So I bought a 2nd hand Nokia e61i which had a messed up keyboard configuration. Symbian OS does not allow you to change your keyboard settings as I had hoped for somewhat naively. The configuration is ‘hardcoded’ in the firmware and cannot be changed officially except by Nokia Service personnel. A good thing there’s Google, a nice little hacker tool and the Nokia Software Update utility.
These are the steps I followed to flash my Nokia with the correct firmware (only possible under MS Windows XP or Vista afaik);
Backup your phone‘s data using e.g. the Nokia PC suite (this will not back the old firmware, only your data)
- Press *#0000# on your phone and write down the firmware info you see, in my case this was:
- nokia e61i-1
- Check the product code of your phone (underneath the battery) and write that down. In my case this was “0542890”
- Go to this page to find alternative product codes for your phone, crosschecking with the info from (2) and (3). I decided I needed “0538563 EURO A Mocha/Silver” (which has QWERTY) instead of the current “0542890 EURO D French Mocha/Silver” (which has AZERTY)
- Download and install “Nokia Software Updater” and “Nemesis Service Suite“
- Think twice before proceeding, the steps below may cause permanent damage to your phone and may void your warranty! You have been warned!
- So you’re sure you want to proceed? OK;
- Make sure the USB connection between your PC and phone can remain in place for the next 30 minutes or so (no cats or children that might want to play with that USB-cable). The USB-connection is your phone’s lifeline, if it gets cut during the upgrade, your phone dies (well, kinda).
Fire up Nemesis:
- click on the right top button (with the magnifying glass) to scan for a new device
- click on the 2nd icon labeled “Phone Info“
- in the “Production data edit” pane check the box next to “product code” and press “read“. The value there should match the product code you wrote down earlier
- replace the product code with the one you think you need (cfr. step 4) and press “write” (and do a “read” again to make sure the value is correct).
- close Nemesis
Start Nokia Software Updater (can be done from within the PC Suite).
- NSU actually is a pretty straightforward wizard that will guide you through the upgrade process. You will be warned several times about the dangers of flashing your phone, but by this step you should know what you are doing, no?
- During the upgrade, your phone will restart several times, you’ll hear Windows play the sound to indicate USB-devices are plugged out/in. Don’t worry, this is normal.
- Close NSU when it says it’s ready
- Disconnect the USB-cable
- Check your phone’s firmware information by pressing *#0000# again. In my case this was
- nokia e61i-1
So there you have it, not only was my keyboard mapping problem solved, I also got a free upgrade to the latest Nokia firmware. Qnd there zqs much rejoicing! ;-)