[Q] SCH-i545 Bricked or Not? (Need help)
For starters (so there isnt misunderstandings
1) I'm complete noob who's successfully rooted few times with root/custom ROMs, but I'd be very grateful if you can still break down explanations to their simplest
(I usually use the site http://galaxys4root.com/
to help me)
2) My device is Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon), SCH-i545, Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Unfortunately, I'm not even sure what build I have since I have no clue where to find it, but if someone can direct me, I'd be glad post it
3) I originally rooted my phone according to the steps in the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2380325
and it worked fine
I did a factory reset on my phone after failing to "move my downloaded apps to my external sd card with Root Explorer (a root app)". Apps couldn't open and home page lagged/glitched. The reset was successful, but I still had SuperSU from root, and also wanted to update to 4.3 to rid the update message that kept popping up. I used Odin, but that's when trouble started. Every Odin tutorial I went for unrooting S4, said that the first box to the left was supposed to be yellow when the phone connected, but mines stayed blue (see image attachment)
I redownloaded Odin/SAmsung USB Drivers thinking they were out of date, but it didn't do anything. When I tried going into Android Sys Recovery Mode (press volume up/home/power button then release power button) It told me "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again." I tried downloading Kies and updating, but it didnt even detect my phone. I've tried flashing every stock firmware I've found, but nothing works.
Thing is, I dont even know if I'm soft or hard bricked (or just plain noob :P ) but I can go into Odin mode just fine, I just have to take out the battery every time and wait a few minutes. However, I cannot go into the sys recovery mode, since all I get is the Kies message. Also, when I just normally turn on my phone, it automatically goes straight to sys recovery.
If anyone can help me resolve this problem, I will be very much appreciated. Thanks for reading the long post! XD