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Hey!

I managed to find a cheap N900 but it's... dead.

It's got a green light only and no display. After a struggle to find any flasher-3.5 and RX-51 bin files I cannot get it to show on PC (win 10/64 bit).

Wondering if anyone can share any ideas on if its salvageable?
Not too fussed if its dead - I'll just display on desk (its in great condition).

Symptoms:
Green light when plugged in
Nothing showing in device manager
No gui/no vibrate on power press.

Open to any thoughts.

Edit: on my old mac laptop - its a dark green light on the charger and no device found.
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Originally Posted by kingoddball View Post
Symptoms:
Green light when plugged in
Nothing showing in device manager
No gui/no vibrate on power press.
First I would try another battery, the best would be a new one.
Or at least one which is known to work.
 

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I would also see what or how the computer see it when connect via usb.
 

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I would also see what or how the computer see it when connect via usb.
When the battery is really dead you will see nothing, also in addition the usb plug could be half broken and you will see nothing. I think in both cases the led will be on.

When the battery and N900 is not totally dead, and you see some dmesg output, but the flasher doesn't recognized it (suitable device is not found), then it could be that the boot loader is corrupted. This could be fixed by cold flashing the device.

Read this thread maybe it is interesting for you. However go for a good battery and then we can see if it is really a paperweight.
 

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just copy the words that nokia flasher tool show up!!!!!!
 

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just copy the words that nokia flasher tool show up!!!!!!
Could also be a driver problem win x64?

You could try this.
 

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Thanks!
Will test with cold boot.
The battery seems dead, multimeter could not get any readings.
I ordered a new battery from eBay.
As for x64 drivers that very possible but my laptop is the same Mac I had when the n900 was in its prime (same OS still running) and that is where the light was barely on.

On desktop - standard green light.
MacBook - barely visible dark green.
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Originally Posted by EL_CID_CAMPEADOR View Post
just copy the words that nokia flasher tool show up!!!!!!
No can do unfortunately. PC and Mac don't see it - no output other than waiting for suitable device.

No unknown devices, no lsusb showing up.
I have a thought on connecting my benchtop PSU to it but too risky 😂
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Interesting... Decided to connect up the bench PSU and after a bit of fiddling I got the Nokia screen to boot up!!!!
I can't connect USB or anything right now but I got to Nokia screen.
I'll upload some pics - looks scarry and was ����
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I'm back - likely the last time for this evening but!
1 Laptop
1 USB
1 Benchtop PSU
1 Dead N900
= Not working BUT not exactly dead!

I got the N900 into USB mode (hold U) and my mac saw it!

Unfortunately I've encountered an error I have no seen before:

Jasons-MacBook-Pro:~ Jason$ sudo flasher -F /Users/Jason/Desktop/N900/RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.13-2.VANILLA_PR_EMMC_MR0_ARM.bin -f
flasher 3.12.1 (Oct 5 2011) Harmattan
WARNING: This tool is intended for professional use only. Using it may result
in permanently damaging your device or losing the warranty.

Suitable USB interface (bootloader/phonet) not found, waiting...
USB device found at bus 253, device address 4.
Device serial number is
Sending request 0x01 failed: Operation timed out
NOLO_REQ_GET_STATUS: Operation timed out
ERROR: Device status query failed
Jasons-MacBook-Pro:~ Jason$


Error on flasher is
Sending request 0x01 failed: Operation timed out
NOLO_REQ_GET_STATUS: Operation timed out


And for some fun I have got some pics!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2f0IgiCRvUwFX7XA2

Its old school stupid hackery Please enjoy some pics and I'll keep at it until my new battery arrives.
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