yes manually with fast boot and galaxy toolkit. Also flashed with ODIN in download mode.i Tried stock images and custom like CM and Slim Rom. the installs complete no problem because I see the new boot animation. it gets as far as you at the end of boot it says updating applications then finish finishing boot then starting applications and the screen cut off and it restarts then it keeps doing it over n over, minus updating applications part. Why is my variant not changing? Is it possible the previous owner tried switching it to verizon n found out it couldnt? Is that Even possible? And ive tried a few versions, 4.0, 4.1, & 4.2., cause didnt really kno which it had on it. Can it be a hardware problem. Everythings working fine as far as boot, recovery, etc. Its just the main homescreen screwed. Is there not a base software underneath the rom? Like in odin mode i see it says OMAP-Samsung HW information. I really would like to fix this. any help is great. Thx for reply.