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[Q] What does it mean when ODIN MODE boots up into "Downloading..."

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21st February 2014, 06:53 AM   |  #1  
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I have a Tab 3 8.0 which I've done various installs with, and am trying to get back to stock.
But I can't, because when I enter recovery (power + down), ODIN MODE comes up with
Current Binary: Custom
Current Status: Custom

Downloading...
Do not turn off target !!

I've tried flashing stock firmware, other firmware, stock kernel etc.

I've read the process for going back to stock in the Tab 3 8.0 forum, but i think Odin (on PC) is failing because of the "Download..." state on the device.
(Also, when I try to run Kies it just continuously tries to connect to the device without success. The device will show up as media device in Win 7.)

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I have a Tab 3 8.0 which I've done various installs with, and am trying to get back to stock.
But I can't, because when I enter recovery (power + down), ODIN MODE comes up with
Current Binary: Custom
Current Status: Custom

Downloading...
Do not turn off target !!

I've tried flashing stock firmware, other firmware, stock kernel etc.

I've read the process for going back to stock in the Tab 3 8.0 forum, but i think Odin (on PC) is failing because of the "Download..." state on the device.
(Also, when I try to run Kies it just continuously tries to connect to the device without success. The device will show up as media device in Win 7.)

Why go back?
There are many costomed stock Roms in the development thread.
Download one of them ,then flash via recovery.
21st February 2014, 03:18 PM   |  #3  
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If (or when) you press "V-down + power" and the screen image you have appears, then the device is ready for a download. If you go no further than that, you have booted into download mode. Nothing else. It will just sit there until you either reboot (hold power button down until display goes blank) or connect your device to your PC and download your OEM ROM.

Now, if (or when) you connect your PC and start ODIN's ROM download process, do not remove the USB cable, power off either the PC or the device, or you will end up doing serious (firmware) harm to your device.
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If (or when) you press "V-down + power" and the screen image you have appears, then the device is ready for a download. If you go no further than that, you have booted into download mode. Nothing else. It will just sit there until you either reboot (hold power button down until display goes blank) or connect your device to your PC and download your OEM ROM.

Now, if (or when) you connect your PC and start ODIN's ROM download process, do not remove the USB cable, power off either the PC or the device, or you will end up doing serious (firmware) harm to your device.

If that's the case, then I must have something wrong on the PC end now. ODIN ( on PC ) refuses to 'see' it as does KIES.
However, if I just plug it in without either of those programs running, it does show up in File Explorer and I can browse the folders on the device.
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If this were I having this problem, I would download the ODIN 3.07 again and use this new version. I would also reload my USB drivers. At least that would equalize everything with a fresh install. I would also go into TWRP and restore your last backup (that is if you have done a backup).

I have this old saying that got stuck in my head a long time ago; if it worked once, it will work again. Just be persistent and follow a methodical plan to get yourself back up and running.
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So, I had Philz Touch as the recovery - I installed the latest TWRP, then re-installed the stock firmware.

DownloadMode now no longer shows the text in the upper left (ODIN MODE/product/current/system).

1. If i boot the tablet all the way into android, then boot Odin, it will see the tablet and give it an ID (but I can't flash a firmware from here.)
2. If i boot the tablet into download mode, then boot Odin, Odin will *not* see the tablet.
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So, I had Philz Touch as the recovery - I installed the latest TWRP, then re-installed the stock firmware.

DownloadMode now no longer shows the text in the upper left (ODIN MODE/product/current/system).

1. If i boot the tablet all the way into android, then boot Odin, it will see the tablet and give it an ID (but I can't flash a firmware from here.)
2. If i boot the tablet into download mode, then boot Odin, Odin will *not* see the tablet.

So just trying to understand your process...

1. You power up the device with power + vdown to enter download mode. Is that correct?
2. If 1 is correct then you see "Downloading... Do not turn off target!!" and in the upper left you see ODIN MODE, or words to that effect?
3. If 1 & 2 are correct, you then connect the USB cable to your device and then connect to the PC.
4. Next you RIGHT CLICK on ODIN 3.0x and select "Run as administrator". (Assuming Windows based PC)
5. In ODIN, do you see ID:COM 0:[COMx] where x is a COM port? The box should be a blue color. In the Message box should be <ID:0/00x> Added!! where x equals the COM port.

Is this what you have when #2 of your post is done? As for #1, if you boot into Android, I do not believe you can really do anything with ODIN. I just booted my P5210 into normal operating and connect to my PC. I have access to the storage so I can move files to/from the device. I then started ODIN and get the same as step 5 above, but I am sure I cannot download anything. I did not take it any further that just opening ODIN.
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So just trying to understand your process...

2. If 1 is correct then you see "Downloading... Do not turn off target!!" and in the upper left you see ODIN MODE, or words to that effect?

Previously, with Philz Touch + "stock kernel" I saw ODIN MODE ( the screen capture in my first post. )

Now, after installing TWRP + "stock kernel", I do not see ODIN MODE, I just see the Downloading... Do not turn off target.
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OK... at this point I must throw in the towel. I see you are using Philz Touch which I have no idea what that is other than a "special" recovery. Plus you indicate "stock kernel" which I take to mean OEM ROM.

Sorry I can't help anymore. Gave it a college effort.
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OK... at this point I must throw in the towel. I see you are using Philz Touch which I have no idea what that is other than a "special" recovery. Plus you indicate "stock kernel" which I take to mean OEM ROM.

Sorry I can't help anymore. Gave it a college effort.

Thanks man... I've been fumbling with trying to return stock for awhile now.

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