Flashing the Nokia N9

Flashing the Nokia N9After much nagging to one of my employers to have a play with the Nokia N9, they finally caved in and allowed me use of one for a time. The only catch was the phone was (in their terms) “bricked”. It was not quite true as there was obviously life still in the device as it would switch on, but it would then restart every 10 seconds in an endless loop, never getting past the Nokia logo.

On searching Google,  this seems to be a common problem with the Nokia N9. However, guides to fixing seemed few and incomplete with a huge majority aimed at Linux users. So I’ve decided to write a more broken down version for Windows users.

First, you should plug the Nokia N9 into your computer - this is to simply install the device drivers on your computer if you have not already done so. Once done, disconnect the device and put it onto charge; it’s best to do this guide on at least a half charge on your Nokia N9.

Once you’re ready download the following files:

Install Winflasher and extract NaviFirm to your Desktop or wherever you wish.

Downloading the correct firmware using NaviFirm

Flashing the Nokia N9

  1. Open NaviFirm in the directory you extracted it to and in the table labelled ‘Products’ type in ‘Nokia N9 (RM-696)’ in the box at the bottom underneath the table, use your curser to click on Nokia N9 (RM-696) in the table
  2. In the next table labelled releases, select the latest release. It should be the last option which as of today is 30.2012.7.1, click this then move to the next step,
  3. The final step will require you to take out the phone’s sim card slot next to the charging port and look for the following:

Flashing the Nokia N9Look for the area that I’ve circled and enter that text in the box labelled ‘3’ in the picture of the program above. One entry should then appear, click on this entry. Hit download which should appear to the right; this may take a while so be patient.

Once downloaded you should then go into the folder where you extracted NaviFirm and then go into the folder labelled ‘fw’. Find the largest file in this folder and copy it directly into the folder where you installed Winflasher.

You’re now ready to flash. You’ll need to open a command prompt as the administrator. To do this on Windows Vista/7 simply open the start menu and type ‘cmd’ then right click cmd.exe when it appears and select ‘Run as Administrator’. Once open, navigate to where you installed Winflasher, if you installed it in Program Files you’ll probably need to type the following:

cd “c:\Program Files\Nokia\Flasher”

Flashing the Nokia N9If you’re using a 64bit version of Windows you may need to change ‘Program Files’ to ‘Program Files (x86)’, any issues please comment.

Next enter the following text:

flasher -F XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.bin –f

Where XXXXXXXXXXXXX is the name of the bin file you downloaded and moved to the Winflasher folder. Hit enter and you should see this:

Flashing the Nokia N9All you need to do now is plug your Nokia N9 into your computer and Winflasher should then do its magic. The Command Prompt will tell you when flashing is completed also your Nokia N9 will switch off when done. Simply switch on and everything should be working once again - no more endless rebooting!

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JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 18:35

Done that on my N9 - it works :)

Thanks

DamienB  May. 14, 2012 at 19:42

Great. Cracking phone, love the UI

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2012 at 20:17

Great. Cracking phone, love the UI

Mine is still quite buggy, even after PR1.2 finally arrived. And I miss a few apps such as Opera (proper version), a Twitter client with multiple accounts etc etc... but I no longer feel the urge to sell it or burn it LOL
And I sometimes find myself trying to swipe meego-style when using other phones

Pondlife  May. 14, 2012 at 21:51

What does that swipe do then?

DamienB  May. 14, 2012 at 23:33

Controls which screen you want to be and also exits apps. Takes some getting used to, but works pretty well once you've gotten it down.

Betas  May. 15, 2012 at 00:20

Great. Cracking phone, love the UI
And I sometimes find myself trying to swipe meego-style when using other phones


Hmm, mine holds up fine, try to flash all partitions if not?
I love it when I swipe down on the keyboard to hide it and folk are like "wtf?!"
Swiping seems so natural and the learning curve is really short for the n9.

gabrielharrison  May. 15, 2012 at 09:33

If anything goes wrong during flashing it worth knowing about the comprehensive How To at maemo.org

http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=82693

Gabriel

timy  May. 16, 2012 at 07:50

Got a white 64gb version a couple of months ago,Brilliant phone and deffo the best os ive ever used.

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2012 at 10:25

Got a white 64gb version a couple of months ago,Brilliant phone and deffo the best os ive ever used.
Any problems with it losing email paswords after reboot? What about switching between 3G, WiFi and back? Any issues?

timy  May. 16, 2012 at 11:41

Got a white 64gb version a couple of months ago,Brilliant phone and deffo the best os ive ever used.
Any problems with it losing email paswords after reboot? What about switching between 3G, WiFi and back? Any issues?


nah nothing like that, not really had any problems at all. Im on pr1.2 and all is good!
hopefully 1.3 will be out soon and it will be even better!

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2012 at 11:48

Got a white 64gb version a couple of months ago,Brilliant phone and deffo the best os ive ever used.
Any problems with it losing email paswords after reboot? What about switching between 3G, WiFi and back? Any issues?


nah nothing like that, not really had any problems at all. Im on pr1.2 and all is good!
hopefully 1.3 will be out soon and it will be even better!


Okay... Mine got a bit better with PR1.2, but still occasional glitches.
Also: I could really use a proper Opera Mobile version... And a Twitter app with multiple account support.
Still, it's not bad now. Not bad at all.

timy  May. 16, 2012 at 13:42

yeah, one thing its missing is 'apps', but its steadily improving,theres a whatsapp port which should be availble this week. I think the main thing i like about is its different!!

DamienB  May. 16, 2012 at 15:39

I love the integration of all the messaging apps. I use Skype, Facebook and SMS; it's all under one heading! It's also a very nice phone to hold in your hand.

dysplay  Aug. 20, 2012 at 03:07

Even after this mine is still doing the reboots. any help?

timy  Aug. 21, 2012 at 21:16

Even after this mine is still doing the reboots. any help?
get on to talk.maemo.org , there are plenty of clever folk there who will help you out!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2012 at 11:14

dysplay,
timy is right.
And give them more details - does it work at all; when did it start; what firmware and kernel, etc...
people can't help you based on no info ;)

sandro97  Jan. 10, 2013 at 21:09

when i want to flash it it comes only FIASCO ERROR: xxxxxx.bin : No such file or directory what can i do?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 11, 2013 at 06:54

Have you checked that you followed every step correctly? EVERY single step?!

Also is the full error "FIASO ERROR ...subimage mismatch" or similar? In that case your FIASCO file downloaded with errors or the file is corrupted. Download it again and try.

mazinito  Jan. 20, 2013 at 21:11

hello their thx for help but, when i connect my phone what device connected i use

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 21, 2013 at 16:17

I don't understand your question.
Use device? Where?

Cachma  Mar. 21 at 07:42

Android nokia n9

kawiro  Jul. 13 at 06:01

I need some help, I followed every step and its giving this "ERROR: SU_GET_UPDATE_STATUS_REQ terminated with error code 10: Security failure" and that failed to flash image.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 13 at 14:10

I need some help, I followed every step and its giving this "ERROR: SU_GET_UPDATE_STATUS_REQ terminated with error code 10: Security failure" and that failed to flash image.

I have given up on my N9 - the last software update I applied ruined it, and nothing fixed it. So, tbh, I'm no longer up-to-specs re N9 issues. Maybe a more dedicated forum for N9/MeeGo/Maemo would be more useful?

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