Order of events:
1. Received my new S4 in the mail a few days ago to replace my old S3. I received the S4 fully updated with the NC5 OTA (yeah, I know, bad juju).
2. So I followed Surge's downgrade thread HERE and am now downgraded to the MK2 build, but with no sound and the telephone/calls app does not work.
3. I then downloaded GooManager and installed the OpenRecovery from TWRP, and it said it installed correctly. However, now I CANNOT GET INTO RECOVERY no matter how I try (via VolUp+Home+Power or via "Reboot into recovery" from the GooManager app). It just goes into Download mode with an error at the top in re that says "Could not do normal boot"
4. At this point the phone just boot loops into Download mode. Cannot go into recovery or the MK2 Rom. I then have to reflash the MK2 downgrade files in order (downgrade, system, cache) in order to get a working phone again and I have now probably done this at least 8 times. It is getting old.
So, I am curious what I need to do now. I have gone through the MK2 downgrade process multiple times and tried again to no avail. I also tried flashing the TWRP .Tar file (directly via Odin) but no luck also --- Is there like a super/clean ODIN file I can use that will also reset the recovery image on the phone? I feel that is my main problem, then I can fix the sound/phone problems after that.
This thing is 10x harder to get on CM than the S3 which I had running CM within 2 hours of ownership. I'd appreciate any help to get me back on path.