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Help - Did I soft-brick my i9305???

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11th January 2014, 04:50 PM   |  #1  
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Hello knowledgeable people!

I did a very stupid thing!... I took an official Samsung ROM package .tar.md5, remove the .md5 extension, extracted it, replaced boot.img with a custom kernel boot.img and re-compressed into a .tar package.

Then I took this .tar package and flashed it on the phone with Odin on my PC.

That didn't work, as expected.
The process blocked at one point.

I thought I will then just have to flash the Samsung official ROM to get everything back.

Well... not! I can flash the Samsung official ROM with Odin on my PC, but when the phone starts, it get stucked on bootloop on the glowing samsung logo.

I tried many things, including:
* wipe cache
* wipe data
but nothing worked...

At this point, I think I need to repartition/format everything and start from scratch but I don't know how to do this...
I tried to flash the Partition Identification Table kindly uploaded by @lyriquidperfection, but it didn't work (see here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1950591) and it gets stuck in Odin as @narcarsiss mentions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...70&postcount=2

Anyone has an idea?
> How to re-partition/re-format properly?
> Any other method to solve the bootloop?


Thanks for your help!
11th January 2014, 08:32 PM   |  #2  
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Why not to flash stock Sammy rom through Odin? This time - not modified?
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11th January 2014, 09:13 PM   |  #3  
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Flash stock Sammy latest ROM .
Wipe everything in recovery and it should work.
I always have to wipe **** when installing official Sammy ROM.
Else it will stay at Samsung screen with flashing letters

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11th January 2014, 11:16 PM   |  #4  
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Why not to flash stock Sammy rom through Odin? This time - not modified?

This is what I tried... but it still get stuck at glowing samsung logo...
11th January 2014, 11:18 PM   |  #5  
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Flash stock Sammy latest ROM .
Wipe everything in recovery and it should work.
I always have to wipe **** when installing official Sammy ROM.
Else it will stay at Samsung screen with flashing letters

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Thanks for the answer.

What do you mean "wipe ****"?
Could you detail the steps?

1. Flash official sammy ROM through odin
2... enter recovery? (please confirm)
3... wipe what?


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12th January 2014, 03:12 AM   |  #6  
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Have you tried flashing another kernel?Boeffla Etc then use KIES or Odin to flash back to stock

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12th January 2014, 08:51 AM   |  #7  
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Yes enter recovery after flashing with Odin.
When u power on hold volume up home key and power all at the same time release them when u see Samsung gt i9305 then wipe cach and wipe the other one. There are 2 wipe options.
Your phone should boot now it takes some time the first time around a minute.
Let me know if it worked

- flash stock Samsung ROM for your country with Odin

- go to recovery wipe the 2 options When u power on hold volume up home key and power all at the same time release them when u see Samsung gt i9305

-phone should boot takes a minute before he goes trough the flashing Samsung screen.

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---------- Post added at 09:51 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:47 AM ----------

All you have to do is follow my steps.
It should work now

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12th January 2014, 09:31 AM   |  #8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Looki75

Hello knowledgeable people!

I did a very stupid thing!... I took an official Samsung ROM package .tar.md5, remove the .md5 extension, extracted it, replaced boot.img with a custom kernel boot.img and re-compressed into a .tar package.

Then I took this .tar package and flashed it on the phone with Odin on my PC.

That didn't work, as expected.
The process blocked at one point.

I thought I will then just have to flash the Samsung official ROM to get everything back.

Well... not! I can flash the Samsung official ROM with Odin on my PC, but when the phone starts, it get stucked on bootloop on the glowing samsung logo.

I tried many things, including:
* wipe cache
* wipe data
but nothing worked...

At this point, I think I need to repartition/format everything and start from scratch but I don't know how to do this...
I tried to flash the Partition Identification Table kindly uploaded by @lyriquidperfection, but it didn't work (see here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1950591) and it gets stuck in Odin as @narcarsiss mentions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...70&postcount=2

Anyone has an idea?
> How to re-partition/re-format properly?
> Any other method to solve the bootloop?


Thanks for your help!

Tnx for the mention, but i heade bad news. I had to send my phone away to fix the issue.

This was a long time ago that this happened and better methods may of been discovered. Good luck
12th January 2014, 10:53 PM   |  #9  
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Tnx for the mention, but i heade bad news. I had to send my phone away to fix the issue.

This was a long time ago that this happened and better methods may of been discovered. Good luck

Thanks for your answer!
I fear sending S3 to Samsung for repair is the only way, unfortunately... This is what I will do tomorrow (in 10hrs from now) unless a white knight arrives on this thread and gives me the golden solution!
13th January 2014, 04:33 AM   |  #10  
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You havent mentioned what rom version you tried.
I guess you used 4.3 official?

I could only guess but ther is probably more then just boot.img containing Knox code.
Knox is hindering users from downgrading bootloader and that maight be your problem now.
You did not mention wich version you try to recover to either.
So if you try with the old 4.1.2 it may be impossible.
Perhaps you need the newest official rom to get it working.

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