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Old July 1st, 2013, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HELP! S4 stuck at Boot Logo after installing custom ROM.

Hi Guys,

I'm fairly new at this (iPhone user) so any dumb questions that I may ask please ignore it.

So here's the thing, I have a unlocked Samsung S4 I9505 (international version) and everything was working well till yesterday. I wasn't happy with the Touchwiz so when I saw the GE ROM I gladly downloaded it, rooted the S4 and installed the ROM. All was good till now, then I got adventurous and tried to install the Omega ROM V 7.0 and thats when the problems started. After installing this ROM, the phone never passed through the boot logo of Omega.

Fearing that the phone was bricked, I went ahead flashed the stock firmware using ODIN thinking it would take the phone back to stock firmware. But I was wrong, everything on ODIN went OK but this time the phone got stuck ast the Samsung Boot logo. I've flashed the stock firmware at least 5-6 times with multiple battery pulls but to no avail. I can't even get in to stock recovery which is the frustrating part.

So guys could you help me out here please?

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Hello and welcome to Android Forums mpshah!

Sorry to hear that you're having problems. Lets see if we can sort you out...

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So here's the thing, I have a unlocked Samsung S4 I9505 (international version) and everything was working well till yesterday. I wasn't happy with the Touchwiz so when I saw the GE ROM I gladly downloaded it, rooted the S4 and installed the ROM. All was good till now, then I got adventurous and tried to install the Omega ROM V 7.0 and thats when the problems started. After installing this ROM, the phone never passed through the boot logo of Omega.

Fearing that the phone was bricked, I went ahead flashed the stock firmware using ODIN thinking it would take the phone back to stock firmware. But I was wrong, everything on ODIN went OK but this time the phone got stuck ast the Samsung Boot logo. I've flashed the stock firmware at least 5-6 times with multiple battery pulls but to no avail. I can't even get in to stock recovery which is the frustrating part.

So guys could you help me out here please?

Thanks.
Oh, dear... you have become, "Flash Happy". This is the state whereby you flash anything and everything on your phone in the hope of getting it working.

The term, "bricked", is reserved for the inability to even turn the phone on and usually indicates a fried motherboard which is a very expensive repair job.

Your original problem between the flashing of the 2 custom ROM's probably occurred because you did not wipe the cache partition and dalvik cache in Recovery mode and had all the detritus from one ROM cache in the new ROM cache. The problem was further increased when you then flashed the stock firmware.

However, now that you have flashed a stock firmware, (hopefully the correct one for your model of phone), your options are a little more limited as you now have the stock kernel and recovery.

I would suggest biting the bullet and doing a Factory reset whilst booted into Recovery mode by pressing and holding the following buttons... Volume Up +Home (centre hard key) + (lastly) Power. Continue to hold these buttons until your phone boots into the Recovery screen. This will wipe all data on your phone but not the firmware that you have flashed. You will need to sign in to your Google account and re-sync afterwards.

For future reference... always do a nandroid, Titanium and efs file backups after rooting in case of such problems. See post #3 of the Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide.
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Hello and welcome to Android Forums mpshah!

Sorry to hear that you're having problems. Lets see if we can sort you out...



Oh, dear... you have become, "Flash Happy". This is the state whereby you flash anything and everything on your phone in the hope of getting it working.

The term, "bricked", is reserved for the inability to even turn the phone on and usually indicates a fried motherboard which is a very expensive repair job.

Your original problem between the flashing of the 2 custom ROM's probably occurred because you did not wipe the cache partition and dalvik cache in Recovery mode and had all the detritus from one ROM cache in the new ROM cache. The problem was further increased when you then flashed the stock firmware.

However, now that you have flashed a stock firmware, (hopefully the correct one for your model of phone), your options are a little more limited as you now have the stock kernel and recovery.

I would suggest biting the bullet and doing a Factory reset whilst booted into Recovery mode by pressing and holding the following buttons... Volume Up +Home (centre hard key) + (lastly) Power. Continue to hold these buttons until your phone boots into the Recovery screen. This will wipe all data on your phone but not the firmware that you have flashed. You will need to sign in to your Google account and re-sync afterwards.

For future reference... always do a nandroid, Titanium and efs file backups after rooting in case of such problems. See post #3 of the Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide.
Thank you so much for the reply. But here's the thing I cannot get in to Recovery mode. Tried numerous times but it gets to the boot logo with SAMSUNG and Recovery Booting in blue text. It does not go further than that.
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Thank you so much for the reply. But here's the thing I cannot get in to Recovery mode. Tried numerous times but it gets to the boot logo with SAMSUNG and Recovery Booting in blue text. It does not go further than that.
Remove your battery for 30 seconds and then replace it and boot into Recovery mode with the phone switched off.
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Remove your battery for 30 seconds and then replace it and boot into Recovery mode with the phone switched off.
I have tried that as well with no luck. So what I'm doing is Volume Up + Power button + Home button while the phone is off. Then when it says Samsung GT-I9505 and Recovery Booting (top left corner) I let go of all the buttons. Is this the right way???
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Remove your battery for 30 seconds and then replace it and boot into Recovery mode with the phone switched off.
Alright so I was able to get into Recovery Mode. Performed a Data Wipe/Factory Reset and rebooted the phone. All is good now. Thank you so much for the advice.

Since we are on the topic of flashing , what is a good ROM that you would recommend without the bloatware of Samsung?

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Hi all, thanks very much for the tips in this thread I have been looking for a solution for the past day and this is the first place that seems to be looking at the same problem I'm having. Unfortunately after my initial excitement on seeing your method for getting into recovery I still am having the same problem.

First as much as I can remember about how I got to where i am now. I rooted my phone using cf auto root method then flashed CWM 6.0.3.3 with SGS4 flasher which I got from the Google Play store. I then installed Revolt Rom with CWM and after I didn't like that I installed JellyBam which I have been using on my SII for the last year.

I turned some permissons and boot startups off for 3rd party apps with rom manager but only things like ebay app and games definitely no system apps. Then using Android tweaker pro I changed a few settings but only to Audio, GPS wi-fi nothing to do with boot etc.
After I rebooted my phone using power button and reboot it wouldn't boot past samsung code screen. My first action was to boot into CWM recovery with power,home volume up buttons but this just took me to samsung code screen with recovery rebooting in blue text very small text at top of screen and then rebooting to samsung code screen again and hanging there. When this didn't work I flashed current stock firmware for my carrier (which I had previously downloaded from sammobile.com) with odin 3.07. When phone passed samsung code screen I thought I was sorted but it just stayed on carrier logo screen. When this didn't work I re flashed firmware again (and again and again and probably again) all to the same end.After each seperate flash I removed battery and then tried to start in recovery each time blue text then nothing. I then went to samsung-updates.com and downloaded the original firmware for the phone/carrier in the hope that if I installed this I could then update to current firmware on the phone like I did when I first got it. When this didn't work I looked online for fixes. I found this thread: DjeMBeY ROM's i9505 - Dummies Guide
and hoped that this would help. I downloaded Kernel, Recovery and Firmware from the xda site linked on the page. First I flashed just the firmware, same result, next I flashed the firmware, then the kernel, then the recovery same result.

This has led me to where I am now as I said at the start after searching some more and finding this thread and seeing it helped mpshah I thought I had the solution but even after following all your instructions I am still stuck on boot screen and cannot get into recovery. Please help I am starting to get worried
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If it helps I STUPIDLY didn't make a nandroid back-up not that I think it matters if I can't get into recovery mode
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Hello and welcome to Android Forums lardos!

Normally I quote a new poster's problem but as you have given such a concise and lengthy description, which does help, I won't bother.

In a nutshell, it would appear that you have become, "Flash Happy", in an effort to sort out your problems... which they have not.

PLAN A:

Assuming that you are still rooted, try flashing the PhilZ.tar in recovery via Odin as per #1.1 - #1.5 of the PhilZ CWM Recovery - Dummies Guide and see if that helps.

PLAN B:

IMHO the time has come to bite the bullet, and do a Factory Reset and flash a stock Samsung firmware using Odin before going on to root and recovery and custom ROMs.

Just a thought... you haven't, during all your flashes, changed your .PIT file by any chance have you?
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Hi Ironass,

Thanks very much for your help. You are correct in saying I was flash happy when I couldn't get the stock firmware working I got worried. In going back over this thread I found the you tube video of how to get into recovery mode and was able to factory wipe and get started from there . The one thing that really video helped in the vid was saying that you should let go of the the buttons when the blue text comes up. I had been continuing to hold down the buttons and this seems to be why I couldn't boot is to recovery. I have always held down buttons until recovery opens with previous devices and never had this problem before. Prehaps you can add this into your instructions to help others in the future. I am very pleased to have my phone back up and running. Thanks again for your help.

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hey I need help with this too.
I tried to install WanamLite V1.8 ROM and I got stucked on the samsung logo rebooting after the installing was completed. I took off the batery enter on the cwm recovery and wipe the data and the cache (but the rom said NO WIPE) and after rebooting got stucked again on the samsung logo. Then I obviously panicked and restored my backup… Everything is OK now but I want to install this rom.. Why happened this? Should I try again or not??
BTW my phone is the gs4 gt-i9500 4.2.2 rooted. thnks
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My unrooted s4 phone gets stuck with the blue colour legend Recovery booting. I am unable to enter safe mode, any ideas? been surfing google for 12hrs with no proper answer for MAC. Thanks!!
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I just recently purchased my galaxy S4 I rooted it and was ready to install the nightly app which IS specific for my device.. MY problem.. I booted into recovery ( I DID create a back up) then I followed the instructions as told. I wiped the data and the cache devik and everything exactly as I read. I PRE loaded the zip files to my SD card from my computer. Everything was going smooth UNTIL I tried to load the ZIP files from the SDcard in order to install my new rom. For some damn odd reason The zip files were magically not there anymore... Not knowing what to do clicked the recovery tab in the TWRP client. I am now screwed... I get stuck on the samsung logo with no way out. I removed my battery turrned on the phone booted back into recovery and did a factory reset.. still nothing.. Any help would be nice.

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My phone is also feeling a bit warm too
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Welcome to the forum Mike

It sounds like the files didn't transfer to your sd correctly. Did you have enough space when you tried. If not try deleting a few things and transfer it again. I hope you're taking about an external sd as that'll be easier to fix. Just connect it back to the pc and transfer again
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Sorry just noticed the "nightly" I'm assuming that's cyanogenmod? CM's very specific when it comes to recoveries so maybe change recovery and try the flash again. I'm sure the CMmod instructions never used to mention twp so that might be where's your problem at
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Hi seniors,

My warranty of Samsung Galaxy S4 ran out a couple of months ago.
A week later my phone didn't boot up. It always remains at the Samsung logo.

A read a few threads and tried the following options with no luck

1. Entered Recovery mode (Volume up + Home button + power)
In this mode the Volume down button is not working to select any option other than 'Reboot system now' which is selected by default.
I assume no button is working in this mode other than a long press on the power button.

2. I downloaded the ODIN (3.09) and tried to root my phone with the (CF-Auto-Root-jflte-jfltexx-gti9505.tar)
The phone restarted but again remained at the logo and didn't go any further

I would appreciate any suggestion on my issue.

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