Pixel 3 XL Can't find Valid Operating System

senbros

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Hi
"Can't find valid operating system. The device will not start."
Then shows the visit g.co/ABH link.

I am not even able to boot into recovery. When selecting recovery from fastboot mode it just goes right to the same "Can't find valid operating system..." screen.

Device State: Locked
Developer Mode : Not Enabled and not possible to do now


PLease help me. As i am from Nepal , there is nothing i can't claim for warranty.

 

v12xke

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Hi
"Can't find valid operating system. The device will not start."
Then shows the visit g.co/ABH link.
I am not even able to boot into recovery. When selecting recovery from fastboot mode it just goes right to the same "Can't find valid operating system..." screen.
Device State: Locked
Sorry, but with no working recovery and a locked bootloader you are dead in the water. There is nothing that can be done.
 

mammothjojo88

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Are you able to unlock your bootloader? Might be able to download the factory image do it that way. Fastboot flashing unlock it something. Then run the flash all.bat from the factory image once you download it and unzipped it.
 

senbros

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Are you able to unlock your bootloader? Might be able to download the factory image do it that way. Fastboot flashing unlock it something. Then run the flash all.bat from the factory image once you download it and unzipped it.
I tried nothing works to unlock bootloader.. Still looking for solution..

Thank you for your time
 

slysurfer

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Can't find valid operating system

Hi
"Can't find valid operating system. The device will not start."
Then shows the visit g.co/ABH link.

I am not even able to boot into recovery. When selecting recovery from fastboot mode it just goes right to the same "Can't find valid operating system..." screen.

Device State: Locked
Developer Mode : Not Enabled and not possible to do now


PLease help me. As i am from Nepal , there is nothing i can't claim for warranty.

Hi Mate,
I had the same thing happen Last Friday morning. I was just applying an OTA update, then when phone rebooted I got the same message on my Pixel 3 ( 2 weeks old ). I spent many hours over the weekend trying to figure out how to get a factory image on it. However without unlocking the bootloader ( which is not possible ), also having the recovery also corrupted, there is nothing we can do, except send it to a friend or someone we know and trust to get the phone repaired or if its under warranty still, possibly replaced by google. Sorry to be the giver of bad news. These are now expensive paper weights. It seems it becoming more common.
 

tailorhardik94

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issue resolved by google support

Hi,

i am having same issue with my pixel 3 last week, so i called Indian google service center ( 1800-419-0655 ) they pick up my phone from my place and resolve the issue.

so i will suggest you to visit/call google support team so they will resolve you issue.

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Hi Mate,
I had the same thing happen Last Friday morning. I was just applying an OTA update, then when phone rebooted I got the same message on my Pixel 3 ( 2 weeks old ). I spent many hours over the weekend trying to figure out how to get a factory image on it. However without unlocking the bootloader ( which is not possible ), also having the recovery also corrupted, there is nothing we can do, except send it to a friend or someone we know and trust to get the phone repaired or if its under warranty still, possibly replaced by google. Sorry to be the giver of bad news. These are now expensive paper weights. It seems it becoming more common.



hi there,

i had same issue last week, so i called google support. they pick up my pixel from my place and resolve the issue.

so please do the same contact google support. they will help you.
 

kuldeep_singh84

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Problem in Pixel 3

They gave you a replacement or repaired the original device?? And how many days B2X took from pickup to delivering it back??
Hi,

i am having same issue with my pixel 3 last week, so i called Indian google service center ( 1800-419-0655 ) they pick up my phone from my place and resolve the issue.

so i will suggest you to visit/call google support team so they will resolve you issue.

---------- Post added at 06:03 AM ---------- Previous post was at 05:59 AM ----------






hi there,

i had same issue last week, so i called google support. they pick up my pixel from my place and resolve the issue.

so please do the same contact google support. they will help you.
 

bradwatson

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Not sure if anyone still needs help with this, but I just ran into this issue on my Pixel 4 XL and I held down the volume down button and power button to reboot into fastboot. From there you can connect to a PC and flash images or unlock/lock bootloader, etc.

From there I was able to use the flash.android.com site and flash the latest OTA to my phone and now I'm back up and running.

Hope this helps someone down the road.
 
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kartikb

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Not sure if anyone still needs help with this, but I just ran into this issue on my Pixel 4 XL and I held down the volume down button and power button to reboot into fastboot. From there you can connect to a PC and flash images or unlock/lock bootloader, etc.

From there I was able to use the flash.android.com site and flash the latest OTA to my phone and now I'm back up and running.

Hope this helps someone down the road.
You can't do anything if you come across this problem whilst your bootloader is locked. I had a Pixel 3, applied ota via recovery and I got that error message. Couldn't do anything, flash factory image etc due to locked bootloader and recovery being corrupted.

Quite simply if it's under warranty, contact google.
 

yearn2burn

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You can't do anything if you come across this problem whilst your bootloader is locked. I had a Pixel 3, applied ota via recovery and I got that error message. Couldn't do anything, flash factory image etc due to locked bootloader and recovery being corrupted.

Quite simply if it's under warranty, contact google.
Not entirely true. If OEM unlocking was previously enabled, then despite your phone being locked, it will still accept the unlocking command. Just happened to me. I am trading in my phone. I uninstalled Magisk, booted to bootloader, locked the bootloader and got the dreaded "Can't find valid operating system" alert. I thought it was toast since no response to adb at that point. The screen looked like the bootloader screen but with less text. Finally used vol down/pwr to get to bootloader, re-unlocked and re-flashed the OS. Back in business, at least getting my full trade-in price!