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Hi,

I'm fully aware of how silly it is to be in this situation. I opened a thread thinking it was in the T-Mobile S3 forum and flashed the downloaded ROM. But regardless, I made an unfortunate mistake.

The ROM was Stockdroid 4.4.2 from the i9300 forum on this site. My phone is a T999v S3. Before beginning any flashing, I rooted and ran Odin to install Philz Touch 6 recovery and "T999VVLUEML2_T999VYVLEML2_T999VVLUEML2_HOME.tar.m d5". I was bouncing around firmwares looking for something that could fix the "Camera Failed" error (front camera works when charging but not anywhere else, any advice on that would be greatly appreciated), and I guess I lost track of exactly what I was downloading.

Anyway, after flashing the ROM the phone will not boot, and is almost completely unresponsive. The only life I can get out of it is when I connect it to the computer before taking the battery out, then putting it back in. A red light will shine at some point during that. In device manager the S3 is listed as QHSUSB_DLOAD. This leads me to think I can make use of one of the debricking tutorials on this site for the t999v.

The phone is a 16gb model, but I don't have a 16gb card. Before I go out and buy it, I want to know if buying it should solve the problem. I've read the debrick solution will not work with a 2gb card, but I tried anyway with no luck.

If it does work, great. If not, is my only other solution sending the device in for JTAG?

Thanks in advance for any and all help. I know this problem has been an impossible amount of times, but I wanted to pose the issue specifying the exact scenario I'm dealing with.
 
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Yes the De-Brick thread under Developement will/should work. Make sure there is an image for your variant on that thread, before you buy the SD Card.

Once you successfully De-Brick, I will help with the Camera issue. Its pretty easy to fix in most cases.
 
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Great, thank you!

I'll get back today on whether or not the method ends up working. The debrick image I've been using on my 4.4.2 T999v (on Windmobile) was from this thread:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2439367

As for the Camera issue, should I start a new thread, or can I go ahead and post here?
 
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That's correct thread for your Image. Just be sure you grab for T999V. There are other T-Mo variants too.

For the Camera, continue here when done De-Bricking.
 
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Hi, I just got back and loaded the image on a 32GB microsd. The phone booted up just fine!

I followed the rest of the guide and attempted to reinstall the "T999VVLUEML2_T999VYVLEML2_T999VVLUEML2_HOME.tar.m d5" file using ODIN, but it failed during the process. What do I do from here? I would like to be able to use the phone without the 32gb card being taken up like this. Should I try installing a 4.3 ROM of some sort?

Edit: Tried it again and the flash was successful. Just about to install a recovery image, but assuming the install went well I'm guessing I am brick-free? Thank you for the help, Perseus71.

I'll update my post if I run into any other problems regarding the brick, but for now what should I be doing with the camera issue?

I've tinkered a bit with the camera firmware with no luck, and have flashed 4.3 stock again with no luck. What should I do to resolve this issue?
 
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Good to have it back from Brick.

As to Camera, do you still see the Camera Failed issue ? Particularly on the Stock Camera from the 4.3 you just flashed ?

DO NOT use 3rd Party Camera apps until this issue is resolved.
 
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Good to have it back from Brick.

As to Camera, do you still see the Camera Failed issue ? Particularly on the Stock Camera from the 4.3 you just flashed ?

DO NOT use 3rd Party Camera apps until this issue is resolved.
Good to know, I'll refrain from using third party camera apps. And even after flashing the above firmware it says Camera Failed.

The problem started on stock 4.3 before any ROM installing/rooting occurred. I tried the obvious clearing app cache, factory reset and wiping dalvik cache, but no luck. Since then I've been installing different ROMs and Camera Firmwares (ZDFE02, ZDFI02, etc), and moving around and setting permissions for SlimISP bin files. I know the rear works when it's being charged, and that the front camera works just fine. I just don't know what I can do to get it working. I've read that replacing the camera itself may not even fix the problem.
 
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Yes I'd say wrong firmware is the Cause. Typically when you do Factory Reset, wipe /data and then Flash the complete firmware image in Odin, it should work. Usually it will contain the correct firmware.

So even though you flashed the image as part of De-Brick process, I suggest do the Odin Flash again. Make sure to do Factory Reset first. When finished, boot to Stock Recovery and wipe Dalvik and Cache.

When phone boots, try Camera by itself before you enter your Google account.
 
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Yes I'd say wrong firmware is the Cause. Typically when you do Factory Reset, wipe /data and then Flash the complete firmware image in Odin, it should work. Usually it will contain the correct firmware.

So even though you flashed the image as part of De-Brick process, I suggest do the Odin Flash again. Make sure to do Factory Reset first. When finished, boot to Stock Recovery and wipe Dalvik and Cache.

When phone boots, try Camera by itself before you enter your Google account.
Alright. I flashed the 4.3 image mentioned above with Odin, no problems there. Before flashing I did a dalvik/cache wipe and Factory Reset. When finished, I booted to Stock Recovery, but there was only an option to wipe Cache. Instead I opted to both wipe Cache and do another Factory Reset.

Unfortunately I booted the phone up again, skipping the connect to Internet and Google options, and went directly for the Camera App. I still receive the Camera Failed error.

What should I do from here? Does this mean the Camera itself is faulty? And will replacing it actually solve the problem (or could it be a mainboard issue)?

Also the Camera Firmwares currently on are as follows:

Rear
Camera - ZDFE02
Phone - ZDFI02

Front
Camera & Phone - S5K6A3
 
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Probably a firmware issue, but could be hardware. ZDFE02 is the version your rear cam is currently using. ZDFI02 is what is included with the firmware build you are currently on. Back on ICS, we could update this ourselves, but Samsung has since locked that down. If you could find a way to write the newer version from Phone to Cam it might help, but i don't know of any way to do this anymore.
You said you've been installing different roms and cam firmwares. How were you going about that?

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