How To Restore Samsung Galaxy S From Freeze Screen


11.04.2011

How To Restore Samsung Galaxy S From Freeze Screen

Although we admit Samsung offers us a lot of useful tablets and phones, even they aren’t perfect. Sure many of you have a Galaxy S smartphone and have had numerous freezes on their device. Also bad things may occur after the booting sequence when the Galaxy logo appears. But this doesn’t mean your phone has no use anymore because with some proper knowledge the device can be “repaired”.

There are numerous ways you can do this: a 1st choice would be trying to boot into “Download mode”. Although it doesn’t work always you don’t lose anything by trying. Here are a few things important to know in the process.

How to recover the Samsung Galaxy S when the phone is stuck on Logo Screen!

There are some things you need to know before heading to the Samsung Service center. In this tutorial we will explain those things and how to manage the device if it cannot boot into “Download Mode”.

Is the data gone?

Sad to say, but yes. You will lose all the contacts in the phone’s memory. Usually, the other files that are stored in the phone’s memory will remain as they were. Things like photos, music and other files upon restoring the phone with a new firmware. This happens usually but we can’t guarantee 100% because of all the firmware and probabilities there are on the market. We tested the things bellow with a phone (GT-I9000) and all the data was intact.

As a conclusion of this intro we say you will do these modifications on your own risk and we take no blame for things happening to your device.

  1. Download ODIN flashing tool on to your computer.

  2. Download Samsung USB drivers for your Samsung Android device. Probably you already have Kies that has come with your device. This usually has all the drivers for making an USB connection with your PC.

  3. Be sure to have your USB cable.

  4. Also be sure that your device has enough battery to resist the process.

  5. Now it’s the time to download the Stock firmware based on your phone model and region from here. Take notice that this step requires free registration. There are some firmwares that have 3 files in it namely PDA, CSC, and PHONE. There might be a PIT file for download and if so be sure to grab the right one.

Now here are the steps to make the magic moment happen.

  1. Turn off the phone. If you aren’t able to do this remove the battery completely and place it again (a nice hand reset).

  2. Se the phone to be in the “Download mode”. This can be done by pressing and holding the “Volume Down” button, “Power” button, and “Home” at the same time for a few seconds. This should make you device enter the “Download Mode”. This will mean that an android character with a sweeper will appear and the “Do not turn off Target!!!” message.

  3. Simply launch ODIN.

  4. Connect the computer and the phone with the USB cable.

  5. Notice that one of the boxes in the ODIN interface will turn yellow. This means you made the connection right and you are ready to go.

  6. In the downloaded firmware notice there is a file with a .tar extension. Click the PDA button, browse and select the .tar file. Make sure the “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time” is checked. “Re-Partition” should be unchecked in the ODIN interface. If in any case you had the PIT file too, you need to click on “PIT” button and choose the PIT file. Check “Re-Partition” only if you have the PIT file. If they were three files in the package click on the PDA, PHONE, and CSC buttons and chose the file you need.

  7. Click the start button. Notice that ODIN will now flash the firmware into the Samsung Galaxy S. After the flashing is complete the device will automatically reboot and there will be a PASS message in the green box of ODIN. You can disconnect the USB and interrupt the connection.

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