07-03-2020 04:36 PM
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  1. mustang7757's Avatar
    Ok I got the SamFirm going, I think. I didn't know which one to use, so I chose USA (TMB). Is that the right one?

    Now what? I haven't tried the Odin thing yet.

    (I appreciate your patience and understanding of my physical problems and your willingness to work with me at my pace. You have no idea how helpful that is for me. You seem like a good person)

    Attachment 320187
    That's the correct samfirm, you on tmobile use that firmware
    05-08-2020 09:17 AM
  2. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    Actually I have Cricket carrier, but it is a refurbished Sprint. It has some Sprint stuff on it. That's the main thing that can be a problem when you're poor and have to buy refurbished.
    I downloaded SuperSu and a file manager. Both of those showed that my phone is NOT rooted, but then when performing certain functions, it says that that function or action cannot be performed because it's rooted. That info may be worthless in our case, don't know.
    Anyway, where do we go from here?
    05-08-2020 08:59 PM
  3. mustang7757's Avatar
    Actually I have Cricket carrier, but it is a refurbished Sprint. It has some Sprint stuff on it. That's the main thing that can be a problem when you're poor and have to buy refurbished.
    I downloaded SuperSu and a file manager. Both of those showed that my phone is NOT rooted, but then when performing certain functions, it says that that function or action cannot be performed because it's rooted. That info may be worthless in our case, don't know.
    Anyway, where do we go from here?
    Dang, Att firmware are hard to get , i have to talk to ruben who gets these .


    Go to system settings >about phone > software page screen shot it for me
    05-08-2020 09:11 PM
  4. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    well, I got all the software installed and I think I figured out how to do it, but now this PC will not recognize my phone. It did yesterday OK. It is recognized by my other 2 PCs. Any ideas as to why?
    05-09-2020 09:46 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    well, I got all the software installed and I think I figured out how to do it, but now this PC will not recognize my phone. It did yesterday OK. It is recognized by my other 2 PCs. Any ideas as to why?
    That's great , which one did you used ?
    Try different port in computer? Maybe re-download the drivers for Samsung .
    05-09-2020 09:50 PM
  6. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    Yeah, I uninstalled all the Samsung stuff, drivers for the phone, Odin, everything, the reinstalled the drivers. But still nothing. The other 2 recognized it without the drivers installed. So, I dunno. Guess I'll use the PC that's hooked into the CCTV and surveillance system. I can do that without changing anything. I have an HDMI hub and a VGA hub and just switch it over with a push of a button.
    But yes, i tried 3 different cables and all 4 USB ports on the front.
    05-09-2020 10:10 PM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    Yeah, I uninstalled all the Samsung stuff, drivers for the phone, Odin, everything, the reinstalled the drivers. But still nothing. The other 2 recognized it without the drivers installed. So, I dunno. Guess I'll use the PC that's hooked into the CCTV and surveillance system. I can do that without changing anything. I have an HDMI hub and a VGA hub and just switch it over with a push of a button.
    But yes, i tried 3 different cables and all 4 USB ports on the front.
    Thats strange I'm not sure
    05-09-2020 10:12 PM
  8. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    I'll Google it when I have time. Surely it's not a unique problem.
    05-09-2020 10:14 PM
  9. mustang7757's Avatar
    I'll Google it when I have time. Surely it's not a unique problem.
    Could be maybe a simple reboot of that computer or the phone itself .
    05-09-2020 10:21 PM
  10. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    OK - Somebody, I got the SamFirm and Odin3 v3.14.1 downloaded. I have watched videos, read tons of crap on Google but cannot get things to work right. One video shows Odin3 loading files for Bootloader (BL), AP and selecting them from files extracted from the Odin .zip files. I cannot find the BL and AP files anywhere. So far today, I feel half-way good enough to try to get this done.
    But the main problem goes back to when I downloaded some apps from GooglePlay. I try to perform certain operations( open certain files, run certain apps) and it tells me that I cannot do this or that because the phone is rooted. When I try to update the software it says Process Failed.
    I ran SuperSU and a couple others, but they tell me the phone is NOT rooted.
    I just need to get the good firmware on the phone and correct whatever the problem is. And I need to try to do it today while I am feeling up to the task.
    As I stated earlier, I had to connect to another PC because the one I was using no longer recognizes the phone. I've tied all the website suggestions, but my phone does not have the necessary options needed in Settings. So I am hooked into another PC which recognizes the phone and loaded Odin, SamFirm, and Samsung USB drivers. and Smart Switch. If anyone can talk me thru this today I sure would appreciate it. Having to rely on a landline in this age is difficult, and my other cell phone has a few problems with it and is not reliable. Just never know when I'm going to feel good, and I feel good today.

    P.S. I cannot even get the screen shown in my previous post now. It says it does not recognize the Region stuff.
    05-14-2020 11:29 AM
  11. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    I discovered that none of my USB ports were working. It was not recognizing my 2 external drives, therefore could not access backups, System Restore, or System Image.
    All but 3 of my 8 taskbar icons were showing, and I could not load the PreSonus recording software, among others.
    I started uninstalling all the Odin, SamFirm, and SmartSwitch. I got all the functions restored except no USB ports.
    I have not had any responses in a couple of days (I realize I'm not the only one needing help), but I'll have to try a couple of others sites. I have no phone right now except for the landline and depend on my cell for emergencies. I have read online articles, watched videos, called around town, spent many hours trying to figure this thing out and am out of options and ideas.
    When I uninstalled the SmartSwitch, which 2 articles and one video advised, my Taskbar Icons returned and cured a couple other problems.
    I have asked in my posts if the apps I downloaded from Google Play could have caused my problem, and I listed those apps, but no one responded.
    05-16-2020 09:59 AM
  12. mustang7757's Avatar
    Get the computer going first before proceeding to flashing or use a known good computer.
    05-16-2020 11:24 AM
  13. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    I finally got one if the PCs running. Not sure how and still not sure if everything is fixed. Ran into problems I've never encountered before. The SmartSwitch is the main thing that really messed it up. It's a long story and long journey.
    Anyway, I am almost afraid to download any of those programs again. Somewhere along the line, and for a reason God only knows, my external Toshiba 1TB is fried. It had tons of important stuff on it. I don't allow myself to fall into the Logical Fallacy trap, but all was well before I loaded the Odin3 3.14, SamFirm, Samsung Windows drivers, and SmartSwitch. The SmartSwitch was questionable as I did not understand why I needed it on my PC.
    Anyway, I found a refurbished S8 Active on Walmart at $114, which is what I paid for the other one, and bought it. I wasted about 60+ valuable hours on the phone and PC problem, so I through in the towel. Not wasting any more time with it. Thanks for trying to help.
    05-21-2020 06:26 PM
  14. mustang7757's Avatar
    I finally got one if the PCs running. Not sure how and still not sure if everything is fixed. Ran into problems I've never encountered before. The SmartSwitch is the main thing that really messed it up. It's a long story and long journey.
    Anyway, I am almost afraid to download any of those programs again. Somewhere along the line, and for a reason God only knows, my external Toshiba 1TB is fried. It had tons of important stuff on it. I don't allow myself to fall into the Logical Fallacy trap, but all was well before I loaded the Odin3 3.14, SamFirm, Samsung Windows drivers, and SmartSwitch. The SmartSwitch was questionable as I did not understand why I needed it on my PC.
    Anyway, I found a refurbished S8 Active on Walmart at $114, which is what I paid for the other one, and bought it. I wasted about 60+ valuable hours on the phone and PC problem, so I through in the towel. Not wasting any more time with it. Thanks for trying to help.
    Sorry you had this trouble , I wonder where you download this stuff from ? All the people I helped flashed never said anything like how your explaining. Good luck with the new phone
    05-21-2020 06:34 PM
  15. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    As I stated earlier, I made sure the URL was www.Samsung.com and not www.xyzz.com/Samsung. The latter means it's not the official site. I checked the sites with VirusTotal, McAfee, Malwarebytes, and HitManPro. As far as I could tell they were all clean official Samsung sites and not downloads like you get from, say, Tom'sHardware, or Bleeping Computer. Those are good sites and I trust them, but that gives you an idea of what I mean. I always look for check boxes and avoid Download Here, or Download Now unless I know it's the download I want. You know how you go to an official download page, but there will be a red box with Download that is a link to something else. But I'm not perfect and could have missed something. I'm too old for this crap. I learned on things like the early version of IBM Series One mainframes back in the Bronze Age, but that was 45 years ago. Between dope, booze, playing in rock bands and age, I've fried a bunch of brain cells.
    Thanks again. I'll try to find the sites I got the stuff from, if I have time and send them.
    Thanks again, but I'm just plum tuckered out, as we say in Texas.
    05-21-2020 06:58 PM
  16. mustang7757's Avatar
    As I stated earlier, I made sure the URL was www.Samsung.com and not www.xyzz.com/Samsung. The latter means it's not the official site. I checked the sites with VirusTotal, McAfee, Malwarebytes, and HitManPro. As far as I could tell they were all clean official Samsung sites and not downloads like you get from, say, Tom'sHardware, or Bleeping Computer. Those are good sites and I trust them, but that gives you an idea of what I mean. I always look for check boxes and avoid Download Here, or Download Now unless I know it's the download I want. You know how you go to an official download page, but there will be a red box with Download that is a link to something else. But I'm not perfect and could have missed something. I'm too old for this crap. I learned on things like the early version of IBM Series One mainframes back in the Bronze Age, but that was 45 years ago. Between dope, booze, playing in rock bands and age, I've fried a bunch of brain cells.
    Thanks again. I'll try to find the sites I got the stuff from, if I have time and send them.
    Thanks again, but I'm just plum tuckered out, as we say in Texas.
    Lol ok
    05-21-2020 07:06 PM
  17. Larry Coffin's Avatar
    Mustang7757 - I got the refurbished phone today, so now that I have a good one, I hope, I would like to go ahead and learn how to flash (?) the ROM on the other one. Never to old to learn and I learn by doing. A junior in HS I bought a 61 Chevy Impala 409, 4 speed. The carb needed overhauling, never seen the inside of one, no idea how they worked til I tore it apsrt, went to the library, went home and fixed it.
    That said, I'll download the Odin, and if I need it, the SamFirm. If you can tell me which to use first and what settings to use, I'll try to get it running right. I just need to know where to start and the settings. There is stuff like BL (I figure that is Boot Load) and some others.
    I had a good day today and pray I'll feel good for couple more days and git 'er done.
    Would you mind helping on this?
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    05-26-2020 10:46 PM
  18. mustang7757's Avatar
    Mustang7757 - I got the refurbished phone today, so now that I have a good one, I hope, I would like to go ahead and learn how to flash (?) the ROM on the other one. Never to old to learn and I learn by doing. A junior in HS I bought a 61 Chevy Impala 409, 4 speed. The carb needed overhauling, never seen the inside of one, no idea how they worked til I tore it apsrt, went to the library, went home and fixed it.
    That said, I'll download the Odin, and if I need it, the SamFirm. If you can tell me which to use first and what settings to use, I'll try to get it running right. I just need to know where to start and the settings. There is stuff like BL (I figure that is Boot Load) and some others.
    I had a good day today and pray I'll feel good for couple more days and git 'er done.
    Would you mind helping on this?
    Sure no problem ,
    Just go over post #20 which is my guidelines on how to do it , any questions in between I can help
    05-26-2020 10:58 PM
  19. blankoa's Avatar
    Anyone have any suggestions as to a solution? I don't have any money to buy another phone, so I have no choice but to try every way to fix this one. Because of age, health problems, and li 192.168.100.1 192.168.1.1 jpg to pdf ving alone, I depend on this phone to work in case of needing 911 or one of my doctors in an emergency.
    07-03-2020 03:16 PM
  20. mustang7757's Avatar
    Anyone have any suggestions as to a solution? I don't have any money to buy another phone, so I have no choice but to try every way to fix this one. Because of age, health problems, and living alone, I depend on this phone to work in case of needing 911 or one of my doctors in an emergency.
    Hi, what solution your looking for?
    07-03-2020 03:32 PM
  21. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Anyone have any suggestions as to a solution? I don't have any money to buy another phone, so I have no choice but to try every way to fix this one. Because of age, health problems, and living alone, I depend on this phone to work in case of needing 911 or one of my doctors in an emergency.
    Are you saying that your phone won't install the most current system update available? What version of Android is it currently on, and which monthly security patch? If it hasn't gotten the most current system update, is that impacting your ability to use the phone?
    07-03-2020 04:36 PM
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