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Root [Virgin Mobile] Warning about flashing kernels

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by xthedakmanx, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. xthedakmanx

    xthedakmanx Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    As of 7/29/2013...Will update when there is progress on this issue.


    This is a notice to EVERYONE who has CWM on their phone as of right now.

    (Atleast the version in this thread)

    Be EXTREMELY careful flashing ANY kernels in recovery at this moment unless they SPECIFICALLY say they are for the Virgin Mobile varient! It will 100% BRICK YOUR PHONE! AKA, no turning on, nothing. The only thing you will be able to get will be QHSUSB_DLOAD in your device manager when plugging your phone into your computer, and there has not been a workaround yet for this specific phone.

    The issue seems to be how third party kernel zip's flash

    In the install script, it goes through and tries to write the boot.img to /dev/block/mmcblk0p5, when it should actually be at dev/block/mmcblk0p7. Until a fix/workaround has been figured out, be VERY careful on what you flash on your phone!
     

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  2. oner14

    oner14 Newbie

    Any idea why the kernel that came with this ROM didn't brick my phone
     

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  3. xthedakmanx

    xthedakmanx Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Did you flash it separately from the actual rom?
     
  4. oner14

    oner14 Newbie

    No it came with the rom
     
  5. rbheromax

    rbheromax Android Expert

    Because the developer used by-name to flash, thus correctly flashing the rom for your phone. It installed system to system and boot to boot. And since its the same hardware it boots :)
     
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  6. craig71200

    craig71200 Well-Known Member

    I have flashed every Sprint Kernel with no issues except no 4g..... Is this a particular recovery issue?
     
  7. punkmaxx

    punkmaxx Android Enthusiast

  8. rbheromax

    rbheromax Android Expert

    Even with aboot gone you should still get to odin mode. You should worry about tz(mmcblk0p8) which is right before aboot in the boot sequence.
     
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  9. lordmage

    lordmage Android Enthusiast

    is there a recovery that will work correctly or is it more a case of the script. could someone simply edit and flash it.
     
  10. xthedakmanx

    xthedakmanx Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    You'd think so, but nope >_< TOTALLY locks up the phone.

    What was happening was I was flashing for the wrong kind of GS3 (derp), but still, like you said, it STILL should of booted up....but I couldn't even get into download mode
     
  11. peter counias

    peter counias Android Enthusiast

    What kernel did you flash?
     
  12. peter counias

    peter counias Android Enthusiast

    Don't you still have a recovery system?
     
  13. xthedakmanx

    xthedakmanx Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I stupidly flashed the Yoda Kernel for the Verizon GS3. It shouldn't of totally broke the phone, but for some reason I couldn't even get into Odin mode or recovery
     
  14. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Extreme Android User

    only results i can find are for the gtab 10.1, and the i9300, which is the international sgs3
     
  15. spacepanda

    spacepanda Member

    solution : TWRP.
     
  16. rbheromax

    rbheromax Android Expert

    XD Twrp is what ppl are using to flash the kernels that are bricking them lol
     
  17. spacepanda

    spacepanda Member

    definitely said cwm...no mention of twrp. not the first problem people have had with cwm either...
     
  18. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Extreme Android User

    it wouldnt have mattered which recovery that was used
     
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