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[Sprint/Cricket] i hard bricked my Galaxy s3

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  1. vj226966

    vj226966 New Member

    I rooted my S3 the other day, wasnt hard doing that. I flashed a rom and i didnt like it so i was trying to restore it to og and put something else on it and i messed up somehow and hard bricked it. I just got this phone 2 days ago,lol. What can i do? I searched the internet and i saw a few things. Someone told me i am screwed. Can someone please help me?:confused:

  2. matt190191

    matt190191 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to Android forums!

    No worries we've all bricked our devices at some point its all part of the learning process. :)

    First off what did you flash to try and get it back to stock? Can you access the recovery menu?
    Press power & Home & Volume down at the same time and wait for it to reboot. If you can access recovery you haven't hard bricked your device. And you should be fine just flashing a stock ROM via odin.

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  3. vj226966

    vj226966 New Member

    Its hard bricked, it will not power on or anything. If you plug it into pc you hear that blip noise but thats it.
  4. matt190191

    matt190191 Well-Known Member

    If it doesn't go into download mode then your only choice is to try and get a replacement(if your under warranty) . Or buy a USB JIG. What did you flash onto your S3 to hardbrick it anyway?!
  5. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    First off which version of the S3 do you have that way i can move it to the correct Root Forum.
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  6. vj226966

    vj226966 New Member

    Sorry, i was watching vids about the usb jig, thing. i dont know what modle it is, i just bought it 2 days ago i want to say 9000 something modle # is sph -l710. i went and bought resistor for jig but i dont have right usb cable and i dont want to cut new one.
  7. matt190191

    matt190191 Well-Known Member

    Hmm...you should definitely check what model your phone is before you start flashing stuff to it. And Your best bet is to buy a jig off of eBay I would say. For your particular model of phone.
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  8. vj226966

    vj226966 New Member

    sprint is giving me a new on, thanks for your advice.
  9. dan330

    dan330 Well-Known Member

    ok.. so you are on sprint.. and got a S3 from sprint.
    this is important.. ONLY use ROMs and MODs for Sprint S3. no matter how much the other phones are a like.. dont touch other phone's mods!

    what did you flash? was it a Sprint S3 mod?
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  10. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    ok moved you to the sprint s3 root forum. if you can be more specific on what you did. like dan330 asked. what rom did you flash? do you have a link? can you get to recovery?
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  11. thattonekiddmi

    thattonekiddmi New Member

    Hey, its not ok to just stop replying once you get your problem fixed. Thats not how Forums work. You keep posting, you answer other user's questions so maybe they can fix their phones, learn more and one day someone can search google for "Bricked s3", find this thread and get help. My phone is bricked and I came to this thread looking for answers but "sprint is giving me a new on, thanks for your advice." That didnt help me.
    matt190191 and vj226966 kept posting.

    In a forum you give and take. And you dont stop giving after you got what you needed. Sorry for ranting.
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  12. Keynith

    Keynith Well-Known Member

    at least it all worked out for the OP in the end, we all get flash happy at one point or another.
  13. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    If you give us some details on exactly how you bricked, we can be of more assistance :)

    Theres a big difference between a brick and flashing something to get you in a bootloop.

    People throw around "brick" way too often
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  14. maximus92

    maximus92 New Member

    Well if he's not going to explain how he hard bricked his phone, I will. Just got my Sammy SIII yeaterday from Amazon, I'm on Sprint. Rooted it with no problems. Trying to back up my IMEI using the Synergy zip, kept telling me EFS is locked. Searched and somewhere along the line I got the impression that my bootloader was locked. Found a thread that pointed me to a bootloader unlocker made for Verizon's SIII (should've been my first clue, I know.) I used that, said my bootloader was unlocked. Shut my phone off, and went to go into recovery, and nothing. Won't even power back on. Plug it in no charge screen. No vibration, no beeps. Removed battery and put it back in nada.

    So...let me ask this. How important is it that the bootloader is unlocked? Is it even the bootloader that is locked? I used the Terminal method to back up my IMEI, I was just looking for an extra backup. I tried that other method, QP something, something, but it fails everytime to make a backup.
  15. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Verizon is the only carrier that locked the bootloaders. AFAIK you cant even get to a bootloader on the other models. They just have recovery or download mode.
  16. LS1BadBird

    LS1BadBird Well-Known Member

    I get your point, but frankly the OP doesn't seem to know much about what he's doing (sorry OP) so I'm curious what advice you want him to say. I agree it's more polite to respond to people's questions, but he bricked it and got a new one replaced under warranty. End of story. What kind of advice are you expecting him to give?
  17. hkg53

    hkg53 New Member

    I'm with thattonekiddmi, I did the same exact thing maximus92 did and it was the only thread I found anywhere about that problem. I agree that an answer, no matter how embarrassing, is warranted. End of story gets us no where. I was hoping to hear what he did to brick it, not advice.

    Just my $.02.

    BTW: Was anyone able to unbrick after using ez-unlock on a Sprint SIII?

    Thanks and Peace.
  18. GTWalling

    GTWalling Well-Known Member

    The OP received a new phone. It was end of story. He did post that he received a new phone. Were you expecting him to tell how he got a new phone. That still does not help fix issues you may have as every warranty claim is different. Guys this is a help forum. Some of us do try to help. I would rather someone that knows he knows nothing not post. Just saying.
  19. hkg53

    hkg53 New Member

    Reread, I was wanting to know how it was bricked, I could give a hoot how he got a new phone.

    I'm outta here.
  20. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    ok so i just want to clarify somethings. to be honest there really is no such thing as a hard brick (or even a soft brick). the term "brick" is used too loosely. the idea of using the term in the first place was to describe how a phone can be made into something as useless to you as a brick. now of course bricks are not necessarily useless, but you can't make phone calls with it...LOL

    so if a phone is bricked....it is just that...bricked. if you can fix it, then it was never bricked in the first place(some people call this a soft brick).

    now how do you brick a phone? well that depends on phone, but there are many ways to do it. i can understand on how you would want to know how a phone gets bricked so that you can avoid doing it. but i do not want that kind of info out as peeps may use that for deceitful purposes.....to be honest for most phones it is super hard to brick a phone.....as long as you know what you are doing you should be fine.

    i hope this helps and i hope that most of you guys will understand......thanx
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  21. lordgogan

    lordgogan New Member

    I can only recommend you this guy who offers his services on ebay to unbrick any android phone for $19.99+shipping fee. I had my SGS III hard bricked, found him on ebay and not just that he fixed my phone also he put the most up to date ROM on it. He works really fast and I can't point out how amaizing he is. I just got my phone back today and am very happy that it's working again :) This is his site on ebay:
  22. lordgogan

    lordgogan New Member

    Sorry since it was my first reply it didn"t let me post a link. So her it is:

    Samsung HTC ZTE Table Phones JTAG Riff Boot Repair Hard Brick Repair | eBay
  23. DaisFlaque

    DaisFlaque Well-Known Member

    wow.. this whole thread has been hijacked.. bashers... okay.. the point I get is: If you ask for help on any website/forum.. you should A. give the best description on 1. problem 2. cause 3. solutions that you have tried/failed. B. Be ready to explain stuff! lol.. I have had this device for well over a year. have bricked several times. and always found a way to fix myself. (actually typing this on my s3 now lol)

    Now what some people are upset about is the op asked and found another solution. Posted he had it solved.. and left. Now.. I understand he's solved he's dilemma.. but alas.. others still suffer. And absolutely no one knows how he bricked in the first place.. (truthfully.. I don't think it was "hard bricked" in the first place).. when asked if he could boot recovery.. he simply replied no. didn't say the process he tried. not any real description was given.. not nothing.
    Now.. I believe some people have said some very harsh things.. and it's all completely unnecessary. my vote is this whole thread gets closed.. Moddds?? ;)
  24. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    OP got a new phone almost 2 years ago and there seems to be nothing productive here. In fact, things are easing their way downhill. So if you have your own brick issues, please start a new thread as this one is going the way of the Edsel. ;)

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