[Q] Reviving an old phone
Back in February of 2014 I rooted my phone and I went through and started deleting some of the software that came preinstalled. No one likes the preinstalled bloatware anyways, but in the process I deleted some core files that were important to basic operation.
I figured no big deal I'll just get clockwork and find the ROM online and no big deal. Well... That didn't go so well because I had already accepted the secure boot over the air update.
Phone currently turns on and I'm able to get into the boot loader and a normal boot tells me to take it into Verizon (only for them to say there's nothing we can do).
I came here for answers and never bothered to make a post. All I found were people saying I'm screwed and two tutorials, one for a true bricked phone and the other that's image did not work for me in ODIN.
Now with a new job right around the corner and them requiring me to have a phone, I'm in a pickle. I'm coming back and while I can find some answers now most of the links have been removed.
Where can I find a copy of the stock rom so I can once again use my phone and which ODIN version should I be using (and where to get)? - if I can even remember how to use one since it's been so long.
I did find samsung-updates[dot]com/device/?id=SCH-I535 in a youtube video description from another post on XDA but 12 hours for a download doesn't seem practical especially if the file doesn't even work.
Also there was an ODIN post on XDA that had links for a download that Chrome will NOT let me download. When I say "will not", I actually mean I can only dismiss the notice that chrome says this file is malicious. There is no proceed anyways option and it comes with a "do not enter" icon. Other compressed versions of ODIN download fine but no clue what version I'm after.