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    Default Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz

    The other day I was trying to revert my Samsung Galaxy S IV (T-Mobile SGH-M919) from Cyanogenmod to Stock Touchwiz again. I tried following a couple of tutorials around the internet in order to properly do it, most of them, if not all of them, said to use Odin and to use this file in order to revert it back:

    Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz-fileodin.png

    When I used it in Odin, and and followed the directions given, I'd get a fail error like this:

    Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz-odin.png

    I tried to redo it a couple of times, each time I had the same error, and could not revert back to Stock. Then I thought that maybe it was because I had the MD5 file I needed, but the download didn't include a PIT file as well. After a while, I just gave up on trying to revert my phone back, and tried to restart it into my Cyanogenmod again. Once I restarted the phone, this error came up:

    Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz-img_0562.jpg

    I can't access the operating system, the only thing I CAN access is the Downloading thing you use for Odin. I searched google and looked for others who had this same issue, and none of their solutions works. I've also tried to use Kies to restore the phone, and Kies didn't even recognize anything was wrong with the phone.

    If anyone has done something similar, or knows how to fix it, I'd appreciate learning how (And I'd rather not have to buy a new phone and have to pay the rest of the $528 I still owe on the phone :P)

    Thanks in advance,
    Maelstrom728
    Last edited by NotJustAPhone; 03-09-2014 at 07:25 PM.
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    Bump.

    If anyone knows how to fix this issue, I'd be extremely grateful for any assistance. One of my friends from work apparently did the same thing as me and had to get his GS4's motherboard replaced. Still hoping for a cheaper solution though

    Regards,
    Maelstrom728
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    Did you make sure kies did not have a process running in the background while using odin? All kies processes need to be killed before using odin.

    Another thing, before running cyanogenmod, what stock ROM version were you running? After MK2, you can't flash older stock rom tars due to the bootloader (can't go back from MK2+ to MDL)

    As long as you can access download mode you can restore. Take that same picture, but from download mode, make sure its close enough so I can see the text on the screen.

    Extra things: the md5 is already built in the tar, and, you never use a PIT file with odin for just flashing stock roms. An md5 check failure will let you know it was that. This is completely different, this is an authentication failure right after flashing one of the bootloader images (aboot.mbn). My assumption right now is that you were on MK2 and you are flashing MDL, which you can't do. But still, I need that download mode picture.
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    Default Re: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz

    The stock ROM I was running at the time before I installed Cyanogenmod was the last Jelly Bean 4.3 version of TouchWiz that T-Mobile had on the Galaxy S 4 in December.

    Also, my old iPhone can't seem to focus on the smaller text at the top left of the screen, but here's what it says:

    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: SGH-M919
    SYSTEM BINARY: Custom
    SYSTEM STATUS: Official
    KNOX KERNEL LOCK: 0x0
    KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x1
    CSB-CONFIG-LSB: 0x30
    WRITE PROTECTION: Enable
    eMMC BURST MODE: enabled
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom728 View Post
    The stock ROM I was running at the time before I installed Cyanogenmod was the last Jelly Bean 4.3 version of TouchWiz that T-Mobile had on the Galaxy S 4 in December.

    Also, my old iPhone can't seem to focus on the smaller text at the top left of the screen, but here's what it says:

    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: SGH-M919
    SYSTEM BINARY: Custom
    SYSTEM STATUS: Official
    KNOX KERNEL LOCK: 0x0
    KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x1
    CSB-CONFIG-LSB: 0x30
    WRITE PROTECTION: Enable
    eMMC BURST MODE: enabled
    KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0x1

    You were on MK2 (4.3), and you were trying to flash MDL (4.2.2, as per your first picture). The bootloader is locked against downgrades. Also, the bolded part indicates your warranty is void (another pointer that you were running MK2 and can't downgrade).

    You need to flash an MK2 stock tar file (M919UVUEMK2). Register on this website (sammobile.com), so you can download the tar file from this link
    Firmwares | SamMobile | Page 3
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    Hello,

    I have the exakt same problem. I downloaded "I9505XXUEMKF_I9505VDSEMK6_I9505XXUEMKF_HOME.tar" from Sammobile and I get error "sw rev check fail fused 4 binary 3" on the display on the phone. Before I rooted my S4 I hade 4.4.2 on the device, but the version on Sammobile is only 4.3 for Sweden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe Bergwall View Post
    Hello,

    I have the exakt same problem. I downloaded "I9505XXUEMKF_I9505VDSEMK6_I9505XXUEMKF_HOME.tar" from Sammobile and I get error "sw rev check fail fused 4 binary 3" on the display on the phone. Before I rooted my S4 I hade 4.4.2 on the device, but the version on Sammobile is only 4.3 for Sweden.
    Which rom from 4.4.2? stock touchwiz?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe Bergwall View Post
    Hello,

    I have the exakt same problem. I downloaded "I9505XXUEMKF_I9505VDSEMK6_I9505XXUEMKF_HOME.tar" from Sammobile and I get error "sw rev check fail fused 4 binary 3" on the display on the phone. Before I rooted my S4 I hade 4.4.2 on the device, but the version on Sammobile is only 4.3 for Sweden.
    You can't downgrade your firmware if you're on anything after 4.3

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by gxgs View Post
    You need to flash an MK2 stock tar file (M919UVUEMK2). Register on this website (sammobile.com), so you can download the tar file from this link
    Firmwares | SamMobile | Page 3
    I'm currently downloading the file now, and will reply again once it completes or fails. Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom728 View Post
    I'm currently downloading the file now, and will reply again once it completes or fails. Thanks in advance
    MK2 is the 4.3 firmware. I'm sure you were on 4.2.2 when you flashed CM, so make sure you want to stay on TouchWiz from now on, because you won't be able to flash AOSP-based ROMs once you are on 4.3

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    MK2 is the 4.3 firmware. I'm sure you were on 4.2.2 when you flashed CM, so make sure you want to stay on TouchWiz from now on, because you won't be able to flash AOSP-based ROMs once you are on 4.3

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    Read above, he was in 4.3. His warranty bit is also on 0x1 and he is running the tmobile variant. No locked bootloaders. He can flash whatever he wants at this point, including aosp. Only at&t and verizon have locked bootloaders that don't allow anything. 4.2.2 does not have the warranty bit status in download mode on the tmobile variant.

    Tmobile firmware list is composed of MDB, MDL and MK2. Only at&t and verizon have MF3 based on 4.2.2 which is a minor build mostly released to fix the loki exploit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom728 View Post
    I'm currently downloading the file now, and will reply again once it completes or fails. Thanks in advance
    Make sure you wipe dalvik, cache and data before flashing. If the phone hangs at the tmobile logo for too long in the first start after the flash, restart into recovery, wipe dalvik, cache and data again then restart.
    Last edited by gxgs; 03-09-2014 at 07:02 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gxgs View Post
    Read above, he was in 4.3. His warranty bit is also on 0x1 and he is running the tmobile variant. No locked bootloaders. He can flash whatever he wants at this point, including aosp. Only at&t and verizon have locked bootloaders that don't allow anything. 4.2.2 does not have the warranty bit status in download mode on the tmobile variant. And, his bootloader failed authentication when flashing 4.2.2.

    Tmobile firmware list is composed of MDB, MDL and MK2. Only at&t and verizon have MF3 based on 4.2.2 which is a minor build mostly released to fix the loki exploit.



    Make sure you wipe dalvik, cache and data before flashing. If the phone hangs at the tmobile logo for too long in the first start after the flash, restart into recovery, wipe dalvik, cache and data again then restart.
    I didn't see that post. Thanks
    As far as I knew, Knox blocked any attempts at flashing custom recoveries and ROMs. I wonder if he used SafeStrap...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    I wonder if he used SafeStrap...
    No, I didn't xD When I got CM, I installed through their installer because I couldn't seem to get my phone to root without it.

    Quote Originally Posted by gxgs View Post
    Make sure you wipe dalvik, cache and data before flashing. If the phone hangs at the tmobile logo for too long in the first start after the flash, restart into recovery, wipe dalvik, cache and data again then restart.
    I can't boot into recovery anymore, when I use Volume Up, Power, and Home buttons at the same time, it just goes back to that Kies error again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom728 View Post
    No, I didn't xD When I got CM, I installed through their installer because I couldn't seem to get my phone to root without it.



    I can't boot into recovery anymore, when I use Volume Up, Power, and Home buttons at the same time, it just goes back to that Kies error again.
    Don't worry then. Do it after the flash if it hangs for too long.

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    I didn't see that post. Thanks
    As far as I knew, Knox blocked any attempts at flashing custom recoveries and ROMs. I wonder if he used SafeStrap...

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    Thats only on the at&t variant. Tmobile has a complete and fully unlocked bootloader, he can flash anything even on 4.3 or 4.4.2 or 5.0.0 or 6. Locking the bootloader is a carrier decision, not samsung. The only thing that happens if he hasn't flashed anything customized on a tmobile variant, or i9505 (international lte) is that he will blow the warranty bit from 0x0 to 0x1 and samsung has proof to deny his warranty (he's on 0x1 since he flashed CM). Safestrap does not exist for tmobile.
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    I've got the phone successfully working now. Thanks for the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom728 View Post
    I've got the phone successfully working now. Thanks for the help
    Rooting it is a bit different than usual if you want to stay in touchwiz, you need to get rid of the knox module. You can do a CF-root flash with odin, then go to play store and download supersu, launch supersu and it will prompt you to disable knox and press yes.

    You can also flash CF-root with odin, flash a custom recovery with odin, then from the recovery, flash a knox remover zip (I can point you to it if you want), and then flash supersu from recovery (chainfire's website).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gxgs View Post
    Rooting it is a bit different than usual if you want to stay in touchwiz, you need to get rid of the knox module. You can do a CF-root flash with odin, then go to play store and download supersu, launch supersu and it will prompt you to disable knox and press yes.

    You can also flash CF-root with odin, flash a custom recovery with odin, then from the recovery, flash a knox remover zip (I can point you to it if you want), and then flash supersu from recovery (chainfire's website).
    Currently I'm just glad to have the phone working again. I'll refer back to here if I ever want to root it again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gxgs View Post
    Rooting it is a bit different than usual if you want to stay in touchwiz, you need to get rid of the knox module. You can do a CF-root flash with odin, then go to play store and download supersu, launch supersu and it will prompt you to disable knox and press yes.

    You can also flash CF-root with odin, flash a custom recovery with odin, then from the recovery, flash a knox remover zip (I can point you to it if you want), and then flash supersu from recovery (chainfire's website).
    CF Auto-root installs the Super SU app. No need to download the app separately

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    CF Auto-root installs the Super SU app. No need to download the app separately

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    On knox sometimes you have to. It does not show up on the launcher and it needs to be installed again from the play store. Its one of the ways people managed to root 4.3 on xda. It needed to be redownloaded. The su binaries are there, but the apk itself is unlaunchable, thus can't cancel knox or update binaries or provide su requests.
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    Hello , i have the same problem.
    I bought a secondhanded S4 ( i95005) LTE and i saw the Suser App on it.
    I thought that it was rooted and it was indeed so i decided to use ODIN to flash the stock rom.
    The rom it had was 4.4.2 but it was rooted and in the odin mode it said " Binary : Custom " .
    i've tried to flash the 4.3 official and it failed on Aboot.mbn file.

    Should i try the 4.4.2 official rom ?
    is the new bootloader included into the md5 file ?

    Please help !!!!

    PS : I can acces download mode
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    I too am have a terrible time.. Please Help?
    My Sprint S4 is getting same error..

    Firmware upgrade encountered
    an issue. Please select
    recovery mode in Kies & try again.

    My upper left corner says
    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: SPH-L720
    CURRENT BINARY: Custom
    SYSTEM STATUS: Custom
    KNOX KERNEL LOCK: 0X0
    KNOX WARRENTY VOID: 0X0
    CSB-CONFIG-LSB: 0X30
    WRITE PROTECTION: Enable
    eMMC BURST MODE: enabaled

    Heres my Odin Failure
    Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz-odin.jpg
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    Please Help..

    I'm also having a terrible time.. with my Sprint S4 SPH-L720
    Im getting the error...
    Firmware upgrade encountered
    an issue. Please select
    recovery mode in Kies & try again.

    Keys does not recognize my S/N

    In the upper left corner of firmware encountered issue screen it says..
    ODIN MODE
    PRODUCT NAME: SPH-L720
    CURRENT BINARY: Custom
    SYSTEM STATUS: Custom
    KNOX KERNEL LOCK: 0X0
    KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0X0
    CSB-CONFIG-LSB: 0X30
    WRITE PROTECTION: Enable
    eMMC BURST MODE: enabled

    Here is a pic of the Odin Failure
    Galaxy S4: Firmware Upgrade Encountered an Issue After An Attempt To Revert Back to Stock TouchWiz-odin.jpg
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    Get Samsung kies. It is an official program that has a function specifically for that error

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