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General Warning! Read This Before You Attempt To Install OTA Leak!!!! (Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by adrynalyne, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. adrynalyne

    adrynalyne Well-Known Member
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    I know some folks aren't going to revisit the guide to install the ota leak, so I will add it into a thread here. This is serious stuff. I don't guarantee it will happen, but it has twice already.


    Without further ado, the warning:


    WARNING! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU REAPPLY THIS PATCH OVER ITSELF. I HAVE SEEN TWO PHONES DIE OVER THIS. Dead as in, no power, no charge, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. Go directly to jail!
     

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  2. contagous

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    I'm glad you posted this because this is what happend to the EVO when sprint released their OTA to, if it installed twice BOOM you now have a BRICK to play with.


    Can this be Stickyed please MODS
     
  3. adrynalyne

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    Good to know. That sucks.

    One member PM'ed me last night to tell me about this happening to him/her. I brushed it off as coincidence. Now someone over at XDA did the same and the phone just died. Thats when i figured I'd say something about it.

    There is another case of a dead phone involving the OTA and unrevoked's tool, but I don't have a clear story behind it to know if its the same deal. I bet it is.
     
  4. Damn_Smooth

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    If the actual ota is the exact same, you wouldn't get a notification to install it, but you would if it is a higher version number, right?
     
  5. contagous

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    Probably, when Sprint released there official OTA, people installed it, and it came back up asking to be installed again, and BRICKED hundreds of phones. So sprint stopped the OTA and fixed it then released it 1 week l8r. Everyones phone who was bricked was replaced I think, not sure tbh, just know it was a pretty bug deal.

    You can see more here:

    Sprint halts EVO 4G update due to reports of it bricking phones -- Engadget
     
  6. adrynalyne

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    Well, thats something to think about too.

    We know its not the software that is doing it. Its either the firmware or radio update. So what happens if Verizon does release an OTA with a newer version number, that triggers it on a phone, and yet has the same firmware and radio files?

    Sounds like one big mess could happen. I HIGHLY recommend anyone going to an official OTA use the RUU method to revert to an older ROM before updating over this. It may be nothing, but when it comes to stuff like this, better play it safe.

    Note:

    If you are rooted, it doesn't matter, an OTA will not install for you. This is mainly a concern for those who updated, and yet are not rooting.
     
  7. leoskullz

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    Are there any RUU methods for macs? The one you posted in the other thread had a .exe file extension.
     
  8. contagous

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    Use the SD Card method, you don't need a computer.
     
  9. jbdan

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    Good to know. Needs to be glued at the top! Thanks for this
     
  10. adrynalyne

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    No, but we can extract the rom for you and you can do it via HBOOT. So you are ok.
     
  11. killadanny

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    So if we get the OTA (official) in the notification bar, don't update correct? Not that you should anyway, Good to know thanks for the heads up. :D I would be devastated if I lost susan.
     
  12. Bearly

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    So if someone is rooted - like me, I just used the unrevoked for Mac tool - the only option to install official OTA updates is the RUU method (and from now on, for all OTA updates) ?
     
  13. adrynalyne

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    From a novice point of view (no offense)--yes.

    From a more experienced view, no. You could load the stock recovery image the phone came with using the unrevoked tool, and then flash the update. Then re-run the unrevoked tool and put clockwork back on. I could upload the recovery image if you think you are game. I take no responsibility for any mishaps, however.
     
  14. leoskullz

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    HBOOT would be the SD card method right?
     
  15. adrynalyne

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    Thats correct.
     
  16. Bearly

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    No offense taken at all. I understand the context and readily admit that it applies :)

    I've done stuff like that before - the "experienced" route - but I just have too much going on to devote honest effort to a possible learning curve and pre-requisite reading before moving forward.
     
  17. adrynalyne

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    Bump for a good cause.
     
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  19. Diabl0

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    Alright, I've been following the forums and the root threads pretty heavily. Somehow I missed out on what RUU means. Can someone please tell me? Is it the same as downgrading and going back to stock?
     
  20. sal_shawn

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    Thank you, that made my decision update easier.
     
  21. adrynalyne

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    Yeah. You are using the RUU rom to do that.


    RUU= Rom Update Utility.
     
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  22. rt2

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    So again...if we have installed the ota, should we hold off installing any "official" Verizon ota, if notified of availability on our phones, until things get "shaken out"?
     
  23. adrynalyne

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    To play it safe, I would. If you want, there are methods out there documented for getting the URL where the update is coming from. One could then download it to their computer and update in the same way, after reflashing their phone with an RUU.

    You know, if worried you won't get offered the update again.
     
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  25. adrynalyne

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    Keep your two cents, thanks.
     

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