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Bootloader/BIOS, flashing ROM and correlated risks. Why Android devices are more brickable than PCs?

SHORT ANSWER: Android phones are more brickable than PCs because they can hardly communicate with us if the bootloader is erased. And bootloader(s) live on Flash memory (eMMC) partitions which are ...
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Did the "stop" command brick my phone?

From @AndrewT 's comment, I gathered this: Referring this answer on StackOverflow What does stop do? stop entered in a root terminal basically stops the Android process called zygote. This in turn ...
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Trying to flash a system.img I took with dd - failing

Episode 3: Return of the Shell. If I ever had any chance of solving this, I first had to figure out why the shell wasn't working. adbd itself was responding, so it was started on the tablet side - ...
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Soft bricked Moto G4 (XT1625) after SuperSU install

Proper research would have prevented this, in the future if you need information on rooting a device, go to a REPUTABLE source like XDA or a similar forum and make sure the information is specific to ...
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What is JTAG in regards to Android?

JTAG is a Protocol ! Simply in other Protocols such as USB is protocol UART is protocol for transferring DATA or communicating with devices . JTAG Directly communicate with the CPU and with the ...
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How to enter recovery/download mode with broken home button and broken bootloader

Samsung devices can usually be forced into download mode using a JIG. They are pretty simple and cheap to make. If your device has been soft-bricked this will almost always work. http://www.xda-...
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Trying to flash a system.img I took with dd - failing

It seems you've already found some kind of solution to your problem (there's a lot of text to read on this page), but it seems this probably could have been resolved much more simply. linuxbox# ...
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How to unbrick nexus 9 after an OTA update?

I've got the same problem on a recent OTA update on my Nexus 9. Unfortunately thes "Nexus Root Toolkit" app didn't help because my Nexus 9 was all stock, no root and the OEM unlock was disabled. The ...
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My Pixel C tablet doesn't respond to the unlock pattern and the recommend action to debrick it doesn't work

Just in case anyone else comes this way searching for an answer, I did get one on the XDA forums. The solution is to start the device with volume down and power pressed. This brings you to the menu I ...
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Bricked my TF300T: How to re-partition internal storage to get it back?

I thought I could use my nandroid backup to flash system.img, etc. to overwrite what's there but it's one big .win file. So I looked up the fastboot commands anyways and stumbled on an xda thread ...
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Is it safe to rename, delete or disable system/bin/mediaserver?

This is mostly speculation, but mediaserver is probably what is used to play all and any sound on android. Some app was probably using mediaserver inappropriately, causing it to show as using ...
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CyanogenMod install failed on Samsung Galaxy S II, phone now shows boot screen and then a black screen

Note: Keep in mind, Samsung Galaxy S2 has infamous Superbrick bug. Every flash can result in permanent brick (only board changing or maybe JTAG unit can recover device). You can learn more about it ...
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Xperia SP looks like it's charging, but it doesn't charge

I had a similar problem a few years ago with my old HTC EVO 3D which was also running cyanogenmod at this time. I tried flashing different roms and kernels but the problem was persistent. Because my ...
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How to hard brick an android phone (Galaxy Nexus)?

As far as I know, your device is not that hard bricked, that you can't boot into the bootloader (fastboot mode). so at every time you should be able to install a custom recovery via fastboot flash ...
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Is xposed safe for my phone

Nobody will give you any guarantee – but a few hints we can give. I'm using Xposed on multiple devices, and encountered no issues. So here a few points to consider: before installing Xposed, make a ...
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Did I just brick a non-rooted device?

The device was not bricked. After a few hours I held down the power button again, and the frozen screen was replaced by the "no battery" screen. After charging, the device is back to normal. I caution ...
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How to create complete image backup(Nandroid) of rooted phone if no cwm or twrp available for my phone

Provided your device is rooted, you can do that with simple dd commands. Trouble is just to find out what partitions you might need to backup: some devices have more than 20 partitions, and you will ...
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Nexus won't boot after update

This most probably means that you are stuck in a device boot-loop. The easiest way to fix Nexus devices (in my opinion) is to use the Nexus Root Toolkit, which automatically fixes most problems with a ...
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Ran "adb reboot bootloader" now can't boot past logo (Azpen A746)

Fully draining the battery will unbrick an Azpen A746HD in this situation. I did further testing and was able to repeat the conditions for bricking and unbricking the tablet: Running adb reboot ...
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LG V30 - Flash ROM using download mode?

For linux use this link it's a tool called SALT. If you're good with Linux there are tools to use with Python such as ESPTools or LGLAF. For Windows look up FWUL, it's "Forget Windows Use Linux", it'...
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Can I flash Android on device with overwritten mmcblk0?

/dev/mmcblk0 is whole MMC storage chip which includes GUID partition table (GPT) and all partitions. On Android devices some of these eMMC partitions hold bootloaders (like sbl, aboot on Qualcomm ...
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I deleted my only launcher

if your android has search button then you are lucky first hard reset your android(learn how to hard reset your mobile) after the mobile started running hit search button and search the app 'settings' ...
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I deleted my only launcher

Download the Launcher .apk file (just Google your "demand launcher name" and plus "apk"), save it to your friend's phone, and send it to your phone via Bluetooth. After you recieve the .apk file just ...
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Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 neither goes into Download Mode nor RAM Dump Mode

Plug it into your computer and see if by some offshoot chance you have adb available. If so, run a adb -d reboot-bootloader to reboot into download mode. If that's unavailable, you are SOL and will ...
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Heimdall Failed to confirm end of file transfer sequence!

Same problem, contemplating throwing away and buying a new one. But mine was previously encrypted for work, flashed a new GoldenEye rom, and when I booted it asked me to decrypt the phone. I put the ...
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Moto E is not switching on after changing runtime to ART

You could try using adb to change the device back to Dalvik. However, you will need to have had USB Debugging enabled. If you can't do the below, a factory reset may be your only option. Android ...
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Soft brick after dunking phone in coffee

My brother's S3 Mini had a nice water trip on Espain beach. It turned on, but it had software issues such as apps opening randomly, volume changing itself, and random reboots. When the battery went ...
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Can i restore the backup directly from pc . without enabling debud mode... or how can i fix the problem with black screen

You're probably going to need to specify exactly what model phone you have, because not all phones bootstrap the same way. In general, however, if you can't get the phone to go into it's equivalent ...
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Can KingRoot Brick my Nexus 9 and HTC One

As usual, the answer is: any attempt to modify O.S. files can brick your phone. But you can try to root your phones. Just make sure you made a full backup of your phone software (not only /data), ...
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How to enter recovery/download mode with broken home button and broken bootloader

Use ADB, there is a command on there to reboot your phone to Odin/download mode, it's adb reboot download.
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