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[DISASTER RECOVERY][v3.6] Getting your Z1/ZU/Z/ZL back to life!

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Default [DISASTER RECOVERY][v3.6] Getting your Z1/ZU/Z/ZL back to life!

I have had my fair share of problems getting out of all kinds of tricky situations. I thought it would be nice to share my knowledge and experience with the good folks on XDA

Using this guide you can get out of the following problems:
  • Bootloop: Sony logo -> Xperia logo and/or bootanim followed by a reboot
  • Bootstall: Sony logo appears, nothing else happens
  • Soft-brick: Phone vibrates when you try to turn it on, nothing else happens, not even the screen turns on! (Formerly named Refuseboot)
A bootloop occurs when your rom has missing or corrupted files or otherwise an incomplete system partition.
A bootstall is caused by a heavily corrupted system partition to the extent you could say it is nolonger there... or an android service that fails to start during init.
A soft-brick can be caused by either a corrupted TA partition or by relocking your phone while you have a custom kernel image still on it (big oops! and yes: I have been in that situation myself )

Xperia Z: Testing functionality before we start...
Bootloop/bootstall: Try to reboot your phone by holding down the POWER and the VOL-UP buttons at the same time for a few seconds. If it reboots, you can be happy!
Soft-brick: If you can feel your phone vibrate when trying to power it on, even when your screen does not turn on, you can also be happy!

The above functionality SHOULD also work on the Z1 and the ZU.

Xperia ZL: Testing functionality before we start...
The ZL has a small reset switch behind the lid where your SIM card goes. You need a pen or something similar to operate it and it should be labeled 'reset' or 'off' inside the case. To reset your phone, you will need to use this switch. The selection between Fastboot (Vol-up) or Flashmode (vol-down) however is the same.

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Xperia ZU: Testing functionality before we start...
The ZU also has a small reset switch behind the lid where your SIM card goes. You need a pen or something similar to operate it and it should be labeled 'reset' or 'off' inside the case. To reset your phone, you will need to use this switch. The selection between Fastboot (Vol-up) or Flashmode (vol-down) however is the same.

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Xperia Z1: Testing functionality before we start...
The Z1 also has a small reset switch behind the lid where your SIM card goes. You need a pen or something similar to operate it and it should be labeled 'reset' or 'off' inside the case. To reset your phone, you will need to use this switch. The selection between Fastboot (Vol-up) or Flashmode (vol-down) however is the same.

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Now that we know we can re-/boot your phone, you have a way out of this problematic situation!

FOR EX- CM/AOSP/AOKP/PAC USERS
When you found this topic while searching for help on returning to STOCK after having CM/PAC/AOSP/AOKP installed on your phone, please visit the following thread:
[GUIDE] How to revert your phone from CM/AOSP/AOKP/PAC to STOCK
This will help you on your quest to return to the STOCK side

FLASHMODE: bootloop & bootstall

Sony Update Service
 

  1. Open SUS on your PC
  2. Walk through until you get instructed to hold key and connect cable
  3. Connect your USB cable to your phone
  4. Hold POWER and VOL-UP to reboot
  5. As soon as your screen goes black, release POWER and slide your finger to VOL-DOWN pressing it (Do it quickly, otherwise it wont work!)
  6. SUS should detect your phone and begin flashing your phone
  7. Your phone should boot up normally again when SUS is done.

As we are using SUS there is a warning to issue here:

THIS WILL DESTROY ALL DATA ON YOUR PHONE!

Consider yourself warned...



FLASHTOOL
 

  1. Open Flashtool on your PC
  2. Either:
    • Deselect everything except system, walk through until you get instructed to hold key and connect cable
    • Walk through until you get instructed to hold key and connect cable, without deselecting anything specific, thus selecting to flash the whole FTF.
  3. Connect your USB cable to your phone
  4. Hold POWER and VOL-UP to reboot
  5. As soon as your screen goes black, release POWER and slide your finger to VOL-DOWN pressing it (Do it quickly, otherwise it wont work!)
  6. Flashtool should detect your phone and begin flashing your phone
  7. Your phone should boot up normally again when Flashtool is done.

As we are using FLASHTOOL there is a warning to issue here:

MAKE YOUR CHOICES WISELY OR YOU RISK DESTROYING ALL DATA ON YOUR PHONE!
Consider yourself warned... again!



FASTBOOT MODE: soft-brick

FASTBOOT FOR KERNEL
 

  1. Connect your USB cable to your phone
  2. Either:
    • Hold POWER and VOL-UP to reboot, on the instance your phone vibrates, release POWER but hold on to VOL-UP;
    • Press POWER, on the instance you feel your phone vibrate, press and hold VOL-UP;
  3. If successful your phone will show a blue led to signal it is in fastboot mode.
  4. Use the fastboot tool to flash the stock Sony kernel image.
  5. Your phone should boot up normally again when fastboot is done.

CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR PHONE IF YOU LOSE ANY DATA!!



FLASHMODE & FASTBOOT FOR (RE-)UNLOCKING USING FLASHTOOL
 

  1. Start Flashtool, open up BLU (have your unlock key at the ready!).
  2. Connect your USB cable to your phone
  3. Either:
    • Hold POWER and VOL-UP to reboot, on the instance your phone vibrates, release POWER and slide down to VOL-DOWN;
    • Press POWER, on the instance you feel your phone vibrate, press and hold VOL-DOWN;
  4. Flashtool should recognise your phone and prepares it for unlocking.
  5. [I] On the next step Flashtool needs your phone to reconnect in fastboot
  6. Disconnect USB cable and wait at least 10 seconds before reconnecting.
  7. Connect your USB cable to your phone
  8. Either:
    • Hold POWER and VOL-UP to reboot, on the instance your phone vibrates, release POWER but hold on to VOL-UP;
    • Press POWER, on the instance you feel your phone vibrate, press and hold VOL-UP;
  9. If successful your phone will show a blue led to signal it is in fastboot mode.
  10. Flashtool should detect your phone and begin unlocking your phone
  11. Your phone should boot up normally again when Flashtool is done.

CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR PHONE IF YOU LOSE ANY DATA!!


And yes, I personally have been dealing with all the above due to sleep deprived stupidity the past 4 weeks ... But my Z is still very much alive and kicking!

My devices:
Daily driver: Xperia Z (C6603)
Development Phones: Xperia T (LT30p), Xperia Z1 (C6903) Thanks to the XDA community!
Backup: Xperia Arc (LT15i)

My work for the community on XDA:
XZDualRecovery ~ Z1/ZU/Z/ZL DISASTER RECOVERY ~ [DYI Guide]Create a personalized ROM yourself! ~ The definitive root Remount-Reboot fix!

Update your Z1 to KK4.4.2!

My file hosting: http://nut.xperia-files.com/ ~ Please do not mirror my files!
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Thread moved from Original Development to General. This is a very helpful guide (thank you) but unfortunately, it does not meet criteria to fall under development.

"As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I fear no evil for I am the God of Death... and this is my valley"



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Or you can flash ftf file with flashtool.

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Or you can flash ftf file with flashtool.

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But only when you get flashtool to recognize the phone in flashmode, and that can also be achieved by this guide, although i did not test that yet.

My devices:
Daily driver: Xperia Z (C6603)
Development Phones: Xperia T (LT30p), Xperia Z1 (C6903) Thanks to the XDA community!
Backup: Xperia Arc (LT15i)

My work for the community on XDA:
XZDualRecovery ~ Z1/ZU/Z/ZL DISASTER RECOVERY ~ [DYI Guide]Create a personalized ROM yourself! ~ The definitive root Remount-Reboot fix!

Update your Z1 to KK4.4.2!

My file hosting: http://nut.xperia-files.com/ ~ Please do not mirror my files!
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Thread moved from Original Development to General. This is a very helpful guide (thank you) but unfortunately, it does not meet criteria to fall under development.
Yeah, i didn't know where it was supposed to go for sure

Thanks for moving it to the right forum!

My devices:
Daily driver: Xperia Z (C6603)
Development Phones: Xperia T (LT30p), Xperia Z1 (C6903) Thanks to the XDA community!
Backup: Xperia Arc (LT15i)

My work for the community on XDA:
XZDualRecovery ~ Z1/ZU/Z/ZL DISASTER RECOVERY ~ [DYI Guide]Create a personalized ROM yourself! ~ The definitive root Remount-Reboot fix!

Update your Z1 to KK4.4.2!

My file hosting: http://nut.xperia-files.com/ ~ Please do not mirror my files!
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I have tried it using flashtool, it works almost the same, I will update the OP with a flashtool guide once I am comfortable enough to write the guide, need some experience with that to account for the caveats flashtool might throw...

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My devices:
Daily driver: Xperia Z (C6603)
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Backup: Xperia Arc (LT15i)

My work for the community on XDA:
XZDualRecovery ~ Z1/ZU/Z/ZL DISASTER RECOVERY ~ [DYI Guide]Create a personalized ROM yourself! ~ The definitive root Remount-Reboot fix!

Update your Z1 to KK4.4.2!

My file hosting: http://nut.xperia-files.com/ ~ Please do not mirror my files!
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Redone the OP, added a new guide... now this OP covers just about all you can recover from.

I'm the living proof, my Z is still alive and I have been using all of the methods described in the OP to get me out of trouble more then once

My devices:
Daily driver: Xperia Z (C6603)
Development Phones: Xperia T (LT30p), Xperia Z1 (C6903) Thanks to the XDA community!
Backup: Xperia Arc (LT15i)

My work for the community on XDA:
XZDualRecovery ~ Z1/ZU/Z/ZL DISASTER RECOVERY ~ [DYI Guide]Create a personalized ROM yourself! ~ The definitive root Remount-Reboot fix!

Update your Z1 to KK4.4.2!

My file hosting: http://nut.xperia-files.com/ ~ Please do not mirror my files!
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Hi there. As I've learned from your post here, I'm probably experiencing a "Bootstall" after trying to install your lockeddualrecovery1.7.zip from your other thread, and I tried to recovery using the FLASHTOOL method described above, but it doesn't seem to help, but I'm not sure if its working the way its supposed to.

I select the flashmode flashing tft a stock rom, deselected wipe data, and after getting told to connected the device in flashmode. then the flashwindow disappears and only the main window is still there. after a minute my device reboots, but the Bootstall still happens the same way as before.. Here my flashtool log (using flashtool-0.9.10.2beta6-linux)

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12/026/2013 11:26:20 - INFO - Selected Xperia Z / 10.1.A.1.434 / unbranded
12/026/2013 11:26:20 - INFO - Preparing files for flashing
12/026/2013 11:26:26 - INFO - Please connect your device into flashmode.
12/026/2013 11:26:40 - INFO - Device connected in flash mode
12/027/2013 11:27:41 - INFO - Device disconnected
UPDATE: Okey, It seems my self created tft package just was crappy and didn't work. I downloaded the one from here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2209637 and this one worked.
The only difference that I find between that one and my self created package is, that I've also included the file "simlock.ta" (I just put all of them in that where downloaded by the pc companion software)
But the main message of my update here: I'm back and rolling, and I didn't even loose my data
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I have a refuseboot problem.

I read your guide but have still a question.


Where i can find the stock-kernel image?


Edit: i used the second method and it works.
Sorry for my bad english!
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should this work in case of hardbricking the device by backup/restore TA image with our DRM keys?

thanks

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sorry, i just read it works for that case

@gm007

i remember you hardbricking your XZ. Are you able to bring it to life with this.?

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