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Zachisimo

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Mar 1, 2013
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So I recently bricked my tab3 and I could not figure out anything or find anything to do the unbrick in ODIN. I thought that I would share what I found so it can be easily located for a user in the future.

This is going to restore your tablet back to STOCK 4.2.2. This is the most recent version provided by samsung.

YOUR GOING TO NEED DRIVERS INSTALLED!!

THIS FIRMWARE IS FOR THE P5210 MODEL ONLY! IF YOU HAVE P5200 OR P5220 YOU NEED YOUR OWN FIRMWARE! I will be adding them to my MEGA account soon.

1. Download this file:
https://mega.co.nz/#!7BQkCQrT!hdJXKXTVZe_Rx63CYE3xPESxxNr9FWqgGQgmOz1DH3A
Mirror: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23311191640113436
(I have hosted it on MY MEGA account so that no one has to go through the crap I did to get the file. The mirror is courtesy of @r_hippy)
2. Download ODIN:
https://mega.co.nz/#!fJRkzTQL!uUN3LLhSCXIHtEFUlUDyPdf48rgEXj1wh5mgV5q8TkU
(Also my MEGA, for convenience, if you want to find it somewhere else then fine)
3.DO NOT CHANGE THE .MD5 TO .TAR! Flash in ODIN as a normal .md5 file.
3a. Extract and open ODIN.
b. Extract firmware.zip
c. Put tablet into download mode. [Hold power and vol down until text shows, then press vol up]
d. Place firmware into PDA section, and wait to verify. When finished click START at the bottom.

You have successfully just unbricked and unrooted your tablet. For root again follow this guide:
http://true-android.blogspot.com/2013/12/root-p5200xxuamk8-android-422-jb.html
But use this root.zip
http://roms.bindroid.com/downloads/viewcategory/7-root


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Zachisimo

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The links have been suspended on my dropbox account for excessive traffic. Apparently from what im reading that means ive exceeded 20GB of bandwidth in one day. These links have only been posted for about two days so I'm glad I could help so many people. Im going to repost these links in a public folder and put new links up in a bit. Thanks guys!

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shinglers

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May 12, 2009
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I had a problem with not getting into download mode. tablet would not do anything. luckily i have a micro USB jig plunged it in hit power button only and right into download mode well worth the 5 bucks!!

sorry didn't mention my model #, I have a GT-P5210
 
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dale_para_bajo

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I had a problem with not getting into download mode. tablet would not do anything. luckily i have a micro USB jig plunged it in hit power button only and right into download mode well worth the 5 bucks!!

You should not have problem with Download mode!! That is wierd.

In any case Thanks for report on the use of the JIG. It nice to hear that it works in our devices. I have GT-P5210. But you never mention What is yours?
 
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shinglers

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May 12, 2009
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I've also noticed when going back to stock or installing any ROM for that matter I have to do a factory reset otherwise I'm stuck in a boot loop.

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r_hippy

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Dec 30, 2012
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So I recently bricked my tab3 and I could not figure out anything or find anything to do the unbrick in ODIN. I thought that I would share what I found so it can be easily located for a user in the future.

This is going to restore your tablet back to STOCK 4.2.2. This is the most recent version provided by samsung.

YOUR GOUNG TO NEED DRIVDRS INSTALLED!!

1. Download this file:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/z40rr9rti7iqgtq/P5210UEUAMK1_P5210XARAMK1_XAR.zip
(I have hosted it on MY dropbox account so that no one has to go through the crap I did to get the file.)
2. Download ODIN:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dw3mbnwi2hk16xm/Odin307.zip
(Also my dropbox, for convenience, if you want to find it somewhere else then fine)
3.DO NOT CHANGE THE .MD5 TO .TAR! Flash in ODIN as a normal .md5 file.
3a. Extract and open ODIN.
b. Extract firmware.zip
c. Put tablet into download mode. [Hold power and vol down until text shows, then press vol up]
d. Place firmware into PDA section, and wait to verify. When finished click START at the bottom.

You have successfully just unbricked and unrooted your tablet. For root again follow this guide:
http://true-android.blogspot.com/2013/12/root-p5200xxuamk8-android-422-jb.html
But use this root.zip
http://roms.bindroid.com/downloads/viewcategory/7-root


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Was that the USA version, factory odin IMG?

The Dropbox link is dead!

I would like to grab this thanks

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Zachisimo

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Was that the USA version, factory odin IMG?

The Dropbox link is dead!

I would like to grab this thanks

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Yes it is the USA version. I need to find out what is wrong with the links. My dropbox traffic got me kicked off. Im going to look for another site maybe

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Zachisimo

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I will be posting MEGA links as soon as I can transfer the files from dropbox

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r_hippy

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Thanks.. Very slow site.. But much appreciated
For those interested.
I have something cooking in the kitchen for this beast.. MK1

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serendipityguy

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Oct 9, 2010
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nothing seem to be changed.

Thanks Zachisimo,

I followed the steps to a "T" and after I flashed my Tab 3, 10.1 nothing seem to be changed.
I have a working tablet but nothing was changed to factory default.
All that I had checked was the Auto Reboot & Reset Time option.

I will re-flash this rom via Odin, Again...

Should I had checked the Re-Partition Option?

Thanks in advance for getting me this far :good:
 

Zachisimo

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Mar 1, 2013
168
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Thanks Zachisimo,

I followed the steps to a "T" and after I flashed my Tab 3, 10.1 nothing seem to be changed.
I have a working tablet but nothing was changed to factory default.
All that I had checked was the Auto Reboot & Reset Time option.

I will re-flash this rom via Odin, Again...

Should I had checked the Re-Partition Option?

Thanks in advance for getting me this far :good:

Does the tablet turn on and boot up?

Sent from my GT-P5210
 

serendipityguy

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Oct 9, 2010
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Sunny, CA
Weird, I dont know why I am not getting factory default.

Does the tablet turn on and boot up?

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Oh yes, I never had a problem with that.

I problem was not getting the correct TWRP 2.7 installed so that I could flash a rom.

I was able to use TWRP 2.6.1 that still remained even after I Odin the stock rom twice, to flash Super User but I could not flash a larger zip like the Crash Rom or Infamous Rom on this tablet.

Weird, I dont know why I am not getting factory default.

What do I do to get back to factory . . .
 

Zachisimo

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Mar 1, 2013
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Oh yes, I never had a problem with that.

I problem was not getting the correct TWRP 2.7 installed so that I could flash a rom.

I was able to use TWRP 2.6.1 that still remained even after I Odin the stock rom twice, to flash Super User but I could not flash a larger zip like the Crash Rom or Infamous Rom on this tablet.

Weird, I dont know why I am not getting factory default.

What do I do to get back to factory . . .

It doesnt look like those roms are available for this tablet. But flashing my ODIN files should make your tablet 100% factory again

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serendipityguy

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Oct 9, 2010
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not achieved stock after 3 attempts at flashing Odin with the said stock rom and Odin

It doesnt look like those roms are available for this tablet. But flashing my ODIN files should make your tablet 100% factory again

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Doily noted Zachisimo, but I have not achieved stock after 3 attempts at flashing Odin with the said stock rom and Odin.
I have the same working rom with a recovery that I want to change and cant.

Even after I Odin the rom, I do get stock recovery back. but no factory default
I Odin the TWRP 2.7 and later reboot into TWRP, I get the TWRP 2.6.1 :confused:
Something gotta give....
 

Zachisimo

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Mar 1, 2013
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Doily noted Zachisimo, but I have not achieved stock after 3 attempts at flashing Odin with the said stock rom and Odin.
I have the same working rom with a recovery that I want to change and cant.

Even after I Odin the rom, I do get stock recovery back. but no factory default
I Odin the TWRP 2.7 and later reboot into TWRP, I get the TWRP 2.6.1 :confused:
Something gotta give....

Try flashing this https://mega.co.nz/#!TMRVlIza!1WSt-u2jCc4zhUcgQZk2Z3ihLwzUAVtbQweZKW3D2Ck

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    So I recently bricked my tab3 and I could not figure out anything or find anything to do the unbrick in ODIN. I thought that I would share what I found so it can be easily located for a user in the future.

    This is going to restore your tablet back to STOCK 4.2.2. This is the most recent version provided by samsung.

    YOUR GOING TO NEED DRIVERS INSTALLED!!

    THIS FIRMWARE IS FOR THE P5210 MODEL ONLY! IF YOU HAVE P5200 OR P5220 YOU NEED YOUR OWN FIRMWARE! I will be adding them to my MEGA account soon.

    1. Download this file:
    https://mega.co.nz/#!7BQkCQrT!hdJXKXTVZe_Rx63CYE3xPESxxNr9FWqgGQgmOz1DH3A
    Mirror: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23311191640113436
    (I have hosted it on MY MEGA account so that no one has to go through the crap I did to get the file. The mirror is courtesy of @r_hippy)
    2. Download ODIN:
    https://mega.co.nz/#!fJRkzTQL!uUN3LLhSCXIHtEFUlUDyPdf48rgEXj1wh5mgV5q8TkU
    (Also my MEGA, for convenience, if you want to find it somewhere else then fine)
    3.DO NOT CHANGE THE .MD5 TO .TAR! Flash in ODIN as a normal .md5 file.
    3a. Extract and open ODIN.
    b. Extract firmware.zip
    c. Put tablet into download mode. [Hold power and vol down until text shows, then press vol up]
    d. Place firmware into PDA section, and wait to verify. When finished click START at the bottom.

    You have successfully just unbricked and unrooted your tablet. For root again follow this guide:
    http://true-android.blogspot.com/2013/12/root-p5200xxuamk8-android-422-jb.html
    But use this root.zip
    http://roms.bindroid.com/downloads/viewcategory/7-root


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    The links have been suspended on my dropbox account for excessive traffic. Apparently from what im reading that means ive exceeded 20GB of bandwidth in one day. These links have only been posted for about two days so I'm glad I could help so many people. Im going to repost these links in a public folder and put new links up in a bit. Thanks guys!

    Sent from my GT-P5210 using xda app-developers app
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    I had a problem with not getting into download mode. tablet would not do anything. luckily i have a micro USB jig plunged it in hit power button only and right into download mode well worth the 5 bucks!!

    sorry didn't mention my model #, I have a GT-P5210
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    So I recently bricked my tab3 and I could not figure out anything or find anything to do the unbrick in ODIN. I thought that I would share what I found so it can be easily located for a user in the future.

    This is going to restore your tablet back to STOCK 4.2.2. This is the most recent version provided by samsung.

    YOUR GOING TO NEED DRIVERS INSTALLED!!

    THIS FIRMWARE IS FOR THE P5210 MODEL ONLY! IF YOU HAVE P5200 OR P5220 YOU NEED YOUR OWN FIRMWARE! I will be adding them to my MEGA account soon.

    1. Download this file:
    https://mega.co.nz/#!7BQkCQrT!hdJXKXTVZe_Rx63CYE3xPESxxNr9FWqgGQgmOz1DH3A
    Mirror: http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23311191640113436
    (I have hosted it on MY MEGA account so that no one has to go through the crap I did to get the file. The mirror is courtesy of @r_hippy)
    2. Download ODIN:
    https://mega.co.nz/#!fJRkzTQL!uUN3LLhSCXIHtEFUlUDyPdf48rgEXj1wh5mgV5q8TkU
    (Also my MEGA, for convenience, if you want to find it somewhere else then fine)
    3.DO NOT CHANGE THE .MD5 TO .TAR! Flash in ODIN as a normal .md5 file.
    3a. Extract and open ODIN.
    b. Extract firmware.zip
    c. Put tablet into download mode. [Hold power and vol down until text shows, then press vol up]
    d. Place firmware into PDA section, and wait to verify. When finished click START at the bottom.

    You have successfully just unbricked and unrooted your tablet. For root again follow this guide:
    http://true-android.blogspot.com/2013/12/root-p5200xxuamk8-android-422-jb.html
    But use this root.zip
    http://roms.bindroid.com/downloads/viewcategory/7-root


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    Do you have another firmware zip cause this one is not working and my tablet is dead. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

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    ---------- Post added at 09:22 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:57 AM ----------

    Do you have another firmware zip cause this one is not working and my tablet is dead. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

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    Never mind I got it to work thanks this helped big time

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    I can host it if you like .. I just need to get it some how..
    pm me if you need

    Links updated

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