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    Default Stuck in CWM-recovery; Can't mount sdcard or restore

    Hey there,
    I kind of did a really dumb thing to my phone, I blindly followed to upgrade to KitKat 4.4 with CM 11 without actually knowing what i was doing.
    The dumb thing is that I actually know nothing about modding android like this an I thought I could get it done just by following the steps.
    Anyway when I tried to install CM from the zip it gave out an error that ended with 'aborting installation'.

    Now the phone boots straight into the CWM-recovery-screen, I can't install zip from sdcard because it won't mount the sdcard, when I try restore my backups from internal sdcard it says 'MD5 mismatch!'.
    Also I cant turn off the phone, it will boot straight into that cwm-screen even if I take out the battery and put it back in. I can however boot into download mode if I'm fast enough.

    Device is I9100, I had it rooted with odin before so it wasn't on stock firmware.

    I'd appreciate any help, as I said I'm a complete newbie to this and I have no idea what to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pl4cebo View Post
    Hey there,
    I kind of did a really dumb thing to my phone, I blindly followed to upgrade to KitKat 4.4 with CM 11 without actually knowing what i was doing.
    The dumb thing is that I actually know nothing about modding android like this an I thought I could get it done just by following the steps.
    Anyway when I tried to install CM from the zip it gave out an error that ended with 'aborting installation'.

    Now the phone boots straight into the CWM-recovery-screen, I can't install zip from sdcard because it won't mount the sdcard, when I try restore my backups from internal sdcard it says 'MD5 mismatch!'.
    Also I cant turn off the phone, it will boot straight into that cwm-screen even if I take out the battery and put it back in. I can however boot into download mode if I'm fast enough.

    Device is I9100, I had it rooted with odin before so it wasn't on stock firmware.

    I'd appreciate any help, as I said I'm a complete newbie to this and I have no idea what to do.
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    I wouldn't know how or why these steps were wrong but a buddy of mine said whoever wrote that guide is clueless and isn't helping anyone.

    The majority of the comments at the bottom of the page are about failed attempts, nearly bricking and how its an unsafe method. Besides, just downloading it shows that its meant for the Note and not your device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pl4cebo View Post
    Hey there,
    I kind of did a really dumb thing to my phone, I blindly followed to upgrade to KitKat 4.4 with CM 11 without actually knowing what i was doing.
    The dumb thing is that I actually know nothing about modding android like this an I thought I could get it done just by following the steps.
    Anyway when I tried to install CM from the zip it gave out an error that ended with 'aborting installation'.

    Now the phone boots straight into the CWM-recovery-screen, I can't install zip from sdcard because it won't mount the sdcard, when I try restore my backups from internal sdcard it says 'MD5 mismatch!'.
    Also I cant turn off the phone, it will boot straight into that cwm-screen even if I take out the battery and put it back in. I can however boot into download mode if I'm fast enough.

    Device is I9100, I had it rooted with odin before so it wasn't on stock firmware.

    I'd appreciate any help, as I said I'm a complete newbie to this and I have no idea what to do.
    Here is what i have been able to find. There is no CM 11 on Cyanogen's website. Hence, there is no official 4.4 ROM. I took a look at your link. The steps are for the most part correct, but the file provided was for the Galaxy Note. The ROM may have been ported, but it must have been done so incorrectly. Essentially, what happened was an improper ROM was flashed to the wrong device.
    Not your fault. This is a result of poor research.

    Right now your only hope is to see if a JTAG service can help.

    Now, I have not dealt with this site/service before so I can not verify how well it works. But right now as far as I know it is your only option.

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    Actually, according to the OP, the rom never flashed, which is actually a good thing. Although the N7000 pretty has much the same hardware as the i9100, no one should be flashing the that rom except for those with experience. Whoever wrote that article is an irresponsible *****. However, if the flash went through, it wouldn't have hard bricked the phone.

    **EDIT: OP, have you selected reboot system now in recovery? Since the rom didn't flash, the phone should boot back normally.

    Because you are able to get into download mode, you can "ODIN" back to stock. Follow the guide in this link:

    From there, you can try out if you still feel like trying out 4.4 KitKat. The rom is maintained by several developers who used to used to maintain CyanogenMod for Exynos based devices (Team Hacksung).
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    Default Re: Stuck in CWM-recovery; Can't mount sdcard or restore

    first of all thanks for your responses!

    About the thing being for the Note: I thought so too at first but the filename of the download was "cm-11-20131113-UNOFFICIAL-i9100.zip", so I assumed it was just a typo in the article, they also linked as a source and the download was labeled correctly in there.

    Im going to try what Lawrence suggested now, thank you for the Link though Golfdriver, If I can't get it to work at all I will try this service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pl4cebo View Post
    first of all thanks for your responses!

    About the thing being for the Note: I thought so too at first but the filename of the download was "cm-11-20131113-UNOFFICIAL-i9100.zip", so I assumed it was just a typo in the article, they also linked as a source and the download was labeled correctly in there.

    Im going to try what Lawrence suggested now, thank you for the Link though Golfdriver, If I can't get it to work at all I will try this service.
    Best of luck! Let us know what happens.

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    Yessss! It worked, awesome!

    Thank you guys sooo much, I got it to work again using the guide Lawrence posted. No problems whatsoever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pl4cebo View Post
    Yessss! It worked, awesome!

    Thank you guys sooo much, I got it to work again using the guide Lawrence posted. No problems whatsoever!
    Glad you are up and running again. If you have any questions or doubt's about ROMs, by all means, ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence of a Labia View Post

    From there, you can try out if you still feel like trying out 4.4 KitKat. The rom is maintained by several developers who used to used to maintain CyanogenMod for Exynos based devices (Team Hacksung).
    This thread has been hands down the best information I have found all weekend on installing the 4.4 kitkat ROM on the i9100. I spent the entire day yesterday researching, installing, troubleshooting, flashing, re-installing and in the end I still had issues. I, like pl4cebo, installed the fake Cyanogen CM 11 ROM and was having major issues with mounting the SD card and also the battery percentage display.

    This morning I found this thread and downloaded the ROM in this link and in less than half an hour had my Galaxy SII running kitkat smoothly.

    Thanks for all your help.

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