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  • Title: ZP998 starter pack
  • Listed: 02/22/2014 12:15 am
  • ROM Version: 4.2.2 dated 18.02.2014
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ZP998 starter pack
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ZP998 starter pack

Device: ZOPO ZP998 (S1)
Chipset: MTK6592
OS version: Jelly Bean MR1 (4.2.2) Android SDK 17
ROM: ZP998 20140218-143230
Kernel: Linux 3.4.39

This ROM is flashable through SP Flash Tools. All tools you need are here. You need a computer running Windows (preferable XP), USB cable, the software provided and your phone. The instructions should be clear and commented in a way that you are able to understand what you try to do. Please read the following instructions at least one time before trying to do anything! Most questions will be answered if you understand.

This ROM was made to provide you with an easy way to get the most out of your phone. Searching the internet you will find a lot of information, which you might recognize as the same (or close to the same) as found here. The difference is that following the process here you will get a phone which works for you "out of the box", you do not have to learn details to get it running. Don't get me wrong, learning and knowing is power and I'd like to make you interested, it's just that I want to start you now ;-) .

REMINDER: I'm not responsible for what you do. It's absolutely your own risk!

Before you start:
- download and install driver set to your computer (if not already done).
- download and install MTKDroidTools to your computer (if not already done).
- start MTKDroidTools and connect your phone to USB. Let the program work for a minute, it should show some info about your phone.  (comment: the lower left box shows yellow or green. Both colours are fine for now and show that you connected successfully)

Flashing the ROM:
1. download the ROM file and extract this zip to a folder on your harddisk (e.g. extract to C:Zopo).
2. download SPFlashTool, install (e.g. copy it to C:), enter that folder and start flash_tool.exe.
3. select scatter.txt file: This file is located in the folder you created in step 1 (e.g. C:\Zopo\MT6592_Android_scatter.txt).
4. check if the first line (PRELOADER) is unticked.
   (comment: Never flash PRELOADER if there is no need, this might brick your phone!)
5. Switch off your phone and remove battery.
6. click on the download button (upper part of the screen below "Welcome") and connect the phone (still without battery) to USB
7. A red line may/can/will appear after a while (this depends on your computer and on your Windows version. Don't get nervous, as long as the hard disk control flickers it is fine. Be patient), changing to (probably) purple and then to yellow. Time to grab a coffee (please be patient, ok?).
8. A green circle will appear to note that the flashing process finished.
9. Disconnect the phone, reinsert the battery and restart. (comment: press button until the screen comes alive, will take a while)
10.Congratulation. Your phone is rooted now and runs Carliv-CWM recovery.

Find a program called "Reboot Menu" on your application start screen. Tip on it, answer the Superuser request with yes (maybe you are asked up to three times) and you will see a special shut down menu. Select Reboot Recovery and then tip Okay two times to reboot into recovery.

Carliv recovery:
You will see the Carliv-recovery menu. This is a graphical recovery, you can operate it by touching the buttons. Because we updated the operating system it is wise to "re-read" all software. Please start wipe menu -> wipe cache -> yes and then wipe Dalvic cache -> yes, then return to main menu and Reboot the phone. The rebooting process will take some time, be patient. Congratulations, you upgraded to the latest ROM, your phone is rooted and all programs should work now as expected.

Connecting to MTKDroidTools:
Start MTKDroidTools and connect your phone. After a short while (establishing the connection needs some time) you will see your phones information and the yellow box on the lower left corner. Just press Root on the lower right corner and allow automatic connection by clicking yes. Watch the screen of your phone (maybe you have to allow the ADB connection in SuperSU). After a while the colour of the little box changes to green and you got "root shell". Now you can manage your phone, make backups etc. Please keep in mind that not all functions are working proper in version 2.5.3 (e.g. you can not change IMEI with this tool! You have to do that using MTK Engineering tool or Mobileuncle Tools on your phone). Just for educational purpose we start the recovery now: Click on the button and select …into recovery.

What you got now:
Your new ROM is same as the official ROM dated 18.02.14 (genuine ZOPO-ROM). The big difference is you got an optimized recovery (which lets you flash different ROMs "on the go" from your SD card), some nice little programs which are missing in the standard ROM and a fully working touch-operated recovery. Now you got the power, learn to use it ;-) .

What you can get:
Starting from here you might use this ROM as it is. I recommend to download at least a really good backup program (like Titanium Backup) and a ROM manager program (e.g. ROM toolbox). If you like to do more you can download alternative ROMs like Fluffy's ROM (just copy it to your SD card and flash from recovery). There is many more if you want to get the best out of your phone.

As I said in the introducion: This is a starter pack :-)

Credits go to numerous people who helped in making me understand, especially to Carliv, Fluffy, Alain, Tommy… Thanks guys, you're great.


※Please make a backup of your device before installing or updating ROM

37 Responses to“ZP998 starter pack”

  1. 02/19/2014

    Czech Republic


    Goog job making this all to be so easy to use :) .

    I have just flashed all as preset in AndroidScatter… everything went smooth. CWM recovery, phone boots ok but i have encountered a BUG in call.., microphone not seems to be working in normal GSM, skype.. nowhere.

    Then i found preinstalled app Sound recoder and there it works fine.

    Any tip what could cause this BUG?


    • 05/06/2013


      Hi xjack, did Skype work correct with your last ROM? Which ROM did you use before? Checked it, same on my phone :-( . Give me some time, I'll try to fix the bug (which is a problem of the source ROM, I didn't modify anything regarding mic). Stay tuned…

  2. Trogl



    have a video link on how to install?

  3. 05/06/2013


    @xjack: Download "Speaker boost" by Omega Centauri Software and set the boost factor to 25 – 30 % (this is an interim solution as long as I have no idea what's wrong). Let me know if it works for you too.

    @Trogl: Don't think there is one, at least I didn't do videos. Maybe you can push Alain57 to make one? He did one before and he knows how to do that ;-) . Write a PM and ask nicely.

  4. wrp008



    Can I flash this ROM with my ZOPO 9520? Is it OK that I don't check the PRELOADER in SP Flash Tools?


  5. 05/06/2013


    I don't really know, have no 9520 to test. Please visit XDA-developers. I think I saw a thread over there stating that – at -least – the WCDMA-settings are different. And look here for more info: https://www.needrom.com/mobile...../zopo-9520/ , maybe this fits your needs?

    Regarding PRELOADER: NEVER FLASH PRELOADER if there is no need. So, if you try my ROM deselect PRELOADER and flash it. If it works, great! If not use the link above and flash this software, again NO PRELOADER.

    Please let me know what worked for you. Thanks

    • wrp008



      Can't believe that ..!

      I just simply flashed this FW to my ZOPO 9520 (unchecked PRELOADER) and evrything went smoothly!

      Now I have FW ZP998 on my 9520 with SuperUser ROOTED and all Chinese app gone!

      Thanks mate

  6. 02/22/2014



    I have problems following the flash procedure, especially on point 6.)

    Which button below "welcome" should I press? The download button?

    I pressed the Download button and connected the phone without Battery, but besides strange USB sounds from my windows7 pc nothing happens.

    What should I do? 

  7. 05/06/2013


    Download. Sorry, my mistake. Description updated. Thank you.

  8. 11/08/2013



    i have problems on point 6.

    I push the butten download, before the zp998 is connected without battery, but nothing happens. It wait over 15 min, no line in yello, red, no green checkmark. On my pc work windows 8.1. Could it be the reason?

    Sorry for my bad english, I'm leaving school 1985 and that's the last time when I'm speak or read english.


  9. 05/06/2013


    Well, time to learn it again ;-) .

    Do you hear the Windows-typical beep-beep when connecting? I suppose no and you have a problem with the driver. Search for a Windows driver which works with Win 8.1 and Android, Are you German? Then have a look at http://chinamobiles.org/thread.....indows-8.35705/ Otherwise you have to look on xda-developers.com… Sorry, never have used Win8, can't help…

  10. 05/06/2013


    Update: Added new Flash Tool and a driver auto-installer for WIN8.

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