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I have read the other posts regarding the rebooting issues of the Sprint Galaxy S3 variant, but I seem to have a touch more difficult problem. My phone constantly resets and seems to be getting worse. It now will reset in the middle of recovery. I was able to wipe the cache and dalvik and then it started resetting even more frequently in recovery and made reloading the rom impossible. It even resets in the download screen. So it makes it impossible to use Odin and other applications. If anyone has any ideas let me know. I have a few possible options that I am pondering. The following is what led up to this if you need some background:

A week ago, I noticed that my battery suddenly was not charging when wifi was on. I turned it off thinking it was some glitch and reset the phone and plugged it in to charge. It said it was at 100 % some hours later. then I turned it back on again and within a couple minutes, it said it was at 22%. So I hard reset and then plugged it into the wall, but it was still not charging. I had go somewhere,so I plugged it into the car charger and enabled fast charge. I turned on my data and all the sudden it rebooted, lost my wifi password, but when it came back on, it was charging properly. So I thought it was just some odd glitch. Charged properly for days.

Then I noticed the phone starting to randomly reset maybe once very other day when texting. I was actually going to put on a new rom tomorrow thinking maybe my old one had become corrupt. Then it suddenly increased drastically tonight to where it was starting to reset constantly. I thought maybe the button was stuck, and pulled off my otter case to make sure it wasnt being pressed down oddly, but it continued. Then I went into recovery and was able to wipe the cache and dalvik before it got really bad and now it won't even let me stay in recovery for any length of time. I almost got a rom loaded when it reset and its been resetting faster than ever. Becoming unresponsive to button presses as well. Even when I could get into the recovery, it would keep showing "swipe screen to open," as the power button was apparently continuing to activate or the phone was trying to reset itself. And yes, I have tried a battery pull several times and then tried to get into recovery, only to be booted out right as I see the recovery screen if I get there.

So that is my problem. I can't flash odin or anything else as the phone just keeps resetting. Part of me thinks to get a new battery and try to see if that doesn't solve my issue, as maybe the battery is causing the phone to reset? But part me is also thinking maybe the power button has gone sticky suddenly? It won't charge it seems as the red light will not come on and it keeps resetting before the battery charging icon can even come up. Any help or advice would be appreciated. I am leaning towards the battery going bad suddenly and shorting out the phone. I now have the battery, which last I saw was at 48% (It was charging when this happened), out of the phone and am waiting till morning to hopefully pick up a new battery. But I would appreciate any insights into this issue.

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I'm having the same issue described above with the S3 constantly rebooting. I can get into download mode but it restarts a few seconds into the flash. I have tried a different battery but that did not solve the problem - I am also thinking it's a power button issue... any suggestions?
 
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I'm having the same issue described above with the S3 constantly rebooting. I can get into download mode but it restarts a few seconds into the flash. I have tried a different battery but that did not solve the problem - I am also thinking it's a power button issue... any suggestions?
I just had my phone replaced for same reason ( Thank god for insurance) Download mode would last about 5 seconds, Recovery would do the same. I managed to get a stock restore with flash counter reset to boot as i was walking into the Sprint store for the techs to look at this lol.. Same exact thing happened on my S2. Power button is done. If you have INS call and get it replaced (Took me about a week for new phone)
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I read some post on possibly using Samsung Kies to flash a new ROM, but that was for the international version. I would be curious if anyone has ever tried this or if its possible to replace the power button with a part replacement? I have ordered an S4 but this time I will make sure to use the home and left touch pad more often to unlock the phone and save wear on the power button. I wold still be interested f anyone has found a fix for this.
 
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I will guarantee 100% that your power button has failed on the board, and I myself have googled videos on Youtube etc... My s3 was in an Otterbox since day 1, never dropped and I had this same issue.

Nothing will fix it but replacing the power button. If you contact Samsung theyll charge you $50 if you ship it to them and they'll fix it, mines not new either.....

I however being the stubborn person, knew I could "fix" this myself and I did.

I took my phone apart, took the board off, and using a pair of tweezers, I literally kept slowly wedging the tweezer behind the button on the board, right behind the button, until eventually the middle part with the button came off.

I put the phone back together, and while holding Vol Down + Home, plugged in my wall charger and you'll get that screen to go into download mode OR you press Vol Down to restart, it'll restart your phone normally and Voila! It's fixed.

I have never had a problem since, however if your phone dies the only way to power it on is as I just mentioned. I use Quickboot from the play store on my phone and that's how I boot into recovery to flash my roms, or reboot my phone etc... bottom line, if you want you can do as I did, Or contact Samsung directly. You can also go into sprint and they'll let you know how much they'll charge to fix it as well, I was told $75 and I don't have insurance either.

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1 other thing... If you have a multimeter, you can test your power button on the board, to see if it's "open" and you'll see it is in fact the power button/switch on the board.

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1 other thing... I bought a new battery too, a stock oem one directly from samsung. I couldn't find it and contacted them, they replied with a link to one and that did nothing for me.

Your situation is almost exact as mine, it's that whole "Sudden Death Syndrome" which is in reality, a failure of the power switch/button on the motherboard.



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I'm having the same issue described above with the S3 constantly rebooting. I can get into download mode but it restarts a few seconds into the flash. I have tried a different battery but that did not solve the problem - I am also thinking it's a power button issue... any suggestions?
So after looking around, I am pretty convinced this the power button,as people describe on this question. If you don't have insurance, I see there are selling replacements or you can pay someone to replace and fix the power button fairly affordably on ebay. I might go the second route, as I want it fine right and the man had a 100 percent rating positive, and I dont really know what I am doing lol. Thanks everyone for your answers.
 
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Well I'm glad I could help you out. Contact Samsung directly, they quoted me $50 plus shipping to their repair facility. Not a bad price, and I don't have insurance so it was a price I'm assuming for everyone.

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