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Old September 30th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there such a thing ? I am on MH8 now so I prefer not to root until such point there is a workaround (like Triangle Away) for the Knox Warranty counter.

Would still love to have the GE ROM so I am wondering if that is even possible without rooting ..

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Old September 30th, 2013, 01:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no way to change your ROM without upsetting the install counter. If you don't want the +1, just leave it stock. Even if you tried install the ROM directly with Odin, it'll add to both counters.
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If you already have MH8, you a probably out of luck for good. If you install another ROM it won't just increase the counters, it will blow the eFuse and no amount of hacking will ever fix a blown fuse.

Fortunately for me, I rooted and installed a new recovery before being lumbered with a locked bootloader and I tried the Google Edition ROM - it was nothing to get excited about. It has less functionality and was no quicker. I don't think you are missing much.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 02:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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F%&@ .... So I might have screwed up twice over now. Because my S4 was branded with tons of bloat - I ODIN'ed an unbranded one. With the CSC now not matching I probably won't even be able to get the latest OTA updates in .. Well .. Almost forever.

I do have insurance with 50 excess, might decide not to care after all (about warranty).

So you can always go forward / root etc., just not backward / unroot for warranty, right ?
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You should probably ask in the All Thing Root sub-forum but it may not be as bad as you think.

My understanding is that the eFuse is only blown if you downgrade from a security perspective. I wouldn't expect it to happen as a result of flashing an unbranded MH8 because that isn't any less secure although there did seem to be a lack of clarity over exactly what could cause it to be blown.

Check in the sub-forum where you will find people who know a lot more about this than I do.
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