I bricked my Sprint Samsung Note II SPH-L900 and this is how I fixed it.
I figured I would post this as a basic how to for people who brick their phones because they are in a similar situation.
- Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II SPH L900
- Used this root method because it was for Samsung Note II owners who already had Android 4.3.*,
- Installed TWRP but it didn't stick to Download mode. I could boot into TWRP when my phone was up even after rebooting but could not boot the device directly into TWRP to access my custom recovery image.
- Installed Perseus and Macks Rom AllStar V5.0 after saving them to my SD Card and did this after booting into TWRP from within my stock ROM.
- Like an idiot I didn't read all the comments on ChainFire 3D when I was searching root 3d because I'm on a big kick right now of making it all 3d like.
- Instead of flashing ChainFire 3d from recovery I used my in rom option since I had all my root programs running nicely and thought why not its just a button click instead of rebooting into TWRP. There was my mistake.
Alright so now I am bricked out of my phone in a boot loop. Nothing is happening but ChainFire said when you install not to freak out if your phone hangs for awhile, pull the battery after two minutes. Well I did and still bricked in a boot loop.
Scour the forums and Internet because I know I still have access to my phone through Odin. I don't have debug mode turned on so I can't even create an ADB shell to my device. That was my first through, run ADB shell, launch TWRP and restore my custom recovery. Would have worked except I had no way of getting to TWRP. Tried installing the Samsung ToolKit. Couldn't recognize my device.
Opened Odin back up and thought why not try to flash TWRP and have it reboot, maybe TWRP will launch. Well I don't know if that would have worked or not because every time I tried to reflash TWRP Odin encountered an error.
Alright, abandoned that idea and did some more research. I knew I could still flash to my phone but I didn't have anything to reset the caches to install another ROM and I didn't want to install something else where things could go potentially worse. I needed my damn phone back. Boom! Found some very helpful articles on restoring to stock and found the stock recovery one click solutions.
I am making this so lengthy in case you are going through something similar where you are stuck in a boot loop, locked out of TWRP but can still flash to your phone with Odin.
These two threads were massive help and they take you to the file locations:
I restarted my phone in download mode which was a little tricky because when I put the battery in it would start booting. Had to make sure volume down, home and power were pressed while sliding the battery in. It's tricky but you can do it with one hand and use the other to insert the battery. Don't give up just because if you put the battery in your phone automatically boots!
I used this specific file. http://rwilco12.com/Files/Devices/Sa...ock_Nodata.exe
I didn't know if my phone was MA5 or MA7. I was worried that something would be off if I downloaded the wrong one but I chose MA5 oneclick exe and it did the trick. I used the Rooted version that didn't delete my data so when the phone came back on all my changes were still there. Everything from the kernel was gone but my settings and etc were unaffected.
By the way I had to disconnect and reconnect my phone in download mode when running the Odin OneClick MA5 restore to get it to light up yellow and establish the connect. I tried to run it a couple times and it failed which made me pretty discouraged. I thought that it was because I downloaded MA5 restore and not MA7. It wasn't because of that, it was because even though the computer recognized the oneclick program didn't.
So anyways, there are some resources and an additional thread. I'm pretty tech savvy but when the damn thing bricked I wasn't for sure what to do. Hopefully this is semi helpful for someone.
If you brick yourself out of your Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (II) and you can't access recovery, go download one of these oneclick solutions from sextape or garwynn (big ups to you guys) and reflash it from download mode using their programs. If you rooted your phone using Odin you will feel right at home with their software and it is no big deal. Phone will be back up in no time.
Edit: So after I got back to my stock ROM and tried to reflash my previous roms they wouldn't stick. E Signature verification kept failing but I still had root. Used CWM Recovery straight out of the app store and rebooted in recovery. Wiped everything. Used the esignature toggle and disabled it. Bam was able to reinstall roms and I am back to tinkering