stylus. Still totally comatose.
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

Well, that certainly is strange. I am wondering if the Sim pins have something wrong with them and shorted out somehow. How do they look? Anything bent?
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:23 PM
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Re: Newbie Wants to Install new ROM on Ver. Touch Pro2

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Well, that certainly is strange. I am wondering if the Sim pins have something wrong with them and shorted out somehow. How do they look? Anything bent?
All the SIM pins appear straight, unbent, upright, and shiny. I am going to gently touch up their tips with a eraser. I am going to acquire a can of pressurized contact cleaner and blow out the SIM cavity to expel any little bits or strands of conductive material that might be in there where I can't see them. Will report back.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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