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Unhappy I really messed up the flashing process. Voodoo possibly the culprit. Please help!

Hi everyone, this is my first post. I am one of those who waited patiently for 2.2 that I decided to finally root today. I followed all the instructions to root from the sticky here. The process went without a hitch and I flashed the jk6 stock from Team Whiskey from the development section.

I really enjoyed the 2.2 experience while it lasted until I flashed the JL5+voodoo kernel from supercurio's thread. I was under the impression that you could flash different kernels over the old ones. It went through the process of partitioning to ext4. Once it was done, I went to settings and about phone to see if there was JL5 anywhere and it wasn't. It still showed JK6. So I panicked. I disabled voodoo through clockwork recovery and went to the process of reverting back to rfs which I believed. I used odin to flash back to jfd. I know, I didn't restore the backup from clockwork because I wanted to start over( I still have those backups on my external sd card). To my knowledge, the flashing to jfd would completely wipe the data, replace the baseband, kernel, recovery and os.

I then used samsung kies mini to update to JI6. Everything went ok so I decided to root again. Instead of loading the update.zip to internal sdcard. I decided to use tga_gunnman once click root. That process went great until went it rebooted, the clockwork recovery screen popped up to my amazement. It seemed that there were still original files since the first time I rooted. I checked my files on my vibrant to find that I still had original files such as the clockwork back up, titamium back up, and even voodoo. I thought the flashing would completely remove all the data and files. So I panicked again. At this point, I don't know what I did that now I can't get to my log in screen and the screen I get is a picture of a phone, an exclamation, and a computer on my phone. I tried using odin again through download mode to go back to stock but under the message box on odin, it stops at cache.rfs. It has been stuck there for a long time and nothing is happening. I can't even get into recovery mode either.

Now I am not even sure if I properly disabled voodoo or deleted it which I thought the flashing back to jfd would do. I don't know if my partition is still rfs or ext4. I can't use my phone at all. Did I completely brick my phone? How do I fix the mess I got myself into? I really do appreciate anyone's help. I apologize for the length of this post. I wanted to be detailed as possible. Thank you.

EDIT: Spoke too soon. I used a different version of odin and now im back to stock jfd, but the original files are still there including the voodoo folder. I thought it wipes all the data. Also how do I know that the data partition is originally rfs and not ext4? I want to make sure before I root again. Thanks.
 
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Can you get to recovery and restore your backup you created? I just read where you said you can not get in to recovery. What method are you using to try to access recovery?
 
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well if you are back to stock, but just the folder is lingering around, cant you just reformat your sd card?

settings>sd card phone storage>format.
 
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I did a back up using clockwork. I originally was trying to do to the recovery mode by pressing the vol keys and power and that didn't work. I actually got it back to stock jfd by using a different version of odin. My problem now is that I still have some original files on my phone including the voodoo folder. My understanding of flashing was that it wipes everything from your phone. I am not sure if i still have root access even after flashing back to stock jfd. Also if my partition is back to rfs or still stuck at ext4. I am a little confused here. I am afraid if i root again that the original files and folders from my first root will interfere with the new root method.
 
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so If I format the internal sd card, will it completely erase all traces from my first root?
 
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I did a back up using clockwork. I originally was trying to do to the recovery mode by pressing the vol keys and power and that didn't work. I actually got it back to stock jfd by using a different version of odin. My problem now is that I still have some original files on my phone including the voodoo folder. My understanding of flashing was that it wipes everything from your phone. I am not sure if i still have root access even after flashing back to stock jfd. Also if my partition is back to rfs or still stuck at ext4. I am a little confused here. I am afraid if i root again that the original files and folders from my first root will interfere with the new root method.
When you flash a new rom, or back to stock, it does not (usually) wipe the contents of your sd cards (internal or external). And if you are successfully running stock 2.1, you can rest assured you're back to rfs - so if that voodoo folder is making you nervous you can just delete it (it's only relevant if you have voodoo enabled). You're fine to re-root with whatever method you prefer.

Sounds like the soft-brick you experienced was purely from odin hanging on you, and that icon you saw has become a frequent visitor on my phone since I routinely have odin hanging issues (hence my avatar). I've found that v1.3 treats me the best, but sounds like whatever version you updated to worked, so there's no reason to deviate.
 
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Download OCLF from the market and you will find out if you are currently rooted still.
 
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There are a few misconceptions on what the wipe is.
/sdcard and external SD card are user accessible areas of the phone, and when it states that the ROM wipes your phone it does not touch these (there was only one incarnation of TW ROM's that inadvertently formated the entire filesystem for some users).
If you must format the phone to its complete stock form in ODIN you can use re-partition check box - the results are still mixed if it formats the entire FS or not, but most probably it will for you. So all your pictures, etc. should be backed up no matter what.
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I appreciate the help guys. Thanks very much. The version of odin I used originally was v1.00 and the one I used to fix the problem was v1.70. My question now is did I properly flash the JL5 kernel over the JK6 even though when I checked the information on my phone it still stated as JK6? Also how do you properly reflash to a different kernel as well as modems? Do you overwrite the kernel or do you have to go back to stock before trying a new one? Thanks.
 
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I appreciate the help guys. Thanks very much. The version of odin I used originally was v1.00 and the one I used to fix the problem was v1.70. My question now is did I properly flash the JL5 kernel over the JK6 even though when I checked the information on my phone it still stated as JK6? Also how do you properly reflash to a different kernel as well as modems? Do you overwrite the kernel or do you have to go back to stock before trying a new one? Thanks.
I'm not sure why you would flash the JL5 kernel. Does it have any added benefit over the JK6? If you want, you can flash the JL5 MODEM through clockwork using the JL5_modem.zip file posted in many threads.

You should not have to go back to a stock kernel before trying a new one, but if you flash a Voodoo kernel that converts your system to ext4, then you must convert it back to RFS before flashing another kernel. An easy way to be postively sure that you are in RFS is by getting "Terminal Emulator" from market, and type "su" press enter, and then "mount" and press enter. If you see rfs next to data, dbdata, datadata, and system, then you know your system is converted back to RFS. Otherwise, in Voodoo mode it will read ext4 next to those.

Also, if you are really paranoid about getting a fresh start, you can mount your internal SD on your computer and just delete everything on there. Don't worry, all the important Android system files will be restored upon each reboot. All the other crap on there will be erased.
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