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[GUIDE] Mega Unbrick Guide for A Hard Bricked OnePlus 3

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Naman Bhalla

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Hello Everyone !!

A hard bricked OP3 has nothing but a black screen (nothing ever comes on the screen, not even a boot logo), it might vibrate when a power button is pressed and held for 20 seconds, has no Recovery partition, no adb mode, and no fastboot partition (It might be a flickering OnePlus logo). The device might be detected in Linux and you might be able to even send commands to it. In Windows, the bricked OP3 should be detected as QHUSB_BULK,Unknown Device,Qualcomm something. You might have a bricked OP3 as a result of flashing a kernel meant for a different device (or a ROM meant for another device that included a kernel), tinkering with the boot logo or bootloader, or your attempt of unlocking the bootloader resulted in corrupting the boot partition. Most of the times, it is needed because OEM Unlocking is disabled, and phone can't boot and no recovery.

The solution for OP3 hardbrick is similar to OPO - you just need a Qualcomm driver and a recovery package. A very very big thanks to some guys at XDA who got these files (don't know how) (I have modified the method 1 file though the method 2 file is exact file from OnePlus) and helped all of us to get out from one of the most weird state of the phone. Thanks guys. ( @CyberCROC and 1 more)
METHOD 1​
This method is the best method and will not wipe your data at all and will give you stock recovery+latest OxygenOS (or the ROM you were on) and bootloader will remain in the state it was earlier.It *might* not work if some other partitions were also corrupted.

Step 1 :- DOWNLOADS :-
1.) Drivers :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
2.) Recovery Tool :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591000424942611
3.) [OPTIONAL :- Will be required only if you don't have a working system] Latest OxygenOS :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591020540821926
Step 2 :- Extract Drivers and Recovery Tool files on Desktop.
Step 3 :- If you are using Windows other than Windows XP,turn off Driver Signature Enforcement.To do so,follow this guide :- http://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how...8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/
Step 4 :- Press the power button for 40 seconds to turn off the phone.
Step 5 :- Press only volume up button for 10 seconds and while keeping it pressed,connect your phone to PC.Keep volume up pressed till your device shows in device manager as [Unknown Device,QHUSB_BULK (under Unknown Devices) or Qualcomm HS USB ...... (under COMs and Ports)].
Step 6 :- Right Click on your device in the device manager and select Update Device Software. Choose the .inf file manually from x86 or x64 folder as the case implies and select Qualcomm 9008 from the listed devices.If you are unable to see 9008,see the end of post for various other methods to show Qualcomm 9008.
Step 7 :- When the device shows as Qualcomm 9008 ,go to the extracted Recovery Package and run the MSM Download Tool as administrator.
Step 8 :- Click start at top left corner and wait for it to finish (green text will come).
Step 9 :- Disconnect phone from PC and boot into system.
........................NEXT STEPS ARE TO BE FOLLOWED ONLY IF YOUR OP3 DOESN'T BOOT INTO SYSTEM STILL BUT IS STUCK ON ONEPLUS LOGO..............................
Step 10 :- Boot your phone into recovery (Power+Volume Down).
Step 11 :- Click on Install Update.
Step 12 :- Install adb for windows system-wide if not already installed :- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=48915118
Step 13 :- Navigate to the folder containing Latest OxygenOS Zip. Shift+Right Click anywhere in the folder and Open Command Window.
Step 14 :- In the command window,type :-
Code:
OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_008_all_1606122244_e0cfc5ffc8bf411a.zip
and wait for it to finish.Then reboot into system.


METHOD 2​
This method is easy to use and flashes OxygenOS 3.1.2 on your phone. It wipes all your data (See end of post on how to not wipe data) and restores all partitions to stock. It will work in any condition unless it is a hardware damage.

Step 1 :- DOWNLOADS :-
1.) Drivers :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
2.) Recovery Tool :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591000424942573
------------------Follow Step 2 to Step 9 from Method 1 --------------------


How to Prevent Data Wipe in Method 2​


Step 1 :- Extract the Recovery Tool.
Step 2 :- Open all rawprogram...........xml through Notepad++
Step 3 :- Delete all userdata........ lines from the xml file.
DONE !!!



How to Make the device show as Qualcomm 9008​


1.) Make sure driver signature enforcement is disabled.
2.) Try these drivers,one of them might work too :-
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24269982086990168
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800175
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800173
https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800171
3.)
Download this :- http://www.mediafire.com/download/4aqwyi3g1d6wc67/Qualcomm 1.00.11.rar
Keep phone disconnected from PC.
Open the folder "qc" and install the Test Certificate in the following Stores: Trusted Root, Trusted Publisher, Third-Party Root and Personal
Run the Qualcomm setup wizard (also located in the qc folder)
When completed, restart your PC again with Driver Signature Disabled. (Optional but preferred)
The driver should now automatically install. If not, go to device manager and right click "Unknown Device" and click "Update Driver" Search up the QC folder and press ok. The driver should now install.


 
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cepheid46e2

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Phone booted into fastboot previously but could not boot to recovery. You can say what you like but my phone does not respond now. Going to continue working on it but all steps were followed.
 

Naman Bhalla

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Phone booted into fastboot previously but could not boot to recovery. You can say what you like but my phone does not respond now. Going to continue working on it but all steps were followed.
Can you please try once again ? In no way can it damage the phone . The method 2 file is the complete one, it is almost uploaded. So, you can try that after. But, method 1 file should definitely work.

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cepheid46e2

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Can you please try once again ? In no way can it damage the phone . The method 2 file is the complete one, it is almost uploaded. So, you can try that after. But, method 1 file should definitely work.

Sent from my OnePlus2 using XDA Labs

I have tried it 8 times now using both drivers from Method 1 & 2. The phone now has no response. I get to the MsmDownloadTool and click start and I get 2 errors in red popping up after a few minutes of downloading. The phone now has no response, no vibration or lights. Screen won't even come on.
 

Naman Bhalla

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No need. We found the issue. It will be issue for those who also got system partition corrupt. For those guys with corrupt system partitons too, use Method 2. The file has almost been uploaded.

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A screenshot of the errors please.

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I followed the steps exactly and was working great until I get the following error message....

View attachment 3794468

My device is now unusable (Screen won't come on, no lights, no sound and no vibration)

The only positive is that it appears/disappears from device manager as Qualcomm 9008 when I plug/unplug it from my PC

Qualcomme.jpg
 

Naman Bhalla

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I followed the steps exactly and was working great until I get the following error message....

My device is now unusable (Screen won't come on, no lights, no sound and no vibration)

The only positive is that it appears/disappears from device manager as Qualcomm 9008 when I plug/unplug it from my PC
Thanks for the screenshots. I told the reason already. Another file is being uploaded.

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Naman Bhalla

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Thanks for this, it's very helpful ;) (What is OP2 tho? :D)
Hehe. Just realised that. Fixed.

I followed the steps exactly and was working great until I get the following error message....

View attachment 3794468

My device is now unusable (Screen won't come on, no lights, no sound and no vibration)

The only positive is that it appears/disappears from device manager as Qualcomm 9008 when I plug/unplug it from my PC

View attachment 3794469
A fixed mini tool is up. Please try that. There was a missing file that caused the issue as it wasn't removed from rawprogram.
Thanks.
 

Naman Bhalla

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I just re-followed Method 2 and it worked flawlessly with the new upload :)

Thanks!
Good to know .

Would be great if someone can confirm new method 1 to also work. The missing loop has been added. It should work, but, who knows .

EDIT :- Confirmed that it works by another guy. So, we are all set now.

Sent from my OnePlus2 using XDA Labs
 
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cms062407

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my device is not being recognized in the MSM tool, I am running as admin.

in device manager under "PORTS" my device says "RELINK HS-USB QDLoader 9008 (COM5)....should it say this or something else? I understand the COM port could be different, though.

driver signature is turned off as well..

update: hold on, it may be working now....in the MSM tool under "Communication Status" it is downloading various system files now :)

---------- Post added at 11:01 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:42 AM ----------

coolness, all is well now. Device is now booted up and I am going through the setup, right now. Thanks a lot!!!!
 
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    Hello Everyone !!

    A hard bricked OP3 has nothing but a black screen (nothing ever comes on the screen, not even a boot logo), it might vibrate when a power button is pressed and held for 20 seconds, has no Recovery partition, no adb mode, and no fastboot partition (It might be a flickering OnePlus logo). The device might be detected in Linux and you might be able to even send commands to it. In Windows, the bricked OP3 should be detected as QHUSB_BULK,Unknown Device,Qualcomm something. You might have a bricked OP3 as a result of flashing a kernel meant for a different device (or a ROM meant for another device that included a kernel), tinkering with the boot logo or bootloader, or your attempt of unlocking the bootloader resulted in corrupting the boot partition. Most of the times, it is needed because OEM Unlocking is disabled, and phone can't boot and no recovery.

    The solution for OP3 hardbrick is similar to OPO - you just need a Qualcomm driver and a recovery package. A very very big thanks to some guys at XDA who got these files (don't know how) (I have modified the method 1 file though the method 2 file is exact file from OnePlus) and helped all of us to get out from one of the most weird state of the phone. Thanks guys. ( @CyberCROC and 1 more)
    METHOD 1​
    This method is the best method and will not wipe your data at all and will give you stock recovery+latest OxygenOS (or the ROM you were on) and bootloader will remain in the state it was earlier.It *might* not work if some other partitions were also corrupted.

    Step 1 :- DOWNLOADS :-
    1.) Drivers :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
    2.) Recovery Tool :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591000424942611
    3.) [OPTIONAL :- Will be required only if you don't have a working system] Latest OxygenOS :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591020540821926
    Step 2 :- Extract Drivers and Recovery Tool files on Desktop.
    Step 3 :- If you are using Windows other than Windows XP,turn off Driver Signature Enforcement.To do so,follow this guide :- http://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how...8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/
    Step 4 :- Press the power button for 40 seconds to turn off the phone.
    Step 5 :- Press only volume up button for 10 seconds and while keeping it pressed,connect your phone to PC.Keep volume up pressed till your device shows in device manager as [Unknown Device,QHUSB_BULK (under Unknown Devices) or Qualcomm HS USB ...... (under COMs and Ports)].
    Step 6 :- Right Click on your device in the device manager and select Update Device Software. Choose the .inf file manually from x86 or x64 folder as the case implies and select Qualcomm 9008 from the listed devices.If you are unable to see 9008,see the end of post for various other methods to show Qualcomm 9008.
    Step 7 :- When the device shows as Qualcomm 9008 ,go to the extracted Recovery Package and run the MSM Download Tool as administrator.
    Step 8 :- Click start at top left corner and wait for it to finish (green text will come).
    Step 9 :- Disconnect phone from PC and boot into system.
    ........................NEXT STEPS ARE TO BE FOLLOWED ONLY IF YOUR OP3 DOESN'T BOOT INTO SYSTEM STILL BUT IS STUCK ON ONEPLUS LOGO..............................
    Step 10 :- Boot your phone into recovery (Power+Volume Down).
    Step 11 :- Click on Install Update.
    Step 12 :- Install adb for windows system-wide if not already installed :- http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=48915118
    Step 13 :- Navigate to the folder containing Latest OxygenOS Zip. Shift+Right Click anywhere in the folder and Open Command Window.
    Step 14 :- In the command window,type :-
    Code:
    OnePlus3Oxygen_16_OTA_008_all_1606122244_e0cfc5ffc8bf411a.zip
    and wait for it to finish.Then reboot into system.


    METHOD 2​
    This method is easy to use and flashes OxygenOS 3.1.2 on your phone. It wipes all your data (See end of post on how to not wipe data) and restores all partitions to stock. It will work in any condition unless it is a hardware damage.

    Step 1 :- DOWNLOADS :-
    1.) Drivers :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
    2.) Recovery Tool :- https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591000424942573
    ------------------Follow Step 2 to Step 9 from Method 1 --------------------


    How to Prevent Data Wipe in Method 2​


    Step 1 :- Extract the Recovery Tool.
    Step 2 :- Open all rawprogram...........xml through Notepad++
    Step 3 :- Delete all userdata........ lines from the xml file.
    DONE !!!



    How to Make the device show as Qualcomm 9008​


    1.) Make sure driver signature enforcement is disabled.
    2.) Try these drivers,one of them might work too :-
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24052804347799753
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24269982086990168
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800175
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800173
    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24349802275800171
    3.)
    Download this :- http://www.mediafire.com/download/4aqwyi3g1d6wc67/Qualcomm 1.00.11.rar
    Keep phone disconnected from PC.
    Open the folder "qc" and install the Test Certificate in the following Stores: Trusted Root, Trusted Publisher, Third-Party Root and Personal
    Run the Qualcomm setup wizard (also located in the qc folder)
    When completed, restart your PC again with Driver Signature Disabled. (Optional but preferred)
    The driver should now automatically install. If not, go to device manager and right click "Unknown Device" and click "Update Driver" Search up the QC folder and press ok. The driver should now install.


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    i am having the same issue.. glad to hear you got the solution.. can you please explain step 4 in your solution
    which file are you talking about?

    On the screen when the phone failed to md5 checksum, you've got several partition failed right? in red text.
    - download this : https://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=24591000424942573
    and then extract.
    - download platform tools attached below. extract in the same folder with first file you've downloaded.
    - Boot your phone to fastboot mode, plug your usb, make sure adb and fastboot driver are installed.
    - on the folder, hold shift and right click, click open command here
    - type fastboot devices
    - make sure your serial number appear.
    - now flash the img of the missing file according to the partition in red text on your ms5 checksum failed one by one.
    - e.g. "fastboot flash boot_aging boot_aging.img.
    - make sure you flash all the missing partition.
    - type fastboot reboot.
    this will boot you to oos 3.1.2.
    unfortunately I couldn't extract the newest oos dat. data. but you could always take the OTA


    goodluck mate. sorry for my english
    6
    I just re-followed Method 2 and it worked flawlessly with the new upload :)

    Thanks!
    Good to know .

    Would be great if someone can confirm new method 1 to also work. The missing loop has been added. It should work, but, who knows .

    EDIT :- Confirmed that it works by another guy. So, we are all set now.

    Sent from my OnePlus2 using XDA Labs
    4
    Phone is now completely bricked and won't even go to Fastboot after following this guide. No lights, nada.
    Definitely not possible. I have tested it myself on a friend's device. What was the status of the phone before ?

    Sent from my OnePlus2 using XDA Labs
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    A screenshot of the errors please.

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