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Trying to recover S3 mini. When received, would not boot (hung on initial Samsung logo). Powered up in download mode. Loaded "I8190XXAMC1_I8190OJVAMC1_HOME.tar.md5" with Oden. Now boots (takes about 3 minutes) but device information is displayed on the main screen (attachment.

Can't connect with Kies.

Can't connect with S3 Mini Toolkit.

Can someone explain what state it is in and what to do next?
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Your carrier and location?

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Try reflashing unbranded EU ROM

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I'm a NOOB. Where do I find unbranded EU ROM?
 
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I'm a NOOB. Where do I find unbranded EU ROM?
Here:
http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/2/

You could also try to install a custom ROM and recovery. I recomend enox revange.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2146129
 
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Trying to recover S3 mini. When received, would not boot (hung on initial Samsung logo). Powered up in download mode. Loaded "I8190XXAMC1_I8190OJVAMC1_HOME.tar.md5" with Oden. Now boots (takes about 3 minutes) but device information is displayed on the main screen (attachment.

Can't connect with Kies.

Can't connect with S3 Mini Toolkit.

Can someone explain what state it is in and what to do next?
you are in factory mode, did you lose also lockscreen and power menu??

you must be rooted:
with a root explorer go to efs/FactoryApp/factorymode, open factory mode file and change it to on then save, long press on the file and fix permission (tick all) save, reboot
Google Nexus 5: N5 Tips & Tricks
Galaxy S4 I9500/I9505: Unroot, flash official stock
Galaxy Nexus I9250: Gnex Tips & Tricks ////// Odin/Back to stock 4.3 / 4.2.2
Galaxy SIII Mini I8190: Unroot, Flash official stock
Galaxy Ace Plus S7500: Unroot, Flash official stock
Galaxy Young S5360: Young Tips & Tricks
Galaxy S2 Plus I9105/P: Unroot, Flash official stock
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you are in factory mode, did you lose also lockscreen and power menu??

you must be rooted:
with a root explorer go to efs/FactoryApp/factorymode, open factory mode file and change it to on then save, long press on the file and fix permission (tick all) save, reboot

Factory mode sounds right. No lockscreen, No power menu. Always reboots with USB debugging disabled.

Looks like the /efs folder is corrupted. Get "Failed to mout /efs" when booting in recovery mode.

Searched forums. Not clear what to do next.
 
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i've got same situation "maybe"..
but my s3 mini can use normally but except charge the phone...
phone cant charging up battery, just icon appear but not up percentage of charge..
and usb not detected..

i dont know exactly the prob of mine..
maybe "i've rooted and install Rom and restore Stock Rom" and tried to change some icon in Stock Rom..
and its start the problem with when charging up to 99% suddenly drop down one by one percentage battery..

and send to samsung warranty, they send me back the phone since my phone is rooted "i assume", haha.. they didn't tell me y not repaired....

so solution :
install back Custom Rom, and restore back stock rom ( fortunately i've got backups )
and tried to charging and tried usb to pc, it works normally...

i thought port usb and charging damage and nearly want sent to shop to repair.. haha
 
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Factory mode sounds right. No lockscreen, No power menu. Always reboots with USB debugging disabled.

Looks like the /efs folder is corrupted. Get "Failed to mout /efs" when booting in recovery mode.

Searched forums. Not clear what to do next.
mount efs partition before editing efs folder, type in terminal emulator:
Code:
su
mke2fs /dev/block/mmcblk0p11
mount -w -t ext4 /dev/block/mmcblk0p11
reboot
Google Nexus 5: N5 Tips & Tricks
Galaxy S4 I9500/I9505: Unroot, flash official stock
Galaxy Nexus I9250: Gnex Tips & Tricks ////// Odin/Back to stock 4.3 / 4.2.2
Galaxy SIII Mini I8190: Unroot, Flash official stock
Galaxy Ace Plus S7500: Unroot, Flash official stock
Galaxy Young S5360: Young Tips & Tricks
Galaxy S2 Plus I9105/P: Unroot, Flash official stock
Galaxy Tab 3 T210: Pit file 8GB
Sony Experia SP C5303 // Sony Experia L C2105

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