[GUIDE] Debrick your bricked SCH-I535! [BOOTLOADER/HARDBRICK]

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SpyroDazee

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Mar 18, 2013
197
215
El Paso, Texas
Debrick your bricked Galaxy s3!

Note: This will only work if you have hardbricked your phone (tried downgrading bootloader) and it doesn't turn on AT ALL. No Odin mode, no recovery, etc.
If you can still get into recovery or download mode, but not the ROM itself, try HERE.

A few prerequisites,
1) This may or may not work, there's no guarantees.
2) If this does not work, you will need a JTAG.
3) If it does work, you will be forced to keep 4.3, there's no downgrades.
4) If you CAN boot into the ROM or Recovery, either one, more instructions in the second post.
5) None of this is my personal work, as I said, I'm just a crash test dummy.
6) I'm just moving most of what's on the other threads to this one, so you don't have to search for this info.
7) ???
8) Profit!


What you will need:
-A hardbricked verizon galaxy s3
-A microSD Card

-Windows or Linux computer
-Debrick file


First, back up your SD.

-_-_-_-_-File you'll need:-_-_-_-_-
-Debrick file if you took the 4.3 OTA
-Debrick file if you bricked before the 4.3 OTA
-Debrick for 4.4.2

Windows
1) Download win32diskimager
2) Download the debrick file for your OS version
3) Unzip the debrick.zip and extract debrick.bin/debrick.img
4) Run win32diskimager
5) Connect your SD to your computer
6) In win32diskimager, browse for the extracted debrick file
7) Select your microSD in the dropdown box
8) Write!

*more instructions below Linux

Linux
1) Download the debrick file for your OS version
2) Open terminal in Linux
3) Connect the micoSD card
4) Then run the following code
Code:
dmesg | tail
*This will show where your card is mounted /sdX/, Mine was /sdb/. Yours may be /sda/.
**Make sure you know the correct path, you could erase your system if wrong.


5) Then this code, once you're sure of the path
Code:
dd if=/path_to_debrick.file of=/dev/sdX
*You may need to do a couple of times for it to go through
6) Then finally,
Code:
parted /dev/sdX print
7) Error about corrupted GPT table? Type "OK"
8) Do you want to fix, or ignore? Type "Ignore"

*more instructions below

Last instructions,
1) Remove the microSD card from computer
2) Remove the battery from your device
3) Insert your debrick microSD into your phone
4) Insert battery into phone
5) Turn on device, if you're lucky, it'll boot all the way.
*It may take a few burns to your SD for it to work. Keep trying!
6) ???
7) Profit!



Notice: If this does not work, you will more than likely need a JTAG

How it works?
Your phone acts like a computer would. If it doesn't boot from one source (internal SD), it'll try booting from another (external SD).
It'll go down the list from boot#1, boot#2, boot#3 till it can either fully boot off something, or completely fail.
In this case, we're booting off our SD card.

For the time being, you'll need to keep your SD in your phone,
it'll boot though,
so you got that going for you,
which is nice.​

Your card probably shows "23 mbs out of 60 free"
You're probably thinking "WTF?! It's 16GBS!!!"

Want to return your card a reusable state?


 
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SpyroDazee

Senior Member
Mar 18, 2013
197
215
El Paso, Texas
Restoring stock bootloader
1) You were able to boot into the ROM
2) Use a file explorer to move the debrick file from the externalSD onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/debrick.bin)
5) Download and open up a Terminal Emulator onto your phone and input this code
Code:
su
dd if=/sdcard/debrick.file of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
6) Reboot


Congratulations, your bootloader is restored.


Restoring stock recovery
1) You were able to boot into the ROM
2) Plug your phone into a computer and use MTP mode
3) Move this recovery.img onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/recovery.img)
4) Disconnect your phone
5) Open up a Terminal Emulator on your phone and input this code
Code:
su
dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
6) Reboot


Congratulations, your recovery is restored.


Once your stock bootloader and recovery have been restored using a terminal on your phone,
you should remove the SD and reboot your phone. It should turn on.
If not, try again.​
 
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ThePagel

Senior Member
Jul 6, 2012
1,479
838
Minneapolis
Ok I understand what this is. My bootloader is just fine so this wont fix my problem or most every one else. I need to flash 4.3 somehow. Even if I bricked my bootloader this wouldn't help since my phone is currently on 4.0.4 and this is the 4.3 bootloader on a sd card. nice work though! Hope I'm wrong and this helps most bricks out there. But you really should change your title to bricked bootloader.
 

SpyroDazee

Senior Member
Mar 18, 2013
197
215
El Paso, Texas
Ok I understand what this is. My bootloader is just fine so this wont fix my problem or most every one else. I need to flash 4.3 somehow. Even if I bricked my bootloader this wouldn't help since my phone is currently on 4.0.4 and this is the 4.3 bootloader on a sd card. nice work though! Hope I'm wrong and this helps most bricks out there. But you really should change your title to bricked bootloader.
What exactly did you do to your phone? Does it power on?
Edit: I'll upload a debrick from before 4.3, same process though. Won't hurt to try.
 
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0331

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I've apparently erased my stock recovery. I was able to flash an older version of stock recovery with ez recovery app, but failed on two different operations. Where might I find an up to date 4. 3 stock android recovery? Thanks.

Sent from my Last Ever Samsung Device.
 

ultpokemonfan

Member
Dec 20, 2013
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So I have a question. I'm sorry if this is kind of stupid...
Anyway, I have a hard bricked 16gb Verizon S3. I found a micro SD card at Amazon.
My only concern is that as well as class 10, it also says UHS-1. Does that matter for this process?
 

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    Debrick your bricked Galaxy s3!

    Note: This will only work if you have hardbricked your phone (tried downgrading bootloader) and it doesn't turn on AT ALL. No Odin mode, no recovery, etc.
    If you can still get into recovery or download mode, but not the ROM itself, try HERE.

    A few prerequisites,
    1) This may or may not work, there's no guarantees.
    2) If this does not work, you will need a JTAG.
    3) If it does work, you will be forced to keep 4.3, there's no downgrades.
    4) If you CAN boot into the ROM or Recovery, either one, more instructions in the second post.
    5) None of this is my personal work, as I said, I'm just a crash test dummy.
    6) I'm just moving most of what's on the other threads to this one, so you don't have to search for this info.
    7) ???
    8) Profit!


    What you will need:
    -A hardbricked verizon galaxy s3
    -A microSD Card

    -Windows or Linux computer
    -Debrick file


    First, back up your SD.

    -_-_-_-_-File you'll need:-_-_-_-_-
    -Debrick file if you took the 4.3 OTA
    -Debrick file if you bricked before the 4.3 OTA
    -Debrick for 4.4.2

    Windows
    1) Download win32diskimager
    2) Download the debrick file for your OS version
    3) Unzip the debrick.zip and extract debrick.bin/debrick.img
    4) Run win32diskimager
    5) Connect your SD to your computer
    6) In win32diskimager, browse for the extracted debrick file
    7) Select your microSD in the dropdown box
    8) Write!

    *more instructions below Linux

    Linux
    1) Download the debrick file for your OS version
    2) Open terminal in Linux
    3) Connect the micoSD card
    4) Then run the following code
    Code:
    dmesg | tail
    *This will show where your card is mounted /sdX/, Mine was /sdb/. Yours may be /sda/.
    **Make sure you know the correct path, you could erase your system if wrong.


    5) Then this code, once you're sure of the path
    Code:
    dd if=/path_to_debrick.file of=/dev/sdX
    *You may need to do a couple of times for it to go through
    6) Then finally,
    Code:
    parted /dev/sdX print
    7) Error about corrupted GPT table? Type "OK"
    8) Do you want to fix, or ignore? Type "Ignore"

    *more instructions below

    Last instructions,
    1) Remove the microSD card from computer
    2) Remove the battery from your device
    3) Insert your debrick microSD into your phone
    4) Insert battery into phone
    5) Turn on device, if you're lucky, it'll boot all the way.
    *It may take a few burns to your SD for it to work. Keep trying!
    6) ???
    7) Profit!



    Notice: If this does not work, you will more than likely need a JTAG

    How it works?
    Your phone acts like a computer would. If it doesn't boot from one source (internal SD), it'll try booting from another (external SD).
    It'll go down the list from boot#1, boot#2, boot#3 till it can either fully boot off something, or completely fail.
    In this case, we're booting off our SD card.

    For the time being, you'll need to keep your SD in your phone,
    it'll boot though,
    so you got that going for you,
    which is nice.​

    Your card probably shows "23 mbs out of 60 free"
    You're probably thinking "WTF?! It's 16GBS!!!"

    Want to return your card a reusable state?


    28
    Restoring stock bootloader
    1) You were able to boot into the ROM
    2) Use a file explorer to move the debrick file from the externalSD onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/debrick.bin)
    5) Download and open up a Terminal Emulator onto your phone and input this code
    Code:
    su
    dd if=/sdcard/debrick.file of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
    6) Reboot


    Congratulations, your bootloader is restored.


    Restoring stock recovery
    1) You were able to boot into the ROM
    2) Plug your phone into a computer and use MTP mode
    3) Move this recovery.img onto your internal sdcard (/sdcard/recovery.img)
    4) Disconnect your phone
    5) Open up a Terminal Emulator on your phone and input this code
    Code:
    su
    dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p18
    6) Reboot


    Congratulations, your recovery is restored.


    Once your stock bootloader and recovery have been restored using a terminal on your phone,
    you should remove the SD and reboot your phone. It should turn on.
    If not, try again.​
    11
    Absolutely NO CREDIT goes to me,
    please take the time to thank my sources.
    -theramsey3
    -KAsp3rd
    -deBricker
    -gTan64
    -@0331 for the debrick file
    -@Tortuyen for 4.4.2 debrick.img
    4
    First?! :p thank you for showing me how to obtain the debrick file, and another thank you for compiling these sources together for the d2vzw. Good work!

    Sent from my Last Ever Samsung Device.
    4
    Can this still happen. I really need the 4.4.2 so I can recover from my hard brick

    Here you go pretty sure its the right dump this time once again don't forget to unzip it http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23501681358558650
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