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Bricked. (SBF after .629 update, bootloader, etc)

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 2 Global' started by jportmusic, Mar 8, 2012.

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    Hey all, greetings. Long time lurker, first time poster. Love the forums.

    Today, I did these things:

    • Started the day enjoying rooted .608 Gingerbread on my D2G
    • Saw update to .629, allowed it to download but held off on install
    • Thought "hey, if I lose root, I'll just SBF back" (error in judgment here)
    • Installed .629
    • Noticed root was lost
    • Got out various Linux SBF paraphernalia, USB cable, opened refreshing can of soda
    • Installed Gingerbread SBF
    • Discovered here what a bricked D2G looks like
    • Stumped, so I tried Froyo SBF
    • Bootloader still stared back at me
    • After all these steps leading to inadvertently putting my D2G in a coma, I _THEN_ did further research (haha!)


    So yeah, I'm stuck at the bootloader, with the MEM_MAP Blank / Service Req'd messages and everything.

    From what I've read, this thing is a paperweight until a .629 SBF for D2G is developed, correct?
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    Apparently so. However, others might have it released soon enough. The Droid X one was released rather quickly.

    I did find the factory recovery image works again for me at least. Press X to load it up, then instead of the magnifying glass, press the volume up and volume down buttons together. Might wanna keep it in mind if your phone bootloops after SBF'ing (assuming you get to do that.)
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    Thanks. I tried the "X" to get to the triangle screen, the phone just powers straight up to bootloader:

    Bootloader
    D0.11
    Err:A5,70,70,00,1F



    MEM_MAP Blank
    Service Req'd
    Battery OK
    OK to Program
    Connect USB
    Data Cable


    Looks like I'll have to put it in carbonite and enjoy my friend's spare BlackBerry Tour for a lil while... [sigh]

    The price of a love affair with tinkering and hacking is that I stub my toe sometimes.
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    Mine tried to install the upgrade but failed. Can I delete the downloaded update file and tell VZW to buzz off?

    Sent from my DROID2 GLOBAL using DroidForums
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    Yes, You can install a program that will allow you to freeze the update. I used mybackup pro and froze the updater and the ugrader and haven't had any issues since.
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    titanium backup, rom toolbox, among others

    Sent from my DROID 2G w/4.5.608 using Droid Forum app
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    Well done!

    Thanks to ccommcom and themib. dancedroid I upgraded my Titanium Backup to pro (I used to do file name changes, but tired of the routine) and froze them. Any common lists of VZW/Moto bloatware and other nasties I should freeze?
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    to the OP jportmusic I have the same problem you have. Just to let you know I called the Tech Service line for Verizon today and just explained to them that their update bricked my phone and the person I talked to was kind enough to ship me a new Droid 2 Global, I could've gotten an upgrade early but I figured I would take the free phone and save my upgrade which is due in a few months. I too luckily enough had a Blackberry Bold sitting around.
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    Thanks for this tip. I called Verizon; Person A put me through to tech support to talk to Person B. Person B was quite knowledgeable and hip to this whole problem. He asked me if I had rooted the phone. I decided to tell the truth, and of course he declined my request for an outright replacement and suggested I buy a new phone.

    I hung up kind of sad that the phone was dead, and it was my fault basically for carelessly hacking it without doing research - but happy that I hadn't lied by playing dumb or some other thing. Three minutes later, Person A called me back, said she and her supervisor had reviewed the case notes, and they decided to send me a free replacement Droid 2 Global out of gratitude for my bringing my wife over from AT&T. Once again, honesty had not failed me, and I'm grateful. God is so good to me.

    I must say, after all that, I hope that the new phone DOES NOT have 629 on it so I can freeze the update as you guys have all so nicely explained how to do!

    Thanks everyone so much for your inputs.
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    It will disappear from your app drawer
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    good for you, sometimes the good guys do win
    and this update, is causing some real problems
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    I agree. I had a bad taste in my mouth when I saw it, and kept pressing "Later" on the update; I felt kind of railroaded into it and didn't think to read about freezing it... anyway, moot point, warranty replacement is on the way.

    Yes, VZW did mention they're getting a number of brick calls. Motorola releases these updates for them - I can see the logic behind other posters' allegations that this wave of bricked phones only stands to help Motorola's sales and may likely have been an intentional twist in the update. Why modify the bootloader to disallow downgrades? To what purpose?

    In other news, I wonder what the developing scene is with the Google purchase of Motorola's handset business.
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    Speaking of that business move, with Google's purchase of Motorola's handset manufacturing division, Google is running the show. It seems, to me, they now have the say-so to enforce Android security patches to the device firmware level... so, now we have strangely picky bootloaders. Makes sense to me.
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    I think you're misunderstanding Motorola.

    Try looking at this this way:

    You're the hardware manufacturer. You release a smartphone; it has some vulnerabilities. You release patches to fix them, but there is a way for hackers to get the device back to a vulnerable version. What will be your next move?

    Right. To remove the possibility of restoring the device to a vulnerable state.

    Motorola isn't doing anything malicious there. The DROID2 GLOBAL was marketed as a business phone; on a rooted device they have no way to ensure that your Exchange-related data is secure.
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    I must say, after all that, I hope that the new phone DOES NOT have 629 on it so I can freeze the update as you guys have all so nicely explained how to do!
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    This definitely just happened to me too. I tried SPFing back to 3 different versions, all ended up saying successful but still wound up at the bootloader. Eventually called Verizon about it and they are sending me something refurbished. Can someone explain to me just for my own knowledge what we are waiting for to be released to fix this? Thanks for any information.
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    This update removed the ability to SBF to a previous version of the OS on the phone. So we are waiting for the .629 SBF to be leaked so that we can fix phones like yours.

    Sent from my XT862 using Tapatalk
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    Lol, for a second their I was like thats not part of the checklist. Then I reread and had a good chuckle.:D
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