How To: Hard Reset Your Nokia N900 (Get It Back to Out of Box State)

I Before You Begin

1. This will completely erase everything on your Nokia N900 and get it back to exactly the way it was when it arrived in the box.

2. This is perfect for people reselling their Nokia N900 or just want to start from scratch.

3. THIS DOES NOT WORK ON WINDOWS 7 BECAUSE OF USB ISSUES. FIND A WINDOWS VISTA OR LOWER SYSTEM TO USE TO DO THIS!

II. Download the Firmware, eMMC, and Firmware Flasher

1. Download the Flasher 3.5 program from here and then run the .exe (at the time of writing this, it is called “maemo_flasher-3.5_2.5.2.2.exe”:

Flasher 3.5

2. Then download the latest firmware for your phone here (it will be a .bin file and say Latest then your region next to it) AND download the eMMC image AS WELL (it will also be a .bin file but will look like this “RX-51_2009SE_1.2009.41-1.VANILLA_PR_EMMC_MR0_ARM.bin”)

N900 Firmware and eMMC (it will ask you for your phone’s IMEI to continue)

3. Save both the .bin files into the Flasher 3.5 folder that was created by the flasher-3.5.exe program you installer earlier (which should be Program Files > Maemo > Flasher-3.5).

4. Rename the two files like so (to make life easier later):

Latest firmware – rename it to “firmware” (no quotes)
eMMC file – rename it to “emmc” (no quotes

III. Flash the Phone

1. Turn off the phone

2. Hold down the u button on the keyboard of your phone and while holding it plug in the USB cable connected to your computer. (You should see a very DIM Nokia screen with a little USB sybol in the top right corner on the phone).

3. Open the command prompt on your computer by going to start and typing in cmd into the search box and hitting enter.

4. First we flash the firmware file, type in the following commands hitting enter at the end of each line:

cd\
cd c:\programfiles\maemo\flasher-3.5\ (*if you are using a 64 bit system, replace “program files” with “program files (x86)”)

flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R (*if you get a %m error after typing this, go back to the files and .bin after their name and try again. Also try not having the -R at the end.)

5. Leave the command prompt open and wait for the phone to finish flashing and rebooting, then turn off the phone.

6. Hold down the u button on the keyboard of your phone and while holding it plug in the USB cable connected to your computer. (You should see a very DIM Nokia screen with a little USB sybol in the top right corner on the phone).

7. With the command prompt still open on your computer from the firmware flash, we can now flash the eMMC file. Type in the following commands into the command prompt with hitting enter at the end of each line:

flasher-3.5.exe -F emmc.bin -f -R  (*if you get a %m error after typing this, go back to the files and .bin after their name and try again. Also try not having the -R at the end.)

9. Wait for the phone to reboot. All done! Phone is now back to out of box state.

  • bob

    thanks
    i was waiting for this long time

    • Bob,

      Glad to help 🙂

      • Freaks7

        what do u do exactly after typing the code? do you just hit enter or something?

        • Nomanullahkhan

          when i type everything correctly after flasher-3.5.exe -F RX-51.bin -f -R and enter.. then it displays %m what is this problem??? please help…i reely need to flash my phone its just showing 4GB memory available out of 32GB 🙁

          • Legend killer

            hey flash ur emmc first, then firmware..

          • Nomanullahkhan

            yepppy…fynally i did it..actually my system was full of virus..i had to format and install antivirus and after that i flashed ma phone,,,then it worked superbly…cheeeers and thaks to alll 🙂

  • melodicdeath

    i am trying to flash emmc but can’t. i get “suitable usb no found” and also ” found new hardware a problem occured during hardware installation”

    • Melodicdeath,

      Reset your computer and try again.

  • tired

    i got same problem with melodicdeath, it keep say “found new hardware a problem occured during hardware installation” and wont re flash MMC, already try reset my comp but nothing happen still got same problem and wont re flashed MMC, i try re flash under win XP SP 2, but i dont have any problem for re flash OS. is there anyone can help me.

  • angel

    suitable USB device not found. waiting

    any solutions?

    • Angel,

      When are you getting that error? If it is before you do anything else, then read the before you begin (you have Windows 7). Otherwise, if it was recognized before, then reboot the computer and continue.

  • angel

    I’m using vista home premium 64bit and that text appears right after flashing the device with the firmware.bin

    • Angel,

      Then reboot the computer and unplug then plug the phone back in and wait for it to install drivers.

  • sam

    i got the same problem here with xp
    suitable usb device not found
    please help

  • vinvent

    I have a problem “suitable usb device not found, waiting.” when i installed emmc.bin in step 2. reset computer and try again but a problem have not solved.
    any solution?

    • Vinvent,

      Turn the phone back on to normal mode, plug it in and then wait for the computer to install the drivers again. Then turn it off and put it back into Download mode and try again.

  • Fabin

    T-H-A-N-K-S A L-O-T !!!
    you’re helping hundreds of people, including me !
    thanks !

  • rob

    after i hit enter it says : progrmfiles……\flas3.5\ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    Any solutions???? PLSSS???

  • rob

    what is “a typo”????

  • rob

    its still not working!!!!!

    Help PLS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • alex

    i have the same problem as rob,just said is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.i have been trying and my head is a mess , i cant handle anymore so please THEUNLOCKR I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE

  • Mark

    Hey i tried downloading the Vanilla version of the eMMC content for Nokia N900, and its not finishing the file download. It stops at 97% and wont complete.
    Any ideas please?
    thanks!

  • achko

    u will need windows xp service pack 3, thats all, just go step by step and it works like a sharm!

  • paan

    can i do this method if my emmc already corrupted.since i format it at a mobile shop.
    pls help me..

    • Paan,

      Yes this should work even if your Nokia wont boot.

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  • damien

    man thanks a lot! really needed to start from scratch!! very easy steps to follow. once again thanks!

  • sunnt

    hi there Mr admin i have the same problem it said programm not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz do something i willllllllll be realy thankfulllllllllllll.what do i do

  • Maddy

    what if it doesn’t flash??

  • surtr

    hi unlockrs. FYI I had some problems rebooting after the firmware, tried it a few times and then went troubleshooting – leaving out the -R command for the firmware flash worked well, progressing straight onto the emmc flash.

    • Surtr,

      Nice! I’ll add it to the procedure!

  • soultmich

    I have done the steps again and again!!! it reboots after the firmware and then when i put the emmc it says that it is successfully flashed and it doesn’t reboot so i disconnect it and open it and it doesn’t open properly it loads squares instead of letters and numbers… !!! I cant understand what is going on and I realllyyyyyyyyyy need my phone!!!! PLEAAAAAASEEEEEE HELP!!!!

  • soultmich

    Also i would like to ask what will happen if i don’t flash the emmc.bin??? because before flashing it the phone starts normally and shows the pin code and the region, time etc.. settings screen….. will it work properly??? because I’ ve tried it several times and the result is the same…. squares instead of numbers…. 🙁

  • flyson

    Thank you so much for this!!

    your the man!

  • T-Bag

    Hi guys, i got stucked. When i installed firmware and then emmc { as in manual} everytime when i finish it and reboot it, cos problem with images { no imaga found. So after third reinstal i went to memo org and it says that u should at first instal EMMC { without parametr -R } then unplug phone, then plug it in and instal firmware. But do NOT reboot between them instalations {thats why do NOT type parametr -R when u instal EMMC}… now it works fine.

    • T bag,

      Thanks! Will update the procedure!

  • T-Bag

    TheUnlockr,

    No problem man, u helped me and i helped u… it should be like that.

    Btw it should work on win 7 too,just is problem when u use 64bit system.

    Check it out: https://wiki.maemo.org/Updating_the_tablet_firmware#Flashing_the_eMMC_in_the_N900

  • Rizwan Bunce

    i did the all process as you mention but after running firmware process it dose not rebot after flashing process. and same after emmc process

    Please help me what should i do
    Thanks

  • T-Bag

    Rizwan: Did u put parametr ” -R ” into cmd line? {ie: flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R} and did u get any error message?
    ANd what did u do first? Instal emmc or firmware?

  • N900 Freak

    TheUnlockr,

    Will this procedure completely erase everything, even things like facebook widget, foreca weather, and stuff like that ?

    Thnx

  • N900 Freak

    LOL havent finished.

    (cont.)Even if they come with the phone?

  • T-Bag

    N900 Freak:
    Yea, it will completely delete all stuff in phone. But you right, that firmaware contains facebook widget, foreca widget, etc. These stuff will be in phone after instalation, u will just need it to set them up.
    {Its like reinstal Windows when u format HDD}

  • N900 Freak

    T-Bag,

    K thnx! 😀

  • N900 Freak

    TheUnlockr,

    Thank U very much for telling me how to reset my nokia. You just saved me from getting told off by my parents! 😀

  • taslim

    hello geeks.

    my n900 usb is ripped off and now i desperately need to flash it.

    is there any other way to flash a nokia n900 without the usb port, like using a combination of hardware keys just like other symbian phones?

    • TheUnlockr

      Taslim,

      Unfortunately you need to plug in to the computer to hard reset.

  • Infenro

    hi there,
    kinda cant use thet “    ” how to type that in the cmd?

    • Inferno,

      Thanks for letting me know those were there. We recently moved to a new server and for some reason those A’s have been showing up on pages (thought I got rid of them all). Removed them they are not supposed to be typed in.

  • jas

    Thank you so much for this!!

    your the man!

  • ANA

    i used PR 1.2 version 10.2010.19-1 (Latest Maemo 5 USA release for nokia N900)
    for the firmware…. and i used eMMC content 10.2010.13-2 (Latest Vanilla version of the eMMC content for Nokia N900). those are the latest ones. cause the ones u used on da video are older versions. BUTTT when i was done w everythin.. after flashing the emmc. it rebooted and said IMAGE MISSING… wat can i do? should i just use da old version u used? is the firmware any different from new or old version?

    • T-Bag

      What did you instal first- EMMC or firmware? If you install firmware first, then reboot and then u instal EMMC and reboot….. Try instal EMMC first, but do NOT reboot { do not type parametr “-R” in command line} and then instal firmware.

      • Hassamahmed786

        “MALFUNCTION! DEVICE SHUTDOWN IN 10 s. and it keeps on restarting again and again. please tell me how can i fix this problem. and also tell me how to flash N900 USING WINDOWS 7 i want to flash my n900 as i m not using any external card. please tell me the commands too. i m in a great trouble please help me please please. moreover, which firmware should i download if i m living in PAKISTAN. please help me please please….

  • HARRY M

    HI THERE THANKS FOR THE HELP,
    WORKS,
    REBOOTING TAKES A BIT LONGER AND ALL BUT ALL WORK FOR ME
    PS, WHEN TYPING IN THE COMMANDE LINES EVERYONE IF , ONCE U WRITE PROGRAMEFILES/MEAMO/FLASHE3.5 AND AFTER ALL U REAAL HAVE TO DO IF TYPE THE FIRST LETTER AND PRESS TAB AND IT WILL FINISH WRITING WHAT U NEEDED, ETC ETC

  • ivo

    THANKS! it worked :]

  • ivo

    darn, it did reflash, but now i cant use my sim and the turning on loading screen takes ages…… :((

    • T-Bag

      Try to flash it again and make sure, that u took SIM away before you are going to flash it. And also u can try to instal EMMC first, but in command line dont type ” -R” {it wont reboot} and then instal firmware. It takes 15min to try it and you will see.

      PS: Make sure you installing latest versions

  • @ T-Bag

    Lol we had the same problem saying “no image found”.
    Now its all good. after i saw were you have to flash EMMC first then flash the firmware.
    I followed the video at first try.

    I also used Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit
    and it worked fine for me and also detects my n900 fine.

    Thanks Unlockr.

  • Lm

    hI. My N900 usb port is broken,

    is there another way i can reset by pressing some hardware keys without usb?

  • T-Bag

    Hi, unfortunetaly there is no other way ;(
    You will need to get your USB port fix at first and then reinstal it…

  • cute devil

    heyy mannnnnnnn thankssssss a lot
    u dont know know how much hav u helped me
    but i hav a problem
    when the firmware is updation is done and i tyr the emmc part it shows
    “suitable usb device not found , waiting ”
    i tried rebooting also but dis does not work
    but my phone is working fine without it also
    then wat is the use of it
    hope ull reply soon
    thanks so much dude

    • T-Bag

      HI…
      When u instal firmware, do not put parameter “-R” into cmd line, it won`t restart phone and try it again.
      In case it help, but it will show you on screen No Pictures Found, then instal at first EMMC {also don`t put parameter “-R” into cmd line} and then instal Firmware {with parameter “-R”}

      • cute devil

        hey there its still the same
        it shows this exactly
        Image ‘mmc’, size 241163 kB
        Version RX-51_2009SE_1.2009.41-1.VANILLA
        Suitable USB device not found, waiting.
        USB device found found at bus bus-0, device address \\.\libusb0-0001–0x0421-0x0
        105.
        Found device RX-51, hardware revision 2101
        NOLO version 1.4.14
        Version of ‘sw-release’: RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.19-1.004_PR_004
        Booting device into flash mode.
        Suitable USB device not found, waiting.

        • T-Bag

          So if i understand right: Your new frmware is installed , but when u tried to instal EMMC, you got this error.

          If you use laptop, try to use back USB ports, not front.
          On PC use USB ports whats on motherboard, instead of any USB hub.

          BTW, how long did u wait before u close command line, when u saw : “Suitable USB device not found, waiting.” Sometimes it takes up to 20s till device is found.

          • cute devil

            well i waited for aprox 5mins but notin happens
            and i m using motherbord usb port i ve tried with and without -R but it is the same
            and yes firmware is installed but emms is notb
            and one thing more when i give the command of emmc flash
            at the bottom right screen it shows
            “problem occered while installing your new device might not work properly”
            plz help

          • cute devil

            hey thanks for the help
            now i ve understood wat was the prob
            i was using xp srevice pck 2
            i upgraded it and now its done
            thanks for the hel
            T-Bag
            and one thing more
            i want skype for my phone
            when i go to ovi it says skype is pre installed
            but i am not able to find it in my phone can you help plz
            and thanks a lot for your help
            will never forget u
            and again thanks a lot

  • Guys, im still @ the Error message : flasher-3.5.exe is not recognised as an Internal or External command, operable program or Batch…
    I have even removed -R and tried, but failed to flash firmware.bin…
    Help Needed… :\
    Regards

    • T-Bag

      Parameter “-R” mean restart after instal, so it shouldn help.

      What system are you using?
      btw try to change name from: flasher-3.5.exe to: flasher.exe

  • salim

    guys I have a problem with updating! when I at first time updating with app manager, my phone rebooted everytime. And than I’m update with flasher, but now when I want to use keyboard my phone switching off
    Heeeeeelp meeeee PLEASE!

    • T-Bag

      what did u reboot? Just firmware or frmware & EMMC?

      • T-Bag

        Sry i mean, what did u reinstal, just firmware or Firmware & EMMC?

  • Still no luck Man… 🙁
    Im using Windows Vista 32-bit OS…
    Is this what u asked for???

    • T-Bag

      man, whats is in your cmd line?
      whole line should look like this:
      C:\>”Program Files\maemo\flasher-3.5\flasher-3.5.exe”

  • T-Bag

    :::::: cute devil ::::::

    it looks like problem with driver sign… what system u have?

    • T-Bag

      ::: about SKYPE :::
      go to: Settings -> VoIP and IM Accounts
      Create NEW and select Skype, then just fill Skype Name and Password

  • christopher

    tried it and keep gettin errors. my phone is made in korea. system cannot find patch

    • T-Bag

      when u get this error? in cmd line, when u type:

      cd c:\programfiles\maemo\flasher-3.5\flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R {hit ENTER}

  • Luck

    thanx a lot for this post it really help me a lot…

  • sj

    for all who having problem after flashing they firmware,there a easy solution to format your emmc
    after doing the firmware flashing step wait for your phone reboot then go to setting right on top tap on setting then u will see clear device tap on it , then it will ask u for a code just tip 12345 then tap ok , then you will see emmc to it factory status . HOPE IT HELP

    • T-Bag

      sj:
      when u do this, u just reset EMMC to factory settings, its not instaling latest version…

  • Yasir

    Hey Unlockr

    after “flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R” I keep getting this error ” FIASCO subimage length mismatch”
    I just cant get this flash to work….I m using Vista Home prmium and have rebooted my computer….but no luck …give me a solution here….thanks

    • T-Bag

      did u use latest version of it?

  • YEAH!! but to business thanks heaps man!! cheers

  • Hi brothers please help me now i got confused, first i have to install firmware or emmc please tell but the above video says firmware then emmc.
    but T-BAG says first install emmc and then install firmware so please tell the proper way pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee!

    • Thulasi,

      Nokia’s website that you download the firmware files from, says firmware THEN emmc.

    • T-Bag

      its up to u man, u can instal firmware first and then EMMC, but if u get error with pictures ( no pictures will be showed) then instal EMMC first and then firmware….
      as unlocker said: nokia says instal firmware first, but maemo.org ( page all about N900 firmware) says instal EMMC first….

      Well if u get any problem after this, let me know… we will find the way how to fix it ;]

  • scott

    iv updated it but cant use my sim the flashing went fine!!! please help

    • T-Bag

      What does it say?
      btw did u keep SIM in phone during flashing?

  • scott

    no the sim was out im using the uk firmware its just got a sim with a red line through it

  • scott

    iv just tried reflashing again and now it wont find the path at all even though it worked earlier (weird) im flashing again cause when i try to install fmms it says some packages missing even though iv got the catolauges all installed

  • man thank you very very much i was having reboothing problem n it got solved thank u very very much

  • Aikon

    Hello

    What if I am already at the latest firmware version of V 10.2010.19.1.002 RX 51 on my N900, and all I want to do is reset the phone back to the factory settings.

    Should I just install the following file for my USA device ?
    RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.13-2.VANILLA_PR_EMMC_MR0_ARM.bin

    I hope Nokia makes this easier for MeeGo devices!!

    • Aikon,

      If you just flash the exact same firmware you are on already that is essentially reseting the phone back to factory settings.
      So search the list for the 10.2010.19 firmware.

  • Damani Firoz

    i have format my nokia n 900 using the method you have explain in your webside, the formating is completed but now im having problem with i cnt see skype in my phone and when i am downloading the pidgin protocols plugin for conversations and contacts software from app manager i cnt longin to my account it says not sing in plz help me(i bought this phone in uk now im using it in india n i hv downloaded the N 900 firmware and eMMC of india )

  • Hi Brothers i downloaded EMMC in net it shows 255mb size but it complet downloaded size is 249mb is it right please tell me

  • nyymi1234214

    Hi. I tried flashing my n900 and it flashed the firmware ok but i tried to flash the eMMC then and when it was finished the screen flashed a couple of times then turned off and was charging the phone so i took off the usb cable and booted the phone, after that it had said MISSING IMAGE and i coulnd do anything. I tried reflashing it couple of times but had the same effect, then i tried to flash only the firmware on the phone and it worked just well. What seems to be the problem?

    What effects does it have on the phone if i didn’t install the eMMC on the phone? What files and stuff does that contain? Something i cant use now that i havent installed that one ?

    • BrokenFuse

      Am Having the exact same problem. Would also like to know if there is anything i am missing by not using the eMMC.bin file.

      • Nachofly

        yeah i have the same proble too, and did the same thing….

      • Nachofly

        yeah i have the same proble too, and did the same thing….

  • Hi Unlocker please help me please

    c:programfilesmaemoflasher-3.5flasher-3.5.exe-F firmware.bin-f

    c:programfilesmaemoflasher-3.5flasher-3.5.exe-F emmc.bin-f-R

    if i use the above commands the system cannot find the path specified error comming

    • nyymi1234214

      Well, You have to put o space after the .exe like “.exe -F” not “exe-F”, and “firmware.bin -f” not “firmware.bin-f”

      One thing I had to do was to put a space on the \Program files\, and I need to use a big F letter on “Flasher-3.5.exe” to get it to work, maybe this helps you even a bit ?

      so try using this: c:\proggram files\maemo\lasher-3.5\Flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f

      I dont know if it something you really need to do but didnt work for me with small letters :l

      • nyymi1234214

        damn had a typo on that, missing on “f” letter after the maemo\ ;D and cant edit

  • and my phone is not detecting my laptop is XP service pack3 only i checked

  • fadz

    hi all !
    i tried downloading the emmc that was 250MB for 5 times and everytime it reaches around 97 percent, it freezes and stops downloading and i have downloaded a lot bigger files.
    please advise
    thanks in advance

  • steph

    hello, im up to the step were i am typing in the information into th e run program.. the problem is that when i press enter, not only is it an error, but also the sentence has automatically been started for me. i followed all procedures, even the alternatives, and i made sure the pathway of the files are correct, but it is still not working. can you please help me ?

  • Hi if i give the command means it comes like

  • Pilar

    Hello,
    I´m having some problems! Always that I try to flash the eMMC the instalation seams to don´t be completed. I did the software reflashing without the -R and than the eMMC with the -R. The phone starts to turn on and stop with some dark points…. please hellp me!!!

  • Pilar

    Hello,
    I´m having some problems! Always that I try to flash the eMMC the instalation seams to don´t be completed. I did the software reflashing without the -R and than the eMMC with the -R. The eMMC process doesn´t seamns to be completed…. Anyway the phone look to be restarted and stop with some dark points…. please hellp me!!!

  • Raadt

    Hi, I’m using Windows Vista x64 and when I try to flash the “firmware” file it says “Suitable USB device not found, waiting.” So I rebooted the PC and tried to flash again, but the same message shows. I also tried using the command with and without the -R, but still the same issue. I’m also using one of the motherboard USBs. I don’t know what else I can do.. Suggestions, anyone?

  • Noman ahsan

    everything is downloaded and connection to my laptop is also ok…but when i start command prompt and write
    c:>Program Filesmaemoflasher-3.5….gives error….i did it with small lettere and also no space between programefiles….not working…will some one help me please…..
    thanx alot…

  • Noman ahsan

    everything is downloaded and connection to my laptop is also ok…but when i start command prompt and write
    c:>Program Filesmaemoflasher-3.5….gives error….i did it with small lettere and also no space between programefiles….not working…will some one help me please…..
    thanx alot…

    • Bklynzbest

      hey noman try this……go to program files>maemo>flasher 3.5 double click on the flasher 3.5…and a command prompt will open Maemo Flasher 3.5
      then enter Flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R
      and hit enter
      Note. the file named “firmware” should actually be named “firmware.bin”
      and do this again for “emmc.bin”

      and if you’ve flashed it with emmc and the phone when turned on says “no image available” flash it again with “frirmware.bin”

      i know ive been through this confusing hassle
      and you can always reply back for more help..

    • Bklynzbest

      hey noman try this……go to program files>maemo>flasher 3.5 double click on the flasher 3.5…and a command prompt will open Maemo Flasher 3.5
      then enter Flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R
      and hit enter
      Note. the file named “firmware” should actually be named “firmware.bin”
      and do this again for “emmc.bin”

      and if you’ve flashed it with emmc and the phone when turned on says “no image available” flash it again with “frirmware.bin”

      i know ive been through this confusing hassle
      and you can always reply back for more help..

  • Hassamahmed786

    “MALFUNCTION! DEVICE SHUTDOWN IN 10 s. and it keeps on restarting again and again. please tell me how can i fix this problem. and also tell me how to flash N900 USING WINDOWS 7 i want to flash my n900 as i m not using any external card. please tell me the commands too. i m in a great trouble please help me please please. moreover, which firmware should i download if i m living in PAKISTAN. please help me please please….

  • Nachofly

    i´m reading so many issues and problems… i´m having second thoughts of doing this to this phone.

  • Johannes Risakotta

    your creation to show how to hardreset the Nokia N900 it’s greatfull, however I have some question – would you please show me and explain those three ways you’d wrote,typing on the Windows CMD window I mean the following commands after – cd ???????
    My name Johannes Risakotta, age 72 years, living in Germany and I do have a Nokia N900 and I wanna sell my smartphone after doing the hardreset on it.
    With regards

    Johannes R.
    My e-mail addr.: johrisa@gmx.net and thanks at all

  • Johannes Risakotta

    your creation to show how to hardreset the Nokia N900 it’s greatfull, however I have some question – would you please show me and explain those three ways you’d wrote,typing on the Windows CMD window I mean the following commands after – cd ???????
    My name Johannes Risakotta, age 72 years, living in Germany and I do have a Nokia N900 and I wanna sell my smartphone after doing the hardreset on it.
    With regards

    Johannes R.
    My e-mail addr.: johrisa@gmx.net and thanks at all

  • Johannes Risakotta

    your creation to show how to hardreset the Nokia N900 it’s greatfull, however I have some question – would you please show me and explain those three ways you’d wrote,typing on the Windows CMD window I mean the following commands after – cd ???????
    My name Johannes Risakotta, age 72 years, living in Germany and I do have a Nokia N900 and I wanna sell my smartphone after doing the hardreset on it.
    With regards

    Johannes R.
    My e-mail addr.: johrisa@gmx.net and thanks at all

  • Jawwad

    EMMC is not installed this error come:
    suitable USB device not found, waiting
    i dissconnected it and now my sim is not working

    HELP HELP

  • Wasimdahdouli

    After I did the flash i did get zeros over the whole screen and it sayd that it was missing a image 🙁 any clues people?

    • Rshoood_91

      same thing with me 🙁
      can u till me how to fix it !

  • Bats6292009

    hi please please can you please write for me a email how to do. because i cant get it while i am reading this info. i hope you can help me by sending a email to my email add. bats6292009@hotmail.com if you do a favor to me please write to me a proper way to apply, so that i will do your style typing by RUN thanks God bless…

    • Dark Angel

      hi i need u to pass me that email cause i’m in the same problem , i need a screen shot to every possaible step to move on with that matter plz

      u can pass them right to my email alsominishamlan@gmail.com

      thanks 4 help 🙂

  • Bats6292009

    hi please please can you please write for me a email how to do. because i cant get it while i am reading this info. i hope you can help me by sending a email to my email add. bats6292009@hotmail.com if you do a favor to me please write to me a proper way to apply, so that i will do your style typing by RUN thanks God bless…

  • William B.

    Hi. I did the flash, first the firmware and after the EMMC. But my N900 don`t reboot after the installation of EMMC, then i boot manually and now the only message is: MISSING IMAGE. I`ve tried to re-install the firmware, also the EMMC, but both don`t work. Please any help?

    • T-Bag

      Make sure that u installed firmware first and then EMMC….when installing firmware do NOT put -R parameter before installing EMMC, it means your phone should NOT rebbot between instalations.

  • T-Bag

    Guys, theres is a way how to fix USB issue with Win 7 32 or 64bit, in case u will need help, let me know: devilsek@seznam.cz
    or if TheUnlockr wants to add it into manual, let me know as well.

    • Maseeh Belgami

      Win 7 64 bit!!

      • T-Bag

        y, 64bit

      • T-Bag

        y, 64bit

  • Blue_ruse_cat

    Hi!
    i have a very big problem my n900 was asking for an update then i click to update “ok” but seems to be a prolem with the update.When i get OFF/On my nokia can’t reboot to ask me for pin code or somtin like that can somwon tel me waht to de ? PLS UNLOCKR help me

    • T-Bag

      when its asking for PIN i cant help you with it, because PIN is security code of your SIM card. U can try to remove SIM and reboot without SIM. If it works, u will need to find your PIN. Its usually with documents what u get with SIM when u purchase it.
      When its asking for LOCK CODE try to put 12345 its original Nokias security code for phone.

  • Blue_ruse_cat

    i forgot my skype: killerbeens
    mail: blue_ruse_cat@yahoo.com

  • johnny

    when trying to flash the firmware this is what i get

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:Program Filesmaemoflasher-3.5>flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R
    flasher v2.5.2 (Sep 24 2009)

    Image ‘mmc’, size 255947 kB
    Version RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.13-2.VANILLA
    Suitable USB device not found, waiting.

    any help with this

    • T-Bag

      when u get this: “Suitable USB device not found, waiting.” was your phone already connected? u can try to keep phone unplugged till u type: flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f {do NO put -R} and when it says “Suitable USB device not found, waiting.” Then press and hold “U” key and plug phone.
      Then unplug phone and type: flasher-3.5.exe -F emmc.bin -f -R and when it says “Suitable USB device not found, waiting.” Then press and hold “U” key and plug phone.

      In case it doesnt help, let me know…

      • Sopkong

         Hello, I tried what you said and it still just says “suitable USB device not found, waiting”…what could be wrong?  I see the faint USB symbol on my N900 screen, but nothing happens… please help

  • Farid

    I NEED HELP.. please help me.. :((((( yesterday Iplayed with my n900 and was into the filebox app and then i happened deleted some dictionaries and today when i reboot the n900 it didnt work normal… and i tried to hard reset it which i have did it manny times.
    I tried to flash firmware and it worked but when i tried to flash MMC it didnt work.. :((
    I tried a lot of times to flash both firmware and MMC, but MMC doesnt reflash… i found out that when i try to flash MMC and when I press entre to start flashing, the usb logo dissappears on the n900 screen and that happens everytime i try to flash the MMC.. can you tell me what the problem could be please I need help please.. :(((

  • Farid

    I NEED HELP.. please help me.. :((((( yesterday Iplayed with my n900 and was into the filebox app and then i happened deleted some dictionaries and today when i reboot the n900 it didnt work normal… and i tried to hard reset it which i have did it manny times.
    I tried to flash firmware and it worked but when i tried to flash MMC it didnt work.. :((
    I tried a lot of times to flash both firmware and MMC, but MMC doesnt reflash… i found out that when i try to flash MMC and when I press entre to start flashing, the usb logo dissappears on the n900 screen and that happens everytime i try to flash the MMC.. can you tell me what the problem could be please I need help please.. :(((

    • T-Bag

      so if i understand right, u already flashed your phone couple times, right?
      so what does it say?

  • Farid

    I NEED HELP.. please help me.. :((((( yesterday Iplayed with my n900 and was into the filebox app and then i happened deleted some dictionaries and today when i reboot the n900 it didnt work normal… and i tried to hard reset it which i have did it manny times.
    I tried to flash firmware and it worked but when i tried to flash MMC it didnt work.. :((
    I tried a lot of times to flash both firmware and MMC, but MMC doesnt reflash… i found out that when i try to flash MMC and when I press entre to start flashing, the usb logo dissappears on the n900 screen and that happens everytime i try to flash the MMC.. can you tell me what the problem could be please I need help please.. :(((

  • Iamjohn

    when i tried to flash my N900 i got to step 4 above
    C:Program Filesmaemoflasher-3.5>flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R
    flasher v2.5.2 (Sep 24 2009)

    and then get the below message
    “Image ‘mmc’, size 255947 kB
    Version RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.13-2.VANILLA
    Suitable USB device not found, waiting.”

    can anyone help?

    • T-Bag

      At first NEVER put -R into firmware installation, it mean cmd line wil look: flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f

      then tell me what system u have? coz i found how to fix USB issue on Vista & Win 7 {64bit}
      I found it on another forum and it works for me and other guys…

      • True

        How do you fix the USB issue on Vista?

        • True

          I found it. Worked for me

          How to get N900 flasher to work in Windows 7 64-bit (x64).

          * Install Flasher 3.5 – http://tablets-dev.nokia.com/maemo-d…-downloads.php
          * Download libusb-win32-bin-1.2.2.0.zip – http://sourceforge.net/projects/libusb-win32/
          * Press U while starting N900 and attach USB
          * Wait for the original driver to install.
          * Run inf-wizard.exe (bin folder in zip) – Run as Administrator

          1. Press “Next”
          2. Search in list and select “0x0421 – 0x0105 – Nokia N900 (Update Mode)”
          3. Press “Next”
          4. Press “Next”
          5. Save .inf file
          6. Press “Install Now”
          7. Press “Install this driver software anyway” on warning message.
          8. You should get “Installation successful.” and press OK.

          * Check Windows Device Manager for “libusb-win32 devices”, expand and verify “Nokia N900 (Update Mode)” can be found.
          * Now you are ready to run Flasher 3.5 with your parameters.

          Found at http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=849980&postcount=20

  • Fecking Nokia, the ONLY windows system I can get hold of is 7, what about the effing rest of the World (Mac / Linux) after all the Maemo platform is Debian for christs sake!!!!!!!!!!!

    • T-Bag

      and whats a problem?

  • Tan

    is it ok that i did not install the emmc?

    • T-Bag

      u should instal EMMC if u have already installed firmware

  • me1996

    thank you for a milion times.if you hadn’t posted this i wouldn’t have known what to do

  • Anonymous

    thank you, sir.

  • Kaunas

    i just solve problem with SIM if it not working, try this downloading, it works for me fine now! Global frimware is this one :-
    RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.19-1_PR_COMBINED_MR0_ARM.bin

    Latest emmc is
    RX-51_2009SE_10.2010.13-2.VANILLA_PR_EMMC_MR0_ARM.bin

  • Melciruela

    hey guys im trying to reflash my n900 i did download and install that it needs to but when i connected it to the usb its says suitable usb device not found i wait about 20 to 30minutes nothing happen what could it be the problem??? please help!!!!

  • Melciruela

    hey guys im trying to reboot my n900 i did download and install everything thats needs to when i plug the usb to my fone its just says suitable usb device not found what could it be the problem??? please help me????

    • T-Bag

      what windows do u have? win XP or vista or 7? and is it 32 or 64bit?

  • Melciruela

    t-bag
    i use my laptop window vista i tryed how many times still waiting i think 32bit where can i set the bit at and what should i do? thanks

    • T-Bag

      do u think its 32bit or are u sure? check it out and let me know…. u can send me and email: devilsek@seznam.cz

  • Sukh

    Hi, I tried to do everything mentioned in the above steps but nothing happened. no flashing, no rebooting of my phone. Does anyone has any clue…….please reply. Thanks

    • T-Bag

      then u must did somethink wrong

  • Olegready

    i keep getting is not recognized as an internal or external progrma or batch file…please help

    • T-Bag

      it must be an error in syntax, make sure u type it right.where did u instal flasher?

      • Olegrady

        yes i did, i got the same problem wen i tried overclocking my N900. i have no idea what to do except reinstall windows

  • Melciruela

    hey tryed rebooting my n900 again when i plug the usb while holding the u type everything waiting for a suitable usb device not found waiting. i wait about an hour and so.. but nothing it did not flash my phone what is wrong or do i miss something??? please guys help me i been trying to reboot my n900

    • S_sameer

      Maybe you are using a windows 7 OS , there is a problem with windows 7 u-boot connectivity

    • omar

      same here…and I’m using win xp…

      @7444c4ad6eb4ac2b70d8cefba26d34f1:disqus T-Bag

  • Fenergeov

    Hola,

    Mi N900 (ya flasheado previamente) actualizóo lagnas aplicaciones y desde ese momento no enciende más q hasta la pantalla inicial de Nokia, he intentado seguir este tutorial pero el problema es que al conectarlo al computador, me aparece la pantalla tenua de nokia, pero no me da el símbolo de “usb” y el flasher dice “suitable usb device not found…waiting”…podría alguine ayudarme por favor?

    • T_Bag

       in eng?

  • Cesar_bakers

    why does it say “%m” after i finish?

    • T_Bag

      Did u copy them 2 files { firmware & EMMC) into flasher file { “c:program filesmaemoflasher3.5” } ?

  • Njyu

    its not working when i type in cd c:programfiles …..
    it just says “the system cannot find the path specified”.
    what do i do now?

    • T_Bag

      try to: cd “c:program files……”

  • Ishmeet

    Hi performed every step properly and suggestions in the comments but I can’t able to get pass this error
    Suitable USB Device Not Found. Waiting.  Can anyone who has found solution for this problem post it here please? I have camera problem with my device which is why Im trying to reset it. Everytime I open my camera shutter to use it it gives me error “Operation failed”

    Thankyou for your time.

    • T_Bag

      what system do u have….

  • hi, well im doing every step that says there but when a put : flasher-3.5 -F firmware.bin -f  it runs fine but their is this part where it gets stock Suitable USB device not found, waiting. y plug the phone holding U but nothing happes , can you help me pleas i really need to flash the phone 

    • T_Bag

      whats system have u got?

  • FreshPrince

    It is now working on Windows 7 Ultimate I attempted and was successful….  

  • FreshPrince

    It is now working on Windows 7 Ultimate I attempted and was successful….  

  • Jaspreet

    ok..so now could somebody tell me what exactly is the right procedure and can i use windows 7 home premium to do this.

    • T_Bag

      its same just u may get an USB issue: “USB device not found, waiting….” in case u get that, try to use different USB port. If none work, let me know…

  • hi i have downloaded all the neccessary files and everything renamed what is required and connected phone properly.

    when i open the cmd prompt and begin typing in the lines as stated in the guide..

    i recieve this message under the line i type after hitting enter:

    “the system cannot find the path specified”

    what is it that i am doing incorrect can someone please help me?

    i am using windows xp by the way..

    • T_Bag

      u put it wrong. Make sure that at first u put cd {enter} then try to use quotes in example: cd “c:program filesmaemoflasher3.5” {enter} and u dont need to type full name of that file, just type first 2-3 letters and then hit TAB, then [slash] and again

  • Mestog

    i keep getting %m i tried everything what can i do please help

    • T_Bag

      did u copy EMMC and firmware into flasher folder?

    • KC

       go top your pc on tols then folder option unmark known file type hide extention thats all…. now rename your firmwer file what ever like you and folow flashing pros……

  • Jfninham

    I cant get it to find the file it says it cant find the file path

    • T_Bag

      try to use TAB button. So at first do: cd/ {enter} then: cd “c:Pro {hit TAB, that will show u files with these letters} and like that get into flasher file

  • Holden_hsv424

    why is it that as i open cmd and type 
    cd
    cd c:programfilesmaemoflasher-3.5       (then it comes up saying )  “the system cannot find the path specified

    i am running on XP sp3

    • T_Bag

      try to: cd “c:program filesmaemoflasher-3.5”

  • Holden_hsv424

    when installing the emmc.bin
     it comes up with
    “suitable usb device not found,waiting.”
    is it meant to come up like this and if so how long should i roughly be waiting for  ??

    • T_Bag

      that should not take lonager than 10s… try to instal NOKIA PC SUITE and then instal emmc.bin again. when u instal PC suite, that should instal USB driver for that…..in case it doesnt help, let me know and i will send u another way.

  • Ahmadwakill

    sir i have losted my Nokia n900 security code and now when iam trying to ON my phone it asks me the password if i will do this Hard Reset my phone will be ON and it will not ask the security code again?

    • T_Bag

      i dont think so, but there is a way how to restore it. If u need that let me know asap, i will post u link with way how to do it.

      • Ahmadwakill

        yes sir please post it am waiting

  • chester inocencio

    “missing image” pls help. done flashing it. it worked, but “missing image” is the problem.. help

    • T_Bag

      reflash again.
      Instal firmware first and do NOT put parameter “-R” into cmd line, then falsh emmc WITH “-R”.
      And make sure, u DONT power phone ON between flashing firmware and emmc.

  • Yursmanju

    Hi, I did My Phone hard reset then my phone is switched on , i am inserting sim also it si not showing please help me what to do 

    • T_Bag

      try to reflash it with global firmware version.

  • Tondekanmix

    thanks a lot…just type   flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R   after run maemo flasher 3.5 it’s done

    • T_Bag

      thats great, but for next time flash EMMC too, if u flashing firmware….

  • Tareqhardan

    hello there, looks like im having a problem that’s been seen before,,

    when i start the emmc flashing, the dos window gives me waiting and doesn’t finish,, i checked my device manager and it recognizes the n900,,,,
    what should i do plz?

    • T_Bag

      Try to instal NOKIA PC SUITE and then instal emmc. PC SUITE should instal drivers for that, in case it doesnt help, let me know and i will tell u another way…

      • Tareqhardan

        i already have the nokia pc suit installed,, should i run it while the dos gives me waiting???

        • T_Bag

          no, if u cant get that going, contact me on: devilsek@seznam.cz  i will send u another way…its bit harder, but if u follow them 8 steps, u should get it done.

  • Mohammed.s.hussain

    dnt hav any code 4 formatin n900 wid */-/xxxx/-/ lyk nokia other cells,, we r unable to d process in ur video,,so plzzz provide us that type of code,,,

  • k srikanth

    i get the %m error and have no clue how to flash it from there…m not tech sound person …pls help me in fixing this..the most amazing part is the firmware and the EMMC file get saved as VLC media files

    • T-Bag

      copy emmc.bin and firmware.bin into flasher file, then try to flash it
      PS: dont worry about file assig to VLC

  • Zanderkaneno1

    I am getting missing image when i boot up 1st time? Any ideas? Should i remove the -R since the website where you DL the bins not to restart between flashing firmware and emmc?

    • T-Bag

      yep

  • Ebi Ebrahimi16

    hi
    my n900 start to show the message ” all telephony function,including emergency calls,are disabled due to a communication error. to recover, you might have to reboot the device. ”
    plz help me…….
    if u can plz email me : ebi.ebrahimi16@gmail.com

  • Thank you for your instructions.i appreciated it…

  • and it works perfect on my phone…removing the pesky CSSU update.

  • Guest

    when i flash the firmware i get this:
    Flashing cmt-mcusw… Sending request 0x50 failed: No error
    please help

    my email:   banko.robert111@gmail.com

  • Rudey

    when i first did this, i got that “missing image” error

    so i started over again. I would advise those that get this error to leave out the R when typing this:

    flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f -R

    it should be

    flasher-3.5.exe -F firmware.bin -f

    it makes all the difference

  • Lilnass097

    could you please show us the command or post the command here..please ((the complete command))

  • Bakshi Ramandeep

    hallo first of all i really appreciate ur thoughts tnks , but , mah partiiton is deleted , wen i switch on da cell  irs boot and off and den again booot , den switched off so, i wen using u usb cable boot den , i try ur steps but c:/prgm settings /meomo /firmare.bin  wen i enter , its open mah vlc playar and it plays dat file, lol wat 2 doooooooo 2 create a delete partiiton

  • Bakshi Ramandeep

    if any partition is delete like root , boot , swap, wat 2 do u knw it stuck den pls help wat has happnd with me it reboot again and again den turn off helpppppppppppppppppppp

  • hama

    hi there can u help me please with my nokia n900 ?i have proble i cant install or remove any program in my n900 i dont know why

  • Nbvvnb

    ty

  • Thad72

    I THINK I JUST REALLY SCREWED UP. ive done this before successfully(luckily) 4 times and got my phone back. but for some reason i connected usb to phone, ran it, didnt see no errors or anything else happen but phone didnt boot up. statred 2nd sequence, nothin after that. unplugged, re-plugged, now (the worst part) usb icon doesnt show up in corner of screen anymore for pc to recognize. any help would be sincerely appreciated. idk what to do. tried n tried to get it to pop up. no such luck. thad72@gmail.com thx anyone

  • Yashu_bluffmaster

    my phone faces a problem with its touch… i tried flashing it but it doesnt help…

  • Frandag1

    thanks sir,i would like to know the exact commandline you inputed for firmware and emmc.that is where am having conflicts.thanks

  • Khesrowd1

    Dude My N900 keeps restarting, Is there any other easy way to flash this junk..

  • Aasad

    dear……my device isn’t flashing.
    even nokia care also tried but they all fail..pls help me

  • Shadylfc

    hi after that my sim card is not working plz help me

  • Catalin997

    i did exactly as you said! but the phone is locket now. it’s not readind my SIM anymore. if you have any ideea how to solve the problem please say! thx
    By the way, I am from Romania!

  • Anonymous

    i tried this it is stuck on “suitable USB device not found, waiting”. what do i do? windows vista 64bit

  • Poypoy

    where to GET a FLASHER? I went to the link/site you have provided but when I clicked on the .exe link, it doesn’t give me what I need and give me an error instead.. 🙁

    please help. Many thanks!

    • Poypoythemonkey

      It says “Duplicate Headers received from server” BTW.. 

      • Poypoythemonkey

        think it would be better if someone could send me the .exe file.. you can zip the file and send it via email. poypoythemonkey@yahoo.com …thanks for your help in advance guys! 

      • Garry

        that will be trying to download using google chrome, use IE 9instead or try firefox

  • Ahmd

    i did all this and it was tough but i finally did it! but i wanted to do it becoz the internet access point of my mobile wasn’t working whenever i tried to connect it, it failed without even trying and after doing it the old access point is still there :/ how do i remove it?? and now all the applications which was pre-loaded in it they all are gone and i dont know how to get them back 🙁 can you help me?

  • Devz8787

    Worked perfect…thank you ….you have to copy the right files while down loading to get the perfect result….avoid sim card while performing this flash on the cell phone .cheers…Dev

  • annedishi

    im having a problem on downloading the firmware, when i click on latest maemo it flashes error. can u please help me dwnload firmware..tnx

  • Wahidkhan

    my who is not flashing my using your trick and my phone is on starting

  • Laeemba

    the commands say that it cannot follow the path, after the second one.