The fantasy of having a device that could be brought back from the dead was only a dream for most people out there (or at least to those who are not in possession of JTAG boxes). At this point in time, you are likely familiar with the work done by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler, who has turned this quasi-mythical concept into a very tangible reality. The UnBrickable Mod is, as its name clearly implies, a way to recover your device from a certain death after flashing something that you shouldn’t have like the wrong bootloader on the wrong phone, or an mp3 where the radio is supposed to be (well, the last example may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point). According to Adam, there is literally nothing that you can do to the device software-wise to prevent it from booting with this mod.
The mod, which started on the Samsung Captivate, is moving across the whole Galaxy family as well as a few other devices. The latest addition to this list was the Samsung Fascinate, which is Verizon wireless’ version of the SGS. This one is of particular interest as this device has a different type of radio hardware in it (CDMA) as opposed to the Vibrant and the Captivate, which are both GSM devices. However, this does not seem to stop the progress and success of this mod.
Please remember that you must have decent soldering skills to perform this mod or else you could end up damaging the motherboard altogether. Adam has posted a very nice and concise set of instructions on how to do this, as well as some reading materials for those of you interested in learning about this and the theory behind it. If you attempted this mod, please leave your feedback.
I’m not kidding when I say UnBrickable. Modifying the OM pins means you can boot from USB, UART or MMC. This makes the phone quite UNBRICKABLE. There is nothing you can do software wise to prevent the device from booting into this mode.
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