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Raygen

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HI, again
I have had prbs with A.12 update - apps force close, sometimes OS doesn't accept my screen lock psw (numbers), sometimes stuck on boot, but I have been able to recover with force reboot. But now I am stuck on boot. Stuck where we have red dot and 2 white dots, it boots few times itself after waiting long time and then it boots to recovery (twrp).
Does your A.12 wipe/destroy user data? If it does perhaps I do factory reset and start from scrats. Or does anyone have idea how I can recover?
I tried to flash ota.zip (I have it stored) First I flashed A.11 boot.ini and then I tried to flash ota.zip but it end up with error 1. And before that there was message that system has been opened as R/W xx times. Last 29.11, unable to use metadata to correct errors. system partition fails to recover. (flashing done with TWRP).
Thank you
This rom does not overwrite userdata. But I highly suggest to do a backup first anyway.

The most straight forward fix you could try before re-flashing the whole rom though, is to flash back the stock recovery and do a full factory reset (format data) from there.

I didn't understood means u have used iso file and flashed it in Penddrive then how to use it on windows (I think it's for Ubuntu OS)
Also seffc image is from A12 I am. Using A13 can i use thats
the livedvd, you used it how?
It's a live USB, a whole OS running from a pendrive (or in a virtual machine if you prefer). You do not use it in windows.
This firmware is for A.12 EU only, I'm not able to confirm any compatibility with A.13.
 

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This rom does not overwrite userdata. But I highly suggest to do a backup first anyway.

The most straight forward fix you could try before re-flashing the whole rom though, is to flash back the stock recovery and do a full factory reset (format data) from there.



It's a live USB, a whole OS running from a pendrive (or in a virtual machine if you prefer). You do not use it in windows.
This firmware is for A.12 EU only, I'm not able to confirm any compatibility with A.13.
So we have its which OS actually? And we have to boot that USB via bios and then run the commands directly in cmd do. From. Which folder we need to. Run. Commnads
 

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Thanks, your stuff worked. Altough during flashing with the PartitionsBackupper, i noticed a few things failed because the partitions didn't exist. The phone boots again, not sure if that will affect the use with the missing files.
Still not sure what i did wrong to get stuck in a bootloop. I was able to unlock the bootloader and install twrp on my DN2103, did a nandroid backup (as the root tutor suggested) (never did a full whipe / data or cashe etc) , but after that i was not able to boot into the system anymore. Little bit scared to try the rooting process allover again. Any tips/ ideas what went wrong?

Side note: i had difficultees to enter fastboot on the phone (advanced reboot option is not available on my device in developer options), so i used this : https://androidfilehost.com/?fid=2188818919693784074 to reboot into fastboot.
Also: I'm not a total newb into rooting devices, done it before with other oneplus devices, but this tome something went wrong.
 
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TheWing

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Hi
I used your method to backup my phone, and restore your OxygenOS 11.3 A.12 EU Full Stock. The process went fine, but the phone doesnt boot after that. the phones shows this message:

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fastboot flashing unlock shows "fastboot: error: Command failed"
if i want to flash any image or TWRP, i get "FAILED (remote: 'not allowed in locked state')"
fastboot getvar all tells me: (bootloader) unlocked: no
(it was unlocked before restore..?)

should i try your "For locked bootloader:" method? it sounds "funny" :LOL::eek::devilish:
I am having the exact same issue after restoring (I also had unlocked bootloader before and fastboot says it is locked now). Did you manage to fix it after following the locked bootloader instructions?
 

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OxygenOS 11.3 A.12 EU Full Stock Firmware for the OnePlus Nord 2 DN2103
Extracted with PartitionsBackupper (included in the .zip)

Specifics:

  • Vbmeta is not stock
  • Fastboot is already unlocked

Requirements:

  • ADB & Fastboot + Google & MTK drivers

Instructions:

For unlocked bootloader:
  1. If your phone is still not completely fcked up, and even if it is, do a full backup with the included .bat first + a Nandroid backup + Internal storage backup. (better safe than RMA it)
  2. Extract all files in the same directory of adb & fastboot (usually the "platform-tools" folder).
  3. Run the included .bat to flash all partitions with fastboot.
  4. I reccomend to do a full data format with the stock recovery before going back messing around. It usually wipes better than TWRP.
For locked bootloader:
  1. Download and install mtkclient (I reccomend to download the Re LiveDVD iso and flash it on a pendrive with Rufus).
  2. Extract just the seccfg.img partition from the zip.
  3. Place the seccfg.img in the same folder with the mtk executable (in the Re LiveDVD, it's the /opt/mtkclient directory)
  4. Disconnect the phone from the pc, and start mtkclient (MTK on the desktop of the Re LiveDVD).
  5. Backup your seccfg partition first! With the command python mtk r seccfg seccfg.bin
  6. As soon as you press Enter, the script will start searching for an attached phone in BROM mode.
    To reboot your phone in BROM mode:
    1. Turn off your phone.
    2. As soon as it turns off, press and hold all 3 buttons (Vol+, Vol-, and Power) and connect the usb cable.
    3. The script should find your phone and start the backup. Release the buttons.
  7. Now, disconnect the phone, and close and reopen mtkclient.
  8. Write the seccfg.img partition with the command python mtk w seccfg seccfg.img, press Enter, and reconnect the phone as explained before.
  9. You should now have an unlocked bootloader!




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So I got successful to flash your given seccfg.img.
Then I booted in. Fastboot mode so tried try unlock bootloader commands to. Check and it's saying not allowed.
Means its still locked i think
 

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So I got successful to flash your given seccfg.img.
Then I booted in. Fastboot mode so tried try unlock bootloader commands to. Check and it's saying not allowed.
Means its still locked i think
i could also flash seccfg.img. But also still locked bootloader.
will try again later this week.

Here's a little more detailed instruction (@Raygen you can take this to your instructions, if you want):

Download and install mtkclient (I reccomend to download the Re LiveDVD iso and flash it on a pendrive with Rufus).
Go to https://github.com/bkerler/mtkclient, scroll down to "Use Re LiveDVD" (https://github.com/bkerler/mtkclient#use-re-livedvd-everything-ready-to-go-based-on-ubuntu) > Download
Download rufus from http://rufus.ie/en/
Insert a pendrive
Start Rufus, select your pendrive (1), click "select" (2), select "re_livedvdV3.iso", click "START" (3)
Extract just the seccfg.img partition from the zip.
I had to rename the File after Download from seccfg_unlocked_A12.tif to seccfg.img
Place the seccfg.img in the same folder with the mtk executable (in the Re LiveDVD, it's the /opt/mtkclient directory)
Insert pendrive in windows-pc, open it, make a new directory "nord2" and copy the img-File to this folder
Disconnect the phone from the pc, and start mtkclient (MTK on the desktop of the Re LiveDVD).
Shutdown your PC, plugin pendrive, start PC. It should start from pendrive to MTK
Enter Password "user" (without "")
Open "Home" from Desktop, you'll need that later
Backup your seccfg partition first! With the command python mtk r seccfg seccfg.bin
As soon as you press Enter, the script will start searching for an attached phone in BROM mode.
To reboot your phone in BROM mode:
Turn off your phone.
As soon as it turns off, press and hold all 3 buttons (Vol+, Vol-, and Power) and connect the usb cable.
The script should find your phone and start the backup. Release the buttons.
You'll find the file in the explorer > file system > opt > mtkclient (rename it to something like "seccft-backup.img")
Copy the file from earlier from file system > cdrom > nord2, to the above directory
Now, disconnect the phone, and close and reopen mtkclient.
Write the seccfg.img partition with the command python mtk w seccfg seccfg.img, press Enter, and reconnect the phone as explained before.
You should now have an unlocked bootloader!
 
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before i run the the included .bat file i had twrp an unlocked BL, half wag the proces i started to notice errors like "failed can not flash bc of locked state errors" so my BL is locked and the command "fastboot flashing unlock" does not work anymore it just tells me "unlock failed"
 

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So this is falshing on seccfg still no luck still its saying not allow bootloader locked
 

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Raygen

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Thanks, your stuff worked. Altough during flashing with the PartitionsBackupper, i noticed a few things failed because the partitions didn't exist. The phone boots again, not sure if that will affect the use with the missing files.
Still not sure what i did wrong to get stuck in a bootloop. I was able to unlock the bootloader and install twrp on my DN2103, did a nandroid backup (as the root tutor suggested) (never did a full whipe / data or cashe etc) , but after that i was not able to boot into the system anymore. Little bit scared to try the rooting process allover again. Any tips/ ideas what went wrong?

Side note: i had difficultees to enter fastboot on the phone (advanced reboot option is not available on my device in developer options), so i used this : https://androidfilehost.com/?fid=2188818919693784074 to reboot into fastboot.
Also: I'm not a total newb into rooting devices, done it before with other oneplus devices, but this tome something went wrong.
I'll add a log generator in the next version of the tool so it can be seen what went wrong.
So far the best I can advise is to format data with the stock recovery before trying a second time (backup your data before that ofc)

I am having the exact same issue after restoring (I also had unlocked bootloader before and fastboot says it is locked now). Did you manage to fix it after following the locked bootloader instructions?
before i run the the included .bat file i had twrp an unlocked BL, half wag the proces i started to notice errors like "failed can not flash bc of locked state errors" so my BL is locked and the command "fastboot flashing unlock" does not work anymore it just tells me "unlock failed"
Alright we're at 3 users to whom the bootloader got locked.
I'll reupload the .zip with the seccfg.img partition removed to avoid further harm for now, looks like it's another trouble making partition.
Strange that the firmware in @sakarya1980 's thread does include it without issues. I've tagged him to see if he can help us about this.

So I got successful to flash your given seccfg.img.
Then I booted in. Fastboot mode so tried try unlock bootloader commands to. Check and it's saying not allowed.
Means its still locked i think
i could also flash seccfg.img. But also still locked bootloader.
will try again later this week.

Here's a little more detailed instruction (@Raygen you can take this to your instructions, if you want):
And we have 2 users to whom the bootloader unlock method doesn't work. I'll try to look into that, but for now it's the only method I'm aware of.

So this is falshing on seccfg still no luck still its saying not allow bootloader locked
I see you've tried to flash the seccfg with a .tiff extension. Why's that?
 

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I t'll add a log generator in the next version of the tool so it can be seen what went wrong.
So far the best I can advise is to format data with the stock recovery before trying a second time (backup your data before that ofc)



Alright we're at 3 users to whom the bootloader got locked.
I'll reupload the .zip with the seccfg.img partition removed to avoid further harm for now, looks like it's another trouble making partition.
Strange that the firmware in @sakarya1980 's thread does include it without issues. I've tagged him to see if he can help us about this.



And we have 2 users to whom the bootloader unlock method doesn't work. I'll try to look into that, but for now it's the only method I'm aware of.


I see you've tried to flash the seccfg with a .tiff extension. Why's that?
I
I'll add a log generator in the next version of the tool so it can be seen what went wrong.
So far the best I can advise is to format data with the stock recovery before trying a second time (backup your data before that ofc)



Alright we're at 3 users to whom the bootloader got locked.
I'll reupload the .zip with the seccfg.img partition removed to avoid further harm for now, looks like it's another trouble making partition.
Strange that the firmware in @sakarya1980 's thread does include it without issues. I've tagged him to see if he can help us about this.



And we have 2 users to whom the bootloader unlock method doesn't work. I'll try to look into that, but for now it's the only method I'm aware of.


I see you've tried to flash the seccfg with a .tiff extension. Why's that?
I alredy flashed img also from Indiaan stock unlocked version and your also after changing name no luck
 

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I'll add a log generator in the next version of the tool so it can be seen what went wrong.
So far the best I can advise is to format data with the stock recovery before trying a second time (backup your data before that ofc)



Alright we're at 3 users to whom the bootloader got locked.
I'll reupload the .zip with the seccfg.img partition removed to avoid further harm for now, looks like it's another trouble making partition.
Strange that the firmware in @sakarya1980 's thread does include it without issues. I've tagged him to see if he can help us about this.



And we have 2 users to whom the bootloader unlock method doesn't work. I'll try to look into that, but for now it's the only method I'm aware of.


I see you've tried to flash the seccfg with a .tiff extension. Why's that?
I also tried the bootloader unlock method (after the broken boot/recovery message) and got the same result, fastboot saying it was still locked. After i messed with mtkclient flashing some images again or trying the proper mtkclient unlock method (from their github page) but no luck.

I managed to fix it today flashing with mtkclient the stock boot, recovery and vbmeta images from latest A12 ota, getting into the recovery and wiping all data, and after that the phone was finally working, and I could unlock the bootloader again and flash magisk and so.
 

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I also tried the bootloader unlock method (after the broken boot/recovery message) and got the same result, fastboot saying it was still locked. After i messed with mtkclient flashing some images again or trying the proper mtkclient unlock method (from their github page) but no luck.

I managed to fix it today flashing with mtkclient the stock boot, recovery and vbmeta images from latest A12 ota, getting into the recovery and wiping all data, and after that the phone was finally working, and I could unlock the bootloader again and flash magisk and so.
Can you tell. Me how did you flashed boot and recovery using mtk client process
 

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    Thanks for all the help, I followed all the instructions here and now I got back my phone with stock firm and flashing locked but now I cant set a lock screen password it just doesnt work. In some desesperate tries to recover the phone I've deleted locksettings.db I dont know if this can be the prob. Can anybody could share persist.img to reflash that partition on my phone? thanks
    The persist partition is unique to your phone only, you cannot flash one from another phone.
    If you didn't make a backup of it, only way is to send it back for warranty.

    I have a problem, I have returned to the EU rom and perfect, when doing the flash lock, now it tells me that it can not boot.
    The problem I have is that to enter fastboot I can only do it from adb (with the phone booted) with the buttons I am not able to enter fastboot (I can only go to recovery).
    What can I do?
    For locking the bootloader you need to have everything stock, vbmeta included, or it will not boot telling you the boot partition is corrupted.

    You should still be able to enter fastboot mode by disconnecting the usb cable (if connected) and hold Power + Vol- at boot.
    If it's not working, try the related guides with Mtkclient.
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    Thanks a lot for your awesome Work .

    Had one that didnt want to Update via OTA at all and Google Play Store was crashing permanently.

    After FULL STOCK via MTK all is perfect.

    Thank You really.
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    OxygenOS 11.3 EU Full Stock Firmwares for the OnePlus Nord 2 DN2103
    A.20

    Specifics:

    • This rom will not overwrite your userdata or metadata partition.
    • This rom will not overwrite your IMEI, sensors calibration data, or bootloader unlock status.
      Since these partitions are not included: seccfg, nvcfg, nvdata, nvram, persist, proinfo, protect1, protect2.
    • These partitions are not included since are present in the super partition: my_*, odm, product, system, vendor.
    • The vbmeta partition is not stock.
    • The vbmeta partition is stock. A vbmeta_patched partition for root users can be found attached to this thread.

    Requirements:


    Instructions:

    1. Download and, install Python, extract Mtkclient, and install UsbDk.
    2. Open a terminal (cmd) inside the extracted Mtkclient folder, and type the command pip3 install -r requirements.txt
    3. After the installation has completed, type the command python mtk_gui to start Mtkclient GUI.
    4. Reboot your phone in BROM mode:
      1. Turn off your phone, and connect the usb cable only to the pc.
      2. After it turns off, connect the usb cable to the phone and immediately press and hold all 3 buttons (Vol+, Vol-, and Power).
      3. The screen of the phone should remain completely black and Mtkclient should find your phone and connect to it. Release all the buttons immediately, as soon as the phone is found.
    5. If the phone won't connect properly, check that's being correctly detected in device manager:
      1. Open Device manager.
      2. While the phone is connected in BROM mode to the pc, search for "MediaTek USB Port" under "Ports (COM and LPT)". If it's not being detected properly, a yellow warning triangle should be visible.
      3. To fix this, right click on it -> Choose "Update driver" -> "Browse my computer for driver software" -> "Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer" -> Choose "USB serial device".
      4. Sometimes it likes to revert itself back to "MediaTek USB Port", so leave Device manager open and set it back again as "USB serial device" if it happens.
      5. If Mtkclient freezes, or the phone keeps rebooting itself out of BROM mode, try to reboot the phone into BROM mode again without disconnecting it from the pc, and without closing Mtkclient. (Try to be fast in device manager, before it reboots)
    6. You can now use Mtkclient GUI. (see the guides below)
    7. After you're done flashing, you can exit BROM mode by press and hold Vol+ and Power.
    1. Download and install the Re LiveDVD iso of mtkclient and flash it on a pendrive with Rufus.
    2. Create two new folders named "img" and "img_bak" in the pendrive you just flashed with Rufus, and paste inside /img all the files and images you will need.
    3. Start the mtkclient live usb. The login credentials are "user" for both name and password.
    4. Note! the keyboard is set to german by default in the liveusb. To change it, as soon as you boot up in the desktop, click on the "DE" blue text up on the right.
    5. Copy the whole /img and /img_bak directories into the /opt/mtkclient directory.
    6. Disconnect the phone from the pc, and start the MTK script on the desktop of the live usb.
    7. Write the desired command (see below) and press Enter.
    8. As soon as you press Enter, the script will start searching for an attached phone in BROM mode.
      To reboot your phone in BROM mode:
      1. Turn off your phone, and connect the usb cable only to the pc.
      2. As soon as it turns off, press and hold all 3 buttons (Vol+, Vol-, and Power) and immediately connect the usb cable to the phone side.
      3. The screen of the phone should remain completely black and the script should find your phone and continue with the command. Release all the buttons immediately, as soon as the phone is found.
      4. It is necessary to disconnect the phone, close and reopen the MTK script on the desktop, and reconnect the phone in BROM mode, every time you want to run another command.
    9. To backup any partitions on your phone, use the command python mtk r partition_name_1,partition_name_2,partition_name_3,... img_bak/partition_name_1.img,img_bak/partition_name_2.img,img_bak/partition_name_3.img,.... Example: python mtk r boot,vbmeta,super img_bak/boot.img,img_bak/vbmeta.img,img_bak/super.img. You'll find all your backups inside the /opt/mtkclient/img_bak folder (copy them back to your pendrive to not loose them).
    10. To write all the partitions present in the /img directory to your phone, use the command python mtk wl img. Be sure that the file names have the same name of the partition they're meant to write! Example: The file named "boot.img" <---> Will write the "boot" partition.
    11. Use the command python mtk r preloader img_bak/preloaderdump_backup.bin --parttype=lu1 to backup your preloader partition. You'll find your backup inside the /opt/mtkclient/img_bak folder (copy it back to your pendrive to not loose it).
    12. Use the command python mtk w preloader img/preloaderdump_stock.bin --parttype=lu1 to flash the preloader partition.



    1. If your phone is still not completely fcked up, and even if it is, do a full backup with PartitionsBackupper first + a TWRP backup + Internal storage backup. (better safe than RMA it)
    2. Download the stock firmware .zip, and the latest version of PartitionsBackupper.
    3. Extract both of them in the same directory where adb.exe & fastboot.exe are located (usually the "platform-tools" folder).
    4. Run PartitionsBackupper, choosing the restore option, to flash all partitions with fastboot.
    5. Reboot into the stock recovery and do a full data format before going back messing around. It usually wipes better than TWRP.

    1. Follow this guide only if the command fastboot flashing unlock does not work.
    2. Download and extract the attached seccfg.img unlocked partition.
    3. Download and extract the boot.img, recovery.img, and vbmeta.img from the stock firmware .zip file.
    4. Put all 4 images in a new empty folder, and do not rename the files.
    5. Open Mtkclient (see the guide above).
    6. In the first tab "Read partition(s)": Select the seccfg, boot, recovery, and vbmeta partitions. Click "Read" to backup them up. Save them in a different folder from the one created before.
    7. Now in the second tab "Write partition(s)": Choose "Select from directory" and choose the new folder created before. It should automatically place all 4 images in the correct corresponding partitions. Click "Write" to flash them.
    8. If you're stuck in a bootloop after this, some users have reported that flashing vbmeta a second time fixed it.
    9. You should now have an unlocked bootloader

    This procedure has been successfully tested by an external user.
    1. This guide is useful if your device is not getting recognized via fastboot.
    2. Download and extract the attached preloaderdump_stock.bin image.
    3. Download and extract the boot, recovery, vbmeta, and super images from stock firmware .zip file.
    4. Put the 4 images extracted from the stock firmware, in a new empty folder, and do not rename the files. Do not put the preloader image in this folder.
    5. Open Mtkclient (see the guide above).
    6. In the first tab "Read partition(s)": Select the boot, recovery, vbmeta and super partitions. Click "Read" to backup them up. Save them in a different folder from the one created before.
    7. In the fourth tab "Flash Tools": Choose "Read preloader" to backup it up. Save it in a different folder from the one created before.
    8. Still in the fourth tab "Flash Tools": Choose "Write preloader" and flash the downloaded preloaderdump_stock.bin image.
    9. Last, in the second tab "Write partition(s)": Choose "Select from directory" and choose the new folder created before. It should automatically place all 4 images in the correct corresponding partitions. Click "Write" to flash them.
    10. If you're stuck in a bootloop after this, some users have reported that flashing vbmeta a second time fixed it.
    11. You should now have a working fastboot connnection

    This procedure has been successfully tested by an external user.
    1. This guide is useful as a last resort. If you are not able to restore the stock rom in any other way.
    2. Download the stock firmware and extract the folder inside the .zip file.
    3. Open Mtkclient (see the guide above).
    4. In the first tab "Read partition(s)": Choose "Select all partitions" and click "Read" to backup them up. Save them in a different folder from the one with the stock firmware.
    5. Now in the second tab "Write partition(s)": Choose "Select from directory" and choose the folder with the stock firmware. It should automatically place all the images in the correct corresponding partitions. Click "Write" to flash them.
    6. If you're stuck in a bootloop after this, try flashing the preloader and seccfg partitions following the guides above, and then repeat this procedure a second time.
    7. Your device should hopefully boot now

    Yeah.. Looks like OxygenOS doesn't really like to be rooted. Your phone will occasionally go into a bootloop without any notice or known reason (so far).​
    The cause of this behavior is still unknown to me, if you are able to find any explanation or better solution please post it here!
    The only solution I know so far, is to just format your phone back to stock, and then restore your userdata partition:​
    1. Make a backup of your Internal storage, recovery, boot, vbmeta, and userdata partitions. Both with PartitionBackupper or Mtkclient, what's more handy for you.
    2. Flash the stock firmware on the phone.
    3. Format data with the stock recovery.
    4. Restore your previously backupped partitions and storage.
    5. When booting to system for the first time, it's possible your interface / GUI will be malfunctioning. Just reboot one more time to fix this.
    6. Finally, go into the setting and reset your password / sequence / PIN.

    Thanks to Zombnombs, TheWing, SeBright, Giovix92 for the help!




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    i also had some sort of a victory :).
    my device was also stuck (Post#13)
    only flashing seccfg.img with the pendrive didnt work, still stuck, and still locked bootloader
    i had to flash the correct versions of boot.img, recovery.img and vbmeta.img via mtktools (in my case A.07)
    now i can start the phone, it's on the welcome screen
    and it seems to have locked bootloader right now.

    i have to see later, what i'm doing now :)

    @All: thanks for your help!
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    I've reuploaded the file, please try again
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    Are you using windows ? check it in device-manager when you are in "userspace-fastboot" it should report as adb-bootlaoder-interface. If not click on use driver - > adb bootlaoder interface

    Thank you! You beautiful person Kingslayer! It's unbricked!

    Sometimes you overlook the obvious when you're dealing with issues, and for me it was as you said - not installing the device as 'adb bootloader interface' from device manager while in the userspace fastboot. I also started PartitionBakckupper from TWRP as you said so that may have helped as well. But also, as a note for anyone who may face this issue - after it all completed, I received the same red boot error message as earlier, but by booting into fastboot from that screen and reflashing the vbmeta.img from the latest a.16 stock in the OP, it allowed it to boot fine. Is that what you meant at the end there?

    Fingerprint scanner and camera are working fine as well, so the persist is actually still intact too.

    Bloody hell, what a relief. Thank you again man, you saved me the stress of an RMA request I was prepared to make in the morning. And thanks as well Raygen for the tool, once you understand how to actually work it, it does the trick.
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    Hey there! Nord 2 5G user and, mostly, developer.
    @Raygen I guess you can add another 'usecase' to the overall guide: managed to hard brick the device. Basically wasn't booting in any mode: fastboot, recovery or whatever; achieved this by flashing boot.img into recovery partition (don't ask me why lol).

    By the way, used your "Locked bootloader" guide with a little modification:
    - I've also added lk & lk2 from my backup, because those apparently are 'damaged' by the previous command (don't ask me how cause I don't have any clue about it).
    - Instead of using
    Bash:
    python mtk wl img
    as you described, I just used a one-liner command based on mtkclient's README:
    Bash:
    python mtk w lk,lk2,boot,recovery,vbmeta lk.img,lk2.img,boot.img,recovery.img,vbmeta.img
    The syntax is the following one:
    Code:
    python mtk w name_1,name_2 name_1.img,name_2.img
    The one-liner command basically flashes everything in one shot, and afterwards, when you disconnect the usb cable and power it on, it *should* boot up. If it doesn't, flash preloader like you did, re-trigger BROM mode and redo that one-liner command.
    Hard bricked intentionally another time to test this out and, at least, have some proofs. :)
    I could attach mines lk & lk2, if needed.

    Hope y'all like it! Cheers!