I'm not deleting the post since someone else may find this useful unless the mods think this post is noise. I do have one questions for the community: I would like to get to 4.4 and ideally, rooted. Does anyone with one of the first Verizon Note 2's have an experience similar to mine or advice on which route to take? Or should I just stick with OTA and forget root?
I need help getting my phone working. My original goal was to get a modified stock 4.4 ROM + root on my phone. My phone was 4.1.1 until I began this process. I tried to root via exynox, that failed, but using CF-Auto-Root (CF-Auto-Root-t0ltevzw-t0ltevzw-schi605.tar) worked. I added CWM, wiped data/cache, and tried to install this kernel: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2607652 and this ROM: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2765021. Similar to some of the messages in the ROM thread, I was stuck at the red screen. I followed krowley3's strategy here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...4&postcount=41, I Odin'd back to 4.1, unlocked the phone again, got to 4.3, ran saferoot, tried to flash to 4.4, that failed updating the firmware - failed to write sboot.bin.
I tried the suggestion in this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=39299305 using the VRALJB update to Odin a new PDA. I did get this within the first month of release and didn't take any OTA, so per the warning, I used that version. No luck. Per advice in a thread I'm trying to find again, I Odin'd this PIT: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?05cj895zu3tls7z, which worked, tried to Odin the bootloader, but that fails at sboot.bin and says: Complete(Write) operation failed.
The status of my phone: it boots into recovery and I can install 4.1.1 stock. It still fails at the sboot when I try a bootloader. When I try to load the firmware, its stuck at the black screen that says "samsung galaxy note 2" and doesn't continue.
In trying to debug, I opened CASUAL-SuckItVerizon-Injection9 while it was loading (to see if it would spit out any logs) and it did something odd: it when I'm on the black screen, it keeps saying 'connected' and 'disconnected' and the adb server connects and disconnects. I'm not familiar enough with debugging these things to dig further. I can't abb to the phone via command line on Windows 7. When I go to Odin mode on the phone, it says:
Product Name: SCH-I605
Custom Binary Download: No
Current Binary: Samsung Official
System Status: Custom
KNOX WARRANY VOID: 0
AP SWREV: A2
Sorry if I'm missing something obvious in the stickies - I'm getting stressed right now.