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App of the Day: SBFportable

Today’s app of the day isn’t an app at all. It’s a program. Currently it’s for the DROIDX but has plans to be applied to all devices.

SBF. Did you just tremble a little? Feel a cold chill climb up your spine? How about the word brick? Well no more fetal positions for those of you that avoid SBF like the plague! A collaboration, spearheaded by WugFresh, between some big time Android players has spawned SBFportable. This is a stand alone and automated program for all Windows computers that takes the scary out of SBF.

For those new to the term SBF, here is a little background.  Let’s say you jump into the rooting game and at some point find your device useless because a ROM flashing went wrong, you decide to go back to stock for an OTA update, or you are for some reason left without a working backup.  Flashing an SBF file will solve all of your problems by returning your device to its stock state.  After flashing an SBF file, you are left with a device whose software looks like it came straight out of a box.

What is SBFportable and how does it work?

…here is the first release of a fully automated standalone live SBF exe built with 1KDS’s latest iso (1KDStaz0.8.iso), MobaLiveCD.exe (standalone vm environment via QEMU), and some batch and VBScript I wrote to make it work. Just download it, and double click and it should do the rest; besides pressing 1 once its all loaded up. The file will silently extract its contents to a temporary directory on your local machine and then run…

WugFresh also points out a bunch of must-dos before using this program such as:

  • Making sure your phone is in bootloader mode.
  • Making sure your phone is fully charged.
  • Making sure your computer is fully charged
  • Understanding that SBF-ing wipes your entire phone clean.
  • Making sure your phone is actually plugged into your computer.

So there ya go. I have used it on my DROIDX to test it (although I’m a Linux flashing addict) and can tell you it is almost too easy. No excuses anymore guys. Get a ROM. Get Gingerbread. Get this file and never look back!

Download:  SBFportable_v0.6.exe

Full support can be found here.

*And the AAS app today is The Impossible Game.

  • Confused

    Needs better instructions. Im in bootloader mode and everything is a go. Now I double clicked on SBF PORTABLE and a screen comes up with 3 different choices. Which one do I chose ? Confusing……. Any help apprecieated. Have to return this phone back to verizon in a few days and I need to be stock.

  • Sharp

    Please update the file, you have version 6 here (didn’t work for me). Version 7 is on the thread link, worked :)

    • Sharp

      Scratch that…Wug is working on Version 8 since version 7 didn’t work for everyone…

  • Buckgrad

    Before doing anything with this, go to the support link above and read. Bootloader instructions are different if using one of the GB leaks. Also, there were problems with version 0.06…looks like it has been replaced with 0.07. Haven’t read yet if it works. Good luck. After my experience last night, I’m looking for an alternative way…

  • Buckgrad

    Before doing anything with this, go to the support link above and read. Bootloader instructions are different if using one of the GB leaks. Also, there were problems with version 0.06…looks like it has been replaced with 0.07. Haven’t read yet if it works. Good luck. After my experience last night, I’m looking for an alternative way…

  • Rhamses
  • Buckgrad

     Anyone online today?  I’ve started the process, but I’m stuck at a window that says welcome to Moba Live, and wants me to make choices…none of which seem correct.  Can anyone help?  What am I doing wrong?  

    Tried it again, and get the message that an error occured copying the file kqemu.sys. cannot copy file to destination directory.  Anyone else encounter this?  IF I can’t go on, how do I get my phone out of bootloader status?  Can someone help?

  • Buckgrad

    Anyone online today?  I’ve started the process, but I’m stuck at a window that says welcome to Moba Live, and wants me to make choices…none of which seem correct.  Can anyone help?  What am I doing wrong?  
    Tried it again, and get the message that an error occured copying the file kqemu.sys. cannot copy file to destination directory.  Anyone else encounter this?  
    IF I can’t go on, how do I get my phone out of bootloader status?  Can someone help? 

  • Buckgrad

     Does the X have to be rooted to do this?  I’m on the leak that rooted, installed, then unrooted.  Downloading the program now to my computer, but want to make sure I don’t screw it up if rooting is neccessary.  Thanks…new to this.

    • Buckgrad

      HELP…..Ok, looks like it might need to be rooted to get into bootloader mode. When I tried to get into it following the instructions, the only thing that happened was my phone turned on with “safe mode” appearing in the lower left side of the screen.  After this, my gps didn’t work, my browser wouldn’t work, and I did a factory reset on the phone (all apps are synching now). When I look for ez4root in the market, or search it on the web, (which is what I used before to get the GB 4.5.573 leak) I cannot find it anymore.  

      Can someone please help me out on this?  I got the test signup email from Moto earlier today and want to make sure I can receive it when it goes ota. Have already downloaded this program to my computer.

  • None

     “Making sure your phone is in bootloader mode.”  What exactly does this mean?

    • None Ya Biz

      Make sure that you are in BOOTLOADER MODE before SBF’ing; simply power up while holding down the camera
      and menu buttons until the screen flashes white momentarily, then
      release and you should see a read out. The bootloader should read
      30.04 and it should say “ok to program” “charged” if it says “code
      corrupt” that is fine… just as long as it doesn’t say “not ok to
      program” “low battery”…. that means you need to charge it, refer to
      next bullet point:

  • Bigsike

    Ok what am I looking at besides the splash screen for “Welcome to MobaLiveCD”? I don’t see anything on this screen about running sbf what am I missing?

    • Bigsike

       I’ll give someone a cookie if you tell me :p

    • Bigsike

       I’ll give someone a cookie if you tell me :p

  • 1KDS

    I think my first post got deleted because it had a shortened link in it.  For those asking about using this on a mac, this will not work on a mac, it is a window$ executable file.  You can use my .iso to flash your Droid X to 2.3.340 on a mac, it was built on a mac! Check out the full support link in the article here at d-l then Wug has a link to my thread in his OP.

  • Destin246

    when will the d2 version come out? 

  • Nvious1

    Aren’t SBFs only for Moto devices?  The article seems like this would apply to all phone manufactures and I don’t think that is the case.

    • Boblevel

       ATM it’s only for the Droid X, but as the article states in it’s first sentence, plans are to release other versions for more devices in the future.

  • guestie guesterson

    It looks nice and be simplified/streamlined and appeal to some users but…

    What’s portable about it if I need a Windows computer? “Portable” would seem to imply that it’s either self-contained (like you don’t need a 2nd device to carry out the SBF) OR maybe that it’s at least cross-platform (like makes it equally possible to carry out SBF using this from windows, mac, or linux.

    • Boblevel

      The portability comes from being able to put the program on a cd or USB drive and use it on other Windows machines if, for example, you ohone takes a dive while at work. As long as the computer will allow access to the cd or USB drive, it should be able to run the program and get the phone up and running again in about 20 minutes total.

  • guestie guesterson

    It looks nice and be simplified/streamlined and appeal to some users but…

    What’s portable about it if I need a Windows computer? “Portable” would seem to imply that it’s either self-contained (like you don’t need a 2nd device to carry out the SBF) OR maybe that it’s at least cross-platform (like makes it equally possible to carry out SBF using this from windows, mac, or linux.

  • JagoX

    Am I the only one who doesn’t crawl into a fetal position when I have to SBF? It honestly is not that hard to do & is pretty quick (~10 minutes) using the sbf_flash utility with a bootable Ubuntu Live USB/CD drive/disk.

    • Boblevel

      That is the way I always SBF’d my phone before 1KDS made the bootable cd iso file that encompassses the sbf_flash utility and Slitaz Linux distro + the 2.3.340 sbf file.. That works great as long as the computer will permit you to boot from a cd or USB drive, hit enter twice and it’s running. What Wugfresh did was use this and Mobalive to run his script so that it can be run from a virtual environment within Windows without needing the reboot.

      • JagoX

         Some of that is like chinese to me but I do get what you’re saying though…pretty awesome that this is now possible. I don’t have to break out my netbook or reboot into Ubuntu on my desktop just to restore my phone. Plus I’ve had issues getting sbf_flash to work with 11.04 so I have to always make a 10.04 bootable USB stick.

  • BTGGTR1

    Oh thank GOD. Maybe the forums will have less idiots whining and complaining about not knowing how to SBF their X now. I have no idea how it’s complicated to plug your phone into a computr and push a few buttons. People are incredibly stupid, or just plain lazy these days. lol 

  • Luez_72

     i dont get it…

  • Cslink23

    Sure to draw fire, but could you explain what SBF is and what it accomplishes?  Is this only useful for those who want to root their DX for the first time, or useful following that?

  • Cslink23

    Sure to draw fire, but could you explain what SBF is and what it accomplishes?  Is this only useful for those who want to root their DX for the first time, or useful following that?

    • Anonymous

      the SBF returns your phone to the “right out of the box” state.  If you accidentally screw up when flashing a ROM then this will “fix” your phone.  Another example tha’ts fairly relavent is if you wanted to try out the new gingerbread ROMS but then decided you want the “official” version.  You can’t install the official version over the leaks (or so we assume) so you have to get back to the stock “out of the box” state to apply the official update.  I’ve personally never done it b/c my PC is a p.o.s. and I’m worried I’d get stuck half way

    • JagoX

      If you goof up your during the install of a ROM, want to start fresh on your phone (similar to reformatting your hard drive for an OS install) or need to go back to Froyo (from a GB ROM)…you will need to use the SBF. An SBF is the full (stock) image of the Droid X (or any Motorola Android phone) and returns it to the state that it was at when you first opened the packaging.

  • Trophynuts

    ..wow this is HUGE!

  • Gwaugh

     Just a note, make sure to run as Admin for Win 7 ( at least that’s what I had to do ) or else you get some weird errors…

  • Anonymous

     Does this work on IMac?

  • Darkfyre

    I assume, given the file size, that the SBF file is included in the package. If thats the case, what SBF is included? Having this on the phone’s SD card could come in really handy at work, in case I want to mess with my phone on company time..hehe 

    • Boblevel

      The SBF file included in the package is the full 2.3.340, which is the latest, and last, Froyo update from VZW.
      It cannot be run from the phone, but it can be loaded onto a USB drive or cd for portability, but must be run on a Windows machine.

      The original work that this is based on, by 1KDS on Droid X Forums, is an all-in-one iso file that uses the Slitaz Linux distro to re-package the SBF file so the image can be burned from cd and booted directly. 

      Basically what Wugfresh’s work does is automate the process to load the iso file 1KDS made, in a virtual environment in Windows using MobaLive, without having to reboot the computer from the live cd..

        

      • Darkfyre

         Awesome..thanks. I meant it’d be handy to have on the card to copy to a PC wherever I am when I get the wild urge to flash my phone again ;)

        Appreciate the reply!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NoelGallagherofOasis Kay Urban

     Actually you fail to write what this little program acutally does. Could someone explain that to me please?:)

    • Anonymous

      I did? I’m sorry if it didn’t seem clear. It’s a simple execute program that contains everything needed to sbf your phone back to stock. Instead of downloading drivers, SBFs, running certain tricks in rsd, loading linux, etc, all you have to do is put the phone in bootloader and run the execute. Afterwards your phone is out of box stock. :) 

      • Ozzzmosis

         so if i’m running the .588 update and not rooted, i should to this so i can get the gingerbread update? 

        • Anonymous

          You could if you want to wait for the ota. We don’t know yet if ota 588 will receive 596 although tbh has stated 588 wont get 596. So yes. You could use this if you are unfamiliar with sbf flashing. Go to the support link and read thru the comments/OP to further understand what you are doing. If you don’t feel comfortable after that, post in that forum as WugFresh is monitoring the comments. 

          • Ozzzmosis

            thanks, i’ll just wait it out. im new to all this SBF & rooting  stuff

          • Boblevel

            The latest info from folks that have looked at the .596 build, is that users will have to be on stock Froyo to be able to take the OTA GB update from VZW…

        • Boblevel

          When the OTA from Verizon is rolled out, if you want it, yes, you will need to be back on stock Froyo for the update to be successful. 

    • Trophynuts

       i would suggest that if you or anyone else doesn’t know what SBF does then definitely read up a little before you try this. SBF is not something to take lightly

  • Anonymous

    Also Amazon’s FREE App of the Day is: The Impossible Game (reg. $.99).

    I bought it a few months ago and can’t get enough of it. Seriously addicting game, and extremely hard as all. Not just the “Ahh, damn, guess I’ll try again and beat it this time” hard, but RUTHLESSLY difficult. Think “climbing Mount Everest” hard. Okay, not that challenging, but definitely pretty damn challenging nonetheless.

    Okay, that’s it.

    (Sorry, Mark, for hijacking this post for some other app, but just wanted to get this game out there for those who do not know about it)

    • Anonymous

      LOL! No worries! It was originally in my draft but I seem to have left it out of the final post. I owe ya one. :P

      • Anonymous

        NP man…just lookin’ out! haha

      • Anonymous

        NP man…just lookin’ out! haha

    • Anonymous

      come on man, i have things to do today. now im not getting anything done. already addicted 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…it seems very simple at first(simple as in not complex) but then it gets really complex and extremely difficult. But it’s awesome.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…it seems very simple at first(simple as in not complex) but then it gets really complex and extremely difficult. But it’s awesome.

  • Kevoskee

    I like that we have apps of the day now. Thanks Mark

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading and if you guys have any app you feel should be spotlighted please email into tips! :)

  • mihitnrun

    I know I may be criticized and be told to just get a PC, but for once I’d like an alternative measure for Macs to SBF that doesn’t require a lucrative set of instructions

    • Anonymous

      If you load up Wine or another Windows emulator on Mac this should work. Also an all in one .iso on a mac emu works.

      • mihitnrun

         I got Crossover… I wonder if that would work?

        • Anonymous

          I haven’t tried Crossover. Is it a pure Windows EMU?

          • mihitnrun

            It’s a Windows emulator requiring no Windows liscense

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm. Well if you have other resources like a pc to use, I would recommend that as I am not familliar with Crossover. However, if you don’t, you could try using Crossover to install rsdlite. Once it is installed on the emu, reboot your phone to bootloader and see if rsd recognizes it in the emu. I can’t responsibly tell you to try it so I will dissuade you from trying. I think you should go to the support link and post there as Wug would def be able to tell you more on this.

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm. Well if you have other resources like a pc to use, I would recommend that as I am not familliar with Crossover. However, if you don’t, you could try using Crossover to install rsdlite. Once it is installed on the emu, reboot your phone to bootloader and see if rsd recognizes it in the emu. I can’t responsibly tell you to try it so I will dissuade you from trying. I think you should go to the support link and post there as Wug would def be able to tell you more on this.

          • mihitnrun

            I do have my grandfather’s old PC… I guess I’ll just try using that. Thanks!

          • Anonymous

            No problem. Let us know how it goes. :)

          • mihitnrun

            I do have my grandfather’s old PC… I guess I’ll just try using that. Thanks!

    • gUEST

      whats wrong with lucrative instructions? Id take any instructions that brought money along with them.
      Guess we see why you chose apple… 

      • mihitnrun

        I actually meant to type ludacris so I’m sorry if I was misleading but I’ll put it in a easier way to understand: They give us insane and extremely difficult to understand with someone who would have limited knowledge of how to use their Mac in a way to perform a task made for a PC. It just be much simpler if someone would create an RSD Lite or SBFPortable for Mac that works just as well (and as simple) as the PC’s versions.

        • mihitnrun

          Dammit. Ludicrous

          • Anonymous

             LOL

    • Gabe

      A script from Darkonion that I modified.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1064194 

  • http://twitter.com/Iam420Man 420Man

     People will still screw it up.

  • Jeremy Gentry

    ive used SBF and RSD never scared to do any of them, both worked fine. people need to grow a pair ;P

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I agree!

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I agree!

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I agree!

  • Beka

     COOL!

  • http://twitter.com/holyshityouguys Dan Rodriguez

    Why is everyone so scared of SBF? When I read how ridiculously complicated RSD was, and issues with Windows 7 drivers, I just dual-booted Ubuntu and SBF took me like no time and was flawless and painless. What’s the big deal?

    • Anonymous

      Some people just are. And some don’t understand Linux commands or even understand what Linux is. This gives people who are afraid a reason not to be.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. not tech/IT people shouldn’t have to understand Linux. Even as an IT professional I completely agree with you. Regardless of the fact that if you needed to SBF your phone… that probably means you tinkered with your phone, which really means you messed with Linux…but I digress. A simple solution for ‘most’ people is certainly welcome.

        • http://twitter.com/holyshityouguys Dan Rodriguez

          I’ve never messed with linux or linux commands, but i had no problem following instructions. if you’re going to head into the territory of flashing your phone, be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into and ready to commit to learning… 

    • mehmehmeh

      sbf_flash with linux is the way to go.. but this is nice if you dont have that option and cant figure our rsd.

  • Anonymous

    This is nice!

  • gUEST

     could be useful