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I realize this is fixable but at this point I can't figure out how to get out of it.

I decided to install JBSourcery and followed Chief's instructions to the letter.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nugdF8dCvmDxvDcuI2xV_fa8RXLXZdy00U5caIxPKYk/mobilebasic

It went horribly wrong.

I can get to the TWRP bootloader but one of the steps...


There are four partitions you want to completely wipe: wipe data (factory reset: do NOT wipe internal memory! NO NO NO!), cache, Dalvik and system. Take a deep breath and wipe those four partitions. You can also use a zip program called Superwipe: it formats the four partitions for you.


...seems to have wasted my internal memory thus the zips I had stored on the phone are gone. Poof! Tried mounting everything from TWRP to no avail. Luckily I copied EVERYTHING to my PC so I have all of that but now need to flash the ROM from my PC. Apparently this method is so antiquated that there are no useful instructions on how to accomplish this. Every one assumes a .img file which I do not have.

So I stare at my dead phone (OK, my phone in recovery) and could use a hand getting things sorted out. Just pointing me in the right direction would be wonderful.

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Rich, please tell me you have a backup!
Woops, misread your post. Are you able to mount your SD and push a full ROM?
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This is the worst question I can ask: please define backup.

I backed up my apps with Ti, I made a nandroid with TWRP, I copied everything off of my "sdcard" onto my PC. I hope that covers it.

(Yes, I'm a noob, this is the second time I've done this.)
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No worries. So is the Nandroid on your device or was it wiped as was your entire SD card?
(ah, forgot MTP is really difficult to achieve with the Gnex in order to push a file in recovery. I'll try to get some other help since this isn't something I've done)

Sorry, Nandroid/backup should be that done with TWRP before (hopefully!) you flashed Sourcery.
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I'm pretty sure the nandroid is toast.
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Are you able to mount your SD and push a full ROM?
In /data/media I have a TWRP directory. Does that count as mounting my SD?
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So you can't boot and are just stuck in recovery, is that correct?
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So you are in recovery with no ROM.zip to install? You should be able to use ADB to push a rom zip to the phone and install it using TWRP. Unless I missed something.

Or use ADB to push a nandroid back to the phone and restore that using TWRP
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Pup's right. I'm not an ADB user, but that should be the way to roll.
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So you are in recovery with no ROM.zip to install? You should be able to use ADB to push a rom zip to the phone and install it using TWRP. Unless I missed something.

Or use ADB to push a nandroid back to the phone and restore that using TWRP
Also correct. It's a matter of how to push anything to the phone. Instructions I found assume a .img file.
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you can push anything I think.

I believe the syntax is adb push [source file name and path] [destination file name name and path]

Let me see if I can find an ADB tuturial
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I found some tgz files here?
http://wiki.rootzwiki.com/Samsung_Galaxy_Nexus_(toro)
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VS has them linked in here. These are google img files with instructions, including the bootloader.

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I don't want to insult your intelligence, Rich; just trying to get all the details:

Did you happen to accidentally "Wipe Internal Memory" in TWRP (the thing my guide says to NOT do)? In the scores of times I have used Superwipe, it has NEVER touched internal memory. I'm not saying it's impossible... but I am frankly shocked that Superwipe would erase your Nexus' internal memory when it doesn't for others

EDIT: Seems to me that you can go into TWRP, Mount the phone to the PC via USB and move the ROM & Gapps to the internal memory as a way out of this...
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OK, I think I got it. I pushed the zip files (ROM, GAPPS, TI's Update.zip) to root ("/") and TWRP sees them.


Damn, that fails with an error:

E:Mount: Unable to find partition for path '/jbs

...and it scrolls off the screen at that point.
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Did you happen to "Wipe Internal Memory" in TWRP (the thing my guide says to NOT do)? In the scores of times I have used Superwipe, it has NEVER touched internal memory. I'm not saying it's impossible... but I am frankly shocked that Superwipe would erase your Nexus' internal memory when it doesn't for me

EDIT: Seems to me that you can go into TWRP, Mount the phone to the PC via USB and move the ROM & Gapps to the internal memory as a way out of this...
I didn't Wipe Internal Memory, I did the Factory Reset as the guide dictates.

Edit: Not blaming, just reporting.
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Wish I would have saw this thread an hour earlier.

[How To] ADB Push A Rom To The SDcard

Like Unforgiven mentioned, you can substitute other file types in place of the .zip.
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Like Unforgiven mentioned, you can substitute other file types in place of the .zip.
You may have put me on to something. I tried flashing from / but followed the instructions and pushed the zips to /data/media/ and it looks like something positive happened. Flashed GAPPS and rebooted. I can see the JBSourcery boot anim. It seems I'm on my way!

Thanks everyone for the help! I'm not out of the woods yet but good stuff is occurring!
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You may have put me on to something. I tried slashing from / but followed the instructions and pushed the zips to /data/media/ and it looks like something positive happened.
Please note, I just edited the tutorial. I realize I hadn't yet updated the instructs to account for the file structure changes we saw from Jellybean. (/data/media/0). It may work without adding the "0" but the file may not be recognized by your recovery is my fear.
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The phone booted into the new ROM. I'm in the process of copying many GB of data back onto the phone (still following Chief's tutorial and haven't signed in to Google yet).

Quite a relief. Now I remember why I ran a version of XenonHD from the summer. This ROMing is a pain!
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The phone booted into the new ROM. I'm in the process of copying many GB of data back onto the phone (still following Chief's tutorial and haven't signed in to Google yet).

Quite a relief. Now I remember why I ran a version of XenonHD from the summer. This ROMing is a pain!

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Wow Rich, glad you're up & running.

But if you're convinced that Superwipe did in the internal memory, I need to know so I can revise my Guide. No way do I want even ONE more ROM procedure to bork like yours did on account of my instructions.
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But if you're convinced that Superwipe did in the internal memory, I need to know so I can revise my Guide. No way do I want even ONE more ROM procedure to bork like yours did on account of my instructions.
I thought we should debrief.

I didn't use Superwipe in fact I have no idea what that is. I went through wiping the partitions one by one in TWRP. I used factory reset not the other one. I have to admit I found the line I quoted above from your excellent guide a bit confusing. Had to read it several times to make sure I understood it.

TWRP doesn't make it very clear which option does what.
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Thanks Rich.

I have tried to clarify that line with the addition of a couple of words. I would appreciate your input as to whether it's clear(er) now.

I have Superwipe in my Dropbox... if you want, I can give you that link. It prevents the whole inadvertent wiping of internal memory by formatting the four partitions for you
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i didn't read all of the posts in this thread but Rich did you end up having to use ADB or was you able to do something through Recovery?
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i didn't read all of the posts in this thread but Rich did you end up having to use ADB or was you able to do something through Recovery?
Both, he used ADB to push the files to the phone and recover to install them.
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cool. Just wondering. This is a Prime example of why i tell people to not fully rely on toolkits. You really need to know just a little ADB in case these situations happen. ADB is super easy but intimidates people easily.

Glad you all were able to get him going again.
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cool. Just wondering. This is a Prime example of why i tell people to not fully rely on toolkits. You really need to know just a little ADB in case these situations happen. ADB is super easy but intimidates people easily.

Glad you all were able to get him going again.
Very intimidated by ADB. Just how does one push a ROM with this method?
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Very intimidated by ADB. Just how does one push a ROM with this method?
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Do not be intimidated. Adb is a great thing for any Android user and once you have it set up and play around with it for awhile, you will get comfortable using it. If you want to try and have any questions whatsoever, don't be shy. And if you aren't already set up, I might recommend a mini version of the sdk that only utilizes adb & fastboot and leaves out all the other stuff aimed at developers, not the average Joe who wants to interface his phone.
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I have only used it a time or two but understand the principles enough that in a pinch I could use it.
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ADB saved my bacon. It's something everyone installing ROMs should be familiar with.
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When I rooted my gnex last year using the adb push commands etc.., I remember thinking just how it was possible people were actually "bricking" their phones. Might just be my ignorance, but unless you hose up a flash of a bootloader, I just don't see how you couldn't fix your issues with ADB. Am I wrong??
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you should be able to fix 99% of your problems with ADB if you had to.

I also recommend the mini sdk. That is what i've always used. Also know that it works great with Mac and Linux too you just have to change the syntax a little but it's no problem at all.
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When I rooted my gnex last year using the adb push commands etc.., I remember thinking just how it was possible people were actually "bricking" their phones. Might just be my ignorance, but unless you hose up a flash of a bootloader, I just don't see how you couldn't fix your issues with ADB. Am I wrong??
More or less, the only way to brick this device is flash an incompatible bootloader, or erase it in fastboot without flashing a new one and then attempting to reboot.
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