[SGS3-R530M] Return to stock & reset your flash counter


  1. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer


    How to return your Samsung Galaxy S III (R530M) to stock

    These instructions should fix your semi-bricked or broken phone as long as you can get it into download mode. Make sure you have drivers already installed on your Windows computer before starting. Please read them all the way through and then begin.

    Things you will need to restore your phone are below.
    Download and use this version of Odin 3.04:
    ODIN

    Tar files needed to flash are in post #3

    Set up the software:
    Extract the odin-pit.zip
    Run Odin3 v3.04.exe
    Make auto-reboot box is checked:

    Put your phone in Download Mode:
    Power your device off
    Make sure the usb cable is not connected (it tends to mess up due to charging animation)
    Press and hold volume down, home and power
    You will see a warning screen
    Press volume up to contine to download mode
    Connect USB cable :)

    Odin should now look like this:
    [​IMG]

    Uncheck F. Reset Time
    Click on PDA and load R530M-VQA-LJ1.tar

    You should now look like this
    [​IMG]

    Now you should be able to click Start.

    When you click start you should see something similar to this:
    [​IMG]

    Your phone should auto-reboot when finished and should be working 100%!

    This returns you back to factory stock, aka Metro has no idea stock, except your download counter (if its been tripped)

    Troubleshooting:

    Odin isn't detecting the phone?!

    It seems frozen and hasn't made any progress for 15 minutes


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  2. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    Heimdall Tutorial will go here when i find time to make heimdall 1.4 (the latest version that supports the US sgs3)

    ok so for all you linux people here is a temp hold over http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=33074572 i can make heimdall 1.4 no issues but cant seem to make it into a easy install package and i cnat seem to make the frontend :/
  3. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    R530M (d2mtr)

    All tars can be found at www.shabbypenguin.com

    using these tars will wipe your entire device. the only way they will know you were rooted is via download counter.

    How to reset the flash counter

    use triangle away for flash counter resets, its the only thing that woprks anymore

    Credits for flash counter reset:
    airtioteclint
    edgeez25
    averagewonder
    and a very special big thanks to billard412 for helping me learn this stuff.
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  4. mike28

    mike28 Well-Known Member

    I see someone is busy already thanks shabby
  5. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    hit a roadblock, system image i made gives 3 vibrates and reboots
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  6. airtioteclint

    airtioteclint Well-Known Member

    Does odin versions matter? I have think I have 3.07.
  7. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    nah not that much, i wish i could figure out what teh issue is everything else odin's fine but system
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  8. mrpnut

    mrpnut THE WORLD IS YOURS Guide

    So does this mean shabby got his phone already. ..... sweet; )
  9. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

    He was hiding from us.
  10. mrpnut

    mrpnut THE WORLD IS YOURS Guide

    Nah...he was just waiting for his phone to be delivered. ;)
  11. morgankslade

    morgankslade Well-Known Member

  12. n4zty

    n4zty Well-Known Member

  13. averagewonder

    averagewonder Well-Known Member

    That's cool what part of Africa you from shabby?
  14. mrpnut

    mrpnut THE WORLD IS YOURS Guide

    Come on guys lets not go there lets stay on topic.....
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  15. confed

    confed Well-Known Member

    Very smooth.
  16. airtioteclint

    airtioteclint Well-Known Member

    Damn homie, we're gonna have to start calling you...speedypenquin. Stock jellybean and you just got your phone less than a day!!
  17. averagewonder

    averagewonder Well-Known Member


    Just joking around but fair enough sorry :-(
  18. nuttmeg

    nuttmeg Well-Known Member

    Well look what we have here, wtg shab. It Christmas all over again...:)
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  19. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    post 3 updated with stock tar :)
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  20. nuttmeg

    nuttmeg Well-Known Member

    This needs to be link to ATR and or sticky. :D
  21. nuttmeg

    nuttmeg Well-Known Member

    Device status is Normal in about phone where it normally says customise, and no need for triangle away even tho it wasnt compatible for metro. :D:p
  22. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    what do you mean no need for triangle away this reset your flash counter?
  23. nuttmeg

    nuttmeg Well-Known Member

    No just check, but it change customize to normal in about phone just in case a metro rep might check.
  24. Pacmanmode

    Pacmanmode Well-Known Member

    Help I try like 4 times and at the end it keeps on saying FAIL!!! pleaseeee help!!!


    UPDATED : Shabbypenguin the system tar didn't work for me so I found this one that work just in case someone has the same problem as me :

    http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=SCH-R530M
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  25. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Well-Known Member Developer

    sorry i need to edit the file, rename it to remove the md5 at the end off and it will flash fine :)

    wtf?!? how did you find that site?

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