[GUIDE] How to Restore or Recover Your Samsung Vibrant

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So you’ve rooted your shiny new Samsung Vibrant, messed around with mounting the system partition, installed a few themes or updates, and, for some reason or another, it won’t boot or is stuck in a boot loop. You’ve been staring at the “Samsung Vibrant” screen for ten minutes and nothing has happened. Yeah, it happens, the annoying “soft brick.” Luckily,  there is something we can do to return your phone back to its stock, unrooted state. This procedure is equally useful if you just want to restore your phone back to its factory default state, literally as it was when you purchased the device.

Developer JustAnotherCrowd (also known as JAC) has provided instructions on how to use the below downloads. Download all three files and extract ODIN and the 512 PIT file into a directory with the tar file. You must also install the USB drivers if you don’t already have them installed.

Note: Samsung’s software package ODIN is only available on the Windows platform, sorry Linux and Mac users. You can always make a Virtual PC using one of the many Virtual Machines applications.

T959 (US T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S) Firmware that can be flashed through ODIN to restore all partitions to the way your phone was shipped to you.
WARNING!!! THIS WILL WIPE ANY DATA ON YOUR DEVICE, IT WILL REPLACE YOUR BASEBAND, KERNEL, RECOVERY AND OS.

DOWNLOADS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Your Device must be in DOWNLOAD mode to use ODIN.

2.Get your phone into DOWNLOAD mode by turning off your phone and plugging it in. Wait for the green charging screen. Hold Volume Up, Volume down, and Power. Let go of power as soon as the screen goes black.  A yellow digging Android should be on the screen. This may take a few tries to get it right. (Alternate Method if you have ADB access : use the command ‘adb reboot download’).

3. Launch ODIN, then disconnect/reconnect your phone via USB. It should then say a COM port right under top-right box. (Issues detecting your device on a COM port? Try connecting your phone before starting ODIN, and don’t do the disconnect\reconnect. It’s a finicky application.)

4.In ODIN, load each file with its corresponding field..PIT,PDA,CSC etc. (In this case we just use the PDA and PIT).

5.Don’t check anything else, the other two boxes should be checked by default (Auto Reboot and Reset Time)

6.Hit “start.” Be patient!

NOTE: COM3 worked fine for me. COM should not matter as long as you are using the correct drivers.

Finally we get some U.S love from Samsung firmwares.

For those looking for the Nandroid method, it is in the post below but only recovers system, data, and cache.Not your kernel/recovery or BASEBAND/RADIO (Modem.bin)

Thx to all helping work on the Vibrant. Especially Youneek, Scepterr, MS_Guru, Wes Garner, rhcp0112345, and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Source: xda-developers

[UPDATE] There is now a One Click Unbrick app that may also help solve your issues if this is a little to tricky. You can find it HERE.

About the Author

Jason Bowdach
Jason is a technology and media enthusiast. He loves the Android OS, although his interests go far beyond the cell phone platform. He enjoys keeping himself up-to-date on the film and cinematography industry, as well as the ever-changing world of personal computers and gaming. He studied Communications - Media Studies and Organizational Psychology at San Diego State University, and is pursuing a career within the broadcast media industry. In his free time, besides playing with the never-ending supply of custom Android builds or theming, he enjoys caring for his 60-gallon aquarium, training his white-golden retriever puppy, catching up on quality films and TV shows, and playing the occasional video game.

  • Thorn

    How to luanch ODIN?
    thanks

    • TexasTwister

      I notice that there is a difference between the ODIN3 1.00 and the ODIN3 1.0 The Odin3 1.00 does not work. It will hang on cache.rfs. After downloading everything from this site everything started working fine. Thanks to you guys…

      • Nate

        THX, you were correct. odin 1.83 worked for me

    • tommyzorrobooth

      you need to download winrar to extract files, you can download winrar by searching on google

      • whatarichard

        Use 7zip. It’s free, and superior to WinZip or WinRAR.

  • Thorn

    How to luanch ODIN?
    thanks

  • Krylon360

    This SAVED my life. I had run the lag fix, but then removed it to try out the 1 click lag fix. Thats where things hit the fan. quadrant errored out, rebooted, no tmo logo or galaxy logo, phone lagged to a halt. tried wipe, no go. had to use odin. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Krylon360

    This SAVED my life. I had run the lag fix, but then removed it to try out the 1 click lag fix. Thats where things hit the fan. quadrant errored out, rebooted, no tmo logo or galaxy logo, phone lagged to a halt. tried wipe, no go. had to use odin. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Mac

    How long will take after click start?

  • Mac

    How long will take after click start?

    • thetate

      this has been at least 45 min for me and it’s still not done

  • Robb

    I’m thinking I might just have a completely bricked (i.e. dead) device at this point, but I figured I would check to see if anyone can help me out here before I pack everything up and make the attempt to exchange. Long story short because of a power outage, I needed to re-flash to Stock Image, however, every time I have tried to do this, Odin freezes at one specific spot, and will not continue (As I had read to be patient, I even left it at home to sit and update while at work for 8 hours… came back and it was still stuck there). Can anyone help me out here?

    Here’s a screenshot of where it keeps getting stuck:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v380/BlueOrbitBath/Odin_Stock_Image_Reflash.jpg

    Thanks!

  • Robb

    I’m thinking I might just have a completely bricked (i.e. dead) device at this point, but I figured I would check to see if anyone can help me out here before I pack everything up and make the attempt to exchange. Long story short because of a power outage, I needed to re-flash to Stock Image, however, every time I have tried to do this, Odin freezes at one specific spot, and will not continue (As I had read to be patient, I even left it at home to sit and update while at work for 8 hours… came back and it was still stuck there). Can anyone help me out here?

    Here’s a screenshot of where it keeps getting stuck:

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v380/BlueOrbitBath/Odin_Stock_Image_Reflash.jpg

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/jbowdach Jason Bowdach

    ODIN is very finicky, although it usually freezes right before starting the flash, not in the middle of it. I would re-download your tar file, as it may be corrupted or damaged in some way. I would also re-download the pit file as well.

    Luckily, these phones are very hard to actually “brick” beyond repair. If you get to a screen that shows “Phone ! PC”, your phone is just preventing itself from booting due to a damaged file system caused by a bad flash. Close ODIN, unplug your phone, reload ODIN, reboot your phone into download mode, and try again.

    If yopu have issues getting into download mode from that screen, dont give it. It takes a few tries. You can also try hooking up USB while attempting to boot into download mode, as Ive found that helps.

    Usual time frame for this flash is about 10-15 minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/jbowdach Jason Bowdach

    ODIN is very finicky, although it usually freezes right before starting the flash, not in the middle of it. I would re-download your tar file, as it may be corrupted or damaged in some way. I would also re-download the pit file as well.

    Luckily, these phones are very hard to actually “brick” beyond repair. If you get to a screen that shows “Phone ! PC”, your phone is just preventing itself from booting due to a damaged file system caused by a bad flash. Close ODIN, unplug your phone, reload ODIN, reboot your phone into download mode, and try again.

    If yopu have issues getting into download mode from that screen, dont give it. It takes a few tries. You can also try hooking up USB while attempting to boot into download mode, as Ive found that helps.

    Usual time frame for this flash is about 10-15 minutes.

  • Keke

    I have a Samsung Vibrant, and I have tried this process on a few occassions, and now my phone is hosed. I am trying to apply the restore on a Windows Vista base box. It constantly get stuck at File analysis.. Could you please provide some assistance.

  • Keke

    I have a Samsung Vibrant, and I have tried this process on a few occassions, and now my phone is hosed. I am trying to apply the restore on a Windows Vista base box. It constantly get stuck at File analysis.. Could you please provide some assistance.

  • Robb

    UPDATE:

    I got a completely different stock image pack altogether and did it on my Work PC (I work in the cell phone industry so these computers are used to interfacing). I managed to get my phone back to the stock image and it is working wonderfully again.

    • Keke

      Rob, what stock image did you use.

  • Robb

    UPDATE:

    I got a completely different stock image pack altogether and did it on my Work PC (I work in the cell phone industry so these computers are used to interfacing). I managed to get my phone back to the stock image and it is working wonderfully again.

    • Keke

      Rob, what stock image did you use.

  • Robb

    Keke, follow the instructions here, this may work for you, as it worked for me:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=728698

  • Robb

    Keke, follow the instructions here, this may work for you, as it worked for me:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=728698

  • Scott

    I followed all the instrutions, odin went good, got a pass. When the phone scrolls its commands, failed to dump lights up red and it goes thru start u to a blank screen

  • Scott

    I followed all the instrutions, odin went good, got a pass. When the phone scrolls its commands, failed to dump lights up red and it goes thru start u to a blank screen

  • Sabir_ayaz

    HELPPPPP.. my vibrant doesnt support the manual button combination to get to the download screen.. i always used the command line to reboot it to download screen.. now i was re-flashing it from froyo back to 2.1 using odin and i did a stupid thing and while it was sying cache.rs in odin.. it had not completed but it took long so i thought i should restart my phone cuz the screen had gone black too.. i unplugged the usb and all i got now is tuck with the screen “Phone ! PC”.. like i said those button combinations dont work with my phone… please helpppp

  • Tony112496

    Keeps getting stuck on File Analysis. Can you Help?

  • Opus

    Open Odin and get everything set up BEFORE connect the USB cable to your phone.

    • trimalchio

      I got stuck on File Analysis, but setting everything up before connecting the cable worked. Took about a minute for everything to go through. This is a lifesaver!

    • trimalchio

      I also used an s1_odin_20100513.pit file.

  • Dustywb

    I thought I was going to have to wait for a replacement, but came across this post. My phone now works great! Thanks A lot!!!

  • Dustywb

    One question after doing this am I completely stock, for example am I able to receive OTA updates?

  • Jopo

    It’s stuck on setup connection

    using eeePC w/ W7 Notebook

  • Ckret100

    what happens if after its done and your phone restarts and after the samsung galaxy glowing s your screen is black but the buttons are lighting up

    • Tony Smallwood

      did you get this fixed? mine’s doing the same thing

    • Spartacus830

      same thing is going on with mine please help

  • Cooper

    Mine gets stuck at “cache.rfs”. Does it just take a ridiculously long time?

    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:8)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.rfs

    • Cooper

      I moved the .TAR and PIT files to the same directory as the ODIN exe file and it didn’t get stuck. Maybe that’s a just coincidence, but I thought I’d post it just in case anyone else was encountering similar issues. The restore worked like a charm! Thank you so damn much for posting this. Saved me an enormous headache!

      • Kris

        This fixed the same problem for me

  • zack

    pda file???? which one is that?

    • ahmad

      the pda file is the one with the .tar file extension

  • Chinngepuff

    for those of you that got stuck all even if you get the PHONE!COMPUTER logo just go right back into download mode
    so you get stuck then hold the power button to turn off the device
    then WITHOUT disconnecting put it back into download mode by holding both volumes and power button and release the power button when the screen turns off. the odin program should recognize it and just click start once again
    this method worked for me when i tried like 10 times and it got stuck at different places

  • GRAMLIGHTS4

    MINE SAYS *MEMORY WIPE FAIL* JUST GOES BACK TO THE BLACK SCREEN. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    • Supermantri

      the same thing happened to me please need help

  • ahmad

    THANK YOU! I thought my brand new $500 phone was toast. Even though it took me 3 hours and multiple attempts I finally got it to work. YAY!!

    • Supermantri

      what do you mean by 3 hours and multiple attempts?

  • Pakele74

    What does the download mode look like? Is the download mode the system recovery screen?

    • Supermantri

      the download mode should have a yellow triangle with an android on construction in the yellow triangle. The way to get into recovery is by holding VOLUME + and VOLUME -, right before you plug in the usb cable into your phone. Make sure your phone is turned off in the first place

    • Supermantri

      the download mode should have a yellow triangle with an android on construction in the yellow triangle. The way to get into recovery is by holding VOLUME + and VOLUME -, right before you plug in the usb cable into your phone. Make sure your phone is turned off in the first place

  • Mudassar

    removing memory card did trick for me, mine was stucked on file analysis for five time

  • Yesucan9

    I thought that the “recovery mode” and “download mode” was one in the same. Apparently, I was mistaken. I found this… I hope this is helpful to someone…

    ‘ve had good repeatable luck getting into download mode as follows:

    1. Power down phone with no USB cable connected.
    2. Once you see “good bye” connect USB cable.
    3. Wait till battery indicator is visible, and you can see the current charge in green.
    4. Hold vol+ and vol-.
    5. Press power until screen goes black, then let go of power only.
    6. Should see the yellow digger.

    Again, your mileage may vary.

  • Scrcol9

    i need some help, i got a screen with a phone and a conmputer with a caution sing in the middle

    • http://twitter.com/naterothe Nathan Rothe

      How did you get it out of the screen with the phone and computer with the caution sign in the middle?

      • John Santiago

        me too HHHEEEELLLPPP

  • Scrcol9

    nevermind i got back to the dowload screen but now it stuck in boot.bin

  • http://www.theaccessoryzone.com David

    Remove the SD card if you’re having issues with it being stuck at “file analysis”….. Mine was stuck there for like 10 minutes so I unplugged it, removed the SD card and reconnected and resetup ODIN and the file analysis went through instantly.

  • one happy mf

    omg.. ur da fkn man.. i restored with j16 instead of jfd, but it still worked,, went on a hundred sites, this one was the only that helped.. thnx again

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Swagflu-Soto/1532187345 Daniel Swagflu Soto

    keep getting stuck at cache.. i dont kno what to do plz help this is my third samsung

    • John Santiago

      mine does the same thing. have u fix yours?

  • http://ctownol.myopenid.com/ CTown

    Thanks for the help, by the way I had to load the Pit and the PDA then plug in the phone in order for it to be recognized. Great guide!

  • http://twitter.com/collinrupp Collin Rupp

    The entire process works seamlessly, until it boots up. It goes through the T-Mobile splash screen and the Galaxy S screen.. then goes black. Can’t do anything. Any ideas?

    • Jaemowalker

      I am having the same problem…

  • RhernandezPR

    HELPPPPP Mine keeps stuck @ factoryfs for more than an 1 hr. What I should do ?

    • http://twitter.com/collinrupp Collin Rupp

      I was using the wrong .pit file.
      Other troubleshooting ideas:
      Restart download mode/computer
      Different USB port
      (Sounds dumb..) USB Cable that came with the phone…

    • Jfisanick

      Worked like a champ the first time, but now it wont boot past the Samsung S screen for me and all 4 lights come up, I’m thinking since I still have the voodoo lag fix in place theres something wrong with the partition, I’ve even tried repartioning this 3 times now but it still goes to the same screen.

      For Rhernadez having his problem

      Get your phone into Download First with the USB cable plugged in and make sure your have removed the SD and Sim Card.

      If you get ODIN to pop up with what Com port your on than your good to go, The file transfer should happen instantly once you load the files if it dosnt, power down the phone and repeat the steps, it takes a few tries to get it to work correctly, but ODIN is a very unstable app from what I’ve learned.

      • Ctinker87

        i followed steps and didnt go through instantly… powered down phone …. now it wont do anything, no power on and no dwnld mode help pls

  • Suthrn29

    i need help i have done all u said but i dont understand what files go where i put .tar file in for pda but is that all u have to do what is supposed to go in the pit box

  • Metatrongirl

    Thank you sooooooo much!!! you are a God among men, and one day people will write songs about you!

  • Dalastrelic

    thanx man worked after a couple tries

    • Jallowalia

      thnx for such guide
      i hv vibrant t959 .. and 3 button recovery or download not working for me ….. i used adb and get into recover.. and in recovery menu i hv deleted all user data and cache too …

      now it goes to black screen after boot .. 3 button still not working for me and ADB also not working
      plzz help if there iz a way

  • Drainbamager

    Thanks a bunch for writing this article… it has been extremely helpful

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbruins87 Javaun Bruins

    this is what i got idk if it supposed to do this

    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    Added!!
    Added!!
    Removed!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:3)..
    File analysis..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

  • Tohrd2cntrl

    I LOVE YOU! I thought my phone was done for for a minute there.

  • Millyrubio

    wow! thank you it worked. im so happy.!!!!

  • VooDoo1

    how long is it supposed to sit in ” SetupConnection ” ?? Its been like 15 mins and no other progress

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Leon-Feild/100000472295412 David Leon Feild

    Worked perfect first try

  • Evilaldo

    SWeET!! worked for me!! I thought up was up shit creek without a paddle!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  • Freejackone

    Here are some modified instruction which I have created with my personal experiences which I hope will help others:

    1. Your Device must be in DOWNLOAD mode to use ODIN. Download mode is different than Recovery Mode. Download Mode has a yellow triangle on the screen with droid shovelling and “Downloading” under it.
    2. Get your phone into DOWNLOAD mode by turning off your phone and plugging it in. Wait for the green charging screen. Hold Volume Up, Volume down, and Power. Let go of power as soon as the screen goes black. A yellow digging Android should be on the screen. This may take a few tries to get it right. (Alternate Method if you have ADB access: use the command ‘adb reboot download’).
    2.1. I ‘ve had good repeatable luck getting into download mode as follows:
    1. Power down phone with no USB cable connected.
    2. Once you see “good bye” connect USB cable.
    3. Wait till battery indicator is visible, and you can see the current charge in green.
    4. Hold vol+ and vol-.
    5. Press power until screen goes black, then let go of power only.
    6. Should see the yellow digger.
    3. Launch ODIN (in “run in administrator” mode on windows), then disconnect/reconnect your phone via USB. It should then say a COM port right under top-right box. (Issues detecting your device on a COM port? Try connecting your phone before starting ODIN, and don’t do the disconnectreconnect. It’s a finicky application.)
    3.1. NOTE: COM3 worked fine for me. COM should not matter as long as you are using the correct drivers.
    4. In ODIN, load each file with its corresponding field..PIT,PDA,CSC etc. (In this case we just use the PDA and PIT). Sometimes doing this before #3 step works better.
    5. Don’t check anything else, the other two boxes should be checked by default (Auto Reboot and Reset Time)
    6. Hit “start.” Be patient! – ~5 mins, if it takes longer, then start again
    7. Message Window in ODIN should show these :
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:15)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.rfs
    modem.bin
    factoryfs.rfs
    dbdata.rfs
    param.lfs
    zImage
    Removed!!
    Completed..
    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0
    8. If you get stuck at the “Firmware update start…”, then use 513 PIT. If you get by this point, and get stuck again, then revert back to 512 PIT
    9. If you get stuck at “cache.rfs”, then it is most likely that there is a Driver Signature Verification issue in Win7.
    10. Right click on cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator
    C:>bcdedit.exe –set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    C:>bcdedit.exe –set TESTSIGNING ON
    11. 10. On the phone window, you will see a blue line appear as the process starts and goes to completion.
    12. 11. The SGS will then reboot on its own….and you will be to the races.

  • Freejackone

    Here are some modified instruction which I have created with my personal experiences which I hope will help others:

    1. Your Device must be in DOWNLOAD mode to use ODIN. Download mode is different than Recovery Mode. Download Mode has a yellow triangle on the screen with droid shovelling and “Downloading” under it.
    2. Get your phone into DOWNLOAD mode by turning off your phone and plugging it in. Wait for the green charging screen. Hold Volume Up, Volume down, and Power. Let go of power as soon as the screen goes black. A yellow digging Android should be on the screen. This may take a few tries to get it right. (Alternate Method if you have ADB access: use the command ‘adb reboot download’).
    2.1. I ‘ve had good repeatable luck getting into download mode as follows:
    1. Power down phone with no USB cable connected.
    2. Once you see “good bye” connect USB cable.
    3. Wait till battery indicator is visible, and you can see the current charge in green.
    4. Hold vol+ and vol-.
    5. Press power until screen goes black, then let go of power only.
    6. Should see the yellow digger.
    3. Launch ODIN (in “run in administrator” mode on windows), then disconnect/reconnect your phone via USB. It should then say a COM port right under top-right box. (Issues detecting your device on a COM port? Try connecting your phone before starting ODIN, and don’t do the disconnectreconnect. It’s a finicky application.)
    3.1. NOTE: COM3 worked fine for me. COM should not matter as long as you are using the correct drivers.
    4. In ODIN, load each file with its corresponding field..PIT,PDA,CSC etc. (In this case we just use the PDA and PIT). Sometimes doing this before #3 step works better.
    5. Don’t check anything else, the other two boxes should be checked by default (Auto Reboot and Reset Time)
    6. Hit “start.” Be patient! – ~5 mins, if it takes longer, then start again
    7. Message Window in ODIN should show these :
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:15)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.rfs
    modem.bin
    factoryfs.rfs
    dbdata.rfs
    param.lfs
    zImage
    Removed!!
    Completed..
    All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0
    8. If you get stuck at the “Firmware update start…”, then use 513 PIT. If you get by this point, and get stuck again, then revert back to 512 PIT
    9. If you get stuck at “cache.rfs”, then it is most likely that there is a Driver Signature Verification issue in Win7.
    10. Right click on cmd.exe and choose Run as Administrator
    C:>bcdedit.exe –set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    C:>bcdedit.exe –set TESTSIGNING ON
    11. 10. On the phone window, you will see a blue line appear as the process starts and goes to completion.
    12. 11. The SGS will then reboot on its own….and you will be to the races.

    • sbyun

      help me~~~~~~
      i follow the instructions,everythings comes on same as your instruction.
      phone rebooted and still same as before.
      what is “MBR data formet FAIL”

  • Jerian Lewis

    I was using Team Whiskey Nero 5 and install Axura 2.2.7 and now phone wont even turn. Wall charger not even coming on. If I can get it into download mode then I can use ODIN and put it back to stock. Im desperate for a way for my phone to turn on.

  • T_diggity2

    This worked perfect!! Thanks so much!!

  • jssilver

    Make sure you download the USB drivers from the link provided. These are the Samsung Mobile Drivers, not the SGH-t959_Vibrant_USB_Drivers driver. If you want to avoid a bunch of confusing ads, the direct download link for the 32 bit drivers is http://drivers.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=96692&t=4&i=1

  • Haley

    thanks so much, you saved my life!
    Phew.. I didn’t know what to do when my phone turned into a “brick”.
    It took me a while for my computer to recognize my phone in Odin, but after trying several USB ports, it worked fine!

  • Yhmgjk

    thanx you just helped me fully brick this semi bricked galaxy jackass. go fuck yourself

  • Tullio

    froyo 2.2 + galaxy s = slow and crappy !!!
    thanks for the info, ent back to 2.1, rockin fast again !!!!

    • Mplessor

      Should master reset after a software update like that. 2.2 is a much more system friendly os traditionally.

  • Just2loverly

    YOU. ARE. A. GENIUS!!! I’ve searched ENDLESSLY on how to do this! Your clear and concise instructions on how to do this made it extremely easy for a newb like me! Big ups to Freejackone for his info, too!

  • lragnarok11

    Where is this PDA FILE????? helpo

    • Chule

      It is the vibrant image tar

  • Amirvasaya

    I have t959 and it is showing empty battery sign. It doesnt turn on. When I connect it to wall charger or usb cable it turns on and remain on.If I remove battery then again it dies. I canged battery and reflashed it but the same thing. Any help

  • JOHN MOSS

    did everything,showed althreads completed (succeed 1 failed 0)got blue bar on phone, etc .phone went off back on i think,then went to black screen with all buttons lit up but not do anything.screen stays black.i have tried both times without sim,1st time without sd in then tried without sd and got same results.

  • JOHN MOSS

    did everything,showed althreads completed (succeed 1 failed 0)got blue bar on phone, etc .phone went off back on i think,then went to black screen with all buttons lit up but not do anything.screen stays black.i have tried both times without sim,1st time without sd in then tried without sd and got same results.

  • LibraSun

    Unfortunately no luck for my situation, involving an SGS which won’t boot past the “S” screen (where it locks up, though by touching the capacitive buttons they will light up and remain lit).
    I had flashed Bionix-V ROM after first reverting to stock using the above method … but later made the HUGE mistake of trying to “Partition SD” (thinking it was my removable card, not the internal phone memory…doh!) using CWM Recovery, which brought me to this sad point.
    I’ve gone in circles for three days now, and am about to cry. No amount of Odin’ing with Eugene373′s “no brick” Froyo ROM and back to “stock” (as per this page) has helped, esp. cuz when I’m in Froyo, my SGS shows 0.00b (i.e. NO storage space) under “Application Storage”), so I cannot download Clockwork, much less use it.
    I’ll shut up now … but any clues what to do next?!? Can ADB save me?

    • Anonymous

      Were you able to fix your phone? I did the same thing and now I am stucked with a blank screen after the S sign

      • LibraSun

        Yes.  After four days of thinking I had bricked my phone — and reading EVERY possible blog post about this problem — I finally landed on some guy’s video about how to get and install Eugene373′s “No Brick” ROM.  Google it, and good luck.  Just understand that the “No Brick” ROM briefly makes your phone appear MORE broken, but at least opens up the way to install a stock ROM, and then your phone works perfectly.
        You might later have to do the “Samsung Kies” method of updating your version of Android to 2.2.  Sorry I have no links to share with you… this was months ago.

      • LibraSun

        Yes.  After four days of thinking I had bricked my phone — and reading EVERY possible blog post about this problem — I finally landed on some guy’s video about how to get and install Eugene373′s “No Brick” ROM.  Google it, and good luck.  Just understand that the “No Brick” ROM briefly makes your phone appear MORE broken, but at least opens up the way to install a stock ROM, and then your phone works perfectly.
        You might later have to do the “Samsung Kies” method of updating your version of Android to 2.2.  Sorry I have no links to share with you… this was months ago.

  • Sanwong15

    Hi, I am totally new to this and my phone got bricked last night. Totally freak out. Here’s the situation, so please let me know if it is bricked? Soft bricked, or hard bricked? I can turn on the phone but it stuck in Samsung Galaxy S page, then here it comes a black screen and 4 buttons under the screen light up.

    Here are some parts that I don’t understand
    From the post, it said
    “Developer JustAnotherCrowd (also known as JAC) has provided instructions on how to use the below downloads. Download all three files and extract ODIN and the 512 PIT file into a directory with the tar file. You must also install the USB drivers if you don’t already have them installed.”

    so, I can’t find the instruction from JAC. Also, it said I have to extract ODIN and 512 PIT file into a directory with the tar file….im confused. I dont have any tar file from the files that I downloaded. Does it mean that I have to open the PIT file that I download in ODIN software (I can see there is a PIT button that I can choose PIT files)?

    It also said I have to load PDA file, is it just like someone mentioned above, it’s the image file, which I downloaded from T959UVJF, file name: “zimage”. How can I load it in ODIN?

    Last, seems like Samsung USB Driver does nothing here…then why is it necessary to download it. The post said it’s a MUST.

    Thanks everyone, I know I have so many questions but please…help me!!!

  • Guest

    I went through all the posts and still had issues at cache.rfs. What I did that seemed to work for me…
    1) Installed Odin and all the other files in a folder in the root directory of my computer (C:). Don’t know if this helps at all, just covering everything I’ve done.

    2) Took battery out, SIM out and SDcard out.

    3) put battery back in….leave phone off.

    4) Start Odin using administrative

    5) Now here is where I’m different: Hold down Volume up & down at the same time, don’t press power.

    6) While holding down the volume buttons together, plug the USB (already plugged into computer) into the Phone (Vibrant in my case). Should automatically go into Download mode, no fancy timing here.

    7) Select your PIT and PDA (TAR) files

    8) Click start….should immediately jump past cache.rfs

    9) Leave it all alone until you get the green pass in Odin.

    • Thebeachedgeek

      very helpful, worked like a charm!

  • tyler

    mine stuck on File analysis.. not sure what to do now. Retried many many times

  • Realprofound

    I need help. My vibrant is soft bricked. I can access 2e recovery but cannot get into CWM at all. I dont even have the update.zip in my internal. I can get into download mode but odin will not recognize my device. (believe me when I tell you Ive tried it all on multiple computers using different cables, usb slots, etc.). I actually fell asleep at my desk last night trying it all. My question is, can I somehow access the internal storage of my vibrant through my pc possibly ? In order to place the cwm update.zip in the root folder then enabling me to “reinstall packages” through 2e recovery ?

    Any help is much appreciated. This is killing me.

    • Lolobabes

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krVj0XmkPeo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      Video i posted is the method i used and its easier. To put it on download mode is tricky, make sure odin exe is open b4 connecting fon to usb. The video is the easiest way to make it Just follow video in every step.

    • Lolobabes

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krVj0XmkPeo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      Video i posted is the method i used and its easier. To put it on download mode is tricky, make sure odin exe is open b4 connecting fon to usb. The video is the easiest way to make it Just follow video in every step.

      • Realprofound

        Appreciate it, but thats definitely not working. Ive used odin on the same comp on a diff galaxy s. Worked fine. No comp is even recognizing the phone. It has nothing to do with odin or the proper drivers. Even using ADB I cant get the pc to recognize the device

      • sbyun

        i did same as you,everythings goes fine but, after booted
        MBR checksum error
        Formatting Wipe Failed
        still not boot up, stop on S sign and turnoff the screen
        Can you Help me out~

  • Djmikedeseke

    i cant get it goin at all usb not working no reset seems to do anything no yello digger nothing

  • Jportugal

    ThanK you so much…got my phone working after searching for hours and hours,,,,

  • Ambermoore09

    Thank You. God bless you for this! I thought my phone was gone. I’m so happy I came across. This is your gift & the fact that you can help people like me is a blessing. GOD BLESS. LOL just really thankful you could help me

  • Dacafeplayboy

    IT WORKED!!!!!!! After months stuck with a locked phone that I couldnt get into are reset!!! Some Genius comes along as showed us NOOB how to work our equipment. God Bless You for your knowledge!!!! Now I need to know how to Wipe the EVO of ALL data even the number Registered to the phone by Sprint any suggestion?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheni7 Sheni Ogunmola

    I tried to do this twice and each time it almost completed and then said failed. When I checked my phone it came up Firmware upgrade fail! and underneath that it says “Try using recovery mode” I mistakenly upgraded to the leaked Gingerbread VUVKF1 for the T-Mobile SGS 4G T959V. I am trying to go back to stock Froyo because this build works great, except that it won’t connect to the T-Mobile network. Any suggestions as to what I can do?

  • Neo1piv014

    Mine’s stuck on File Analysis, and I can’t figure out why. This worked for me once before on this same damn phone. 

    • dgoran

      Make sure that ODIN is loaded and ready THAN plug in the usb cable in the powered off vibrant while holding volume up and down that will sole your issue…

    • http://www.facebook.com/Patplays852 Patrick Lochner

      Mine did the same thing 2nd time around… Removing the SIM and SD card resolved the problem for me =)

  • Kubaozg223

    please help where is PDA file

  • http://www.facebook.com/Patplays852 Patrick Lochner

    Perfect guide, took less than 10 minutes!

    Follow the guide to the letter then use Samsung Kies mini to upgrade to froyo 2.2 :)

  • VibrantGalaxyS

    Works perfectly. Thanks for this information guide!

  • Clawsofinuyasha

    Thank you! My Vibrant was my boss’s old phone and when I tried to get cyanogen7 on it i misread one part and killed it but it’s back to stock now!

  • Guest

    Please correct me. I downloaded everything but when it says to “launch ODIN” i have no idea what its talking about. It isnt a specific file. It wasnt me to chose a program to open it with. HOW DO I DO THIS?

    • grant Determan

      What you’re seeing is the .rar file it came with.  You might be more familiar with .zip files, same idea.  You do need software capable of extracting it though.  7zip or winrar will get you there.  Once it’s extracted you’ll see the .exe you’re looking for.   You’ll need to do that again for the .pit file also.  Good luck.

  • NUGEE

    Thanks a lot! It worked! Had problems with ODIN picking it up on Windows 7, but it was quick and easy with XP.

  • Mister_oc

    totally awesome! – I bought my Vibrant 11 months ago and have been having issues – went to T-Mobile and the guy noticed it was rooted so he told me they wouldn’t take it for Warranty replacement. I bought mine originally from a Costco booth and the guy there rooted it before I even got my first hold of it. Naturally the guy is gone now and I had no way to contact him. I’ve been online researching how to do this and being weary of screwing up the phone. I was able to do a SMS backup and opted for using Gmail to handle ALL of my contacts so I created a VCF file of all contacts and imported into my gmail account. There’s no point in having Phone, SIM & Google contacts, so from now on its all Gmail - 

    Your downloads were all I needed. I installed the drivers, ODIN and followed your instruction and the phone came right up on download mode, I unplugged it from USB and reconnected it, ODIN saw it and I started. A few minutes later – the phone is at its UGLY stock mode with all the annoying options turned on! Beautiful! you’re a life saver!

  • Richard Burman

    Worked perfectly for me. It wasn’t clear from the files I had what to do as I had four. I just picked the .pit file (easy to spot as it’s named xxx.pit) and put the largest file (much bigger than the rest) as the PDA. Seems to have worked fine!

  • Katy Ionis

    Any advice on how to get to download mode? I accidentally got an Odin for my T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant that was meant for an AT&T Samsung Captivate. Now my phone is stuck on the AT&T startup screen and I can’t get it to download mode to try and put the right Odin on it. I’ve tried holding the volume keys with and without the power button but nothing seems to get it out of this state. When the USB is plugged in it shows a flashing empty battery with the circular loading logo in the middle. Any help is appreciated as I’m getting desperate. Thanks

  • http://profiles.google.com/markosjal Mark DM

    How long should I be looking at this black screen?

    Odin says
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
    File analysis..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    cache.rfs

    and nothing has happened for several minutes since the screen went black!

    • Edwardo Mota

      AHH SINCE YOU ALREADY WENT THROUGH IT, HOW LONG DID YOU WAIT FOR IT? HELP ME IM MOSTLY A RIM AND iOS TYPE OF GUY NOT ANDROID! :/!

  • Edwardo Mota

    I made a stupid mistake and took it off, now all i got was 7 orange words and equal signes and numbers. im stuck on file analysis. Really Please Help Me ! IM SOO MAD RIGHT NOW!

    Thanks
    Edwardo

  • Cc13

    Hi, I have tried this several times, I donloaded the CM7 yesterday with 2.3.5.  I can get into download mode no problem, I have the Pit file, and the RAR file, but for some reason ODIN does not see my phone?  Does absolutly nothing?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks

    • Katy Ionis

      That was happening to me and it turned out I didn’t have the proper usb driver installed. Are you sure that you do?

  • Felipe

    Thanks !!!!! :D

  • Nick Carl

    Hi…first off thanks for this information, very helpful!  I am in Odin almost set to start the application,…I have the pit loaded but when I go to load the PDA it opens to my download file where I have everything and it doesnt show any compatible files….i extracted the t959 rar and none of those files show up as compatible PDA files…do I not extract them first and just add the rar as the PDA?  Stuck here, thanks

  • Nick Carl

    Nevermind I figured it out, I’m too cautious with this stuff haha

    • Jason Bowdach

      Trust me, too careful is always better than not careful enough. I’ve bricked a few devices just because I was quick, and didnt pay attention 100%.

  • Chocoberryguy

    how do i turn back my sc-02b back to stock from this vibrant? im using odin 1.85

  • Teezer88

    Can someone please help me, i’ve followed all the directions as this post said, and it all works fine but once its done it loads up a screen that says samsung vibrant (not the same one my phone came with) and then it continues to loop.

  • LB3

    Was stuck at file analysis in Odin3 and did everything suggested in this thread to deal with the problem, but no resolve. Downloaded One Click Unbrick, was slightly sketched out when it told me it needed to download drivers through an additional app called Zadig, but was at my wit’s end, so went for broke. Once I had everything downloaded, it literally was a one click process and my phone was back to life! Great program!!

  • Zuhaib

    Thank God … Finally I’ve done it. First it was tuck on “File Analysis” then I closed Odin and dc the device … removed the sd card from the device and started it in download mode … you can do it by pressing volume up and power key … this time it was stuck on “Do not turn off the target” waited for 20 minutes .. took the risk to close odin and restart the device .. it didn’t start and a black screen with two icons of phone and computer :( … tried restarting it many times … nothing happened … took out the battery … but still the same …

    Started it again in Download mode … and started Odin … and started the process .. this time it was successfully just took 5 to 6 minutes to complete the process … :)

  • svik

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!! My husband won’t mock me for bricking tonight:)

  • Mike

    Ugh, ive got mine perfectly in the download mode, the COM7, no issue there, when i start, it only sits at :
    Added!!
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:7)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..

    Thats all it does, can anyone help please?

  • Zuhaib Ahmed

    Mike don’t worry, you can dc the device and restart it the process … keep doing it, you would be successful :) … I usually do this and successfully complete it in 3rd or 4th attempt

  • Adam Bain

    Jason…..You are my personal JESUS CHRIST. I needed my Vibrant un-bricked for soooo many reasons. Thank you. Look me up when your in Ann Arbor, MI. I own party buses. You will not walk anywhere.

    • Jason Bowdach

      Glad to have helped! I will certainly keep that in mind if Im ever in MI.

  • marcel

    hi guys,i cant put my vibrant on the dowload mode,i try all the method but nothings hapend,can you help me?i wot to put back da stok versione whit odin

  • Joël

    I was terrified to have lost my phone but this really worked.

    Mine would also not give the digging guy screen (download mode) it was having the Phone ! PC screen. However, Odin still recognized and worked.

    Thanks so much!

  • Moises

    After I installed IPC Passion on my samsung vibrant, my phone wouldn’t recognize any network, therefore I decided to flash it back to stock, I must’ve done something wrong cuz now I’m stocked on a black screen with circular charging bars when is plugged in, and the sumsung vibrant logo screen when unplugged, it won’t let me do nothing. PLEASE HEEEELP !!!!! anyone ??

    • http://www.androidspin.com Stormy Beach

      Can you not get into download mode or recovery with the three key combo?

      • Moises

        not even that !!

  • AWESOMEDUDE

    THANK YOU YOU SAVED MY VIBRANT FORM BEING A DAMN BRICK

  • Val

    @Joel-God, thanks man for suggesting that was the only way and it worked. Me too-was stuck at Phone ! PC screen no matter what manipulations I did. But I refreshed drivers to the same folder and used Odin 1.83. Now 5 minutes later my phone is back to Factory!!! Cheers from Brooklyn, NY! So please keep in mind-Phone ! PC still works, even though developers insist it should be download mode with yellow digging in the center of the screen.

  • Michele Cather

    All this information is great but I am still having trouble. I would so appreciate someone’s words of widson. My galaxy vibrant/tmobile crashed. I don’t know if this phone was ever updated however, I believe that it crashed during an upload. Battery actually went dead. I have downloaded ODIN, and the 512 pit and the other file needed. However, when trying to restart it will not. It goes to reset, vibrant screen shows up but nothing else happens. I must then force the downloading… using the USB port to get back to try it again. I have tried every ODIN version ever used and I am not getting any where? I am trying to get it back to stock. I have read to try to use 513.pit but I cannot find it anywhere without signing up with something. I have not seen this similar posting anywhere. Maybe I have but since I am mobile phone novice I may have not noticed. Help!!! I loved this phone and cannot afford another new phone.

    Thanks@

  • David

    I wanted to share what worked for me. I am giving the background in case any of it led up to the solution. I know this is geeked out with commands but I could not get Odin to work.

    Steps:

    1. Downloaded the PIT file and T959UVJFD.tar on this site.

    2. Using heimdall on Mac OS X Lion, I tried to install via the command line but I could not use the PIT file.

    Using this command:
    $ sudo heimdall flash –pit s1_odin_20100512.pit –factoryfs T959UVJFD/factoryfs.rfs –cache T959UVJFD/cache.rfs –param T959UVJFD/param.lfs –kernel T959UVJFD/zImage –modem T959UVJFD/modem.bin

    I would get the error:

    “Local and device PIT files don’t match and repartition wasn’t specified!
    ERROR: Flash aborted!”

    3. Downloaded Odin. I didn’t need the drivers since I already had them installed on my Win 7 computer.

    Odin3 1.00 on my Windows 7 computer. Failed at factory. Repartition, tried again. Failed at factory again. I give up.

    4. Back on the Mac computer, flashed cmenard-t959-cwm, the OverStock kernel but my phone would not go into recovery. I thought I was really hosed.

    Since the phone was already messed up, I took a gamble in removed the PIT file from the heimdall command.

    5. $ sudo heimdall flash –factoryfs T959UVJFD/factoryfs.rfs –cache T959UVJFD/cache.rfs –param T959UVJFD/param.lfs –kernel T959UVJFD/zImage –modem T959UVJFD/modem.bin
    Heimdall v1.3.2, Copyright (c) 2010-2012, Benjamin Dobell, Glass Echidna
    http://www.glassechidna.com.au

    This software is provided free of charge. Copying and redistribution is
    encouraged.

    If you appreciate this software and you would like to support future
    development please consider donating:
    http://www.glassechidna.com.au/donate/

    Initialising connection…
    Detecting device…
    Claiming interface…
    Setting up interface…

    Checking if protocol is initialised…
    Protocol is not initialised.
    Initialising protocol…
    Handshaking with Loke…

    Beginning session…
    Session begun with device of type: 0

    Downloading device’s PIT file…
    PIT file download sucessful

    Uploading KERNEL
    100%
    KERNEL upload successful
    Uploading MODEM
    100%
    MODEM upload successful
    Uploading FACTORYFS
    100%
    FACTORYFS upload successful
    Uploading CACHE
    100%
    CACHE upload successful
    Uploading PARAM
    100%
    PARAM upload successful
    Ending session…
    Rebooting device…
    /Users/dave/tmp $

    Thank goodness for heimdall. I’ve already donated to this guy because saved me a lot of hassle and done great work. Heimdall is compatible for Windows, Mac or Linux.

    I hope this helps someone out there who is still holding onto their Vibrant. A great phone even if it can’t find itself with GPS.

    @Michele Cather: I think you will have a better shot of success if you use heimdall. I hope you get this before you toss your phone. Good luck.

  • orion

    how long is it supposed to take?

  • orion

    Mine is at cache.rfs and wont move.

  • pea

    I am having the same problem as orin. mine hasn’t moved for the last 30 minutes. Help please!!!

  • http://teknogeekz.com Mark

    hav tried various methods to restore my phone to factory, but none have done it right. I can not get to Market and I can not use the reset within the phone. I think I need to reformat all and do this . How? This can not reformat if you do not back upo and reestore the efs foldr right?

  • keem

    my vibrant enters boot loop somebody help

  • Jason Bowdach

    Glad this is still helpful over 2 years later! I’ve moved on but Im thrilled a lot of you have found use for this guide. Props to Stormy for adding the unbrick app at the bottom. Keep em rooted guys!

  • Jason Bowdach

    For those who are still having issues, def listen to Story’s advice. I’ve had 4 phones since the Vibrant, so I’ll be honest: I forgot a lot of the quirks that come with an ODIN flash. It is a very finicky program, so try not to get frustrated.

  • Alex

    I’ve tried to root my device, now Im stuck in the screen phone – computer. What Can I do??? I need help.

    Please Help me

  • Ismael
  • citadelforsomerefuge

    bro the downloads are not working.please help….

    Thanks

  • Briannab1369

    Can’t get T959 to turn back on. Had stock ROM. Just took it off the charger it turned off and won’t turn back on no matter what

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