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By goblue13579, Junior Member on 5th June 2011, 04:43 AM
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Here was my situation: when trying to boot the phone, it would go to the splash screen for a few seconds, then go to a black screen and vibrate 5 times. Had to pull the battery to escape. However, when booting after a battery pull with the charger in it booted just fine, but with no sd card recognition or usb/adb functionality. A factory reset and both htc's and verizon's tech support didn't fix it at all. I had this problem and there seemed to be no good guide on how to fix it so I decided to gather all the right sources in one place.

The reason it's messed up comes from the usb problem, which is why plugging it in lets it boot sometimes. So, contrary to all of tech support, fixing the usb is all you need to do to get it working same as usual again. I've outlined the steps below in the way I think makes the most sense, but read all of what I wrote to understand what you're doing before you start. The links are the specific instructions for each piece written by people smarter than me. I only take credit for figuring out what I needed to do and bringing all of their minds together in one place.

The Process

First thing is to see if you can get it booted. Best bet is to take out the battery and charger, hold down the power button for 10 seconds, then connect the charger and battery and boot. If you can't do that then your only option would be to try some fastboot adb trickery (which is over my head) or flash the stock rom in hboot from http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...ncredible.html. Note which radio you have (listed in settings -> about phone somewhere or on top of hboot) to get the right file. If you can get it booted then move to the next step.

To fix the sd card and usb go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=695243.
Fastboot is in the tools folder of the android sdk, not platform-tools like adb. To get the drivers working go to http://www.flexjunk.com/2010/05/01/i...id-sd-drivers/
UPDATE: To clarify: fastboot is a completely separate (although closely related) piece of software from adb. If you do not have "fastboot.exe", download it from http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/21534...android-phone/ and follow the instructions there. Or, you can just download the full sdk from google which should include adb and fastboot. I recommend the second option, but my hard drive can take the hit. (thanks BonzTM)
UPDATE: If you get an error saying "The Program can't start because AdbWinApi.dll is missing from your computer" you need to copy that file from platform-tools to tools, then it should work (thanks Jester1614).
If you had to reflash and lost root download z4root from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953 and do a temporary root to be able to run the commands to fix the usb.

Once the sd card and usb are fixed then it should reboot with or without the charger plugged in. Now your phone is stable and will work with unrevoked again and you should be good to go!

Disclaimer

Note: This is what I experienced with my amoled incredible; in no way do I take responsibility for anything you do. If you try to blame me for bricking your phone I will enjoy a hearty laugh while salting my soup with your tears.
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16th July 2011, 04:48 PM |#2  
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Worked great for me and saved me from the hassle of needing a new phone.


THANK YOU!
26th July 2011, 03:03 AM |#3  
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Originally Posted by goblue13579

here was my situation: When trying to boot the phone, it would go to the splash screen for a few seconds, then go to a black screen and vibrate 5 times. Had to pull the battery to escape. However, when booting after a battery pull with the charger in it booted just fine, but with no sd card recognition or usb/adb functionality. A factory reset and both htc's and verizon's tech support didn't fix it at all. I had this problem and there seemed to be no good guide on how to fix it so i decided to gather all the right sources in one place.

The reason it's messed up comes from the usb problem, which is why plugging it in lets it boot sometimes. So, contrary to all of tech support, fixing the usb is all you need to do to get it working same as usual again. I've outlined the steps below in the way i think makes the most sense, but read all of what i wrote to understand what you're doing before you start. The links are the specific instructions for each piece written by people smarter than me. I only take credit for figuring out what i needed to do and bringing all of their minds together in one place.

the process

first thing is to see if you can get it booted. Best bet is to take out the battery and charger, hold down the power button for 10 seconds, then connect the charger and battery and boot. If you can't do that then your only option would be to try some fastboot adb trickery (which is over my head) or flash the stock rom in hboot from http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...ncredible.html. Note which radio you have (listed in settings -> about phone somewhere or on top of hboot) to get the right file. If you can get it booted then move to the next step.

To fix the sd card and usb go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=695243.
Fastboot is in the tools folder of the android sdk, not platform-tools like adb. To get the drivers working go to http://www.flexjunk.com/2010/05/01/i...id-sd-drivers/
if you had to reflash and lost root download z4root from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953 and do a temporary root to be able to run the commands to fix the usb.

Once the sd card and usb are fixed then it should reboot with or without the charger plugged in. Now your phone is stable and will work with unrevoked again and you should be good to go!

disclaimer

note: This is what i experienced with my amoled incredible; in no way do i take responsibility for anything you do. If you try to blame me for bricking your phone i will enjoy a hearty laugh while salting my soup with your tears.

u saved my life/phone i love u son
7th August 2011, 12:57 AM |#4  
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Perfect Solution!

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7th August 2011, 07:35 PM |#5  
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So...question: Does this mean if you had to reflash and are currently unrooted, that you have to wait for z4root to show up in the market. Because it seems there is no way to root aside from that, and without root no usb, and no usb no adb
7th August 2011, 09:38 PM |#6  
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So...question: Does this mean if you had to reflash and are currently unrooted, that you have to wait for z4root to show up in the market. Because it seems there is no way to root aside from that, and without root no usb, and no usb no adb

Actually you can download it from the link I provided in my post to the xda page for it (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953). Scroll to the bottom of the first post and in the attached files there is a version that works. That's what I did, and then you can run the usb fixing commands. Then it's just reboot, re-root, and restore.

Hope this helps.
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7th September 2011, 09:03 PM |#7  
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This thread needs more attention.
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7th September 2011, 10:26 PM |#8  
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This needs to be stickied(sp?) and maybe added to the Development section where it would most likely be looked for first.

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7th September 2011, 10:38 PM |#9  
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As you can see by my post count I can't put anything anywhere, so if someone wants to move it feel free.
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Originally Posted by goblue13579

As you can see by my post count I can't put anything anywhere, so if someone wants to move it feel free.

I re-worded your OP and posted it on another forum. I did credit you though. You are now famous.
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8th September 2011, 12:31 AM |#11  
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Cool, thanks!
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