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[Q] Soft bricked Sensation. Please help/

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6th March 2014, 02:19 AM   |  #1  
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Hi there. I've somehow managed to softbrick my Sensation. It's on a permanent whitescreen/green HTC logo reboot loop.

Booting into bootloader, it says I have...

Firmware - 3.32
PYRAMID PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT-1.27.110
RADIO-11.22.3504.07_M
OpenADSP-v02.6.0.2226.00.0131
eMMC-boot
Jan 13 2012.17.33.24

HBOOT

<VOL UP> to previous item
<VOL DOWN> to next item
<POWER> to select item

FASTBOOT
RECOVERY
FACTORY RESET
SIMLOCK
IMAGE CRC

The looping boot means I can't log in via ADP.

Anyone know how to dig my way out of this hole?
6th March 2014, 02:30 AM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by dale303

Hi there. I've somehow managed to softbrick my Sensation. It's on a permanent whitescreen/green HTC logo reboot loop.

Booting into bootloader, it says I have...

Firmware - 3.32
PYRAMID PVT SHIP S-OFF RL
HBOOT-1.27.110
RADIO-11.22.3504.07_M
OpenADSP-v02.6.0.2226.00.0131
eMMC-boot
Jan 13 2012.17.33.24

HBOOT

<VOL UP> to previous item
<VOL DOWN> to next item
<POWER> to select item

FASTBOOT
RECOVERY
FACTORY RESET
SIMLOCK
IMAGE CRC

The looping boot means I can't log in via ADP.

Anyone know how to dig my way out of this hole?

did you try to flash a custom rom?
what recovery do you have?
6th March 2014, 02:41 AM   |  #3  
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did you try to flash a custom rom?
what recovery do you have?

It's HBOOT 1.27 but I get a red triangle when going into recovery.

Was attempting and update to cm-11-20131116-Sultan-pyramid.
6th March 2014, 09:22 AM   |  #4  
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It's HBOOT 1.27 but I get a red triangle when going into recovery.

Was attempting and update to cm-11-20131116-Sultan-pyramid.

You need to install a custom recovery in order to flash custom roms. I recommend installing 4ext via fastboot

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6th March 2014, 01:11 PM   |  #5  
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You need to install a custom recovery in order to flash custom roms. I recommend installing 4ext via fastboot

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So how do I get that installed on a softbricked phone?
6th March 2014, 01:14 PM   |  #6  
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So how do I get that installed on a softbricked phone?

You use fastboot to flash the recovery.img available from the 4ext website.

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6th March 2014, 10:48 PM   |  #7  
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You use fastboot to flash the recovery.img available from the 4ext website.

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Of course. the img is either very well hidden or not available from the website :-/

Never mind. I found once elsewhere except...

I can't use fastboot or adb as the phone is not being recognised using usb.

Phone constantly rebooting so get the usb connected, then disconnected dings but won't stay awake long enough to lock in.

If I load the bootloader first than try I get all sorts of device not found errors.

"adb > devices" reveals nothing

"adb reboot-bootloader" = "error device not found"

etc.

(BTW all these work on my HTC One so it's more likely my Sensation that's not set up right here. In fact my Sensation used to work via USB, now it doesn't)
6th March 2014, 11:27 PM   |  #8  
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Of course. the img is either very well hidden or not available from the website :-/

Never mind. I found once elsewhere except...

I can't use fastboot or adb as the phone is not being recognised using usb.

Phone constantly rebooting so get the usb connected, then disconnected dings but won't stay awake long enough to lock in.

If I load the bootloader first than try I get all sorts of device not found errors.

"adb > devices" reveals nothing

"adb reboot-bootloader" = "error device not found"

etc.

(BTW all these work on my HTC One so it's more likely my Sensation that's not set up right here. In fact my Sensation used to work via USB, now it doesn't)

Use volume down and power to boot into hboot, from hboot use the volume buttons to select fastboot and use power to select it. Connect the device to the computer via USB and wait for drivers to install if necessary. Then you can use the fastboot commands to flash the recovery.img use

Fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Where recovery.img is the name of the .IMG you have downloaded and placed into your fastboot path.

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7th March 2014, 12:28 AM   |  #9  
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Use volume down and power to boot into hboot, from hboot use the volume buttons to select fastboot and use power to select it. Connect the device to the computer via USB and wait for drivers to install if necessary. Then you can use the fastboot commands to flash the recovery.img use

Fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Where recovery.img is the name of the .IMG you have downloaded and placed into your fastboot path.

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Oof! I was connecting the USB too early. Wasn't getting the FASTBOOT USB section.

Thanks.

Nearly there now.
7th March 2014, 01:49 AM   |  #10  
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Oof! I was connecting the USB too early. Wasn't getting the FASTBOOT USB section.

Thanks.

Nearly there now.

you will see FASTBOOT USB section not only when installing htc drivers but also when choosing fastboot from bootloader
maybe you missed that

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