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***READ THIS!!!!!!*** Going from CM7/MIUI/OMFGB to another rom/Unbricking your device

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kidserious

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I figured I would put this out there for those who have flashed or are thinking of flashing CM7/MIUI/OMFGB/OMGB or any mtd rom for that matter. If you have flashed one of the aforementioned roms, then you will need to use odin if/when you choose to go to another non-mtd rom. But, you cannot simply use any odin file and there is a particular procedure that is needed to execute this correctly. *Note* This method will also work to unbrick your device from pretty much anything. ***PERFORM ALL OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS WITH THE BATTERY IN YOUR PHONE, DO NOT REMOVE BATTERY***

STEP 1. Open odin (http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?73ta726ghelw381) and place the linked file below in the "PDA" section and WAIT. You will need 7zip or the like to extract the tar image from the zip file below. This particular type of odin file is the only kind that I know of that contains the proper bootloaders to re-partition your phone. ONLY THE PDA SECTION!!!!

Link removed. My dropbox account was suspended due to excessive traffic. I'll figure out another place to upload and then post the link.

STEP 2. Then, place this file in the "PIT" section in odin and WAIT.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20070269/atlas_v2.3.pit <---*Atlas_v2.3 Re-partitioning "PIT" file*

STEP 3. And place a check in the "Re-partition" box in odin.

STEP 4. At this point you need to power off your phone. Then, enter download mode by holding the volume down button and continuing to hold it while you plug the cable into your phone, you should then see a yellow "downloading" screen popup. If/when this happens, go to step 5.

STEP 5. When you have done the first 4 STEPS, THEN hit the "START" button in odin and wait about 5-10 minutes until you see the green "PASS" in odin and profit. ***You must allow the phone to boot fully one time after running this odin process so that it can wipe the phone and complete the the re-partitioning.*** However, when the phone boots, you will be on stock, binged, bloated, unrooted TouchWiz. So odin a recovery and remedy that situation quickly!!! And just in case there are any misconceptions, you do NOT need to be rooted to install a custom cwm recovery.tar file with odin. So unless you plan on staying stock, you don't need to root again because any rom you flash will already be rooted. So just odin a recovery and boot immediately into the recovery via the 3 finger method (holding both volume up and down buttons and the power button at the same time and continue to hold them until you see the samsung logo). YOU MUST DO IT THIS WAY BEFORE THE PHONES BOOTS UP NORMALLY OR YOU WILL LOSE THE RECOVERY THAT YOU JUST ODINED! Then, as good practice, follow the instructions of the next paragraph.

And as a good suggestion, if you want voodoo converted partitions (in others words, if you want to flash a voodoo kernel) after odin does it's thing, flash this package (courtesy of navenedrob) from cwm recovery 3x before flashing whatever rom in conjunction with a voodoo kernel you were wanting to flash after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI. Here is the link, flash this if you want voodoo partitions (ext4): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20070269/ext4_formatter_all.zip . This will help to insure that you obtain a clean install of whatever rom/voodoo kernel you are flashing after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI ***If you flash the Ext4 package, you must flash a voodoo kernel afterwards or you will have another brick.***

It is absolutely mandatory that you follow these steps exactly to properly get off of CM7 MTD/GB MIUI so that you can flash another rom. Attempting another method or not following these steps implicitly will result in eventual problems down the line and/or a bricked phone and you will have to follow this guide to fix it.
 
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DaleV

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I figured I would put this out there for those who have flashed CM7 MTD or GB MIUI. If you have flashed jt's new CM7 MTD or andmer's AOSP GB MIUI, then you will need to use odin if/when you choose to go to another rom. But, you cannot simply use any odin file and there is a particular procedure that is needed to execute this correctly:

Open odin (http://download1422.mediafire.com/ii578172dylg/429fcpdtpckkcea/Odin3+v1.83.exe) and place one of "ONLY" these two files in the "PDA" section: These are the only odin files that contain the proper bootloaders to re-partition your phone. ONLY THE PDA SECTION!!!!
http://adbdev.com/danknub/CI500_VZW_EB01_FROYO_REL.tar.md5

http://adrynalyne.us/files/stuff/CI500_VZW_DL09_ECLAIR.tar.md5

Then place this file in the "PIT" section in odin:
http://download248.mediafire.com/z5q4aw8ablig/26xbh796jmwvwqb/atlas_v2.2.pit

And place a check in the "Re-partition" box in odin.

When you have done all of these things, hit the "START" button in odin and wait about 10 minutes until you see the green "PASS" in odin and profit.

It is absolutely mandatory that you follow these steps exactly to properly get off of CM7 MTD/GB MIUI so that you can flash another rom. Attempting another method or not following these steps implicitly will result in a bricked phone and you will have to follow this guide to fix it. :)


I will have to give this a try since I just chewed out Big Red for screwing up my phone with their ED04 OTA, wich I odin'd back to stock from JT's CM7 to get it.
 

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yep big +1

If you do all this and Odin hangs or something else fails to work, make sure you are using an OEM data/charge cord to do this. I did this exact beautiful brick a month ago was stuck believing for a good 8 hours that I had done it this time, because I was using a data/chord that was supposed to be an upgrade from the OEM chord. Fun times
 
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Dread This Day

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I figured I would put this out there for those who have flashed CM7 MTD or GB MIUI. If you have flashed jt's new CM7 MTD or andmer's AOSP GB MIUI, then you will need to use odin if/when you choose to go to another rom. But, you cannot simply use any odin file and there is a particular procedure that is needed to execute this correctly:

Open odin (http://download1422.mediafire.com/ii578172dylg/429fcpdtpckkcea/Odin3+v1.83.exe) and place one of "ONLY" these two files in the "PDA" section: These are the only odin files that contain the proper bootloaders to re-partition your phone. ONLY THE PDA SECTION!!!!
http://adbdev.com/danknub/CI500_VZW_EB01_FROYO_REL.tar.md5

http://adrynalyne.us/files/stuff/CI500_VZW_DL09_ECLAIR.tar.md5

Then place this file in the "PIT" section in odin:
http://download248.mediafire.com/z5q4aw8ablig/26xbh796jmwvwqb/atlas_v2.2.pit

And place a check in the "Re-partition" box in odin.

When you have done all of these things, hit the "START" button in odin and wait about 10 minutes until you see the green "PASS" in odin and profit.

It is absolutely mandatory that you follow these steps exactly to properly get off of CM7 MTD/GB MIUI so that you can flash another rom. Attempting another method or not following these steps implicitly will result in a bricked phone and you will have to follow this guide to fix it. :)

Bro, just a thought...But for people who follow these steps and STILL get issues, like force closes, the phone not saving your contacts or settings, etc. Then go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1090127&highlight=ext4+formatter. Most of us, I think, use ext4, but RFS is the default for Samsung phones. Ext4 is what VooDoo converts your file systems to. Download the file system .zip of your choice, flash it in CWM, then re-flash your ROM, kernel, theme, etc. and it should fix your issues. I had many issues, this killed them all.
 

solido888

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I am pretty sure the atlas file is not required if you are using the dl09 package. At least I was able to revert just fine without it.
 

kidserious

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you are correct, if you odin dl09 with the atlas 2.2 pit, it will only boot to recovery.

This isn't true. I have odined with DL09 and 2.2 pit file and repartition checked many times and it causes the phone to boot normally to stock. I have actually done it with both files many times. They both work just as I wrote it, at least for me and everyone else that I know.
 
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krispuniq

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This isn't true. I have odined with DL09 and 2.2 pit file and repartition checked many times and it causes the phone to boot normally to stock. I have actually done it with both files many times. They both work just as I wrote it, at least for me and everyone else that I know.

TRUE !!
even i have positive experience of using both these files .. either one works with the 2.2 pit file and i didnt loose root either !
 

times_infinity

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you are correct, if you odin dl09 with the atlas 2.2 pit, it will only boot to recovery.

You HAVE to let it boot into stock recovery once after flashing the full Odin. Stock recovery needs to do an automatic data wipe before it boots into the OS. Which is why if you were to flash cwm right after flashing the full Odin, you'd get the datadata/dbdata issues.

Sent from my SCH-I500 using XDA App
 

kidserious

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TRUE !!
even i have positive experience of using both these files .. either one works with the 2.2 pit file and i didnt loose root either !

Wow, I don't know how you didn't lose root seeing as how neither one of those Odin packages are rooted and it does a complete data wipe.

Sent from my SCH-I500 using XDA Premium App
 

bmeek

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Good advice! regarding that ext4 formatting...

I figured I would put this out there for those who have flashed or are thinking of flashing CM7 MTD or GB MIUI...

[...]
And as a good suggestion, after odin does it's thing, flash one of these two packages (courtesy of navenedrob) from cwm recovery 3x before flashing whatever rom you were wanting to flash after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI. Flash this one: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=614756&d=1307095153 if you want voodoo partitions (ext4) or this one: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=614757&d=1307095153 if you want nonvoodoo partitions (rfs).This will help to insure that you obtain a clean install of whatever rom you are flashing after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI ***If you flash the Ext4 package, you must flash a voodoo kernel afterwards or you will have another brick.***
[...]

This was essentially the process I followed a few days ago when I reluctantly reverted back to touchwiz framework for reliable call operation (CM7 MTD is getting so close).

After letting the DL09 image boot for the first time, I odined Times_Infinity's CM3 and booted straight into it with the intention of running navenedrob's ext4 formatter utility. I immediately heard the familiar scary voodoo lady reporting the lagfix conversion operation, backing up & restoring DL09 system and data files that I had no interest in keeping around, etc. Once it finished and I had TI's CWM on screen, I flashed navenedrob's ext4 utility to reformat.

So, to save some time and an unnecessary format cycle, here's a reminder to create a "/sdcard/voodoo/disable lagfix" file before starting this process :).

FWIW, the latest imnuts PBJ kernel has a modified CWM (in yellow) that reportedly incorporates navenedrob's ext4 formatting enhancements, but I've had other issues with that kernel and there's no version to apply via Odin...
 
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solido888

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This isn't true. I have odined with DL09 and 2.2 pit file and repartition checked many times and it causes the phone to boot normally to stock. I have actually done it with both files many times. They both work just as I wrote it, at least for me and everyone else that I know.

While it may work with those 2 files, the atlas file is not required if using the dl09 tar. I am not a coder, but I believe it may be redundant to use that file with the dl09 tar. Either way, my phone has been fully functional on comrom for the past 3 days now, and I did not use the 2.2 pit file to revert from the 6.09 CM7 build.
 

kidserious

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While it may work with those 2 files, the atlas file is not required if using the dl09 tar. I am not a coder, but I believe it may be redundant to use that file with the dl09 tar. Either way, my phone has been fully functional on comrom for the past 3 days now, and I did not use the 2.2 pit file to revert from the 6.09 CM7 build.

I hear you and that may be true, but it is just safer to post it the way I did.
 

times_infinity

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While it may work with those 2 files, the atlas file is not required if using the dl09 tar. I am not a coder, but I believe it may be redundant to use that file with the dl09 tar. Either way, my phone has been fully functional on comrom for the past 3 days now, and I did not use the 2.2 pit file to revert from the 6.09 CM7 build.

The atlas_v2.2.pit is required for repartitioning. Which is mandatory for coming off of MTD.

Sent from my SCH-I500 using XDA App
 

landshark68

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This isn't true. I have odined with DL09 and 2.2 pit file and repartition checked many times and it causes the phone to boot normally to stock. I have actually done it with both files many times. They both work just as I wrote it, at least for me and everyone else that I know.

+++++++1. I have used the DL09 file plus the atlas 2.2 pit file many times. It's the best thing for a good, clean, fresh start to build from. If you aren't using the PIT file, you aren't restoring your partitions back to where they need to be.
 

solido888

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+++++++1. I have used the DL09 file plus the atlas 2.2 pit file many times. It's the best thing for a good, clean, fresh start to build from. If you aren't using the PIT file, you aren't restoring your partitions back to where they need to be.

And I'll reiterate, what problems will I be experiencing? Since I haven't had any yet?
 

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    I figured I would put this out there for those who have flashed or are thinking of flashing CM7/MIUI/OMFGB/OMGB or any mtd rom for that matter. If you have flashed one of the aforementioned roms, then you will need to use odin if/when you choose to go to another non-mtd rom. But, you cannot simply use any odin file and there is a particular procedure that is needed to execute this correctly. *Note* This method will also work to unbrick your device from pretty much anything. ***PERFORM ALL OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS WITH THE BATTERY IN YOUR PHONE, DO NOT REMOVE BATTERY***

    STEP 1. Open odin (http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?73ta726ghelw381) and place the linked file below in the "PDA" section and WAIT. You will need 7zip or the like to extract the tar image from the zip file below. This particular type of odin file is the only kind that I know of that contains the proper bootloaders to re-partition your phone. ONLY THE PDA SECTION!!!!

    Link removed. My dropbox account was suspended due to excessive traffic. I'll figure out another place to upload and then post the link.

    STEP 2. Then, place this file in the "PIT" section in odin and WAIT.
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20070269/atlas_v2.3.pit <---*Atlas_v2.3 Re-partitioning "PIT" file*

    STEP 3. And place a check in the "Re-partition" box in odin.

    STEP 4. At this point you need to power off your phone. Then, enter download mode by holding the volume down button and continuing to hold it while you plug the cable into your phone, you should then see a yellow "downloading" screen popup. If/when this happens, go to step 5.

    STEP 5. When you have done the first 4 STEPS, THEN hit the "START" button in odin and wait about 5-10 minutes until you see the green "PASS" in odin and profit. ***You must allow the phone to boot fully one time after running this odin process so that it can wipe the phone and complete the the re-partitioning.*** However, when the phone boots, you will be on stock, binged, bloated, unrooted TouchWiz. So odin a recovery and remedy that situation quickly!!! And just in case there are any misconceptions, you do NOT need to be rooted to install a custom cwm recovery.tar file with odin. So unless you plan on staying stock, you don't need to root again because any rom you flash will already be rooted. So just odin a recovery and boot immediately into the recovery via the 3 finger method (holding both volume up and down buttons and the power button at the same time and continue to hold them until you see the samsung logo). YOU MUST DO IT THIS WAY BEFORE THE PHONES BOOTS UP NORMALLY OR YOU WILL LOSE THE RECOVERY THAT YOU JUST ODINED! Then, as good practice, follow the instructions of the next paragraph.

    And as a good suggestion, if you want voodoo converted partitions (in others words, if you want to flash a voodoo kernel) after odin does it's thing, flash this package (courtesy of navenedrob) from cwm recovery 3x before flashing whatever rom in conjunction with a voodoo kernel you were wanting to flash after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI. Here is the link, flash this if you want voodoo partitions (ext4): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/20070269/ext4_formatter_all.zip . This will help to insure that you obtain a clean install of whatever rom/voodoo kernel you are flashing after coming from CM7 MTD/GB MIUI ***If you flash the Ext4 package, you must flash a voodoo kernel afterwards or you will have another brick.***

    It is absolutely mandatory that you follow these steps exactly to properly get off of CM7 MTD/GB MIUI so that you can flash another rom. Attempting another method or not following these steps implicitly will result in eventual problems down the line and/or a bricked phone and you will have to follow this guide to fix it.
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    you are correct, if you odin dl09 with the atlas 2.2 pit, it will only boot to recovery.

    You HAVE to let it boot into stock recovery once after flashing the full Odin. Stock recovery needs to do an automatic data wipe before it boots into the OS. Which is why if you were to flash cwm right after flashing the full Odin, you'd get the datadata/dbdata issues.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using XDA App
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    Updated OP with a good link to a Factory restore tar seeing as how our dickheaded friends in the government decided to shut down Multiupload. Sorry for the poor support of this thread but I have since gotten rid of my fascinate and have moved on the the Gnex.
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    Moved to the development section and temporarily stuck for now.
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    Please ignore all the 3+ yr old stickied threads in this section which badly need to be unstickied.
    I recommend you follow DroidStyles guide instead: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1238070

    And to more directly answer your question, every phone out there has little idiosyncrasies to overcome particular issues and the Fascinate is no exception. If you already have CM7 and GB bootloaders, you will probably be ok just flashing forward without Odining back. But following the above guide is best practice and highly recommended. Check the link above for details...