Originally Posted by Jeoster
I've had my S3 for about 9 months. When I bought it from AT&T I also purchased the $10/month accidental insurance coverage. I'm glad I did now, because my phone's screen somehow got a hairline crack in it right across the center.
AT&T doesn't do the insurance themselves. Its handled through a company called "Asurion". The person at AT&T says I just call them, and they send me a new (refurb probably) phone, and then I send mine back. I don't know how picky they are about root and flash counters, but I want to try to be safe here.
Here's my problem: I've bought Triangle Away and it works perfectly, but I'm not clear on how to get back to stock and ALSO have the flash counter at 0.
I can reset the counter with root just fine, but then when I flash the stock boot image through odin to unroot, It shows up as a flash on the flash counter.
This is what I've done so far:
1- I was running CM10.1 IIRC
2- I downloaded and flashed the stock ICS build that my phone came with using odin and the S3 unified ToolKit
3- when I started the phone up, AT&T software update had me download and install JB 4.1.2
4- I rooted via ToolKit/Odin so that I could use triangle away
5- triangle away was successful in resetting my flash counter and system status
So right now I have my S3 on stock firmware with the flash counter and everything reset just fine, except its rooted. HOW DO I UNROOT MY DEVICE WITHOUT TRIPPING THE FLASH COUNTER AGAIN?
Thanks for any help! I'm sure I'm missing something simple.
I download the upgrade tool from Samsung it flashes from download mode, every time it boot and sees the custom recovery it will trip the counter.
So I run triangle away pull the battery put the phone in download mode and run the Samsung file when it is done do factory reset and all should be good no root and flash counter at zero.