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In the end I decided to flash back to stock factory image from Google downloaded at the following link (https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images) and installed using the very easy method of inputting a single command. Exactly the kind of solution I needed after pulling hair out.

Hopefully this post is of assistance to others in need.

In the end I used the Chain Fire auto root. Worked a treat - so now running stock Nexus 5 image with root, just the way I wanted it.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2507211



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Need help - I think I bricked my Nexus 5 (was running KOT49H stock ROM). And would really appreciate some sage advice now to get me out of trouble.

Not my first root, custom ROM experience - have done on 3 previous devices, but first Nexus 5 and first stuff up for me. Not a complete noob, but please be clear in your advice. Thanks.


I "followed" this guide (http://www.teamandroid.com/2013/12/1...wm-recovery/2/)

However, at Step 13-15 I was unable to mount an SD card (Nexus 5 is all internal), and I then opted to sideload the UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.80.zip file using "adb sideload". It is now stuck in a boot animation loop (say 10mins of waiting?). So what has gone wrong here?

I also guides from the same site to unlock bootloader and install CWM - that all worked.

I am able to get back to the bootloader and can get into CWM still, just cannot boot.

Not sure if my phone is charging, but I believe I still have some juice so looking for a solution. Have I somehow replaced all of the ROM software with just the SuperSU file? Is that possible? This is my first outing with the Nexus 5 but I have rooted and custom ROMed many phones before, but this is my first with no external SD card.

I could not mount any / partition from what I could tell.... such as /data (not sure if this helps your advice?)


In another thread, someone mentioned a catch all solution might be this : http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2513701
As I said, I can get into the bootloader and CWM and phone is still recognised by PC.
If I am not mistaken, this would basically sideload everything back to factory?
Would this matter if my phone was at KOT49H before everything went wrong, or will that just come down via OTA later anyway (I was getting OTA updates just fine).

I think I should still have about 50% battery charge, but I don't know if it is charging (nothing shows) and the battery is completely internal on these.

Your help = much appreciated! Please - its Christmas afterall...

Cheers Adriaan
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Sorry to hear about your troubles! I know how frustrating it can be when you softbrick for no apparent reason. However, the fact the phone still boots into recovery and all that means that there shouldn't be anything we can't recover from. The link you provided would work. You might also check out one of the toolkits that helps automate most of the stuff you are looking for, like this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2525026 .

That being said, me personally, I would attempt some fixes via CWM first (though I much prefer TWRP). It could be something as simple as wiping the caches and fixing permissions. Possibly a factory reset could help, though I suspect probably not at this stage. Are you comfortable with manual ADB and fastboot commands? I would download a rom zip and adb push it to /sdcard, perform resets and reboot. Should be fine at that point and rooted to boot. If you're all about the stock root experience (never really understood that, but to each their own ) then try this: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2557523

Once you would download that, and are able to get ADB access in recovery (should work if you have the right drivers and all - if not, would recommend switching to TWRP) then you would use this command:

adb push rom.zip /sdcard/ - where rom.zip is the name of whatever that one downloads as...

Then wipe factory reset and caches (system too if you want to be thorough) then install the rom and reboot. Should be back to where you want.

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You can flash the factory images directly from Google which should get you back up and running again.
Download and extract them.
Boot your phone to the bootloader and plug into your PC.
Run the flashall.bat
Note that this will fully wipe your phone

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First reboot recovery and factory reset the phone. If it boots your good. If not install the google factory image.
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Everyone, thank you for your input. My phone is back alive and well.

In the end, I decided to flash all back to a stock factory image from Google. Only had 1% battery left by the time it booted into the fresh flash. Figured this was the best place to recommence my efforts to gain root again, and hopefully this time with a better outcome.

I will probably give the chain fire auto method a shot this time, after a bit more research.

Thank you again for your help and for the very quick responses. Great community.
 
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In the end I used the Chain Fire auto root. Worked a treat - so now running stock Nexus 5 image with root, just the way I wanted it.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2507211
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