How to rescue a non booting Nokia E61

I just rescued a friend’s Nokia E61 which was not booting anymore. There was no way to flash the phone with the Nokia Updater since it wouldn’t boot and the Nokia Updater needs a working E61. A Nokia Repair center also told me they couldn’t do anything for me and that they would have to send the unit in to Nokia for repair.

Well, I happened to stumble across a site on the net which would describe how to reset a Nokia 6600 which is running an old version of the series 60 OS. It was using both *#7370# (hard reset) and *#7380# (soft reset) for resetting a working unit but further more it also showed, that you could format the unit by pushing the “green phone key”, 3 and * together while powering on the unit. Since the E61 powers up immediately when you insert the battery you will have to push those three keys before you insert the battery. As soon the battery is inserted to Nokia logo will show up for a while team task management. You must hold the buttons until the pin code entry comes up. While you hold the keys the unit will reformat its flash memory and revert to a factory default state.

By doing this I was able to recover an apparently broken unit without having to send it in to Nokia for repair. I thought I’d share this as it might come in handy for someone else. Let me know if this worked for you too!

BTW: I think this works with other models like the E50, E60, E70, N-Series and others too.

Taking apart a Nokia E61

<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-226" title="All Nokia E61 parts disassembled" src="http://www get redirected×768.jpg” alt=”” width=”584″ height=”438″ srcset=”×768.jpg 1024w,×225.jpg 300w,×300.jpg 400w” sizes=”(max-width: 584px) 100vw, 584px” />I recently scratched my Nokia E61 quite badly. I decided to order replacement parts to replace the cover and the case. I don’t like service centers so I took the freedom to replace the cover on my own. The procedure will probably void your warranty, but then, how should they find out you changed the cover? As long you don’t break things it probably wont void your warranty from an their point of view.

In order to change the cover of my Nokia E61 I had to take it apart. I took a few moments to make pictures along the process. If you need instructions on how to remove the cover of your own E61, please take a look at the gallery below.

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