Canadian HTC Magic Gets Sense UI and 911 Fix

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The first of 2 upgrades to the Canadian HTC Magic is officially underway. The two updates spoken about in an earlier post stated that the first of the 2 updates would be a 911 fix and the much appraised HTC Sense UI. The second which will be released mid-summer is the full upgrade to Android 2.1 to keep it up-to-date with the latest Android version. The update is available on the Rogers website and requires a little more than a basic knowledge of the computer to install it. Thankfully Rogers Wireless has included instructions that make the process “bearable” to say the least. The instructions specifically state that you should put 20 minutes aside for this process; although with the internet connection I’m on right now it looks like it’s going to be 20 min to just download the update! The link to the update is here. *Win7 and Mac users please see your special directions below. Choose your phone as either the HTC Dream or Magic.

While this update has some people cautious about downloading it, wondering whether it will affect their “rooted/modded” status, most will be happy to find out that they will receive a one month’s credit of data fee’s due to the inconveneience. A big point of controversy for this upgrade is that users who do not upgrade quickly enough will have their data services disconnected until the update is completed.

Enjoy your Sense UI! And working 911 calls! Woot Woot!

Win7 and Mac Users Upgrade Instructions:

Requirements:

  • Rogers Magic
  • Battery Level of 50% or more. Do not start upgrade if battery level less than 50%
  • MicroSD card formatted in FAT32, please note cards formatted in FAT will not work.
  • Installing the Update via MicroSD Card:

    Part1

    The first part will prepare the device for the actual update but will not upgrade the Operating System, the upgrade itself will be performed in Part2.

    1) Download the HTC_Magic_Update_File1.zip and extract the file within, SAPPIMG.zip to the root of the memory card in this form, do not extract it’s contents and please do not change the file name.
    2) Backup your personal data: All personal data (contacts, applications, photos, bookmarks, etc) stored on the device will be lost after the update process. There are also 3rd party applications on Android Market place to back up your applications and personal data.
    3) Power off the device.
    4) Remove the existing microSD card from your device (if there is one already installed), press in on the microSD Card to eject it and then remove it from the slot.

    Insert the microSD card with the SAPPIMG.zip on it in the microSD slot, slide it into the slot until you feel a “click”.

    5) Press and hold the Volume Down Button and the Power buttons until the display turns white.

    6) The update will begin installing, please follow any onscreen instructions, press the trackball when prompted to press “Action”

    7. Once the update is complete, “Press Action to Complete” will be displayed on the screen, press the TrackBall for the device to reboot and complete the first part of the upgrade process.
    8. Power off the device to prepare for the step 2 below.

    Part 2

    Upgrading the device.

    1) Delete the SAPPIMG.zip from the microSD card
    2) Download the HTC_Magic_Update_File2.zip and extract the file within, SAPPIMG.zip to the root of the memory card in this form, do not extract it’s contents. Please do not change the file name.
    3) Follow the same instructions as in Part 1 – step 3 TO 8.
    4) Delete the SAPPIMG.zip file from the card.

    38 COMMENTS

    1. "The update is available on the Rogers website and requires a little more than a basic knowledge of the computer to install it. Thankfully Rogers Wireless has included instructions that make the process "bearable" to say the least."

      uhh… this should read…
      "The update is available on the Rogers website and requires a pc with WINXP or Vista for successful install. If you are a Windows 7 or Mac user, you're SOL! REGRETABLY Rogers Wireless has also disabled internet access until this update has been installed, making any phone used to retrieve work email completely useless. In addition, the update completely wipes out all existing apps and configuration settings previously installed on the phone, and does not provide instructions for backing this data up… which is difficult to do when internet access has been severed. This process "UNbearable" to say the least."

    2. I'm having a bit of difficulty getting this to work on my mac, and I'm not tech-savy by any means, so if anyone could help me by answering these probably very elementary questions, I'd be very grateful.

      I downloaded "HTC_Magic_Update_File1.zip" and found the "SAPPIMG.zip" within it. Here's my first question: what does it mean to "extract SAPPIMG.zip to the root of your memory card" and how do I do it? I tried just dragging the little file icon into the phone, then doing the in-and-out-then-reboot thing with the SDcard, according to the handy little illustrations that came in the e-mail from Rogers, but nothing started installing.

      Again, any help that anyone can offer to my Cro-Magnon brain would be greatly appreciated.

      • I think I fixed through the random pressing of buttons (at least, it looks like it's supposed to on the Rogers email) but now my phone is stuck in a never-ending reboot loop after installing the first half, much like, I'm assuming, Valsung. I've tried a factory reset (will I therefore have to install the first part again?) but to no avail. Suggestions?

        • If you're getting the never-ending boot screen, your phone is -not- bricked. you just haven't finished the second part. you NEED a micro-sd adapter. Turn the phone off (take out the battery), and have a micro-sd card adapter. while the phone is off, take out the sd card and plug it on your comp and delete SAPPIMG.zip from the memory card. Once that's deleted, you need to extract "HTC_Magic_Update_File2.zip" and move "SAPPIMG.zip to the memory card (it's got the same name as the first "SAPPIMG.zip" file, but the second one is supposed to be around 85mb, so don't confuse the two) after that, just repeat steps 3-8 from the first part and that should finish the update on the phone. (this part takes a while, so be patient)

          • Thanks for the help. Since I did (several) factory resets, and therefore wiped my phone, will I have to redo the first part?

    3. Ok, new problem: Like elo said, I found a mini SD adapter, and deleted the first SAPPIMG.zip from the SD card. I down loaded the second update file, moved the second SAPPIMG.zip (the larger one) to the SD card, and attempted to retry steps 3 to 8. But when I held down power and volume down, the white screen only gave me an option for simlock and fastboot. No installation started automatically.
      Then I tried clearing the SD card and starting again from the first SAPPIMG.zip, but to no avail (possibly because it didn't fully reboot after the first half, just the loop?). Still, nothing happens.
      Help me!

    4. And it worked! Don't know why, but the third try went well. Sorry about cluttering up this thread, but I wanted to thank elo for his help.

    5. THese instructions fail to point out that you need to have a micro SD reader, or is that assumed? No one told me that I'd have problems like this when I bought the phone, or that I'd have to go looking for this accessory. This is all more than just "a little inconvenient."

    6. WOW! When you say that this upgrade erases all data, you're not kidding. All of the program i installed from Android Market have been erased!! and now I have to find and install them all again.

      This really is very frustrating! Even upgrading a Windows system doesn't do that!!

    7. Hi I ran into a very serious problem that we I tried to update my Magic with the update software from Rogers site I got stuck at 81% for more than 1 hour. And I tried the approach from above with volume down and power buttons press and hold it just brings me to a white screen with message:
      SAPPHIRE UNKNOWN 32A SHIP S-OFF H
      HBOOT-1.76.0010 (SAPP50000)
      CPLD-11
      RADIO-6.35.10.18
      Jan 14 2010,00:14:58

      and it doesn't show any option for picking up file from SAPPIMG.zip!!! I seriously need help please!!
      Thanks

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