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Okay so I follow the all threads pretty closely and I always read about rooting and how amazing it is. I attempted it once but while trying to flash a rom I got stuck in a boot loop and eventually semi-bricked my fone. I would really like to flash srf 1.2 but I'm scared that what happened will happen again. I wouldn't be so hesitant but unlike many of you I'm still a kid in high school so I have to face my parents when something goes wrong. So any advice or any known reasons for the problem I encountered?
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Best thing to do is take your time... Get all the required files together and put into some sort of organization before you start. This way your not fumbling around trying to find stuff. While your at it I would download the Odin restore package just incase, at some point you will need it.

[How to] Factory Restore (or Fix a Bricked Phone) Grab procedure #2 (Froyo EB13). That is your safest route to restore back to complete stock or fix a bricked device. From there you can grab the OTA update once your up and running again.

[MOD][One Click Root]ClockworkMod 3.1.0.1[RFS & EXT4] ( This is what you should be using to root your device. Most current and works for everything. Plus it has how to in the thread for Windows/Mac, etc...)

Most important.... Ask questions if your unsure... We have dozens of people looking here every day at all different times that can help you out of a jam before it gets started if you wait a few minutes for a response....

Good luck!
 

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I flashed SFR on an Epic 4G for the first time just the other day, and bricked the phone (couldn't get past the boot screen, and couldn't get into recovery.)

I can vouch for successfully restoring the phone using Odin in the link Paul627g referred you to above, though I used the EC05 restore (procedure #1 in that thread.) I also initially rooted the phone using the method Paul627g refers you to above, as well--follow the instructions, it truly is a simple, 1-click procedure.

I think it's doubtful you will experience any trouble, as long as you follow instructions exactly as written (I'm not a programmer or a techie, but I've had no trouble rooting and flashing many phones, dozens of times at this point, using resources from this forum and XDA. Still don't know what happened the other day, but that was the first time a flash didn't work for me, out of probably 50 times by now.)

And if you do run into trouble, the restore process isn't difficult--again, be careful to follow instructions. It only took me a few minutes to get it straightened out. I'd recommend having all the files downloaded before you start so you can get back up to speed ASAP in the unlikely event you do hit a snag. But as long as you can connect the phone to your PC and get it to turn on, I'd guess that it's damn near impossible to literally brick this phone.

Just be careful, take your time, and pay attention to detail--you should be fine. :)
 

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Okay so I follow the all threads pretty closely and I always read about rooting and how amazing it is. I attempted it once but while trying to flash a rom I got stuck in a boot loop and eventually semi-bricked my fone. I would really like to flash srf 1.2 but I'm scared that what happened will happen again. I wouldn't be so hesitant but unlike many of you I'm still a kid in high school so I have to face my parents when something goes wrong. So any advice or any known reasons for the problem I encountered?
Thanks

I flashed SFR on an Epic 4G for the first time just the other day, and bricked the phone (couldn't get past the boot screen, and couldn't get into recovery.)

I can vouch for successfully restoring the phone using Odin in the link Paul627g referred you to above, though I used the EC05 restore (procedure #1 in that thread.) I also initially rooted the phone using the method Paul627g refers you to above, as well--follow the instructions, it truly is a simple, 1-click procedure.

I think it's doubtful you will experience any trouble, as long as you follow instructions exactly as written (I'm not a programmer or a techie, but I've had no trouble rooting and flashing many phones, dozens of times at this point, using resources from this forum and XDA. Still don't know what happened the other day, but that was the first time a flash didn't work for me, out of probably 50 times by now.)

And if you do run into trouble, the restore process isn't difficult--again, be careful to follow instructions. It only took me a few minutes to get it straightened out. I'd recommend having all the files downloaded before you start so you can get back up to speed ASAP in the unlikely event you do hit a snag. But as long as you can connect the phone to your PC and get it to turn on, I'd guess that it's damn near impossible to literally brick this phone.

Just be careful, take your time, and pay attention to detail--you should be fine. :)

Just an FYI, SRF does not include a Kernel. That is why you could not get past the boot screen. So if you come from stock remember to flash a kernel!
 

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Just an FYI, SRF does not include a Kernel. That is why you could not get past the boot screen. So if you come from stock remember to flash a kernel!

I apologize, I should have been more clear. Excellent point, though!

I flashed SFR *and* genocide2.0. The phone would boot, then stick at the "Genocide2.0 by yadayadayada" screen. Knowing the first boot can sometimes be slooooow, I waited over 20min before pulling the battery and freaking out that I'd bricked the phone. ;)

The Odin fix was quick & painless, I then flashed RandomROM, nandroided it, and then was able to flash SFR safely from there.

Not a CLUE why the first flash borked, but it did...
 

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I apologize, I should have been more clear. Excellent point, though!

I flashed SFR *and* genocide2.0. The phone would boot, then stick at the "Genocide2.0 by yadayadayada" screen. Knowing the first boot can sometimes be slooooow, I waited over 20min before pulling the battery and freaking out that I'd bricked the phone. ;)

The Odin fix was quick & painless, I then flashed RandomROM, nandroided it, and then was able to flash SFR safely from there.

Not a CLUE why the first flash borked, but it did...

Ahhh that makes sense now. You didn't convert to EXT4 via this method [ACS][CWM 3.0.25+]Rfs2Ext4 and Ext42Rfs **UPDATED 7/27 - xda-developers. The reason you could flash randomrom was because it automatically converts to EXT4. SRF 1.3 will auto convert I hope.
 
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Ahhh that makes sense now. You didn't convert to EXT4 via this method [ACS][CWM 3.0.25+]Rfs2Ext4 and Ext42Rfs **UPDATED 7/27 - xda-developers. The reason you could flash randomrom was because it automatically converts to EXT4. SRF 1.3 will auto convert I hope.
Cool--so I stumbled into the fix by trying RandomROM first then, heh! :)

For some reason, I thought I'd read that updating CWM to 3.1.0.1 did the conversion, but more likely I got my wires crossed after reading about it in one of the RandomROM threads.
 

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