Removed SD Card while running, limited service ever sinceSupport


  1. shannondorf

    shannondorf New Member

    Hi everyone,

    I own a HTC One V with ICS since last October, and I think I made a small mistake.

    I had to put an excel file on my phone's MicroSD card, and I completely forgot about unmounting it when I removed it from the phone (my old phone would handle that just fine, so I guess it was an old habit). Obviously, my phone didn't like that at all, and it angrily rebooted on its own.

    Since then, my One V is stuck on "Limited Service, Emergency Calls Only"; I can safely browse and start any apps, it's just that I have no more network access.

    So far, I did the following:
    • Insert the MicroSD card back into it and reboot;
    • Remove SIM card and reboot;
    • Reset phone to factory settings.

    None of those options worked, so my guess is that I'll have to reinstall manually the firmware. I just wanted to check if any of you had any other options for me to try before doing, and if any of you could guide me through the process.

    Thanks a lot!

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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

    Welcome to the forums, shannondorf.

    Well, that's a fine state of affairs. :D

    I think you can restore things just fine if you put in a new micro sd card, or newly formatted on your computer rather than the phone, and then do a factory data reset from the recovery menu, with the sim card in, of course.

    Doing the reset as you did, if I understand you correctly, allowed the corrupted and partial files to be involved in the reset.. so, a newly formatted one, or new card is the way to go, imo. :)
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  3. shannondorf

    shannondorf New Member

    Thank you for the quick response, Frisco.

    I formatted the card as you said and reset my phone, and it worked! I'm so grateful, I really didn't want to mess with the firmware! It seemed to be a corrupted file, after all. Thanks a lot!

    I've got one last question: is it possible to redownload all my old apps on my phone quickly? I used to think they were linked to my Google account, so I guess it is possible, isn't it?

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