Former Writer · Dec 2, 2012 at 06:30 am

UnBrickable SD Released for the Samsung Galaxy Camera

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you a lot of Galaxy Camera news. If you’re a watcher and not a reader, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Adam Outler talked about pretty much all of it in his popular unboxing videos. In a very short time, the Samsung Galaxy Camera got root, official Heimdall support, and all kinds of other great mods and hacks. One thing that Adam was working on was making UnBrickable Mod compatible with the Galaxy Camera. That is now a reality.

After some tinkering and hard bricking, Adam now has UnBrickable SD successfully working on the Galaxy Camera. This is huge news if you own a Galaxy Camera because, well, your device is no longer brickable. And we’re talking about hard bricks too. The UnBrickable SD mod allows users to restore their device from a hard brick with little more than a SD card and a wire.

Here is how it works. When the phone is turned on, the processor attempts to load SBOOT. This provides all the details like the partitions so the device can boot properly. In the event that the SBOOT is damaged, it’s designed to default to the SD card—therein lies the exploit. When you’ve hard bricked your device, you can use a SD card to bring it back to life.

To start, users download a few things. First is a SD card image and create the UnBrickable SD. Even if you’re not bricked, it’s probably a good idea to make one of these with a spare micro SD card you may have laying around. Then, users get the PIT file, an Odin/Heimdall factory image, and Samsung Kies for drivers if you have Windows.

After everything is downloaded and the UnBrickable SD is made, users then disassemble the Galaxy Camera. If you need help, Adam has an excellent video showing you how to do it. At this point, you insert the SD card.

The next part is pretty much the essential part. Users will use something like a wire or tweezers to short the EMMC resistor. This allows the Galaxy Camera to boot from the UnBrickable SD and Odin Mode will pop up. Once the device is disassembled and the wires are in place, getting it to boot into Odin Mode should take less than a minute. From there, flash the factory image in the PDA slot and the PIT file in the PIT slot in Odin. Once it’s been flashed, your device will boot as normal.

With this, the Galaxy Camera is UnBrickable, and that’s a big deal. Developers can now test everything without worry, users can now flash anything without worry, and Samsung won’t get nearly so many RMA’s. Everyone’s happy. For a better explanation, picture tutorials, and Adam’s personal assurance that this really isn’t sorcery, check out the original thread.


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