Unbrick soft bricked Samsung Fascinate SCH-I500

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This post here is to unbrick soft bricked Samsung Fascinate SCH-I500 only. Don’t try it on any other Fascinate variant. Also this post here is only for soft bricked devices only not hard bricked (Difference between soft bricked and hard bricked device).

We are not responsible for any data loss or other problems that occur by using this tutorial. Flashing ROM deletes internal memory. Use at your own risk.

Requirements :

  • 1

    Odin file to flash ROM
  • 2

    Android firmware for your device
  • 3

    Samsung USB drivers for your device
  • 4

    PC with Windows OS

All download links are provided at the end of the post.

Procedure to unbrick soft bricked Samsung Fascinate SCH-I500

  • 1

    Download and install Samsung USB drivers from the link below, if not already present.
  • 2

    Download and extract android firmware zip file that you got from the link below. You will find  single CI500_VZW_EH03_GB_CM.tar.md5.zip.
  • 3

    Download and extract Odin zip file and you will find Odin3 v1.3.exe and some other files. Run it as Administrator.
  • 4

    Follow the steps below :

    • Check Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time check boxes only. Check Re-partition only if pit Atlas_v2.2 file is selected
    • Click on PDA button and browse for CI500_VZW_EH03_GB_CM.tar.md5.zip file.
  • 5

    Switch off and boot your device into Download Mode by taking out battery, and holding down on volume button on phone while plugging FACTORY USB cable. Wait for Odin to pick it up.
  • 6

    If Odin detect your device then Odin’s ID: COM box will turn to light blue and a COM port number will appear under it. Additionally Odin’s log message box will show “Added” and “Detected” message. If not, then make sure that USB drivers are correctly installed. Also try replugging your device into a different USB port.
  • 7
    Once all the above steps are performed correctly, press Start button to begin installation procedure. MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON’T INTERRUPT FLASHING PROCEDURE ONCE IT HAS STARTED OTHERWISE YOU WILL HARD BRICK YOUR DEVICE.
  • 8

    Flashing process may take few minutes so have patience. Once the flashing process is complete, Odin will show PASS message with green background in the left-most box at the very top of the Odin. Your device will reboot then and then boot successfully.Samsung Fascinate SCH-I500 Odin

Done!! Your device is unbricked successfully now.

Note :

  • If your device suffers a bootloop after ROM installation then go into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down + Power button together. Then perform Wipe data/Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition. Now you can restart your device and it will boot correctly.

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Rohan Kandwal

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