- Next Steps
QDL is a Qualcomm tool that can be used to program (or unbrick) Snapdragon based devices.
Snapdragon based devices contain a special mode of operation, called Emergency Download Mode (EDL). In this mode, the device identifies itself as
05c6:901d Qualcomm, Inc. via. USB and can communicate with a PC host.
EDL mode itself implements the Qualcomm Sahara protocol, which accepts an OEM-digitally-signed programmer over USB. The programmer implements the Firehose protocol which allows the host PC to send commands to write into the onboard storage (UFS).
An open source tool (for Linux) that implements the Qualcomm Sahara and Firehose protocols has been developed by Linaro, and can be used to program (or unbrick) Snapdragon based devices.
A couple different libraries are required to build the QDL program, install them using the following:
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libudev-dev
Some Linux distributions come with
ModemManager, a tool for configuring Mobile Broadband. This program, if installed, will interfere with the QDL flashing. Remove the program with the following:
sudo apt remove --purge modemmanager
If you need ModemManager, you can simply stop it from running with
sudo systemctl stop ModemManager
and restart it with:
sudo systemctl start ModemManager
brew install libusb brew link libusb
Clone the QDL repository using the following:
git clone https://git.linaro.org/landing-teams/working/qualcomm/qdl.git
Move into the project directory:
Build / install program using:
# build make # install make install
This will install the
qdl program into
Test the install by running the following and verifying the output:
qdl qdl [--debug] [--storage <emmc|nand|ufs>] [--finalize-provisioning] [--include <PATH>] <prog.mbn> [<program> <patch> ...]
Download the latest image release from the ModalAI protected downloads page
Latest: VOXL2 QDL Image 14.1a_1.1.2
Unzip the downloaded release:
Move into the
ufs sub-directory of the unzipped release:
In order to force your VOXL2 into EDL mode, slide the
SW2 switch into the
ON position, see below:
Now plug in power and USB-C cable from VOXL2 to host PC.
While in the
ufs sub-directory of the image release, run the following
qdl command in order to flash the device:
sudo qdl --debug --storage ufs --include . prog_firehose_ddr.elf rawprogram_unsparse0.xml rawprogram1.xml rawprogram2.xml rawprogram3.xml rawprogram4.xml rawprogram5.xml patch0.xml patch1.xml patch2.xml patch3.xml patch4.xml patch5.xml
All of the required
*.xml files as well as the directory path (in this case we use
. to represent the current directory location) need to be specified in order for
qdl to find all of the required flash data.
qdl flash will take 10-15 minutes to complete (may be faster or slower depending on hardware and USB cable).
Once completed, remove power and USB from the VOXL2, slide
SW2 switch back to the
You can now plug in power and USB and after a short time (first boot after QDL takes slightly longer than following boots) ADB will be available.
Verify that the flash was successful by checking the installed image version:
# adb onto VOXL2 adb shell # check version root@qrb5165-rb5:/# cat /etc/version 1.1.2-M0054-14.1a-FLAT-V3
This version should match the image you just flashed.
DEBUGGING NOTE: If you are unable to ADB onto the device but the device is being detected correctly by the host PC as seen below:
lsusb Bus 001 Device 022: ID 05c6:901d Qualcomm, Inc. KONA-QRD _SN:21217FEB
restarting the ADB server may fix the issue:
adb kill-server adb start-server
You should now be able to ADB onto your device successfully.
Now that your VOXL2 has been reset to the factory image, install the latest System Image release by following the instructions here: VOXL2 System Image