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[GUIDE] Unroot / Unbrick, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190

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21st February 2013, 08:04 PM   |  #1  
Here is a full guide on how to unroot and back to official stock firmware for Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190. It is useful also if you soft brick your phone


!!!BE SURE THAT YOU FLASH THE RIGHT FIRMWARE FOR YOUR VARIANT!!!

Do it on your own responsibility! if you follow this guide properly u will be on the safe side






Before we proceed, make sure:

1-You have installed your Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190 USB drivers on your PC (the easiest way is to install Kies).

2-You need to enable USB debugging mode (Settings>Developer options) which is deactivated by default.

3-Your SIII Mini GT-I8190 should have 70-80% charge remaining.

4-Your SIII Mini GT-I8190 should be factory unlocked.

5-Backup your important data like Call logs, SMS and other data stored in phone memory in case if anything goes wrong, your data is not hurt.

6-Make sure that kies program is not running & disable antivirus.

This guide is only for Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190. So don’t bother to try it on other devices.






How to do it:

Step 1) Turn OFF your mobile and go to Download Mode by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Home Buttons together for few seconds followed by Power button then proceed with volume up. (For some phones, when you see the construction Android robot and a triangle, press Power again to confirm to enter into Download Mode).

Step 2) Now open ODIN on your PC and connect your Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190 to your computer.

Step 3) Once your phone is successfully connected to your PC, the ID:COM box on ODIN will turn blue and will show the COM port number.

Step 4) unzip the downlowded file, u will get a Home.tar file.

Step 5) click on pda (in odin) and choose the file "Home.tar"

Step 6) check "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" options and make sure that "Re-Partition" is unchecked

Step 7) Click on Start button in ODIN window to start the installation process. The process will take few minutes to complete.

DO NOT UNPLUG USB CABLE WHILE EXECUTING THE PROCESS, YOU MAY BRICK YOUR PHONE!

Step 8) When the installation is completed, you read a "Pass". your phone will restart (first boot will take a longer time so don't panic)


It is recommended to make hard reset after flashing to have a fresh official firmware

NOTE 1: If you flashed custom recovery when rooting, please restore your stock recovery, do it before flashing stock firmware: refer to tsy0n thread.

NOTE 2: If your phone stuck into a bootloop after flashing the firmware, take-off battery, reinsert it, boot in odin mode and flash "param.tar" (attached) as PDA.

NOTE 3: If you have a corrupted partition table, (Odin says: "there is no pit partition" or "Re-Partition operation failed"), flash pit file for your device (attached) (put it in pit window) with your firmware, in this case "Re-Partition" must be marked.

Odin troubleshooting: If Odin accidentally gives you "fail" try the following:
- Repeat procedure.
- Make sure that all actions of Kies are disabled from task manager.
- Change usb port.
- Try another usb cable (make sure it is the original).
- Try another Odin version.
- Uninstall and re-install driver.
- Try another computer.



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Don't forget to press THANKS & RATING buttons!
THX to @mattiawhite for "param_I8190N zip"
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21st February 2013, 08:10 PM   |  #2  
firmwares link:

I8190 samsung-update.com
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22nd February 2013, 09:45 AM   |  #3  
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You can also make full unroot using SuperSu app. :thumbup:


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22nd February 2013, 10:00 AM   |  #4  
Re: [GUIDE] Unroot, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190
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You can also make full unroot using SuperSu app. :thumbup:


Sent through time and space from my s3mini.

Main purpose of this thread also is to upgrade firmware to latest one. And fixing boot loop issue if ever happen when flashing ROMs in the future of this phone development.
The question is: does full unroot from superuser app. delete su binary and superuser app. ? Does return back stock recovery???

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Quote:
Originally Posted by samersh72

Main purpose of this thread also is to upgrade firmware to latest one. And fixing boot loop issue if ever happen when flashing ROMs in the future of this phone development.
The question is: does full unroot from superuser app. delete su binary and superuser app. ? Does return back stock recovery???

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Yes I understand. Just wanted to share an alternative and easy method if unroot is all you need. Dont know what gets deleted and whats not. I've never tried this method, but of course it won't revert back to original recovery or anything like that.
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23rd February 2013, 10:49 PM   |  #6  
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Re: [GUIDE] Unroot, Flash official stock firmware on Galaxy SIII Mini GT-I8190
Hi Mate, I am using I8190XXALL2, can I use Italy 4.1.2 link?? And do same which you describe. Is there any issue to doing this?? I want to inroot

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24th February 2013, 06:53 AM   |  #7  
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Hi Mate, I am using I8190XXALL2, can I use Italy 4.1.2 link?? And do same which you describe. Is there any issue to doing this?? I want to inroot

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Yes you can
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First of all, this is my first post, thank you all for providing me this excellent information source!

I was looking for the original Dutch firmware, which I cant find in the list in this thread.

I wan't to flash my Galaxy S 3 mini to official stock firmware, because I bought a T-mobile(provider) version yesterday(good price). Everytime I turn my phone on or off I see the damn T-mobile logo and sound, so I want to flash or if needed root.. I allready installed Kies and did a firmware update, but that updates to the same one I have now with the T-mobile logo..

As far as I know, Kies does not provide an option for a clean firmware install without the T-Mobile provider logo and sounds on startup..

This is my first smartphone, and I'm new to Android, so I will be doing lots of ready before I hook my device up to Odin!

Thanks!
3rd March 2013, 08:40 PM   |  #9  
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Originally Posted by Retronix

First of all, this is my first post, thank you all for providing me this excellent information source!

I was looking for the original Dutch firmware, which I cant find in the list in this thread.

I wan't to flash my Galaxy S 3 mini to official stock firmware, because I bought a T-mobile(provider) version yesterday(good price). Everytime I turn my phone on or off I see the damn T-mobile logo and sound, so I want to flash or if needed root.. I allready installed Kies and did a firmware update, but that updates to the same one I have now with the T-mobile logo..

As far as I know, Kies does not provide an option for a clean firmware install without the T-Mobile provider logo and sounds on startup..

This is my first smartphone, and I'm new to Android, so I will be doing lots of ready before I hook my device up to Odin!

Thanks!

if your phone carrier is T-Mobile, then you must flash stock firmware for T-Mobile.
any way second post is updated. Netherlands added
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Originally Posted by samersh72

if your phone carrier is T-Mobile, then you must flash stock firmware for T-Mobile.
any way second post is updated. Netherlands added

It's a sim lock free phone, I use Vodafone as a network provider. Saturn(the shop) had a special offer on it, but it is T-Mobile branded. So it works fine with my Vodafone network, but you have the built in T-Mobile crap when you turn it on and off plus some bloatware apps..

Does that makes sense?

Oh what the heck, it doesn't matter anyways I will probably root it tommorow anyways..

But I need to do alot of reading first so that I know what I'm doing! The idea was to install a clean version of the firmware, witout the T-Mobile bull..

Thank you for the Dutch version!
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