We are proud to announce that the Sensation is now UNbrickable. Users with the QHSUSB_DLOAD issue can now fully recover their phones and get them fully functional.
Note: This will fix only devices which were bricked by turning S ON. And bricks caused by a damaged hboot via interrupted OTA update/RUU flash on a S-ON device. Any devices bricked with other ways are currently *not* supported. We are working on it
The "core" of the unbricking project dev team: MOVZX
Dexter93 Testing stuff and irc support: globatron Deceptivechaos
Snake_skw Other stuff: dmcb123
Thanks to trevE, xHausx and the rest of the evo3d team that gave us the basic info to work on and made us curious to see if we could get something out of it. Also thanks to ief and his team @revolutionary for helping us understand the bootloaders better. We should also not forget to thank cxb01 of malshenzu.com and xda members arthurire and untrueparadox who helped in translation.
a linux box/live cd with automount disabled and without unity
the appropriate package for the device
the latest RUU for your device
a device bricked by writing security flag 3 with an unsigned hboot, or caused by a damaged hboot via interrupted OTA update/RUU flash on a S-ON device
a usb cable
some basic linux experience
DISCLAIMER: We do NOT guarantee that this method will work for you, or that it is flawless. We are also not responsible if your phone is completely dead after the procedure, or your house burns down because your phone exploded. You are doing this in YOUR OWN RISK.
Detailed video on the process. Thanks kgs1992
Boot the linux box and download the appropriate package for the device. WARNING: IT IS DEVICE SPECIFIC. DO NOT USE THE XE VERSION ON A 4G/ORIGINAL SENSATION AND VICE VERSA
Extract the package in the home directory
Open up a terminal
Remove SIM, microSD card and battery and connect the device using the USB cable. This procedure must be done without battery
Detect the device using the script provided. Type this in the terminal
You should get something like sdX. We are interested on that "X"
Unplug the usb cable from the device
Backup the hboot currently in the phone by using this command. Plug the device in ONLY when asked to
Follow the on-screen instructions from emmc_recover. A successful flash should have this output:
511+1 records in
511+1 records out
1047808 bytes(1.0 MB) copied
Unplug the device, put SIM, microSD card and battery in and power on
Congratulations, the device is unbricked.
FLASH THE RUU IMMEDIATELY AFTER RECOVERING!! The device will be unstable after the recovery if you don't flash it.
Notes on the procedure:
If the device doesn't power on, get a copy of the hboot_f.nb0 and b_hboot.img (should be located in the home directory) and contact us
The connection between the device and the pc will be unstable, and will time out. You have to be quick when doing the above, specially while flashing. If the connection times out don't panic, just unplug and replug the device
Unity and automount are known to cause issues in ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10. We recommend getting rid of both, or use a 12.04, or 10.04/.10 liveCD
USB3 ports do not work properly. Please plug the device in a USB2 port
The liveCD provided has autoount enabled. please disable it
How to disable automount on ubuntu
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.media-handling automount false
For Sensation and Sensation 4G: 32bit version MD5: 859cf1c8f4cc96a9c911ecf696579e6f 64bit version MD5: 2540c4ec2083cd975606f2fcb349d666
they use an additional tool (Sales MultiDL) that backs up alot of .mbn and .img files that we don't have (yet), so i'm not sure if we can pull those files out of the phone manually, or what?
translation per untrueparadox:
1. choose program mode
2. select the .hex and .mbn files from the included package
3. load the .xml included in the package
____ the path to xml file will show here
4. after selecting everything, click download to revive the brick
the files they used to flash:
anyone knows Chinese (google chrome translator is ok for basic understanding, but nothing more than that)?
i did pm the op of those threads to see what he thinks.
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