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Help unbricking my phone please

OP JiggaMan14x

18th February 2013, 05:51 PM   |  #1  
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Hello,

I recently received the OTA update and accepted, however it messed up some apps and I went to flash a stock LJC firmware via ODIN. The issue I have is ODIN keeps failing at the sboot.bin portion. I was previously rooted using mrRobinsons root method (flashing a rooted .tar file). I can't enter recovery mode because the phone gives me the error message "firmware upgrade encountered an issue. please select recovery in Kies and try again." I'm not at all familiar with Kies and any help would be incredibly appreciated.
18th February 2013, 06:18 PM   |  #2  
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If you can get into download mode and use odin, then can you download twrp 2.4.1.0 tar and use it with the PDA button in odin? Un-check auto reboot in odin, then when flash ends and sitting there a few seconds, pull the battery, hold voldown home and power, and put the battery back in while holding all 3. (Yeah I know it requires a 3rd hand haha).

It should boot into new twrp.

The download for twrp is google twrp2, then select sprint gn2, then on the download page find openrecovery*2.4.1.0*.tar

If you can do that then you should be able to flash a kernel and rom and firmware from there by just putting them on the sd card. I would use the ma7 one and not try to go back to ljc at least until you get working again and get more comfortable with flashing and recovering from bad flashes like this. I would try the ma7 rom and all-in-one firmware zips not the ma7 update.zip in your case. The update.zip requires a stock recovery to run and possibly a stock everything else too.

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Remember don't wipe data. Flashing the twrp recovery, rom, kernel and firmware should be fine.

If you want to try something even safer just on the off chance your rom is ok just not bootable, you can try flashing just twrp and kernel snd see if it boots. If not then go back into twrp and flash the rom. The data may or may not be compatible with ma7 but nothing we can do about that. If the apps all crash then you could try flashing a ljc based rom and see if the data works on that. All else fails you may have to wipe data from twrp.

In all cases always wipe cache and dalvik from twrp each time you flash anything else.

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18th February 2013, 06:27 PM   |  #3  
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Thanks for info but I can't seem to find a .md5 type file when I download the zipfile for twrp recovery. I try extracting and it's just an image file. Should I just select that as the PDA file to flash via odin? And I tried using Kies in the interim but my phone was stuck on the "connecting" animation when I plug my phone in.
18th February 2013, 06:54 PM   |  #4  
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Might be making progress... I'm working on an emergency recovery via Kies and it's about half way through. I really hope this at least lets me boot up the phone beyond just ODIN mode. Thanks for the help again KeyofR I'm going to keep searching for a md5 file of twrp recovery in the mean time.

EDIT: I think Kies is failing at the same part as ODIN when I tried to manually flash a LJC stock recovery (the sboot.bin portion). If anyone has a link to a md5 file of twrp recovery that would be awesome, I can't seem to find that type only "image" files.

EDIT #2: Bless you lol I just ran the actual .zip file in odin and it worked. I'm hoping I can just flash a stock rom I'll live with a complete wipe, I have everything important backed up. Thank you very much again!
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19th February 2013, 05:25 AM   |  #5  
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What I said was grab the tar file not zip or md5. And don't unpack it. Just save it. In odin next to PDA browse an select that tar file. That will flash twrp to the recovery partition. You may need to do the crazy battery pull three finger salute battery insert thing to boot into twrp the first time. I don't know why that is, it just is sometimes. If you don't it tries to boot the regular os and if that succeds it somehow puts a stock recovery back and you have to flash twrp on again. Once you've booted into twrp one time, no more problem, just a one time thing.

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19th February 2013, 01:57 PM   |  #6  
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19th February 2013, 09:36 PM   |  #7  
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How is this against the rules? I'm lost. Oh well

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How is this against the rules? I'm lost. Oh well

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It was posted in the development section.... Questions or ask for help go in q&a ... that's why its not a ROM or kernel ....

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20th February 2013, 12:58 AM   |  #9  
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Where do I get twrp2 tar

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Where do I get twrp2 tar

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From the twrp website ... you shouldn't need it use goo manager to install it ...
When you open goo press menu and install open recovery script ...
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