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My phone almost died on the weekend

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Mar. 21st, 2011 | 10:05 am

So, as usual, when I install a new ROM on my Android it is just fine, but as I begin to get the hang of it and start using more apps, it starts to slow down, to the point where it may freeze for a few moments, or, as happened to me on Friday, the phone will go into an irreversable reboot loop, where it:
  • Displays the boot screen for the rom
  • Boots successfully into the lock screen
  • The rom may work fine for a few moments
  • Then it freezes for a minute or so
  • ...Before throwing itself back into the boot screen to try again
If I can't get into the system fast enough to fix it, then usually I don't have much of a choice but to revert to a backup, or wipe and reinstall again.
But something happened this time.

The NANDroid backup I made of my phone a day after I installed it was fine, but when I reverted to it, something... happened. The restore completed just fine, and I still had the recovery, but as soon as I rebooted, I simply couldn't load the ROM... or the recovery.

And so I went into the fastboot mode, and tried to save my Android device until it powered down because, for some reason, my phone wouldn't charge on Fastboot.

Me and Henri Watson, DragonFlayer and Selth tried different methods of fixing it from the fastboot screen, but with almost everything I did, I would get remote: signature verify fail. Everything else, it would claim to be doing something but then freeze, for however long it took for the battery to run down again before powering off, the console getting status read error.

Needless to say I was kind of losing hope.

But then DragonFlayer linked me to a page on the XDA Developers forums - which detailed one method that seemed to apply to me. DF suggested I would need to make a goldcard using the SAPPIMG.nbh file detailed within. However, I noticed that I could flash this file on the device as well. I was skeptical, but I tried it.


Somehow, that one ROM was reverting the entire phone back to its factory settings - stock ROM and all! I don't know how, but man I was so happy!

Now I just had to re-root the phone, install Clockworkmod Recovery and something that was NOT Cupcake 1.5 and I was back in business.

And I am! :)

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