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[GUIDE] Debrick your bricked SCH-I535! [BOOTLOADER/HARDBRICK]

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Wink [GUIDE] Debrick your bricked SCH-I535! [BOOTLOADER/HARDBRICK]

Debrick your bricked Galaxy s3!

Note: This will only work if you have hardbricked your phone (tried downgrading bootloader) and it doesn't turn on AT ALL. No Odin mode, no recovery, etc.
If you can still get into recovery or download mode, but not the ROM itself, try HERE.


A few prerequisites,
1) This may or may not work, there's no guarantees.
2) If this does not work, you will need a JTAG.
3) If it does work, you will be forced to keep 4.3, there's no downgrades.
4) If you CAN boot into the ROM or Recovery, either one, more instructions in the second post.
5) None of this is my personal work, as I said, I'm just a crash test dummy.
6) I'm just moving most of what's on the other threads to this one, so you don't have to search for this info.
7) ???
8) Profit!


What you will need:
-A hardbricked verizon galaxy s3
-A microSD Card

-Windows or Linux computer
-Debrick file


First, back up your SD.

-_-_-_-_-File you'll need:-_-_-_-_-
-Debrick file if you took the 4.3 OTA

-Debrick file if you bricked before the 4.3 OTA
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Windows
1) Download win32diskimager
2) Download the debrick file for your OS version
3) Unzip the debrick.zip and extract debrick.bin
4) Run win32diskimager
5) Connect your SD to your computer
6) In win32diskimager, browse for the extracted debrick file
7) Select your microSD in the dropdown box
8) Write!

*more instructions below Linux

Linux
1) Download the debrick file for your OS version
2) Open terminal in Linux
3) Connect the micoSD card
4) Then run the following code
Code:
dmesg | tail
*This will show where your card is mounted /sdX/, Mine was /sdb/. Yours may be /sda/.
**Make sure you know the correct path, you could erase your system if wrong.


5) Then this code, once you're sure of the path
Code:
dd if=/path_to_debrick.bin of=/dev/sdX
*You may need to do a couple of times for it to go through
6) Then finally,
Code:
parted /dev/sdX print
7) Error about corrupted GPT table? Type "OK"
8) Do you want to fix, or ignore? Type "Ignore"

*more instructions below

Last instructions,
1) Remove the microSD card from computer
2) Remove the battery from your device
3) Insert your debrick microSD into your phone
4) Insert battery into phone
5) Turn on device, if you're lucky, it'll boot all the way.
*It may take a few burns to your SD for it to work. Keep trying!
6) ???
7) Profit!



Notice: If this does not work, you will more than likely need a JTAG

How it works?
Your phone acts like a computer would. If it doesn't boot from one source (internal SD), it'll try booting from another (external SD).
It'll go down the list from boot#1, boot#2, boot#3 till it can either fully boot off something, or completely fail.
In this case, we're booting off our SD card.

For the time being, you'll need to keep your SD in your phone,
it'll boot though,
so you got that going for you,
which is nice.


Your card probably shows "23 mbs out of 60 free"
You're probably thinking "WTF?! It's 16GBS!!!"

Want to return your card a reusable state?


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-And waiting for something to go wrong


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Restoring stock bootloader
1) You were able to boot into the ROM
2) Plug your phone into a computer and use MTP mode
3) Move the debrick file onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/debrick.bin)
4) Disconnect your phone
5) Open up a Terminal Emulator on your phone and input this code
Code:
su
dd if=/sdcard/debrick.bin of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
6) Reboot


Congratulations, your bootloader is restored.


Restoring stock recovery
1) You were able to boot into the ROM
2) Plug your phone into a computer and use MTP mode
3) Move this recovery.img onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/recovery.img)
4) Disconnect your phone
5) Open up a Terminal Emulator on your phone and input this code
Code:
su
dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
6) Reboot


Congratulations, your recovery is restored.
The result of the 'make' command:
-Sitting bored in front of the computer
-Watching abstruse output scrolling upwards too fast to read
-And waiting for something to go wrong


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-And waiting for something to go wrong


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First?! :P thank you for showing me how to obtain the debrick file, and another thank you for compiling these sources together for the d2vzw. Good work!

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-Watching abstruse output scrolling upwards too fast to read
-And waiting for something to go wrong


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Ok I understand what this is. My bootloader is just fine so this wont fix my problem or most every one else. I need to flash 4.3 somehow. Even if I bricked my bootloader this wouldn't help since my phone is currently on 4.0.4 and this is the 4.3 bootloader on a sd card. nice work though! Hope I'm wrong and this helps most bricks out there. But you really should change your title to bricked bootloader.
 
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I will be home soon and will report back hopefully with good news and a working S3.
 
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Ok I understand what this is. My bootloader is just fine so this wont fix my problem or most every one else. I need to flash 4.3 somehow. Even if I bricked my bootloader this wouldn't help since my phone is currently on 4.0.4 and this is the 4.3 bootloader on a sd card. nice work though! Hope I'm wrong and this helps most bricks out there. But you really should change your title to bricked bootloader.
What exactly did you do to your phone? Does it power on?
Edit: I'll upload a debrick from before 4.3, same process though. Won't hurt to try.
The result of the 'make' command:
-Sitting bored in front of the computer
-Watching abstruse output scrolling upwards too fast to read
-And waiting for something to go wrong


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I've apparently erased my stock recovery. I was able to flash an older version of stock recovery with ez recovery app, but failed on two different operations. Where might I find an up to date 4. 3 stock android recovery? Thanks.

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