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Post [GUIDE][I9500][Help Thread] Updating, Resolving soft bricks, root issues and stuff.

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22nd October 2013, 07:23 PM   |  #1  
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This is the guide for updating to 4.3 from stock unrooted state or while having a custom rom on it.
Many people have suffered bootlops or worse issues when trying to update to 4.2.2. Alright. Thisthread will also be used for helping people who hace bricked their devices and i will actively help whenever i can.


This process is quite tedious for unpatient people so stay away from the thread if you cant follow all the steps.

Pre-requisites:
Galaxy S4 I9500 (exynos/octa)
odin version 3.09 (attached to 2nd post)
A stock 4.3 firmware package (take it from firmware thread)
cwm 6.0.4.4 by S.a.M.e.R_d (for root users) link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2489234
adonis.pit (8.94 gb) (attached to 2nd post)
cf autoroot(for root users) link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2292615
Degrated Shadow's KNOX Remover.zip script (attached to the post
some patience and brain (no links for these .. lol.. cant attach either)


Scenario 1: You aren't rooted and have all the status's official and old bootloader on 4.2.2

Best way for you is to connect to the kies and download and update and install it through kies.
Do not download otas.
For some people it gives bootlopping error and for some it just works alright. It bootlop'ed for my brother but not for my friend who were on same stock firmwares and all.
if it is bootlopping now
1. Go to recovery (when phone is switched off press power butoon+volume up+home button)
2. Wipe Data/Factory Reset (this will wipe your data and its necessary because now you cant downgrade without triggering you warranty bit)


Scenario 2: You are on prerooted stock firmware.

Download the 4.3 firmware package(with 4 files)
Set the drivers up on windows
1. Open Odin v3.09
2. Put appropriate files in AP BL CP CSC
AP=previously PDA
BL=bootloader
CP=Modem
CSC=file starting with CSC
3. Download the adonis it and put it in pit.
4. Connect device in download mode (when phone is switched off press and hold power button+volume down+home button)


Voila you are done.

Scenario 3: You are rooted and are on custom roms or a custom pit (adonis_c.pit comes with 11.82 gb storage which is incompatible with 4.3 firmwares.

1. Flash pit seperately without the firmware package in odin v3.09
2. Perform a battery pull then put the battery back
3. Go into download mode (when phone is switched off press and hold power button+volume down+home button).
4. Flash the 4 package file
AP=previously PDA
BL=bootloader
CP=Modem
CSC=file starting with CSC
5. Flash cf autoroot by chainfire by putting it in AP
let it root and install stock recovery
6. Go back to download mode and install GT-I9500-CWM-6.0.4.4.tar Build #1 as AP
Step 7 and following are to be followed for using custom roms although they arent available at the time this is posted. wanam has relesed 3.0 but is a test rom
7. Boot back into recovery and go to mounts and storage
Format everything except the ext sd card
8. Wipe Data/Factory Reset
Wipe Cache
Wipe Dalvik Cache(in advanced menu in cwm)
this whole step might seem unnecessary but always be at the safer side
9. Install the custom rom and boot back into android
10. Flash the KNOX remover script by me
11. YOU are good to go
Voila you are done


NOW FOR ROOT USERS

after setting up all accounts and stuff
1. Go to play store.
2. Update supersu.
3. Open supersu and install the binaries.
4. Flash the KNOX remover script by me OR Install Titanium Backup link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...umBackup&hl=en
5. Freeze or delete all knox crap. ( I prefer deleting).
6. Reboot.

Now you are set and ready to install all the apps and root is working.

Scenario 4: you are on 4.3. want to flash a custom rom. and dont care about warranty.
1. Flash CF autoroot by chainfire/ Flash latest perseus kernel
2. Then power off. go to download mode (power button+Home button+volume down)(
3. Flash cwm 6.0.4.4
4. Flash any custom rom you want now from recovery. but remember to format system atleast once before that.

Credits: @Chainfire ( for cf autoroot)
@S.a.M.e.R_d (for cwm 6.0.4.4
@wanam (for explaining that the security policy is hardcoded into the kernel)
@nickboy360 (He will also help people in my absence because of boards)
@runedrune (for solving my doubts in day to day life)
Samsung (for knox crap, painful security policy, irritating enforcing mode of selinux, and the smoothest ever touchwiz ROM)
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22nd October 2013, 07:28 PM   |  #2  
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  1. Alright. SO this thread will be used for hel;ping people who have soft bricked their devices or similar issues like not getting root or sound problems
  2. My friend @nickboy360 is going to help you all in my absence although he will buzz me when there is a confusing case.
  3. This place wont stand for spammes and they will be reported.
  4. Peace











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File Type: zip Odin3_v3.09.zip - [Click for QR Code] (972.4 KB, 1403 views)
File Type: zip Degrated Shadow's KNOX removerV2.1.zip - [Click for QR Code] (149.2 KB, 33843 views)
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Dude you seriously made my ****ing day !!!! I LOVE YOU !!!!!! I have been cracking my head since i tried to boot rom !!!!!! YIPPI A kingCobra 4.3 is soon to be realesed . AGAIN I LOVE YOU . Rated 5 stars and shared
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Originally Posted by S.a.M.e.R_d

Dude you seriously made my ****ing day !!!! I LOVE YOU !!!!!! I have been cracking my head since i tried to boot rom !!!!!! YIPPI A kingCobra 4.3 is soon to be realesed . AGAIN I LOVE YOU . Rated 5 stars and shared

thanks and please share your recovery here too when it is updated.
thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by Degrated Shadow

thanks and please share your recovery here too when it is updated.
thanks in advance

No problem bro
BTW I will request this thread to be posted on XDA news i imagine noobs with out you .
I booted the rom with odin but not with my custom boot loop . As soon as i het home it will be test test test .
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Why is there a need for the PIT file?
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Originally Posted by Simonetti2011

Why is there a need for the PIT file?

Because by using pit file you can restore partitions to their correct size or automatically fix any partition error

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i cant freeze knox services(there are 5). Its only on donation versions. Any ideas?
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i cant freeze knox services(there are 5). Its only on donation versions. Any ideas?

download a root app
navigate to /system/apps
delete everything you find related to knox.
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download a root app
navigate to /system/apps
delete everything you find related to knox.

Can i have a link? And u sure its safe?

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