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Gip-Gip

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Don't ask me why, but I tried to upload a GSI using fastboot to my N200. And that didn't work. So I then read online about other people getting the same error I had, and their fix was deleting the "product" partition and erasing the system partition

Now my phone is stuck in fastboot and won't boot from an image, take a recovery image, etc. etc. it's kinda completely messed up and it's my fault for trying to tinker with commandline tools.

The problem is there is no MSM recovery for my phone, and even if there was virtualbox can't detect my phone's USB(I've already tried with just the nord MSM, I run linux and I was using a win10 VM)

Is there any hope? Do I have to go to a repair shop?
 

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edale1

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First post has a section specifically about the drivers you'll need to have your phone recognized in fastboot mode:

That said, I'm pretty sure you're stuck until the MSM tool comes out (the MSM tool is different for each phone, DO NOT use one for a different OnePlus phone) to fix it yourself.
 
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Gip-Gip

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First post has a section specifically about the drivers you'll need to have your phone recognized in fastboot mode:

That said, I'm pretty sure you're stuck until the MSM tool comes out (the MSM tool is different for each phone, DO NOT use one for a different OnePlus phone) to fix it yourself.
Yeah I run linux, I don't need the drivers

It b what it b
 

SMcC2

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Don't ask me why, but I tried to upload a GSI using fastboot to my N200. And that didn't work. So I then read online about other people getting the same error I had, and their fix was deleting the "product" partition and erasing the system partition

Now my phone is stuck in fastboot and won't boot from an image, take a recovery image, etc. etc. it's kinda completely messed up and it's my fault for trying to tinker with commandline tools.

The problem is there is no MSM recovery for my phone, and even if there was virtualbox can't detect my phone's USB(I've already tried with just the nord MSM, I run linux and I was using a win10 VM)

Is there any hope? Do I have to go to a repair shop?
My experience with USB passthrough on different hypervisors is that they all suck. I have to use Windows at work, so I use it for most of the tools including MSM tools.
That being said, I've never seen a real difference in adb / fastboot on Linux or Windows.
Have you tried calling OnePlus by chance?
 

Gip-Gip

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My experience with USB passthrough on different hypervisors is that they all suck. I have to use Windows at work, so I use it for most of the tools including MSM tools.
That being said, I've never seen a real difference in adb / fastboot on Linux or Windows.
Have you tried calling OnePlus by chance?
No, but there is a 100% chance that they'll just tell me to use their repair program. Which I'll be surprised if it's under $100 for me to mail it in, have some dude spend 5 minutes flashing it, and then mail it back
 

PopCaps1996

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Don't ask me why, but I tried to upload a GSI using fastboot to my N200. And that didn't work. So I then read online about other people getting the same error I had, and their fix was deleting the "product" partition and erasing the system partition

Now my phone is stuck in fastboot and won't boot from an image, take a recovery image, etc. etc. it's kinda completely messed up and it's my fault for trying to tinker with commandline tools.

The problem is there is no MSM recovery for my phone, and even if there was virtualbox can't detect my phone's USB(I've already tried with just the nord MSM, I run linux and I was using a win10 VM)

Is there any hope? Do I have to go to a repair shop?
what exactly is messed up on your phone. i have metro ver rooted and can backup any partition img you need to flash from my stock rooted n200. do you need stock boot or recovery? if not then what do you need?

an is fastboot able to detect your phone?
 

Dimitrimem

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what exactly is messed up on your phone. i have metro ver rooted and can backup any partition img you need to flash from my stock rooted n200. do you need stock boot or recovery? if not then what do you need?

an is fastboot able to detect your phone?
i am not replying for the OP but i did the same thing .. fastboot sees the phone yet the bootloader is locked ... so OEM cant be unlocked using fastboot .. if i got this right .. only after oneplus releases the rom on their site this can be fixed .. Please correct me if i am wrong ...
 

PopCaps1996

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i am not replying for the OP but i did the same thing .. fastboot sees the phone yet the bootloader is locked ... so OEM cant be unlocked using fastboot .. if i got this right .. only after oneplus releases the rom on their site this can be fixed .. Please correct me if i am wrong ...
do you have a unlock code from oneplus for you n200?
 

Gip-Gip

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i am not replying for the OP but i did the same thing .. fastboot sees the phone yet the bootloader is locked ... so OEM cant be unlocked using fastboot .. if i got this right .. only after oneplus releases the rom on their site this can be fixed .. Please correct me if i am wrong ...

my bootloader is unlocked I just can't enter fastbootd, which is a problem
 
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jilebi

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Hey there, so I managed to get a hold of the MSM tools this morning. Since I have to go out soon, I'll upload them later. Once I upload them, you should be able to unbrick your phone.

Excellent! This will be of so much help to many folks out here who have bricked their phones. Look forward to your sharing the tool.

Is the MSMDownload tool, that you got, for the Tmobile version or the unlocked version/retail or both?
 

lzgmc

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Excellent! This will be of so much help to many folks out here who have bricked their phones. Look forward to your sharing the tool.

Is the MSMDownload tool, that you got, for the Tmobile version or the unlocked version/retail or both?
It's for the T-Mobile version. Someone with a retail N200 will have to request a "remote session" with OP support in order to get the MSM tools for the retail version.
 
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jilebi

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It's for the T-Mobile version. Someone with a retail N200 will have to request a "remote session" with OP support in order to get the MSM tools for the retail version.

@lzgmc, thanks.

How does this "remote session" with OP work? Does one report that the phone is bricked, and then they send you the tool which you execute? Or do they run the tool in real time using a remote desktop tool, but then one has to somehow capture their MSMDownlod tool using some other tool? Do they not try to delete the downloaded tool?

If you could share your detailed experience of this "remote session", and how to capture the MSMDownload tool, it would be of tremendous help. I don't own a retail/unlocked N200, but your experience can perhaps help those who have one, in getting the MSMDownload tool for the retail version. It would benefit the Tmobile users too, in finding a way to potentially convert Tmobile version to retail version. Thanks!
 
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jilebi

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Bootloader is locked i can't flash a patched rom, thanks anyway.
That is a pity. The MSMDownload Tool seems to be the only way to fix this.

The good news is that the MSMDownload Tool is now available with Oneplus support, as of today e.g. until last week, folks out here posted that Oneplus support did not have the tool released to them. Perhaps you can contact Oneplus support and request a "remote session" to unbrick it similar to what @lzgmc did, and get your phone un-bricked sooner? If you do so, try to grab a copy of the MSMDownload Tool that they use in the session and share it with others out here. I am sure @lzgmc will post it soon, but no harm in having multiple copies available.
 
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