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Prepaid phone hacks?

Ok guys (and all you female hacks out there) I've got a question that I need help answering. Does anyone know if it would be possible to completely wipe a phones programming to be able to install an operating system on it ? The phone that I'm working with is a virgin mobile prepaid Super slice that got washed in the washing machine and is unable to be reactivated( trust me I've tried everything!) I would probably have to find a pretty darn small operating system, because I know that even damn small linux is too large and won't work. The phone is completely intact and all of the features work (including the camera ) it's just that I can't activate it so it's prety much useless unless I can turn it into some kind of micro-small-computer of some sorts. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. and just so you have a bit of info, the phone I believe has somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/4 of a megabyte of memory and an unknown amount of ram. Thanks in advance for any replies.

hacker-mattg (author) 6 years ago
My god guys!! I started this topic back in december! I really appreciate the advice and everythting but why ressurect this thing? Sheesh! And I appreciate your input PKM, I had kinda given up on this, but now that officerbuckly brought it up I guess I'll look into rockbox real quick. I'll keep ya posted
PKM6 years ago
I doubt your phone has the architecture to support a "full" operating system like even the smallest Linux. Most older phones are designed to use a specific firmware, so if you're really lucky you might be able to get Virgin to restore the firmware but it sounds like something was damaged when it went through the wash. You won't be able to turn your phone into a "very small computer", sorry.
xACIDITYx PKM6 years ago
Can you, however, run linux from a phone? I'd love to know how!
PKM xACIDITYx6 years ago
Sufficiently flash modern smartphones are effectively tiny computers running a very boring "operating system" designed for making calls, texting and having a phone book etc. Some of them actually run Linux anyway, and have a better complement of applications, but they are leaning towards PDAs with a phone attached. AFAIK you can run Linux on anything with a compatible processor, enough RAM and a suitable architecture (we had electronics development boards at uni that could run Linux, despite having a tiny amount of memory and no graphics output or keyboard- everything was done over the serial port).
xACIDITYx PKM6 years ago
Could I run it off of... A Sony Ericsson phone by chance?
have u tryed rockbox??? i did it to my i pod i found and it took up tinny memory. "rockbox.org"
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Keep me posted if you find anything. I have a NET10 nokia 1600
Maybe a subscription to the 2600 would help ? LOL