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Softbricked my S3.

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24th June 2014, 10:12 PM   |  #1  
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I have searched threads here as well as other places and have had no success.

Device: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535)
Info: Stock, non-root and no ROMS
Current firmware: KitKat 4.4.2

I was trying to use Odin 3.09 to revert to the firmware version 4.1.2 (which I got from http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/) in order to install CM 11. I entered the phone into download mode and entered the 4.1.2 firmware file. Everything loaded and connected fine. I clicked Start and it stopped at aboot.mbn and failed because I think 4.4.2 has a locked bootloader. I also think I tripped the Knox Security flag and therefore it is now softbricked. The phone can still go into Download mode but not recovery mode.

I followed two guides to unbrick it:

1) http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2581166
The microSD card method did not work. I have not tried JTAG.

2) http://www.androidauthority.com/gala...-brick-125413/
Odin once again fails and cannot flash the VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 file, leaving the same error as before:
HTML Code:
<ID:0/004> aboot.mbn
<ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!! 
<ID:0/004> FAIL! (Auth)
<ID:0/004> 
<ID:0/004> Complete(Write) operation failed.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
This error appears on my phone:
HTML Code:
SW REV CHECK FAIL: Fused 2 > Binary 0

What can I do now?
24th June 2014, 11:51 PM   |  #2  
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What can I do now?

you could post your question in the correct forum http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3-verizon
this here is i9300 international forum, so probably no one can help, espacially because i9300 has no knox.
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24th June 2014, 11:52 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by scorpadorp

I have searched threads here as well as other places and have had no success.

Device: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535)
Info: Stock, non-root and no ROMS
Current firmware: KitKat 4.4.2

I was trying to use Odin 3.09 to revert to the firmware version 4.1.2 (which I got from http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/) in order to install CM 11. I entered the phone into download mode and entered the 4.1.2 firmware file. Everything loaded and connected fine. I clicked Start and it stopped at aboot.mbn and failed because I think 4.4.2 has a locked bootloader. I also think I tripped the Knox Security flag and therefore it is now softbricked. The phone can still go into Download mode but not recovery mode.

I followed two guides to unbrick it:

1) http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2581166
The microSD card method did not work. I have not tried JTAG.

2) http://www.androidauthority.com/gala...-brick-125413/
Odin once again fails and cannot flash the VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 file, leaving the same error as before:

HTML Code:
<ID:0/004> aboot.mbn
<ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!! 
<ID:0/004> FAIL! (Auth)
<ID:0/004> 
<ID:0/004> Complete(Write) operation failed.
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
This error appears on my phone:
HTML Code:
SW REV CHECK FAIL: Fused 2 > Binary 0

What can I do now?

I know my post maybe can't help you but I has the same problem with a Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 and I go to a SAMSUNG service and they resolved me. And I think this brick is because any Samsung device is not able to downgrade to an old version...

Read this about downgrade:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...2613745&page=2
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