Originally Posted by Rhino_Spec
Thabk you! If I load up a samsung only firmware on the phone is it possible to still do a factory reset if the phone is faulty? I.e. is there any way that that the seller or samsung could actually tell Ive done it if I factory reset? Also are there any dangers other than the fact it voids the warranty?
I've heard of people doing this but never done it myself so don't want to mess it up.
You can indeed flash a stock, unbranded, Samsung firmware to your phone however, doing so will cause a mismatch from your phone's original CSC code, see my previous post, and you will not receive future firmware updates via Kies or OTA. Also, if for any reason, your phone needs to go in for repair and you are unable to re-flash your original firmware because of, say, a firmware or hardware problem, your warranty is technically void as the engineers will see a mismatch between your internal CSC code and the firmware. A Factory Rest only takes the phone back to the firmware, minus user data, that is currently on it. It does not restore a previous or original firmware.