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Old 11-26-2006, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I know you have to delete the vendor.xml file before you complete the software update. My question is, what is this file for and what will happen if you don't delete it?

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Old 11-26-2006, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It identifies your device as being branded to a certain carrier.

If you don't delete it, you cannot load software for another carrier's device to your device.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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See above... But... Yes, it is like a stamp of the carrier info... You must delete it to add OTHER carrier OS... If you are simply upgrading your carriers OS then no need to delete it
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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does it contain specific info, like mms settings etc...?
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open it up and take a look, its just a text file.

Basically it just has info that says i'm for carrier A, so don't load me on any non carrier A devices.

It contains basically vendor ID stuff and not anything related to service plans, etc
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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does it contain specific info, like mms settings etc...?
No, all it does is associate the software version with the vendor ID on your phone. (i.e. T-mo's vendor ID is 100).
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Every device has a hard-coded vendor ID for it, depending on which carrier released the device. As mentioned, T-Mobile US is 100, Cingular Blue/AT&T Wireless is 101, Cingular Orange is 102, etc. The Vendor.xml file has entries for the vendor ID (in hex format, so 0x64 is equal to 100, which is T-Mobile). Beneath every vendor entry are entries for the various release (not applications) version of OS they have issued. These release versions are tied to a hardware ID number/string that can be referenced to a coinciding device in the Device.xml file.

Amongst other logical purposes for disallowing unwitting users from loading 'non-supported' software releases from other carriers, it can also be referenced to look at what newer versions of the OS are out there, as well. Sometimes, such as the case with a lot of the 8100 releases, there has been an 'empty' Vendor.xml file, which would need to be deleted by everyone in order to load the OS (rather than just someone from one carrier trying to load a release from another carrier).
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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