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I got a Note 2 yesterday, bought it used. I turned it on, everything seemed normal. I took it to Verizon, they activated it for me in the store, and while I was there, the lady activating it also accepted an OTA software update. I have no idea what version I was on, or what the OTA was. When I got home, the phone shut down as part of the OTA, and everything appeared normal. The little android with a box screen came up, cycled through the progress bar, etc. However, when it was done, the phone rebooted, and froze on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen. I gave it a while, then battery pulled, tried everything I could think of. Couldn't get into the recovery menu. It would get to Odin, but that was it. Anyways, after a very stressful night working on it, I found the thread here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2040264

I downloaded the "Alternate Restore Mirror" link, put the phone in download mode, and installed from Odin on my computer. The phone booted up, everything worked beautifully.

Then, tonight at work, I checked for software updates, and was informed that there was an available update. I downloaded and installed it(I think the phone said it was 7MB?), and THE SAME THING HAPPENED. Phone is frozen on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen. I plugged it into my laptop, put it in download mode, and did exactly what I did this morning. Odin says everything was successful, and reboots the phone. But it hangs on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen, no matter what I do. I've tried searching, and followed every guide on how to unbrick it I can find, but no matter what software package I use, it fails on "sboot.bin". The only one that will work and not fail is the "Alternate" in the link above, but when I use that one I still have a bricked phone.


I -really- need advice here, guys. I'm in way over my head.
 
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So, a little more information. If I have a ROM that doesn't have an sboot.bin attached to it, it will write just fine and not show any errors. However, the phone will hang up on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen. If I write a ROM that tries to write sboot.bin, it fails. Every time.
 
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Maybe try following the "return to stock" section of this thread:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2024207

This thread includes the .pit which should not only restore the factory rom, but restore the factory system partitions. This had worked for me in the past when I was stuck in a situation where nothing would boot.
 
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Maybe try following the "return to stock" section of this thread:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2024207

This thread includes the .pit which should not only restore the factory rom, but restore the factory system partitions. This had worked for me in the past when I was stuck in a situation where nothing would boot.
I did. When it tries to write either image, it fails on sboot.bin. Every image that includes sboot.bin fails on sboot.bin so far. I -really- don't know what to do.
 
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after you do whatever with odin, can you get into recovery? you need to wipe cache and dalvik. at least thats the problem i had when i used odin to go back to stock
 
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after you do whatever with odin, can you get into recovery? you need to wipe cache and dalvik. at least thats the problem i had when i used odin to go back to stock
No. I can get into Odin mode, but that's it. I took the phone to Verizon today, and they're going to send me a warranty replacement(Gotta love total equipment coverage). Now, though, I'm scared that when they get the phone they're going to charge me for whatever reason, so I'm still trying to figure this out.

So, no matter what image I flash, if it has sboot it fails. Period, no ifs ands or butts. So I think my problem is sboot? Which I think is the bootloader? For what it's worth, the rest of the image always seems to write just fine, and if I write an image with no sboot file, it goes swimmingly, but hangs on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen, and I can't get into recovery.
 
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No. I can get into Odin mode, but that's it. I took the phone to Verizon today, and they're going to send me a warranty replacement(Gotta love total equipment coverage). Now, though, I'm scared that when they get the phone they're going to charge me for whatever reason, so I'm still trying to figure this out.

So, no matter what image I flash, if it has sboot it fails. Period, no ifs ands or butts. So I think my problem is sboot? Which I think is the bootloader? For what it's worth, the rest of the image always seems to write just fine, and if I write an image with no sboot file, it goes swimmingly, but hangs on the "Samsung Galaxy Note II" screen, and I can't get into recovery.
not sure what else to tell you that would help
 
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not sure what else to tell you that would help
Well, the best place I can think to start is to nail down exactly what's happening, then try to figure out WHY it's happening. Once I know the what and why, the solution should be apparent. While I'm not against someone chiming in with a fix that works but I don't understand, I'm here to learn, and would like to come to a better understanding of the issue.


First: what is sboot.bin?
Second: do I need a specific sboot.bin for a specific ROM?
Third: what can cause sboot.bin to fail?
Fourth: is there a way to push just sboot.bin to the phone through Odin or other software?
Fifth: am I fixating on sboot.bin when it's not my issue?
Sixth: did you really read my whole post and get to this point? Wow, thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to try and help me, folks like you are what make the community so strong!
 
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I don't understand a thing you posted. I just came to offer a fix that worked for me on a similar problem. Sorry it doesn't help you. Hopefully someone comes along that can help you

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I don't understand a thing you posted. I just came to offer a fix that worked for me on a similar problem. Sorry it doesn't help you. Hopefully someone comes along that can help you

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No worries. Thanks for the effort at least!

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