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    Default Hard bricked my s3 :(

    Hello.

    I had wicked sensations ROM installed.
    Had TWRP recovery installed. The rom got really buggy after it being installed for a while, so i figured it was time to reinstall fresh rom.
    so I used rom manager to download the newest cyanogen mod.
    I decided to do a clean wipe when installing cyanogen mod ROM, and while installing it failed.

    I was stuck in recovery mode with no operating system installed, so I used an old ROM on my sd card just to get
    android back on. i think it was called hercules rom. It successfully flashed and installed in recovery.
    Next i pressed reboot/start.
    Screen goes black.

    and nothing ever came up.
    My phone had 80% juice.
    -I have swapped batteries.
    -The little red light doesnt come on showing its charging
    -No splash boot logo
    -wont go into download mode(power,vol down, home)
    -wont go into recovery mode.
    Holding the power button or any combination above the screen always stays black
    -no vibration
    -no signs of life

    Help me! i have no idea what to do. is my phone completely screwed... ?
    its acting like a dummy display phone right now
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    Default Re: Hard bricked my s3 :(

    Here are a couple of threads which claim to unbrick a hard-bricked device. I've never really tried to follow them, but they may help.

    [GUIDE]Unbrick a Hard Bricked SPRINT Galaxy S3 (Without JTAG) - xda-developers

    Fixing a bootloader-bricked Galaxy S3 using an SD card (Qualcomm SGS3 variants) - xda-developers

    Another option is to send the phone away to a service that uses a JTAG device. This gentleman has helped a number of forum users:

    JTAG Unbrick Service « Bricked my Phone


    BTW, for future reference, I would stay as far away from ROM Manager as possible. It will happily offer to flash a ROM that's not meant for your model of phone, leading to a hard brick.
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    Default Re: Hard bricked my s3 :(

    oh my god!!!! My phone is back to life. thank you so much!! i can't believe this worked. took me about 5 hours to figure everything out, download linux, etc....
    wow. you saved me so much money. !
    so now you know. confirmed. this actually works!!!!!

    Difficulty level:medium
    and I'm a very techy guy.
    My biggest difficulty is not being comfortable using Linux OS.
    The guide also had a lot of syntax errors with the Linux commands, and that slowed me down.
    I used a 16gb micro sd card, but it was a class 2. not class 10 like the guide says to use. still worked regardless.

    For the newbies out there. If you are going to use linux, just use a live boot cd, and don't install it on your pc.
    I installed it dual booting with my windows 7, and it integrated itself into the Windows MBR.
    Problem is, it would only let linux load, and my windows 7 stopped loading.
    So i used windows 7 installation disc to repair the windows master boot record using the command prompt. and got everything back into running order
    good luck on this you sprint people.

    Can I pm you about my brothers s3 issue ?
    Thanks once again
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    Default Re: Hard bricked my s3 :(

    Glad to hear it worked.

    It would be better to post a regular thread so that others can learn from it and perhaps help answer. But feel free to PM me a link to the thread if you want to make sure I see it.
    Insane Aim X likes this.
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    Default Re: Hard bricked my s3 :(

    Also stay away from Rom Manager. Flash fail as you see you are in a little hot water.
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    Default Re: Hard bricked my s3 :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Insane Aim X View Post
    oh my god!!!! My phone is back to life. thank you so much!! i can't believe this worked. took me about 5 hours to figure everything out, download linux, etc....
    wow. you saved me so much money. !
    so now you know. confirmed. this actually works!!!!!

    Difficulty level:medium
    and I'm a very techy guy.
    My biggest difficulty is not being comfortable using Linux OS.
    The guide also had a lot of syntax errors with the Linux commands, and that slowed me down.
    I used a 16gb micro sd card, but it was a class 2. not class 10 like the guide says to use. still worked regardless.

    For the newbies out there. If you are going to use linux, just use a live boot cd, and don't install it on your pc.
    I installed it dual booting with my windows 7, and it integrated itself into the Windows MBR.
    Problem is, it would only let linux load, and my windows 7 stopped loading.
    So i used windows 7 installation disc to repair the windows master boot record using the command prompt. and got everything back into running order
    good luck on this you sprint people.

    Can I pm you about my brothers s3 issue ?
    Thanks once again
    Hey Instane Aim X,

    I'm in the same boat with my Virgin Mobile Galaxy S3 and don't know a thing about using Linux. How about providing a step-by-step for a noob? Thanks bro!

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