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[Q] My galaxy S4 active sgh-i537 is soft bricked, need help

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2nd March 2014, 11:21 PM   |  #1  
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My phone was rooted then it updated to the 4.3 and when i reset it because the galaxy play store was not working i tried to re root it and it got stuck on a screen upon boot that says Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again. But when i go into Kies it just tries to connect and does't not recognize my phone. I need help on what to do please, I have tried everything.
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2nd March 2014, 11:52 PM   |  #2  
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My phone was rooted then it updated to the 4.3 and when i reset it because the galaxy play store was not working i tried to re root it and it got stuck on a screen upon boot that says Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again. But when i go into Kies it just tries to connect and does't not recognize my phone. I need help on what to do please, I have tried everything.

Do you have CWM installed?
3rd March 2014, 12:40 AM   |  #3  
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Do you have CWM installed?

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3rd March 2014, 01:45 AM   |  #4  
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Sorry, should have read a bit closer. I was going to recommend that you use CWM to flash ROMs back but you don't have the i9295. Where did you purchase it from? I'm from Australia, so I'm not sure about the US, but I think I've read in other threads that some Best Buys(?) have Samsung stores in them that have reflashed the stock firmware free of charge without actually checking your warranty. Maybe you want to look into this?
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3rd March 2014, 02:38 AM   |  #5  
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Sorry, should have read a bit closer. I was going to recommend that you use CWM to flash ROMs back but you don't have the i9295. Where did you purchase it from? I'm from Australia, so I'm not sure about the US, but I think I've read in other threads that some Best Buys(?) have Samsung stores in them that have reflashed the stock firmware free of charge without actually checking your warranty. Maybe you want to look into this?

The problem with your S4A is that it has a locked bootloader, so you can't flash firmware yourself, sorry!

I bought it in the US at a best buy so i will take it there and see what they can do, thanks for the help.
3rd March 2014, 03:23 PM   |  #6  
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I bought it in the US at a best buy so i will take it there and see what they can do, thanks for the help.

If you don't want to go to Best Buy right away you can try flashing the firmware yourself.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2629093
3rd March 2014, 08:04 PM   |  #7  
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If you took the official OTA for 4.3, ML2, there is no known root exploit available. Odin is easy to flash with - there are 1 clicks that do all the hard work for you, all you have to do is put your phone into download mode and the app does the rest on your PC. Make sure you have the proper drivers installed. Best way I found was to download the software suite from Samsung for the phone. Without the proper drivers Odin won't see the phone (I found this out the hard way.)
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4th March 2014, 03:25 AM   |  #8  
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I bought it in the US at a best buy so i will take it there and see what they can do, thanks for the help.

I just took it to best buy and they restored it and now it is as good as new, thanks for the advice.
4th March 2014, 04:00 AM   |  #9  
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I just took it to best buy and they restored it and now it is as good as new, thanks for the advice.

No worries, I heard they were pretty good in the US. Remember though, you can't root it on 4.3 (yet). If they've set it back to 4.2.2 then you can root again and not update to 4.3. If they've set it to 4.3 then either you will have to follow @Devo7v's instruction to flash back or wait it out as a root method is currently being worked on.
10th July 2014, 02:12 AM   |  #10  
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Bricked SGH i537
my sghi537 has bricked. i can only enter into download mode..
As i downloaded stock firmware of 4.3 ML2 and i tried to flash it by Odin...
Unfortunately at first odin said that i have no pit partition...
then i downloaded Pit and tried to flash but ^^^ write failed ^^^ was the thing i saw every time...
I looked up my phn download mode screen and i found that ^^^ Write protection Enable ^^^
So i couldnt flash stock ML2 firmware and my phn is bricked ....
Someone pls help me...........

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