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Tried Flashing Kitkat - Soft bricked?

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29th July 2014, 08:37 PM   |  #1  
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Ok, so I tried following the method described here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2712039

I was on JB. Installed SS 3.71, downloaded the odexed version of UrDroid and odin files.

Procedure I followed:
  • Booted into SS
  • Factory reset
  • Install urdroid - deodexed
  • Installation failed, zip wouldn't open
  • Booted back up, downloaded urdroid again - odexed version this time
  • pulled battery, booted to safestrap
  • factory reset
  • install new zip, worked this time
  • tried booting to download mode with vol down key, didn't work for some reason. just went to SS splash screen then tried to boot
  • pulled battery, booted SS again, used the reboot menu to get to download mode
  • followed steps to set up partitions in ODIN, seemed to work fine


Now when I try to boot it just shows me the SS splash screen, then when I let it boot it just goes to a black screen with a solid blue indicator LED.

Next, I tried to verify the MD5 on the UrDroid zip and it didn't match. I downloaded it again, copied it to my external SD, and it then checked out.
Wiped, installed, ran the odin stuff again. Same problem.

I'm guessing the next step is to restore it back to MJ5 using this method: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...59715&page=118

Except several of the files linked there are no longer available....

I'm feeling a little panicked now, this is my only phone lol. Can anyone give me a hand?
29th July 2014, 08:48 PM   |  #2  
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If you're on MJ5 and If you can access Safestrap recovery, this should work : http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2619005
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29th July 2014, 09:01 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by andygev35

If you're on MJ5 and If you can access Safestrap recovery, this should work : http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2619005

I thought that once you update to KK, you can't go back to JB... except I don't know if I ever completed the update. I'm not entirely sure how this process even works.

Do you flash the rom, and then the ODIN portion of it prepares your phone for KK?
29th July 2014, 09:57 PM   |  #4  
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Boot into safestrap recovery, click reboot, click reboot to recovery (which will boot you into system recovery). Near the top of the system recovery screen it will show you what version of firmware you have. If it's MJ5, then just do a restore within safestrap recovery to the restore files you get from the link I posted earlier.
29th July 2014, 10:46 PM   |  #5  
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Boot into safestrap recovery, click reboot, click reboot to recovery (which will boot you into system recovery). Near the top of the system recovery screen it will show you what version of firmware you have. If it's MJ5, then just do a restore within safestrap recovery to the restore files you get from the link I posted earlier.

First of all, thank you for your help.

In recovery, it just says "Android system recovery <3e>". Then goes down to the options you can select.

Before you posted, I tried installing a MJ5 custom rom (FireNote) in the stock slot and now it successfully boots. Which is certainly an improvement. I tried the same process again with UrDroid and had the same result as before - no boot. Now I'm back on FireNote again.

Since FireNote works fine, is it safe to conclude that the Odin process did not properly prepare my boot system for KitKat, and that is why the KK rom isn't working at all?
30th July 2014, 04:47 PM   |  #6  
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Have I stumped XDA?? Haha.

I went over the guide again and can't see anything that I've done wrong, but I certainly could have. Are there glitches in Odin3 with Windows 7 that I should be looking out for or anything?
30th July 2014, 06:56 PM   |  #7  
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Another thought: I was attempting to do this with SafeStrap 3.71 installed. I thought that 3.72 should be sideloaded after I had switched to KitKat. Was this incorrect? Should I have started by installing 3.72 in my JB rom?
30th July 2014, 08:01 PM   |  #8  
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Well, I just let out a string of bad words.

When I ran Odin it defaulted to my 'return to stock' files even though I ran it from a completely different folder... and I didn't realize it.

I'm guessing using the right files will resolve this problem.

Wow, I'm an idiot.
30th July 2014, 09:09 PM   |  #9  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steveh_131

Well, I just let out a string of bad words.

When I ran Odin it defaulted to my 'return to stock' files even though I ran it from a completely different folder... and I didn't realize it.

I'm guessing using the right files will resolve this problem.

Wow, I'm an idiot.

I wouldn't say you're an idiot. You're human!

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