Originally Posted by Vepar_S
Thanks for advice but I think you missed a few things I pointed out. I am using a Metro PCS S3 the model you linked me too for root66 .tar is for Verizon S3 not Metro PCS. Verizon is i535 and mines is R530M would that also mess up my phone even more? I HAVE tried factory reset and cache wipe. Nothing is working phone stays stuck on black screen AFTER boot logo.
I went o sprint forums they told me my phone is NOT the same as theirs. I am aware of various S3 models it was many said to use ODIN and it caused me a world of problems right now.
I couldn't be sure if mrRobinson had made the root66 firmware for your model or not. If he did it would've most likely been in Sprints or maybe Verizon's root66 threads. All I meant was for you to check their threads to see if your variant was there. In ours, for example, there is also the T999V firmware, which is related to our T999, but is different.
What I am fairly sure of is your model is a CDMA device, like Sprints and Verizon's. T-Mobile and AT&T are GSM. When T-Mobile bought metro they stopped offering the R530, and replaced it with the T999N. Prior to this several people asked me for help with their R530M, and the best I could do was direct them to Sprints forum where others had posted about that model.
I suggested going there because there are people with the same model and they may have run into similar issues. And even if they haven't the rest of the info in that forum would be more relevant to your device than what you find here.
I'm not sure why you are having trouble with Odin. I've seen in other models forums where sometimes you may need something more, or something different than just the stock firmware. I don't know if that could help you or not, so I'm just trying to get you pointed in the direction where you might find someone who can.
There are some issues that are universal with things like Odin, but usually it ends up being a problem with the computer, the usb cable, bad/corrupted downloads, etc. Which is why I mentioned those. But you mentioned an error that showed on your phone, an sbl1 secure boot error or something like that. To my knowledge none of the GSM devices have ever shown this. Not that I remember anyway. But it may have something to do with a locked boot loader like Verizons, or it could be something entirely different. But again, you'd likely have better luck finding similar problems in the others forums.
If you can verify some roms that will work on yours, you may consider flashing CWM or TWRP using Odin. Then try flashing the Rom from recovery, factory reset and reboot. May not help, but it's something to try. Also, make sure you downloaded the latest firmware for your model and try it again.
If I get a chance I'll try to help find out more for you. But for now I hope that helps clarify what I was saying before and helps get you pointed in the right direction.
This would be a bit of a long shot, but you could go to your local store and see if they will offer some sort of trade for the T999N. (Doubtful, but it can't hurt to ask) Now that metro is with T-Mobile, you're likely to get better service with it, unless they've got something worked out where devices like yours can still use Sprint towers/networks.
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