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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Sheldor, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Sheldor

    Sheldor Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Can somebody please explain to me (in simple terms) what Odin is, and how I use it for the Captivate? I have a vague idea, but I'm not quite clear on a few things, and don't know where to get it, and how to use it.

    If I understand correctly, it flashes my phone to factory fresh using ROMs. If I'm right, then I can use it to restore my phone(ATT apps and all) if I need to send it in for repair at AT&T. Am I right?

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  2. joe.wack

    joe.wack Lurker

    It worked for me, after following these instructions.
    [STOCK ROM] Odin3 One-Click Downloader - xda-developers

    In short:
    Start Odin (download from above)
    Put your phone in USB debugging mode
    Reboot into download mode with the SDK ("adb reboot download")
    You should see the yellow triangle and "Do not Turn Off Target!" on your phone
    Odin should see the phone now
    Click start
    Wait patiently and Do Not Panic
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  3. Sheldor

    Sheldor Newbie
    Thread Starter

    But how do I restore the system to how I got it from AT&T? I assume that not having the bloatware on my phone when I turn it in is a bit of a goveaway that I rooted o something. As much as I hate them, is there a way I can put the AT& Apps back?
  4. chicknlil

    chicknlil Android Enthusiast

    Odin, if you follow the steps listed in the link above, will restore it back to how you got it from AT&T (read: not rooted and once again containing all their bloatware).
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  5. Sheldor

    Sheldor Newbie
    Thread Starter

    do I need to do an additional download for system data, or does it restore the phone from some secret partition?
  6. chicknlil

    chicknlil Android Enthusiast

    I have no idea precisely how it works - I just know it does.

    I screwed up my phone trying to do the 'speed fix' and following the instructions on that link above restored my phone to the same state it was when I first purchased it.
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  7. Sheldor

    Sheldor Newbie
    Thread Starter

  8. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Well-Known Member

    If you follow the link to XDA it's explained step by step. To answer your question your essentially flashing a new ROM to your phone. It's not restored from your phone. Imaging formating you're drive and using restore disks to reload your PC. Same basic principle.
  9. rob989_69

    rob989_69 Well-Known Member

    Also note, THAT is not odin, it simply uses odin to do the flashing. Odin is a flash program that is used to flash all kinds of ROM's. The one linked above was packed specifically to return your phone to stock.
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  10. randy_c

    randy_c Well-Known Member

    Can you tell me why XDA has 3 link? what's the different between them and which one shuld I used?
  11. DT

    DT Android Expert

    I think I covered this for someone else, but those are just different ways to pack up an app. One is a .ZIP, one is a .RAR (another archive format like a zip) and the last is a .EXE, self-extracting archive.

    The end result is the same, you get Odin with an embedded stock firmware with a size of about 260MB.

    You can also download just Odin (it's about 400K) which can load an external ROM file. The "bundle" is a get-back-stock-with-one click solution.
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  12. thindery

    thindery Well-Known Member

    odin does not backup your apps. you will want to root your phone, download tibu to backup, and then you can use odin to restore to whatever firmware you want. finalyl you would reroot and download tibu and restore all of your apps from the backup folder.
  13. Mcord11758

    Mcord11758 Lurker

    I tried this but could not get anything to actually install. I just get a text reader pop up with a jumbled mess. I am not very savy which is why I am in this position, deleted gtalk now basically cant use market. Need to find a way to reinstall gtalk please help
  14. DT

    DT Android Expert


    If you want to get your phone back to its OOTB configuration, follow this post from above:

    Assuming you just want to reinstall GTalk, you'd have to determine if it's just a single APK file (or if there are support files) and you'd need to sideload it (either via root or the sideloader wonder machine app).

    Since you're also having some odd market issue, I'd be very inclined to say get back to a fresh start using Odin. Anything you do from here forward if your phone is slightly goofed up could just cause way more issues moving forward.
  15. james27007

    james27007 Look into my Eye

    This is what I do to get this to work. Please note that is is not just Odin3, it is a modified Odin3 that has the stock AT&T Captivate rom loaded.

    1. Download and install the USB drivers:
    Windows 64bit
    Windows 32bit

    2. Download the zip version here (from XDA):

    3. Unzip the downloaded file

    4. Enable USB debugging on your phone

    5. Shut your phone off, take out the battery, sim card and micro sd

    6. But the battery back in, do not turn your phone on

    7. Start Odin3 (It's the I897UCJf6-final-OCD-REV0.exe file)

    8. While holding the Volume up/down buttons plug in the USB cable on your phone
    8a. This will turn your phone on and put the phone into download mode and install the drivers.

    9. Once the drivers are installed and Odin3 see's the phone (it will say something like com 3 connected), press start
    9a. If after 2-3 minutes Odin3 does not see your phone, pull the battery out, put it back in and while holding the Volume up/down buttons plug in the USB cable on your phone

    You will now back back to a fresh new phone.
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  16. specialops192

    specialops192 Lurker

    so i am currently in the process of restoring my captivate. I got to the part where the triangle comes up and it says Do not turn off Target!!! And in Odin3Exicution i hit the start. It just says <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0/ failed 0).

    Nothing else has happened in odin and the screen is still the triangle on my captivate. Should something be happening?
  17. LeeBonez

    LeeBonez Lurker

    It all has to be done in the right order.
    1. Put your phone in download mode
    2. Launch Odin
    3. Connect your phone to your pc with the usb cable
    4. Notice the space in the odin window that lit up? That means your connected.
    5. Click Start.
  18. docgompf

    docgompf Lurker

    I had to:

    1) put in USB debug mode
    2) remove SIM & Battery, then reinsert battery
    3) hold down volume buttons & then plug in USB to see download screen
    4) wait for Win7 USB device drivers to run properly
    5) start ODIN3 and wait to see some action in one of the boxes
    6) push ODIN3 start button & wait to see the green reset message
    7) disconnect phone (it reboots itself)
  19. RosyStrange

    RosyStrange Lurker

    worked awesomely!
  20. slophil3

    slophil3 Newbie

    Although ODIN was great when it was the only thing available, there are better options out now.

    [Guide/How-To] Install, Use Heimdall, and flash back to stock - xda-developers

    Heimdall does the same stuff ODIN does, but it's open-source and also a much safer tool. Another plus is one of the main Captivate developers is working on a way to make flashing a new ROM be completely one-click.
  21. daphadilly

    daphadilly Lurker

    I was in the other thread trying to figure this out, you should totally add your steps to the OP there. I was holding the volume up/down and powering on instead of holding the volume up/down and connecting usb to power on. Maybe I'm just being dense but I totally didn't catch that part until I saw this post.
    anyway, you rock! Thanks!
  22. Cocoleah

    Cocoleah Lurker

    my phone can't turn on cus it keeps hanging at the starting page that says ANDROID. my phone's galaxy ace. the download mode in my phone only shows one word "Downloading'' in yellow. and in odin it only shows till file analysis and it stops after that.
    <ID:0/004> Added!!
    <ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    <ID:0/004> File analysis..
    help please?
  23. NYCMedic

    NYCMedic Lurker

    Hi guys. I had lot problem after I install and firmware on my Samsung i9000. So I used Odin3 and now my phone don't have a logo "AT&T appear in loop =( I don't know what to do because when I use the combo keys, nothing happens... Result I can't use my phone... I need help. Thank you.

    Please forgive my English.
  24. ProRezOnline

    ProRezOnline Member

    How long should it take...I clicked start about 65 minutes ago right after plugging in the phone (and installing the drivers successfully)...
    Now I have this:
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    <ID:0/004> Added!!
    <ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    <ID:0/004> File analysis..
    <ID:0/004> Set PIT file..

    nothing else seems to be going on...

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