First of all I just want to say that this guide is a real life saver. I hard bricked my new S3 and was sick about it. Thank you everyone who contributed to this!
I did the same thing droidshadow did. The only difference is I used version 1.2.
i went to redownload the EZ-UNLOCK app i saw that there was a version 1.4 so i thought maybe i could use that to unlock my 4.3 OTA update (stupid i know!) but i never remember seeing v1.4 before so i thought maybe it was an update.
After running EZ-Unlock it said the bootloader was unlocked and i tried restarting my phone and it would not power on!
I'm still really new to this, so please forgive my ignorance.
I'm having a few problems still. My phone is up and running and it's rooted using saferoot. Which is all good, but now I can't get into recovery mode or download mode. They both start up. When I enter recovery mode I get the blue text in the top left hand corner, but then the phone just starts up like normal. When I enter download mode the screen flashes the screen for a second before turning off and starting the phone normally.
Also, when I connect my phone to the computer everything works like it should, but when I enter Odin while it says it adds my device when I try to install the stock rom it never connects to the phone and installs it. It just hangs there waiting for the connection.
I have a question about restoring the bootloader and recovery image as well. I downloaded the debrick file and it shows up with the bin extension, but for some reason it wants to use VLC media player to open it. I wrote it to the 16 GB card and it shows up on the card as a folder called "image" with lots of files in it. Nevertheless it worked and my phone booted up.
Then I follow the directions, as best as I can with my inept knowledge of all this. I put the stock bootloader and recovery image on the card (not at the same time) and then put the code in using Terminal Emulator. Here's where I'm confused though.
- The first time I moved the debrick folder and the recovery image manually to the phone storage and then entered the codes. Again, one at a time.
- The second time I put the files on the external 16 GB card and left them there. Then I put in the codes and then I plugged the phone back into the computer and deleted the originals on the external card.
Either way the phone works. Mostly. I have a feeling I'm doing something wrong and that's why recovery and download mode won't work.
The instructions also say to keep the debrick.bin file on the external card. Do I keep the actual image folder on the card or the file as it was downloaded? Because even after I deleted the debricked image folder off the card it says there isn't any room on there for the file. I formatted the card at a point but when I put it back in the phone it was bricked again.
I hope someone can help me with this. I'd really appreciate it!
Regardless, the phone is running and I can't thank the creators of this guide enough for that!