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Default [GUIDE][ML1] TW 4.3 Sticky Roll-Up Thread

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The official 4.3 touchwiz update brought significant changes to the Verizon Galaxy S3. Once you took the update, the phone is completely stuck on the VRUCML1 base and any attempt to change the rom (unless using safestrap) will brick the device. Previous rooting and unlocking methods will no longer work on the update and will cause bricks if used. However, there are great threads going around regarding the update but are fragmented all over the device sections. We need a place to have all the information available on the new update. The old sticky roll-up thread should be used for anyone who still has an unlocked bootloader, meaning you did not take the 4.3 OTA update or your phone did not come with it pre-installed.

This thread should strictly be for reference only, meaning posts should only be made if you believe a specific thread should be linked in the OP. If you want to discuss any aspects of this update that you're confused about, please use the 4.3 discussion thread (first linked sticky) or post your question in the Q&A forum. Keeping post counts low will make it easier for new members to access the information they need, so please post appropriately.

How can I tell if I have the official 4.3 update if I bricked my device?
It's important to know what base you're on so you can fix a brick. In any circumstance except a hard brick, once you boot into download mode you will see one of two things:

If you're on the 4.3 baseband, this is what will be displayed (at least the titles), and you're in the right place:

Product Name: SCH-I535
Custom Binary Download: No
Current Binary: Samsung Official
System Status: Custom
QUALCOMM SECUREBOOT: ENABLE
WARRANTY BIT:0
BOOTLOADER RP SWREV: 0

If you're on the 4.1 baseband, you're in the wrong place and you should head here: Stickied Threads [9.2.13]
The information displayed will look like this:

Product Name: SCH-I535
Custom Binary Download: No
Current Binary: Samsung Official
System Status: Custom
QUALCOMM SECUREBOOT: ENABLE

Stuck Threads

Touchwiz 4.3 (VRUCML1) update discussion thread
Great resource with plenty of helpful people roaming the thread constantly. Use this thread to discuss any aspect of the 4.3 update you want.

[ROOT] Saferoot: Root for VRUEMJ7, MK2, and Android 4.3
Only tool available that will root the 4.3 VRUCML1 base. Do not use any other rooting method.

[RECOVERY LOCKED] Safestrap Recovery v3.71 [2014-01-10 Alpha]
Only custom recovery that will work on the 4.3 VRUCML1. Do not try to use any other custom recovery, you will brick your phone. Right now you can only install custom Touchwiz 4.3 roms, so follow the directions in the thread.

[HOWTO]Comprehensive IMEI/EFS Backup
Old thread, but a good one. This should be done immediately after you root, steps A and B.

[INDEX] TW 4.3 Download List (2-18-14)
Everything you can install.

[GUIDE Win/Linux/Mac] Debrick 4.3 with Odin or Verizon Utility + PIT [SOFT BRICK]
Use this if you bricked your device, and you're still able to access download mode. You can also use this guide to return completely to stock if you need to.

[GUIDE] Debrick your bricked SCH-I535! [BOOTLOADER/HARDBRICK]
Use this if you bricked your device and can't enter download mode. Computer will recognize device as QHSUSB-DLOAD, but other than that you have no other sign of life. You can also fix this problem with a JTAG repair if you can't get this method to work.

Useful Information
This section will have links to any posts with good general information if you'd like to read about it.

First and foremost, do not use EZ-Unlock! You will instantly hard brick your phone and you will have to go through a painstaking hardbrick repair or get a JTAG repair.

[FAQ] KNOX and you
Very useful information on KNOX that everyone should understand. However, we have a locked bootloader and the sprint device doesn't, so don't listen to what he's telling you about flashing AOSP roms. If you do it you'll brick the phone, just understand what he's saying about what knox is.

[FIRMWARE] (MODEM/RPM/TZ/SBL) Verizon SGS3 (SCH-I535)
Good information on the locked bootloader and why it can't be downgraded to a previous modem. Do not flash any files from this thread if you're on the 4.3 base.

I think that's all I can think of, hope this helps everyone who needs it!
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I am unfortunately stuck on 4.3 stock that came with a warranty replacement phone. I somehow hard bricked it BUT the hard brick link above worked perfectly.

Thank you for this thread

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Very good post. Thank you for your trouble and time. Wish more people would visit and read before they start rooting and flashing. Thanks again.

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Thanks for grouping everything. helped a lot
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Not sure if this is the right thread to ask, but can I use safestrap to flash a custom kernel on the stock ROM?

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The root method send me to the S4 forum. Is this the correct fourm for rooting my s3 4.3 using safestrap?
 
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The root method send me to the S4 forum. Is this the correct fourm for rooting my s3 4.3 using safestrap?
Worked for me.
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Not sure if this is the right thread to ask, but can I use safestrap to flash a custom kernel on the stock ROM?

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Actually, the safestrap thread would have been the best place to ask a question about safestrap. And no, you cannot flash a custom kernel on safestrap.

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