How To Fix Download And Recovery Modes Bugs In Samsung Galaxy S


06.04.2011

How To Fix Download And Recovery Modes Bugs In Samsung Galaxy S

Some of our readers complained about an issue that seems to appear when they are trying to get their Samsung Galaxy S devices in download and recovery mode. As you probably know (or not), you have to get your Samsung Galaxy S in download mode and recovery mode in order to be able to update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo or to Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread. But this issue is nothing to be scared of and it can be easily fixed. Many Samsung Galaxy S users have came across this problem, which if it is to ask us, we kind of find it normal. Taking your the service centre of Samsung won’t fix this bug, as the Korean company is against flashing your device.

Anyway, a lot of Samsung Galaxy S users have experienced problems when they tried to get their devices in download mode and recovery mode by holding down “Power,” “Home” and “Volume Down” buttons in the same time. Getting your Samsung Galaxy S in recovery and download mode action is usually performed before trying to install a new firmware on your device. Anyway we don’t advice the users that have their devices locked by operator, so it’s best to first back-up all your data before performing trying to fix the Samsung Galaxy S download and recovery mod bug, just in case.

But before learning how to fix Samsung Galaxy S download and recovery mode bug, let’s have a look at some requirements needed to perform the bug fix:

  • Your Samsung Galaxy S must have all the drivers installed. If not, you can do that using Kies PC Suite.

  • Install Android Debug Bridge on your system

  • Turn on USB Debugging mode on your Samsung Galaxy S (do this by going to Settings>Applications>Development, and tap USB Debugging to turn it on)

  • Ensure that your Samsung Galaxy S’ Voltage value is at least 3,800 mV. In order to see the Voltage value in the phone dialer type *#0228#. This action must be performed without the USB cable plugged in)

  • Download Odin and Modified SBL. Extract this two ZIP archives on your desktop. When prompted for password, type “androidadvices.com”

  • Make sure you have administrator rights on the PC you are using to fix Samsung Galaxy S download and recovery mode bug

Now that you are sure that you have everything you need to fix Samsung Galaxy S download and recovery mode bug, let’s take a look at the steps you need to follow for performing the bug fix:

  1. Open Odin (you should be able to find the .exe file on your desktop if you extracted the archives as instructed above)

  2. Now connect your Samsung Galaxy S to the PC using your USB data cable

  3. In Odin, click the PDA, navigate to “sbl.tar” file (on the desktop if you extracted the archive as instructed), then make sure you uncheck the “Repartition” option, then check “Phone Boot loader Update.” Also make sure that options like “Phone,” “CSC,” “Dump” are not selected, as they could crash your device

  4. Start Windows’ “Command Prompt” and navigate to the location you installed Android Debug Bridge. Type “adb reboot download”

  5. Notice that your Samsung Galaxy S have entered download mode. IMPORTANT: do not unplug the device from USB, as serious damages can occur. Get back to the Odin window and you should be able to see that “ID:COM” have turned yellow. If not, repeat the procedure until the “ID:COM” block turns yellow.

  6. Click “Start” button in Odin and wait until the download and recovery mode bug is fixed. When the process is finished, your device you automatically reboot

Now your Samsung Galaxy S is read to enter in download and recovery mode. Oh, I almost forgot. After the device reboots for the first time, it may take more time than usual for the main screen to appear, so don’t panic, it’s a normal thing to happen. With your Samsung Galaxy S ready to enter in download and recovery mode it’s time to download and install the latest Android firmwares for your device.

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