egzthunder1 · May 6, 2011 at 03:00 am

Got a Bricked SGS? There May Be Hope Ahead…

So, even devices that are deemed unbrickable, like most devices using ODIN can be turned into absolute paperweights (although, if the phones keep getting thinner, they will not be good even for that if bricked). However, there are always ways to recover them or return them to life, although, most of them are expensive because of the hardware required or simply because they need to be shipped back to the factory to have it done there. XDA member js22 had started a thread about a month ago on something rather peculiar that he found while looking at the s5pc110 chip that is in the I9000. As I do not want to try an explain technical information that is more fit for an Electrical Engineer, I will direct you to the thread itself. However, from what I was able to gather, there seems to be native code, in the hardware that basically does not vanish, cannot be accessed by anything else, and that controls very low level components. In other words, salvation may be closer than you think. Also, on page 26 of this thread, XDA member AdamOutler stumbled into something interesting in the form of the I2C Bus looking for an external connection (again more terminology that will be better suited for an Electrical Engineer). According to the dev, at this point only a few values for resistors need to be determined and a feasible solution for bricks may be at hand.

If you feel like giving this a read and you have some tools to contribute to this research effort, please drop by and give your two cents.

OH WOW.. I do believe there is something to this.

I have a brick here which will only give me PBL and this mode.

I’m not really sure what I’m looking at here, but it’s definately something
because of the frequency of “0” I decided to linebreak after each occurance. I hit a few keys like home, page up, and delete, I did my ABCs and 123s in lower case and then upper. It seems really really random… but I’m sure it’s responding to something it sees me typing.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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