[UPDATE 12/24/13 ] SOLVED! Hard-bricked? Un-hard brick using sd card SM-N900T/N9005
UPDATE:Thanks to the hard work and diligence of XDA members @noobtoob
, and recognized contributor @DocHoliday77
, recognized developer @shabbypenguin
, and others who will be added to this list after I go through some threads for their names -
It is my pleasure to announce that owners of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3 who have unfortunately hard-bricked
their device, (will not turn on, no led light, qhusb_download mode as device status when plugged into pc) are NOW able to boot their device using sd card mode, instead of expensive JTAG repair!!
noobtoob has been so kind as to ship me the sd card that he successfully flashed, with uncorrupted files from a working tmobile note 3, using odin! Thank you! These files contain all of the prerequisite files needed to boot in this state, to download mode! Once there, a stock firmware flash with ODIN will totally restore your device, just as the SM-N900A variant (at&t), and tmobile and sprint galaxy s3 hard-unbrick methods right here on XDA, can accomplish as I type!
Now, owners of this device can flash with alot more ease, and also this could not only lead to discovery of this method for the entire Note 3 series, perhaps other devices as well!
Read the thread! Why just look for a quick fix when you can actually learn more about the way file systems in android work - and what to avoid doing so that the chances of this happening in the future are less likely? I conducted quite a bit of research, and spoke to some very talented people to get this thread where it is - and to learn some new things myself. This thread contains alot of good insight and discussion about how to solve this issue. Perhaps you could learn something. Either way, all of what you need to fix a hard brick for these two devices is here.
I do in fact now have the sd card. Thanks @noobtoob
! The device will not boot still.
I'm going to try a jig also.
Thanks to time, guidance, and commands from @shabbypenguin
, we found the reason why the sd card noobtoob wrote the umbrick.img to will not boot. It is simply not large enough! So now thanks to proper guidance and this is from shabbypenguin, Tmobile Note 3 users are almost safe from a hard-brick!
If anyone deserves credit for this all, it is @shabbypenguin
, and ultimately Samsung, for at least programming their phones to be virtually fail-safe! Special thanks @zinnium
to be the first to report this working for them! Thank You!
We have the new .img , so the proper method, and files will be in this post for all to use. For now, they are in this thread. Of course all contributors will be thanked. Give me a little time to get myself together here in the real world, this has happened so fast I've barely had time to keep up!!!!!
Pm me, or post if this method works for you. Now, I mean this only if you first are aware that **IF YOU FLASH ANYTHING OR USE THIS METHOD IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK - I OR NO ONE ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE BUT YOU!!**
Also, only if you are simply using the very last unbrick.img posted by noobtoob, in this thread. It is ONLY FOR THE TMOBILE NOTE 3 SM-N900T VARIANT!!!! USING IT FOR ANY OTHER MODEL WILL NOT WORK!! THERE IS AN UNBRICK.IMG FOR THE SM-N9005 ALSO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! **AGAIN - ONLY USE THE .IMG THAT IS FOR YOUR SPECIFIC DEVICE!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED AND IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY IF ANYTHING GOES BAD!!!**
The file is 165mb in size, and needs to be written to a 32 or 64 gig sd card with Linux or another image writing tool, even using a CORRECT dd command in terminal emulator, with a rooted device. It has also been confirmed by XDA member zinnium to work with a 310mb system dump from of course - a WORKING T-Mobile Note 3. Also, XDA member aiti1980 has confirmed success with hard-unbricking the SM-N9005 model. The slimmer file does however, also contain all of the necessary partitions to correctly re-write improperly overwritten ones, including recovery!
Do not try to start a new thread and take credit for this!! This is the thread where this method started specifically for the t-mobile note 3 , and I take no credit for this method!!!! The real thanks should go to @shabbypenguin
, and @KAsp3rd
, who have brought this method, from unknown origins of my knowledge at the time of writing this - to XDA. @shabbypenguin
has been kind enough to lend his expertise and time here in this thread, for the t-mobile note 3!! YAY
Just in time for Christmas! Merry Christmas All!
UPDATE: 12/24/13 - Here's a Christmas gift for all SM-N9005 owners with a hard-bricked device...
Originally Posted by aiti1980
I use adb driver
into cmd win 7 i run:
and you command and get unbrick.img
waiting for result...
I writting *.img on adata Microsd card from win 32 Disk Image
Update: WOW!!! My hard bricked phone power up!
Many thanks from RussiaЖ)))
Where me put unbrick.img: dropbox, or another service?
This method works for the SM-N9005 variant too! CONFIRMED!
One step closer for a universal hard-unbrick method for ALL
Galaxy Note 3 Models! HURRAH
Special thanks to aiti1980 for being the first to try and succeed! Congrats!
Note 3 SM-N900T unbrick.img
Thanks to noobtoob for the above SM-N900T unbrick.img
Thanks to aiti1980 for the above SM-N9005 Unbrick.img upload! ENJOY