12-03-2017 09:27 PM
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  1. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Not being able to get into download mode to reflash really shuts down your options.
    11-23-2017 02:26 PM
  2. emudryj's Avatar
    Not being able to get into download mode to reflash really shuts down your options.
    feel ashamed to say, but I got it from Craigslist... I know, I know... I kind of deserve it...
    Agree on the lack of Download mode screwing my options.... I was hoping someone more experienced than me could have an alternative...

    So, are we sure it is a Fake?
    11-23-2017 02:36 PM
  3. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Googled your baseband version and came up with a Chinese firmware download site...hmm
    11-23-2017 02:54 PM
  4. emudryj's Avatar
    Googled your baseband version and came up with a Chinese firmware download site...hmm
    well.... there you go... I bought a brick...
    11-23-2017 03:03 PM
  5. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Double check your imei at imei.info
    11-23-2017 03:06 PM
  6. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Also try posting your issue on xda-developers site. Those guys have seen everything.
    11-23-2017 03:21 PM
  7. emudryj's Avatar
    Well.. I deserved it...
    I would swear that the first IMEI on the phone matched the one on the box... no they dont...
    The 2 IMEIs on the phone are invalid
    355210364897214
    355210364897276

    I know it does not matter but the one on the box is of a Samsung SM-G950U...
    11-23-2017 03:32 PM
  8. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Damn. I'm so sorry.
    11-23-2017 03:37 PM
  9. jeffmd's Avatar
    It probably is a legit phone, but the os was messed with and they could not fix it.
    11-23-2017 06:30 PM
  10. mary beth hale's Avatar
    It probably is a legit phone, but the os was messed with and they could not fix it.
    Yeah, I'd bet on that
    11-23-2017 08:41 PM
  11. gernerttl's Avatar
    After reading the OP and all the responses, I'm leaning towards the previous owner installed a custom ROM.

    Here's a link with instructions to restore it back to a stock ROM.

    https://www.naldotech.com/flash-offi...-revert-stock/

    Another option is take it to an AT&T store and see if they can factory reset it.
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    11-24-2017 01:15 AM
  12. emudryj's Avatar
    After reading the OP and all the responses, I'm leaning towards the previous owner installed a custom ROM.

    Here's a link with instructions to restore it back to a stock ROM.

    https://www.naldotech.com/flash-offi...-revert-stock/

    Another option is take it to an AT&T store and see if they can factory reset it.
    Problem is that, every method I was able to find online to flash the phone needs to get in download mode and this phone does not have download mode..
    If you press power+vol down+bixby it goes into "Factory mode" (who knows what the heck is that)
    11-24-2017 09:55 AM
  13. emudryj's Avatar
    OK.. I have some news.. not good.
    On the "Factory mode" there was a "Clear eMMC", I did not have anything much else to lose so I tried it...
    When the phone booted back up the Tmobile splash screen was gone.
    On the Settings-About page, the model number now shows H19
    I tried downloading the Galaxy Genuine app and see what it would say.
    Brand: alps
    Model: DS-H19
    CPU Hardware:MT6580
    CPU Model: ARMv7 Processor rev3 (v71)
    CPU Frequnecy: 2360Mhz
    CPU Cores 4
    Total RAM: 3.77GB
    Total ROM: 62.46GB
    Screen Res: 1015*540
    Screen DPI:260
    Camera Res:12.19MP
    Front Camera: 7.99MP
    Android Ver: 7.0

    Not really sure how much that could help... but the phone seems to be a tiny bit more responsive than before.
    I still have to see if the storage problem still persist.
    At least I would like to be able to keep the phone as a spare...
    11-24-2017 10:25 AM
  14. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Wow. DS...dual sim. After that I'm lost.
    ARM processor?
    11-24-2017 10:59 AM
  15. emudryj's Avatar
    Wow. DS...dual sim. After that I'm lost.
    ARM processor?
    Let me first say THANKS, A LOT for your help!!!!

    Yes, maybe that is why it has 2 IMEIs????
    Is the ARM processor a bad thing?
    11-24-2017 11:09 AM
  16. gernerttl's Avatar
    Let me first say THANKS, A LOT for your help!!!!

    Yes, maybe that is why it has 2 IMEIs????
    Is the ARM processor a bad thing?
    Not necessarily. Pretty much every phone and tablet runs on ARM.
    11-24-2017 11:23 AM
  17. gernerttl's Avatar
    WTH is a DS-H19? I Google it and nothing comes up.

    I'm wondering if you managed to get a clone.

    Take it to AT&T and have it checked out.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that US models weren't sold as dual SIM.
    11-24-2017 11:30 AM
  18. mary beth hale's Avatar
    WTH is a DS-H19? I Google it and nothing comes up.

    I'm wondering if you managed to get a clone.

    Take it to AT&T and have it checked out.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that US models weren't sold as dual SIM.
    When I Google brand alps mobile mt6580 Samsung... Brings up a page of clone roms
    11-24-2017 11:55 AM
  19. mary beth hale's Avatar
    My guess... International dual SIM with a ROM gone very wrong or clone. If it's the former, maybe can be fixed?
    11-24-2017 12:16 PM
  20. gernerttl's Avatar
    How could a ROM break the Pwr+Bixby+Vol Up function? That's the part that I find weird.
    11-24-2017 12:51 PM
  21. mary beth hale's Avatar
    How could a ROM break the Pwr+Bixby+Vol Up function? That's the part that I find weird.
    Not a clue
    11-24-2017 12:53 PM
  22. emudryj's Avatar
    Is there any way to restore the Download mode?
    I have tried to connect the phone through ADB and fastboot, but as soon as the phone reboots in fastboot mode i loose any conectivity to the PC....
    11-24-2017 02:04 PM
  23. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Is there any way to restore the Download mode?
    I have tried to connect the phone through ADB and fastboot, but as soon as the phone reboots in fastboot mode i loose any conectivity to the PC....
    Wish I knew how to get it to download.
    Did you try posting on xda-developers site yet?
    11-24-2017 06:36 PM
  24. imarek3's Avatar
    Looking online, I see Alps phones that are clones of samsung phones. Looks like these phones can be purchased for around $100 or so. The processor on your phone is a MediaTek processors like what is used inn medium to low end devices. You probably don't really have 64GB of memory, it has probably been hacked to look like 64GB like fake sd cards. My guess is that your memory is probably 8 or 16GB.

    Looking at your photos and the phone info after you cleared the eMMC there are several things that scream fake, but those can be hard too tell if you aren't really familiar with a realm GS8+ or don't have one to compare it with.

    The person that sold you the phone probably knew what he had. I would file a report with your local police because it would be good to try and stop this guy from defrauding someone else and you probably won't get any of your money back, but you might help prevent someone else from getting taken. People like this need to be stopped, he has probably done this to others before you and is going to do it someone else.
    I am sorry that you went through this, but please report out and maybe you will keep someone from going through the same pain.
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    11-25-2017 12:41 AM
  25. RiverCity.45's Avatar
    Another hard lesson learned re: the importance of buying from a reputable source. CraigsList is not that.
    11-25-2017 11:52 AM
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