[How to] Restore a semi-bricked Epic or any software issue. Restores BML from MTD too
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These instructions should fix your semi-bricked or broken phone as long as you can get it into download mode. Make sure you have drivers already installed on your Windows computer before starting.
A NON-STOCK microUSB CABLE IS REQUIRED AS STOCK FAILS THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME
If you need drivers or the ones you have don't work you can use these:
32-bit drivers 64-bit drivers
Things you will need to restore your phone are below.
BY PERFORMING THESE STEPS ALL DATA ON YOUR PHONE WILL BE WIPED AND IT WILL BE RESTORED TO FACTORY STATE. I ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY IF THIS DAMAGES YOUR PHONE OR DOESN'T FIX IT. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK
A Windows Machine is required for using Odin. If you don't have a Windows machine see second post.
Download and use this version of Odin: Odin 1.85 and pit file
Thanks to iNsAn|tY for hosting1
Download this tar: SPH-D700-EL30-8Gb-REL.tar.md5
Provided by K0nane
Provided by iNsAn|tY
hosted by kennyglass123
Set up the software:
Extract the Odin3 v1.85.zip
Run odin3 v1.85.exe
Make sure the following boxes are checked (they should already be checked):
Re-Partiton, Auto-reboot, F. Reset Time
Click PIT and select the victory_8G_100528.pit that you extracted from the Odin zip.
Click PDA and select SPH-D700-EL30-8Gb-REL.tar.md5
Put your phone in Download Mode:
Make sure the USB cord is unplugged
Remove the battery and microSD card
Plug the phone into Computer (the phone may display a battery on the display this is normal just ignore it and go to the next step)
Hold down the "1" key and the power button.
The phone should now be displaying a Yellow Triangle with Downloading... (see end of post for image of download mode)
Under ID:COM, the box should turn yellow and contain the com port. If it doesn't see Troubleshooting at the end.
Odin should now look like this (screenshot shows EB13 but is the same for EL30):
Now you should be able to click Start.
Your phone should try and auto-reboot when finished.
The phone can't boot normally without the battery but you can safely unplug it from the computer install the battery and turn it on.
You phone should be working 100%!
This has worked on numerous phone that have partition issues, intermittent booting issues, and many other file system issues. This also fixes the Samsung Logo disappearing from boot.
While some people claim that the re-partition and time reset should not be checked, this guide is designed to fix ALL problems. While using Odin on your phone has some inherent risk and is slightly less risky to not re-partition the phone some phones will not be fixed without this and that's why it is included. You can try following the above steps and only checking "reboot" but you may have to reflash and check the boxes in the instructions if you phone still has problems.
Phone not getting in download mode
While holding down 1 and power insert the battery before trying to connect the USB cable
Odin isn't detecting the phone?!
Try a different USB PORT on the computer.
Normally only the USB port the drivers were installed to and the phone was plugged into when they were installed will work (easily anyway)
Try a different USB cable
If you are using the stock cable it is almost certainly NOT going to work. You can get a cheap BlackBerry USB cable off of Amazon for a couple bucks and works like a charm.
Uninstall the drivers, reboot, and reinstall the drivers
Try Odin v1.61
It seems frozen and hasn't made any progress for 15 minutes
factoryfs.rfs takes awhile but if it stays on that for longer than 15 minutes unplug the phone and start over
It started flashing but part way through the download mode screen went away and it just shows a color (can be different colors each time)
This means that it got disconnected during the transfer. Try again if that doesn't work try a different USB cable.
You get a big red failed and tried the above steps.
Before you try to reflash make sure to copy the log that Odin makes in the bottom left hand portion of the screen so we can help you troubleshoot and then post in this thread.
Still not working?
Try this tar SPH-D700-EC05-8Gb-REL.tar provided by K0nane
Here is a picture of Download Mode if you aren't sure what it looks like:
This has worked on all phones that were able to get into download mode. If this works for you or if you have issues let me know! You can message me on Irondust formerly Fossnet in #epic my nickname there is Cyc
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Special thanks to K0nane and iNsAn|tY hosting and providing the EL30 tar and Odin.
Even though there are other guides how to do this I wanted something that was a little more concise and easier to follow. If you prefer qbking77 made a How-To Video
to restore your phone. He uses different files and such but the end result is hopefully the same so check that out if you prefer or if you are confused and want to see the steps.
Forum Post for other How-ToVideos by qbking77
May need this again but can't remember the URL NO PROBLEM http://tinyurl.com/epicfix