[Q] Help with factory restore
Hi all...I am not a noob by any measure but I am a longtime nexus owner and before that had a Droid 2 in the easy bootstrap days, so needless to say I am new to the world of messing around with a phone that is not supposed to be messed with. .
My S4 is on ME7 (downloaded and started installing in store - bastards), so I am only rooted and have a couple of minor mods through wanam/nottach. I need to return my phone in the next 48 hours - my screen is a disaster and continually malfunctions, shutting off for hours and then randomly deciding to come back on again. So I would like to unroot and do a complete restore to stock ME7.
The issue I'm having is that, unlike a nexus factory restore, there seems to be a number of different approaches to doing a full wipe and stock image restore. I have gotten some great info and help from some folks here, but I have seen multiple methods for doing it, and it's not clear to me what has been successful for folks and what hasn't. The instructions in some cases are distributed by PM - which is fine with me, I appreciate the help no matter how it comes - but I am (I hope understandably) nervous about applying any method that is not being discussed out in the open with experience reports to a phone that I paid $700 for.
So what I am asking is whether we can just have a threat here where people share what they've done to restore to stock and whether they've had success resetting the flash counter and getting back to a passable stock device. I am not just asking for someone to give me the steps to do so, so please do not tell me to go search for more info - you can see from my profile that I've maybe asked for advice once before, because I always find what I need by just searching.