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Unroot and Restore Back AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 to Original Firmware Stock ROM

Here ‘s how to remove root or unroot the AT&T’s version of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SGH-I317). This process is useful if you need to restore and revert back your Galaxy Note 2 to its official Android firmware from any modification has made unto your device such as installing a modified ROM  or having issues updating your device to official OTA (over the air) updates.

Installing official or original firmware will automatically remove root to your device once after flashing. Since rooting and installing unofficial firmware already voids your device warranty, that’s because the binary flash counter is has triggered when you flash any modified or rooted ROM.
Reset custom binary flash counter AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317
Do I need to reset the flash counter when already tripped?
Yes! If you need to completely restore back without a trace of any modification, you should reset the flash counter. You may check it via download mode – pressing and holding  (volume down + home + power buttons) then press “volume up” button to continue. Look for the Custom Binary Download, it shows a count of  how many flashing has made.  If it’s not tripped then you may not need to reset it, but if  it showed like 0/1 and modified, then you should reset it to 0 count.  You can simply alter it using Chainfire’s Triangle Away apps, it’s free to download it here.

Triangle Away for Samsung Galaxy note 2

Is this method useful in any other way?
Aside from bringing back your device from using unofficial firmware, this is also useful for fixing soft-bricks. If you messed-up from rooting or installing modified ROM then you need to fix it by restoring back the original firmware and bring back your device to be useful again. You can also use this method if you can’t update your device from OTA update and its show software update failure or install interrupted.  Using the stock ROM, it’s actually the same process like updating from OTA or Kies. The only differences that this is developers method, updating on OTA and Kies is ordinary end-users method.

Software update fialed

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible if anything happens to your device. Proceeding and Use of this guide is solely at your own risk!

1. Important Reminders before Restoring or Flashing a Stock ROM on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317

  • Make sure that your Galaxy Note 2 battery is fully charge.
  • Stock ROM packages comes in two formats the ‘Full-Wipe’ (delete your stored data after flashing) and the ‘Non-Wipe’ (it doesn’t delete your phone’s stored data) but it is highly recommended to make a back up of all important files stored from your phone’s internal memory – contacts, SMS, emails, apps, photos, videos etc.  before flashing, no-matter if it is Full-Wipe or Non-Wipe stock ROM version,  just to be safe and ensure that your stored data are in  safe place  if something went wrong during the flashing process. Use any data back-up apps to easily do this task.
  • Use a PC or laptop that runs in Windows OS, with a good and perfectly working USB serial port.  Odin will not work on MAC OS.
  • Use the supplied USB cable for your Galaxy Note 2.
  • Enable USB debugging from your phone’s settings. Go to Settings > Applications > Development, and tick the box that says ‘Enable USB Debugging’.
  • Ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies will interrupt and doesn’t like Odin, it will block you from flashing.


2. Download the needed tools for flashing

USB Driver: Note 2_USB_Driver
Odin Flasher Tool: Odin3_v3.07

Grab your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-I317 Original Firmware or Stock ROM
Download it here -> choose SGH-I317 Stock ROM

3. Install the USB Driver and Extract the downloaded stock ROM
Install the USB Driver first to get rid of flashing failures. Also need to extract the downloaded file which is packed in zip format, so that you’ll get the tar.md5 file. You can use winrar, winzip, 7zip or any tool you had in your computer.
KIES_HOME_I317UCAMA4_I317ATTAMA4_578342_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5
4. Run and Configure Odin
Run Odin downloader Odin3_v3.07 on your PC desktop. Watch out the check-boxes options on the right top of Odin, ensure that the ‘RE-PARTITION’ is unchecked, only the ‘AUTO-REBOOT and ‘F.RESET TIME’ checkboxes are both remained checked.

5. Reboot your Galaxy Note 2 into Download Mode

To reboot the Galaxy Note2 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut down, just press and hold the Volume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
androidayos galaxy note download mode
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get into download mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”

6. Connect your Galaxy Note 2 to Computer or Laptop

Once you already reboot the phone in download mode, simply connect the phone to your PC or laptop USB.
In Odin window – the ID:COM box will turn to blue color and indicates the COM port number and a word “Added” on a log box will prompt you that the device is already detected or recognized by Odin. Your COM port number might be different from mine. If you do not see a COM port number then there’s something missing or wrong. You may read again from the top of this post.

7. Set and load and the binary .tar.md5 file 
The stock ROM is pack in One .tar.md5 file only. Now, you need to just simply click on the PDA button, then browse to the folder where the .tar or .tar.md5 you have previously extracted and then select and load it.

8. Begin Flashing the stock ROM
Once if all set and ready to fire-up, hit the “START” button in Odin to begin flashing the stock ROM.
Do not ever interrupt the phone while already in flashing progress, like disconnecting the cable or turning off the device. Just wait until it completely finish.
Odin Flashing AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317 Stock ROM9. Wait for the word PASS!!
When the Stock ROM installation successfully completes, you will then see a word “PASS” in Odin. This indicates that the flashing was already finish, and on the log box it says “All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)”. The phone will just then automatically reboot, then it’s time to remove it from PC or laptop USB connection.

Confirm if you successfully restore your Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Confirm your fresh firmware installed by typing *#1234# or
Go to Settings>About Phone>Firmware info.
You can also do factory reset by dialing *2767*3855#.

Possible errors that you may encountered, this is based on my experience while flashing stock ROM on Samsung Android devices. These are just a few hints on how to resolved it.

Q: I got an error message that says “Set-up connection Failed” ?
A: 1. Check your USB connection from the phone to PC,
2. Connect to another PC USB port
3. Check and try to another USB cable
4. Re-install the USB driver.
Q: Odin just suddenly stuck in the middle of nowhere while in flashing progress, It isn’t responding at all?
A: Check for possible program that might interrupt the process, like disabling the anti-virus and closing any running programs.Try to use another PC or laptop,
Q: I experienced bootloop or the phone just stuck on Welcome Logo (phone always stop at bootanimation) and it won’t boot normally?
A: You can fix it via recovery mode option, do this:
Boot in recovery mode
1. Press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power button.
2. Use volume keys to select, Up and Down and Power or Home key to select the option
3. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the Home button.
4. Next select the Wipe Cache Partition
5. Lastly, select Reboot System Now to reboot your Galaxy Note 2 in Normal mode.That’s it! Just let us know how’s it going.
 Let us know if this solution works to restore and unroot your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 AT&T (SGH-I317 ) to its original firmware.

Philz CWM6: Root N700DXLSE DXLS8 Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean SE-Asia Update

Here’s the root method that works for South East Asian countries Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 that has been upgraded to the latest official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.  The latest 4.1.2 update comes with new firmware build number as N7000DXLSE with baseband version  N7000DXLS8. The root process is too easy for experienced users but   for beginners is a bit risky on some part.  Those who hasn’t receive this DXLSE 4.1.2 update yet, shall check this update on Kies and update your device, before you want to decide into rooting.

N7000DDLSC

N7000DXLSE Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Device: Samsung Galaxy Note
Model number: GT-N7000
Region: South East Asia
Country: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
Android version: 4.1.2
PDA: N7000DXLSE
Modem: N7000DXLS8
CSC: N7000OLBLSE
Build number: JZO54K.N7000DXLSE

For advance users you also can grab the N7000DXLSE stock ROM below ans install it first then you may proceed on rooting.

Disclaimer: This method are for developers and advance users only. We shall not take any responsibility if anything happen to your device by using this guide.

– Odin downloader –  Odin3 v3.07
– USB Driver Link (install it)
Download the original N7000DXLSE Stock Firmware at Samsung-updates:
Singapore (unbranded) XSP_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Singapore (SingTel) SIN_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Singapore (StarHub) STH_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Singapore (M1) MM1_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE link
Indonesia (unbranded) XSE_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Malaysia (unbranded) XME_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Thailand (unbranded) THL_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Philippines (Sun) XTC_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Philippines (Globe) GLB_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Philippines (Smart) SMA_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Vietnam (unbranded) XEV_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE
Vietnam (Viettel Mobile) XXV_N7000DXLSE N7000OLBLSE

  1. Extract or unzip the downloaded file. use winzip, 7zip, or any extracting softwarein your computer or laptop.
  2. Grab and install the USB driver
  3. Start odin3 and configure its options: DO NOT Tick “Re-partition” options.
  4. Click on the PDA button then load the KIES_HOME_N7000DXLSE_N7000OLBSE.tar.md5′ file
  5. Boot the device into download mode (Volume down+Home+Power) button
  6. Connect the device in download mode to PC via USB
  7. Press start to flash the tar.md5 package
  8. Wait until it finishes flashing and the device completely reboots, then remove it form PC connection
  9. Now, proceed to root your newly installed 4.1.2 Jelly bean.

How to Root DXLSE Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

You can use PhilZ-cwm6  with CWM 6.0.3.0 based recovery to root. Philz-CWM6 root kernel does not just root your Samsung Galaxy Note but it also adds up the enhanced clockworkmod 6 full touch based recovery on your device in just simple steps ahead. This root is absolutely safe for it has a “stock based kernel”  to avoid brick bug issues. This is also a handy rooting technique by way of  just flashing it via Stock Recovery, or if you already have installed custom recovery and even in Odin without the frustrating yellow triangle.

There are two root packages you can choose, either install it via stock recovery or the tar file which can be flash through Odin. You can grab the files here – forum.xda-developers.com.

Method 1:  Install Root via Stock Recovery Update zip

Recommended Method – Recovery (.zip) packages instructions – Will also root your phone

  1. They come in the form of -signed.zip files that can be flashed in stock recovery 3e: No Yellow Triangle
  2. Download PhilZ-cwm6-DXLSE-OLB-4.91.2-signed.zip
  3. Copy or Put the previously downloaded PhilZ-cwm6-DXLSE-OLB-4.91.2-signed.zip file on your external sd card (not internal)
  4. Boot into stock recovery (volume up+home+power) button
  5. Select “apply update from external storage”. Use volume keys to toggle and home or power button to select option.
  6. Now select the PhilZ-cwm6-DXLSE-OLB-4.91.2-signed.zip file you copied in previous step.
  7. You are rooted + new PhilZ-cwm6 kernel with CWM6

Method 2:  Install Root using Odin

  1. Grab Odin3_v3.07
  2. Grab and install the USB driver (install it)
  3. Start odin3 and configure its options: DO NOT Tick “Re-partition” options.
  4. Click on the PDA button then load the .tar file
  5. Boot the device into download mode (Volume down+Home+Power) button
  6. Connect phone in download mode to PC via USB
  7. Press start to flash the tar.md5 package
  8. To root, download the root file from here ( Choose Method 1)

For more detailed information, just head over to XDA-Developer original thread and directly ask any assistance from Phil - the developer himself.

Stock ROM for Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 from ICS to Jelly Bean Update

These are all available stock ROM or original firmware for Sprint Galaxy S3 SPH-L710, a collection from Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 ICS) to the latest update Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 JB). These stock ROM are very useful to restore back your Galaxy S3 L710 to its factory default stock firmware or original settings like the way how you bought it out of the box. Original firmware are also used by advance users for repair purpose, just like in-case of bricks occurred while installing unofficial or modified firmware, this is very useful to fix that problem. Some also used the stock ROM to unroot the rooted Galaxy S3’s prior to receives any official software releases by Samsung and Sprint again. That’s because when you have your Galaxy S3 being modified or rooted your device cannot get any further updates from Samsung.

L710VPALEN L710VPALI3 Sprint Galaxy S3 L710 Stock ROM

If you are one among of the million Android enthusiasts and loves to modify your device. It is important that you should always have the original firmware of your Galaxy S3 L710, this will served as your back-up copy in-case something went wrong while  on your way modifying your precious Galaxy S3.

If you’ve  intentionally looking for this stock ROMs, I guess your device might be in trouble right now or you needed it to return back your device to its original default state.

Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 (Sprint) Stock ROM builds

These is stock ROM are to be used for Samsung Galaxy SIII SPH-L710 Sprint U.S.A. and nothing else. These are not compatible to other Samsung galaxy S3 variants like the GT-I9300 (international), GT-I9305 LTE, SGH-I747, SGH-I747M, SGH-T999, SGH-T999V and SCH-I535 United states and Canada variants. I did not included the leaks or beta build and some official OTA updates for they are not suitable to use. So,  the list below are consists of a full packaged firmwares pulled from Samsung Kies server.

Examples of stock firmware builds;

Software build: L710VPBLJ7
PDA: L710VPBLJ7
CSC: L710SPRBLJ7
MODEM: L710VPJ7
Version: JB 4.1.1
Released: October 2012 – OTA/Kies, original factory stock
Software build: L710VPALI3
PDA:L710VPALI3
CSC: L710SPRALI3
MODEM: L710VPLI3
Version: ICS 4.0.4
Released: September 2012 – an OTA/Kies full update
Software build: L710VPALEN
PDA: L710VPALEN
CSC: L710SPRALEN
MODEM: L710VPLEN
Version: ICS 4.0.4
Released: May 2012 – out of the box, original factory stock

You can grab SPH-L710 stock firmwares  here.

Uses of Stock ROM

Below are hints on how to properly use these stock ROM on your Sprint Galaxy S3 L710. Stock ROM are case-sensitive piece of art if misuses incorrectly will also result to undesired outcomes or harm  your device. So, just use these stock ROM properly and accordingly to avoid risk of unexpected collateral damaged.

Fix Soft-bricks

– The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off.

Somewhere stuck on these following boot screen.

  • 1st boot screen: ‘Samsung’logo
  • 2nd boot screen: ‘Samsung Galaxy S III’
  • 3rd boot screen: Sprint splash screen
  • 4th boot screen: pulsating ‘Samsung’

2. It won’t Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.

Read the step by step detailed guide here for fixing bricked problem.

Remove Root

You want your device to completely unroot or removes rooted kernels and system images.

Revert back to original factory stock

This will help you restore your device from modification you have made. This also includes resetting the flash binary counter and remove the yellow triangle in-case you need warranty back.

Read the step by step detailed guide here for unrooting or restoring your Galaxy S3 to its original firmware.

I will try to keep this list updated and add more available  stock ROM for your Sprint Galaxy S3 L710. Hope this will be useful to you.

Fix Bricked Galaxy S3 (I535 Verizon), Unbrick and Restore Guide

If your Galaxy S3 messed from modding or installed an unofficial ROM and then ended up like just stuck on Samsung Galaxy screen and never continue booting into normal mode, then there’s a possibility that your phone is already bricked. But don’t panic yet,  just try this unbricking guide method originally created by “Puremotive” a highly recognized developer from XDA-Developer,  who already found out how to fix this kind of situation you might face right now..

The Problem that Results to Brick: Sometimes when you flash a ROM (TouchWiz or AOSP), there is a risk of the /system and /data partitions not wiping correctly thus leading them to be formatted with R/O  (Read Only) permissions rather than R/W (Read & Write). This makes it impossible for the phone to boot up because no data has been written. Not even a typical ODIN flash back to stock or rooted stock will fix this. Using CWM to flash another ROM will yield the same no boot results. Furthermore, the stock recovery will not work and it becomes impossible to perform a factory reset. Sound frustrating? It is.

The Fix for Bricks: You know how people all over the android forums are told never to tick any of the boxes in ODIN except for Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time? Well this time you will be ticking another box. If you ever run into the problem where your partitions are read-only, but the phone will still boot into Download Mode and recovery, you need to do the following steps:

How to Unbrick and Restore your Bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535

INSTRUCTIONS:

Grab these,

  • Re-install the USB driver.
  • Run Odin3_v3.07.
  • Set Galaxy S3 in Download Mode: Turn it OFF> then Press Volume Down+Home+Power button. then press Volume Up to continue.

  • Plug in your device (make sure it recognizes your device, it should say “Added” or something like that).
  • Wait for the drivers to load all the way (Windows 7).
  • Make sure ONLY “F. Reset Time” is checked”.
  • Click on the checkbox next to “PDA”.
  • Then load your first bootchain(VRALEC) (depending on which method you are using [you can try both VRALEC[1st] and VRALF2[2nd] or just try flashing the VRALF2] ).
  • Press “Start”.
  • Let it run through until you get the green “Pass”.
  • Unplug your phone.
  • Exit out of ODIN.
  • Start up ODIN again.
  • Plug-in your phone (make sure it recognizes your device, it should say “Added” or something like that).
  • Make sure ONLY “F. Reset Time” is checked”.
  • Click on the checkbox next to “PDA”.
  • Pick your second bootchain(VRALF2) (depending on what what method your using).

  • Press “Start”.
  • Wait for the green “Pass”.
  • Unplug your phone.
  • Exit out of ODIN.
  • Start ODIN back up.
  • Plug your phone back in (make sure it recognizes your device, it should say “Added” or something like that).
  • Make sure ALL 3 checkboxes are checked (Auto-Reboot, F. Reset Time, Nand Erase All)
  • Click on the checkbox next to “PDA”
  • Click on the “PDA” button
  • Find/Load “root66″ (that you have already downloaded)

  • Press “Start”.
  • Wait for the green “Pass”.
  • Unplug your phone.
  • Your phone will try to boot, but will not get passed the cheezy Verizon boot-animation.
  • Take your battery out.
  • Put your battery back in.
  • Start your phone in Stock Recovery (hold-down volume-up+home button+power button).
  • On the Recovery Menu, it will show a few errors in RED. This is normal.
  • Do a “Wipe data/factory reset”.
  • Then do a “Wipe cache partition”.
  • Now “Reboot” your phone and wait.

All credits and thanks goes to PureMotive (XDA Highly Recognized Developer) for this great job and likewise to h3llsdr0id (XDA-Developer Contributor) for the detailed step by step guide.

From Puremotive’s original thread:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1840030
and the more detailed guide by h3llsdr0id on page 3.

Fix Bricked Galaxy Note N7000, Unbrick and Recovery Guide

Here’s how resolved your bricked Samsung Galaxy Note Gt-N7000 if you messed up something while  installing modified firmware or rom, and rooting with a wrong root kernel. Once bricked, your device can no longer function and this solution might help you out especially if your Galaxy Note is already out of warranty and then spend a hard coughing cost to the service center for fix.

Now, here’s what we need – as long as you can still access your Galaxy Note’s  Download Mode screen, then there’s a chance that this method works, so just give it a try.  A ‘bricked’ is caused by an already corrupted firmware from your phone’s system. It will not boot normally.  So, we need to install back its original firmware by means of flashing using odin downloader tool, that’s why need to have the phone’s download mode access or otherwise this unbrick method will not help you fix your Galaxy Note.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000 International)

Here’s a couple issues you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolve it.

Soft-bricked
1. The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off or somewhere just stuck or hangs on these following boot screen ‘Samsung’ logo.

2.  It won’t  Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.

–  It can be recovered if you can still access your Galaxy Note Download Mode screen –  (Pressing VOLUME Down + HOME + POWER button). Try to press that button combination. If you can access the download mode option, then your seemingly quite lucky for  there’s a chance that you can recover it by yourself.

Hard-bricked – refers to the phone as totally jammed, unresponsive or no visible signs of life. It doesn’t show anything, can’t access the download mode screen. The only solution for this is by called JTAG flashing, which is forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process is not too easy, this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool.

– So this method means that you cannot save your device all by yourself anymore. If you badly needed  to have your Galaxy S3 back to life, the best way is to bring it back to your dealer. Explain something  that might encourage them to have your Galaxy Note fix for free or have an exchange for warranty.

How to Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 Flashing with original firmware or stock ROM

Grab Odin flasher and USB driver
Odin flasher – Odin3_v1.85 or Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver –  USB Driver

Grab your Galaxy Note original stock ROM from here. (Just make sure you download the right firmware according to your device country or network provider.

Use PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
Recharge your battery using external battery charger since you can’t recharge the battery within the phone for it is already bricked.

1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy Note  into download mode screen.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or a highlighted COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now simply click and load the boot image N7000xxxx.tar.md5 on Odin’s PDA button.
Here’s an example using my UK ICS 4.0.4 unbranded stock ROM:

6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware.
7. Wait ’till it finishes flashing

If the phone will then reboot to its normal mode then its you’re lucky day. If the bricked symptoms still persists, refer to the below method. Don’t lose hope we are not finish yet.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) Flashing with PIT file for System Table Re-Partition and the Original stock ROM or Firmware.

Now, if the phone still doesn’t boot to its normal mode after restoring the original stock ROM, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware but we need to try fixing the phone’s system memory Re-Partition table.  So, we need to  flash including the “PIT” file as our last attempt.
Grab one of these Re-Partion “PIT” file
16GB/Q1-20110914_16GB.pit
32GB – I do not have a 32GB Pit (If you found one, please share it to me)

Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger or borrow from your neighbors GNote)
1. Unzipped the downloaded “Q1-20110914_16GB.pit.rar” file then run Odin again.
2. Boot the Galaxy Note  into download mode screen then connect to PC.
3. This time load the Q1-20110914_16GB.pit Pit file on Odin’s PIT Button

4. Load your original N7000xxxx.tar.md5 stock firmware on the Odin’s PDA button again.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware and PIT file., then wait.

If the phone reboot normally, its then a success story. You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of  bootloop, stuck on welcome screen logo issues.

– Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode
– Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”
– Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe
– Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’

If the problem still exist, then there’s nothing I can add more but just recommend you to contact or visit your nearest service center to get it fix. By the way, I can guide you about JTAG, but it requires a heck of tearing down the phone completely, a JTAG flashing toolkit and soldering skills. So, I guess its not applicable to share to everybody,.  Its a technician job already.

So, congratulations to those who successfully fix their Galaxy note by this method and feel so sorry to those unlikely out of luck today. Next time be careful while modifying your precious Galaxy Note. Nobody stopping you from doing it, but extra precaution is much better safe than sorry.

Fix Bricked Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 L710, Unbrick Guide

If you might just bricked your Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710 smartphone,  this solution might help you on how to fix and recover it by yourself. This guide is also the same method used with other U.S variants of Samsung Galaxy S3 like the AT&T SGH-I747T-Mobile SGH-T999 and Verizon SCH-I535. But, we are using a different firmware files for each specific carrier providers for they do not posses the same firmware builds.

Bricked phone are usually fixable, for some reasons that you messed up from flashing a wrong ROM – bootloader images from the GSM variant Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International)  which is not compatible with your U.S Samsung Galaxy S3 SPH-L710 (Sprint).

It was also bricked from  rooting process because you installed with a wrong root kernel images via CWM. Those are just the most common issues why the heck you screwed up and bricked your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone in no time.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710)

Here’s a couple issues you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolve it.
1. The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off.

Somewhere stuck on these following boot screen.

1st boot screen: ‘Samsung’logo
2nd boot screen: ‘Samsung Galaxy S III’
3rd boot screen: Sprint splash screen
4th boot screen: pulsating ‘Samsung’

2.  It won’t  Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.
4. The phone is totally dead, unresponsive or no visible signs of life.

Does a bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint  SPH-L710) can be fix or recover back to normal?
Yes and NO, there are two types of bricks – the softbrick and hardbrick.
The Softbrick – can be recovered if you can still access your Galaxy S3 Download Mode screen –  (Pressing VOLUME Down + HOME + POWER button). Try to press that button combination. If you can access the download mode option, then your seemingly quite lucky for  there’s a chance that you can recover it by yourself.

Hardbricks – refers to the phone as totally jammed, it doesn’t show anything, can’t access the download mode screen. The only solution for this is by called JTAG flashing, which is forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process is not too easy, this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool. So this method means that you cannot save your device all by yourself anymore. If you badly need  to have your Galaxy S3 back to life if you can’t recover it anymore with yourself is to bring it back to your dealer. Explain something  that might encourage them to have your phone fix for free or have an exchange for warranty.

Hey, I can still access the download mode!
That’s great! If you can still access the phone into download mode, then try this method below, this might help you to restore it back to normal.

Method 1: Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710) Flashing with original stock Boot Image

This solution may fix your phone if you have flash a wrong bootloader image from Samsung galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International GSM)

Grab the boot image file odin flasher and USB driver

Boot Stock image – Download
Odin flasher – Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver –  Download

Use PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
Recharge your battery using external battery charger since you can’t recharge the battery within the phone for it is already bricked.

1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now simply click and load the boot image ‘boot-stock-sprint-sph-l710.tar’ on Odin’s PDA button.


6. Click on “Start” to flash the image.
7. Wait ’till it finishes flashing

If the phone will then reboot to its normal mode then its you’re lucky day. If the bricked problem still persists, refer to the below method.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint SPH-L710) Flashing with Original stock ROM or Firmware

Now, if the phone still doesn’t respond after restoring the original boot image, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware by using Odin flasher tool and the original factory stock firmware itself provided by Samsung.
Grab one of the original Stock Firmware
Choose SPH-L710 stock

Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger)
1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now load the e.g L710VPALEN_L710SPRALEN_L710VPLEN.tar.md5 in Odin’s PDA button.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware
7. Wait until the flashing successfully finishes, you’ll just see a word ‘PASS’ in odin.

If the phone reboot normally, its then a success story. You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of  bootloop, stuck on welcome screen logo issues.

– Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode
– Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”
– Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe
– Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’
– Then also select “advanced” and clear the Dalvik cache too> select reboot system now and you device will reboot in normal mode.

If the problem still exist, then there’s nothing I can do to add more but just recommend  you to contact or visit your nearest service center.

How to Avoid bricking your Galaxy S3 L710

Don’t Flash or use other variants Stock ROM and kernels. (If you find any instruction on the web or forum read it carefully or ask something that you don’t understand)
Don’t not ever use root kernels and boot images, from custom ROM builds for GSM or GT-I9300 for it is very different from U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants.

Credits to Mark aka MSKIP (highly recognized developer from XDA-developers) on his original thread here for the Boot Image.

Fix Bricked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-T999, Unbrick Guide

Here’s another solution that might help someone on how to fix and recover their bricked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-T999 phone. This guide is also the same method used with other U.S variants of Samsung Galaxy S3 like the AT&T SGH-I747Sprint  SPH-L710 and Verizon SCH-I535. But, we are using a different firmware files for each specific carrier providers for they do not posses the same firmware builds.

Bricked phone are usually fixable, for some reasons that you messed up from flashing a wrong ROM – bootloader images from the GSM variant Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International)  which is not compatible with your U.S Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 (T-Mobile).

It was also bricked from  rooting process because you installed with a wrong root kernel images. Those are just the most common issues why the heck you screwed up and bricked your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone in a wrong place and in and wrong no time.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile SGH-T999)

Here’s a couple issues you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolve it.
1. The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off.

Somewhere stuck on these following boot screen.

1st boot screen: ‘Samsung’
2nd boot screen: ‘Samsung Galaxy S III’
3rd boot screen: T-Mobile splash screen
4th boot screen: pulsating ‘Samsung’

2.  It won’t  Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.
4. The phone is totally dead, unresponsive or no visible signs of life.

Does a bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile  SGH-T999) can be fix or recover back to normal?
Yes and NO, there are two types of bricks – the softbrick and hardbrick.
The Softbrick – can be recovered if you can still access your Galaxy S3 Download Mode screen –  (Pressing VOLUME Down + HOME + POWER button). Try to press that button combination. If you can access the download mode option, then your seemingly quite lucky for  there’s a chance that you can recover it by yourself.

Hardbricks – refers to the phone as totally jammed, it doesn’t show anything, can’t access the download mode screen. The only solution for this is by called JTAG flashing, which is forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process is not too easy, this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool. So this method means that you cannot save your device all by yourself anymore. If you badly need  to have your Galaxy S3 back to life if you can’t recover it anymore with yourself is to bring it back to your dealer. Explain something  that might encourage them to have your phone fix for free or have an exchange for warranty.

Hey man, I can still access the download mode!
Seems you’re still lucky! If you can still access the phone into download mode, then try this method below, this might help you to restore it back to normal.

Method 1: Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile SGH-T999) Flashing with original stock Boot Image

This solution may fix your phone if you have flash a wrong bootloader image from Samsung galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International GSM)

Grab the boot image file odin flasher and USB driver
Odin flasher – Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver –  USB Driver
Stock Boot Image -SGH-T999_boot_img

Use a PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
Recharge your battery using external battery charger since you can’t recharge the battery within the phone for it is already bricked.

1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now simply click and load the boot image boot-stock-tmobile-sgh-t999.tar on Odin’s PDA button.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the image.
7. Wait ’till it finishes flashing

If the phone will then reboot to its normal mode then its you’re lucky day. If the bricked problem still persists, refer to the below method.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (T-Mobile SGH-T999) Flashing with Original stock ROM or Firmware

Now, if the phone still doesn’t respond after restoring the original boot image, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware by using Odin flasher tool and the original factory stock firmware itself provided by Samsung.
Grab one of these original Stock Firmware
Find and grab the latest stock firmware version.
Stock firmware Nov-Dec 2012 released 4.1.1 Jelly Bean  TMB_T999UVALJ4_T999TMBALJ4
Stock firmware August 2012 released: ICS 4.0.4 TMB_T999UVALH2_T999TMBALH2
Factory firmware May 2012 released: ICS 4.0.4 TMB_T999UVALEM_T999TMBALEM

(Extract or “unzip”  the firmware file after downloaded so that you’ll get the .tar.md5 file. Use Wirar,winzip , 7zip or any extracting software you have in your computer)

Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger)
1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now load the e.g T999UVALH2_T999TMBALH2_T999UVALH2.tar.md5 in Odin’s PDA button.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware
7. Wait until the flashing successfully finishes, you’ll just see a word ‘PASS’ in odin.

If the phone reboot normally, its then a success story, and if not, there’s nothing I can do to add more but just recommend  you to contact or visit your nearest service center.

You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of  bootloop, stuck on welcome screen logo issues.
– Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode
– Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”
– Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe
– Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’
– Then also select “advanced” and clear the Dalvik cache too
– Lastly select ‘reboot system’ now and and wait ’til your phone completely reboot in normal mode.

How to Avoid bricking your Galaxy S3 T999

Don’t Flash or use other variants Stock ROM and kernels. (If you find any instruction on the web or forum read it carefully or ask something that you don’t understand)
Don’t not ever use root kernels and boot images, from custom ROM builds for GSM or GT-I9300 for it is very different from U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants.

Credits to Mark aka MSKIP (highly recognized XDA-developer) on his original thread here for the Boot Image.

Fix Bricked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 I747, Unbrick Guide

Here’s a solution that may help you on how to fix and recover your bricked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-I747 phone for some reasons that you messed up from flashing a wrong ROM – bootloader images from the GSM variant Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International)  which is not compatible with U.S Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-I747 (AT&T).

It was also bricked from  rooting process because you installed with a wrong root kernel images. Those are just the most common issues why the heck you screwed up and bricked your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone in a wrong place and in and wrong no time.

Symptoms of bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T SGH-I747)

Here’s a couple issues you might be facing by now and wonder how to resolved.
1. The phone boot and shows the Samsung screen for a split second and then it automatically turns off.

Somewhere stuck on these following boot screen.
1st boot screen: ‘Samsung’
2nd boot screen: ‘Samsung Galaxy S III’
3rd boot screen: AT&T splash screen
4th boot screen: pulsating ‘Samsung’

2.  It won’t  Power ON but it just shows the odin download screen with yellow triangle and firmware update warning.
3. The phone keeps on restarting (with vibrations) after the Samsung logo appears.
4. The phone is totally dead, unresponsive or no visible signs of life.

Does a bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T SGH-I747) can be fix or recover back to normal?
Yes and NO, there are two types of bricks – the softbrick and hardbrick.
The Softbrick – can be recovered if you can still access your Galaxy S3 Download Mode screen –  (Pressing VOLUME Down + HOME + POWER button). Try to press that button combination. If you can access the download mode option, then your seemingly quite lucky for  there’s a chance that you can recover it by yourself.

Hardbricks – refers to the phone as totally jammed, it doesn’t show anything, can’t access the download mode screen. The only solution for this is by called JTAG flashing, which is forcing to install the firmware back to the phone. The process is not too easy, this includes disassembling the phone, some soldering required and flashing by means of using a flashing device tool. So this method means that you cannot save your device all by yourself anymore. If you badly need  to have your Galaxy S3 back to life if you can’t recover it anymore with yourself is to bring it back to your dealer. Explain something  that might encourage them to have your phone fix for free or have an exchange for warranty.

Hey dude I can still access the download mode!
Great! If you can still access the phone into download mode, then try this method below, this might help you to restore it back to normal.

Method 1: Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T SGH-I747) Flashing with original stock Boot Image

This solution may fix your phone if you have flash a wrong bootloader image from Samsung galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (International GSM)

Grab the boot image file odin flasher and USB driver
Stock Boot Image – Download
Odin flasher – Odin3_v3.07
USB Driver –   Download

Use PC with Windows OS (Odin will not work on Mac and Linux OSX)
Recharge your battery using external battery charger since you can’t recharge the battery within the phone for it is already bricked.

1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now simply click and load the boot image boot-stock-att-sgh-i747.tar on Odin’s PDA button.


6. Click on “Start” to flash the image.
7. Wait ’till it finishes flashing

If the phone will then reboot to normal mode then its you’re lucky day. If the bricked problem still persists, refer to the below method.

Fix bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 (AT&T SGH-I747) Flashing with Original stock ROM or Firmware

Now, if the phone still doesn’t respond after restoring the original boot image, this time we are going to flash its full packaged firmware by using Odin flasher tool and the original factory stock firmware itself provided by Samsung.
Grab one of these original Stock Firmware:
Choose SGH-I747 Stock

Again make sure the battery is fully charge (recharge the battery using external battery charger)
1. Run Odin on your PC desktop
2. Boot the Galaxy S3 into download mode screen for Odin.
Turn it off, once completely shut down  hold down the ‘HOME’ + ‘VOLUME DOWN’ buttons and press the ‘POWER’ button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the ‘VOLUME UP’ button to continue or enter Download Mode.
3. Connect the phone to PC via USB. Then make sure you can see as phone “Added” in Odin log box or highlight the COM:ID once the device is detected,
4. In Odin window, DO Not tick ‘RE-Partition’  only Tick ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F. Reset Time’ and nothing else.
5. Now load the I747UCALEM_I747ATTALEM_I747UCALEM.tar.md5  in Odin PDA button.
6. Click on “Start” to flash the stock firmware
7. Wait until the flashing successfully finishes, you’ll just see a word ‘PASS’ in odin.

If the phone reboot normally, its then a success story, and if not, there’s nothing I can do to add more but just recommend  you to contact or visit your nearest service center.

You may then perform factory reset if necessary, to get rid of bootloop, stuck on welcome screen logo issues.
– Turn off the phone and set it into recovery mode
– Press volume “volume up, home and power buttons”
– Once in recovery mode, perform full wipe
– Select ‘wipe data/factory reset’
– Then also select “advanced” and clear the Dalvik cache too
– Lastly select ‘reboot system’ now and and wait ’til your phone completely reboot in normal mode.

How to Avoid bricking your Galaxy S3 I747

Don’t Flash other variants Stock ROM and kernels. (If you find any instruction on the web or forum read it carefully or ask something that you don’t understand)
Don’t not ever use root kernels and boot images, from custom ROM builds for GSM or GT-I9300 for it is very different from U.S and Canada Galaxy S3 variants.

Credits to Mark aka MSKIP (highly recognized XDA-developer) Original thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1727443 for the Boot Image