Sadly, recently both my phone and my girlfriends' phones have died - both variants of Galaxy S phones we obtained in Miami, Florida.
Mine is an SGH-t959v Samsung Galaxy S 4G
Hers is an GT-i9003 Samsung Galaxy S
Both are physically identical in size, have the same size screen, but slightly different front button s at the bottom.
Hers used to work ok until she installed some software on it - then it would just turn itself off every now and then. After installing an upgrade patch to supposedly fix it, now it just goes into a boot cycle
My phone, a slightly different model, suffered a much more traumatic fate: Crushed in my pocket while I was dragging a front load washing machine up 3 flights of stairs by myself. Now it's screen is cracked and blacked out, but it still makes it's start up sound cheerfully when I power cycle it, so I think the mobo is ok.
I thought I could just swap the screens or mobo, but after tearing mine
apart, I realised the slight difference in front panel buttons would mean I have to separate the screen from the front case, a much more difficult process than merely swapping out the main boards.
so now, I want to try and re-flash her phone's OS.
So far I have managed to get a different (rooted) boot loader on, but it is exhibiting the same power cycle forever behaviour, and despite installing what I thought was a correct android image, I have not been able to get any further with it.
Samsung have been less than helpful - refuse to provide me with the correct software, or tell me where I can get the actual original OS image, so I am left with trying to figure out which ones to get from random internet sites.
I really don't want to have to fork out several hundred dollars for a new phone at this point.
Anyone got any experience with hacking around with these things? Is it beyond recovery, or can something still be raised form the ashes of these two phones?
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