April 6, 2012  -  March 24, 2015  


 If you brick your phone, it’s not my fault.

Backup your data, or you will lose it.

http://tinyurl.com/sd-shadow (this page) http://goo.gl/OoOmue

My Files

Use Caution using Devhost Links

Click here for more info

Google Drive         Dev-Host         Mega         Android File Host        DropBox

if you use this link https://db.tt/uJOJfZGy to sign up with DropBox, We will get another 500mb

No support via PM!, Please ask in a public thread, that's what the forums are for.

Notify me by Posting "@sd_shadow" in thread, I'll help you as much as I can...

click on your device

Droid X  (MB810)                 Milestone X (MB809)

Droid 2 (a955)                           Droid 2 Global (a956) 

R2D2 (a957)                                  Milestone 2 (a953) (forum)

Droid X2  (MB870)                 Milestone X2  (MB867)     

Droid 3  (XT862)                         Milestone 3 (XT860, XT861, XT860, ME863) 

Droid 4 (XT894)                        Bionic (XT875) 

RAZR MAXX (XT912/XT910/XT908)        Droid Razr M (XT907) - (XT905)

Kindle Fire 1 (D01400)                Atrix 4G General (MB860)

                Droid Ultra (forum)                         Moto X (forum)

        BRAVO MB520

or one of these topics

General Android / Motorola / Verizon

        What are GApps? 

Websites/ Forums

Concepts & Vocabulary

        Verify that your downloads are complete with MD5/SHA-1 Hash Checksums   

        [How To] Use ADB/fastboot /Moto-fastboot

backing up contacts/  not syncing/ Process com.motorola.contacts has stopped unexpectedly

APN Settings 


Activation /no dial pad (Verizon)

Skipping Activation 

Can’t text, sync, or download anything from the play store

        12/31/1969 timestamp error

        Google Account/  can't sign in/ using 2-step verification

Motorola Stock Roms

        What does SBF mean?

Low Battery Options/ TBH Factory Adaptor 

        Motorola Drivers Installing and Troubleshooting

        RSD Lite mirrors

SBF/ XML downloads

How to save/stop updates

Failed Flashing Process, Unable to retrieve initialization values from INI file (0x7029)

        Phone Info

                Serial Number

                MEID/ ESN/

        Enter your Device ID to check Verizon Activation eligibility


        GSM / GPRS / EDGE/ 3G / HSDPA / HSPA (plus) and LTE

        Why did phone’s 3g icon changed to a H with an up and down arrow?

        Is your Android phone's bootloader unlocked? Is it SIM unlocked? What's the difference?

        RadioComm  used to remove Verizon Radio band & Tethering locks

Root Tools        

        ROOT] Framaroot, a one-click .APK to root (D2, DX, R2D2, D2G)

        [HOW TO] Install/Use Droid 2/X/3 Bootstrap

        Installing V6 Supercharger on Motorola running Gingerbread Rom

ROMs  /AOSP/CyanogenMod/ AOKP/ GAPPs

        Gapps /What are Gapps?

                What's The Difference Between Stable, Snapshot, And Nightly Builds?


        http://www.zamzar.com/  free online file conversion



Droid Friends Community: Android Fan Off Topic-Google+

Droid X Forums                app        me                DF       Droid Forums        app          themib

xda-developers     /Rules        app        me                RW     RootzWiki Forums        app           themib

Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

AC        androidcentral                me                   DL        Droid Life

GP      Google.com        

GD        Google Drive                               My files        Moto         Motorola.com

PD        Phandroid Forums                themib                LH         LifeHacker.com        

AS        The Android Source                me                VZW        support verizon wireless

CW        http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com                        MY        MacYourself

RU        repairs universe.com                                      MDW   My Droid World                          me

MF        Media Fire                           my files        1KDS        www.1kds.tk

DB        DropBox                                        RootJunky  www.rootjunky.com

Dev-Host                                my files        You Tube        http://www.youtube.com

Android File Host                           my files        http://and-developers.com/

BBCode or Bulletin Board Code

Lightweight markup language

BBcode Index

xda-developers        XDA BBcode Index

DroidForum                BBcode Index

VisualPing - Visual Website Monitoring. Simplified.

How to get notified whenever a website changes | ITworld

Google URL Shortener http://goo.gl/


Concepts & Vocabulary

Wiki        [INFO]                Exploit (computer security)  used in gaining root access

DjrBliss                What is Rooting? / Plagiarism in the Android Rooting Scene

RootJunky                 Android For Dummies 

RootJunky                Understanding Android

RootJunky   [Video]        Android device hacking explained

VeriZon Wireless        Verizon’s Network Optimization (for users with unlimited data plans)

Moto         [List]                Motorola Firmware Update List        will moto update my phone?

Wiki        [INFO]                Android version history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CW         [INFO]        CyanogenMod 10.0 Release | CyanogenMod

Droid X Forums        Android Dictionary

DroidForum                A Dummies Guide To Android Terminology & Lingo

Droid X Forums        A Dummies Guide to Android Terminology & Lingo

Droid X Forums        Newb's read this.... commonly asked questions

XDA          [INFO]         Is my device ARMv6 or ARMv7?

cdg           [INFO]                Acronyms & Definitions        CDMA Development Group

xda-developers        What does * mean? - GLOSSARY

xda-developers        [INFO] "New User Guide Terms Android"

xda-developers        Acronyms        Glossary        

android central        What is an Android launcher?

What is a 2nd init rom?

eHOW                        What Is USB Debugging for an Android?

VZW                        USB Debugging Mode

Wikipedia                List of United States wireless communications service providers

Google Drive                Motorola System Info and what it means


12/31/1969 timestamp error

Date is coming up as Dec 31 1969???  

A date of Dec 31 1969 means either the date field is blank, not being read correctly, or is beyond the scope of the current Unix timestamp limits. Since the Unix time in milliseconds starts at Jan 1, 1970, the default for any error will display Dec 31, 1969. Your dates could be older than that, and thus will not display correctly when you convert them from a DATETIME field. I would say the problem lies with the value in the database column not being within the range on the current Unix timestamp limits  

Why Does My Gadget Say It's December 31, 1969?



DroidForum                can not activate phone/ no dial pad on *228/

xda-developers        No keypad during activation work around  (dial *228+)

Dial *22891 to update the PRL or *22899 to program the phone and update the PRL both

xda-developers        reactivating PagePlus with 3G Data written for bionic, but good info see         -------------------------------------------------------------------------see STEP 2: PHONE PROGRAMMING

G        [App]                 Android System Info lots of info including MEID in system >Telephony

VZW        []                  check esn

Skipping Activation

Activation and skipping  activation:

if phone reboots to activation screen, touch android to activate or if you do not wish to activate with verizon, use four corners activation skip

xda-developers        [How To] Bypass google activation on Android devices pic

Droid X Forums        Bypass Android Activation Screen on Motorola Droid

YouTube  [Video]          How to bypass activation on the Droid 2 -Tomsgt123



GSM / GPRS / EDGE/ 3G / HSDPA / HSPA (plus) and LTE

Is your Android phone's bootloader unlocked? Is it SIM unlocked? What's the difference?

HSPA, High Speed Packet Access

Why did phone’s 3g icon changed t o a H with an up and down arrow.?

Originally Posted by Gasai Yuno 

H is HSPA, High Speed Packet Access. It's often called 3.5G due to higher speeds compared to UMTS.

…For a CDMA user, HSPA is virtually “4G”.



Online MEID Converter - Convert ESN,MEID, and IMEI from HEX

Dial *#06# to find devices MEID HEX (A000002d3443r2) if your label is unreadable

Dial *#*#4636#*#* to find devices MEID HEX, change radio settings & other info

Phone Serial Number  Press *#06# (star - pound - zero - six - pound) in your dialer to see the Serial number or this

VZW        []                  check esn  to see if it compatible or Blacklisted by Verizon


can’t text or sync email download anything from the play store

Moto         [GUIDE]        will not let me download anything from the play store

can’t text or sync email there is a couple of options that may have changed

menu>system settings>battery & data manager>

data saver should be uncheck, unless you are trying to limit data usage


menu>system settings>battery & data manager>data delivery

check 'data enabled'

check 'background data'

note: exact locations may vary


What is Encrypting File System (EFS)?

BitLocker Vs. Encrypting File System (EFS)

What is the /efs folder? This is a very sensitive system folder that contains Phone-specific information such as the IMEI (encrypted in the nv_data.bin), wireless devices MAC addresses, product code (also in the nv_data.bin), and much more. Often users trying to change product codes or trying to unlock the mobile will end up corrupting data in this location.


LH         [GUIDE]        Android uses RAM differently Lifehacker

Increase the read/write speed of the SD card

xda-developers        [Tutorial] How To Logcat Logcat or it never happened.


Google Drive                How to save/stop update.zip

Google Drive                manual apk conversion user to system

LJ            [GUIDE]         How to Take Droid X Screenshots from Windows Lance’s Journal

VZW        [GUIDE]          Verizon’s FAQs

Google Drive                The Differences Between: The Droid 2, Milestone2, R2D2,and the Droid 2 Global

xda-developers        [Project Cheesecake] Need YOUR help!

xda-developers         Project Cheesecake App [v1.6][Latest Update: 1/21/2013]


AF        [List]                Cheesecake servers list( Moto update servers)

xda-developers         =V6 SuperCharger= & Die-Hard Battery Calibrator


Accounts and contacts

VZW        []                  Backup Assistant℠ Plus: Contacts

Google Drive                Contacts.Google.com

Google Drive                backing up contacts/ contacts not syncing

2-step verification

Start by visiting accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig

How to receive codes

1. Mobile application Google Authenticator app

2. Backup phones, receive a code by automated call or text

3. Printable backup codes

Warning: If your phone is unavailable, these codes will be the only way to sign in to your account. Keep them someplace accessible, like your wallet.

Google Authenticator app generates 2-step verification codes on your phone.

Enable 2-step verification to protect your account from hijacking by adding another layer of security. With 2-step verification signing in will require a code generated by the Google Authenticator app in addition to your account password.

Google                 How to generate an application-specific password  if using 2-step verification... 

YouTube Video        Watch the video on application-specific passwords


Battery Info


Completely discharging a DEWALT battery pack may cause damage to the cells in the battery. Completeley running down a battery may damage it, resulting in decreased run time or early end of life.

every time a Li-ion battery is fully discharged, it loses battery power and life.

mostly about 4,2Vnot 3,7v

Li-ion should never be discharged too low

How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries - Battery University


CNET.com                7 Zip file-compression utility .ZIP, ,RAR,.TAR, .GZ, and its own .7z format


SBF/XML recovery

 locked and encrypted bootloader on several popular Motorola phones has been exploited, ...not  OMAP powered phones

What does SBF mean?


Low Battery  Options

xda-developers        [Howto] Fix "Battery Low - Cannot program use with care, you can fry your battery and/or phone

A better option

See Motorola Fastboot/Factory Programing Cables


So you flashed your phone and now it thinks the battery is dead (even though it's not) and it won't let you flash it again to fix it?  Or, your battery really is dead and you don't have a way to charge it because your phone is soft-bricked and won't charge the battery.  What do you do? With this cable you don't even need a battery in your phone.  



SBF/ XML downloads


xda-developers        Motorola USB Drivers, RSD Lite, Firmware...(2015)


1KDS        [SBF]                ezSBF/ RSD lite/ SBFs/ moto drivers by 1KDS  alt site


SDD          [SBF]                Droid SBF files http://sbf.droid-developers.org/


                 http://cmw.cmfs.me/    list of sbfs and bootstrap recoverys for older devices

daywalker04 Firmware Downloads: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1370721 

Atrix 2 Firmware---ATRIX Froyo Firmware---ATRIX Gingerbread Firmware---Defy Plus MB526 Firmware---Defy MB525 Firmware---Milestone 2 A953 Firmware---MB632 Pro Plus GSM---Verizon Firmware---XOOM 3G---XOOM WiFi---Milestone 3 Firmware---XT910 Firmware


Google Drive                How to save/stop update.zip


Motorola Drivers

Download and Install Drivers (Motorola_End_User_Driver_Installation...)

Motorola Drivers for Windows

It’s a good idea to reboot pc after installing drivers


Driver Errors


YouTube                 Device Drivers Install-by Tomsgt123

CNET.com                USBDeview   for troubleshooting faulty USB device drivers

Once you get a Device driver could not be installed message from Windows, ...Start Motorola Driver Installer once again, and let it finish. Then ... head to Device Manager, find the Unknown device, and in its properties' Driver tab click Update driver…. It should now install normally.

may need to reboot pc-from http://droid.koumakan.jp/wiki/SBF

if that does not work

download one of these files

 drivers win 7 64bit.zip



unzip, and copy to  C:\Program Files\Common Files\Motorola Shared\Mobile Drivers\Drivers

open Windows Device Manager

Motorola device should look something like this

if you see a yellow triangle like this

drivers are not correct

open *device manager* (start>control panel>Hardware and sound)

find the device, select *uninstall *and check *delete the driver for this device*

disconnect device, then reconnect, then use the *Browse my computer for driver software* option

find the moto driver folder should have placed it in *C:\Program Files\Common Files\Motorola Shared\Mobile Drivers*


Failed Flashing Process, Unable to retrieve initialization values from INI file (0x7029)

Failed Flashing Process, Unable to retrieve initialization values from INI file (0x7029); phone connected

see http://androidforums.com/droid-all-things-root/74153-if-you-get-failed-flashing-process-0x7100-in-rsd-lite.html#post1274587


RSD Lite                  http://goo.gl/23lvnA

Google Drive                How to use  RSD Lite

RSD Lite 5.6   

RSD Lite 5.7            RSDLite5.7.rar   

RSD Lite 6.1.4             6.1.4 -Dev_Host        

RSDLite 6.1.5.zip         6.1.5-DevHost

RSDLite 6.1.6.msi 


RSD Lite 6.1.5 and mtk_patch28         md5:6b0e4c70afa07ed2af3af9926e7b941a


DevHost          MediaFire        4Shared        


        RDS Lite older versions

 [SBF]                flash with linux or mac with sbf_flash   opticaldelusion.org

xda-developers        How to: sbf on linux (and now OSX! written for X2

LH        [GUIDE]        How to burn an .iso on mac

MY        [GUIDE]        Boot your Mac from CD, DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive

Oracle VM VirtualBox run ezSBF, or Ubuntu/ sbf_flash from windows

and-developers        Milestone partitions

droid-developers        CDT_DroidX



RadioComm v.11.12.2

RadioComm 11.11.10

Cdma Workshop 2.7 - Phone Flashing Software

RadioComm User Manual.pdf

Guide How to Read MSL/SPC code



SBF Codec by lucrece (SBF repacker)


what does SBF mean?

An SBF, or system boot file, is an image which restores the phone to its default, “straight from the factory” state (software-wise).-http://droid.koumakan.jp/wiki/SBF


Originally Posted by ovelayer 

sbf means set back to factory

xml is one of the files used by rsdlite to do this


Originally Posted by king..kranium 

Dude, that's not true. Sbf stands for system binary file.


Originally Posted by cellzealot 30th March 2013, 

SBF is a file type and stands for Single Binary File that is the older format of Motorola flash files for use with RSD lite or other flash tools.

They include all of the code groups, header files and checksums for all of the device partition images in a single file and flashed from the legacy boot loader enumerated as a flash device.

The new format for all dual core Motorola devices is zip archive of fastboot images and an XML file that can be used with RSD lite to flash in a single operation or flashed as individual images using the fastboot binary and DLLs in the Android SDK from the fastboot boot loader and enumerated as an ADB device.

These are entirely different modes of access and operation and SBF is both wrong and a misnomer for the firmware files for current devices.

The fast boot interface provides far more flexibility and safety for flashing than the old flash interface and avoids all kinds of problems that would arise from managing and updating he firmware on newer chipset devices.

It is an extremely important distinction to make and understanding to have about how these phones work.

Please stop using SBF when referring to XML.zip files.

The current acronym for Motorola firmware files is FXZ and means Full XML ZIP file.”

Root Tools

DjrBliss                What is Rooting? / Plagiarism in the Android Rooting Scene

Moto         [TOOL]        MOTOROLA DEVICE (Drivers) MANAGER


#Superuser-by CLOCKWORKMOD (koush)

Superuser by CHAINSDD           pro version  Superuser Elite

SuperSU by CHAINFIRE          pro version  SuperSU Pro

Depending on the Device, android version, and apps, one superuser may work better than another

for most users the pro version is not necessary


[Video] Universal UnRoot App for any device

[ROOT] Framaroot, a one-click .APK to root  

[Video]                 “Super Easy Droid X, Droid 2 Rooting app”

I have verified it works with these Motorola devices running android 2.3.4

Droid 2 (a955), Droid 2 Global (a956), R2D2 (a957), & Droid X (MB810)

have fun with your rooted phone that motorola/verizon worked so hard to keep you from rooting and consider donating to dan rosenburg the creator of many motorola root tools

DjrBliss                Motochopper (for 4.1.2 build for Razr HD)  by  Dan Rosenberg mirror

DjrBliss                razrs_edge root by DjrBliss (Dan Rosenberg)  (ICS) direct link

DjrBliss                Razr Blade utility (JELLYBEAN) by Dan Rosenberg Dev-Host mirror

Site.Google                Magic MD5 Root 2.3.4 for D2, R2D2, D2G, DX and 2.3.5 for DX2 

Google Drive                Using Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Magic MD5 root iso

DjrBliss                MOTOFAIL  “Droid 4” by Dan Rosenberg make sure you right-click on the motofail_windows.zip file, extract the files to a folder on your PC, and click the ‘run.bat’ file from that folder   Root using a Mac and Motofail

DjrBliss                Droid  3 root by Dan Rosenberg (manual ADB method)

RW     [ROOT]        Droid 3 root Linux version  droid_easy_root_v7d.zip        Instructions

Google Drive                Pete’s Root Tools   

xda-developers        Superoneclick Instructions/ Downloads

xda-developers        zergRUSH  (may remove google maps causing ota updates install to fail)

MediaFire                z4root.apk  (froyo)

PD        [GUIDE]        UNROOT Manually

DF         [ROOT]         How to maintain root through any upgrade (Manual root keeper)

G               [ROOT]         Voodoo OTA Root Keeper  Note: do not have ‘su’ backed up when    flashing a rom, it can cause install to fail

G               [APP]                Root Check Basic (are you rooted?)

d                      Superuser info

DF         [ROOT]         Busybox - Manual Install How To Guide

RootJunky                How to make a Android device a wi-fi only Phone



keyboard backlight controller                 link to market

                        How To Install an APK File from SD Card

Google Play Store        JuiceDefender - battery saver   clothednblack’s  JuiceDefender Settings

XDA           [GUIDE]        [HACK] How to move games' SD card data to internal memory

Phandroid                The Big List of Home Launchers - March 22, 2013 (237 and counting...)

XDA           [INDEX]         The Big List of Home Launchers - April 27, 2013

android central        What is an Android launcher?

XDA           [APK]                 Seeder 2.0.0 entropy generator to provide significant lag reduction

G        [App]                 Plan B lost or your phone stolen?

G        [App]                 Clipper +- Clipboard Manager  now with sync    site

XDA        [APP]                [MOD][ICS] The Google Now for ICS Project [ARMv6 & v7]

XDA        [APP]                Adobe Flash Player 4.0+

Adobe Flash Player Download

G        [App]                 Navfree USA: Free Satnav 

The map data is stored on your device so there is no need for a constant data connection

G        [App]                 Sygic: GPS Navigation  free 7 day trial

prices Sygic | Sygic GPS Navigation Offline for Android

G        [App]                 Titanium Backup

G        [App]                 SMS Backup +

G        [App]                 Barcode Scanner

G        [App]                 Screebl (keep your screen on when you are using phone)

[APP]                Glympse let others know where you are

[APP]                AccuWeather

[APP]                Torch

[APP]                TWiT Play (this Week In Tech)        TWiT Live for Android

[APP]                Google Voice (get your voicemails by email)

G        [App]                 Changelog will show apps that were updated

[APP]                Tunein listen to your favorite radio station on the net

[APP]                Lookout backup your phone and remote wipe if stolen

        [APP]                photobucket automatically upload/backup your photos

[APP]                Ringtone Rotator

XDA        [APP]                ButtonRemapper

[APP]                screenshot

G        [App]                 Script Manager 


Pete’s Root Tools

Note: most devices, that are rootable with Pete’s, are rootable

with MOTOFAIL  “Droid 4” by Dan Rosenberg

download Pete’s Root Tools mirror 1  mirror2  mirror3         

PC directions

1. Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed

2. Download and unzip pete's root tools 

3. On your phone: Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging(check box)

4. Plug phone into computer and select "Charge Only" usb mode

5. Navigate to 'petes root 1.07' folder and run 'Pete's Motorola Root Tools.exe'

6. Now just follow the instructions in the command window and unlock the phone after each reboot.

if program can't find phone, try toggling USB debugging off/on

RW     [ROOT]        original thread Instructions

Pete’s original site



Android Open Source: Welcome to the Android Open Source Project!

AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

The CyanogenMod ROM is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

What is a 2nd init rom?

AOKP is a popular new ROM, but what are the differences to CyanogenMod?

What is AOKP ROM? How Is It Different From CM9? All You Ever Wanted To Know About AOKP ROM!

[DIY] How To Compile Your Own Nightlies (and Learn Something in the Process) EDITED

HOWTO :: repack and sign ROM image update .zip files

Free Your Android - How to Sign APKs/ROM ZIPs

[How-To] Signing ROMs - Android Forums

GD        [INFO]                [How To] Remove Kernel Check on a Rom without resigning

show Developer Options in cm10.1

Menu>settings>about phone> tap build number several times and it will bring up dev options

CW        [ROM]                http://www.cyanogenmod.org/



DF         [ROM]          [OFFICIAL THREAD] Steel Droid - 2-6-2013









Motorola MOTO ME811 (Motorola Shadow)

DROID™ X MB810/ME811 SBF Firmware Thread

unlocked bootloader

boot to fastboot flash mode, to see if phone is unlocked

other Motorola.com  pages




Motorola Milestone A854 update

You need a Motorola OneIT name and password to access the RSD Server

and a valid MASC ID




PC Client Download

Downloads Management

if you don’t know what device you have, or don’t know if it’s rooted click here

Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before-By John Silveira


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