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12th January 2014, 07:06 AM   |  #1  
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First off, I have a Verizon GS3 (SCH-I535). As of this morning, it was running the new 4.3 standard (no root, no unlocked bootloader, no custom recovery). I didn't like some of the UI changes in 4.3, and since I wanted to try custom ROMs out anyways, I figured now would be as good a time as any.

After doing hours of research, I was able to successfully get my phone rooted and TWRP installed (using the GooManager app). I had the AOKP d2vzw rom (milestone 1) downloaded and on my phone. I then tried to use GooManager to install the ROM. The phone rebooted into download mode, then gave an error message. I think I didn't properly unlock the bootloader.

After that, the phone wouldn't boot to a ROM at all. I've been trying to install stock ROMs using ODIN and was able to get the stock recovery back, but now all I can get to is the stock recovery and the Download Mode. Whenever the phone boots normally, I get the message, "System software not authorized by Verizon Wireless has been found on your phone . . ."

The biggest issue I've had is that it seem like nothing will install properly using ODIN. When trying to flash TWRP, it fails after NAND Write Start!!. When trying to flash a bootloader, it'll give a write/fail after aboot.

At this point, I'll be happy just getting it back to a working ROM. Any help would be appreciated.
12th January 2014, 07:25 AM   |  #2  
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First off, I have a Verizon GS3 (SCH-I535). As of this morning, it was running the new 4.3 standard (no root, no unlocked bootloader, no custom recovery). I didn't like some of the UI changes in 4.3, and since I wanted to try custom ROMs out anyways, I figured now would be as good a time as any.

After doing hours of research, I was able to successfully get my phone rooted and TWRP installed (using the GooManager app). I had the AOKP d2vzw rom (milestone 1) downloaded and on my phone. I then tried to use GooManager to install the ROM. The phone rebooted into download mode, then gave an error message. I think I didn't properly unlock the bootloader.

After that, the phone wouldn't boot to a ROM at all. I've been trying to install stock ROMs using ODIN and was able to get the stock recovery back, but now all I can get to is the stock recovery and the Download Mode. Whenever the phone boots normally, I get the message, "System software not authorized by Verizon Wireless has been found on your phone . . ."

The biggest issue I've had is that it seem like nothing will install properly using ODIN. When trying to flash TWRP, it fails after NAND Write Start!!. When trying to flash a bootloader, it'll give a write/fail after aboot.

At this point, I'll be happy just getting it back to a working ROM. Any help would be appreciated.

When you are on 4.3, you can't unlock your phone anymore. That means no AOSP roms, but you can still use custom touchwiz roms based on 4.3. You're softbricked and you have to use this thread to fix it.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2586319

After that completes, you can use this to root.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2565758

Once you're rooted, this is the only recovery you can install, don't flash any other recovery.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2605648

Read up on all the threads, 4.3 is completely different then 4.1 was.

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
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12th January 2014, 07:25 AM   |  #3  
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With Odin, I have made sure Kies is uninstalled. I've also tried multiple USB cables, including the ones the phone came with, and I've tried almost every USB port on my computer. Whenever Odin fails, it's in the exact same spot every time, which makes me think it's a software issue, not a hardware issue.

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I was actually able to get the stock.vzw-root66 ROM installed by Odin without any errors. The phone rebooted immediately, then showed the android robot with the blue spinny thing in his chest, then the phone went back to the same Verizon error message.
12th January 2014, 08:20 AM   |  #4  
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When you are on 4.3, you can't unlock your phone anymore. That means no AOSP roms, but you can still use custom touchwiz roms based on 4.3. You're softbricked and you have to use this thread to fix it.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2586319

After that completes, you can use this to root.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2565758

Once you're rooted, this is the only recovery you can install, don't flash any other recovery.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2605648

Read up on all the threads, 4.3 is completely different then 4.1 was.

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2

This worked like a charm! Thank you. I admit I am fairly new at all of this and did a ton of research beforehand, but I apparently did not research the differences between 4.1 and 4.3. You saved my butt!
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This worked like a charm! Thank you. I admit I am fairly new at all of this and did a ton of research beforehand, but I apparently did not research the differences between 4.1 and 4.3. You saved my butt!

TW 4.3 discussion thread has most info consolidated in one place:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2575661

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