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Saturday, December 29, 2007

How to Change Outer Image on Motorola RAZR Phone

Sick of the stock image that displays when your Motorola RAZR V3 is open? I was. So are a lot of different people. In fact, this is the most commonly asked for modification.

To take your outer image from this image:

Default Cingular 96x80 image on Motorola RAZR phone out LCD Screen
To something like this image:

Custom Cingular 96x80 gif image on Motorola RAZR phone out LCD Screen
The process of implementing this through this guide is fairly easy. However, you must follow very specific instuctions, or you may be left with a message that displays just "/a/mobile/system" on your outer LCD screen on your Motorola RAZR mobile phone. To remove this message is a painful and technical process to follow, which I will document in a future post.

In my case, I made some mistakes on my first try with the image size (had bad information) and after going through the process I learned some valuable lessons. In fact, a couple of the mistakes I made, required me to restore from a backup of my phone. So, be very careful and precise here. You can always take a backup of your cellular phone first by following this post here.

Now for the parameters of the process. Basically, this is usually a very simple image replacement using a program like P2KTools or P2K Commander. For demonstration purposes, I will be using P2KCommander 4.9.E -- on the Microsoft Vista 64-bit (x64) system.

In addition, the image on the outer LCD screen of your Motorola RAZR V3 cellular phone only displays when the phone is opened. This image will not display on the outer LCD screen when the flip is closed. Only the current background image will display and there is no way to change this.

Here are the steps:

1. First, you need to create an image that is exactly 96x80 pixels. That is 96 pixels wide by 80 pixels tall. If your image is not this size, it will not work. Use a program like Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, or Adobe Photoshop to edit the picture.

2. Save the picture as GIF formatted file. You must convert it to a GIF (.gif) file -- you cannot simply change the extension of a JPG, TIFF or other format. It will not work.

3. You must name the file "cl.gif" without quotes and it MUST be lowercase. If it is not, it will not work.

4. Fire up P2K Commander and browse to /a/mobile/system. Browse in the other pane to where you saved your new cl.gif file.

Replacing the image on the outer LCD screen of the Motorola RAZR cell phone with P2K Commander
5. There are two confirmed techniques that work. The first is to delete the original cl.gif file and the copy the new cl.gif file across. The method that worked for me was to simply copy over the existing version, and then clicking copy to move the new cl.gif file across.

6. Use the tool to restart your Motorola V3 RAZR Phone.

7. Open up your flip and see you new cl.gif image on your out LCD screen of your RAZR phone.

New outer LCD screen cl.gif image on the Motorola V3 RAZR after transfer

Congratulations, you did it! Did it work for you? If so, please leave a comment below to let me know.

If it did not, I will be publishing a troubleshooting guide in the new week or so!


icenet said...

Does this works with animated GIF`s???

Ken Hanscom said...

No, animated GIFs will not work. It needs to be a static GIF image in order for it to show on your outer LCD.

stephen said...

wow! this is great. I have the latest P2K commander installed and have been reviewing what i have to do to change the outer screen on my V3. I really like the international biohazard symbol and would like to use it, but dont have a editor to modify an image to the correct size. can anyone volunteer this image? thanks steve

Anonymous said...

This worked flawlessly on my V3. Thanks a million!

Anonymous said...

i resent try this and it work and some of the skins i dowlod have a cl.gif picture on it like the iphone one

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I had been looking for a way to do this and it worked perfectly.

Anonymous said...

it always says generic failure