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By jcspecs, Senior Member on 22nd June 2011, 05:00 AM
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The dreaded brick, perhaps one of the more overused terms when it comes to the galaxy s. By all accounts the SGS is one of the most difficult phones to actually brick.

As Shantzu put it:

Bricked: The term "bricking" should only be used in the case where you get your phone in a state where it is inoperable AND you can not in any way repair it yourself.

In many cases your phone is not bricked. Common uses of the phrase bricked often include:

1. Boot looping
Try option a, b or c
2. Not going past SGS logo
Try option a, b, or c
3. BSOD (Black Screen Of Death) logo
Try option a or b
4. Error Message: "Can't mount /dev/block/stl10 (invalid Argument)"
Try option d
In most circumstances your phone is still recoverable. Have a look below to see what you can do.

Options:
a. If you have the 3 button combo available then try the the download mode combo (Volume Down + Home + Power). If the phone is displaying the BSOD logo and you hold this combo for 10 seconds or so, with the USB plug in, you might just be able to get it into download mode (if you're lucky). If you get the charge screen, turn off phone and try again without USB plug in.

b. You can make this or buy one on ebay. It will set you back up to $10. Once you have the jig, have the phone off, plug it in and it should boot into download mode.

c. Use android debug bridge. There is a useful guide on how to get it working and how to use it to put phone in download mode here. This will only work if your PC is registering the phone as plugged in.

d. Use TechKidTarek's method here to restore correct booting.
If the above options do work, then what you need to do next is get odin up and running and flash with an appropriate firmware. There are a lot of straight forward guides out there if you don't know how to do this properly (which might be how you bricked your phone in the first place).

I suggest you follow one such as this very closely. And, for the love of android, do not interrupt the flash process. This is the most likely way to make a $500 paperweight.

When all else fails, you may have to send it to samsung repair.

Last of all, good luck.
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22nd June 2011, 06:21 AM |#2  
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Excellent, important guide to deal with basic problems. Should be stickied.
22nd June 2011, 09:54 AM |#3  
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Excellent help
22nd June 2011, 05:49 PM |#4  
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yes, should be made a stickie but

a. If you have the 3 button combo available then try the the download mode combo (Volume Down + Home + Power). If the phone is displaying the CE logo and you hold this combo for 10 seconds or so, with the USB plug in, you might just be able to get it into download mode (if you're lucky).

maybe no usb connection... sometimes it goes wrong and it's trying to show the recharging battery or looping :P
23rd June 2011, 01:18 AM |#5  
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maybe no usb connection... sometimes it goes wrong and it's trying to show the recharging battery or looping :P

Sure. In my personal experience it works with USB when it has CE logo. But i will amend it to suit all circumstances.

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Another good trick to get into Download Mode is to pull the battery, hold in the two volume buttons and reinsert the battery. This may need the phone to be connected to the computer though.
Spent a month thinking mines was well and truly bricked as nothing else worked, and tried this randomly one day after work.
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Another good trick to get into Download Mode is to pull the battery, hold in the two volume buttons and reinsert the battery. This may need the phone to be connected to the computer though.
Spent a month thinking mines was well and truly bricked as nothing else worked, and tried this randomly one day after work.

Now that's one I haven't heard before. I will test it myself first and then if it works for me I will put it up to see if other people have luck. Thanks a heap for this.
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Originally Posted by DangerDwayne

Another good trick to get into Download Mode is to pull the battery, hold in the two volume buttons and reinsert the battery. This may need the phone to be connected to the computer though.
Spent a month thinking mines was well and truly bricked as nothing else worked, and tried this randomly one day after work.

Tried several times but could not replicate (note: my phone is not currently bricked). Tested with USB in and out. Cannot replicate the response. Perhaps you were just really lucky?

Maybe others might have some luck?
4th July 2011, 07:17 PM |#9  
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Thanks for the info although I know the repair options by heart already. A while ago I tried to brick my 'old' S1, to see if I could fix it again, just for the fun of it (I've done worse when bored). I assumed it would brick by pulling the battery while flashing but it just wouldn't work. I bet the S2 is just as tough. Not going to try it though (yet)...
7th July 2011, 07:20 PM |#10  
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This could prove useful sometime... But I hope I won't need it
10th July 2011, 07:43 AM |#11  
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Thanks ... very usefull guide
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