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Default [Q] Phone is soft bricked - but I can't get it to work

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My Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 got soft-bricked after I've accidentally tried to downgrade from 4.3 to 4.2.2. The reason was, my wifi didn't work after updating to 4.3 and I couldn't get it to work.
However, now I only get the following error: "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again." After Ive been googling for a solution 2 hours now and didn't find any answers, I decided to post my problem here.

I am able to get into download mode, but not into recovery. Some people in forums said you have to re-flash your firmware then factory reset it; but I've tried flashing the 4.2.2 and 4.3 DBT firmware for my S4 several times, but Odin says "Fail!" everytime. Some others said just connect it to Kies and do a emergency recovery. But Kies doesn't recognize my phone. It's "connecting..." for like 10-15 minutes and then gives me a connection error (but this isn't caused by the upgrade issue; I've tried other cables, other USB ports, reinstalling Kies and even the phone so often).
Now I don't know what to do. I can't reset with Kies because it doesn't recognize my phone and Odin gives me "Fail!".
Please help, I'm so desperate right now.

I will try emergency restoring on the weekend with another computer, but what can I do if that won't work either?
 
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1. Install Kies3 (with new android 4.3 u need new drivers) -> HERE
2. Install Odin 3.09 -> HERE
3. This firmware is the good for ya, latest one for O2 Germany -> HERE
4. Put ur phone in Download Mode (Vol down+Power button at same time)
5. Select Vol Up then
6. Open Odin with ur PC
7. Plug in your phone to the PC with USB conector
8. Unzip the file of the step 3 in ur PC and inside will be a .tar file
9. Click the button AP in Odin and select the .tar file and Click in Start button
10. Wait till finish
11. Enjoy

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3. This firmware is the good for ya, latest one for O2 Germany -> HERE
Hmm.. :/
But I have already downloaded a firmware (I9505XXUEMJ5, if that helps you..), will this work too?

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Hmm.. :/
But I have already downloaded a firmware (I9505XXUEMJ5, if that helps you..), will this work too?

The one I pasted u for download go better, u will have the latest version for ur phone directly and is compatible with Kies3 too. Try again the link (TERAFILE sometime fails )

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The one I pasted u for download go better, u will have the latest version for ur phone directly and is compatible with Kies3 too. Try again the link (TERAFILE sometime fails )
Okay
Hope my wifi will work then anyways..
If you have a uploaded.to link available, please let me know, the download from Terafile takes 5 hours and I have a premium account at uploaded. Thanks to you anyways, Im gonna try and answer then
 
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Okay
Hope my wifi will work then anyways..
If you have a uploaded.to link available, please let me know, the download from Terafile takes 5 hours and I have a premium account at uploaded. Thanks to you anyways, Im gonna try and answer then
Im sorry if it is slow but this firmware is only there now (no in uploaded.to)

EDIT: When u finish the installation process and if u still without WIFI, we can solve it here in same thread. Good luck and if I helped u pls click in THANKS button

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1. Install Kies3 (with new android 4.3 u need new drivers) -> HERE
2. Install Odin 3.09 -> HERE
3. This firmware is the good for ya, latest one for O2 Germany -> HERE
4. Put ur phone in Download Mode (Vol down+Power button at same time)
5. Select Vol Up then
6. Open Odin with ur PC
7. Plug in your phone to the PC with USB conector
8. Unzip the file of the step 3 in ur PC and inside will be a .tar file
9. Click the button AP in Odin and select the .tar file and Click in Start button
10. Wait till finish
11. Enjoy
Oh my god, it worked, thank you! you just saved my phones life

It's working properly now (even the wifi)
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1. Install Kies3 (with new android 4.3 u need new drivers) -> HERE
2. Install Odin 3.09 -> HERE
3. This firmware is the good for ya, latest one for O2 Germany -> HERE
4. Put ur phone in Download Mode (Vol down+Power button at same time)
5. Select Vol Up then
6. Open Odin with ur PC
7. Plug in your phone to the PC with USB conector
8. Unzip the file of the step 3 in ur PC and inside will be a .tar file
9. Click the button AP in Odin and select the .tar file and Click in Start button
10. Wait till finish
11. Enjoy
Hello Joku,

I have exactly the same problem. Two questions:
  1. Why do we need to install Kies3 if Odin sees the phone anyway?
  2. The firmware in step 3, is it Android 4.3?

Thank you.

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