Market stuck on "Starting Downloading..."Support


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  1. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    What a pain in the ass. I haven,t had this phone for even one month and now the Market won't download apps. I have done a search on google and it seems to be a very well known issue that google does not have a solution for at this point.
    After trying everything mention on different forums I am now stuck trying to do the factory hard reset and hope for the best. The phone is still in the process of resetting so I will comment on this later.

    I am a linux guy but I cannot help to think about getting an iPhone in the future if google cannot even fix this major issue which can affects every android user at one point or another.

    I will be updating this later.

    Thanks,
    Kris

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  2. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Go to settings->applications->manage applications->market->clear cache and uninstall updates.
  3. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I tried all of that before doing the factory hard reset and nothing worked. I just checked my phone and the factory hard reset did NOTHING.
    Maybe it is time to install a custom ROM and hope for the best.
  4. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Hmm, maybe you can root your phone and replace market.apk with one from forums?
  5. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I thought about it but not sure where I can find a legit market APK.
  6. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I download the apk but I get the "Parse Error - There is a problem parsing the package." I get the same error when downloading another apk else where.

    Is there a way to make a ghost copy of my wife Android 2.1 from her phone to install on my phone???
  7. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

  8. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    Is there a way to make a ghost copy of my wife Android 2.1 from her phone to install on my phone?
  9. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Technically you could do this:

    adb pull /

    which will download the whole / directory

    then

    adb push / /

    back to your phone to push the stored / to your / directory on your phone. reboot and it'll be cloned, but i've never tested this. Hypothetically it could work...
  10. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I've got nothing to lose at this point. I' ll give it a try this weekend and let you know.
  11. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Or you could try pulling each system folder separately. Check out what names of the internal folders you have by using root explorer.

    /system is where all the apps are
    /data is where apps store the data
    /cache is where cache gets stored i think? :p

    But you know what I mean right about just pulling the whole folder and transfering it to your phone? Since they're both the same device it should work.
  12. stronachie

    stronachie New Member

    Have bought this phone for my 14 year old daughter she was somewhat annoyed when android market refused to work.We solved the problem by a factory reset followed by creating a new google account and logging in with this.
    I don't know if this was the problem as we managed to log in with the previous account but it froze on "start downloading" but anyway I now have a happy daughter!
  13. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    @stronachie

    I'm glad to hear you got it up and running!
  14. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I tried doing this over 6 times and created two different accounts with no luck. I have tried just about every suggesting I have read online. I am going to try and pull the OS from my wife's phone and hope this works.
  15. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    ** update: **
    I manage to pull all the system files making a clone of my wife phones. The issue I am having now is pushing it to my phone. I get failed to copy "file_path" to "/app/file_name.apk" error.
    I also cannot seem to get adb remount to work either. I get "remount failed: No such file or directory".

    Later tonight I am going to try and copy the system folder onto my SDcard and try pushing it via the phone.
  16. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    Would it be easier to just reflash the phone with the Samsung GT-5800 Rom from samfirmware.com ?
  17. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm, it seems like /app/ is more restricted then the other sections. Maybe just try pushing /system /data and /cache completely from your wife's phones backup. then reboot your phone. It should look identical to hers at that point.

    I wouldn't touch the /boot partition at all. A complete flash would be very easy. You can choose a ROM from samfirmware.com or a custom ROM from XDA. I'm currently using Lestatious 1.1

    It's really good, speedy, good battery life. Here's the failsafe flashing guide:
    Samsung Galaxy 3 (I5801/I5800) Flashing Guide - xda-developers

    I personally flash a different ROM every couple of weeks, to try and find the latest and greatest, and I've tried em all and lestatious ROM is awesome :)
  18. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I tired pushing just /Data and the /system with the same error. I seem to be able to push individual .apk into the /system/app without any issue but doing that would take an eternity.

    I will try to reflash the phone some time this week or contact Telus to give me a new phone.
  19. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Make sure if you resort to Telus that all the original stock apps are on there and you unroot your phone. Samsung won't be happy if they find out you rooted and deleted their apps :p
  20. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I am going to reflash with the native Samsung Rom from www.SamFirmware.com first and if that doesn't fit the issue I will then be visiting Telus for a new phone.
  21. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    I wish you luck comrade!
  22. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    Barquers, did you get your Telus phone from Smart Cell Communication on Catherine Street?
  23. barqers

    barqers Well-Known Member

    Nope, I got mine from Telus (aztech is company/owner) at Billings Bridge!

    You got yours on Catherine street? I grabbed mine at the beginning of University cause I liked the $40 student plan lol.
  24. arnold22

    arnold22 Well-Known Member

    I am under my wife hospital corporate plan for $20 a month. Cheaper then my land line and a lot more options which is why it is being disconnected.

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