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Help with Dead (well... almost) Galaxy Tab Flashing Arabic Rom to American Galaxy Tab

Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:58 AM (#1) User is offline   khatypically 

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I bought a New Samsung Galaxy TAB, just two days back, from Amazon.com and was shipped to Washington DC. It's an unlocked version that has no Operator logos on it. It was indeed an awesome thing until I used my magic hands on it only 15 hours after I received. :rolleyes:

I had a problem with Arabic Characters; they were disconnected and sometimes reversed. So, I searched over the net for one day and chose to install a ROM from Samfirmware.com. I chose the latest firmware from the table of arabic firmwares. It's P1000JPJM5. (P1000JPJM5 ## P1.PIT Version 2.2 2011 January), so here are the steps that I've gone through:


1. Download the firmware.

2. I use the Odin 1.7 and applied the PIT file first. It finished successfully in 11 seconds.

3. I put the Galaxy tab in the Download mode (decrease volume + Power).

4. I applied the PDA using the Odin 1.7, I chose the TAR file that came with the P1000JPJM5 downloaded file.

5. A light blue indicator started just below the Download logo, the indicator progressed cheerfully, but suddenly stopped. I checked the Odin, and found a "FAILED!" sign. I searched the log, and found the following error:
<ID:0/045> cashe.rfs
<ID:0/045> Modem.bin
<ID:0/045> Complete(Write) Operation failed
<ID:0/045> All threads completed. (Succeed 0/ Failed 1)

attached is a jpg file having the error exactly.

6. Regardless of the warning saying "Don't unplug the target" or whatever it said by that time, and since the application of the firmware stopped, I unplugged the USB cable. I did that after waiting for 20 minutes whereas the Galaxy Tab didn't show any response but that download logo and the non-moving indicator.

7. After I did that, the Galaxy Tab became dead. Whenever I attach it to the computer, it displays a 3 icons screen; a computer, a phone, and a warning triangle with an exclamation mark. I assume that this means that there is an error in the connection between the Tab and the computer.

8. No matter how many times I tried the Download, recovery or any other thing, the phone would only display one of two things, the 3 icons screen that I listed in the previous step, or the Battery screen showing a grey battery. :( :( :(

HELLLLLP!!!! :blink: :blink:

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 03:18 AM (#2) User is offline   jkurl15 

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The screen you are seeing w/ the three icons is a bad flash screen but the good news is the tab is still in the download mode.

Head over to the xda forum and flash rotohammers JMI firmware and it should bring your tab back to life.

http://forum.xda-dev...ad.php?t=939360

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:26 PM (#3) User is offline   khatypically 

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View Postjkurl15, on 06 May 2011 - 03:18 AM, said:

The screen you are seeing w/ the three icons is a bad flash screen but the good news is the tab is still in the download mode.

Head over to the xda forum and flash rotohammers JMI firmware and it should bring your tab back to life.

http://forum.xda-dev...ad.php?t=939360

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Thanks Jkur115. The only problem is: the referenced forum is FIFTY (50) pages!!! where do I start :)???
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 03:50 PM (#4) User is offline   jkurl15 

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You start at page one. It has all the instructions and files you need to flash.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:11 PM (#5) User is offline   khatypically 

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View Postjkurl15, on 06 May 2011 - 03:50 PM, said:

You start at page one. It has all the instructions and files you need to flash.

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Thanks Jkurl15.

I did exactly as in Page 1.

1. I flushed the PIT file that's P1_add_hidden.pit (on http://files.deodexe...Rotohammer/JMI/)
using the Odin 1.7. It Passed successfully in 7 seconds.

2. Switched off the phone, removed the cable, switched the phone in the Download mode, then flushed the Roto-JMI-Full-v2.tar

3. File Passed Successfully (unlike the other ones that I tried before) , that's a great progress :good: to start with.

4. After finishing, the tab displayed the Samsung / Galaxy Tab start screen. Nothing more and nothing less for 15 minutes.

5. I restarted the phone. It would start again with the Samsung/Galaxy Tab start screen with no other actions. I left it for additional 15 minutes, and it made no progress.


Conclusion: the firmware passed successfully on ODN. However, the mobile is not doing anything now. I can't even start it again in the Download mode!!! :unsure: :unsure: :unsure: What to do next???
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:45 PM (#6) User is offline   jkurl15 

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Put it on the charger for a while. Give it's good charge and try getting into recovery and clear cache and do a factory wipe. See if it will boot then. If not tty flashing overcome from the xda forum.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:16 PM (#7) User is offline   khatypically 

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View Postjkurl15, on 06 May 2011 - 09:45 PM, said:

Put it on the charger for a while. Give it's good charge and try getting into recovery and clear cache and do a factory wipe. See if it will boot then. If not tty flashing overcome from the xda forum.

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Ok, I tried. The recovery mode is not working at all no matter how much I press the Increase volume and the Power Keys. It's the black screen displaying Galaxy Tab/Samsung that always comes when I do this. However, If I pressed the decrease volume and Power Keys, the lovely Download mode works. i.e Recovery: no work; Download: works.

So, what is "Try flashing overcome from the Xda forum", is there anything called: "overcome" mode, or PDA? I can't get it straight.

Apologies for all the trouble. You are the only one who replied, though. :good:
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:42 AM (#8) User is offline   jkurl15 

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Overcome is a custom firmware like rotos JMI rom. Overcome is based of the newest firmware out. Go to xda developer forum and in the Samsung galaxy tab section select android development. The overcome rom should be one of the first threads.



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Posted 07 May 2011 - 06:24 AM (#9) User is offline   khatypically 

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Thanks, I'll do. Keep Alerted, though!!! :)
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Posted 07 May 2011 - 02:38 PM (#10) User is offline   khatypically 

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Dear jkurl15,

Since you are the only one who replied to me. I would like to extend the problem details with you.

I tried the "Overcome" forum that you referred me to. I have a big problem using the steps in the guide simply for one very important step is missing; The guide assumes that I can root my Tab using the Superoneclick program.

I actually can't root my Tab (whether I know or know not what it means) The SuperOneClick assumes a working tab. My tab is DEAD. :( :( The maximum that I can get is the Download screen. and the Galaxy Tab/Samsung entry screen. That's it. So, I can't move on with applying the ROM because it won't work.

Any help to move forward???

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 03:31 PM (#11) User is offline   jkurl15 

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What you could do is go to the firmware section in this forum and download the firmware for you tab ans flash that.

See if that will get you back up.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:04 AM (#12) User is offline   khatypically 

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View Postjkurl15, on 07 May 2011 - 03:31 PM, said:

What you could do is go to the firmware section in this forum and download the firmware for you tab ans flash that.

See if that will get you back up.

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Thanks Jkurl15, I'll check. I, however, carried the gadget to the service center and am waiting for their input today.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 02:11 PM (#13) User is offline   khatypically 

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View Postkhatypically, on 10 May 2011 - 10:04 AM, said:

Thanks Jkurl15, I'll check. I, however, carried the gadget to the service center and am waiting for their input today.

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Hi Jkurl15,

I received my tab from the service center in Egypt. They say they can't fix it because the device has not been in Egypt yet and they didn't take the training needed. I just hope that they didn't screw it up :)

Now, I'll download the firmware from samfirmware.com , How would I ever know the suitable firmware given that my device is exactly this one (that's where I bought):

http://www.amazon.co...05378100&sr=8-1

Please advise.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 04:13 PM (#14) User is offline   khatypically 

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Hi JkURL15

I applied the p1000nubjm2 firmware. I downloaded it from this site. It's the latest P1000L firmware for America/Australia. It failed in the PDA file: P1000NUBJM2_P1000NUBJM2_P1000NUUBJM2_HOME.TAR . I was planning to apply the gingerbread after that.

Now to the results, As you know, before, I was able to reach the download mode, the startup Galaxy Tab/Samsung screen, and the battery displays when connecting the cable. Now, after application of this lovely firmware and failure, nothing (literally "Nothing") takes place. The device became more dead than it was before :rolleyes: :rolleyes: . It doesn't display anything and it doesn't respond to power or displays the battery. It became a black $500 cost brick :) No matter how much time I keep it charging (or what "should be" charging), it would never startup again (sigh!) The ODIN and samsung kies no more recognize the device when connected to the computer.

Any additional clues before I decide to convert it to a teacup base?

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 02:08 PM (#15) User is offline   khatypically 

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Updates:

Strangely enough, The ODIN 1.7 recognizes the tab when it is connected to the computer regardless of the fact that the tab doesn't display anything and looks indeed dead: deep Black!!

The ODIN 1.7 displays the Yellow "COM n" box, and allows me to apply the PIT file of the GingerBread firmware. However, that's it; Nothing else, and I Can't manage to reboot in the download mode to apply the PDA file. Yet, the computer can still recognize if the tab is connected or not.

Any clues.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:18 AM (#16) User is offline   khatypically 

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Hi JKURL15 and everybody else,

My tragedy reached its end at last. Not a happy end anyway :sad:

I sent the Tab to Samsung UAE. It's the regional support for Samsung. They said that one of the ROMS that I applied has destroyed the boot loader!!!. Sorrowfully enough, and this still looks so weird, they said they can't repair a boot loader. They advised that the only solution to the problem is that the motherboard has to be changed. They said that they'll have to import a motherboard from Germany (dunno why Germany?!). The cost was exactly three quarters of a new TAB.

I didn't know it's that fragile?! how would any mobile allow such a destruction to its boot loader that easy? They should have at least warned users that it would to a HARDWARE failure, not to mention protecting the boot loader from the first beginning so that nothing would harm it that bad.

Thanks to JKURL15 anyway, and I hope that lesson would help all of us.

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They actually lied to you. The bootloader can be restored by using a jtag box.

I am not shocked by this type of service from Samsung.

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Hi guys, kinda need some help i think i bricked my tab and idk whats going on. I know if it was fully bricked nothing would come on but when i plug it into my computer or wall charger the battery icon pops up but isnt charging. I tried to flash a custom rom and kernel. the first time it flashed no problem but it didnt read my sd card or internal memory. Then i reflashed and it hung at the samsung logo, i waited for a few minutes as the dev said give it a few because it would do this and then nothing. could really use some help on this one guys.
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The mistake that you committed while flashing the first binary is by ticking the "Re-partition" option
It should ONLY be ticked when u r applying the .PIT file to the TAB
when u are flashing the PDA without .PIT simultaneously u should never check that option
it ll make ur motherboard DEAD nd thats what happened in ur case
the second mistake that u committed is by trying to apply a custom firmware without rooting the TAB -- some of the components in the custom f/w may require root access and if it doesn't get that the ODIN DL may FAIL which I suspect has also happened in ur case
that is y u should read the instructions very carefully before trying to DL a custom f/w into ur TAB
now the ONLY option to make ur TAB restore to a working condition is by replacing the motherboard coz even JTAG won't help in this case -- ur motherboard is simply DEAD. Samsung guys would do just that. doing that would cost u around 100+ USD
I have gone through this with my Samsung Galaxy phone and thats y I know wat exactly happens


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