1. kuliksco's Avatar
    I have a Verizon S3 SCH-i535. I unlocked the bootloader a while back when I was running cyanogen, but restored back to factory with clockworkmod and can't remember if I relocked the bootloader (or if reverting back auto locked it again).

    Anyway, I have been trying to following the guide here [HOW-TO] Unbrick your soft bricked Galaxy S3 (+ bootloader brick) - xda-developers

    and anytime I try to flash VRALEC or VRALEF it hangs on the step below. I left it up when I went to bed and it was still stuck in the same spot about 6 hours later.

    <ID:0/004> Added!!
    <OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 is valid.
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    <ID:0/004> File analysis..
    <ID:0/004> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/004> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/004> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/004> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/004> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/004> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/004> rpm.mbn
    <ID:0/004> sbl1.mbn
    <ID:0/004> sbl2.mbn

    I have tried different cables, different PC's, and different USB ports with no luck.

    The reason I am doing this is because my phone was randomly rebooting and wouldn't stay on for more than a minute. I wanted to take it in to verizon, but I still had the custom unlock logo on the startup screen, so I was trying to flash a stock image to make it look normal so I could possibly get a warranty replacement. Well, the phones only have 1 year and I'm a little out of that range and whatever PDA files I tried to flash with odin only made it worse. My phone hangs on the samsung Galaxy S3 logo and I can't boot into recovery mode, only download mode.

    Anyone have any advice? Are there any steps I might need to perform before trying to flash the bootchains?

    I also tried flashing stock.vzw_root66.tar with the following error even with a PIT file:

    <ID:0/004> Removed!!
    <ID:0/004> Added!!
    <ID:0/004> Odin v.3 engine (ID:4)..
    <ID:0/004> File analysis..
    <ID:0/004> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/004> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/004> Erase...
    <ID:0/004> Set PIT file..
    <ID:0/004> DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
    <ID:0/004> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/004>
    <ID:0/004> There is no PIT partition.
    <OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    I'm guessing that is because I was not able to successfully flash the first two.
    01-08-2014 11:14 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Try redownloading the file.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-08-2014 11:42 AM
  3. kuliksco's Avatar
    Try redownloading the file.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    I tried a few different copies with the same results. All of them passed the md5 check so I think they are valid.
    01-08-2014 02:03 PM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Its a rooted ROM?

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    01-08-2014 03:54 PM
  5. xceeder's Avatar
    Sorry to hear you've soft bricked but why on earth does everyone use that Odin app its not stable enough in my opinion , if you've got a PC/laptop then use that using the adb commands its not that hard honestly if a newbie like me can do it then anyone can.....

    sent from my Nexus 7 using tapatalk pro..
    01-08-2014 04:33 PM
  6. kuliksco's Avatar
    I tried multiple downloads from different sites for the bootchains, but they have all passed the MD5 which I think means they should be fine.

    Its a rooted ROM?

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    I don't think I have much of any rom left on my device. I got errors about last time I was able to try a factory reset about deleting and creating parititons before I tried reflashing a full blown stock ROM. I was able to run one of the CF autoroot packages which did complete successfully, but my phone is not even able to boot into recovery mode, only download mode. When I try to boot in recovery mode, I get an error about how I should use kies to recover the system. I did try Kies at it sits at 0% after it finishes downloading the firmware.

    From what I'm reading, as long as I can get into download mode my phone should be recoverable. Although, now I'm starting to think there might be some legitimate hardware issue.

    I'm a UNIX admin by day, so if there was a method using ADB to try and recover, I should be able to follow.
    01-08-2014 05:48 PM
  7. ailiffpai's Avatar
    they have all passed the MD5 which I think means they should be fine.
    01-08-2014 07:58 PM
  8. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I tried multiple downloads from different sites for the bootchains, but they have all passed the MD5 which I think means they should be fine.



    I don't think I have much of any rom left on my device. I got errors about last time I was able to try a factory reset about deleting and creating parititons before I tried reflashing a full blown stock ROM. I was able to run one of the CF autoroot packages which did complete successfully, but my phone is not even able to boot into recovery mode, only download mode. When I try to boot in recovery mode, I get an error about how I should use kies to recover the system. I did try Kies at it sits at 0% after it finishes downloading the firmware.

    From what I'm reading, as long as I can get into download mode my phone should be recoverable. Although, now I'm starting to think there might be some legitimate hardware issue.

    I'm a UNIX admin by day, so if there was a method using ADB to try and recover, I should be able to follow.
    Finding a stock ROM might be hard to come by for the time being. Many of the sites that I know of that have ROM libraries, used Hotfile, which voluntarily shut down about a month ago. ADB may be possible, but I think you need it to have USB Debugging on.
    01-08-2014 10:11 PM
  9. kuliksco's Avatar
    No matter what I try to flash, it always hangs on sbl2.mbn. bootchain, kernel, and ROM image.

    <OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 is valid.
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/003> Added!!
    <ID:0/003> Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    <ID:0/003> File analysis..
    <ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/003> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/003> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/003> SingleDownload.
    <ID:0/003> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/003> rpm.mbn
    <ID:0/003> sbl1.mbn
    <ID:0/003> sbl2.mbn
    01-09-2014 02:12 AM
  10. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    No matter what I try to flash, it always hangs on sbl2.mbn. bootchain, kernel, and ROM image.

    <OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
    <OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    <OSM> Please wait..
    <OSM> VRALEC.bootchain.tar.md5 is valid.
    <OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    <OSM> Leave CS..
    <ID:0/003> Added!!
    <ID:0/003> Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    <ID:0/003> File analysis..
    <ID:0/003> SetupConnection..
    <ID:0/003> Initialzation..
    <ID:0/003> Get PIT for mapping..
    <ID:0/003> Firmware update start..
    <ID:0/003> SingleDownload.
    <ID:0/003> aboot.mbn
    <ID:0/003> NAND Write Start!!
    <ID:0/003> rpm.mbn
    <ID:0/003> sbl1.mbn
    <ID:0/003> sbl2.mbn
    I am going to be honest, I have no idea what to suggest.

    From a Sprint Moto X using AC Forums app
    Luisin76 likes this.
    01-09-2014 08:17 AM
  11. Luisin76's Avatar
    So, i was trying to Root my SGH-I747 when Odin closed unexpectedly, this is the first time I attempt a root and it freaking fails. So I thought to myself "no worries, just restart the phone, it will be alright, yea well, it wasn't. My damn phone ended up getting soft-bricked. I tried all the threads I could find to attempt to get the stock FW back to no avail. Then I attempted to follow this tut and the damn thing failed on step 1. I was really sad and damn near had a heart attack. Then the weirdest thing happened. I attempted to put the phone back in recovery mode and the SAMSUNG screen came up, I let it continue the boot and voila, the damn thing was un-bricked and none of my data was lost. I didn't even have to re-flash the stock ROM. I am so glad I ran into your TUT. Thanks. I will re-try to root my phone but I will make sure I have a backup phone first....just in case!!!
    04-13-2014 02:37 PM
  12. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    So, i was trying to Root my SGH-I747 when Odin closed unexpectedly, this is the first time I attempt a root and it freaking fails. So I thought to myself "no worries, just restart the phone, it will be alright, yea well, it wasn't. My damn phone ended up getting soft-bricked. I tried all the threads I could find to attempt to get the stock FW back to no avail. Then I attempted to follow this tut and the damn thing failed on step 1. I was really sad and damn near had a heart attack. Then the weirdest thing happened. I attempted to put the phone back in recovery mode and the SAMSUNG screen came up, I let it continue the boot and voila, the damn thing was un-bricked and none of my data was lost. I didn't even have to re-flash the stock ROM. I am so glad I ran into your TUT. Thanks. I will re-try to root my phone but I will make sure I have a backup phone first....just in case!!!
    Welcome to the forums.
    Glad everything sorted itself out. I would double check the root procedure, redownload files, and try again. Let us know how it works out.
    04-13-2014 06:57 PM

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