I take absolutely no credit for this.
After jacking up my vibrant... I needed to flash back to "out of the box" status. After hunting around a bit I came across this and SUCCESSFULLY flashed my phone back.
I'm passing this on for the people who are new to flashing with this particular phone and don't know where to start etc.
[ROM] OFFICIAL T-Mo Vibrant JFD ODIN/Nandroid Backup Images 7/29/10 (Tested/Working) - xda-developers
Originally Posted by justanothercrowd
(US T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S) Firmware that can be flashed through Odin to restore all partitions to the way your phone was shipped to you.
WARNING!!! THIS WILL WIPE ANY DATA ON YOUR DEVICE, IT WILL REPLACE YOUR BASEBAND, KERNEL, RECOVERY AND OS.
JFD ODIN Images from Samsung
512 PIT File
(PIT Extract first!)
ALL 3 Files plues the root update.zip
thx to KopyKatKiller
1.Your Device must be in DOWNLOAD mode to use ODIN.
2.Get your phone into Download mode by holding vol down and power.
3.THEN connect your phone to the USB. (some folks have had luck doing it in reverse..connecting the USB then Power and vol down)
4.Open Odin and load each file with it's corresponding field..PIT,PDA,CSC etc. (In this case we just use the PDA and PIT)
5.Don't check anything else, the other two boxes should be checked by default (Auto Reboot and Reset Time)
6.Hit "start"! be patient!
COM3 worked fine for me. COM should not matter as long as you are using the correct drivers.
Finally we get some U.S love from samsung firmwares.
For those looking the Nandroid method it is in the post below but only recovers ,system, data, cache and datadata. Not your kernel/recovery or BASEBAND/RADIO (Modem.bin)
Thx to all helping work on the Vibrant. Especially Youneek, Scepterr, MS_Guru, Wes Garner, rhcp0112345, and anyone I may have forgot.
A couple of things I noticed while flashing mine.
First... getting to download mode was giving me crap at first. Then i found this tip on page 21 @ post 206:
Originally Posted by skater4690
are you stuck on the phone and pc screen? if so its not bricked just hold both volume buttons and power let the vibrant screen come on then go back off and on the second time before vibrant pops back up release the power button and still hold the volume buttons and you should be back into download mode where you can redo this
This worked for me.
Also, after getting everything setup right and working.... I noticed that Odin didn't seem to be doing anything... to which I found this reply on page 20 @ post 198:
Originally Posted by kelmerp
First, put the phone in download mode.
Second, open Odin, and select the files you need.
Third, plug in the USB cable, and you should see Odin light up telling you that you're connected to some COM port.
Fourth, click start.
Once you get the sequence down its easy. As soon as you click start you'll see progress bars moving and information telling you stuff is going on. If you don't see anything at all after a minute or two, start over from step 1.
This also worked for me. My phone didn't flash until the second time around. I also restarted my pc and made sure to be using the files provided in the first post for good measure. (Odin, the .tar & pit)
As for the "NAN" backup.... I'm not that advanced yet and don't pretend to know anything about it. Hopefully this will help other people who have messed up get back on track.
Mods, not sure if this is the correct or best section for this... but I figured if the phone is that messed up... it's probably due to actually messing around with the root files etc and deserves to be here in this sub forum.