Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Upgrade your Axim to WM2003SE with a Toshiba ROM?

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Apparently someone made a post on the Dell forums stating that they upgraded their Axim X3i to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition by using the Toshiba upgrade ROM. I did not get to see the post myself as it was quickly deleted by I cannot see this working myself. For one thing the wireless chipset in the dell unit is completely different. I am sure there are many other components that are different between the two units.

It *may* be possible to somehow decompress the ROM, insert the Dell specific software and the recompress the ROM. This would probably not work unless the files used to replace the software were from an X30 image (it runs WM2003SE). Needless to say this is a lot of work and would most likely end up leaving your handheld in a useless state. Some progress has been made in the area of X3i ROM flashing and it is possible to restore your ROM from a flash card even if the current ROM image is corrupt and also provided the boatloader does not get overwritten.

I have to admit, this has got my interest. I have even downloaded the Toshiba ROM and will no doubt be loading it up in a hex editor tomorrow...


  1. William,

    Did you have any luck with trying out the Toshiba upgrade on an X3i? I'm very interested in testing it out, if it can be done. I had also downloaded the ROM upgrade, but haven't done anything with it.

    I'm one of the many who got taken in by Dell's refusal to support their loyal customers. Only I bought TWO X3i's just 29 days before the X30 came out. When the X30 was announced, I wanted to exchange mine for the newer version, but Dell tech support basically told me to bugger off. Too bad, so sad, you're screwed. I like the X3i's performance, but would really enjoy the advantages of wm2003se.

    And for the record: No, I'll never again buy another Dell product. They blew it with me, and have lost a loyal customer.


  2. I agree completely.. Dell made a big mistake. I have not done anything with the Toshiba upgrade, been to busy with work. I will let you know if I happen to mess around with it. Also feel free to let me know if you happen to come across anything regarding the upgrade.


  3. I realize this is a very outdated post but. I have a Toshiba e830 and I also have a copy of windows mobile 5. I just don't want to try to install it without the original Rom in hand. I was wondering where you downloaded the toshiba rom you have/had?

    Thanks in advance.

  4. You can find Toshiba e800 downloads here.
    Good luck!