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Cyanogenmod on Xperia Active (ST17i or satsuma)

Finally got fed up with the Xperia Active (ST17i or satsuma) – couldn’t update anything because all the space was used up and it was rebooting when I wasn’t touching it.
Solution? Install Cyanogenmod!

Cyanogenmod’s wiki has a good overview of how to get it installed. Basically you reinstall the operating system – but the cyanogenmod one doesn’t have all the extra crap you don’t want.

All below done from Windows 7 x64.

1. Root it! Rooted with eroot as found on http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2219781

2. Install ADB. I installed the whole SDK.. apparently not needed http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1474956

3. Unlock bootloader.

Poweroff the phone and get into fastboot by holding volume up while connecting the USB cable to the computer.

There is a tool called Flashtool (.net) – but it’s not necessary if you’re comfortable with the command prompt.

Also, if you can find the fastboot drivers from elsewhere that’s probably safer than installing them from flashtool (unsigned).

Run cmd as administrator if it doesn’t work or give the -waiting for device-.

Get the key from Sony via http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/ – Thanks Sony!

4. Install CM 9.1.0

Or if you’re ballsy there’s CM10 the nightly build :)

Download  CM itself http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=satsuma and Google Apps if you want that.

Pretty straight forward after this, just follow the guide.

Use fastboot to send boot.img
Use fastboot to reboot
Your phones gets into clockwork recovery
I ran wipeall (probably should have backed up the ROM..)
Install cm9.1 from zip
Install gapps from zip

5. Conclusion

One quite annoying thing I get is: “SIM network unlock PIN” even though I’m fairly sure my phone is not locked.
First time it booted it couldn’t sign in to the phone network at all, but on second it could. I just press dismiss.. perhaps this is fixed in CM 10 Jelly Bean – but with that the phone might also be slower.
But besides that I’m quite happy with it so far. At least I won’t have to have large Office software installed anymore.
// Update a few days later: It’s been working quite nicely, not rebooting at all :)
// Update a few weeks later: DHCP on WiFi apparently stops working after a while, major bummer. But setting a fixed IP solves it. It’s apparently also possible to fix it by either setting it then back to DHCP (didn’t work for me) or by clearing out /data/misc/dhcp/* (did work for me) by opening a terminal and sending two commands: “su -” and then “rm /data/misc/dhcp/*”

Netti + Sony Ericsson X10 Mini + DNA

So you just got your SE X10 Mini in another country and wants to use it in Finland with the telephone service provider DNA?
Not as easy as it seems! Well, first it’s hard to get the actual number, but after you get your social security number it should not be that hard.

For me it worked, but only with the native browser. Not with any other apps like facebook, gmail, opera mini, market.

When your phone registers on the DNA network it gets some access point profiles that supposedly will let you get online.

To view your profiles go to Settings -> Wireless & Network Settings -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names.
In here I had a profile called “dna wap” and one more – which I got after first registering on the dna network.

Spoke with DNA in Kamppi who said it was the phone’s problem – that that the access point profiles were good (they did mention the Internet one, but said that not all phones has it).
Even had a chat session with the Sony Ericsson support who said that the access point profile is not correctly configured.

After quite some translated search I managed to find this profile:

Name: dna internet
APN: Internet
Proxy: not set
Port: not set
Username: not set
Password: not set
Server: not set
MMSC: not set
MMS Proxy: not set
MMS Port: not set
MCC 244
MNC 12
APN type: not set

Which makes it all work!
DNA does not sell Sony Ericsson cell phones – I suppose they do not like it because they are “made” in Sweden.