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Hardware Keys aren't Responding!

by MochaLatte411 / September 5, 2013 4:24 PM PDT

I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but...

So I was trying to edit the buttons on my Tmo Galaxy S3 (with AOKP Milestone 2) and accidentally broke all of them. They don't respond at all now.

I went into system/usr/keylayout. I copied the files to my sd card. Then I edited them (I also kept a backup of the old files). When I was finished I went back to the system/user/keylayout section and pasted the new files. As soon as I exited the file browser my phone reset itself. When the phone came back on none of the keys worked.

So I deleted the files I put in, and replaced them with the old files that were there before (using pie controls to navigate). I reset my phone using the app Quick Boot because I heard you have to reboot your phone in order for the new software coding to take effect. But still none of the hardware keys work.

I don't understand. All of the original files are there now. I'm afraid to let my phone die or to even turn it off because I don't know if the power button will work anymore. To wake up my phone I have to plug it into the charger and then use pie controls to navigate. Can any of you help me?

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Re: keys
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 5, 2013 5:08 PM PDT

That's one of the risks of rooting your device: lack of support.

I would start with a complete new install. If that fails, go back to the original Samsung software. If that fails also it's a hardware issue, but with the original software installed you might still have warranty.


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It's a software issue
by MochaLatte411 / September 5, 2013 5:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: keys

Well it's definitely a software issue. And I've already lost my warranty because I am rooted on AOKP. I do have a backup, but I can't flash the backup because my volume and power buttons don't work, both of which are needed when flashing any roms in the system recovery.

Unless I can use titanium backup to recover an old backup without having to go through the bootloader. But I'm not sure if that will work. And if I risk it and try and I'm wrong, my phone will be hardbricked...

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Very strange
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2013 5:38 PM PDT
In reply to: It's a software issue

Talk to the author of that root image. If anyone knows how to recover it's them.

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Get it fixed
by John_Farrel / September 9, 2013 10:35 PM PDT

I would rather recommend you to get it fixed from a nearby store. They would probably not do it for free as you have violated the terms of warranty by rooting your device. But yes they would fix it for reasonable amount.

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