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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by johnlgalt, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I just reverted my phone from 5.7.893 to 5.5.886 fully stock to apply the 5.5.893 update.

    I'm exhausted though - writeup tomorrow. I still gotta apply 901 and then get safe strap installed and get ICS running too

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  2. thetingster

    thetingster Android Enthusiast

    Great work!
  3. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    I just followed instructions - tried 3 different ways, and a very obscure one finally worked.

    I was more guinea pig than anything lol - but hey, I put my device on the line so we can appease those who applied the update(s) and want to revert.
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  4. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Here is the proof of my phone:

    5.5.893 1.jpg

    5.5.893 2.jpg

    I'm now applying the 5.9.901 update.

    And if I can reproduce the reversion to stock using this as well, then guess what? I can participate in soak tests! :D
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  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    And now I am on 5.9.901 :D

    5.9.901 1.jpg

    5.9.901 2.jpg
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  6. OutOfPhase

    OutOfPhase Premium Member

    Nice work John! thanks for being the guinea pig. I see the kernels and radio for 5.9.901 are different from my 5.8.894. Did they change again with the newest update?
  7. goldz28

    goldz28 Android Enthusiast

    That's awesome
  8. RDKamikaze

    RDKamikaze Android Enthusiast

    Do you have a donate button? :) If not, put one in your tut!
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  9. wichita6

    wichita6 Well-Known Member

    You are right...I gonna love it!
    Bravo !
  10. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    That is the latest update thus far, that we've found - but yeah, it is definitely different.

    However, if my theory holds true, then from here on out we should have a nearly flawless system of reverting any time we want.

    The key is going to be:

    1) remember what customizations you've applied - for example another user in the other thread at RW is still stuck after applying the update. He had issues with WebTop and with zumocast missing, neither of which I had done.

    moral of the story - don't delete your apps - the updates check for them, seemingly randomly, but actually because the updates contain patches to / replacements for the existing stock updates.
  11. wichita6

    wichita6 Well-Known Member

    Thats why I have all of Ver's bloat at 300 degrees below zero but not uninstalled :) you never know when you may "need" to revert.
  12. mbtech

    mbtech Newbie

    Do tell. Thousand of Bionic users including myself will be extremely grateful.

    I have everything up at 5.5.893 except the radio. I do have a radio.zip flash to goto the stock radio.( CDMA_N_03.1C.50R ltedc_u_05.15.00) one now needs to be made to get to this radio CDMA_N_03.1C.57Rltedc_u_05.15.01. Once someone makes that zip we should be back on the update path and can apply the newest update.
  13. fyrmd

    fyrmd Member

    What is the advantage of going back and starting over, rather then just continuing on from 5.7.893?
  14. thetingster

    thetingster Android Enthusiast

    The biggest reason is that by all appearances 5.7.893 is off the update path and there is a newer update that cannot be obtained from 5.7.893. So if one wants the latest fixes this method John has discovered will allow some of us to now have it.
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  15. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    5.5.893, 5.7.893 and 5.8.894 all update from 5.5.886. 5.9.901 (accidental leak this week) updates only from 5.5.893.

    IOW, it's supposed (not necessarily factual at this point) that the next update released will load only on 5.5.893. 5.7.893 is already ahead of that, and thus the theory is that 5.7.893 users currently are off the upgrade track, and supposition is that this may be indefinite.

    As to what I did - I'll make a post about it in a new thread, so I can keep this one open for discussion without cluttering up the info in that post.

    We now have a second methodology as well, and I want to incorporate that into the post - but that post will probably not be until later tonight as I'm about to start packing to go to South Carolina. Plus, I did not actually use that second methodology, so I have to copy and paste from another thread, and I want confirmation that this is actually a working method too before posting it.

    WARNING!!! This procedure to revert TO stock in order to apply the update of your choice WILL soft brick your phone. It may become permanent, as one user has figured out - he is unable to flash any of the update files onto his phone, and it locks hard with a boot fail. He's lucky in that he went to the VZW store and they went ahead an initiated a replacement for him even after he told them exactly what he had been doing, including the running of leaked updates. If yours goes hte same way, you may not be as lucky....


    Oh, and as an aside - I also have ICS on the phone via safestrap (which makes use of 2init, I believe, or at least something similar) but since I have bounced my phone to 5.9.901 it gets no signal - currently.
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  16. mbtech

    mbtech Newbie

    Thanks for the update John
  17. realBBB

    realBBB Lurker

    A solution was found for the couple *perm* bricks. I have heard of zero unsuccessful conversions.

    Looking for Darkness.
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  18. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Yup, even the user I referred to earlier has successfully unbricked his phone.

    Nice to see you here, BBB, and thanks again for the original dd method to get me started!
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  19. realBBB

    realBBB Lurker

    Thanks for being the FIRST!

    Awesome Awe.
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  20. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    It's what I do :p
  21. thetingster

    thetingster Android Enthusiast

    This is the method I found and used and it worked great.

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  22. Bowslayer

    Bowslayer Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your willingness to sacrifice your phone to help everyone. I want to get back in track also.
    I assume I Have to Root to pull this off?? If so.. Can I "Un— root" later?
  23. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian
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    Actually, you don't have to root to get this done.

    There are a few one-click methods out there as well as a few manual methods, but the majority of the success depends upon what you've actually done to get where you are.

    What update are you on, an assuming that you're not rooted, do you want to root at all, or remain rootless?

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