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Hey. So I have a note 2 on at&t. It was on 4.3. I used odin to downgrade to 4.1.1, then factory unlocked it and all was well. I tested with tmobile sim and it was on tmobile 4g and able to make calls using tmobile. I then went to update the version (I read once its unlocked it can be updated) Now, it gets stuck at "samsung galaxy note 2" when booting up and wont go past it. I tried to odin it again and successfully installed 4.1.1, but still wont get past samsung galaxy note 2. have disconnected phone and tried to boot up using vol+ (+) home button (+) power button, but nothing......PLEASE HELP


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Hey. So I have a note 2 on at&t. It was on 4.3. I used odin to downgrade to 4.1.1, then factory unlocked it and all was well. I tested with tmobile sim and it was on tmobile 4g and able to make calls using tmobile. I then went to update the version (I read once its unlocked it can be updated) Now, it gets stuck at "samsung galaxy note 2" when booting up and wont go past it. I tried to odin it again and successfully installed 4.1.1, but still wont get past samsung galaxy note 2. have disconnected phone and tried to boot up using vol+ (+) home button (+) power button, but nothing......PLEASE HELP


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I don't have a Note (I have the GS3 on TMO). Do you have any idea if the Note 2 has the same issue that the GS3 has, where with the 4.3 update you get a new locked bootloader that prevents you from going back to anything earlier than 4.3? That's the way it is on the GS3. I guess if you were able to actually boot up and make calls after you downgraded back to 4.1.1, then that must not be the case.

In any case, you're getting stuck on the boot logo when you power it on? Can you get into the recovery at all? Do you have the stock recovery or a custom recovery installed? Have you tried clearing cache/dalvik and fixing perms? That often fixes things for me when I'm stuck on the boot logo.
 
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Hey. So I have a note 2 on at&t. It was on 4.3. I used odin to downgrade to 4.1.1, then factory unlocked it and all was well. I tested with tmobile sim and it was on tmobile 4g and able to make calls using tmobile. I then went to update the version (I read once its unlocked it can be updated) Now, it gets stuck at "samsung galaxy note 2" when booting up and wont go past it. I tried to odin it again and successfully installed 4.1.1, but still wont get past samsung galaxy note 2. have disconnected phone and tried to boot up using vol+ (+) home button (+) power button, but nothing......PLEASE HELP


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I start to wonder if people research before doing anything.

To say again. You can't downgrade. You have Knox. You possibly tripped the Knox flag. Reflash the 4.3 stock ROM. If that fails, It's most probably eFuse, if It's 4.3.

(Basically, eFuse messes up your phone aka bricks You phone aka @#%& it up.)

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I don't have a Note (I have the GS3 on TMO). Do you have any idea if the Note 2 has the same issue that the GS3 has, where with the 4.3 update you get a new locked bootloader that prevents you from going back to anything earlier than 4.3? That's the way it is on the GS3. I guess if you were able to actually boot up and make calls after you downgraded back to 4.1.1, then that must not be the case.

In any case, you're getting stuck on the boot logo when you power it on? Can you get into the recovery at all? Do you have the stock recovery or a custom recovery installed? Have you tried clearing cache/dalvik and fixing perms? That often fixes things for me when I'm stuck on the boot logo.
You're right. The locked bootloader messed those who didn't research about it's life's real bad. 4.3 supposedly has eFuse in it, which FU*CKS your phone. I read it up on the Samsung Knox website, and it said that eFuse "rewrites a read-only part of the phone, resulting in a unusable phone." If u triggered that, it'll be a hard brick, (in my knowledge)

Knox itself is irritating. The Knox Warranty Void counter, which max at 1, is unresetable, (even with JTAG, will brick if h try) so your warranty is *poof*

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I did a fair amount of research before downgrading. In fact I didn't want to downgrade, but I did want to unlock it. It is unlocked and it's running on 4.1.1. So when you say that you can't downgrade, you mean you shouldn't downgrade cause then you will be stuck with 4.1.1?
 
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I did a fair amount of research before downgrading. In fact I didn't want to downgrade, but I did want to unlock it. It is unlocked and it's running on 4.1.1. So when you say that you can't downgrade, you mean you shouldn't downgrade cause then you will be stuck with 4.1.1?
When you were on 4.3, was that an OTA update or an ODIN flash of a stock firmware? Or did you just have a 4.3 ROM from the forums that you loaded (AOSP or rooted stock based ROM with Knox, etc., removed) with TWRP or CWM? Supposedly from what I've been reading if you take the 4.3 OTA or ODIN flash the stock 4.3, the bootloader gets updated, as Irwenzhao mentions above and I've experienced, where you CAN'T downgrade again to 4.1.2 or earlier. I believe that just means you can't go back to a fully stock pre 4.3. I THINK it just means you can't ODIN back to a factory image earlier than 4.3, which is what I experienced. But with TWRP or CWM, I believe I can still load other ROMs at will regardless if they are pre 4.3 or not.
 
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yeah, that sounds kinda like the same thing I have come across. 4.3 was OTA and downgraded to a stock 4.1.1 ROM. Guess this triggers KNOX cause now KNOX WARRANTY VOID is 1. which once that is triggered, you cannot go from a non KNOX version (4.1.1) to a version that has KNOX. My question now is does that apply to just the stock firmware? Would ANY of the ROM's created by the devs work?


There were some posts in the unlock thread that people were able to go from 4.1.1 (after downgrading) back up to 4.3. Just trying to figure out how that would be the case? Could the knox warranty flag not have been set for them?
 
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yeah, that sounds kinda like the same thing I have come across. 4.3 was OTA and downgraded to a stock 4.1.1 ROM. Guess this triggers KNOX cause now KNOX WARRANTY VOID is 1. which once that is triggered, you cannot go from a non KNOX version (4.1.1) to a version that has KNOX. My question now is does that apply to just the stock firmware? Would ANY of the ROM's created by the devs work?


There were some posts in the unlock thread that people were able to go from 4.1.1 (after downgrading) back up to 4.3. Just trying to figure out how that would be the case? Could the knox warranty flag not have been set for them?
Just to make it clear, Knox is a bootloader, which means u can flash anything that's not a bootloader, but your warranty would be history. Flashing anything trips the flag, even 4.1.1/2 stock ROMs.

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Truthfully, that doesn't clear it up. Do the stock firmware through Kies or ota include a bootloader and that's why it won't install? Thanks
 
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Flashing the stock firmware through kies, ODIN, or the OTA update will update the boot loader as far as I know and will ruin any chance of returning to stock and void your warranty. As long as you don't want to do that, I don't think it's too big of a deal.

At this point, I couldn't care less about the warranty. I would think it's expired now anyhow. As long as I can flash ROMs and boy the phone up and use it. I'm happy.

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