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My brother has a rooted Sprint GS4 and he says he clicked to install a Samsung update that was pushed through his phone (probably 4.3). The phone cannot boot into recovery. Trying to get into recovery leads to a screen saying the update is installing and it always fails and restarts the phone. The phone cannot boot and freezes on the Sprint screen.

*EDIT: Now the phone won't even get past the black galaxy s4 screen!!

How I've been troubleshooting:

The battery was taken out for over 6 hours and same thing.

I tried to use ODIN to flash 4.2, ODIN stops on a write error
(following the QB King video)


Should I try to find 4.3 and attempt to flash? Is there anything else I could do? Thanks!!
 
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If the phone was already 4.3, you have to use Odin to flash MK2. Anything older than that will not work: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2601443

If the update to 4.4.2 (NAE) failed, you may have to use one of the 4.4.2 ROMs to get the phone to boot until the official 4.4.2.tar comes out. Try MK2 first though.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 NAE 4.4.2 Stock Rooted with CF Auto-Root Tutorial by qbking77
HTC EVO Design 4G v4.0.3 Bootloader Unlocked & Rooted with HTC SuperTool v3 by frigid
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My brother has a rooted Sprint GS4 and he says he clicked to install a Samsung update that was pushed through his phone (probably 4.3). The phone cannot boot into recovery. Trying to get into recovery leads to a screen saying the update is installing and it always fails and restarts the phone. The phone cannot boot and freezes on the Sprint screen.

*EDIT: Now the phone won't even get past the black galaxy s4 screen!!

How I've been troubleshooting:

The battery was taken out for over 6 hours and same thing.

I tried to use ODIN to flash 4.2, ODIN stops on a write error
(following the QB King video)


Should I try to find 4.3 and attempt to flash? Is there anything else I could do? Thanks!!
There is a MJA full tar available from rwilco12's repository. First charge the phone for a couple hours. Then put into download mode - volume down+ power, then volume up to confirm. Run Odin as administrator, put the tar.md5 file in the pda shot, connect the phone and flash with Odin 3.07 or 3.09.
First boot may take five earth minutes or more.
If it gets stuck on yellow screen for more that ten minutes, boot into stock recovery and factory reset. Should be good to go.

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* MK2/NAE ROMs * NAE Modem * 4.3/4.4 Kernels * MF9 Bootloader *

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There is a MJA full tar available from rwilco12's repository. First charge the phone for a couple hours. Then put into download mode - volume down+ power, then volume up to confirm. Run Odin as administrator, put the tar.md5 file in the pda shot, connect the phone and flash with Odin 3.07 or 3.09.
First boot may take five earth minutes or more.
If it gets stuck on yellow screen for more that ten minutes, boot into stock recovery and factory reset. Should be good to go.

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Thanks for these steps! The phone is fully restored with nothing wiped! I really appreciate your help!
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Thanks for these steps! The phone is fully restored with nothing wiped! I really appreciate your help!
Thank you for reporting back!
That is a big thing, it really helps the community.
Since the phone will be on the full stock it will probably get the OTA update notification.
Might want to hold off on that for a bit.
To turn off the notification for these in the future:

1. from the homescreen click menu.
2. click settings.
3. click more
4. click application manager.
5. scroll over to all
6. find google services framework.
7. uncheck "show notifications"

the short cut?
1. pull down the notification bar
2. long press on the system update notification
3. press app info
4. uncheck "show notifications"
Have fun and good luck with your new phone.

Spend some time reading, searching and reading and you all will sure enjoy this device.
Good luck.
* MK2/NAE ROMs * NAE Modem * 4.3/4.4 Kernels * MF9 Bootloader *

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