Check Out SP FlashTool Errors and their Possible Solutions | WIKIBAN

19 August 2016

Check Out SP FlashTool Errors and their Possible Solutions

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Well error do normally occur is any activity that involve procedures or steps especial in the field of devices while repairing, activating or loading a firmware or OS of one device or the other. so as of today i would like to discuss on the major errors associated with flashing of MTK devices while flash the ROM or let me just say a firmware, which is actually boring and annoying. We will also look at the Master guide on Major Errors and solution of Sp flash tools, Solution to Phone is totally dead, Phone still not working after flashing, Phone shows white screen, strange colors or divided screen after flashing, Phone is automatically disconnecting during flashing, Sp Flash tool remains at 0% and many others.

We wil keep updating those errors and solutions as we find it deem necessary because one way or the other, sometimes you may come across it and its imperative to know on what to do i other to avoid unnecessary damage on your phone.

Before we proceed to look at some errors, we believe that you know how to use sp flashtool and flash all your MTK device easily, but if you don't know how to check the extensive guide here


solution to all sp flashtool errors

Master Guide on SP FlashTool Errors and their Possible Solutions.

Phone still not working after flashing


Message: Phone still stuck at Bootlogo or Bootloop


Solution:

* Ensure there's a formatted SD card in the phone before flashing

* Give up to 5 minutes because first boot takes time

* Boot the phone into recovery mode then wipe data / factory reset

* Remove the battery for 30 seconds then slot back in

* Try a firmware upgrade . use MTK droid tools version 2.3.0 to backup usrdata & cache or copy then from the clockworkmod backup

* Try a firmware / ROM from another source
Phone shows white screen, strange colors or divided screen after flashing

Message: You can see the phone responding to buttons and making sound but all is blurred by white screen


* Solution: The ROM / Firmware you flashed is incompatible, get from another source (especially boot.img , logo.bin and uboot.bin / lk.bin )



Phone automatically disconnecting during flashing


Message: The phone makes the disconnecting sound just as flashing begins, interrupting the process


Solution:

* Try a different USB cord, USB port & PC

* Try holding down the Volume decrease (you could try volume increase or both) while connecting the phone to PC for flashing * Launch Device manager (Right-click My Computer > Select Manage)

* Connect the phone to the PC via a USB cord, Device manager should refresh

* Take note of what the phone is detected as (often as Unknown or Mediatek under Other devices)

* Right-click whatever the phone is detect as and select Update Driver Software...

* Select Browse my computer for driver software

* Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

* Click Next

* Click Have Disk

* Proceed with the Mediatek (VCOM) driver installation steps described at and click Yes if you get an Update Driver warning

Sp Flash tool remains at 0%


Message: Phone only shows charging sign


Meaning: Necessary drivers have not been successfully installed on the PC


Solution:

* Follow this guide HERE to manually install vcom drivers

* If you have installed VCOM drivers but the phone is still only charging then Launch Device manager (Right-click My Computer > Select Manage)

* Connect the phone to the PC via a USB cord, Device manager should refresh

* Take note of what the phone is detected as (often as Unknown or Mediatek under Other devices)

* Right-click whatever the phone is detect as and select Update Driver Software...

* Select Browse my computer for driver software

* Select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

* Click Next

* Click Have Disk

* Proceed with the Mediatek (VCOM) driver installation steps described at and click Yes if you get an Update Driver warning

Error 5054


Message: BROM ERROR S_DL_GET_DRAM_SETTINGS_FAIL (5054)


Meaning: The files you're trying to flash do not belong to or are not compatible with the phone you're trying to flash them to


Solution:

* Ensure you're using the correct files. If you're sure they are, then try formatting before flashing again

Initialize scatter failed


Message: Error: Initialize scatter file failed. Please check the scatter file name you load is legal


Meaning: SP Flash tool doesn't accept the name format of your scatter file


Solution:

* Ensure the scatter file wasn't renamed. If you're certain it wasn't, try a higher version of SP Flash tool

Error 8038


Message: Error 8038! Android download pmt is ready and layout has been changed


Meaning: SP Flash tool is having trouble writing to certain partitions due to some incompatibility


Solution:

* Format the phone in SP flash tool (Do not format Bootloader) then try flashing the files again using Download

* If Download doesnt work then do a firmware upgrade

* If the MTK backup contains more than one scatter file, retry flashing with the other scatter file.

* If that isn't feasible, try formatting first or use firmware upgrade

* If that doesn't work, open the scatter file using Notepad++ and change __NODL_FAT to FAT by removing "__NODL_" .

Error 4032


Message: BROM ERROR : S_FT_ENABLE_DRAM_FAIL (4032) [EMI] Enable DRAM fail


Meaning: The firmware you're trying to flash is either not compatible with your device or you have selected the wrong flashing settings


Solution:

* Ensure that the file(s) you're trying to flash are actually for your exact phone model

* Ensure you tick the boxes for only the files present in the ROM you're about to flash

* Probably have the wrong driver installed. Uninstall vcom, preloader and MTK drivers using usb deview then manually re-install using

* Delete the sp flash tool folder then re-extract

* Ensure the phone is switched off (with battery still inside) before connecting to PC for flashing.

* If that doesn't work, keep holding down the volume decrease button just before connecting the phone to PC for flashing (you could try volume increase , power + volume decrease or power + volume increase).

* Consider using the latest version of Sp Flash tool

* Format the phone before trying to flash the file(s) again

Error 5056


Message: BROM ERROR : S_DL_PMT_ERR_NO_SPACE (5069)


Meaning: The size of a file is larger than the available / possible partition size


Solution:

* Ensure that the file(s) you're trying to flash are actually for your exact phone model

* Try another stock ROM

Error 4001


Message: S_FT_DA_NO_RESPONSE or


Meaning: SP flash tool is having difficulty communicating with the device


Solution:

* Change the USB-port

* Run SP flash tool as Admin

* Ensure to install the correct drivers See how to install here

* Try another PC and USB cord

* Ensure the phone is switched off with a charged battery inside when connecting to the PC for flashing

Sp flash tool was successful but phone's calibration doesn't work


Message: Soft keys and touch screen don't work / respond


Solution:

* Edit the scatter file using Notepad++ and remove NODL__ (or set is_download: false to is_download: true ) in front of the items you have in the backup folder but aren't listed when you load the scatter file in SP flash tool. This way, these items will become listed when next you load the scatter file (after saving of course) and therefore flashable

Error 4008


Message: BROM ERROR : S_FT_DOWNLOAD_FAIL (4008)


Meaning: SP Flash tool encountered an error while attempting to flash files


Solution:
* Ensure the battery is in the phone and the phone is switched off before connecting for flashing

* Try using a higher version of SP flash tool

* Change the USB cord and port or PC

* Use the format option then download in SP flash tool

Error 3149


Message: BROM ERROR : S_DA_SDMMC_WRITE_FAILED (3149)


Meaning: SP Flash tool was unable to flash files to the phone


Solution:
* Ensure to run the latest version of SP flash tool as Administrator

* Format first then Download

* Don't tick a box with an unspecified / empty file path

* Ensure the phone is switched off (with a well charged battery in it ) before connecting to PC for flashing

* Try a different PC

* Try a different ROM

* Try a different USB cord

* Try formatting the phone first before flashing files to it

Error 3168


Message: BROM ERROR: S_CHIP_TYRE_NOT_MATCH(3168)


Meaning: Sp flash tool believes there's a mismatch between the information provided in the scatter file and the phone's info.


Solution:
* Ensure you're using the ROM for the exact phone model

* Try a higher version of SP flash tool

* Ensure to install the correct drivers for the phone on the PC

Error 2004


Message: BROM ERROR : S_FT_DOWNLOAD_FAIL (2004)


Meaning: There was an interruption in the communication between SP flash tool and the device


Solution: * Take out and reinsert the battery

* Try using a different USB cord, port and PC

* Right-click flash_tool.exe > Select Properties > Select Compatibility > Set to Windows XP Service Pack 3 > Click Apply > Click OK > Run SP flash tool as Administrator

* Try a different USB cord

* Try a different port on the PC or another PC

* Ensure the battery is well changed and inside the switched off phone before connecting to PC for flashing

USB device not recognized


Message: USB device not recognized prompt at system tray after connecting the phone to PC


Meaning: The PC is having problems communicating with the phone (often due to interruption, hardware or driver problems)


Solution:

* Remove the battery > Connect the phone to a charger without battery inside > Slot in the battery while the phone is still connected to the charger
* You could keep pressing the Volume up + Power button while charging
* You could remove and boost the battery using a desktop / external charger then resume internal charging.
* Uninstall then re-install MTK preloader vcom drivers using this guide

* OR Try a different USB cord, PC port or PC

Error 1013


Message: BROM ERROR:S_COM_PORT_OPEN Fail(1013)


Meaning: SP flash tool encountered an error while attempting to communicate with the phone via the target port


Solution:

* Try using a different port on the PC

* Try a different version of SP flash tool

* Install VCOM drivers using this guide

* Ensure the phone is switched off with battery inside before connecting to the PC for flashing

* Try using a different PC

* Try changing the USB cord

* Ensure the phone's USB port isn't damaged

Error 2020


Message: BROM ERROR : S_BROM_CHKSUM16_MEM_RESULT_DIFF (2020)


Meaning: SP flash tool encountered a problem moving the files to be flashed into the phone's internal SRAM


Solution:
* Use the latest version of SP flash tool

* In SP flash tool, navigate to Options > Option > Connection > Battery. Set it to "with battery".

* Use the Format all + Download option

* Hold both volume buttons before connecting to the PC for flashing and release once flashing begins

Error 5007


Message: BROM ERROR : S_FTHND_FILE_IS_NOT_LOADED_YET (5007)


Meaning: You're trying to flash an item with an unspecified path (no file selected for the ticked item/box)


Solution:

* Ensure the scatter file is in the same directory as the other file(s) to be flashed

* Untick any item whose file you do not have or whose path is not specified; yet, is ticked / selected for flashing

Error 4010


Message: BROM ERROR : S_FT_FORMAT_FAIL


Meaning: The blocks map in the scatter file doesn't match the phone's partition sizes


Solution:

* Try using the latest version of Sp flash tool

* Try using another firmware for the exact phone model

Error 3182


Message: BROM ERROR: S_STORAGE_NOT_MATCH (3182)


Meaning: The ROM your're trying to flash is not compatible with the target device


Solution:

* Download the ROM for the exact phone model you're trying to flash

* Ensure to install VCOM drivers on the PC

* Don't tick any box (after loading the scatter file) without a file path / whose corresponding file has not been automatically or manually loaded.

Error 6012


Message: BROM ERROR: S_SECURITY_SF_CODE_COMMAND_FORBIDDEN (6012), MSP ERROR CODE: 0X00


Meaning: The Download-Agent being used is incompatible with the phone


Solution:

* Set Download-Agent to MTK_AllInOne_DA.bin

Error 1042


Message: BROM ERROR: S_TIMEOUT (1042)


Meaning: The flashing process took too long so SP flash tool encountered a timeout


Solution:

* Try flashing one file at a time

* Use the latest version of SP flash tool

* Try using a different PC and USB cord

Error 2


Message: BROM ERROR: ?? (2)


Meaning: SP Flash tool was unable to communicate with the phone


Solution:

* Try using a different PC (preferably Windows 7 or lower)

* Install the correct VCOM drivers for your PC's OS and architecture (32 or 64 bit)

* Try another USB cord

Error 2005


Message: BROM ERROR: S_BROM_CMD_STARTCMD_FAIL (2005)


Meaning: The device attempted to power on before SP flash tool could flash files to it


Solution:
* Take out and reinsert the battery

* Try using a different USB cord, port and PC

* Right-click flash_tool.exe > Select Properties > Select Compatibility > Set to Windows XP Service Pack 3 > Click Apply > Click OK > Run SP flash tool as Administrator

* Try a different USB cord

* Try a different port on the PC or another PC

* Ensure the battery is well changed and inside the switched off phone before connecting to PC for flashing

Error 4058


Message: BROM ERROR: S_FT_GET_MEMORY_FAIL (4058)


Meaning: SP flash tool was unable to locate the partition you're trying to flash to


Solution:

* Untick any item (box) with a blank or empty Location

Error 3178


Message: BROM_ERROR_S_STORAGE_NOT_MATCH (3178)


Meaning: The firmware you are trying to flash isn't compatible with your phone


Solution: Try flashing another firmware for your exact phone model / variant

Error 8406


Message: SP FLASH TOOL ERROR (8406)


Meaning: There is some compatibility problem interrupting the flashing process


Solution

* Try flashing another firmware for your exact model

* Update VCOM drivers for the device under Device manager

Error 1012


Message: BROM ERROR: S_NOT_ENOUGH_MEMORY (1012)


Meaning: The version of SP flash tool you're using doesn't support the size(s) of the file(s) in the firmware / stock ROM.


Solution

* Use the latest version of SP flash tool

Error 3140


Message: BROM ERROR : S_DA_UPDATE_BOOLOADER_EXIST_MAGIC_NOT_MATCHED


Meaning: SP flash tool encountered an error flashing a selected file to a non-specified partition


Solution:

* Try using the latest version of SP flash tool

* Use the format option then download in SP flash tool

Error 8417


Message: BROM ERROR: Initialize scatter file failed. Please check the scatter file name you load is legal


Meaning: The format of the scatter file is invalid


Solution: Open the scatter file in Notepad++, the first line must begining with:########################################## General Setting #


If there is anything else above this then delete it and save the scatter file

Error 6047


Message: BROM ERROR: S_SECURITY_SECURE_USB_DL_IMAGE_HASH_FAIL


Meaning: Hash (integrity) check of the images being flashed failed.


Solution * Use SP Flash Tool V5.1516.0

* Ensure to select the right Download-Agent

* Navigate to Options > Option > Download and untick DA DLL All.....

Error 6010


Message: BROM ERROR: SP FLASHTOOL ERROR 6010 CODE DOWNLOAD FORBIDDEN


Meaning: The phone has a protected bootloader


Solution: Untick Preloader and flash the rest

Error: 0xFDA


Message: BROM ERROR: S_FT_GET_MEMORY_FAIL (0xFDA)


Meaning: SP Flash tool encountered an error reading the phone's storage


Solution:
* Try using a different USB Port, Cord and PC

Error 0x13BE



Message: S_DL_GET_DRAM_SETTING_FAIL (0x13BE)

Meaning: The firmware you're trying to flash is either not compatible with your device or you have selected the wrong flashing settings

Solution:
* Ensure that the file(s) you're trying to flash are actually for your exact phone model
* Ensure you tick the boxes for only the files present in the ROM you're about to flash

Error:?? (0x3)



Message: BROM ERROR:?? (0x3)

Meaning: SP Flash tool encountered an error maintaining a connection to the device during flashing

Solution
* Reinstall the VCOM drivers
* Try a different PC and USB cord

PRO_INFO: Failed to get PMT info



Message: PRO_INFO: Failed to get PMT info

Meaning: SP flash tool is having problems reading the phone

Solution
* Try using a different PC and USB cord
* Ensure the phone is switched off (with a charged battery inside) when you connect

Error 0×7D4



Message: BROM ERROR: S_BROM_DOWNLOAD_DA_FAIL

Meaning: SP Flash tool encountered an error writing to the phone

Solution
* Try using a different USB cord, PC port and PC
* Use the latest version of SP flash tool
* Ensure the battery is well charged and the phone's USB port isn't faulty

Error 6124



Message: BROM ERROR: S_SECURITY_INVALID_PROJECT (6124), MSO ERROR CODE: 0X00

Meaning: Wrong flash settings or firmware

Solution:
* Ensure you set the correct Download-Agent in SP flash tool and are using a firmware for your exact model
* Go to Options > Option > Connection > USB Speed > Full Speed
* Go to Options > Option > Download > Untick DA DL All with Checksum

Error 0x8




Message: BROM ERROR: ?? (0x8)

Meaning: The size of a file is larger than the available / possible partition size

Solution:
* Ensure that the file(s) you're trying to flash are actually for your exact phone model
* Try another stock ROM
* Change the phone's emmc chip

Error OXFC0



Message: BROM ERROR S_FT_ENABLE_DRAM_FAIL (OXFC0)

Meaning: The firmware you're trying to flash is either not compatible with your device or you have selected the wrong flashing settings

Solution:
* Ensure that the file(s) you're trying to flash are actually for your exact phone model
* Ensure you tick the boxes for only the files present in the ROM you're about to flash
* Probably have the wrong driver installed. Uninstall vcom, preloader and MTK drivers using usb deview then manually re-install using this guide
* Delete the sp flash tool folder then re-extract
* Ensure the phone is switched off (with battery still inside) before connecting to PC for flashing.
* If that doesn't work, keep holding down the volume decrease button just before connecting the phone to PC for flashing (you could try volume increase , power + volume decrease or power + volume increase).
* Consider using the latest version of Sp Flash tool
* Format the phone before trying to flash the file(s) again


Read Also: Download Sp Flashtool All versions here


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