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    I got a used Charge off craigslist. It works great except when I try to update the software something weird happens. The update downloads, the phone reboots, it starts to install the update and about 1/4 way through, I get a white triangle with an orange exclamation point and the little green droid dude. The only thing I can do it a battery pull. Then it boots to a screen that says "Voodoo Logfix Recovery" that looks like the pic attached. I can choose reboot and the phone boots back to normal (without the update though). Other than not being able to install the update, I have no other problems with the phone. How do I get rid of this voodoo thing?? I know nothing about rooting or hacking so I need layman instructions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    I got a used Charge off craigslist. It works great except when I try to update the software something weird happens. The update downloads, the phone reboots, it starts to install the update and about 1/4 way through, I get a white triangle with an orange exclamation point and the little green droid dude. The only thing I can do it a battery pull. Then it boots to a screen that says "Voodoo Logfix Recovery" that looks like the pic attached. I can choose reboot and the phone boots back to normal (without the update though). Other than not being able to install the update, I have no other problems with the phone. How do I get rid of this voodoo thing?? I know nothing about rooting or hacking so I need layman instructions
    You should do this anyway, but you need to return the phone all the way to stock. You never know what is on there from the previous owner unless you do

    These instructions are simple and to the point. Do not be afraid of it, the Charge is hard to kill.

    [How to] Return to Stock, FULL with modem ED2 Odin package(Last resort fix)

    After you do that, you will have to do several OTA updates (over the air) to get up to the most current version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    I got a used Charge off craigslist. It works great except when I try to update the software something weird happens. The update downloads, the phone reboots, it starts to install the update and about 1/4 way through, I get a white triangle with an orange exclamation point and the little green droid dude. The only thing I can do it a battery pull. Then it boots to a screen that says "Voodoo Logfix Recovery" that looks like the pic attached. I can choose reboot and the phone boots back to normal (without the update though). Other than not being able to install the update, I have no other problems with the phone. How do I get rid of this voodoo thing?? I know nothing about rooting or hacking so I need layman instructions
    I think you can go somewhere here and get a odin file to carry you to present stock without doing all the OTA's which consume so much time..i saw it either here or xda quite possibility at rootswiki. at the very least you can odin to ep4d then OTA the fp1.. all stock... sry i dont remember where i saw that file buts its here ..do a search for odins and see what comes up..
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    yeah that file is around (how you doing papa54, long time no see) but I figured the instructions given with the ed2 were gold for a newbie and really didnt want to stray from them for fear of confusing her...
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    Thanks guys. Yep, that 2nd post confused the heck out of me, lol. I'll try that first post tonight and see what it does. The person who sold me the phone didn't bother to wipe anything, I had all his texts, phone numbers, etc. Lucky for him I am an honest person and did a factory reset first thing.
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    Piizzadude, the step that directs me to download Odin, the link associated with it is bad. Do you have another source?
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    I agree, it is a good idea to return your phone to stock, to be sure nothing is left over from the previous owner. Who knows what ghosts he may have left lurking that could cause serious problems for you!!

    1. Go here for Odin, and CWM Recovery (which you may or may not use, depending on how much you want to get into all this):



    There is a link to download Odin, as well as a link that explains how to use Odin if you are not familiar with it.

    2. Then you can download and install GingerBread (EP4 tar file) and the PIT file for the Samsung Droid Charge from here:



    3. Then you can load this EP4 tar file using the PDA Button in ODIN, and PIT file using the PIT Button in ODIN you just downloaded, (follow the instructions on how to use ODIN either in the link piizzadude provided, or the instructions provided in the XDA link above).

    4. And then you can do the FP1 update Over The Air if you want, or...

    5. Or you can load CWM Recovery through ODIN, and flash (install) the FP1 kernel and pre-rooted FP1 ROMS found in the XDA link I provided above. Note that if you decide to go this route, you have to install the FP1 kernel and the FP1 ROMS separately, the kernel is required and is not included in the FP1 ROMs.

    Confused? Hopefully not. It's all a lot easier than it looks/sounds, and there are plenty of folks willing and able to walk you through all this if need be.
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    Ok, I found Odin by googling and finally hitting a legit site, however, it gives me a fail message when running - see attached screen shot. I did everything in the exact order specified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    Ok, I found Odin by googling and finally hitting a legit site, however, it gives me a fail message when running - see attached screen shot. I did everything in the exact order specified.
    I notice Odin is not reporting a com port for the phone. Were you initially able to get the phone in download mode and connect to Odin?

    A com port should have reported in the rectangular box below the red box.

    BTW, I don't believe you should have Auto Reboot checked.
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    Yes, it does report a COM initially, I guess when it fails, it wipes that box. Here's the initial screen shot. I closed it out and tried to turn my phone on and I get a screen that shows a phone connected to a computer with a orange caution triangle between them and all I can do is a battery pull to take me back to the same icons (ie. phone wont boot now).

    (PS I did try it again and unchecked auto boot, same result.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    Yes, it does report a COM initially, I guess when it fails, it wipes that box. Here's the initial screen shot. I closed it out and tried to turn my phone on and I get a screen that shows a phone connected to a computer with a orange caution triangle between them and all I can do is a battery pull to take me back to the same icons (ie. phone wont boot now).

    (PS I did try it again and unchecked auto boot, same result.)
    What action are you taking that results in a FAIL message? After you get the successful COM link, are you then trying to install a file in the PDA section of ODIN, and that is when you get the FAIL? Or do you get a FAIL just with your phone connected immediately after you get a successful connection?
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    I am going through the steps outlined here

    [How to] Return to Stock, FULL with modem ED2 Odin package(Last resort fix)

    I get the yellow download screen on my phone, I click PDA on ODIN, I choose the tar file, it goes through steps then fails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    I am going through the steps outlined here

    [How to] Return to Stock, FULL with modem ED2 Odin package(Last resort fix)

    I get the yellow download screen on my phone, I click PDA on ODIN, I choose the tar file, it goes through steps then fails.
    What tar file are you using? I suggest using the one I linked you to in my earlier post for the EP4 tar file



    It's the 4th one down under Droid Charge.

    I also recommend using the PIT file as well, and loading that in the PIT section in ODIN.
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    I am using the one linked in those instructions but I will try your links.
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    Also here is a tip.

    Take the battery out until you get into download mode. Then put the battery back in and flash. The charge likes the battery in when using Odin. Not sure if the post says that or not

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    Yes, I always forget that little tidbit with the Charge...thanks!
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    Well I'll be dang, popping that battery back in after loading the download screen on the phone worked, its running now. Fingers crossed it finishes! Stand by.....
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    Round of drinks on me, we have success!!! Just to summarize in case someone else reads this later, here's what I did. I followed instructions here with a few tweaks:

    [How to] Return to Stock, FULL with modem ED2 Odin package(Last resort fix)

    EXCEPT I downloaded ODIN from here
    download 4th one under Droid Charge (I dont know if this matters but I got it to work using this one)

    EXCEPT after the yellow download screen comes up, pop your phone battery back in

    THANKS GUYS!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti88 View Post
    Round of drinks on me, we have success!!! Just to summarize in case someone else reads this later, here's what I did. I followed instructions here with a few tweaks:

    [How to] Return to Stock, FULL with modem ED2 Odin package(Last resort fix)

    EXCEPT I downloaded ODIN from here
    download 4th one under Droid Charge (I dont know if this matters but I got it to work using this one)

    EXCEPT after the yellow download screen comes up, pop your phone battery back in

    THANKS GUYS!!!
    Awesome! Big thanks to piizzadude, that trick with the battery is probably all that you were missing the first time around. I totally forgot the battery thing...sorry about that.
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    Cool! Glad you got it working!

    I cannot tell you how many times I flashed my charge KNOWING I had to have the.battery in and still forgot.

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    Now that you have it back to stock and you are an old hand at flashing, play with stock until you get bored then flash tweak 2.0. It is a great Rom

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    You're talking foreign to me with that. I did good to get it back to stock, much less now put something back on it! LOL.
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    Putting on a different Rom is the exact same thing as what you already did. Tweak 2.0 is developed by someone other than Samsung, and it has a different look and more customization options. I would give you the.link but I am at work. It is nothing you haven't done already

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    I absolutely agree with piizzadude!

    Don't discard your new found knowledge. Check things out. There is a whole other world out there of ROMs offering benefits and capabilities not found in stock.

    So many Android owners are frozen by fear of the unknown. You are not one of them.

    Once you start, you'll wonder why you haven't been doing it all along. ;-)

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