Anyway I am really stuck with this phone. The model number SM-N9006. It is unlocked. It is running Android 4.4.2.
This is where the weirdness starts: It appears to be running an HTC bootloader?(the little android logo is the same one as HTC). I cannot boot into anysort of recovery mode and doing a factory reset doesn't really work. It puts the phone back the way I got it but it is definately not stock factory. I cannot sync my google contacts, and I randomly get weird push notifications in a language I don't understand but appears asian (characters).
I really just want to figure out how to completly wipe it and install a new rom from scratch, it doesn't really matter if its a stock rom or a custom rom.
A friend of mine has to wipe phones sometimes for his job and he got this information from his work software:
Model : SM-N9006
OS : 4.4.2
Kernel Version : 3.4.0-1590669
Wed Sep 11 23:59:42 KST 2013
Build #: JSSI5J-N9006ZCUBML5
Odin Version: Odin3 V3.09.3
What happens when I boot into recovery is that a menu will show up but you cannot select any of the options. I also cannot boot into odin mode.
What my friends work software does is secure wipe the phone and restore it to the stock image stored on the phone. However it did not work properly because the rom stored on the phone is not the stock rom.
I would really appreciate any help, advice, what to try next. I don't have alot of experience with this stuff and I really can't afford to just buy a new phone.