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Updated Your DROID 2? DO NOT USE THE CURRENT SBF! (Updated)

If you received the latest Droid 2 update, you need to understand one thing:  there is NOT an SBF file in the wild yet that will revive your phone should you do something major to it.  What we’re saying is, the same issue Droid X users ran into is alive and well with this new D2 build.  Basically we are going to need an SBF file each time these Blur phones are updated.  

Again, if you updated your Droid 2 to build 2.3.20, DO NOT USE THE CURRENT SBF FILE that’s available.  It will essentially “brick” your phone.

Update:  Sorry if I wasn’t specific enough at first, was trying to just get this out to the masses as the update is becoming more and more available.  An SBF file is basically the file used by VZW techs to wipe your phone completely and reinstall a clean OS.  There is a Droid 2 2.2 SBF floating around in the wild right now, but if you update your phone with the new update, this SBF will not work and if you try to use it, could end up with a bricked phone.   This only affects ROOTED USERS as they are the ones tinkering with their phones.  For the average user, ignore this post.

Stay tuned for more…

Via:  MyDroidWorld

  • Kylemedeirosrtr

    What if i updated to 2.3.3. gingerbread and want to sbf my phone back to stock? Can i use the original 2.2.sbf or no?

  • tommytmt

    Ok what? … it shouldn't matter what version your using if you use this sbf and rsd it should just flash back to whateva version that the sbf is … I've done it with my OG Droid plenty of times.

  • tommytmt

    Ok what? … it shouldn’t matter what version your using if you use this sbf and rsd it should just flash back to whateva version that the sbf is … I’ve done it with my OG Droid plenty of times.

  • http://twitter.com/Whiteshadow443 Zach White

    No update here in North Carolina either :(

  • http://matt4542.net Matt4542

    Haha I love not updating, still on 2.2.20 running a rom :) Anyone who doesn't want to update and has a D2 and keeps getting the message that you can install, remove FOTA.apk from /system/app. That is Firmware Over The Air.apk so if it is deleted your phone will not know when their is an OTA. If you want to keep it just rename it to FOTA.bak so it is still there but not usable. Good little tip for you all :)

  • Droid-ice

    Can anyone tell me why was there a update available if you cant evern use the SBF file im kinda pis off cause I had downlode the update and for got what file i use? now what can I do

    • Mrpicolas

      you will need to wait for the sbf to be released if you mess the phone up otherwise a trip to big red may be the only choice

  • dshizzel

    No update for me in Alabama this morning at 11:10 (Friday).

  • Milr46

    So if I'm rooted, will I receive the update? If I do should I install it?

  • Jmc2543

    Ok ill break it down for u not so tech savy people. And in advance exscuse the caps I am only showing seriousness. If you received the update 2.3.20 DO NOT use the current SBF. The reason for this is that there are two diff firmwares on the D2. There is android which is 2.2 and then there is the verizon blur firmware 2.3.20. The SBF is ment to go on with 2.2.20, or whatever it was I never paid any attention to it before. The SBF was created for Verizon to be able to reset the phone ALL THE WAY, system and all, which a normal wipe does not do. I myself updated and can say rooting is fine. BUT if you screw it up at this time and date, until they get the new SBF you are s**t up a creek without a paddle. I unrooted did the update and rerooted with no issues at all.

    • The350zWolf

      can you install fission after the update?

  • http://www.mesotheilioma.com mesothelioma

    I am so appreciative of these varied resources that have been published for anyone’s benefit.

  • Alexanderjlyman

    so let me get this straight, if i had root then unrooted by flashing .sbf file to stock then i should not install the update? or is this saying that after updating to the new 2.3.2 i cant use .sbf to flash?

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      It's saying after the update not to use the sbf to flash back.

  • dougb

    Do you have the choice to receive the update or does it happen automatically?

    • Droid-ice

      I had a options cause I went to search for it right after I heard that there was a update available im kinda piss off now what can I do now…

  • Droid-ice

    AWW darned I update it my phone I don't know what file I had use. Does this mean my phone is brick cause my phone do lag at time. Now what can I do to fix this im so mad………. (PLEASE HELP PIMP DOWN!!!!!!)

  • Ayk Airapetyan

    No update for me on east coast so far 8:13 pm. And damn I love my d2 compared to my d1 (:

    • Ayk Airapetyan

      No update for me on east coast so far 10:21

      • Shaun

        Thanks for the update man! Keep em comin! Everyone cares!

        • Ayk Airapetyan

          I do. Thanks for contributing to society with your pointless reply and I didn't ask for ur opinion, I just want the update

  • cyberclaus

    This is why I love my D1. Nothing has been out there to make me want to jump. This is even more reaon the OG DROID is the best.

  • Timmah

    http://www.redmondpie.com/samsung-nexus-two-with-google-is-real-specs-hands-on/

    NEXAS TWO SPOTTED! FRONT FACING CAMERA, ANDROID GINGERBREAD, AMOLED SCREEN. :D

    • Stephen D

      Hmmm…..bye bye Fascinate, hello Nexus 2?

  • snowblind64

    OK, so we cannot flash the old SBF. Which is strange because on the old Droid you could flash back to 2.0 if you wanted.

    But what about nandroid backups. Will this also cause problems? I'm guessing it would if the bootloader is altered as others have said but I'd like to hear from others on this.

  • Tkampka

    well, I WAS rooted until I updated. Dam, I love being able to block those damn adds, wireless tether, use titanium besides the custom roms and speed. Gezz, guess I got to wait another 2 weeks for the 1 click root thing, man that worked GREAT.

    • The350zWolf

      So that means that you do lose root after the upgrade and can't root again? If this is the case damn MOTO/VZW… they do suck big rooster!

  • kellex

    Updated post with a better description of the situation.

  • miguel

    But roms. Are made not to get over the air updated

  • marisa

    Does this mean anything for users who are NOT rooted and use their Droid 2 completely stock save for Launcher Pro?

    I think I'm a good example of the average android user, who has no idea what sbf is lol

    • Sham

      You are safe.

      • kellex

        Yep you are safe.

  • Bkjolly77

    Didn't we have a similar issue with the original droid? A lot of people wouldn't do OTA and a lot of Roms at one point blocked OTA updates for awhile.

  • miguel

    So if I get a rom for my x I got nothing to worry about

    • Sham

      Here is kind of how this works. Most roms are installed using a “bootloader” (ie. bootstrap). If you make a back-up copy (as you should) before installing a ROM, do not load it after you have installed 2.3.

      You can install the update and rom your phone in 2.3, but if you screw up, there is no leaked file YET that can restore your software.

      My advice, install the update, wait for a leaked 2.3 SBF to appear before you start ROMing, otherwise you may be bricked until the leaked SBF surfaces.

  • Sham

    Wonder if ebizzle will have a huge influx of d2s that need some re-flashing. C'mon leaked 2.3 sbf :-p

  • Dudelookatme

    So if we just rooted our phone, we shouldn't take the new update?

    • Sham

      No. You can take the update while rooted, just don't try to restore your phone to 2.2 if you take the update.

      • Dudelookatme

        Ahh ok, so would you recommend updating or leave it as is?

        • Sham

          My advice, install the update, wait for a leaked 2.3 SBF to appear before you start ROMing, otherwise you may be bricked until the leaked SBF surfaces. :-p

          • Dudelookatme

            Thanks! I don't use any ROM's, I only rooted to have the free wifi tether.

  • The350zWolf

    What happens if you are rooted on a D2? Can you block the updates like on the OG D?

  • Craym87

    Why won't that work anymore? I understand it bricks the phone… But why?

    • Timoh

      They change the encryption on the bootloader with every update apparently. Horrible way to keep happy customers if you ask me. I won't buy another encrypted motorola. I may not even buy another Motorola period. Starting to get a bad taste in my mouth with this company.

      • The350zWolf

        I'm with you on this one… as much as I love the quality of the motorola products, these bootloader/locking issues DO suck big you know what… Bring the Nexus 2 (or Nexus S?) regardless of manufacturer and carrier… Either that or I'll get myself a Nokia N900…Take that MOTO

        • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

          I love my DX and I'll keep it til my next upgrade comes around…I love the heft and quality of Moto's phones, but it's not worth it to have to worry about bricking it every time I do anything to it. My next phone will be as unlocked as I can find on VZW by that time.

          • The350zWolf

            I also love my OG Droid and although I’m not due for an upgrade until March of next year, I was willing to buy either the Dx or the D2 full price mostly because of my experience with my OG D. Guess what, big deterrent was the locked bootloader… True that VZW has the best network and otherwise I’ve been happy with them but this locked phone issue is big for me…with no other alternatives I’ll go where the next Nexus goes if big red continues this…

          • The350zWolf

            I also love my OG Droid and although I’m not due for an upgrade until March of next year, I was willing to buy either the Dx or the D2 full price mostly because of my experience with my OG D. Guess what, big deterrent was the locked bootloader… True that VZW has the best network and otherwise I’ve been happy with them but this locked phone issue is big for me…with no other alternatives I’ll go where the next Nexus goes if big red continues this…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY5K5SRCIPEX7TVVZVBOR6VTRQ DaveB

    what is sbf im lost

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      system boot file

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY5K5SRCIPEX7TVVZVBOR6VTRQ DaveB

        ty. so i should not ___________ fill in the blank

        • Sham

          you should not revert back to 2.2 once you have done a 2.3 update.

          you should not do crack either :-p

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY5K5SRCIPEX7TVVZVBOR6VTRQ DaveB

            ty ok

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY5K5SRCIPEX7TVVZVBOR6VTRQ DaveB

            ty ok

        • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

          well.. what the title says. dont use the current sbf for the new d2 update or you'll go *lowering whistle* SPLAAT

          • The350zWolf

            you should never unleash EC8CH on a comment rampage

        • EC8CH

          you should not… drink orange juice for at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth

        • EC8CH

          you should not wee on an electric fence

        • EC8CH

          you should not covet your neighbors wife

        • EC8CH

          you should not stare directly into Chuck Norris's beard

          • Anonymous

            LOL

        • The350zWolf

          “You should not eat that yellow snow…where the huskies go…” FZ

        • EC8CH

          you should not watch any more than two Vin Diesel movies in a row to prevent the risk of falling into a coma

        • EC8CH

          no matter how much they ask, you should never… never feed them after midnight.

        • EC8CH

          You should never cross the streams

        • The350zWolf

          you should never unleash EC8CH on a comment rampage!

  • Ben

    First?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      nope

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    first

    • The350zWolf

      You win a…yeah Devin, what did you win??? You are the one giving out the prizes :p

      • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

        idk.. i guess ill give myself a hug… yay.. i guess… (this sucks)

        lol

        • The350zWolf

          lol :^)

  • jason6g

    i must be missing something, but could someone explain why one could not simply flash an old sbf file?

    • kellex

      We used to be able to f lash old SBF files on the original droid.

      • jason6g

        man after a disappointing google search i now see why everyone hates motorola. i have yet to mess too heavily with my dx, but my d1 was a piece of cake to get back if anything went south.