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There are a lot of people joining XDA on a daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked
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Try first uninstalling it, wiping all caches and dalvik, through recovery, then erase all the TB related files/folders from your internal and external directory.
Just to be sure and confirm i go to twrp-wipe - select cache and dalvik and wipe correct?
I did that and then re downloaded titanium back up and it did not work ?

i am running android 11 official havoc os, microg and magisk v23

one more thing couple of days ago i downloaded the official twrp app through the store and it acted very weird would crash and whatnot and now i download titanium and it doesnt even want to open.

I know for a fact it has worked on my phone when i installed it a couple of months ago
 

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Just to be sure and confirm i go to twrp-wipe - select cache and dalvik and wipe correct?
I did that and then re downloaded titanium back up and it did not work ?

i am running android 11 official havoc os, microg and magisk v23

one more thing couple of days ago i downloaded the official twrp app through the store and it acted very weird would crash and whatnot and now i download titanium and it doesnt even want to open.

I know for a fact it has worked on my phone when i installed it a couple of months ago
Also, erase all the files and folders related to TB, install the TB add-on, it's the manager to get the app running well, don't forget to allow permissions when prompted.
 

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Is there an easy way to change Xiaomi's default file manager? I want to use a different one as to use the default I have to have MIUI optimizations enabled which is disabled for a multitude of reasons but breaks the app when I am trying to attach files/photos in certain apps.
 

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Trying to find the appropriate place to post this question.
Why are there no tweakable modem/tuner-recivier/ LTE-4G-5G-GSM-CDMA posts or questions?
Seems to me tuneable connectivity would be a top priority to me? What good is a custom device if you can't dial it in to your providers network and transmission bands especially if you are traveling the world or just need to improve your reception and transmission in a weak area and so on ?
There is little or no discussion here on this seemingly important topic...JS
 

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Is there an easy way to change Xiaomi's default file manager? I want to use a different one as to use the default I have to have MIUI optimizations enabled which is disabled for a multitude of reasons but breaks the app when I am trying to attach files/photos in certain apps.
First time you will be prompted t select a file manager, anyway, you also can choose to open with Google File Manager.
 

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thats the problem i cant select any of the other file managers i have installed, there no more prompt.
It may be that your source is explicitly calling for the XIaomi FM. I have the issue with the gallery app from my Pixel Phone. It only will open in the Google photo app.

However, one thing you could try is to remove the defaults. Not sure where it is, but I know its there ;) and if you getg desperate, maybe clear the data for the current source and dest apps

Or are you saying by removing the Xiomi default to Xiomi FM, that causes a crash?
 

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It may be that your source is explicitly calling for the XIaomi FM. I have the issue with the gallery app from my Pixel Phone. It only will open in the Google photo app.

However, one thing you could try is to remove the defaults. Not sure where it is, but I know its there ;) and if you getg desperate, maybe clear the data for the current source and dest apps

Or are you saying by removing the Xiomi default to Xiomi FM, that causes a crash?
There is a defaults section for apps, but there isnt one for File Manager. You can change launcher and other stuff but not FM. I do not know what will happen if I clear the data from the FMs.
maybe dumb idea but can you freeze/disable the default FM and then see if you get prompt to open different FM?
or am i just waaaay offf?
The Force stop is disabled for the Xiaomi file manager.
 

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...snip...
The Force stop is disabled for the Xiaomi file manager.
"Froce Stop" is different to disable / freeze. And there is also a "Hide". You access them through ADB. And if you have root, then you can also use a GUI through apps such as mine. TeMeFI I tend to Freeze & hide my apps. I found when I checked on earlier version of Android, frozen apps were still found in memory; I havent checked in newer android since I started to "Hide".
 
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"Froce Stop" is different to disable / freeze. And there is also a "Hide". You access them through ADB. And if you have root, then you can also use a GUI through apps such as mine. TeMeFI I tend to Freeze & hide my apps. I found when I checked on earlier version of Android, frozen apps were still found in memory; I havent checked in newer android since I started to "Hide".
Well i dont know what and how to do those things, and i do not have root. I do remember something with adb cuz i used that to disable (i think) the power manager thing of my old huawei phone.
 

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thats the problem i cant select any of the other file managers i have installed, there no more prompt.
From which file explorer, you are accessing to that file you want to open? Instead, can't you open it directly from the file explorer app, you want? For example, if you want to open an image, open Google File Manager, tap on the image and then the default photo/gallery manager will open that image, the same with any kind of files.

Also, you can disable File Manager from Miui using ADB https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/ this will, really, "behead" the app such way that won't interact with you (the user) anymore. Be sure that you have at least the default Google app installed to not force a factory reset to return to a functional state https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files&hl=es&gl=US
 
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From which file explorer, you are accessing to that file you want to open? Instead, can't you open it directly from the file explorer app, you want? For example, if you want to open an image, open Google File Manager, tap on the image and then the default photo/gallery manager will open that image, the same with any kind of files.

Also, you can disable File Manager from Miui using ADB https://www.xda-developers.com/uninstall-carrier-oem-bloatware-without-root-access/ this will, really, "behead" the app such way that won't interact with you (the user) anymore. Be sure that you have at least the default Google app installed to not force a factory reset to return to a functional state https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nbu.files&hl=es&gl=US
Its not a case of being unable to access files, its more of a case of being unable to attach/send files over in apps, like attaching images and documents through gmail or sending a photo through the built in messaging of the e-commerce app i am using.

So the method to disable the file manager is one-way and cannot be undone without a factory reset? is there some way i can back the stuff i do have right now and be able to restore it?
 

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Hello XDA,

I have a Samsung S10e - (SM-G970W) from Rogers Canada.
Just this past weekend as I was using it, it just froze. None of the buttons worked. I pressed on the Power Key until the phone restarted. However it just loads to the "SAMSUNG Galaxy S10e - Secured by Knox Powered by Andriod" screen and keeps bootlooping every 10 seconds back to the same screen.
I've tried to get into recovery mode (holding Volume UP, Bixby and then Power) but it takes me to a screen which says Watchdog Reset (CPU Hang) with no options for cache wipe or factory reset.
I've also downloaded Odin and the latest firmware version for this phone with Rogers and did a successful firmware flash using Download Mode (Volume Down + Bixby), however after the flash it just goes back into the same bootloop. I've tried flashing multiple times with both the Home_CSC and the other CSC file but both gave the same results.
I've tried letting the battery completely drain, but as soon as I plug it back in the Samsung screen appears and boot loops again.
Also sometimes the Samsung screen has a trail of pixels across, not sure if this is an indication of something on the Hardware side.

I've also read through the Bootloop Thread on Post #2 and wanted to try the one-click unbrick tool but the link seems to be dead.


What else can I do to try and recover this phone?

TIA
 
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Its not a case of being unable to access files, its more of a case of being unable to attach/send files over in apps, like attaching images and documents through gmail or sending a photo through the built in messaging of the e-commerce app i am using.

So the method to disable the file manager is one-way and cannot be undone without a factory reset? is there some way i can back the stuff i do have right now and be able to restore it?
What I think is that the default File Manager is the one from Google, then, Miui File Manager, gets all the privileges to operate over it, I didn't have the same behavior in my last Xiaomi devices, though. I always could attach/send any file through any file explorer of my preference, even to apply third party themes.

Miui File manager can be put to sleep in some way, limiting their actions through battery optimization.

You can re-install the app with
adb shell
pm install-existing NameOfPackage
Be sure you have the Google Files. You can try firstly with another system app, to see what happens.
 

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Before flashing a Custom ROM, I may be instructed to flash the latest firmware of my device (I have a Xiaomi phone). What exactly does this mean, and where can I find it?
 

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Trying to find the appropriate place to post this question.
Why are there no tweakable modem/tuner-recivier/ LTE-4G-5G-GSM-CDMA posts or questions?
Seems to me tuneable connectivity would be a top priority to me? What good is a custom device if you can't dial it in to your providers network and transmission bands especially if you are traveling the world or just need to improve your reception and transmission in a weak area and so on ?
There is little or no discussion here on this seemingly important topic...JS
What you are asking about is "dialed in" by flashing a modem for your specific model number for your region/carrier(this configures the bands and network type to those used in/by the region/carrier the modem is made for) and/or by using a SIM provided by the mobile service provider.
 
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Before flashing a Custom ROM, I may be instructed to flash the latest firmware of my device (I have a Xiaomi phone). What exactly does this mean, and where can I find it?
Flashing the latest firmware means either flashing the entire ROM or only the firmware package https://xiaomifirmwareupdater.com/, flashing the ROM is recommended for vendor OEM based, when coming to OOS vendors then you won't need to flash the stock ROM as such custom ROM includes a custom vendor, usually with more long term support than the stock.

Flashing the firmware, matching with your region, it's the right way to-go but, as most of the custom ROMs are based on Chinese ROM, then you should flash, most likely, the Chinese firmware.
 

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    Hello, I'm more intrigued than desperate with my question. I come with a presupposition that Samsung devices are rather straightforward to put custom ROM into, it well avoids hardbricking and the support from the community is very wide, although much is complicated by Knox, which has to be tripped. I might be wrong, I'd appreciate correcting if that's the case. Is there any other brand which comes close to this, maybe even better?
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    Google phones. Its in their interest. My old Nexus 5 had unbelievable dev support. My current P4A is not as supported as the old Nexus 5, but there iis still plenty of stuff around. When I had a Samsung, I alwys looked to the Pixel phones to see what could be done on mine. For example, I used my Nexus 5 to test ROMs before I transferred and recompiled them fo my Samsung S5 GT-I9506. Yes it was old, but I only upgraded about 18m ago. when my S4 got flakey. Samsung had more hoops to jump through compared to the Google device. eg Google devices use Fastboot to flash ROMs while sammsung inbvolves using ODIN; and I found some inconsistencies inn useage between versions. Fastboot are just text commands which are easily to document, what button to press on which version of ODIN can be troublesome.
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    Oh yea, I switched from S4 last july (unfortunately, I let myself be talked into A series phone, for which the support isn't that great). Apart from the power button breaking repeatedly, it was a decent phone!
    Thank you for the answer with Google phones, I thought those would be very modular! How about some of the lower price margin brands?
    Also, when it comes to ODIN, isn't it the reason why are the phones so hard to brick? I might be really wrong but this was a belief I've held for some time now. I know that when a phone started bootlooping after a unsuccessful flash, it would default itself into download mode after a while, which I found quite satisfying
    I cant say I have actually heard of a Nexus 5 or a Pixel 4A being hard bricked; im sure it happens, but its not in your face everywhere. Normally a flash back of the original firmware gets you up and running after a soft brick on pixel device. However, to be clear, the Nexus 5 was built sooooo poorly. The N5 is basically an S4 in cheaper clothing (compare the specs), and you can see just how badly they were built/designed. I had both mine apart. When you go on eBay and look for a 2nd hand one, most have a cracked screen or a dodgy power button (just search for the 000s of YT clips how to "fix"). There is NO physical/mechanical support on large areas of the thin screen (bottom chin); unlike the S4, that has the electronics board supporting the whole screen area. Anyway, enough on that rant.

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    There are a lot of people joining XDA on a daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked
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    Before posting anything, I strongly advise you to read THIS thread.

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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