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Old February 6th, 2013, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, so I think I bricked my phone. Hate to hijack this thread, but I need help!

I followed the steps from the XDA forum, but after I put in the tar file to PDN and click start it fails. It doesn't fail right away, but when it gets to trying to write, it fails. I have tried two tar files and both fail. Now I am stuck in Odin Mode where it states, "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recover mode in Kies & try again." Help!

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Hey Johnny T!
I moved your post and made a new thread for you here.

What guide were you following?
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I was following the guide on XDA:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2046439

I have made it a couple of steps further now. Flashed the first VRALEC Bootchain. Then flashed the Clockwork Mod Recovery. When I go to select the SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip file it says:
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That SuperSu file should be on your sd card and flashed from within recovery.
Is that where you are getting the error?
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It is on my External SD Card and I am trying to flash it from CWM v6.0.2.3. Yes, that is where I am getting the error.
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hmmmm.....Either put it on your internal sd and try it, or try a fresh download of that file
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Not sure how I can do that. Do I just scrap the flash for now by staying in CWM and selecting "Reboot the phone"?

Because that is what I am doing. It is now rebooting and just says, "Samsung GALAXY S III" on the screen. Hopefully, it goes past this screen, but I'm not very optimistic. It's been stuck here for a 2 or 3 minutes.
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Well, if it doesn't reboot, pull the battery. Put the battery back in. Boot into recovery (home/volume up/power).
Then in recovery, there should be an option to mount the phone's sd card so you can transfer files from the computer to the phone. Not sure and I can't check my phone at the moment (I loaned it to a coworker for a service call). So I'm not exactly sure what option that is.
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I click on Mount SD Card on the phone, but I can't see the drive show up on my computer/windows explorer.
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Sorry for the late reply..I'm at work
o.k...well, is kies disabled? Don't know if that is the issue. The other option is if you have a card reader, you can shutoff the phone , pull the sd card, and download that SU file to your computer and transfer it to your external sd card as a fresh download and try to flash it in recovery.
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I don't have Kies.

I do have a card reader and I did pull the external SD card and downloaded the file to the external card. The issue now is that I can't even get back into CWM. I hold volume up, home, and power, the phone then vibrates and I see booting into recovery. Then I let go of all the buttons and it goes to "Samsung Galaxy S III", then stops. This is frustrating the hell out of me. I tried getting to recovery numerous times now with no luck. Not sure how long to hold the buttons, but I see the counter in the beginning of going into Odin at 3, so that means I started over and flashed the VRALEC Bootchain.tar file 3 times, then the CWM tar 3 times. ACK!!!!!!
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I am sorry about the issues you are having
So where are you at now? You have gotten as far as installing the recovery via Odin?
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No. I'm still at the same point. Trying to get to CWM. But I am confused as to what the exact steps are once you flash the CWM tar file. I hit start and Odin goes through the process, then gets to the "Reset" message on the screen. Is that when I pull the USB out of the phone and pull the battery? Because I have also tried just leaving it plugged in and after about 2 minutes, it gets to the "Passed" message. Either way, I unplug the USB, then pull the battery, then put it back in and hold Vol Up, Home, then Power. It will NOT allow me to get to the CWM menu!!!!
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If you have an issue getting into recovery, (with home/volume up/power) let go of power only (after the screen shows samsung) while continuing to hold the volume up and home buttons until recovery comes up.
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That worked! You are awesome! Now, how do I get the file from the external SD Card to the Internal SD Card?
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Again, sorry for the late reply
Is the download a fresh download? You could try to flash it from where its at now--the external sd card.
I'm not sure how to move it from external to internal without plugging it into the computer or booting into the rom.
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The download is a fresh download and I have tried to flash it from the external SD Card. But I keep running into that error that I described above.
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Let me do some more checking around and see if I can come up with any ideas about this o.k.?
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Ok, thanks! I really appreciate it. So far...phone = bricked.
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I haven't really had experience with the Galaxy S3 and rooting since I don't own the device, but by chance have you tried following our guide?

[Guide] Step-by-Step Rooting & Flashing

I know XDA is well known and such, but who knows...
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I haven't really had experience with the Galaxy S3 and rooting since I don't own the device, but by chance have you tried following our guide?

[Guide] Step-by-Step Rooting & Flashing

I know XDA is well known and such, but who knows...
I can't say for sure if that guide would work for folks on 4.1.1 JB as the op is on.
I know that the guide he is using works for his version and I have used it also
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@Johnny--Got some advice from a fellow guide friend....try to flash TWRP for a recovery, then flash the SU/bootloader/fixed zip file from TWRP instead of CWM.
It's worth a shot
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Are you running Odin as administrator on your computer? Sometimes it can cause problems running it without that
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Already tried flashing TWRP. Odin failed at that for some reason :-(

And yes, I am running Odin as Administrator. The first time I didn't, but I made to sure that I did each time afterwards.
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Still at the same point. Boot into CWM, choose zip from sd card, choose zip from external sd card, choose SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip, Yes - Install SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip, then get the following message:
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Can't stand this!!!!
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You said you tried to flash that .zip with TWRP? Or could you not install TWRP?
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Odin did NOT let me install TWRP.
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Just a thought here, are you using the o.e. usb cord?
And what error do you get when trying to install TWRP?
And are you checking the md5 of the download to make sure it isnt corrupt?
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Still at the same point. Boot into CWM, choose zip from sd card, choose zip from external sd card, choose SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip, Yes - Install SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip, then get the following message:
set_perm: some changes failed
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(Status 7)
Installation aborted.

Can't stand this!!!!

Do you have a spare sdcard you could try? Or worst case, save/pull the current contents off your sdcard and onto a pc, and then reformat the sdcard using your card reader and windows to do a full reformat (not quick). I've always had good luck using fat32 format for all things android. Then replace the zip, put back in phone and try flashing from cwr again. Just a thought, maybe there's a read issue from the card.
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Mikestony, I am using the USB cord that came with the phone, but I can try another cable. I just don't think it is the cable since it works fine when using Odin and flashing both VRALEC Boot chain and the CMW. Just doesn't want to work with the TWRP.

Not sure how to check the MD5. Odin didn't have a problem putting both CMW and TWRP into the PDN.

Attaching the TWRP error. Thanks so much for all the help though. I really appreciate it. I've had to resort to going back to my rooted Incredible 2 in the meantime. The difference is NIGHT and DAY, lol.
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Do you have a spare sdcard you could try? Or worst case, save/pull the current contents off your sdcard and onto a pc, and then reformat the sdcard using your card reader and windows to do a full reformat (not quick). I've always had good luck using fat32 format for all things android. Then replace the zip, put back in phone and try flashing from cwr again. Just a thought, maybe there's a read issue from the card.
Are you good with adb shell commands?
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Mikestony, I am using the USB cord that came with the phone, but I can try another cable. I just don't think it is the cable since it works fine when using Odin and flashing both VRALEC Boot chain and the CMW. Just doesn't want to work with the TWRP.

Not sure how to check the MD5. Odin didn't have a problem putting both CMW and TWRP into the PDN.

Attaching the TWRP error. Thanks so much for all the help though. I really appreciate it. I've had to resort to going back to my rooted Incredible 2 in the meantime. The difference is NIGHT and DAY, lol.
As you can see, some of my friends have come to help out too as I am getting stumped!
Perhaps try as Iowabowtech suggested or what OutofPhases is suggesting
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Mikestony, I am using the USB cord that came with the phone, but I can try another cable. I just don't think it is the cable since it works fine when using Odin and flashing both VRALEC Boot chain and the CMW. Just doesn't want to work with the TWRP.

Not sure how to check the MD5. Odin didn't have a problem putting both CMW and TWRP into the PDN.

Attaching the TWRP error. Thanks so much for all the help though. I really appreciate it. I've had to resort to going back to my rooted Incredible 2 in the meantime. The difference is NIGHT and DAY, lol.

we are working on a different way to "push" twrp on to your phone but want to make sure it is right before we pass it along. If you make any head way please let us know.
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I mean as far as navigating to view and list contents, logcats, making/removing directories and so forth, yes. What did you have in mind?
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I don't believe the S3 has fastboot support does it? I wish it did cuz then we'd be right in my wheelhouse. I'm a little iffy once I get outside of fastboot and into odin.
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Unfortunately, I'm a complete tool when it comes to ADB. Don't know a thing about it. I have tried again this morning on my laptop, rather than my desktop, and a different cable. Back to the same situation. Get into CWM and still get the Error 7.

I don't have another microSD either. But I did check that this one is indeed formatted as FAT32. I won't be around my desktop for a couple of days and don't have access to another card reader, so I can't reformat it until I get back.

I really appreciate all the help though. Please keep the suggestions coming.

Oh, and I don't think I have fastboot. I believe my Incredible 2 does when I boot into recovery, but that doesn't help this situation.
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Hey guys, got a heads-up from IBT re. this thread and just wanted to contribute some observations.

Note: I do not own an SGS3 or have any direct rooting experience with it (or Odin for that matter), but I do have some comments about some stuff mentioned above.

The SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip file that is trying to be flashed is, as mentioned, failing with a status 7 error. That indicates that one of the edify commands inside the updater-script file has returned a non-true (i.e., false/null) value.

Here's the updater-script file for the SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip file:




There are three set_perm commands in the updater-script file that could be failing. The first two attempt to secure the root binaries (/system/xbin/su and /system/app/Superuser.apk). The third attempts to secure a file called /tmp/dd (i.e., which I'm presuming is a stand-alone Unix dd utility which is later used to flash what I'm guessing is the unlocked bootloader (it's name, aboot.mbn and contents do indicate that is true).

So, the flashing issue you're having with this .zip file is never getting to the point where the unlocked bootloader is flashed because all of the set_perm commands that might be failing occur before the installation of the new bootchain. Flashable edify scripts that fail do not continue on any further than the failing command.

I do not believe it will make a difference as to which custom recovery is used to flash this .zip file since there appears to be an issue that is causing it to fail. You'd probably have to re-install a custom recovery and use adb to snoop-around and see if you can figure-out what is going on with things that the updater-script file is doing and how far it might be getting (i.e., are the su and/or Superuser.apk files installed?).

Now, as to why the device is not booting-up / hanging? I can't (and am not qualified to) say (for this device), but I imagine that it's related to the issues you're having flashing...

That's all I've got for now...I'll keep looking around and thinking about this.
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Okay, just got done reading through all 31 pages of the XDA thread and have just a few additional thought's:

1. Read through the OP to see if you carefully followed all of the directions. I'm mostly concerned about this line in Step 3:

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o Uncheck the "Auto Reboot" box in ODIN ***VERY IMPORTANT***
I don't know why it's important (never used Odin) and the author doesn't say...

2. Try reading through all of the thread, too, to see if there's anything anyone reported there that might help you or strikes a chord with you--you might realize something important that could help.

3. Since these are the only files whose MD5s were not listed, here are the values that I got after downloading them:
232b6ece093601cb70923c89cf0df693 *SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip
959cf38b9c6dda345529664283f3a4ce *VRLE6.bootloader.zip
e475747a3600137eb78347cae68dfbf1 *CWM-SuperSU-v0.99.zip
(probably not relevant, but good to have for comparison).

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Thanks for the help everyone, including scary alien. The problem has been resolved. I gave a friend that had rooted his S3 (Sprint) my phone and he said that all he did was flash a version of 4.1.2 on my phone through Odin. All I know is that my Verizon S3 has JellyBean installed and within Settings/About Phone, it states 4.1.2 and I have SuperUser access.
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But I agree with scary alien. I think the problem was with the SuperSU_Bootloader_FIXED.zip that I was trying to flash.
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