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corrupted OS, having trouble flashing

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jkweiner, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. jkweiner

    jkweiner Lurker
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    First, apologies if this has been solved somewhere on the forum, as I haven't been able to find it.

    My rooted Verizon S4 became unstable a few weeks ago; random re-starts, bizarre battery draining, inability to re-start unless connected to a charger, etc.. I did a factory reset and the problems persisted. I installed Kies and downloaded the original stock ROM, but Kies was unable to connect to my device. After poking around online, I ran Odin and tried to flash the stock ROM that way. Here's how that went:

    <ID:0/004> Added!!
    <OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> SCH-I545_MDK_562219_Stock_Restore.tar.md5 is valid.
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    <ID:0/004> File analysis..
    <ID:0/004> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/004> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/004> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/004> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/004> SingleDownload.
    <ID:0/004> sbl1.mbn
    <ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/004> sbl2.mbn
    <ID:0/004> sbl3.mbn
    <ID:0/004> rpm.mbn
    <ID:0/004> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/004> FAIL! (Auth)
    <ID:0/004>
    <ID:0/004> Complete(Write) operation failed.
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)​

    Now when I start the phone, I get the "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again." message. Only Kies won't connect to my phone so I have no idea how to proceed.

    If anyone has any suggestions, please help! I'm sure I left out some pertinent details, so let me know what else I need to tell you...
     



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  2. bduemig

    bduemig Newbie


    I had issues when I downloaded the update a few days ago. Found this [ODIN][TAR] I545VRUFNC5 Factory and No-Wipe … | Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 | XDA Forums to go back to FNC5.

    When I did it, I had numerous app failed to start messages. Did a wipe and reset from recovery mode and all is well. I went to titanium and restored and then froze fwupgrade and have not seen the update screen pop up as of yet.
     
  3. jkweiner

    jkweiner Lurker
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    I will give that a shot...
     
  4. jkweiner

    jkweiner Lurker
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    ok well the phone is at least functional now. not sure if it'll still be unstable or not.

    is it safe to root and install a custom rom at this point?
     
  5. jkweiner

    jkweiner Lurker
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    so the phone is still re-starting randomly, but will not stay on after a re-start unless plugged in to a charger (battery at 80+%). not sure how the OS can still be corrupted if I just re-installed it; could something else be causing it to be so unstable?
     
  6. bduemig

    bduemig Newbie

    Since it will stay on witht he charger, i am wondering if you have a battery issue. I recently read a post that talked about bulging batteries causing restarts. I just don't remember where I read it.

    The poster said to take out the battery, lay it on a flat surface and spin it. If it spins easy, it is bad. I am not sure what 'easy' means.

    The other thing to do may be to factory reset from recovery mode.
     
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  7. jkweiner

    jkweiner Lurker
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    Hm. I suppose that would make sense.
     

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