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    Default boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    DO NOT FACTORY RESET THROUGH SYSTEM SETTINGS! this is what BRICKED my phone! always make a nandroid backup and reset through recovery!!

    Consider this thread closed until there is a fix available (highly unlikely)

    Edit:thanks for the help so far. I think my best chance is flashing the stock rom (if I can find it) or waiting until there is a custom rom out like CM7


    Basically, my slider is stuck in recovery and will not boot to android. i had installed the clockworkmod recovery i found in this section for the slider. after installing i did a nandroid backup. i was messing around with my slider for quite a bit, decided to just erase everything and start fresh.

    i erased the cache, and performed a factory reset through the recovery. after restoring my backup, my phone keeps booting into the recovery. it wont boot to android at all. it is rooted too.

    i don't understand, what happened? is there a solution that can fix this? any help is definitely appreciated. it's gonna suck to find out i may have just wasted $200..
    Last edited by crux; 12-09-2011 at 04:55 PM.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    i had the same problem on my intercept because i decided it was smart to restore an image backup after installing a rom. what i did was clear both caches and fresh installed any rom for the phone. good luck finding a rom for this phone though. what you could try doing is look around to see if someone posted an img backup and run from there.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    A factory reset is a big problem for phones with a custom recovery. DO NOT DO A FACTORY RESET.

    Try the method below. It's from a user with OV phone but might work for you.

    "I had a similar issue months back. I just couldn't get it to go into recovery mode. What I did: Pull the battery. Hold Vol Down+Home+Power. Insert battery while holding these keys down (get a friend if you're not dexterous enough to pull off this maneuver). It should power on immediately, show the LG screen, and while you keep holding down this button combo, enter Recovery Mode. Best of luck."
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    Quote Originally Posted by csrow View Post
    A factory reset is a big problem for phones with a custom recovery. DO NOT DO A FACTORY RESET.

    Try the method below. It's from a user with OV phone but might work for you.

    "I had a similar issue months back. I just couldn't get it to go into recovery mode. What I did: Pull the battery. Hold Vol Down+Home+Power. Insert battery while holding these keys down (get a friend if you're not dexterous enough to pull off this maneuver). It should power on immediately, show the LG screen, and while you keep holding down this button combo, enter Recovery Mode. Best of luck."
    Yeah found out the factory reset the hard way. And thanks too. Its not that I can't get into recovery, my phone is STUCK in the recovery. When I turn it on it automatically enters recovery. I think my best bet is getting a copy of the stock rom and trying to flash that. Lucky I still have my OV to fall back on in the meantimemeantime
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    You can try wiping everything again (factory reset, wipe partition, wipe eveything in advanced section...) and then try restoring your backup. If that doesn't work you'll need to download a stock ROM. If nothing else than return the phone to the store you bought it from and get another. I've been in your situation before but there was always a stock ROM for me to download. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by one80oneday View Post
    You can try wiping everything again (factory reset, wipe partition, wipe eveything in advanced section...) and then try restoring your backup. If that doesn't work you'll need to download a stock ROM. If nothing else than return the phone to the store you bought it from and get another. I've been in your situation before but there was always a stock ROM for me to download. Good luck.
    I have tried the factory reset through the recovery and that hasn't worked either. I wiped everything. All caches, data, partitions. I'm not so sure flashing the stock ROM will work because I have a custom recovery installed. I have 3 options right now: flash stock recovery then stock rom, wait for a custom rom to debut, or send it in. I'm not so keen on sending it in for repair however because my slider was rooted, and combine that with the custom recovery and I'm not certain I will be eligible to receive a new phone.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Quote Originally Posted by crux View Post
    I have tried the factory reset through the recovery and that hasn't worked either. I wiped everything. All caches, data, partitions. I'm not so sure flashing the stock ROM will work because I have a custom recovery installed. I have 3 options right now: flash stock recovery then stock rom, wait for a custom rom to debut, or send it in. I'm not so keen on sending it in for repair however because my slider was rooted, and combine that with the custom recovery and I'm not certain I will be eligible to receive a new phone.
    You're backup is probably corrupt somehow and thus it's not working. Flashing a stock ROM and/or restore a stock nand backup would work. If you flash stock recovery back than you cannot flash any ROMs nor backups so that wouldn't help you (only custom recovery can flash ROMs). If you PM BobZHome he may have a stock nand backup and/or a stock ROM you can flash (I think someone sent him their to help with a custom rom).

    Another way to get a different phone is to buy another and return your broken one with the new packaging. Also with the holidays coming up you mostlikely don't even need your receipt, just say it was an early Xmas gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by one80oneday View Post
    You're backup is probably corrupt somehow and thus it's not working. Flashing a stock ROM and/or restore a stock nand backup would work. If you flash stock recovery back than you cannot flash any ROMs nor backups so that wouldn't help you (only custom recovery can flash ROMs). If you PM BobZHome he may have a stock nand backup and/or a stock ROM you can flash (I think someone sent him their to help with a custom rom).

    Another way to get a different phone is to buy another and return your broken one with the new packaging. Also with the holidays coming up you mostlikely don't even need your receipt, just say it was an early Xmas gift.
    I have PMed bob and he's been helping me too. So wait, a backup made using a custom recovery can't be restored with the stock recovery? I don't have the packaging from my slider anymore as well hmmm maybe I could try anyways
    Last edited by crux; 11-11-2011 at 10:38 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crux View Post
    I have PMed bob and he's been helping me too. So wait, a backup made using a custom recovery can't be restored with the stock recovery? I don't have the packaging from my slider anymore as well hmmm maybe I could try anyways
    You can't really do anything with stock recovery, maybe something with ADB but I try not to use that. Honestly I think either the custom recovery doesn't work correctly when backing up/restore or your backup somehow got corrupt. You could try to flash back to stock recovery and go back to custom recovery and then try your backup again.

    It seems like BobZ's custom ROM isn't working and it will probably be awhile until another Dev tries to make a ROM. Sorry I can't help you more, maybe someone here can provide another stock ROM/backup
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    In recovery, go into "advanced" then click "report error". It will create a recovery.log in /sdcard/clockworkmod/
    Can you grab that recovery.log off your SDcard and post it here?
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    here is the error log:


    Starting recovery on Sun Jan 6 00:00:04 1980
    framebuffer: fd 4 (320 x 480)
    CWM-based Recovery v5.0.2.6
    recovery filesystem table
    =========================
    0 /tmp ramdisk (null) (null)
    1 /boot mtd boot (null)
    2 /cache yaffs2 cache (null)
    3 /data yaffs2 userdata (null)
    4 /misc mtd misc (null)
    5 /recovery mtd recovery (null)
    6 /sdcard vfat /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 /dev/block/mmcblk0
    7 /system yaffs2 system (null)
    8 /sd-ext ext4 /dev/block/mmcblk0p2 (null)

    I:Completed outputting fstab.
    I:Processing arguments.
    I:Boot command: boot-recovery
    I:Boot status: wipe_data
    E:Bad boot message
    "recovery
    "
    mtd: successfully wrote block at c7de400000000
    I:Set boot command "boot-recovery"
    I:Checking arguments.
    I:device_recovery_start()
    Command: "/sbin/recovery"

    ro.secure=0
    ro.allow.mock.location=1
    ro.debuggable=1
    persist.service.adb.enable=1
    ro.build.id=GINGERBREAD
    ro.build.display.id=full_VS700-eng 2.3.7 GINGERBREAD eng.bobzhome.20111024.195653 test-keys
    ro.build.version.incremental=eng.bobzhome.20111024.195653
    ro.build.version.sdk=10
    ro.build.version.codename=REL
    ro.build.version.release=2.3.7
    ro.build.date=Mon Oct 24 19:57:13 EDT 2011
    ro.build.date.utc=0
    ro.build.type=eng
    ro.build.user=bobzhome
    ro.build.host=ubuntu
    ro.build.tags=test-keys
    ro.product.model=Full Android on Emulator
    ro.product.brand=Android
    ro.product.name=full_VS700
    ro.product.device=VS700
    ro.product.board=VS700
    ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi
    ro.product.manufacturer=unknown
    ro.product.locale.language=en
    ro.product.locale.region=US
    ro.wifi.channels=
    ro.board.platform=unknown
    ro.build.product=VS700
    ro.build.description=full_VS700-eng 2.3.7 GINGERBREAD eng.bobzhome.20111024.195653 test-keys
    ro.build.fingerprint=Android/full_VS700/VS700:2.3.7/GINGERBREAD/eng.bobzhome.20111024.195653:eng/test-keys
    keyguard.no_require_sim=true
    ro.ril.hsxpa=1
    ro.ril.gprsclass=10
    ro.kernel.android.checkjni=1
    ro.setupwizard.mode=OPTIONAL
    net.bt.name=Android
    net.change=net.bt.name
    dalvik.vm.stack-trace-file=/data/anr/traces.txt
    ro.factorytest=0
    ro.serialno=
    ro.bootmode=normal
    ro.baseband=msm
    ro.carrier=VirginMobile
    ro.bootloader=6170
    ro.hardware=gelato
    ro.revision=0
    init.svc.recovery=running
    init.svc.adbd=running

    I:Checking for extendedcommand...
    I:Skipping execution of extendedcommand, file not found...
    mtd: successfully wrote block at c7de400000000
    I:Set boot command ""
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Good luck
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Quote Originally Posted by n.audeh View Post
    Good luck
    thanks. i think all my luck has ran out though. even flashing the hydro rom isn't working.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Want to make sure I understand what happened because if it's what i think it is, you're phone isn't bricked.

    You said "I decided to wipe everything and start fresh" ..... by that do you mean you decided to go to menu > Settings > Privacy > Factory reset?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSmithInNY View Post
    Want to make sure I understand what happened because if it's what i think it is, you're phone isn't bricked.

    You said "I decided to wipe everything and start fresh" ..... by that do you mean you decided to go to menu > Settings > Privacy > Factory reset?
    Hey KSmithlnNY the same thing happened to me. I did a factory reset through menu > Settings > Privacy > Factory reset and after that every time I try to boot up my phone it just boots up into the recovery. The phone won't boot at all. I tried installing one of my Nandroid backups and installing your gelato rom but nothing is allowing it to boot up. Any ideas on what I can do?
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Hmm ok well lesson learned
    1) When you apply a custom recovery you should never wipe the phone through menu>settings>privacy>factory reset

    Resets should now be done through the custom recovery.


    Theres a way out of this (i hope) let me type it up but i'm also doing stuff around the house so it might not be as timely as someone with a broken phone might like.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    You made a nandroid backup on your SD card, tell me the name of the of the backup, heres an example ....

    /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/1980-01-06.00.00.10
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSmithInNY View Post
    You made a nandroid backup on your SD card, tell me the name of the of the backup, heres an example ....

    /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/1980-01-06.00.00.10
    Here it is.

    /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/1980-01-06.00.00.19

    I hope that you can help out.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    You need to have the SDK installed so you have access to adb. Try the following.

    Plug your phone into your PC
    1) Restore your backup through CWM
    2) While the phone is still in recovery, In android debug bridge do the following
    adb shell [press enter]
    mount /sdcard [press enter] (if this throws an error about "device or resource busy", just ignore it)
    /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/1980-01-06.00.00.19 [press enter]
    flash_image recovery recovery.img [press enter]
    reboot [press enter]
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    Quote Originally Posted by KSmithInNY View Post
    You need to have the SDK installed so you have access to adb. Try the following.

    Plug your phone into your PC
    1) Restore your backup through CWM
    2) While the phone is still in recovery, In android debug bridge do the following
    adb shell [press enter]
    mount /sdcard [press enter] (if this throws an error about "device or resource busy", just ignore it)
    /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/1980-01-06.00.00.19 [press enter]
    flash_image recovery recovery.img [press enter]
    reboot [press enter]
    Ok I am going to try that right now. What exactly does it do by the way? I also found this, it's supposed to fix the same issue. Should I try this too? Is this an accurate fix?

    adb shell strings /dev/mtd/mtd8
    adb shell flash_eraseall /dev/mtd/mtd8
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    Quote Originally Posted by n.audeh View Post
    Ok I am going to try that right now. What exactly does it do by the way? I also found this, it's supposed to fix the same issue. Should I try this too? Is this an accurate fix?

    adb shell strings /dev/mtd/mtd8
    adb shell flash_eraseall /dev/mtd/mtd8
    Try what i said first.
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    Yes I installed cwm and then performed the factory reset in settings>privacy. adb shell wont work for me.

    C:\Users\crux>adb shell
    error: device not found
    I have tried both adb and fastboot and have never been able to get either to work :/
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    If you can't get adb shell then you may be SOL. I just tried getting shell in recovery on my functioning phone and it doesn't work either which is not normal.

    If you can get shell, I'm pretty confident my instruction will get the phone back up and running.
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    Well unfortunately as I've said before, I don't have this device so someone with the phone needs to run with this. My guess, the reason recovery won't allow adb shell is because recovery.rc is not debugable. That's a guess and a hell of a start lol
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    Default Re: boot cycle stuck - think my phone is bricked, any help?

    I just made the same mistake (rooted, then recovery, then stock factory reset). Same error message. Goes to show what not reading all online material when you mod is not recommended...

    Made a backup with custom recovery though...so seeing is a restore works. Stay tuned.


    EDIT: Backup does nothing to help the problem. Is it possible to get a warning on the Gelato rom so that at least others won't be tempted to do the same?

    EDIT2: adb doesn't work- again its prolly cos recovery isn't debuggable...I see this problem popping up in dozens of places- LG phones especially. Most "fixes" are useless/irrelevant...might really be SOL guys....
    Last edited by Arena22; 11-15-2011 at 04:41 AM.
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