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[Q] Hard Brick? Bootloader = dead?

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7th July 2014, 11:21 PM   |  #1  
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Hey guys, big n00b here. I'll admit, I made a very fatal and somewhat idiotic mistake... ended up flashing a bad rom (illusions) to my phone. Unfortunately, after rebooting to test it, the phone completely stopped booting. Can't get into download or recovery mode. Does NOTHING when power is held. I have tried the microSD fix.. went out and got a 16GB card... no luck. This is why I think the bootloader is screwed up. I tried making a USB jig and that didn't work either... I have one coming in the mail, but that's going to be too long to wait.

My computer (running ubuntu by the way) detects the phone:
"Bus 003 Device 069: ID 05c6:9008 Qualcomm, Inc. Gobi Wireless Modem (QDL mode)"
from lsusb.

Guys, PLEASE tell me that we can fix it ... without JTAG or replacing the EMMC... both of those are a bit too much. Would rather just say I spilled pop on it...

I have nearly lost all hope because NOTHING has worked. It isn't showing signs of life... Is there hope?

Is it possible that I didn't try the microSD fix enough times? I mean, I read that you may have to do the write a few times... which I did... :/
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8th July 2014, 02:18 AM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by sci4me

Hey guys, big n00b here. I'll admit, I made a very fatal and somewhat idiotic mistake... ended up flashing a bad rom (illusions) to my phone. Unfortunately, after rebooting to test it, the phone completely stopped booting. Can't get into download or recovery mode. Does NOTHING when power is held. I have tried the microSD fix.. went out and got a 16GB card... no luck. This is why I think the bootloader is screwed up. I tried making a USB jig and that didn't work either... I have one coming in the mail, but that's going to be too long to wait.

My computer (running ubuntu by the way) detects the phone:
"Bus 003 Device 069: ID 05c6:9008 Qualcomm, Inc. Gobi Wireless Modem (QDL mode)"
from lsusb.

Guys, PLEASE tell me that we can fix it ... without JTAG or replacing the EMMC... both of those are a bit too much. Would rather just say I spilled pop on it...

I have nearly lost all hope because NOTHING has worked. It isn't showing signs of life... Is there hope?

Is it possible that I didn't try the microSD fix enough times? I mean, I read that you may have to do the write a few times... which I did... :/

There is a guy over on android forums named shappypenguin, he may or may not be on XDA, but he has done magic on supposedly hard bricked phones. The fact that your computer recognizes the phone is a good thing. Does the phone go into download mode? If so, try downloading ODIN. It's literally a phone saver.
8th July 2014, 07:31 AM   |  #3  
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There is a guy over on android forums named shappypenguin, he may or may not be on XDA, but he has done magic on supposedly hard bricked phones. The fact that your computer recognizes the phone is a good thing. Does the phone go into download mode? If so, try downloading ODIN. It's literally a phone saver.

I WISH it went into download mode, if it did I would be fine... and this thread wouldn't exist.
He is on XDA.
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8th July 2014, 10:36 AM   |  #4  
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Microsd trick should still work, you sure you're doing it right?
8th July 2014, 11:37 AM   |  #5  
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Microsd trick should still work, you sure you're doing it right?

No lol, I'm not sure. I have a 16 GB Class 10 card and my phone is 16GB. I have tried multiple images and multiple different guides. I THINK the phone is trying to use the card... but not working for some reason.

Like I said, I have tried a lot of images... but I have no reliable way to confirm if they are the EXACT one I need.
One of the ones It tried was called debrick_sph_l710... but it doesn't seem to work.

To clarify, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Sprint network. Model SPH-L710.

I can keep trying the microSD...
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Oh ok, I only know it should work on i9300. Not sure if it does for your model, you might get better help asking in your device specific forum.
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Forgive me for bumping this early, but I have an expensive paperweight.

Is there any hope? Or will this require JTAG...?
9th July 2014, 07:06 PM   |  #8  
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If it doesn't go into download mode then usb jig, otherwise new motherboard.
9th July 2014, 10:05 PM   |  #9  
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If it doesn't go into download mode then usb jig, otherwise new motherboard.

Well, mine is in the main. I suppose I had better pray to the gods of Android that it works.
9th July 2014, 11:05 PM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by sci4me

No lol, I'm not sure. I have a 16 GB Class 10 card and my phone is 16GB. I have tried multiple images and multiple different guides. I THINK the phone is trying to use the card... but not working for some reason.

Like I said, I have tried a lot of images... but I have no reliable way to confirm if they are the EXACT one I need.
One of the ones It tried was called debrick_sph_l710... but it doesn't seem to work.

To clarify, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 on the Sprint network. Model SPH-L710.

I can keep trying the microSD...

What version of Android were you running before you bricked it? It probably doesn't work because you aren't using the correct version.

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