Phone soft-bricks upon flashing any Touchwiz-based rom?
Hi XDA, I'm a relatively new owner to Android phones (3 weeks) and have a problem that I can't find any leads on.
I cannot flash any Touchwiz-based ROMS without the phone going into a boot loop and having to reflash via Odin. I know that AOSP ROMS work fine because I use goomanager to flash CM10, Carbon, and Liquid smooth previously. The problem only occurs with touchwiz roms. Here is the rundown of how I noticed the problem:
I download Crash ROM
and move it to my internal SD card. I install TWRP via goomanager. I then use goomanager to wipe the data, cache, and dalvik cache, and to install the Crash ROM zip. The phone gets to the samsung logo then gets stuck in a boot loop.
I reflash it through Odin using the tutorial at GalaxyS4root
and it boots fine. I use goomanager to reinstall TWRP and try flashing it through TWRP instead, again doign a full wipe of the data, system, cache, and dalvik cache. Same thing occurs and I reflash through Odin.
Fast-forward to last night; I decide to try another Touchwiz rom, this time Wicked ROM
. I download it and put it on the internal SD card; using TWRP I wipe it again, and install it. Aroma Installer comes up and I make sure to select AT&T as my carrier. I get to the end of the installation and the phone reboots. This time its much worse than it was with Crash ROM, the phone is vibrating to signal it starting up, but the screen stays blank and then a few seconds later it vibrates again. This repeats constantly and the phone also couldn't boot into recovery mode (but it could boot to download mode). So I tried reflashing it twice, but the issue persisted. Through google I determined it to be a stuck power button
. I've returned the phone to AT&T to be replaced for faulty hardware and am awaiting its return.
So now is where I ask you guys. I've spent a solid hour googling this and nothing related to my problem comes up. So does anyone have any experience with the S4 not being able to flash touchwiz based roms? Or could anyone point me to any leads as to why this would occur that I can investigate further?
Thanks for the help.
EDIT: I'm pretty sure it wasn't MF3 because I could flash certain ROMS fine.