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I dont think that is technically correct. Manufacturers source for the "ROM" should be opensource. The android source (AOSP as released by google) has legal requirements (the GPL) that any source built using it (as its free), must also be released as open source. The practical issue is that manufacturers are lazy (or difficult) and do not do it in a timely fashion or do so in a way that is not easy to get to. eg most custom ROMs sources are released on git hub, but I dont think Samsung have an account. And there is the whole issue of policing it for those many many minor Chinese manufacturers.

What IS proprietary is the source for their hardware drivers. eg bootloader, screen, camera & GPS etc etc However, for these, they release (when they follow the rules) pre-built blobs which are then used in custom ROMs and AOSP for the specific device. The guides you probably linked to will have an explanation how to manually extract these from a running ROM. But to be clear, the source for these blobs are not part of the "ROM" source.

Did a quick search, and here is an example of a manufactirer being forced to play by these rules.
Agreed, the "android" operating system part of their "stock source" is supposed to be openly released but the "skin" that each manufacturer uses(e.g. TouchWiz, Sense, etc) along with specific proprietary hardware related software and stock features are not open. That is the reason why camera and certain stock features tend to be an issue when building custom ROMs from sources such as CM/LOS due to that not being a part of the stock source that is publicly released and used to build CM or LOS source.
 
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Hello!

How do I do a full wipe of my phone, so that there is NO way to recover anything with any tools? (incl. Dr.Fone, UltData, MiniTool, Android Data Recovery, other hacker and spy tools, etc. ) I particularly don't want various messengers' chats and media to be recovered, and the pictures as well. I presume Factory data reset is NOT enough?

I have Samsung S9, stock ROM (Android 10), stock Recovery, non-rooted.

Thank you.
First, remove the Google account from the device, then boot into stock recovery and select the factory reset option and then select the option to wipe cache partition.

Download the newest stock firmware for your specific model number for your specific country, region or service provider.

Find the PIT file inside the stock firmware and extract a copy of it and save it as its own separate from the firmware file.

Make sure you have the USB drivers for Samsung phones installed on your PC. Install Odin on your PC.

Boot into download mode, open Odin on PC, connect device to PC, select the firmware file(s) in Odin(if you have multiple firmware parts and you have 2 CSC files, select the CSC file that does not have Home in its name), make sure the "re-partition" option is selected(checked), go to the PIT tab in Odin and select the PIT file that you saved. Then select start to begin the flashing process.
 

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It seems to me that the boot.img on the device has been corrupted and Odin is failing to correct it.

Try pulling a copy of your PIT file from the firmware that you downloaded and then flash the firmware again via Odin but this time, select the "re-partition" option in Odin and also select the "PIT" tab in Odin and put the PIT file that you extracted in the PIT slot, then try flashing the firmware again. If it hangs again, just let it sit for 45 mins to a hour, sometimes it can take a while to continue flashing the rest of the firmware. If it still doesn't work, try powering the device off then boot into stock recovery and select the "factory reset" option then select "wipe cache partition". Then power off and boot into download mode and try flashing the firmware along with the PIT and with tthe "re-partition" option again.
Thanks for your suggestion. I tried this and it still hangs until it fails after a few minutes.

I can't boot into stock recovery as that's broken (the boot loop I started with was caused by a failing stock recovery).
 

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Hello, is it possible to have some sort of desktop mode on Samsung phone with custom ROM? (A40 with crDroid 7.7) Is it down to the custom ROM used? (Intended use is to connect the phone to a docking station with hdmi output.)
 

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Hello, is it possible to have some sort of desktop mode on Samsung phone with custom ROM? (A40 with crDroid 7.7) Is it down to the custom ROM used? (Intended use is to connect the phone to a docking station with hdmi output.)
Any smartphone released after Android 10 has the potential for a desktop mode. The feature been added by Google in Android 10. Check developer options, should had something like force desktop mode. Now don't expect something chiseled like Samsung Dex.
 
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Hi there,

is there a way to get a complete image (or more then one) from an Android Device?
I got a Android Device with an Printer. No real Serial or device name ...
And i want to copy an Image to copy that image on all other devices from the same kind.

Is there a way for it?
 

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Thanks for your suggestion. I tried this and it still hangs until it fails after a few minutes.

I can't boot into stock recovery as that's broken (the boot loop I started with was caused by a failing stock recovery).
Extract a copy of stock recovery from your firmware and convert it to an Odin flashable .tar file and flash it by itself via Odin. Restoring stock recovery might even fix the bootloop without having to flash the whole firmware.
 
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mikarusan

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i need help on my PC
since its devastating seeing my redmi note 9 pro didnt detected..
i want to copy my file from my phone to PC
suddenly i just realize my new PC didnt detected the redmi note 9 pro
it just labled as MTP on my device manager
i did tried to install USB DRIVER and ADB DRIVER and it didnt works..
i tried on my laptop which already installed and find it working
but on others PC and laptop that havent connected before it was detected as MTP
there's notification on my phone said that cannot transfer to your PC
tried everything that i have.. pls someone help me..
 

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wachtwoord33

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Extract a copy of stock recovery from your firmware and convert it to an Odin flashable .tar file and flash it by itself via Odin. Restoring stock recovery might even fix the bootloader without having to flash the whole firmware.
Ok thanks that might be it. I don't think it'll restore the bootloader anymore as the bootloop has stopped an I have the message: "an error has occurred while updating the device software. Use the Emergency recovery function in the smart Switch PC software" screen so I must have messed it up with my attempts. Had no idea I could just fix the recovery ...

No on to the question: how do I do your suggestion? Where do I extract the copy of stock recovery from?
 

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I tried to root my samsung A7 2018 with twrp
flashed it using odin and was stuck on bootloop so tried flashing again, Now I am unable to enter download mode,

I already know the combination is holding volume up and down and inserting the micro usb to the port but it isnt getting me into download mode.

its on bootloop and I am unable to do anything,

any kind of help appreciated
 

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I tried to root my samsung A7 2018 with twrp
flashed it using odin and was stuck on bootloop so tried flashing again, Now I am unable to enter download mode,

I already know the combination is holding volume up and down and inserting the micro usb to the port but it isnt getting me into download mode.

its on bootloop and I am unable to do anything,

any kind of help appreciated
Can you enter to recovery mode? If so then you can send to bootloader (download) mode from there.

And from what you are trying, probably device is restarting again and again, you have to firstly power it off completely pressing the three buttons and in the short time device gets off, you should do the process to enter to download mode.
 

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i need help on my PC
since its devastating seeing my redmi note 9 pro didnt detected..
i want to copy my file from my phone to PC
suddenly i just realize my new PC didnt detected the redmi note 9 pro
it just labled as MTP on my device manager
i did tried to install USB DRIVER and ADB DRIVER and it didnt works..
i tried on my laptop which already installed and find it working
but on others PC and laptop that havent connected before it was detected as MTP
there's notification on my phone said that cannot transfer to your PC
tried everything that i have.. pls someone help me..
Do you have other device attached to PORT COM LPT? It may be causing conflicts.

Be sure to uninstall all the drivers you are not currently using and reinstall these https://www.xiaomidriversdownload.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-9-pro-usb-driver/ and these https://androidmtk.com/download-mtk-usb-all-drivers
 

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Ok thanks that might be it. I don't think it'll restore the bootloader anymore as the bootloop has stopped an I have the message: "an error has occurred while updating the device software. Use the Emergency recovery function in the smart Switch PC software" screen so I must have messed it up with my attempts. Had no idea I could just fix the recovery ...

No on to the question: how do I do your suggestion? Where do I extract the copy of stock recovery from?
In my previous post, it was supposed to say "bootloop", not bootloader. The auto-correct gremlin got me again.

If all you have done is attempt to flash TWRP, then, yes, restoring stock recovery should fix that. But, if anything else has been corrupted since then in your attempts to repair this, it may not be so easy.

The stock recovery is in the firmware file, if you have an all-in-one firmware file you need to extract the contents of the whole firmware to a separate folder or if you have a 4 or 5 part firmware file of which AP is one of them, you need to extract the contents of the AP file to a separate folder, then find "recovery.img" or "recovery.img.lz4" and save a copy of it somewhere else on your PC. Then use 7zip or any other software tool that compress files into .tar format to compress your copy of stock recovery.img into a .tar file, then flash that .tar file via Odin, place the recovery.img.tar in the AP slot in Odin when you flash it.
 

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i need help on my PC
since its devastating seeing my redmi note 9 pro didnt detected..
i want to copy my file from my phone to PC
suddenly i just realize my new PC didnt detected the redmi note 9 pro
it just labled as MTP on my device manager
i did tried to install USB DRIVER and ADB DRIVER and it didnt works..
i tried on my laptop which already installed and find it working
but on others PC and laptop that havent connected before it was detected as MTP
there's notification on my phone said that cannot transfer to your PC
tried everything that i have.. pls someone help me..
If it shows as MTP in device manager then the device is connecting and the drivers are installed. When you connect the device, do you see a pop-up message or a notification in the status bar asking you if you want onto grant access to your PC? Are you certain that you have the USB options in your device settings set up correctly?

Have you tried uninstalling the device drivers then restarting the PC then reinstall the drivers and restart the PC again?
 

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Do you have other device attached to PORT COM LPT? It may be causing conflicts.

Be sure to uninstall all the drivers you are not currently using and reinstall these https://www.xiaomidriversdownload.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-9-pro-usb-driver/ and these https://androidmtk.com/download-mtk-usb-all-drivers

If it shows as MTP in device manager then the device is connecting and the drivers are installed. When you connect the device, do you see a pop-up message or a notification in the status bar asking you if you want onto grant access to your PC? Are you certain that you have the USB options in your device settings set up correctly?

Have you tried uninstalling the device drivers then restarting the PC then reinstall the drivers and restart the PC again?

Thanks guys for the reply.. and i've tried those suggestion..
I already found how to fix it..

I need to install Media Player Package from windows store.. since i'm using windows 10 "pro N" goshh. Taking 3 hours to search for the problem.. i didnt see my windows version since my little brother did buy and install it for me..
Tried adb driver usb bla bla bla.. even disabled signed nothing works.. LOL


Thanks alot!!! I'm very dumb!!!! How idiot i am goshh.. laughing at my ownself.. since i used to using windows 7-8 @[email protected]
 

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I patched the twrp file with magisk and ran fastboot flash boot "patched file" in fastboot mode. Now, everytime I restart my phone, I get the twrp menu. Please help. My device is Lenovo tab 4 8(tb-8504f)
 

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Is there a dedicated thread for Samsung Galaxy A52S (SM-A528B) the Indian Variant to be specific? If not Any Moderators can you please make one as it is an upgrade over the A52 and a midrange 5g best seller from samsung in recent months.
 

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Is there a dedicated thread for Samsung Galaxy A52S (SM-A528B) the Indian Variant to be specific? If not Any Moderators can you please make one as it is an upgrade over the A52 and a midrange 5g best seller from samsung in recent months.
First, this thread is not where new device forum requests are supposed to be posted.

Second, there are criteria that must be met before a device gets its own forum here at XDA. Such as, there must be a lot of active development that has already been created for that device and it must be a popular device with a large community of active users/members here at XDA that own the device, just to name a few of the requirements, there are more requirements than just the ones I listed.
 

Droidriven

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I patched the twrp file with magisk and ran fastboot flash boot "patched file" in fastboot mode. Now, everytime I restart my phone, I get the twrp menu. Please help. My device is Lenovo tab 4 8(tb-8504f)
I believe your command should have been:

fastboot flash recovery <name of patched recovery file>

But I'm not absolutely certain that command is right.
 

2pro2noob

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Noob here,​

while trying to flash TWRP recovery on my realme2pro from Ubuntu 20.04LTS through the command

fastboot flash recovery '/usr/lib/android-sdk/platform-tools/recovery.img'​


got this error

target reported max download size of 805306368 bytes
sending 'recovery' (32104 KB)...
FAILED (remote: Requested download size is more than max allowed
)
finished. total time: 0.000s

as you can see the recovery image is in the folder
/usr/lib/android-sdk/platform-tools/

Can anyone help?
 

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    Greetings. Help me out here. Need to put Xposed on Meizy m3 note.
    Rooted through settings, security settings have "root" button.
    But can not activate xposed. I have tried different versions, no luck. I am attaching a photo of the error.
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    Приветствую. Помогите разобраться. Нужно поставить Xposed на Meizy m3 note.
    Сделала рут через настройки, в настройках безопасности есть кнопка "root".
    Но не могу активировать xposed. Пробовала разные версии, не получается никак. Прикрепляю фото ошибки.
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    In the practice it's impossible to have a Samsung Q ROM for a Samsung device that official support stopped at Nougat, or at least I have never seen that. The most I could see is one and only one major update, of course may I totally wrong but never saw more than one update not supported officially.
    Funny you should chose Samsung for you example, my previous / spare device device is a Samsung S4 from 2013, which had official support stop at Lollipop (ie android 5, 2 before Nougat). There is an unofficial ROM using the blobs from the last official release for a current LineageOS 18.1 (ie R, ie Android 11), so that is the next version of android past Q. There is also talk of people starting builds of android 12 for this device. So it is very possible, but it also goes beyond the issue of manufacturers releasing the full source.

    I used to build ROMs from source for this device and a few other even older devices (and released here on XDA), which were well beyond the last official versions released by the manufacturer (from jelly bean to lollipop I think on another). That is one of the reasons for using/building custom ROMs on older devices. ie to upgrade your android version beyond official manufacturer support. To enable building these ROMs, more than just the Kernel needs to be attained. The example I gave a link for is simply just one case I found in a single web search. If you read the article, it actually talks of samsung releasing their source quickly, which I would assume is the full source of the ROM, but not the source for proprietary hardware drivers.
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    Got a Droid Turbo with LineageOS recovery, only seen as offline, even with a 'factory' cord. Data and system were wiped to try to start anew, but the unexpected offline condition prevents any side loading. Any tips on how to remove the offline condition? My apologies if this is the wrong forum.
    It seemed better to answer you in this thread.
    Hi. :)

    I do not have the device and do not know your setup, so generic answer. ;)
    • Some devices have issues with USB ports, best to use a USB 2.0 port.
      Also try a different USB port and/or USB cable.
      If it is a USB-C to USB-C cable, try switching it (End B to computer, End A to device.)​
    • Windows - Make sure you have the correct (additional) drivers installed for the device when is in fastboot mode.
    • linux - Make sure you have access to USB.
      Depending on the linux distro you are running..
      Make sure the device is set in your udev-dev-rules and you (user) are part of the plugdev group.
      adb might be able to connect, that is a different connection than fastboot.​
    • macOS - Normally works out of the box once platform-tools are installed.

    Hope something above helps. 🙃

    Maybe another member (who knows more about the issue you are running into) is willing to help. :D


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    • Bad news: my paid leave days are up, so I'm only able to try to recover the data in my spare time.
    • Good news: I'm coping. I already bought a Galaxy S21 (let's hope Samsung takes software update QA more seriously). I am keeping the Realme device untouched, installing regular updates, hoping for future fixes (perhaps when Realme releases Realme UI 3.0/Android 12 for this phone, another major update will fix this problem and flashable using stock recovery without triggering a wipe).
    Not sure if this tip appears in that tutorial, usually flashing through SP Flash tool the process takes no more than 10 minutes or so.

    When you bypass the BROM restriction and your device is enabled to operate with the tool, you have to set these values; in Options/General uncheck Check LIB DA match and Storage Life Cycle Check, and in Options/Connetion/Conection Settings enable UART and set Baud rate to 921600, this is to speed up the flashing process to a low level, you have to check this option every time you flash otherwise is constantly set to its original value to 115200, also check in the Format tab the option to Flash all except bootloader.
    Thank you for the suggestion. However, tinkering with these settings cause flashing to fail midway. Maybe it doesn't fail every time, but I'm not in a hurry.

    Isn't the firmware you can flash through SP Flash tool the same you can do it through the Realme Download tool, but with the main difference that in Realme Download tool the file doesn't need to be extracted from the original ofp format?
    My understanding:
    • SP Flash Tool: a backup software (can get data from phone and backs it up like UNIX's dd), shows partitions and could selectively restore it bit by bit.
    • Realme Download Tool: a one-way tool to flash firmware files to the device. Will flash the entire device.
    I suggested to flash using this method in the hope your device can be restored to its original functional state to can after that unlock bootloader and this way you could restore the userdata partition, while your device is with locked bootloader it will refuse to boot with that restored/unauthorized partition due to the integrity check.
    • Good news: the bootloader was successfully unlocked, installed a custom recovery, and got Realme UI 1.0 up and running (rooting unsuccessful). Then restore the userdata partition.
    • Bad news: The device throws all sorts of errors, even in Safe Mode. After some digging, apparently, Realme UI 2.0 introduces an encryption model change. Realme UI 1.0/Android 10 used FDE (you must enter a password before booting Android). Meanwhile, Realme UI 2.0/Android 11 uses FBE (the device boots up completely then asks you for a password. Phone calls, alarms, and even emergency mode work before the device is unlocked). Previously, this was a sign that the device was locked but not encrypted. However, this is the new encryption model in Android 11, and apparently, it's safe. It seems that Android made FBE available on Android 7 and required it on Android 10. Yet somehow, Realme just implemented it on Android 11.
    • Worse news: The encryption algorithm and working mode is also changed from AES-128-CBC-ESSIV to AES-256-XTS.
    • Worst news: Apparently, the encryption key is not stored in userdata partition; hence overwriting partitions like this are possibly dead-end. Restored the device from its full backup.
    • A glimmer of hope: I have been downloading and successfully installing OZIP updates in recovery. Just put the OZIP (must be official) in the SD card, and apparently, a monthly security patch is installed. Will wait for a monthly update to fix this issue (slim chance) or for Realme UI 3.0 to fix it (a good chance, but not quite assuring).
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    If you for your own have the knowledge to do it or take it to the repair center where they replaced the battery, if it was the case.

    When there is a bad connection, this kind of issues is expected to happen.
    It was my little diy :D
    I will try doing that after work and tell you how it goes.
    Thanks!
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    ZTE V970 Brick?

    Hi,

    I've been trying to install Bruno's ROM for this phone (cam with all chinese apps). http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1856578

    but have a big problem. I tried my best to follow the instructions but, really couldn't work out if I was doing things in the right order.. is there an actual step- by step for this procedure? I know I'm a noob and read this read that I am an idiot etc. etc. but I thought if I used to ROM on that page and the software recommended it would be easy.

    Here's what I did:

    Downloaded all the files as told.

    Tried to 'flash a custom recovery' as here http://bm-smartphone-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mt6575-flashing-tutorial.html

    but it did not mention how to use the ZTE custom recovery file http://d-h.st/Vgt

    I'm also not sure at all that the 'MediaTek drivers' were installed properly. The phone never appeared in the Device manager.

    I opened SP flash tool and followed this: http://bm-smartphone-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mt6575-flashing-tutorial.html

    and selected the 'scatter file' from the unzipped Bruno ROM (took a while to realise had to unzip it to get the file!!!)

    I noticed most of the boxes on the scatter file were unchecked but carried on and ignored a warning message about the phone may not be able to boot (the tutorial said to ignore it).

    I had to click 'download' then plug the phone in and eventually I got the red loading bar. This finished... then nothing else.. no purple bar.. nothing.

    So after waiting a few minutes I unplugged the phone.

    It now appears to be a total brick. What did I do wrong? Why no purple bar? Were the scatter items supposed to be unchecked? What was the 'custom recovery' file for? Because the SP flash prog never asked for it.

    Is there any point in trying it again or is the phone dead?

    Thanks for any help..

    Theo