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    Lightbulb Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Okay, this all happened because I tried to install CyanogenMod without taking into consideration the fact that I'm using the SV version, of which there does not seem to be any easy way to install CyanogenMod on.

    My provider is Boost Mobile if that's important.

    The first step I took was to unlock the bootloader, which was successful (I did use the HTCDev website, submit my identifier token, and it definitely worked).

    The real trouble was when I tried flashing my recovery and boot .img's using the files in this link (for the HTC One S): How to Install CyanogenMod on the HTC One S ("ville") - CyanogenMod

    Terrible mistake, I know. I think my phone is bricked, but I'm not 100% sure because this is the first time I've tampered with any phone on this level. The only comparable mistake was when I accidentally formatted my hard drive when I tried installing Arch on my desktop, two years ago.

    Right now, my phone won't start properly. When I do a normal bootup, by simply holding down the power button, I get treated to the HTC logo followed by a blank blackish-grey screen. I have to remove the battery to exit it. I can access fastboot, but when I attempt to access recovery I get taken to a perpetual load screen with an HTC logo and "Entering recovery mode..." on top of it. I have to remove my battery at this point because it never goes beyond that screen.

    The other trouble is that while I seem to be able to access my phone through a USB cable, and apparently detect it using the "fastboot devices" command, the device itself doesn't seem to show up on Windows (as C525c, like it did before). I'm not sure if this has to do with me screwing up my boot and recovery .img's or my USB drivers.

    Is it possible to at least bring my phone back to its original state? I hear that there is a difference between "soft-bricking" and "hard-bricking," so I suspect my case is the former. I'd rather not spend any money on a new phone unless there literally is no other way, so I need to know how to restore it to where I can at least make calls and keep contacts.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by AC Question View Post
    Okay, this all happened because I tried to install CyanogenMod without taking into consideration the fact that I'm using the SV version, of which there does not seem to be any easy way to install CyanogenMod on.

    My provider is Boost Mobile if that's important.

    The first step I took was to unlock the bootloader, which was successful (I did use the HTCDev website, submit my identifier token, and it definitely worked).

    The real trouble was when I tried flashing my recovery and boot .img's using the files in this link (for the HTC One S): How to Install CyanogenMod on the HTC One S ("ville") - CyanogenMod

    Terrible mistake, I know. I think my phone is bricked, but I'm not 100% sure because this is the first time I've tampered with any phone on this level. The only comparable mistake was when I accidentally formatted my hard drive when I tried installing Arch on my desktop, two years ago.

    Right now, my phone won't start properly. When I do a normal bootup, by simply holding down the power button, I get treated to the HTC logo followed by a blank blackish-grey screen. I have to remove the battery to exit it. I can access fastboot, but when I attempt to access recovery I get taken to a perpetual load screen with an HTC logo and "Entering recovery mode..." on top of it. I have to remove my battery at this point because it never goes beyond that screen.

    The other trouble is that while I seem to be able to access my phone through a USB cable, and apparently detect it using the "fastboot devices" command, the device itself doesn't seem to show up on Windows (as C525c, like it did before). I'm not sure if this has to do with me screwing up my boot and recovery .img's or my USB drivers.

    Is it possible to at least bring my phone back to its original state? I hear that there is a difference between "soft-bricking" and "hard-bricking," so I suspect my case is the former. I'd rather not spend any money on a new phone unless there literally is no other way, so I need to know how to restore it to where I can at least make calls and keep contacts.
    Hi there! Thanks for trying out AC.

    Let's get started with the basics. The recovery. Do you have the recovery file? If so, we need to flash it.

    Are you familiar with the bootloader menu as well as fastboot? You'll need to know these.




    Access the bootloader menu (power off the phone, then hold power +vol up button).

    Select fastboot from the menu.

    Wait until you see "fastboot" in red text on the phone's screen.

    Connect it to the PC.

    See if it changes from "fastboot" to "fastboot usb"

    Let me know once you get to this point.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Hi, this is the OP. I am certainly able to see it change from "fastboot" to "fastboot-usb." In fact, my entire afternoon was spent in a tedious cycle of removing the battery -- reinserting the battery -- rebooting to fastboot, plugging it using my USB -- try to experiment with various options (even checked the Image CRC or whatever it was called) -- get stuck on a perpetual load screen -- remove battery -- etc.

    The recovery file? I'm not sure if you mean the recovery file that already comes with the phone (does something like that exist?), or the one I tried to flash in order to install CyanogenMod, or the one I took from this one thread on the XDA forums that was meant to be some sort of Jelly Bean clone (as far as I can recall, because I'm on my laptop right now, and the stuff for reference is on my desktop computer which I can't access at the moment). Sorry if my tone comes across as sarcastic, because I'm really not sure, and I'm completely serious about fixing this (tone can get lost through the written word if you're not careful).
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    bump

    (I do know how to get to the point where it says fastboot usb, but I don't know what I can do next.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    bump

    In a thread on the XDA forums where I first posted this, someone recommended that I flash my recovery from a file from here:

    [Recovery] TWRP Recovery 2.7.0.x (recommended for 4.2.2) - Post #2 - XDA

    Original Thread: I've made a few extremely rash decisions, and I'm not sure if I can fix this. - xda-developers
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Okay, I just flashed my recovery from a file in that link, and I'm finally able to boot into recovery. I'm not sure what to do next.

    My options are: Install, Wipe, Backup, Restore, Mount, Settings, Advanced, Reboot.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Okay, I just flashed my recovery from a file in that link, and I'm finally able to boot into recovery. I'm not sure what to do next.

    My options are: Install, Wipe, Backup, Restore, Mount, Settings, Advanced, Reboot.
    Well you got quite far, see if you can mount the phone in recovery on your PC. Just go mount in TWRP, and make sure you check all the boxes.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Okay, here's the thing right now, when I check all the boxes and press "Mount," Windows 7 tells me that I need to "format the disk in drive E: before you can use it." I don't think I should do this because it would wipe out what I have on my phone right now. Is there any workaround?
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Okay, here's the thing right now, when I check all the boxes and press "Mount," Windows 7 tells me that I need to "format the disk in drive E: before you can use it." I don't think I should do this because it would wipe out what I have on my phone right now. Is there any workaround?
    You'll have to format it if you want it mounted. I don't think it will wipe the phone. If you want, you can try ADB Sideload and flash a ROM that way using adb commands.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quick question: do I format it as NTFS or FAT32?

    edit: because I recall having to format stuff to NTFS before, for it to work. That had to do with Linux though, with the formats associated with that.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Quick question: do I format it as NTFS or FAT32?
    [Q] Is the memory of the One S FAT32 or NTFS? - xda-developers

    You might want to look into this. I might have been wrong about losing data, but I'm not sure what data you would be losing.

    Anyways to sum it up, NTFS allows transfer for big files above 4GB. Fat32 only allows files up to 4GB.

    I believe I have my HTC One XL formatted as Fat32, so that should be sufficient.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Okay, after doing a quick Google search, I just formatted it to FAT32, and I'm able to see it on Windows now. I'm not sure what to do next though. Do I need to flash something again? I just want to get a working system from which I can do more later on.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Okay, after doing a quick Google search, I just formatted it to FAT32, and I'm able to see it on Windows now. I'm not sure what to do next though. Do I need to flash something again? I just want to get a working system from which I can do more later on.
    Yep! Now you can drag in a ROM! One SV Android Development - xda-developers

    Check something out from there. Or do you have something already?

    Also, could you do me a favor and click "reply with quote."

    It notifies me when you responded. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Yep! Now you can drag in a ROM! One SV Android Development - xda-developers

    Check something out from there. Or do you have something already?

    Also, could you do me a favor and click "reply with quote."

    It notifies me when you responded. Thanks.
    I did get a couple of files from this thread already : [HTC One SV] Stock boot.img | recovery.img | radio.img - xda-developers
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    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    I did get a couple of files from this thread already : [HTC One SV] Stock boot.img | recovery.img | radio.img - xda-developers
    Those are not complete ROMs. Those are just additional files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Those are not complete ROMs. Those are just additional files.
    Would any of the files in the ROM threads work fine, then? I'll check out ViperSV in that case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Would any of the files in the ROM threads work fine, then? I'll check out ViperSV in that case.
    The ViperSV ROM supports all variants of the SV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    The ViperSV ROM supports all variants of the SV.
    Okay, I'm the process of saving the zip file of version 1.0.0 (the other versions didn't have workable links)
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    Okay, I finished saving the zip file. What do I do with it? I see on another site which instructs users to go to the Install section of their Recovery, but I'm not sure if this applies to me. I'd have to unmount my phone to get to my Install section (I think)

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    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Okay, I'm the process of saving the zip file of version 1.0.0 (the other versions didn't have workable links)
    It says "ViperSV, starting from version 1.1.0, works on both International GSM/CDMA and LTE variant." So 1.0.0 will not do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    Okay, I finished saving the zip file. What do I do with it? I see on another site which instructs users to go to the Install section of their Recovery, but I'm not sure if this applies to me. I'd have to unmount my phone to get to my Install section (I think)

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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    It says "ViperSV, starting from version 1.1.0, works on both International GSM/CDMA and LTE variant." So 1.0.0 will not do.

    - - - Updated - - -


    Pssst, I'm right here! I'll show you how. It's real easy.
    I can't access mega.co.nz, as I said. The loading screen never finishes.

    Edit: also, thank you . I really appreciate your help. =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by True to Augustus View Post
    I can't access mega.co.nz, as I said. The loading screen never finishes.

    Edit: also, thank you . I really appreciate your help. =)
    Just saw what you were talking about. I see what you mean about the loading screen. I'm trying to find a compatible ROM. Could you do me a favor and unmount, then boot into bootlaoder? Look at the very top of the screen. What does it say for the codename? K2_UL, K2_U, K2_CL, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Just saw what you were talking about. I see what you mean about the loading screen.
    Some of the ROM threads have a disclaimer that I should download to hboot 2.0.0 if I have hboot 2.2.1. I guess I need to check my hboot version. Do I need to do anything before rebooting (in order to get into hboot to see what my version is)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Just saw what you were talking about. I see what you mean about the loading screen. I'm trying to find a compatible ROM. Could you do me a favor and unmount, then boot into bootlaoder? Look at the very top of the screen. What does it say for the codename? K2_UL, K2_U, K2_CL, etc.
    K2_CL PUT SHIP S-ON RL

    I see that my HBOOT is 2.21.000
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    Default Re: Is my phone bricked beyond saving? (HTC One SV, tried to install CyanogenMod)

    Quote Originally Posted by wizzrah View Post
    Just saw what you were talking about. I see what you mean about the loading screen. I'm trying to find a compatible ROM. Could you do me a favor and unmount, then boot into bootlaoder? Look at the very top of the screen. What does it say for the codename? K2_UL, K2_U, K2_CL, etc.
    Okay, I was able to finally access mega.co.nz through Opera. Are you here right now?
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