Bricked? Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

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MegaSharkXDA

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Dec 24, 2010
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So… I bricked my Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra while trying to install TWRP 3.5.2. Bootloader is unlocked.



Here’s what the phone doesn’t do:

· Doesn’t turn on

· Doesn’t vibrate when power is pressed

· Doesn’t vibrate when power is pressed for a long time

· Doesn’t vibrate when power+vol down is pressed for a long time

· Doesn’t vibrate when power+vol up is pressed for a long time

· Doesn’t light up any LED when connected to a wall charger

· Doesn’t light up any LED when connected to a PC

· Doesn’t light up any LED when connected to a PC with vol up pressed

· Doesn’t light up any LED when connected to a PC with vol down pressed



But here’s what it still does, so at least there’s still hope it may resurrect from the dead:

· It is recognized when connected to a PC as “Other devices / QUSB_BULK”

· It is recognized when connected to a PC with vol down pressed as “Other devices / QUSB_BULK”

· It is recognized when connected to a PC with vol up pressed as “Other devices / QUSB_BULK” but only for a few seconds, and then it disconnects. So at the very least the device “knows” it should be doing something differently when connected with vol up pressed





So it does seem to still hold a chance.

Can you help me out? Thanks in advance!
 

JohnnySpoke

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May 16, 2021
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Sony Xperia XA2
Are you still struggling?

I often run into this behaviour (I have an XA2 H3113).

Things that work for me.

1. Hold down the three buttons Power+camera+volume_up at the same time without the USB cable plugged in and keep it held, it has taken 30 seconds sometimes to force the reboot.

2. You also say you can 'see' your device on your PC, but don't give much more than that - I am using Linux to manage my phone so I suspect this isn't what you are doing based on your description, anyway you can still download the 'SDK' for windows and try to run 'adb' commands


In my Linux case, assuming that I can see my phone

adb devices

You can then force a reboot to the 'recovery' partition to factory reset everything.

adb reboot recovery.

Failing all that I would consider making sure that there is a charge on your battery and that the cable you are using is good enough (some of my USB C cable that I have lying about have proven unreliable when connnecting and/or charging my phone - they are not all the same!), finally I have also found on my Dell Laptop that the USB port that I connect to matters! I have 3 of them on the motherboard and I have found, for no reason that I have bothered to research, that if I use the two on the right-hand side of the laptop, then I sometimes can run adb commands and sometimes I cannot but if I use the one on the left hand side (with the same cables) it never fails.

Your description about being recognised but only for a few seconds does sound like the PC's Cable/ USB connection is unreliable or that you are running at nearly zero battery (you also said you get no lights which IS unusual). If you haven't already, just let the thing charge for an hour or so and see if it really is just a symptom of a low power in the battery.

Sorry that you are having these problems. I often think I have bricked my XA2 (I fiddle about with thing all the time) and have had numerous issues of LineageOS spinning on boot or not being able to get past the Sony flash screen, but usually one of the two things above gets me out of it and into the 'factory reset' mode and that always seems to work.

Good luck!
 

MegaSharkXDA

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Dec 24, 2010
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Hi there! Still struggling.



1. Nothing happens when Power + Vol up + Camera buttons are pressed for 45 seconds without the USB cable plugged in

2. adb commands are not working (they were up until the failed TWRP installation)

3. Battery was charged to 94% when the failed TWRP installation occurred (I see no way of making sure it is now charged). The cable and USB port I’m using are the exact same I was using during the failed TWRP installation.

4. Being recognized only for a few seconds is a characteristic of the mode I’m trying to enter, thus not cable/USB connection related

5. I have left the phone charging for a full night (and no, the charging LED didn’t show up)



Thanks