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Please Help! New Galaxy S3 Urgent!

by enriqueps13 / July 5, 2013 3:47 AM PDT

Hello. OK so i got my new Samsung galaxy S3 GT-I9300 yesterday and set it all up perfectly. I then was searching for games on the Google play store and found ROM Manager to be in one of the highest rankings. I thought it was like an emulator for GBA ROMs so i downloaded it and installed a ROM. cant remember the name. It went into clockwork recovery mod and if I reboot it gets stuck in a bootloop. I went back to clockwork recovery mod with the home power and volume buttons and wiped all the caches and user data. And rebooted but I still get the bootloop. Please help I just want it back to normal i thought I was getting a GBA ROM.

My software running was 4.1.2

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It's new so warranty time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 5, 2013 4:37 AM PDT

If a hard reset fails, then it's so new the carrier or seller won't have much to do but fix or replace.

As to the GBA stuff, be sure to read the forum policies as discussions about that can result in a discussion lockup.

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In case warranty return fails...
by Angaino / July 9, 2013 9:06 AM PDT

Hi. It is possible to reset the phone without sending it back but it is more involved than a factory reset.
You can find instructions at the following links. They are both essentially giving the same information with different levels of detail. Read through ALL of the instructions BEFORE you start if you decide to go this route. I have gotten into and out of exactly the problem you are having multiple times. Again, this info is primarily in case Samsung/Your Carrier gives you trouble.

Your mistake in the first place came from the fact that in the cell phone world, ROM refers to a specific version of the phone firmware (operating system, basically) instead of in the gaming world where it may refer to games to be run in an emulator (no more info here about emulation!). When you installed the ROM on your phone you overwrote your phone's operating system, which can be fine if done correctly but can make your phone unusable if done accidentally/incorrectly.

Check out 'Cyanogenmod' if you want more info on alternate phone ROMs.

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by j_byrd96 / July 29, 2013 9:23 AM PDT

you have erased your whole os whats happen did you root your device or did someone else? When you downloaded rom manager and it asked you to select your device so you could download cwm you have either downloaded the wrong version or you tried to flash a rom that was under your android os like your s3 runs 4.02 jelly bean and you tried to flash a rom for gingerbread or ice cream sandwich. So when you erased everything to go to the new rom you only got a boot because it conflicted and you had nothing to go back to. You can download odin and flash back to factory go to xda and you will find a link.

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