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Re: SN2 - NewB Root Caused Poor Reception
I appreciate your response and I just want to clarify though, I wasn't just trying to be ignorant or come across as overly harsh. It just came across (to me anyway) as if that's the kind of solution you were expecting, but now I understand what you're saying. I've been fixing things for a living for a very long time, and you'd be surprised how many people have completely unrealistic expectations. I totally understand what you're saying about not re-inventing the wheel, because I've seen so many people do exactly that and it almost always winds up getting them so frustrated that they end up giving up. As far as your specific situation goes, I'd be willing to bet the farm and all of the animals with it that you most likely have a hardware issue instead of a software issue. One reason why I believe that could be what's causing your problem, is because there has been literally thousands of SGH-i317 devices that were found to be defective and they all had problems with reception. I also have a friend of mine who had the exact same problem with his phone, and it wound up being defective just like the others so they replaced it for him. I was the one who rooted his phone and like you I spent days researching for possible solutions, but there weren't any to find because it was hardware related. Another "dead give away" imo, is that if the issue was actually caused by rooting the device (which would be a software issue), then returning the phone back to complete stock would essentially "have to" fix the problem. Anything causing a problem which is software related would almost definitely be resolved by going back to stock, because it would be completely be wiped out. I say "almost definitely" because I'm a firm believer that anything is always possible, but it's almost impossible for a software issue to just stick around and survive a completely rewritten partition. The only thing that could happen to make it seem that way, is if the .tar firmware that is flashed to the phone from Odin was corrupt, because then every time it's flashed it would cause the same issues. But in your situation you said that it wasn't having the problem until after you rooted it, so if it was a software issue going back to stock should definitely correct the problem. So if going back to stock doesn't fix the problem, there's a 99.9% chance that the issue is hardware related. That would also explain why so many people have had the same problem without any definitive solution. Anyway that's just my opinion though and I could always be wrong, but considering there have been so many defective devices which had the same problem and especially if restoring back to stock doesn't solve the problem, I'd be surprised if it wasn't hardware related. Hopefully you get it worked out either way though man, and sorry I couldn't be more help!
Originally Posted by jcrollman
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