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How I umbricked my Droid after failed 2.2 OTA upgrade!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by obendeck, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. obendeck

    obendeck Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I need to share this. I posted it in the Motorola Forums and was taken out by the Forum manager (a Motorola employee) beacuse he deemed it a violation of their forum policies. ##@#!!?? If letting people know how to get their phone back to life is wrong, what is the purpose of having this forums?:eek:

    My story::D
    My phone got bricked by the update (stuck at the Moto logo). After trying everything suggested out there, I realized the problem is that the phone canot be addressed directly form the usb connection. I dowloaded the 2.2 update from this website : Manual Android 2.2 Update for Motorola DROID | Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog
    I renamed the file as suggested to update.zip and copied it to the sd card's root directory. Then I replaced the sd card into the Droid and restarted so it would boot in recovery and ran the update.zip file. (The website mentioned has step by step instructions). after rebooting from recovery mode I got the Droid Eye and I knew my Droid was back to life.

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  2. akkordn2u

    akkordn2u Lurker

    Not enough info. How did it brick in the first place? Were you rooted and running a ROM when you did the OTA update?
  3. obendeck

    obendeck Lurker
    Thread Starter

    The upgrade was the push down by Verizon. My Droid was not rooted.!! After the install It was stuck at the Motorola logo. I called Verizon support; they apologized and said they would send replacement.
  4. scrachiti

    scrachiti Lurker

    I just got my OTA upgrade and I'm stuck on the Moto screen as well (I'm not rooted or anything).

    Is my phone bricked? Honestly wouldn't mind if it gets me a Droid 2 (and if that doesn't effect my upgrade date).
  5. LZeitgeist

    LZeitgeist Member

    Does my Droid have to be rooted before I download the update in order to rescue it in this way?

    Does it have to stay rooted after this method of recovery?
  6. NathanBrazil

    NathanBrazil Lurker

    I have never rooted my phone, it's strictly stock. I did my over the air update to 2.2 today. When the phone restarted I could not get past the white M.

    I followed the instructions in this thread but when I applied the update it ended in an error stating the cache was full, no room for some log file on the device. Device full.

    I did the clear cache partition thing, then reapplied the update.
    This time it completed without an error message.

    I rebooted and after a few seconds of "white M" suspense, the android I was flashing at me! Success! All my apps and data are intact.

    Based on this experience I suspect it might be wise to delete your cache BEFORE saying yes to the over the air update, just to be sure you won't have to go through this hassle.
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  7. ccphilly1984

    ccphilly1984 Member

    it's alive! oh thank you jesus it's alive... the bitch from verizon suggested a factory reset which pisses me off cause i have to reinstall my apps...

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