How to install Android ROMs with .nb0 file extension

Installing custom ROMs on your Android phone with Clockwork Recovery is easy – you can accomplish this in a matter of 6 minutes if you follow the procedure right. How about if you get a custom ROM with .nb0 file extension? It took me quite some time to figure this out. But, it’s simpler than the Clockwork Recovery process!

sutlr application to flash .nb0

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Download the desired ROM with .nb0 extension and unzip it to your hard disk (not on your phone’s SD card)I’ve compiled a list of working ROMs for Motorola XT502 (Commtiva Z71 variants), and some of them are .nb0 files
  2. Download this application, SUTLR v1.7.0, unzip and install on your computer (this uploading.com sucks; please try to download this from some other server you might find)
  3. Connect your phone to the computer via USB
  4. Power off you phone and restart in DOWNLOAD MODE (for Commtiva Z71 variants – long press red button + volume up + power)
  5. Start the SUTLR application you installed in step 2
  6. Click next, locate your .nb0 file
  7. In the drop down below, select Erase user data and click next
  8. That’s it, the software will flash the .nb0 on to your phone

Your phone will reboot – as good as new!

Please share if you find this useful…

Thanks to Dex on Boston Mania!

Naren Ubi

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55 Responses

  1. Mr007 says:

    Heh, sounds quite easy! It reminds me the good old times when flashing my Symbian devices.
    I will take a look right on this method at the time to flash my phone.
    Thanks as usuals.

  2. Musa says:

    how can i back again to cyanogen after i installed a rom which has .nb0 extension?

  3. Sérgio says:

    when i’ve the phone pluged (usb) and try to execute te SUT LR the phone can’t connect to computer, SUT LR say that “Phone is not conected”

    • ubiquit says:

      What phone do you have? Are the drivers installed properly? Also, you’ve to put the phone in DOWNLOAD mode and then connect it to the computer, and start SUTLR. Hope this helps!

  4. Nash says:

    Let me know how to create a backup of Stock Rom before flashing .nb0 file..

  5. Mr007 says:

    Hi Naren, DOWNLOAD MODE goes in some kinda weird loop showing the following line: Finish polling, oemsbl_mode_test = 1
    SUT wont work, and gives error always.
    Any idea on whats going on?

    • ubiquit says:

      Can you elaborate what you mean by SUT won’t work? Does it say phone connected or not? If the phone is not getting detected, it’s a simple driver problem.

      • Mr007 says:

        Sure, When in step 4 (Download mode) the phone goes in a looping state just showing this: Flash Men: SAMSUNG_ blah blah… Incoming download mode, Finish polling, oemsbl_mode_test = 1 (this last sentence lasts till I remove the battery, in other words, it never ends), while SUT LR fills the preogress bar in a second to finally show some kinda error related to “Task 1 of 2, Download Image…Init mode=Emergency Download Mode.

        • ubiquit says:

          Well, the polling will continue in a list fashion – nothing wrong in that. The SUTLR doesn’t recognize the phone? If that’s not the case, ‘m not sure what kinda problem you’re talking about. Are your sure of the .nb0 file? Make sure it’s downloaded properly…

        • Carlosvictor says:

          Hey, how did you fix your problem? I have the same issue and cannot solve it. 

          • heyn says:

            I know I’m replying to an old post, but in case it helps anyone else: look for Motorola XT502 GRECO Official Rom 2.1 and try to install that first. For me, it installed through SUTLR 1.7.0 even though I had the Finish polling, oemsbl_mode_test = 1 problem and other ROMs would not install (Emergency Download error). With the Motorola ROM installed, the polling message in download mode changed to another one, and I could install the last Phantom ROM (for now, enough of an upgrade for me, I was coming from Android 1.6).

  6. Mr007 says:

    Hi Naren, good news (for meh :P) I got Recovery Mode again.
    RomManager has screwed my recovery with Clockworkmod, but thanks FASTBOOT its working again.

    BTW. Im pn stock 1.6 still.
    Now the question: In your opinion, which one is better (performance/battery/etc):
    SuperBler v4.2 or Jellybean?

    Eagerly awaiting for your answer my friend. You got a good sense of usability about Android ROMs.

    • Mr007 says:

      BTW, could you upload your original XT3 recovery please? I know it will be for 2.1 but maybe if I flash my phone with this recovery and then try to put an original XT3/5 2.1 recovery… who knows.

    • ubiquit says:

      I’ve tried SuperBler v4.0 and v4.1, but not v4.2. I’m running on JellyBean right now and I’m liking it very much. Try JellyBean :)

  7. Sridher says:

    i do i install .nb0 ROM from linux ?

  8. Xionz802 says:

    EXCELLENT!! I LOVE YOU MAN!

  9. Ash says:

    Hi… I have Moto xt3 and i have tried the clockwork method for ROMs…but din like CM cos its buggy… so wanted to try out this method… I have followed all ur instructions but i gwt the foll error in SUT… Please help me…

    Update process fails with below error!Error Code: 0xf626Error: Task 1 of 2, Download Image(QC,OEM,AMSS,APPSBT,aBOOT,aSYS,aRCV,aSPL,aHID) fail,Error = QPD_ERROR_ARMPGR_hello_TBUFFER(0xF626).Init Mode = Emergency Download Mode.

    • ubiquit says:

      What happens when you try to restart the phone? In most cases, if you’re able to reboot without errors, the installation was successful. :) It happened to me too, but not sure if this is the same error you’ve mentioned above.

      • Ash says:

        No errors when i restart my phone… but still the rom is not flashed… :( I tried this with Cloclwork image, A88 image and even d stock img…Still no good…. Is there any other way of installing this … all d good roms come in .nb0 form…. Is there any way i can find the .zip version too…???

  10. Tanvirmoulvi says:

    Hi I installed tis Rom. after installation the IMEI no shows unknown. Please help

  11. tanvir moulvi says:

    Hi I installed SuperAosp-ST@-Boston-8.6-AW (2).zip Rom. after installation the IMEI no shows unknown. Please help

  12. Miguel says:

    Happened the same. Doesn´t recognize SIM. doesn´t connect to network !!!

  13. tanvir moulvi says:

    Can anyone help us and show the way out. many seem to have the same problem, after installing SuperAosp-ST@-Boston-8.6-AW (2).zip Rom the IMEI No shows as unknown and the phone does not connect to the network. 

    Request help immediately.

  14. can you upload your roms somewhere else other than uploading.com. it socks like hell

    • ubiquit says:

      I know! Uploading.com sucks! I’m also a victim of this unreliable file hosting service as I get the links from boston-mania website. I can’t upload to a different site because my upload speed sucks over here.

      • Siroyaji says:

        Hi Ubiquit Team:
        I had bricked my Moto Quench XT3 by rooting and then deleting the dialer. That resulted into “process.android.com” missing error. In order to correct it tried to do factory reset. All hell break loose, it won’t go beyond Welcome screen. Upon googling learn about RSD lite. But that method did not work. Then I read your forum and it worked. Thanks. First it also it not do the trick. But then I read in this discussion that do a complete wipe and retry. It has worked. Thanks again.
        – Regards, Mehul

  15. Jatin Football says:

    my motorolla quench xt5 is stuck in the boot image. it shows the moto sign and enter recovery mode on the the top left corner what am i supposed to do ??? i am not able to install a new rom !! plz help i have cyanogenmod 2.2 
    !! thnk u 

    • Jatin Football says:

      i also wanna switch coz cm7 is very buggy and my wifi doesnt work at all so plz plz help asap i will be very grateful thnk u !!!! 

    • Naren Ubi says:

      You should check my latest post on SuperOSR 2.0.1 and also the comments. It will guide you install and enjoy a nice ROM!

  16. Bpanonia says:

    I tried to update my motorolla quench xt5 to android 2.3 , and after one mistake, my xt5 stacked in the boot image with moto sign. I lost half day on useless instructions. Only this guide helped me to install back android 2.1. Thank you.

  17. Bhupesh Juneja says:

    i update my phone 2.1 to 2.2 now it getting restart again and again…what can i do now…pls suggest

  18. Mjmedel24 says:

    For the ones Getting download error. it must have been the device need to be connected to the main usb root hub. like at the back of the pc. but sometimes even at the back of the pc, there is an extention for the root hub which is slower. only a theory I guess

  19. Joel Rhine says:

    very helpful man…..thank u very much!!!

  20. Gauravvig says:

     SIR PLEASE TELL ME WHICH NBO FILE WILL BE THERE >>TELL ME THE LINK FOR NBO FILE……… WHEN I UPDATE MY PHONE XT5 THROUGH SUT IT SHOWING SOME KIND OF ERROR AFTER FLASHING ROM IMAGE PLEASE HELP ME SIR PLEASE

  21. Brad Carbuncle says:

    my computer does not recognize my phone.

    it keeps saying device not c0nnected

  22. John Smith says:

    Great straight forward guide! Thank you. Very helpful.

  23. John Alfred says:

    does this require root access?

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