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I Have decided that this thread has served it's purpose and will now be closed to future posts. Please direct and 'non' SHV-E160L post's to
Brixfix V2
Please can all Ongoing jobs/works migrate to the above thread.

-----------Final Notes--------------
It has been mentioned many times that i should go back and correct the information below, i started to correct a few post's then realized i was removing the flavour in change of colour and size, parts of this thread documents my mistakes, assumptions and general lack of understanding of how we NOOBS post on XDA, It's with that in mind that i have decided to leave the mistakes in, so you can see in writing what i gained from the support of other Devs here.
Now, if you are NOOB in anyway or have a few questions please click HELP
If you are bricked and need help, read this thread first, there is NO one CLICK solution for anything, even this mentioned device.
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So you Brixed/bricced/BOD/QDL/EDLOAD/QHS-USB/05c6:9008/05c6:9025/ your device? Need a Oil and brush , Need help, follow this
One, Rules
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Tip From the Author,
Some of you may have noticed that i did not start the original thread with a question, I did something my mentor taught me at around 9 years old but didn't put into good use until much later in life.
The tip is write things down as a question for yourself, in the writing process you get to pass the information past the part of your brain that interprets information, virtual sounding board, before posting as a question for others.
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Brixfix V2
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** I have Since Fixed the device and developed soultions for non shv-e160l devices. Prior posts are undergoing edit's for corrections.
** if you want the glory shot, sorry you will just have to read through.
** If you are selling this as a solution, dont. I know who you are.
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Hi All
As i mentioned on this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32231827#post32231827 i will be attempting to come up with a home grown debrick solution for a SHV-E160L samsung note from korea.

I will use the forum to document what i am doing, i am very new to this so correct me please if i am wrong. I have never done Android dev work at any time but i have a very good understanding of the logic behind it all. `

Things i Have :-
  1. Phone ( SHV-E160L)
  2. bus pirate v3 with jtag firmware
  3. openocd compiled on ubuntu and centos 6
  4. smd jtag adapter and relay wire ( magnetic wire)

things i still need :-
  • openocd target config file for MSM8660 Snapdragon cpu (and a better understanding of eMMC access, how to load boot loaders either into ram or eMMC or trigger fail over boot to sc-card, USB via software or X0M/Boot pins)
  • assembled jtag (it's the smallest soldering i've ever seen)
  • .PIT file for 32GB model (if someone could pull the .PIT file from a working unit I would be happy, specify your radio/kernel versions when uploading)
  • micro fine solder iron tip and 20w iron (i've got 60w but too high for this type of work)

Does anyone have a idea of the SD-CARD partition layout, files for snapdragon devices, google has given me much for other devices but not a snapdragon .

Another question, I've used the USB jig to trigger 301K mode USB-Factory and seen no activity in dmesg for usb devices, i've yet to try windows, does windows/linux behave in a different way when it comes to usb , as in windows see's the qualcom usb mode but not linux ? does the usb client device always start the comms?
using the 615K usb jig i get nothing too, no pbl message from samsung (hence i am led to think is's the pbl/sbl thats damaged)

My understanding up boot is as follows
iROM code
This loads basic settings to boot the PBL (iROM is in rom) the PBL is loaded into radio(modem) cpu and then loads the SBL(s)
PBL/SBL stored in eMMC at address ????? (need to document the address for the masked access to eMMC and jtag/openocd access unmasked access)
Once the SBL is loaded you with have the ODIN mode (USB/UART)
from what i can see of commercial JTAG boxes is the access the radio cpu via jtag, write a new PBL/SBL to the eMMC then halt/reset cpu which now loads the new bootloaders, (resurrect dead body)

The openocd TAP id for the cpu should be 0x105310E1 but thats a number i got from a riff box log, not any actual testing ( still need to solder the fine pitch connector)

Here is a log from a riff box, not sure if the address's are usable accross to opencd
Taken from gsm-forums:-
Open serial port...OK
Connecting to the RIFF Box...OK
Firmware Version: 1.33, JTAG Manager Version: 1.44
Selected Resurrector: [Samsung E160K V1.0.4535.7001]

Connecting to the dead body...OK
Detected dead body ID: 0x105310E1 - IGNORED!
Set I/O Voltage reads as 1.79V, TCK Frequency is RTCK
Adaptive Clocking RTCK Sampling is: [Sample at MAX]

Resurrection sequence started.
Establish communication with the phone...OK
Initializing internal hardware configuration...OK
Uploading resurrector data into memory...OK
Starting communication with resurrector...OK

Detected an Initialized FLASH1 Chip, ID: 0x0015/0x0000 (KTS00M, 0x0003AB400000 Bytes = 14.68 GB)
Detected an Initialized FLASH2 Chip, ID: 0x0015/0x0000 (KTS00M, 0x000000200000 Bytes = 2.00 MB)

Flashing the dead body...OK
Resurrection complete!

I did notice one thing, the riff box opens the serial port, i wonder if they load PBL+SBL into memory, reset the cpu, then using the serial connection activate download mode ? (like on the captive)
I also dont know how the cpu (jtag TAP id? ) and flash variables translate accross to openocd as ive not found a target config file yet ( or my searching is wrong)

in the full stock Firmware I was able to extract the .tar file which contained,

Code:
amss.bin <-- application cpu boot files ?
boot.img <-- kernel/initrd ramdrive
mdm.bin <-- modem cpu boot files
recovery.img <--- recovery image 
system.img.ext4 <---- rest of the system applications

so i think we have the two cpu firmware/boot loaders in the .bin files, these bin files are just fat32 images, to access in ubuntu use
Code:
mount -o loop mdm.bin /mnt/mdmmountlocation

My guess is my first approach is getting the right PBL/SBL into the system and getting some feed back via uart, i have the jtag pinouts and further reserach says there is a UART2 on the jtag header, so when soldering up my jtag adapter i will include all pins if i can and sniff for serial logic, i happen to have a Open source logic sniffer, great tool as i do a lot of hacking into serial devices like scales and till printers .
back to topic.

When i do get to the jtag part at a minimum i should have access to the modem radio, afaik jtag devices connect in chains and most of the IC's that have jtag on the phones board all should link to the master device (i am thinking it's the modem cpu, no application) and that the Two cpu's share the eMMC memory some how, or it could be one cpu loads it into the other (it is connected via jtag down the chain) .
hopefully someone could correct me there.
Most of this is theory and my guess work, correct me if you find a mistake. most of the research is only over a few days too so i am far from finished there, does not help that most of the users speak a language that google translate just does not have a flair for.


Most of the info seems to suggest the modem cpu is the first inline so i decided to look further into the files there, notice the mdm.bin file is 23Mb, thats large, when mounted i notice the is a folder called 'image' ( amms.bin has folder called IMAGE , note the case difference, dont yet know whay)
in image folder we have :-

Code:
1.3M Sep 30 13:07 AMSS.MBN
  35K Sep 30 13:07 DBL.MBN
 2.2M Sep 30 13:07 DSP1.MBN
  19M Sep 30 13:07 DSP2.MBN
   40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS1.MBN
   40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS2.MBN
   40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS3.MBN
 295K Sep 30 13:07 OSBL.MBN

Ah, i see amss.mbm , that must be the boot loader for the application cpu, DBL.MBM seems to be the PBL , OSBL.MBM could be the SBL
then there is the DSP/EFS files, I did do the command strings on all the files,
DBL.MBM does not have any text in the file that points to being able to do UART on boot, all text seems internal like pointers and references to the original build files e.g

Code:
D:\Q1LGT_MDM\MDM9600\modem_proc\core\boot\secboot2\dbl\target\mdm9x00\src\dbl_ddr.c
9x00B-SCAQSVZM-31613102
D:\Q1LGT_MDM\MDM9600\modem_proc\core\boot\secboot2\dbl\target\mdm9x00\src\dbl_sahara.c

but it also does contain data like this

Code:
auth_image
@[email protected]
@configure_hw
@flash_init
l0:eek:SBL
load_osbl_img
@DBL, Start
hw_init

so it looks more likley that dbl is first in the chain, it refers to loading osbl and configure hardware, i wonder if it means USB/UART at this stage or setting up ram and other GPIO's

in OSBL.MBM we have more interesting text

Code:
MbP?
Unable to attached to ChipInfo DAL
SAMSUNG
TOSHIBA
Flash: Failed to do initialization for probe!
ONFIx
0:ALL
Flash: Multi 2X page read not supported!
Flash: Multi 2X page write not supported!
boot_qdsps
OSBL
hw_init
hw_init_secondary
OSBL, Start
create_vector_table
ram_init
retrieve_shared
clobber_add_protection
mmu_flush_cache
OSBL, End
OSBL, Delta
osbl_sahara_load_amss
osbl_sahara_load_dsp1
osbl_sahara_load_dsp2
osbl_sahara_load_ramfs1
osbl_sahara_load_ramfs2
osbl_sahara_load_ramfs3
smem_boot_init

so it is looking more and more like DBL then SBL which then loads all of the other parts , also if you notice EFS1/2/3 are all tiny 40byte files, now i see why, they are loaded as ram-drives, so i assume those file set out the basic EFS file system in the ram.
again from research the boot stages are often counted as 3, i am assuming the real first part is in rom of the cpu (is this what triggers the qualcom download mode ) that loads DBL from eMMC and chain loads SBL

Now looking around the riff forums i see the list the info in a different way
Code:
Partition 0
SBL1
SBL2
Partition 1 
RPM
SBL3
eMMC APPSBoot
TZ
.PIT

TZ i think is Trusted Zone
RPM - Power manager ?

now how this translates to file name from full flash and to mmcblk0p1 partitions i have yet to find out, i still dont have a .PIT file from a 32gb model

More updates to come,
regards

DarkSpr1te
 
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CPU Boot order updates

So my digging has taken me back round to some of me early searching which i forgot about , hardware level seems to support the qualcom usb mode, but it can be disabled by manufacturer, so even if you find a resistor to the BOOT_CONFIG GPIO and ground it , it still may not work, and you could toast your board. once the qfuse is gone for that track, the maker can now use the gpio for anything else, it no longer controls the iROM branch choice ( CPU:do i start usb first or last?), it my thinking that on the first board sent out by the designers for a final production run ( those first public devices) they keep the option open to print off DEV models by changing the resistors/value of while the hardware stays same, not to be confused with dev board, that is pin/track simlar but is used to design the software mainly, sometimes hardware debug but as you change the hardware between the dev platform and production this is less helpful, google new.intrinsyc.com and apq8060, they produce a dev board that is the same as the device we hold, but everything is broken out for testing so don't expect to see this left in a bar for you to e-bay.

EDIT:
Above I refer to a dev phone and dev board, these are SURF and FFA, FFA is form factor accurate and SURF is Subscriber Unit Reference.

Here is the link, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1856327
Now from what i see, it's the same(edit:simlar) X0M pin setup as other phones, ground the right pin, reverse boot order, but this maybe two pins in the snapdragon,

[copied from other link]

Simplified table:
Code:
------------------------------------------------------------------
BC[5:0] Mapping
------------------------------------------------------------------
0b00000 Emergency Boot from SDC3 (SD) followed by USB-HS
0b00001 SDC3 followed by SDC1 (eMMC)
0b00010 SDC3 followed by SDC2 (if used)
0b00011 SDC1 (eMMC)

So if 0b00000 is EM boot and the docs say the the two gpio's that control this (if qfuse not blown) are taken high then it's 0b00011, so grounding those two resistors should give us 0b00000 or EM boot, the cpu docs also say they are internally grounded, the schematic says the voltage goes throught a 10k resistor, so grounding that side of the resistor that 'goes' to the cpu should change the boot order, but before trying this out, remember if you get the live side of the resistor the is no resistor between your probe and ground, that full current, short, blown, no more johnny 5.
 
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Have you managed to unbrick the E160L?

So my digging has taken me back round to some of me early searching which i forgot about , hardware level seems to support the qualcom usb mode, but it can be disabled by manufacturer, so even if you find a resistor to the BOOT_CONFIG GPIO and ground it , it still may not work, and you could toast your board. once the qfuse is gone for that track, the maker can now use the gpio for anything else, it no longer controls the iROM branch choice ( CPU:do i start usb first or last?), it my thinking that on the first board sent out by the designers for a final production run ( those first public devices) they keep the option open to print off DEV models by changing the resistors/value of while the hardware stays same, not to be confused with dev board, that is pin/track simlar but is used to design the software mainly, sometimes hardware debug but as you change the hardware between the dev platform and production this is less helpful, google new.intrinsyc.com and apq8060, they produce a dev board that is the same as the device we hold, but everything is broken out for testing so don't expect to see this left in a bar for you to e-bay.

Here is the link, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1856327
Now from what i see, it's the same(edit:simlar) X0M pin setup as other phones, ground the right pin, reverse boot order, but this maybe two pins in the snapdragon,

[copied from other link]
Simplified table:
Code:
------------------------------------------------------------------
BC[5:0] Mapping
------------------------------------------------------------------
0b00000 Emergency Boot from SDC3 (SD) followed by USB-HS
0b00001 SDC3 followed by SDC1 (eMMC)
0b00010 SDC3 followed by SDC2 (if used)
0b00011 SDC1 (eMMC)

So if 0b00000 is EM boot and the docs say the the two gpio's that control this (if qfuse not blown) are taken high then it's 0b00011, so grounding those two resistors should give us 0b00000 or EM boot, the cpu docs also say they are internally grounded, the schematic says the voltage goes throught a 10k resistor, so grounding that side of the resistor that 'goes' to the cpu should change the boot order, but before trying this out, remember if you get the live side of the resistor the is no resistor between your probe and ground, that full current, short, blown, no more johnny 5.

I think my E160L got a real brick today after I tried to flash a modified Rom downloaded from a Chinese forum. It can not be powered on after rebooting (installed successfully). I desperately need advice now on how to deal with it.
 

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Have you looked into using ort-jtag. It's only about $150 (USD).

I've been looking into this myself for low-level debugging/bootloader development on SGH-T959V and SGH-I717.

All three of these devices are supported by ort-jtag and have header connectors for the jtag pins.
So I'm also getting some of these from digi-key, and making a small receptacle, much like in AdamOutler's captivate bootloader development thread. (search for k-ww)

Again, ort-jtag does support the SHV-E160L. (search that link for SHV-E160L)
 
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PBL Dump - I think

So ive been doing some tests.
I think i managed to dump the PBL

i dumped memory and a strings search return this

Code:
pbl_error_handler.c
pbl_flash_nand.c
pbl_flash.c
dload.c
pbl_flash_nand.c
pbl_flash_onenand.c
pbl_auth\secboot_rsa_math.c
pbl_error_handler.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_mc.c
pbl_mc.c
pbl_error_handler.c


and
Code:
qhsusb\src\dci\qhsusb_dci.c

}^PBL_DloadVER1.0
!8}^
}]^}^
Q`omm
z8}]
 DEBUG
SW_ID
OEM_ID
pbl_flash_onfi.c
pbl_flash_nand.c
pbl_flash_sflashc.c
pbl_loader.c
pbl_flash_sdcc.c
pbl_auth.c
pbl_auth\secboot.c
pbl_auth\secboot_x509.c
QUALCOMM COPYRIGHT 2009BOOT ROM VERSION: 1.4QHSUSB VERSION: 00.00.08
BOOT ROM AUTHOR: DHAVAL PATEL
07 0000 SHA1

does any one want the dump that can reverse it ?
 
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Dumps & execute address

I also need the help of other SHV-E160? owners, i need dumps from working phones, i managed to create a 8660_msimage.mbn and flashed it, but i was using i717 bootloaders and i dont think they will work, i need working dumps from working phones, starting with partition table layout, sbl1.mbn and sbl2.mbn

Does anyone know if the is is correct
SBL1 exec address 0x2A000000
SBL2 exec address 0x2E000000

as i can upload the sbl to 0x2a000000 but not the sbl2 to 0x2e000000
i can also upload the tz.mbn to 0x2a020000
i am trying to use sec boot 3 based call stack but am unsure of the real exec values

Ive seen in another post these values
"
It looks like ours deviates slightly from this.

If the headers are to be believed,
TZ is loaded at 0x2A000000
SBL3 is loaded at 0x8FF00000
APPSBL/aboot is loaded at 0x88E00000

"

the post is
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=30057296&postcount=243
it does explain why i cant load into 0x2e000000
 

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Progress

So today i made real progress, I have been able to flash a basic program to allow me to access the EMMC, i have taken a full backup and now i need to start scanning the dump for need information,
I still need help from other users so please if you are will to provide me dumps of your working device that would help me a great deal


So Part One is a sucess, I have been able to flash my own code and power on the galaxy note. next step is rebuilding the emmc partition tables, testdisk can find the partitions but is not alowing me to write a non standard partition table (which emmc seems to be formatted with)

Thanks

darkspr1te
 

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help QPST Software Download

Hi,
I'm stuck with the same problem can you tell me what image you use to the phone. I stuck here. I' m really don't know what to do?

Thank you for your help.
 

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darkspr1te

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Hi,
I'm stuck with the same problem can you tell me what image you use to the phone. I stuck here. I' m really don't know what to do?

Thank you for your help.

First thing i must say is dont flash your phone just yet!! walking blindly into this could render your phone useless due to certain data being lost for good.
if you still wish to continue i will upload a basic guide and files. My method is still in development, it has many bugs ( i flashed the phone with i717 roms, working, SHV-E120 roms, working, N7000 rom complete fail)

But first some questions,
Which model phone is it?
what happened to get you to the point of needing the flash ? ( i ask so i can trace why the bricks are happening and hopefully fix it)
 

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thank you for your help, I will be waiting your method and your files.

Thank you so much for your help.

My phone is a samsung galaxy note SHV-E160L korean version.

what happen was:

I tried to upgrade the firmware with kies and suddenly the program crash. My phone enter in an error issue with the firmware and said use emergency recovery mode.
I tried the recovery several times (uninstalling kies and install it again but that never work).
So, I download odin and this files to restore the original firmware:
CSC - GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OZSLPF.tar.md5
Phone - MODEM_N7000XXLR1_REV_05_CL1144476.tar.md5
Bootloader- N7000_APBOOT_N7000ZSLPF_CL558430_REV02_user_low_sh ip.tar.md5
PDA - N7000_CODE_N7000ZSLPF_CL558430_REV02_user_low_ship .tar.md5
Pit for 16GB - Q1_20110914_16GB.pit

I connect my phone and try to install the firmware again, but odin fail and my samsung became a nice brick.
The phone currently does not turn on, the phone is in download mode and I install QPST and the program recognize the system in download mode.

I want to try your method because other information I collected said that I have to send it to guarantee.
Can I install i717 rom in the E160L?

I will be waiting for your post because sincerely I don't know how to repair it.

Thank you so much.
 
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Hello darkspr1te

First of all, nice work there (though I didn't understood most of the things there, but seems there is some good work going on on our SHV-E160's

On your comment;

( i flashed the phone with i717 roms, working, SHV-E120 roms, working, N7000 rom complete fail)

Does that mean that i717 roms can work on the SHV-E160 devices? Please share if that is the case.
 

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The geeky bits

Thank you so much for your help.

My phone is a samsung galaxy note SHV-E160L korean version.

what happen was:

I tried to upgrade the firmware with kies and suddenly the program crash. My phone enter in an error issue with the firmware and said use emergency recovery mode.
I tried the recovery several times (uninstalling kies and install it again but that never work).
So, I download odin and this files to restore the original firmware:
CSC - GT-N7000-MULTI-CSC-OZSLPF.tar.md5
Phone - MODEM_N7000XXLR1_REV_05_CL1144476.tar.md5
Bootloader- N7000_APBOOT_N7000ZSLPF_CL558430_REV02_user_low_sh ip.tar.md5
PDA - N7000_CODE_N7000ZSLPF_CL558430_REV02_user_low_ship .tar.md5
Pit for 16GB - Q1_20110914_16GB.pit

I connect my phone and try to install the firmware again, but odin fail and my samsung became a nice brick.
The phone currently does not turn on, the phone is in download mode and I install QPST and the program recognize the system in download mode.

I want to try your method because other information I collected said that I have to send it to guarantee.
Can I install i717 rom in the E160L?

I will be waiting for your post because sincerely I don't know how to repair it.

Thank you so much.

Ok, as i said it's still a work in progress at the moment.
I used the i717 bootloaders (thats why we have a brick as it's not getting to the aboot loader or little kernel as some other refer to it) and E160 modem and application cpu as my first target is getting odin mode back.

I was able to also use the E120 bootloaders (screen was messed up though )
I've just got home from a very long shift so i will do a full and clear write up ( STILL a work in progress ) tomorrow (20th)
but i will explain the basic now as you do need to download large files before we continue.

First you need to download the same firmware as you were originally on before the brick, The reason is because between versions i suspect there is minor changes in partition tables (that why the n7000 roms brick )

If you dont have the latest QPST (2.7.3xx or higher ) please google for it now, there are many sites that offer it. (links will folllow tomorrow)
also down load :-
ABOOT_SGH-I717M_I717MUGLA2_user_CL875155_REV00.tar (or tar.md5 )
i717-GB-Modem.tar (or .md5)

now my initital work was based off a chinese link for the A820L

http://blog.csdn.net/su_ky/article/details/7773273

To save you the time of many hours of translation and cross reference here is the quick run down
When the phone is in QDLoad mode its because the PBL (Stored in ROM , read only memory) could not start SBL1 or SBL2 , it stores the error in IRAM location 0x3FF18 and then goes to QDLoad fail mode. At this point it has tried uart, sd-card before hand and those failed too.
IRAM is the small built in memory of the MSM8660 CPU, it has not initiated the main SYSTEM ram yet so our memory space ro running code is 87k and 256k (refer to document 8960_boot_architecture.pdf found the unlock bootloaders section.

Now because our partition table and or our bootloaders are damaged (or we have emmc brick bug) we have to rewrite that data again to revive our bricks.
This is where it gets hard, and where my warnings now come into play.
right now you must think of the EMMC chip (its the name for the internal SD-CARD we boot from and store our normal data, imei and all the other data of the system, it is just a sc-card with better security for our purpose)
This emmc chip holds all of you settings for phone function and we must not loose that,

But...
we have to write data to the chip to boot again, I am not fully aware of all the memory locations so this is assumptions on my part.
we are going to write a basic bootloader that turns the whole phone into a sd-card, then write new bootloaders
using QPST we upload 8660_msimage.mbn (its a out of the box emmc factory image) this file is ment for setting up of dev versions of the phone, it made up of the following parts

sector 0 partition table or (partition0.bin AFTER patching with info from patch0.xml) I do not have a real copy of the original of this, it can be pulled from a working SVH-E160x using the code at the end.
after the MBR (which is the first part of the partiton make up, EBR follows, we can have 3 primary partitions and the fourth is a extended which is just another partiton table pointing to the next EBR and so on, upto 29 parititons i think)
anyway, after the MBR is SBL1, which chainloads SBL2 then that side loads RPM, gets a go signal then loads SBL3, when SBL3 is done most of the device hardware has been mapped into the cpu's memory table, SDRAM is now ready for larger code,
aboot now loads
some of the above loading functions occur at the same time and some wait on go signals from other code in other CPU's and some fail due corruption and or security check fails( JTAG users can watch the memory as it changes and halt, change data and continue which is why JTAGers's have more power , we dont have loader outputting data yet so no feed back, hence the brick)
when aboot is loaded we now have access to odin, so thats the goal, get aboot loaded for now who cares about the rest of the funtions.
we do need to care about those function later so thats why we will backup the entire system, i dont know if this will really work when restored and bring back all of our settings, thats later,

So onto the writing and possibly overwriting of important information, WARNING, i dont know yet if we are overwriting imei or simalr data yet so proceed at your own risk.

We will get the required from factory (qualcomm test or dev board not samsung factory in the box for consumer) from the MUI phone firmware

http://bigota.d.miui.com/QDN43/Mioneplus_QDN43_fastboot_Android_4.0_d3d83nmdk2.zip

from this zip we want 8660_msimage.mbn, patch0.xml, partition0.bin MPRG8660.hex ( this file is uploaded first, its a serial bootloader that is loaded at 0x2a000000 (start of PBL IRAM space 256k in size) and that setups a emmc to command access (we use revskill to upload the same file and dump memory , sadly ive not found a way of pulling the entire emmc to a backup, if we can figure that out we can pull the entire boot chain, fix it and send it back with what ever versions we desire, for now revskill is used to read the PBL error so we can at least see why we cant boot, not quite jtag but best we got ))

so now we have a phone running a basic bit of code that allows us to use code sent to serial port to write (possibly read) the emmc
we then use QPST to write the 8660_msimage.mbn as a one to one copy to the very start of the emmc , reboot phone and then when the phone restarts, it sets up the ram, some hardware (charging system, you will now notice your phone gets warmer that before when plugged in) and gives us direct access to the emmc as if it was a sd-card
at this point you could move the phone to any pc and it's just a sd-card branded qualcomm
BUT at this point the pc or any other computer you connect it too only see's the partition table contained in the 8660_msimage.mbn file , you other data is there so i advise the next step you MUST do.
connect the phone to a linux computer (use a live cd or live usb if you are not a normal linux user)
you will then run the following command

Code:
dd if=/dev/sd? of=/mount/location/shv-e160-full-emmc.bin bs=512

? is the letter of the drive , use dmesg and look for sdb or sdc , if you dont understand this part then i would suggest waiting for a possible script/one click solution. right now i am still booting only 1 in 20 boots and do not yet know why the boots fail and why some work.

of=/mount... this is where you will place the entire 16GB (32GB for 32gb models ) which should be a one to one copy of the system
the bs=512 is very important, it's block size, again, if you dont understand then maybe wait.

Thats enough for now, i am going to spend a hour or two working on some theories i came up with today.
user with working phones, please google how to backup parts of your phone, this may happen to you so it's best to backup asap !!!


from the blog.csd site a script to grab the partition table data, if a working usr could please run this and post the file, it does not contain user data only the partiton table and a direct 1 to 1 restore for any phone, i think it possible to write that direct back to a QDLoad mode phone, re write the bootloaders from linux and bingo working phone. i dont have backups as it's not my phone, it belongs to a client who knows i like to tinker with electronics.
anyway, once i have the partition file i can overlay it on my test phone (which i can activate QSLoad at any time, hence it's unbrick-able dev mode)
once the partition file is written to my phone, i can build a script to backup your important data, write known working bootloaders, and reboot the phone into a usable device.


here is the script in python (user linux live cd with a copy of adb, just google adb linux pack, there is a windows and linux allin one pack)
or you can get the original from the link above, i've not tested this as i dont have a device in adb mode but i've read through it and it looks sound but never tested by me.

Well i hope that enlightens you, am sorry i dont have a all in one solution for you, it's still a dev project and most of the information i have has only been collected over the past week, i only discovered it's QSDload after getting a msm8660 schematic and i still dont know what i am trully shorting out to trigger the QSDload when ever i want, even when it's booted

If any one from the unbrickable project(s) want to get in touch to share info i would be happy, i am also sure this is a usable solution for HTC phones as well

oh and one last thing
i read only a hour ago (via cell phone while in a car so not 100%) that once the phone is in QSDload and stays in QSDload on every power cycle then we can write the partition table to a SD-CARD and it will boot that, i have not tested that yet, i will try and see if the 8660_msimage.mbn file written to a sd-card works

I also suspect that some of my good boots have been when i've mixed up the sdcard with system.img.ext4 etc on it with the one with just update.zip on it. it's one my list of things to check , any suggestions are welcome as to how i correctly format the card (heads,cylinders, block size etc)

ok folks, hope this helps




COPY TEXT BELOW ONLY INTO A FILE AND RUN WITH PYTHON (linux is easier, may be possible to use a vm box, i am but linux is my main os and windows is the vm)



Code:
import os  
from struct import *  
  
def mbr():  
    global offset, partitions  
    os.popen("adb shell su -c 'dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0 of=/cache/partition0.bin bs=512 count=1'").close()  
    os.popen("adb shell su -c 'cp /cache/partition0.bin /sdcard/partition0.bin'").close()  
    os.popen("adb pull /sdcard/partition0.bin .").close()  
    f =  open("partition0.bin", 'rb')  
    data = f.read()  
    f.close()  
    partitions = [ ]  
    n=0  
    while True:  
        buf = data[446+(16*n):446+(16*(n+1))]  
        partition = dict(zip(('boot', 'id', 'start', 'size'), unpack('4I', buf)))  
        partition['type'] = "MBR"  
        n += 1  
        partition['no'] = n  
        partitions.append(partition)  
        if partition['id'] == 5:  
            offset = partition['start']  
            break  
  
def ebr():  
    global offset, partitions  
    n = 0  
    while True:  
        a = 0  
        os.popen("adb shell su -c 'dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0 of=/cache/ebr bs=512 count=1 skip=" + str(offset+n) + "\'").close()  
        n += 1  
        os.popen("adb shell su -c 'dd if=/cache/ebr of=/cache/partition0.bin bs=512 count=1 seek=" + str(n) + "'").close()  
        os.popen("adb shell su -c 'cp /cache/ebr /sdcard/partition0.bin'").close()  
        os.popen("adb pull /sdcard/partition0.bin .").close()  
        f = open("partition0.bin", 'rb')  
        data = f.read()  
        f.close()  
        while True:  
            buf = data[446+16*a:446+16*(a+1)]  
            partition = dict(zip(('boot', 'id', 'start', 'size'), unpack('4I', buf)))  
            if partition['id'] == 5:  
                break  
            if partition['id'] == 0:  
                return  
            partition['type'] = "EBR"  
            partition['no'] = n  
            partition['start'] += n-1+offset  
            partitions.append(partition)  
            a += 1  
  
  
if __name__ == "__main__":  
    mbr()  
    ebr()  
    os.popen("adb shell su -c 'cp /cache/partition0.bin /sdcard/partition0.bin'").close()  
    os.popen("adb pull /sdcard/partition0.bin .").close()  
    for part in partitions:  
        print "%s %2i, Boot: 0x%02X, Id: 0x%02X, Start: 0x%08X (%8i), Size: 0x%08X (%8i, %8i KB)" % (part['type'], part['no'], part['boot'],part['id'], part['start'], part['start'], part['size'], part['size'], part['size']/2)
 
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thank you for your help,

I currently have the qpst version 2.7 build 373. You think is enough of download the same version of Chinese post QPST.2.7.374.rar

I will begin to download the other files required and I will be commenting my progress.

Thank you so much for your help, i really appreciate that you share you r knowledge.
 

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While i try some theories if othe users could possibly provide me with :-

Original partition table via script above and also via adb
use
adb and run

Code:
cat /proc/partitions > /sdcard/partitions.txt
fdisk -l /dev/block/mmcblk0 > /sdcard/fdisklist.txt
mount  > /sdcard/mountlist.txt

Then on the pc side using ADB again do the following

Code:
adb pull /sdcard/partitions.txt
adb pull /sdcard/fdisklist.txt
adb pull /sdcard/mountlist.txt

and post those files.

there are many posts on it so wont repeat but later will add a link.
along with some spell checks :laugh:
if you can dump the boot loaders from a original e160x too as my data started currupt.

i also need to talk to someone who can assist me in writing a program to take the pit file and turn it into this



Code:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>  
<data>  
    <!--NOTE: Sector size is 512bytes-->  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="" label="SMD_HDR" num_partition_sectors="65536" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="32768.0" start_sector="1"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="sbl1.mbn" label="SBL1" num_partition_sectors="1000" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="500.0" start_sector="65537"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="sbl2.mbn" label="SBL2" num_partition_sectors="3000" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="1500.0" start_sector="66537"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="rpm.mbn" label="RPM" num_partition_sectors="1000" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="500.0" start_sector="69559"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="sbl3.mbn" label="SBL3" num_partition_sectors="4096" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="2048.0" start_sector="70559"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="aboot.mbn" label="ABOOT" num_partition_sectors="5000" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="2500.0" start_sector="74655"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="" label="BOOT" num_partition_sectors="20480" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="10240.0" start_sector="79655"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="tz.mbn" label="TZ" num_partition_sectors="1000" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="500.0" start_sector="100135"/>  
     <program file_sector_offset="0" filename="partition0.bin" label="MBR" num_partition_sectors="1" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="0.5" start_sector="0"/>  
    <program file_sector_offset="1" filename="partition0.bin" label="EXT" num_partition_sectors="22" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_KB="11.0" start_sector="69537"/>  
</data>

*edit
the partiton0.bin provided below is 8.5kb (.5kb MBR, 8kb EBR) and in raw_program0.xml bove it say 0.5kb and 11kb, making that file 11.5kb, i dont know if the A810 has larger or smaller EBR than us, it could be they pulled extra, in my reading of the dumps i've seen lots of padded 0's after files (between sbl2/ebr/rpm) anyway if you just copy paste it will throw a error, ive got it set at 0.5 and 8.

EDIT:- Do not use this file, ive uploaded newer files later on.


some of the questions i need to answer are :-
1. what is the first partition, it's dos, around 105mb and labled smd_hdr and is filled with smd_hdr.bin (or mbn)
2. what are the real sector locations of the files, above you will see the rawpartiton0.xml file, this tells QPST where in the emmc to put the data num_partiton_sectors does match data from the pit files, but i dont know the real offsets yet, (samsung or htc could put the rest of the partiton table in cpu qfuse data areas and not write it to the emmc to confuse us and write the real files to another location and use the pit file as a base+offset calculation)

start_sector is the real location on the emmc, where it starts writing the file.

at the end is partiton locations(its a generic file containing the first few byes of default partition table, patch0.xml then updates this data), i dont have our device specific figures yet, i also dont fully understand patch0.xml and the difference in figures used.
if we have a backup of each of the different version of android partitons we could just write that in replacement of partiton0.bin and we dont need patch0.xml, this file sole job to alter the generic files, oem's have the choice of changing this data.

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<patches>
  <!--NOTE: This is an ** Autogenerated file **-->
  <!--NOTE: Patching is in little endian format, i.e. 0xAABBCCDD will look like DD CC BB AA in the file or on disk-->
  <!--NOTE: This file is used by Trace32 - So make sure to add decimals, i.e. 0x10-10=0, *but* 0x10-10.=6.-->

  <patch byte_offset="506" filename="partition0.bin" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_bytes="4" start_sector="0" value="NUM_DISK_SECTORS-208801." what="Update MBR with the length of the EXT Partition."/>

  <patch byte_offset="506" filename="DISK" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_bytes="4" start_sector="0" value="NUM_DISK_SECTORS-208801." what="Update MBR with the length of the EXT Partition."/>

  <patch byte_offset="458" filename="partition0.bin" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_bytes="4" start_sector="16" value="NUM_DISK_SECTORS-1695744." what="Update final partition with actual size."/>

  <patch byte_offset="458" filename="DISK" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_bytes="4" start_sector="208816" value="NUM_DISK_SECTORS-1695744." what="Update final partition with actual size."/>
</patches>

please note that it's two lines of the same code except one is partition0.bin and the other is DISK,
Do we need both? i know if i dont add the partiton0 section used in raw_program.xml then the drive is blank in linux,
now it's my understanding that the ebr comes as the forth partiton and it point to the next one , above in patch0.xml it start at NUM_DISK_SECTORS-1695744
i am still trying to better understand these figures,

Well time to grab coffee, i guess it's a dev night in.

the file MPRG8660.HEX can be renamed EMMCBLD.HEX and it triggers QPST to always look for a QDLoad mode phone and not debug, you can place all the files you need in one folder, i advise you to keep the originals in one location and only extract what your need to your worrking folder, copy emmcswdowload.exe from the QPST folder there too, we might need to do command line work, ive read that you can pre-create images in emmcswdownload (the same way 8660_msimage.mbn was created ) that you could just drop onto a phone once it's in emmc sd-card mode, almost a one click.
 
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Your welcome tyllerdurdent,
I am going to be putting a few hours into the dev from now actually for if you want assistance then no problems,

I also advise the following, download ubuntu live cd, it has a lot of tools your going to need to extract data you require, if we go step by step we might be good, i did a lot of test writing before i got my first boot, and that again only happens one in 20, i dont know why.

the rawpartiton0.xml above is incorrect for our devices as it states the first partion is 32mb, (i think it's ment to be amss.mbn, or NON-HLOS.mbn , our pit file which i did extract from my emmc dump says it's 105mb. i am confused and to why rawpartiton0.xml says the first bootloader is at start_sector="65537" but fdisk shows it as start 204801, i think someone needs to show me how to convert from blocks to sectors,
in patch0.xml it says
Code:
<patch byte_offset="506" filename="partition0.bin" physical_partition_number="0" size_in_bytes="4" start_sector="0" value="NUM_DISK_SECTORS-208801." what="Update MBR with the length of the EXT Partition."/>

208801 is where we have our ebr start,
i also think the IROM based pbl, sbl etc use the partition types in some way, why else have so many types? can any one explain that


this is a fdisk view of what i think our partition table looks like
Code:
  Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1      204800      102400    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2   *      204801      205800         500   4d  QNX4.x
/dev/sdb3          205801      208800        1500   51  OnTrack DM6 Aux1
/dev/sdb4          208801      208801           0    5  Extended
/dev/sdb5          212992      213991         500   47  Unknown
/dev/sdb6          221184      225279        2048   45  Unknown
/dev/sdb7          229376      234375        2500   4c  Unknown
/dev/sdb8          237568      258047       10240   48  Unknown
/dev/sdb9          262144      263143         500   46  Unknown
/dev/sdb10         270336      271335         500   5d  Unknown
/dev/sdb11         278528      279527         500   91  Unknown
/dev/sdb12         286720      307199       10240   93  Amoeba
/dev/sdb13         311296      511999      100352    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb14         516096      522239        3072   4a  Unknown
/dev/sdb15         524288      530431        3072   4b  Unknown
/dev/sdb16         532480      538623        3072   58  Unknown
/dev/sdb17         540672      741375      100352   8f  Unknown
/dev/sdb18         745472      751615        3072   59  Unknown
/dev/sdb19         753664      759807        3072   5a  Unknown
/dev/sdb20         761856    29843455    14540800   5b  Unknown
/dev/sdb21         770048      790527       10240   ab  Darwin boot
/dev/sdb22         794624      815103       10240   60  Unknown
/dev/sdb23         819200      839679       10240   94  Amoeba BBT
/dev/sdb24         843776     3911679     1533952   a5  FreeBSD
/dev/sdb25        3915776     8114175     2099200   a6  OpenBSD
/dev/sdb26        8118272     8736767      309248   a8  Darwin UFS
/dev/sdb27        8740864     9005055      132096   a9  NetBSD
/dev/sdb28        9011200    10035199      512000   95  Unknown
/dev/sdb29       10035200    30777343    10371072   90  Unknown


Oh, download wxdhex or wimlar program, you going to need a hex editor that can load BIG files , 16gb worth
 

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i717-GB-Modem.zip IS THE SAME AS TAR?

i717-GB-Modem.zip 21.35 MB 7 0 2012-06-30 08:45:11

I could not find the i717-gb as tar file but I find it as a zip file. but I'm not sure about thif the contents are correct. Could you check

http://d-h.st/1aP

i717-GB-Modem.zip contents
META-INF
COM
GOOGLE
ANDROID
update-binary
updater-script
TMP
amss.bin
mdm.bin
 

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This may explain it , the different figure in the xml files

Because sectors are logical on the drive (Logical Block Addressing = LBA) you need to convert between LBA and physical (file system) sectors. This is pretty easy to do:
First - get a table of the start and end sectors of the partition table:

Code:
[[email protected] ~]# fdisk -lu /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *          63      208844      104391   83  Linux
/dev/hda2          208845     4401809     2096482+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3         4401810     8482319     2040255   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda4         8482320   234436544   112977112+   5  Extended
/dev/hda5         8482383    29447144    10482381   83  Linux
/dev/hda6        29447208    50411969    10482381   83  Linux
/dev/hda7        50412033    52516484     1052226   83  Linux
/dev/hda8        52516548   234436544    90959998+  83  Linux

Use this to determine what partition the bad sector is in. In this case 232962120 is inside the start and end values for /dev/hda5
NOTE: This is in partition 5 - ignore partition 4 as it is the extended partition. Any block from partitions 5 through 8 will also be in partition 4, but you want the real partition, not the extended partition.
Next, calculate the file system block using the formula:
b = (int)((L-S)*512/B)
where:
b = File System block number B = File system block size in bytes (almost always is 4096) L = LBA of bad sector S = Starting sector of partition as shown by fdisk -lu and (int) denotes the integer part.
For example:
The reported sector from the smart log above is 232962120, thus:
((14858312 - 8482383) * 512) / 4096 = 796991.125
^Bad Sec. ^Start Sec. ^Cha Ching! This is the sector!
(Use the block number from the smart test section, not from the smart error log section. They are using different methods of reporting file system vs. physical blocks.)
((BadBLock - StartPartition) * 512) / 4096
You can just paste this into Google as a template
Any fraction left indicates the problem sector is in the mid or latter part of the block (which contains a number of sectors). Ignore the fraction and just use the integer.
Next, use debugfs to locate the inode and then file associated with that sector:

[[email protected]]# debugfs
debugfs 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
debugfs: open /dev/hda5
debugfs: icheck 796991
Block Inode number
796991 <block not found>
debugfs: quit
Ah! It didn't give the inode! It if did, you could have found the file with:
[[email protected]]# debugfs
debugfs 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
debugfs: open /dev/hda5
debugfs: icheck 796991
Block Inode number
796991 41032
debugfs: ncheck 41032
Inode Pathname
41032 /S1/R/H/714197568-714203359/H-R-714202192-16.gwf
So what the heck? Why no inode? Well, remember how it said the sector might be bad?

the above copied from
http://timelordz.com/wiki/SMART_Rewriting_Bad_Sectors

i have a feeling we may need to shift our files (the basic files need to start odin are listed in rawpatch0 above, i dont know if that 100% true but it was the only files i wrote on by first sucess)

also

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=31843525&postcount=13

in the above link they talk about the header of the qualcomm file

+------------+
|Dbl-preamble|
+------------+
|Dbl-header |
+------------+
|Dbl.bin |
+------------+
and
data_ptr = autodetectpage;
*data_ptr = sbl_header.codeword;
data_ptr++;
*data_ptr = sbl_header.magic;
data_ptr++;
*data_ptr = AUTODETECT_PAGE_SIZE_MAGIC_NUM;

now i used this in a way to find my bootloaders (i717 by this time, not shve-160l )
and to find the partitons
you will see in a hex editor at the start of each boot loader

something else to think about, my lack of success that last two days to produce a boot could be because my partitons are not clean , thats is to say if i write my sbl1 to 1000, and the trailing 0000 of the partition definition of my 99 block ebr/mbr ends at 999 , if i have dirt data between 999 and 1000 the cpu/pbl my interpret that as code(some of my boots is brick, some are into QDLoad, i have no pattern yet) , something i must test or confirm, or just worry about.
 
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i717-GB-Modem.zip 21.35 MB 7 0 2012-06-30 08:45:11

I could not find the i717-gb as tar file but I find it as a zip file. but I'm not sure about thif the contents are correct. Could you check

http://d-h.st/1aP

i717-GB-Modem.zip contents
META-INF
COM
GOOGLE
ANDROID
update-binary
updater-script
TMP
amss.bin
mdm.bin

Yes thats correct
updater script btw contains text, binary is the flashing exe i think,

Code:
run_program("/sbin/dd", "if=/tmp/mdm.bin", "of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p17");
run_program("/sbin/dd", "if=/tmp/amss.bin", "of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p13");


and a google of a simlar sansung product the skyrocket gives me a simlar pit layout

Device Name Size Part Name ODIN tar file Mount Point

mmcblk0boot0 512KB (empty) n/a (empty partition)

mmcblk0boot1 512KB (empty) n/a (empty partition)

mmcblk0p1 100MB SMD_HDR (partition info)

mmcblk0p2 500KB SBL1 sbl1.mbn

mmcblk0p3 1500KB SBL2 sbl2.mbn

mmcblk0p4 1KB (unnamed partition with '55 AA' MBR signature)

mmcblk0p5 500KB RPM rpm.mbn

mmcblk0p6 2MB SBL3 sbl3.mbn

mmcblk0p7 2500KB ABOOT aboot.mbn

mmcblk0p8 10MB BOOT boot.img

mmcblk0p9 500KB TZ tz.mbn

mmcblk0p10 500KB SSD n/a (empty partition)

mmcblk0p11 500KB PIT celox.pit

mmcblk0p12 10MB PARAM param.lfs

mmcblk0p13 98MB MODEM amss.bin /system/etc/firmware/misc

mmcblk0p14 3MB MSM_ST1 efs.img

mmcblk0p15 3MB MSM_ST2 n/a

mmcblk0p16 3MB MSM_FSG n/a

mmcblk0p17 98MB MDM mdm.bin /system/etc/firmware/misc_mdm

mmcblk0p18 3MB M9K_EFS1 efsclear1.bin

mmcblk0p19 3MB M9K_EFS2 efsclear2.bin

mmcblk0p20 3MB M9K_FSG n/a

mmcblk0p21 10MB DEVENC enc.img.ext4 /efs

mmcblk0p22 10MB RECOVERY recovery.img

mmcblk0p23 3MB FOTA n/a

mmcblk0p24 598MB SYSTEM system.img.ext4 /system

mmcblk0p25 2GB USERDATA userdata.img.ext4 /data

mmcblk0p26 302MB CACHE cache.img.ext4 /cache

mmcblk0p27 129MB TOMBSTONES tomb.img.ext4 /tombstones

mmcblk0p28 11.2GB UMS ums.rfs /mnt/sdcard
 
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contents of the i717 boot loaders i used

ABOOT_SGH-I717M_I717MUGLA2_user_CL875155_REV00

Code:
527K Jan  6  2012 aboot.mbn
115K Jan  6  2012 rpm.mbn
 72K Jan  6  2012 sbl1.mbn
111K Jan  6  2012 sbl2.mbn
601K Jan  6  2012 sbl3.mbn
117K Jan  6  2012 tz.mbn

other files pulled from

ABOOT_SGH-I717M_I717MUGLA2_user_CL875155_REV00 (no bootloader but all the other system files )
 
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    I Have decided that this thread has served it's purpose and will now be closed to future posts. Please direct and 'non' SHV-E160L post's to
    Brixfix V2
    Please can all Ongoing jobs/works migrate to the above thread.

    -----------Final Notes--------------
    It has been mentioned many times that i should go back and correct the information below, i started to correct a few post's then realized i was removing the flavour in change of colour and size, parts of this thread documents my mistakes, assumptions and general lack of understanding of how we NOOBS post on XDA, It's with that in mind that i have decided to leave the mistakes in, so you can see in writing what i gained from the support of other Devs here.
    Now, if you are NOOB in anyway or have a few questions please click HELP
    If you are bricked and need help, read this thread first, there is NO one CLICK solution for anything, even this mentioned device.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    So you Brixed/bricced/BOD/QDL/EDLOAD/QHS-USB/05c6:9008/05c6:9025/ your device? Need a Oil and brush , Need help, follow this
    One, Rules
    Two, Understanding

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Tip From the Author,
    Some of you may have noticed that i did not start the original thread with a question, I did something my mentor taught me at around 9 years old but didn't put into good use until much later in life.
    The tip is write things down as a question for yourself, in the writing process you get to pass the information past the part of your brain that interprets information, virtual sounding board, before posting as a question for others.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    New Tools for debricking, goto

    Brixfix V2
    ---------------------------Further Info Info -----------------------------
    ** I have Since Fixed the device and developed soultions for non shv-e160l devices. Prior posts are undergoing edit's for corrections.
    ** if you want the glory shot, sorry you will just have to read through.
    ** If you are selling this as a solution, dont. I know who you are.
    ---------------------------Original Post-----------------------------
    Hi All
    As i mentioned on this thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32231827#post32231827 i will be attempting to come up with a home grown debrick solution for a SHV-E160L samsung note from korea.

    I will use the forum to document what i am doing, i am very new to this so correct me please if i am wrong. I have never done Android dev work at any time but i have a very good understanding of the logic behind it all. `

    Things i Have :-
    1. Phone ( SHV-E160L)
    2. bus pirate v3 with jtag firmware
    3. openocd compiled on ubuntu and centos 6
    4. smd jtag adapter and relay wire ( magnetic wire)

    things i still need :-
    • openocd target config file for MSM8660 Snapdragon cpu (and a better understanding of eMMC access, how to load boot loaders either into ram or eMMC or trigger fail over boot to sc-card, USB via software or X0M/Boot pins)
    • assembled jtag (it's the smallest soldering i've ever seen)
    • .PIT file for 32GB model (if someone could pull the .PIT file from a working unit I would be happy, specify your radio/kernel versions when uploading)
    • micro fine solder iron tip and 20w iron (i've got 60w but too high for this type of work)

    Does anyone have a idea of the SD-CARD partition layout, files for snapdragon devices, google has given me much for other devices but not a snapdragon .

    Another question, I've used the USB jig to trigger 301K mode USB-Factory and seen no activity in dmesg for usb devices, i've yet to try windows, does windows/linux behave in a different way when it comes to usb , as in windows see's the qualcom usb mode but not linux ? does the usb client device always start the comms?
    using the 615K usb jig i get nothing too, no pbl message from samsung (hence i am led to think is's the pbl/sbl thats damaged)

    My understanding up boot is as follows
    iROM code
    This loads basic settings to boot the PBL (iROM is in rom) the PBL is loaded into radio(modem) cpu and then loads the SBL(s)
    PBL/SBL stored in eMMC at address ????? (need to document the address for the masked access to eMMC and jtag/openocd access unmasked access)
    Once the SBL is loaded you with have the ODIN mode (USB/UART)
    from what i can see of commercial JTAG boxes is the access the radio cpu via jtag, write a new PBL/SBL to the eMMC then halt/reset cpu which now loads the new bootloaders, (resurrect dead body)

    The openocd TAP id for the cpu should be 0x105310E1 but thats a number i got from a riff box log, not any actual testing ( still need to solder the fine pitch connector)

    Here is a log from a riff box, not sure if the address's are usable accross to opencd
    Taken from gsm-forums:-
    Open serial port...OK
    Connecting to the RIFF Box...OK
    Firmware Version: 1.33, JTAG Manager Version: 1.44
    Selected Resurrector: [Samsung E160K V1.0.4535.7001]

    Connecting to the dead body...OK
    Detected dead body ID: 0x105310E1 - IGNORED!
    Set I/O Voltage reads as 1.79V, TCK Frequency is RTCK
    Adaptive Clocking RTCK Sampling is: [Sample at MAX]

    Resurrection sequence started.
    Establish communication with the phone...OK
    Initializing internal hardware configuration...OK
    Uploading resurrector data into memory...OK
    Starting communication with resurrector...OK

    Detected an Initialized FLASH1 Chip, ID: 0x0015/0x0000 (KTS00M, 0x0003AB400000 Bytes = 14.68 GB)
    Detected an Initialized FLASH2 Chip, ID: 0x0015/0x0000 (KTS00M, 0x000000200000 Bytes = 2.00 MB)

    Flashing the dead body...OK
    Resurrection complete!

    I did notice one thing, the riff box opens the serial port, i wonder if they load PBL+SBL into memory, reset the cpu, then using the serial connection activate download mode ? (like on the captive)
    I also dont know how the cpu (jtag TAP id? ) and flash variables translate accross to openocd as ive not found a target config file yet ( or my searching is wrong)

    in the full stock Firmware I was able to extract the .tar file which contained,

    Code:
    amss.bin <-- application cpu boot files ?
    boot.img <-- kernel/initrd ramdrive
    mdm.bin <-- modem cpu boot files
    recovery.img <--- recovery image 
    system.img.ext4 <---- rest of the system applications

    so i think we have the two cpu firmware/boot loaders in the .bin files, these bin files are just fat32 images, to access in ubuntu use
    Code:
    mount -o loop mdm.bin /mnt/mdmmountlocation

    My guess is my first approach is getting the right PBL/SBL into the system and getting some feed back via uart, i have the jtag pinouts and further reserach says there is a UART2 on the jtag header, so when soldering up my jtag adapter i will include all pins if i can and sniff for serial logic, i happen to have a Open source logic sniffer, great tool as i do a lot of hacking into serial devices like scales and till printers .
    back to topic.

    When i do get to the jtag part at a minimum i should have access to the modem radio, afaik jtag devices connect in chains and most of the IC's that have jtag on the phones board all should link to the master device (i am thinking it's the modem cpu, no application) and that the Two cpu's share the eMMC memory some how, or it could be one cpu loads it into the other (it is connected via jtag down the chain) .
    hopefully someone could correct me there.
    Most of this is theory and my guess work, correct me if you find a mistake. most of the research is only over a few days too so i am far from finished there, does not help that most of the users speak a language that google translate just does not have a flair for.


    Most of the info seems to suggest the modem cpu is the first inline so i decided to look further into the files there, notice the mdm.bin file is 23Mb, thats large, when mounted i notice the is a folder called 'image' ( amms.bin has folder called IMAGE , note the case difference, dont yet know whay)
    in image folder we have :-

    Code:
    1.3M Sep 30 13:07 AMSS.MBN
      35K Sep 30 13:07 DBL.MBN
     2.2M Sep 30 13:07 DSP1.MBN
      19M Sep 30 13:07 DSP2.MBN
       40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS1.MBN
       40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS2.MBN
       40 Sep 30 13:07 EFS3.MBN
     295K Sep 30 13:07 OSBL.MBN

    Ah, i see amss.mbm , that must be the boot loader for the application cpu, DBL.MBM seems to be the PBL , OSBL.MBM could be the SBL
    then there is the DSP/EFS files, I did do the command strings on all the files,
    DBL.MBM does not have any text in the file that points to being able to do UART on boot, all text seems internal like pointers and references to the original build files e.g

    Code:
    D:\Q1LGT_MDM\MDM9600\modem_proc\core\boot\secboot2\dbl\target\mdm9x00\src\dbl_ddr.c
    9x00B-SCAQSVZM-31613102
    D:\Q1LGT_MDM\MDM9600\modem_proc\core\boot\secboot2\dbl\target\mdm9x00\src\dbl_sahara.c

    but it also does contain data like this

    Code:
    auth_image
    @[email protected]
    @configure_hw
    @flash_init
    l0:eek:SBL
    load_osbl_img
    @DBL, Start
    hw_init

    so it looks more likley that dbl is first in the chain, it refers to loading osbl and configure hardware, i wonder if it means USB/UART at this stage or setting up ram and other GPIO's

    in OSBL.MBM we have more interesting text

    Code:
    MbP?
    Unable to attached to ChipInfo DAL
    SAMSUNG
    TOSHIBA
    Flash: Failed to do initialization for probe!
    ONFIx
    0:ALL
    Flash: Multi 2X page read not supported!
    Flash: Multi 2X page write not supported!
    boot_qdsps
    OSBL
    hw_init
    hw_init_secondary
    OSBL, Start
    create_vector_table
    ram_init
    retrieve_shared
    clobber_add_protection
    mmu_flush_cache
    OSBL, End
    OSBL, Delta
    osbl_sahara_load_amss
    osbl_sahara_load_dsp1
    osbl_sahara_load_dsp2
    osbl_sahara_load_ramfs1
    osbl_sahara_load_ramfs2
    osbl_sahara_load_ramfs3
    smem_boot_init

    so it is looking more and more like DBL then SBL which then loads all of the other parts , also if you notice EFS1/2/3 are all tiny 40byte files, now i see why, they are loaded as ram-drives, so i assume those file set out the basic EFS file system in the ram.
    again from research the boot stages are often counted as 3, i am assuming the real first part is in rom of the cpu (is this what triggers the qualcom download mode ) that loads DBL from eMMC and chain loads SBL

    Now looking around the riff forums i see the list the info in a different way
    Code:
    Partition 0
    SBL1
    SBL2
    Partition 1 
    RPM
    SBL3
    eMMC APPSBoot
    TZ
    .PIT

    TZ i think is Trusted Zone
    RPM - Power manager ?

    now how this translates to file name from full flash and to mmcblk0p1 partitions i have yet to find out, i still dont have a .PIT file from a 32gb model

    More updates to come,
    regards

    DarkSpr1te
    5
    CPU Boot order updates

    So my digging has taken me back round to some of me early searching which i forgot about , hardware level seems to support the qualcom usb mode, but it can be disabled by manufacturer, so even if you find a resistor to the BOOT_CONFIG GPIO and ground it , it still may not work, and you could toast your board. once the qfuse is gone for that track, the maker can now use the gpio for anything else, it no longer controls the iROM branch choice ( CPU:do i start usb first or last?), it my thinking that on the first board sent out by the designers for a final production run ( those first public devices) they keep the option open to print off DEV models by changing the resistors/value of while the hardware stays same, not to be confused with dev board, that is pin/track simlar but is used to design the software mainly, sometimes hardware debug but as you change the hardware between the dev platform and production this is less helpful, google new.intrinsyc.com and apq8060, they produce a dev board that is the same as the device we hold, but everything is broken out for testing so don't expect to see this left in a bar for you to e-bay.

    EDIT:
    Above I refer to a dev phone and dev board, these are SURF and FFA, FFA is form factor accurate and SURF is Subscriber Unit Reference.

    Here is the link, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1856327
    Now from what i see, it's the same(edit:simlar) X0M pin setup as other phones, ground the right pin, reverse boot order, but this maybe two pins in the snapdragon,

    [copied from other link]

    Simplified table:
    Code:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    BC[5:0] Mapping
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    0b00000 Emergency Boot from SDC3 (SD) followed by USB-HS
    0b00001 SDC3 followed by SDC1 (eMMC)
    0b00010 SDC3 followed by SDC2 (if used)
    0b00011 SDC1 (eMMC)

    So if 0b00000 is EM boot and the docs say the the two gpio's that control this (if qfuse not blown) are taken high then it's 0b00011, so grounding those two resistors should give us 0b00000 or EM boot, the cpu docs also say they are internally grounded, the schematic says the voltage goes throught a 10k resistor, so grounding that side of the resistor that 'goes' to the cpu should change the boot order, but before trying this out, remember if you get the live side of the resistor the is no resistor between your probe and ground, that full current, short, blown, no more johnny 5.
    5
    First of all let me say THANK YOU for all your hard work. I have found this thread wonderfully informative. I grasp all the concepts, but I have hit a roadblock early on, and was hoping i'm just doing something silly.

    I have a AT&T Galaxy s3 I747
    I flashed a I9300 kernel on it.... oops.. I am dumb. Now I am learning all these techniques to fix it ( maybe a blessing in disguise)

    As you may have guessed, black screen, won't turn on, button combinations do nothing, etc.

    I am running Debian Wheezy, which hosts virtualbox running Win7x64

    When I plug my phone into my computer, debian picks up on it right away:

    lsusb:
    Code:
    Bus 002 Device 066: ID 05c6:9008 Qualcomm, Inc. Gobi Wireless Modem (QDL mode)

    dmesg:
    Code:
    [270024.486390] usb 2-1.8: new high-speed USB device number 66 using ehci_hcd
    [270024.579110] usb 2-1.8: New USB device found, idVendor=05c6, idProduct=9008
    [270024.579114] usb 2-1.8: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
    [270024.579116] usb 2-1.8: Product: QHSUSB_DLOAD
    [270024.579117] usb 2-1.8: Manufacturer: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies MSM
    [270024.579405] qcserial 2-1.8:1.0: Qualcomm USB modem converter detected
    [270024.579463] usb 2-1.8: Qualcomm USB modem converter now attached to ttyUSB0
    [270028.110574] qcserial ttyUSB0: Qualcomm USB modem converter now disconnected from ttyUSB0

    I then pop over to VirtualBox, and make the Qualcomm USB device available to the win7 VM. Device manager picks up on it, and I tell it to install using the QHUSBx64 drivers I downloaded from XDA. Then the device shows up in device manager under PORTS, with the label "Qualcomm HS-USB QDloader 9008 (COM3). It has a yellow triangle next to it, and the device manager reports a code 10 error, stating the device can't start.

    I can't for the life of me get that installed correctly. I have searched everywhere but every QHUSBx64(tried 32 as well) driver I find is exactly the same, and won't fully work for me. QPST will not communicate with the device at all, and i'm assuming it's because of the error shown in device manager.

    I feel like if I could figure that out, I would be ok moving forward, but many searches have gleaned nothing on this initial step for this un-bricking process you have so nicely created here.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Hi Nathan,
    I did a quick google and i see that your device is a msm8960, Please confirm this before following the instructions.
    As you are using Linux and a windows vm I can bring you some good news, there is a open source QPSt replacement in the works, I've attached the VERY VERY early beta of this, It is a early prototype that was originally written by a fellow of the name scotty222 or similar(if the original author wants to get in touch, please do), i am not sure, It's further being developed by JCSullins (main coding) and myself ( protocol analysis, reverse engineering).
    My point is ,
    1) Never been tried on a MSM8960 device
    2) tested working on non sercure qfused msm8660 devices
    3) included files ONLY FOR MSMS8960 device, usage on any other msm chipset WILL kill your device beyond normal repair.
    4) we cannod provide a great deal of support on this code yet, it's never been tested on msm8960

    How to Use


    Unpack the 4 files, hex.bin / hex2.bin / qdload.pl/qdload2.pl to a dir of your choice
    attached phone in qdload mode
    type 'perl qdload.pl'
    you should see a few messages go by, you will know when it worked
    as you will see
    Code:
    Using TTY: /dev/ttyUSB0
    Sending MAGIC3...
    Got response: 03 00 03
    Sending secureMode...
    secureMode send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Sending openMulti ...
    openMulti send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000000; 1620548 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000400; 1619524 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000800; 1618500 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000c00; 1617476 bytes left.
    
    <snip repeated reports>
    
    
    Writing 580 bytes to 0x0018bc00; 0 bytes left.
    Got response: 08 06 01 01 00 90 00 00
    Sending CloseFlush...
    closeFlush send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Requesting Reset...
    doReset send ok
    Response: 03 00 06


    If you get the same as above then onto stage two

    type 'perl ./qdload2.pl'

    Code:
    Using TTY: /dev/ttyUSB0
    Sending MAGIC3...
    Got response: 03 00 03
    Sending secureMode...
    secureMode send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Sending openMulti ...
    openMulti send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000000; 1620548 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000400; 1619524 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x00000800; 1618500 bytes left.
    
    <snip repeats>
    
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018a400; 5700 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018a800; 4676 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018ac00; 3652 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018b000; 2628 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018b400; 1604 bytes left.
    Writing 1024 bytes to 0x0018b800; 580 bytes left.
    Writing 580 bytes to 0x0018bc00; 0 bytes left.
    Got response: 08 06 01 01 00 90 00 00
    Sending CloseFlush...
    closeFlush send ok
    Response: 03 00 06
    Requesting Reset...
    doReset send ok
    Response: 03 00 06


    When stage one is complete dmesg should show the phone deteach and reattach, stage two will show the same but on reattach you should have come back as a sd-card

    Code:
    scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Qualcomm MMC Storage      2.31 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
    and lsusb should show a device with the pid/vid 05c6:90025

    I hope it works/helps. As mentioned this attached file is a test/beta for MSM8960 ONLY, do not complain if used on other devices it kills it.

    thanks to Soul Shadow for concept, Jcsullins for implementing a working perl version.

    please if you could give feed back & thanks.
    darkspr1te
    4
    Sucess

    For those that have been following my attempt to de-brick a Galaxy note without JTAG, well here you go,


    Proof it's not only possible, I have done it. There are still bugs in my method but it does work, and it's possible this will work on many qualcomm devices, finally real control over your qualcomm baseband/radio
    4
    I think my E160L got a real brick today after I tried to flash a modified Rom downloaded from a Chinese forum. It can not be powered on after rebooting (installed successfully). I desperately need advice now on how to deal with it.

    Do you have any backups like nandroid ? does the 3 button boot still work ?


    Regards
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