Thursday, September 13, 2012

Unbricking a Dell streak 5

In nor any devs whose works we are using are responsible for any damage to you phone. You are on your own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have a bricked Dell streak 5.

It happened because of the following reasons
1. buggy android implementation by dell
2. You did something wrong during rooting or flashing custom roms
3. The battery cover is loose and streak rebooted in the middle of an activity which results in corrupted internal partitions(which happened in the case with me)

Now "we" got to unbrick the streak 5 over selves as the model is discontinued since mid 2011.

Let us start......

1. Dell streak is getting stuck at the logo(Fine, better condition, since we can enter into fast boot mode and recovery mode)
2. Dell streak is completely dumb. That is pressing the power button does nothing. That is the real end of the tunnel(or, is it?)

1.  The post which made me write this.
2.  The adb driver.


1. Press the volume up button and keep holding it after five seconds(approx) connect the USB cable(The other end should always be connected to the computer) while holding the volume up button until you hear a ding sound from your windows pc. Now open device manager and check for driver listing in the "Unknown" section named "Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM". This is required for connecting the dell streak in diagnostic mode which in turn is used by the qdl tool. If not search for the driver and install it as you would install a regular windows driver. That is, right click on "Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM"" in the device manager and click upgrade driver. Browse for the folder you downloaded and the drivers will get installed. The "Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM"" will move from unknown to somewhere up in the device manager tree.

2. Download the driver from the second post and install it. This is the adb driver. This will be used by the qdl tool in the second stage. To check whether the driver has installed properly. power on the dell streak holding the camera button simultaneously. streak will give a white screen with fastboot on the right most corner. touch that area and streak will enter fast boot mode and the screen will tell that it is waiting for usb connection. Now connect the streak to the pc. You should hear a ding and the device manager should show "Android 1.0".

Now we have the pre-requisites for the diagnostic mode and fast boot mode.

Download the two zips from here

Extract the streak flash and run the qdl.exe from here. Now press and hold the volume button while connecting the computer. If the qualcomm drivers were correctly installed you will see that name(qualcomm …) in the port setion. Now click run. Wait patiently. Once all the logs become green close the tool. Unplug the streak and reboot the computer.

Now extract repair tool. Again hold the vol up button while connecting the streak to the computer. Run the qdl.exe from this folder. Again you should see "qualcomm….." in the port section. Click Run. This tool is going to take a lot of time. Here we are carrying out diagnostics and also install Froyo with BB 306. Once all the logs are green and the tool is finished it may take more than 5 minutes. Be patient.

It will reboot several times since it has to enter fast boot mode to install recovery and flash the rom. If at the end, all the logs turn out green, Congrats, you have unblocked your device. Thank google for making and keeping android open and RMS for being adamant on his "free as in freedom" philosophy AND all the awesome devs and users at XDA. Exit the tool, unplug the device and reboot.

The first boot may take a little longer. If you boot your device successfully then you can go ahead and install custom roms which have been made with CM 7.2 as base(i.e., Android 2.3.7). Thank the devs at XDA for keeping the streak live and kicking. Streak 5 looks and performs beautifully on 2.3.7 cm 7.2 based roms.

Update 13/07/2013

Here is a link from the XDA forums related to QDL


  1. Srini,

    Very nice and a thorough study of Dell Steak. I desperately need help.

    Perhaps this can be a good challenge for you as well.

    I have a Streak Mobile (5") - it gets stuck at Dell Logo ( no matter what I do ).

    Is it possible for you to help me out to fix it ?

    My email id is

    Kindly let me know if I can call you up one of these days perhaps ?


  2. i have a dell streak with the same problame so i did every thing that u have writen on your blog
    and all the logs were green but mydell streak hangs at the same point and does not start
    what can i do know1plz help

  3. Can anuone please help me.
    I require the drivers for ADB & Repair Tool for Windows 7 32 bit OS.
    I tried everywhere.
    So please help.
    My phone is stuck at Dell Logo

    With Warm Regards

    Ajay Shankar B

    1. Ajay what is it that you want. Please run through all my posts regarding the dell streak. You will have links for all the things required for playing with the dell streak 5"

  4. Having problems figuring out what driver to download. have a folder unzipped Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM. However I don't know which file is the one required for the update. I went to device manager find the name, right clicked for update, browsed and now have to select a particular file in the folder. How do I know what is the right one? Hoping to resurrect my phone. Thanks for the help.

  5. Just choose the folder. Dont choose any particular file.

  6. Unfortunately it seems streakdroid is no longer live, so the files required to follow these instructions aren't available. I can't find any alternative source for them - is it possible to reupload them?

  7. 1. Googling "dell streak"/"dell streak" will give you MANY alternate sources.

    2. If you run QDL you would see the driver to choose is "Qualcomm HS-USB Diagnostics 9002".

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  9. hi im through with the first step and i ve installed the adb driver too successfully but as u said i tried whether it is installed correctly or not like keep pressing power button + camera button unfortunately it is still stuck at dell logo only. plz help

  10. yo my Dell streak 5 does absolutely nothing :((( no lights, not dell logo, no fast boot but it does respond to pc but wont let me install drivers. any ideas???? besides the garbage lol

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