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Aug 22, 2006
Hello i've a dead I9003 with OMAP3630 after flashing a I9000 rom into my device.
I understand you search the X_OM 5 to apply your method on this phone and i'm very impatient.
Excuse me but i'm permit to send you a doc about the OMAP3 cpu.
If you doesn't already have, i hope it will be usefull
w ww. ti. com/pdfs/wtbu/


Excuse my bad english i'm a french noob.

Thank's for all.
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Feb 18, 2011
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Hello i've a dead I9003 with OMAP3630 after flashing a I9000 rom into my device.
I understand you search the X_OM 5 to apply your method on this phone and i'm very impatient.
Excuse me but i'm permit to send you a doc about the OMAP3 cpu.
If you doesn't already have, i hope it will be usefull
w ww. ti. com/pdfs/wtbu/


Excuse my bad english i'm a french noob.

Thank's for all.

I've documented methods of finding the xOM pins here: most methods require a working device. If you'd like, I can locate these pins by removing the processor. The mod can be applied to the next device.


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Jan 14, 2012
Motorola DEFY (MB525)

*CLAIMED - No longer available*

I have a Motorola DEFY (MB525) that still functions perfectly, but the bottom of the case has been split open, and the volume button is missing. I have none of the cables for it, but do have the OEM window-based car mount that I'll include with it.

I would like to give this phone and dock to a developer that can use it. Just pay for the shipping method of your choice from 89521.
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Jan 16, 2012
I have a badly bricked HTC Magic 32A. (I tried to flash a new radio ROM through recovery => BAD idea!)

If this interests you, please let me know!


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Jan 22, 2012
To whom started this thread -------------------

i have a what i would call a BRICKED kyocera echo i would be willing to donate if you haven't gotten one already let e know email me details


Jul 30, 2010
Not sure if this phone is worth it but I have a BL40 New Chocolate with a cracked screen but otherwise functional. Even the screen still works. Amazing.

Its from Canada on the Telus network but unlocked.


Senior Member
May 30, 2011
It looks like its crossed off, but if you ever need a Captivate I could probably donate my old one. The power button is broken and it just powers on when you insert the battery. Let me know.


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Jul 1, 2010
if anyone has a bricked sensation let me know.. we are working on reviving them
Mar 28, 2012
my samsung admire is bootlooped/bricked

i have no use for it lol tried fixin it but without a backup and the ability to put it in debug mode for adb to work its non fixable so yall want it?


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Jan 21, 2012
I'm confuse what exactly is a super dev phone

Sent from my SGH-T989D using xda premium
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Feb 16, 2012
samsung sch-r680

I've got a samsung calibur that I broke apart to check out its insides. I can't remember what it runs exactly. If it'll be of some use let me know.

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    We now have the ability to make all devices with Hummingbird processors into "Super-Dev Phones". I just need a single dead board from each model to locate the proper modification. It can be water-damaged, broken, busted, cracked, smacked, set on fire, chewed on by your dog, dropped, thrown against a wall, or otherwise inoperable. I need a mainboard from each device to make this work.

    If you wish to donate a dead device, post here, send a PM, or email me at my username

    We can bring this modification to every device with the same processor, we just need to perform analysis before you can set up your device for bootloader development, or resurrect them from a hard-bricked state with nothing but software after a slight hardware mod.

    We need to locate the xOM5 pin on following devices before they can be modified into UnBrickable Super-Development devices:
    SGH-i896 Samsung Captivate UnBrickable thanks: bulletproof
    SGH-i897 Samsung Captivate UnBrickable thanks: bulletproof
    GT-i9000 Samsung SGS UnBrickable thanks: Zak Stinson
    S8500 Samsung Wave Plans Available thanks: Rebellos
    S8530 Samsung Wave II Plans Available thanks: Rebellos
    SPH-D700 Samsung Epic 4G Plans Available thanks: James I-----
    SGH-i997 Samsung Infuse 4G UnBrickable thanks pdx 528e
    SGH-T959 Samsung Vibrant UnBrickable thanks: ChauncyG
    SGH-T959V Samsung GalaxyS 4G UnBrickable thanks: bhundven
    SGH-T849 Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 inch
    GT-P1000 Samsung Galaxy Tab UnBrickable Thanks F50+
    GT-P100 Samsung Sprint Galaxy Tab UnBrickable
    SCH-i800 Samsung Verison/US Cellular Galaxy Tab 7.0 UnBrickable
    SHW-M180 Samsung Galaxy Tab
    GT-i9010 Samsung Giorgio Armani Galaxy
    T839 Samsung Sidekick 4g UnBrickable
    SCH-i500 Samsung Fascinate UnBrickable thanks: RootzWiki
    SCH-i520 Samsung Droid Charge USB OTG port issue thanks: Clarkkent434
    7e ViewSonic ViewPad
    R90L200 Pandigital 9" tablet
    SGH-i987 Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0
    SGH-T849 T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0
    GT-P1000N Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0
    SGH-i877 Samsung Inspiration
    GT-I9020 Google Nexus S GSM - Failed -
    GT-I9023 Google Nexus S CDMA - USB OTG port issue - Modification located, but CDMA gets in the way of USB OTG

    GT-P1010 Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Wi-Fi 16GB
    M9 Meizu
    SC-01C NTT DoCoMo Galaxy Tab 7.0
    X10 Viliv HSPA 32GB
    X7 Viliv HSPA 32GB
    SCH-i400 Samsung Continuum
    M9300 Kyocera Echo
    YP-G1CW Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 8GB
    SGH-T759 Samsung Exhibit 4G
    yp-g70 Samsung galaxy s wifi 50 2
    YP-G70EW Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 16GB
    YP-GB70NW Samsung Galaxy Player 70 32GB
    SCH-I500 Samsung Galaxy S Mesmerize
    YP-MB2 Samsung Yepp / Galaxy Touch 32GB
    GT-I9088 Samsung Galaxy S
    YP-GB1EW Samsung Galaxy Player
    16GBH-I909 Samsung Galaxy S Pro Galaxy S
    SCH-W899 Samsung phone
    SCH-R910 Samsung Galaxy Indulge / Forte\
    MID8024-4G Coby Kyros 8"
    MID7022-4G Coby Kyros 7"
    MID1024-4G Coby Kyros 10.1

    Just about anything with a Samsung processor in it.. There's so many
    devices. These are the most common ones we are targeting.

    Once I have received any of the above boards, I will attempt one of the following tricks to find out where the xOM5 resistor lies. Please understand that there is ALWAYS risk while working on electronics. I have done several of these sucessfully.

    Methods for locating modificaton
    1. Monitor memory locations in real-time while using the viewmem tool for changes to the OM registers. This only works on a rooted and working device. I can short high from behind a 10kohm pull-up resistor to a low value which is pulled down from a 100kOhm pull-down reistor. This will allow the high to counteract the low and a memory location can be monitored while performing this operation. This leaves the device totally operational and is the best way to perform this type of analysis, but is only accessible on some devices

    2. Using overlays and processor pinouts, I can trace out likely locations of the xOM5 resistor, make a modification, and watch the results from the SBL over UART. This leaves the device totally operational.

    3. Using relative positioning, I can pick a resistor, make a change and test for proper modifiction. This leaves the device totally operational.

    4. Using a multimeter, I can remove the processor from a device and trace out the pins manually. This method is only appropriate for a broken device.

    As an additional benefeit, we may be able to port the Nexus S bootloaders to the device, allowing for the latest version of Android to be ported easily to the device... After that, Ubuntu, Apple iOS, WP7, you name it...

    Let me get into some of the technical details here... If you're not technical, jump to the end.
    Pure and simple, this is a hardware exploit which allows direct upload of code to run on the S5PC110/Hummingbird/Cortex A8 platform. Samsung's chain of trust(CoT) model uses hardware to authenticate the Integrated Read-Only Memory (IROM), which authenticates the initial bootloader (IBL), which authenticates the Primitive Bootloader(PBL)... The IROM,IBL, and PBL are all loaded in IRAM, the PBL's job is to initialize Dynamic RAM(DRAM) and authenticate/load the Secondary bootloader(SBL AKA BL3), which loads a kernel, which loads the operating system you see on-screen.

    This is a two part hack. We've developed a hardware modification which allows USB download of code. We've also developed the Hummingbird Interceptor bootloader(HIBL) which intercepts the CoT and allows a second, unsigned download. The HIBL uses official code to handle authentication, which jumps to another memory location. It's this memory location where we place our exploit. Our exploit reuses the same code that downloads the HIBL to IRAM, but it initializes DRAM which means you can directly upload a SBL(the final bootloader) to DRAM.

    So once again.. really quick... We use a hardware mod to download Rebellos' HIBL, which violates the Chain of Trust, exploits a memory jump and allows unsigned code to run on the processor. All this means you can revive a dead phone easily or try out other operating systems and debug easily, regardless of signature checking on the device.

    The first part is the hardware modification so things can be tested without risk. Please help out if you have a dead device. I can make constructive use of it, or you can PM me for instructions. Either way, that old junked device you have can help out millions of people.

    Made sticky for the time being

    If you don´t have any of the requested stuff please stay away from cluttering the thread, all non related posts such as "great idea!" and so will be deleted and re-incidence could lead to a ban
    Added Fascinate to the UnBrickable List.

    The owner of RootzWiki gave me a Fascinate yesterday at the Big Android BBQ. I was able to locate the modification, gather together firmware and make an entire solution available within 24 hours.

    UnBrickable Mod:
    How to:
    One-Click software update:

    This is a worlds first for the Fascinate. Never before has there been a method of unbricking a Fascinate. I didn't even have to destroy it! I'm pretty happy about that.
    Yes, it's incredible that a device that sold more than 14 millions units still doesn't have this feature... but in the other hand, if my Galaxy S get bricked, I'd try to repair it, don't you think? :D
    A donation could be better... We donate a small amount of money, the devs buy a Galaxy S (bricked, new, whatever) and they start working :cool:
    I'm also looking forward to try WP7!

    I could manage that if you wanted to start a donation fund... just ensure everyone who donates posts in the thread, and mentions that they donated. and I will acknoledge that I received the money so that everyone knows there's nothing shadey going on. Then I would keep everyone updated so that they know where their money is going. I'm not too keen on "asking for money", however if you wanted to start that thread, then I'll play along and buy a busted i9000 from e-bay.

    Or you could simply send me a device, and I can put it back together, send it back, then you can say.. OMG WHT HAPPND?!?! The processor came off! lol... i'm not recommending this... but hey.. it might work.
    So maybe u can run iOS on samsung, or WP7 on iPhone?
    Or i misunderstand?

    Let me break this down... This modification means you can NEVER brick your phone. You have to physically destroy it. There's no firmware which can ruin the phone. You simply plug it in and run this tool..

    This tool is still a work in progress. It requires a Linux machine (or linux Virtual machine) in order to run. However, it works, and it works well. This tool will work for:
    T959... We will need to write another tool for other devices.

    What this allows is for debugging of entire operating systems without any risk. For example, I installed BADA Bootloaders to my device last night with one of the guys from the BadaDroid project (they're working on porting Android to Bada). My device totally crapped when it saw that firmware, but it gave detailed logging messages about GPIOs. It would be possible to take that firmware and rewrite it to work with our devices, and it basically eliminates that "what if I screw something up" $600 barrier that prevents porting of other operating systems to our devices.

    After I flashed Bada bootloaders with the tool above, I simply pulled the battery out, put it back in, connected to USB, used the tool above and it put my phone back into Odin download mode, at which point I reflashed the device.

    We need to spread this mod to all the devices. Currently we have SGH-i897 mod done.