Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128

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Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version – Today guide is about to flashing old firmware for Lenovo S960 or known as Vibe X, On this guide i would like to share how to flashing an Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 on your device, the reason is why would back to Android 4.2.2 ? because when installing Android 4.4.2 or Android KitKat your device not as fast as using Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
This guide is using flash tool method, common method for Lenovo devices. This method will erase all data, and system on device so better do backup first before following this guide, and this flash tool method also have possibility to brick your device and remove your IMEI so consider it.

Disclaimer :
This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial. (DWYOR)

Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128

ROM Descriptions :

  • Build Number : S960_ROW_S128_140127
  • Date : 27-01-2014
  • OS : Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Languages :  Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Include
  • Root : No
Downloads :
  • S960_ROW_S128_140127 1.2 Gb, contains all required images files to flashing your device to Android Jelly Bean.
  • USB VCOM Driver  Install this driver first on your computer, Turn off your device and remove the battery, using USB cable connect your device while look at My Computer  Manage  Device Manager there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show up for 5 second than disappeared, before disappeared right click on it and select Update Driver Software point it to USB VCOM Driver extracted folder. When it finish disconnect and connect again there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager.
    Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128
  • SP Flash Tool v3.1320 Flash tool that needed to flash the ROM to your device, recommended to use only this version. 
Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128
  1. Download add required files need to do this guide. It recommended to place all files on the one folder for easy organize it, because this guide using flash tool so first think you must to do is make sure that USB VCOM driver is installed properly on your computer.
  2. Extract all, ROM files and flash tool. Go to flash tool extracted folder and then run flash_tool.exe, if you are using windows 7 or later please make sure that you run it using administrator privilege to avoid any permission error.
  3. On the flash tool, check DA DL All with Checksum option and then click on Scatter-Loading button browse it to ROM extracted folder target_bin and the select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt. When you select android scatter file and load it to flash tool it also will automatically load another image files to flash tool.
    Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128
  4. Now press Download button on the flash tool or your can hit F9 on your keyboard. This make flash tool begin to initialize ROM file and after few minutes it will become stand by and ready to make connection with your device. (When you got flash tool error 8038 when connect your device, then please try click firmwareupgrade button)
  5. Next step is turn off your device, because Lenovo S960 using non removable battery so you must make sure that your device is completely turn off. Then just connect your device to your computer.
  6. Flash tool will recognize your device and begin to start flashing process, then process will take 5-6 minutes to finish, GREEN CIRCLE will pop up on the middle on flash tool when it already finish.
    Lenovo S960, Re Flashing with Android Jelly Bean Row Version ROW_S128
  7. Done, now you can disconnect your device, turn your device on. First time boot will take longer usually take 4-5 minutes so please be patient. Go to dialer and dial ####8888#, this is will do factory reset on your device. (will remove all data on device, built in storage)
  8. Done, Just boot to your home screen and confirm firmware Build Number and make sure is same as ROM downloaded S960_ROW_S128_140127.
Congratulations, successful flashing Lenovo S960 with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, for china device please don’t forget to change modem firmware after finish flashing. Leave any comments if you found problem or broken link regarding this guide. Thank You
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Karen Mae
5 years ago

Will i be able to flash this with s960 china with vibe 2.0 ui? I want my phone to have an international version software

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Mae

Hi,
Sorry for long reply, yes you can and if you got error code 8038 on install or PMT change just press firmware upgrade instead download button.
It recommended that you backup your current running ROM first before start to follow

Karen Mae
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Mae

Thank you. So even if I got the latest version of Vibe 2.0 Kitkat for China. I can still flash this firmware directly to my Vibe X?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Mae

yes you are right,
maybe you interested with the latest release of international firmware, you can see it at here http://bit.ly/1xGvKKM

kian thong
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Mae

i tried installing china modem after flashing my phone, but the baseband version in setting is still ROW version.signal is weak. pls help me

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Karen Mae

Then tried again, to install it.and make sure your phone is rooted and already install custom recovery

Naza Dragz
5 years ago

Hi, sooo here's the problem….i wanted to delete my data using twrp recovery because my s960 vibe x was laggy and (i did make a backup on my phone but somehow its getting error partition) i accidentally deleted my android system…aaand now i'm suffering plz help me ps:i wan't to flash the above ROM

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Naza Dragz

hi,
cannot you must re flash your lenovo s960, because you already format android system. It cannot be restore because once it delete you cannot restore it without backup.
solution is re flash the ROM

Naza Dragz
5 years ago

but i can't flash the ROM with sp flash tool.It keeps flashing and no green circle apears don't no what to do.i searched other forums and the only way is by doing an adb sideload…buut i don't know how to do it

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Naza Dragz

Keep flashing means? Are your device recognize by flash tool? Give me more information

MD Arif
5 years ago

THANK YOU 1000% WORK THIS FIEL

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  MD Arif

Your welcome, thank you for visit and leave positive comment

Unknown
5 years ago

My Lenovo wont turn off. everytime i turn i plug it in the phone turn on

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

You should thankful all other visitor complain that the device wont turn on. Lol
What device version and what firmware installed on it?

Amirul Hakeem
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

it seems like the preload.img file that i have downloaded is corrupt . how to solve this problems . thankyou .

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

What problem and what preloader.img that you download? I dont u derstand what you mean, tell me more about the problem

Unknown
5 years ago

i cant download vcom driver

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

if you could not download my link, please change dns to google dns. All download link riderict using shorte and adfly and some provider denied it.

Zhareff Heyqal
5 years ago

hello bro? this rom is official stock rom s960? my s960 s211 have problem with the signal.. if i flashing this rom in my device, my device signal can be nowlrmal back? tq for answer.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Zhareff Heyqal

yes it official stock, for your problem it depend. i will suggest you to do factory reset first, it the signal normal when you buy the phone then i think factory reset will solve the problem. but if it just happen because you drop the phone or something then i think you need to know what make your signal bad

androidrookies
5 years ago

Next step is turn off your device, because Lenovo S960 using non removable battery so you must make sure that your device is completely turn off. Then just connect your device to your computer.

Unknown
5 years ago

Hi Mr. Andy, i had sucessfully completed my installtion but device is not able to boot.. plz help me AsAp.. [email protected]

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

Go to recovery mode and then click factory reset, first boot will take longer so patience before you re flashing again

Samir Reddy
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

Mr. Andy, device is not entering recovery by normal way. using volume keys.. up & down,

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

Searh on the net how to go recovery mode on Lenovo S960, maybe it different from the guide

Samir Reddy
5 years ago

After doing factory reset, after rebot it is just flashing the screen… displaying lenovo…

plz help me…

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Samir Reddy

After factory reset reboot wait a little longer approx 5-6 minutes.

Umi Umair
4 years ago

for china device please don't forget to change modem firmware after finish flashing

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Umi Umair

thank you for your information, yes china device should change modem file after install ROW firmware

Alvino Aldi
4 years ago

when i flash there's a notification "DRAM Failed", what's that mean? The Rom itsnt match?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Alvino Aldi

Try press firmware upgrade button. And make sure your device is Lenovo S960

ape
4 years ago

bro why this fon i load this rom MIUI_V5_Lenovo_S960_150110 cannot load ..how to load,any idea

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  ape

are you use custom recovery?
as long as i know MAUI can only be installed using custom recovery

Leo De Guzman
4 years ago

yow bro having problem flashing any rom to flash tool… it keep saying sd_da_sdmmc_write failed

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Leo De Guzman

Try format your device but dont format bootloader, it seem thst your internal memory partition is corrupt. After finish format try reflash again

Leo De Guzman
4 years ago
Reply to  Leo De Guzman

i tried many times but i think the nand flash is not detected is the main problem

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Leo De Guzman

Thenbring to lenovo service is the last you can do. And. Change the mainboard of your device

Chirag Jayani
4 years ago

I have lenovo Vibe X (s960). but scree showing "tool DL image fail"

please help ….

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Chirag Jayani

check the DA DL ALL with Check Sum like on the step 3, it will resolve your problem

Hanif Haziq
4 years ago

How to know if my phone is China set? And how to install modem firmware? Thanks. But I did face the problem cannot install the Google service at all after update to vibe ui 2.0. I want to try this method later.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Hanif Haziq

Look at Software information section on your device, if your firmare type there is written ROW than your firmaware if international.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Hanif Haziq

please search on the blog, especially on section S960. explore the blog

Muhammad Amirul Hakimi Awaludin

hye. how to install the modem firmware. i already done the flashing. it works.

Muhammad Amirul Hakimi Awaludin

hye, i already did the flasshing, and the signal now is-91dbm 11asu. is that normal or do i need to install the modem firmware.