Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

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Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210 – Update Lenovo S960 with ROW firmware version, this is international firmware default firmware for Lenovo S960 who bought on europe but it also can be install on the Lenovo S960 who bought on the china. This international firmware have multi languages and already include google applications so you not bother to install it again. This is flashing guide it mean this guide has possibility to brick your device and erase all your data on device, so please consider it before following this guide.
On this guide i will not tell you how to make full backup your current ROM and IMEI so please do it yourself and make sure you have completely working backup ROM and IMEI.

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

Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

ROM Specifications :

  • Build Number : S960_ROW_S210_140529
  • Date : 29-05-2014
  • OS : Vibe UI 1.5 (Android KitKat)
  • Languages : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Include
  • Root : No
Downloads :
  • S960_ROW_S210_140529 1.3 Gb, contains all required files to update your Lenovo S960 to the latest firmware version 
  • 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.
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  • SP Flash Tool v3.1320 optional download, it already include on ROM download above.

Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

  1. Download all required files and places it in one folder, please make sure you already completely installed USB VCOM driver before continued to the next step. Installating USB VCOM driver only need do once, if you ever update your device firmware using flash tool than you don’t need installing USB VCOM driver again.
  2. Extract S960_ROW_S210_140529, you will found 4 folders just only use target_bin and flash_tool folders. Open flash_tool folder and run flash_tool.exe if you are using windows 7 or later please run this using administrator privilege.
  3. On the flash tool, make sure DA DL All with Checksum option already checked, this option will avoid DA Image Fail when finish flashing.
  4. Now click the Scatter-Loading button and point it to target_bin folder and select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt this will automatically load all images files to flash tool. 
    Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210
  5. When finish with flash tool, now press Download button or hit F9, flash tool will begin to initialize this will take like 25-30 seconds to finish and become ready to make connection with your device.
  6. Now turn off your device, since Lenovo S960 use non removable battery you must make sure it completely turn off so just wait like 20 seconds before connecting your device to your computer. Now connect your device to your computer using USB cable, flash tool will recognize your device and begin to start flashing process. 
  7. This process will take 5-6 minutes to finish just wait and if you can see GREEN CIRCLE on the middle of flash tool then you can disconnect your device.
    Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210
  8. Done, now you already successful update your Lenovo S960 with the latest ROW version firmware, go to System Setting ↦ About Phone look at the Build Number confirm it has same version with the downloaded.
That all, please make sure you read careful and follow step by step with care, leave any comments if you found problems regarding this guide, and thank you for your visit
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Freny Lye
6 years ago

Hi, why after flash my phone ..i got emergency call only ..

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

hi,
check this, dial *#06# if this show you invalid then you lose your IMEI, do you has IMEI backup ? if not then follow this step to root ROW firmware http://bit.ly/1ijZPoD after successful rooting follow this for fix http://bit.ly/1nKiGOH

Mirosław Cimochowski
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

I looking a ROM with polish language, could you hepl me?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

I think polish language provide by ROW firmware but i can confirm it, maybe other reader that already try ROW firmware can confirm it.

Mirosław Cimochowski
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

I upload this ROM ROW S210 but he does't have a Polish language. Everything works nicely, google apps as well. I updated up to the ROW S211 but still no Polish language. I updated up to the ROW S211 but still no Polish language. When I bought this phone had 4.4.2 and language was Polish, but after the update has stopped me something to work, I am looking for version 4.4.2 such that I had.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

Than, polish language not include on multi language ROM Internatinal version, your first firmware from the store is firmware modified from the store you bought the phone. It like personal modified, try contact the store again if you could.

Mirosław Cimochowski
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

Ok, I found multilanguage ROM on site needroom.com, thank you.

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

Good, (y)

adzaly
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

hi andy
i still have same imei but still get no signal.. what to do?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Freny Lye

Hi,
Try to change the modem file, but so sorry i don't have guide to change it yet

Eric Lim
6 years ago

Hi. I keep getting this error when I try to upgrade to this ROW version http://prntscr.com/56ymb4 My current firmware is CN version with Vibe UI 2.0 and no Google Apps. I want to upgrade to this version instead to get Google Apps without rooting my phone. Should I click Firmware Upgrade instead of Download?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Hi,
Yes you can try click firmware upgrade button instead of download button.

Eric Lim
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Do you think it is safe? Will it not break my device?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Every upgrade device has possibility to brick your device, but upgrade button is more safe than download. Because it will only upgrade your firmware without formating first. But it the solution for the error number you had.

Eric Lim
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Okay. Thanks for the info. I'm currently in the upgrade process now. 🙂

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Good and good luck, keep visitong the blog for useful information 🙂

Eric Lim
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Thanks. Got it upgraded successfully. Will be looking forward for your next firmware update for this device. I hope a new ROW update will come soon with Vibe UI 2 and working Google apps. Keep up the good work. 🙂

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Good job and thank you for leaving positive comments

Deo xRunneRx
6 years ago

flash tool freeze… for FT,it has to be ready before connect device? follow through the step.. but im stuck there.. has been half an hour but still uncomplete.. any idea? mode at the last row was at first 'searching' than turning to 'usb' but no ready? do i need to redownload the "MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc" file as it failed for the first time? and if i connect the device at the time downloading/start the FT process.. will it corrupt the scatter file? or THE PHONE?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  Deo xRunneRx

Hello,
Check is your USB VCOM driver is installed completely, flash tool will not recognize your device when USB VCOM driver not install properly, and flash tool will just idle not show any progress. So check your USB VCOM installation first

Cristian Lucian
6 years ago

Hello I did this firmware update and everything was ok. After I received a notification online that there is a new update which I did it.
Now I have this firmware S960_ROW_S211 but the problem is that the battery is draining too fast.
My question is: how can I return to the previous firmware S960_ROW_S210.
Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

androidrookies
6 years ago

Hi,
To return you need to re flashing the ROW_S210 because after do update there is possible to revert without flashing. Just follow the above guide will make your device become ROW_S210.
Thank you and happy new year too.

the curious
6 years ago

Does vibe x have a newer version of firmware? If it does, can it be updated automatically without doing all these steps?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  the curious

hi,
The latest firsmware for Lenovo S960 is S211, you can look at this here bit.ly/1xGvKKM. Lenovo have 2 method for update OTA and flash tool, the guide i made is flash tool method but you can also use OTA method that required internet connection while update. Once you update to the latest turn on your automatic system update it will bring you to the latest firmware

ZOOM IN
6 years ago

After turn off the phone
Enters the battery charge mode ?? !!
What i can do?

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  ZOOM IN

hi,
wait like about 10 minutes then connect your phone to computer. but in computer must already run flash tool and usb vcom driver already installed properly

ZOOM IN
6 years ago
Reply to  ZOOM IN

Thank you
Everything has been successfully

androidrookies
6 years ago
Reply to  ZOOM IN

your welcome and thank you for your visit.
good luck for you

Jeremy Wan
5 years ago

Hi Andy, I need your help seriously.

While flashing the rom to my s960.
Error Pop out from the Flash tool.

Common Hint: SP FLASH tool issues:

Please supply your tool version, GUI screen shot, and tool logs when you encounter trouble with the tool, How to obtain the tool logs:

1. Run the tool:
2. Press Ctrl+Alt+t(Tool Title Hint:Runtime Trace Mode):
3. [Menu]Help-[Submenu]open logs folder

BROM ERROR ; S_DA_SDMMC_WRITE_FAILED(3149)

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeremy Wan

hi,
try re flash again but now make sure cable is in ok condition.
i think because of that, look like flash tool unable write to your device

Jeremy Wan
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeremy Wan

andy, i try again, and use other cable as well.
the error pop out again. T.T

Im phoneless now..

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeremy Wan

hi,
try using another flash tool, use v5 flash tool and see what happen.
or maybe try using this guide http://bit.ly/1vo0xyi, it china firmware maybe your device is china device.
or try another firmware like this guide http://bit.ly/1xGvKKM

Jeremy Wan
5 years ago

Hi andy,

I tried using v5 flash tool and other rom as well.
Nothing happen.
Please help me,.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jeremy Wan

hi,
maybe that a hardware failure, specially on emmc. bring your device to lenovo service center let them fix it

Computel Margarita, C.A.

Hi andy, are u solved no service issue? can u help me to solve it? Thanks

androidrookies
5 years ago

hi,
check your IMEI, dial *#06# if it invalid just follow this guide http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ.

Javier Álvarez
5 years ago

how I do to remove the batery??

androidrookies
5 years ago

hi,
since Lenovo S960 use non removable battery you must make sure it completely turn off so just wait like 20 seconds before connecting your device to your computer.
If you wanna remove the battery you must open the back case and then remove all cable that connect to the battery.

Yash Amol
5 years ago

any other link this firmware sir

androidrookies
5 years ago

No there is other download link, why?

Raffhy Macelisa
5 years ago

Image USRDATA checksum failed?

androidrookies
5 years ago

please tell me more,
it happen when extract or flashing or what, tell me more about the problem.

Raffhy Macelisa
5 years ago

i scatter MT6589_android_scatter_emmc then click download then flash the message " Image USRDDATA Checksum failed! checksum reference value (0x704) in the config ini file. Please re-fill correct checksum values in Checksum.INI under tool folder and re-load scatter again.

androidrookies
5 years ago

wierd, try to rename the checksum.ini inside the ROM folder and the try to reflash again.

Raffhy Macelisa
5 years ago

ROM folder? in target bin or flash tool? i change the name checksum.ini to???

androidrookies
5 years ago

ROM folder is target bin, inside you can found the ROM files and the checksum.ini file

Raffhy Macelisa
5 years ago

i think they want me to change the value of the USRDATA in the checksum?
USRDATA=0x00000704

androidrookies
5 years ago

ok, up to you. are you using scatter files from the downloaded ROM or using you own ?
are you modified any ROM files ?
because the error tell that you USRDATA is not belong to the scatter file and the checksum.ini reject it.

Raffhy Macelisa
5 years ago

i use your downloaded files..any suggestion what value i change?

androidrookies
5 years ago

no, and i already tell you what to try above so, if you want to change something then i dont know what to change. sorry

wonders9900
4 years ago

hi, my lenovo s960 vibe x has a non-removable battery. is it possible to still install this and go on with the procedures without taking out the battery? thank you in advance.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  wonders9900

Reads step number 6, it answer your question

jeff wong
4 years ago

hi Andy ,
My Lenovo S960 had an error 1041 after i try to flash with the way you teach.
Do you have solution for error 1041???
Thank you..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  jeff wong

Errror 1041 is because your device produced in 2014, and it need specizl preloader search at google special preloader for Lenovo S960 error 1041

Leo De Guzman
4 years ago

hey bro the sp flashtool says nand flash is not detected…. is it serious problem?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Leo De Guzman

I think your partition is ruined, i just my prediction but for sure if you already cant fix it then you must go to professional one that understand about the device.
If you gonne flash it you will flash ot on nand partition

Unknown
4 years ago

Network problem after update firmware.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

chnage the modem file, you can search the guide in this blog but remember to backup your current modem file first