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[RS Guide] How to Get Rid of OTA Forced Reboots on Rooted Phone

This is a discussion on [RS Guide] How to Get Rid of OTA Forced Reboots on Rooted Phone within the HTC Thundebolt Hacking Guides forums, part of the HTC Thunderbolt Hacks category; Ok, so you have rooted your phone, and decided you would install the latest OTA update from Verizon. Now the update fails to install and ...

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    [RS Guide] How to Get Rid of OTA Forced Reboots on Rooted Phone

    Ok, so you have rooted your phone, and decided you would install the latest OTA update from Verizon. Now the update fails to install and your phone constantly reboots. Here is how you fix the problem.

    Thanks for all the RS Members and Forum Members that have helped discover these solutions. We are not responsible for any damage done to your device by using these methods. They should be harmless, but you will possibly loose your data in the process.

    There are 4 different solutions outlined here. Starting with the least damaging to your data. Please try them in order until you get your phone back working. Most people will be able to recover using the first method. But the other methods are included in case the first one doesn't work for you.

    First of all when the OTA fails you should be left in ClockworkMod Recovery. You will know that is where you are based on the following menu that should be shown on your screen.

    ClockworkMod Recovery v3.0.2.5 (ok if your version doesn't match)

    Use vol keys to highlight and home to select.

    - reboot system now
    - apply sdcard:update.zip
    - wipe data/factory reset
    - wipe cache partition
    - install zip from sdcard
    - backup and restore
    - mounts and storage
    - advanced
    - +++++Go Back+++++
    Method 1: (thanks to sonicbuffalo for posting this method)

    1) Once you are in ClockWorkMod Recovery, scroll down to "Wipe cache partition".

    2) Select "Wipe cache partition" using the home key or power button.

    3) Now, scroll down to "Yes - wipe cache".

    4) Press the home key or power button to perform the wipe.

    5) When done, restart your phone.

    6) Your ThunderBolt will boot into the Android operating system and will say that the UPDATE FAILED.

    7) Choose Cancel to stop the update.

    8) Restart your phone one last time and you'll see that the "Powering Off" loop is gone.


    Method 2: This will delete your data

    1) Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select "wipe data/factory reset" using volume keys.

    2) Press home key or power button to select.

    3) Answer Yes, by scrolling with vol keys and home or power key to select.

    4) When phone reboots, the powering off loop should be gone.

    Method 3: This only works if you have a Nandroid Backup from prior to accepting the update.

    1) Once in clockwork select "backup and restore" using vol keys.

    2) Select using the home key or power button

    3) From next menu select "restore"

    4) Choose your backup from list and select.

    5) Answer yes to restore backup

    6) When phone reboots the "powering off" loop is gone.

    Method 4: This is a last ditch effort if all other methods fail.

    1) Download the Leaked Rooted Update from HERE.

    2) Following instructions in THIS post load the rooted leak.

    3) When your phone reboots, the powering off loop should be gone and you should be running the latest software and still rooted.



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    Great right-up Sele. This will help the masses.

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    Great write up and very useful thank you! I do have a question, with the droid incredible you used to be able to just rename i think it was like a cert.apk to cerk.bak or something and that would stop OTA's from attempting to download is that the same for the TB? As well, is this update even worth loading?

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    Thank you. You saved my phone.

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    Thanks again Sele. You helped me root and ended my reboot.

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    I'm a total novice when it comes to all of this - so please forgive me if my questions beg the response "uh duh..."

    Can I try these methods if I used Revolutionary to root?

    Every time I get the OTA forced reboot; I clear cache partition, clear Dalvick, & fix permissions. My phone comes back to life for a day or so and then the evil blue man with the scary triangle comes back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catte View Post
    I'm a total novice when it comes to all of this - so please forgive me if my questions beg the response "uh duh..."

    Can I try these methods if I used Revolutionary to root?

    Every time I get the OTA forced reboot; I clear cache partition, clear Dalvick, & fix permissions. My phone comes back to life for a day or so and then the evil blue man with the scary triangle comes back.
    You will keep getting it until you update to the newest version. Don't accept the OTA. Instead flash the rooted version of the OTA, check our rom list thread here. 1st one on the list.

    Sent from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, from my hTc Thunderbolt

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    Awesome right up.

    Step one got me back up and running. Thanks for the excellent right up.

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    I tried method # 1 above and it worked well, however, the phone randomly rebooted later in the day. This evening, I figured out that my phone was partially through the rooting / recovery setup and I had one last step to complete. When I figured out where I went wrong, I was able to confirm that my bin file was no longer 'missing' based on apps in the market that are designed for rooted devices.

    So, I"m going through the procedure outlined in method # 1 again right now and I'll see if I can make it through the night without another random soft bricked result. Wish me luck!


    UPDATE 22 Jan 2012: After finishing the root process, I still had the reboot issue with the triangle and blue icon. I've updated a couple other threads on my findings already so users can search my other posts. Basically, after rooting with SW version .5, I had to install the rooted .9 SW version which is noted as having been 'deodexed' and 'signed' so after installing it as PG05IMG.zip (and performing a factory reset via the phone SW), I haven't had any issues whatsoever. GOODBYE BLOATWARE!!
    Last edited by Nyobie; 01-22-2012 at 05:42 AM. Reason: Added closure results for .9 SW version

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    Method 1: (thanks to sonicbuffalo for posting this method)

    1) Once you are in ClockWorkMod Recovery, scroll down to "Wipe cache partition".

    2) Select "Wipe cache partition" using the home key or power button.

    3) Now, scroll down to "Yes - wipe cache".

    4) Press the home key or power button to perform the wipe.

    5) When done, restart your phone.( mobile number tracker)

    6) Your ThunderBolt will boot into the Android operating system and will say that the UPDATE FAILED.

    7) Choose Cancel to stop the update.

    8) Restart your phone one last time and you'll see that the "Powering Off" loop is gone.


    Method 2: This will delete your data

    1) Once you are in ClockworkMod Recovery, select "wipe data/factory reset" using volume keys.

    2) Press home key or power button to select.

    3) Answer Yes, by scrolling with vol keys and home or power key to select.

    4) When phone reboots, the powering off loop should be gone.

    Trace mobile number
    Method 3: This only works if you have a Nandroid Backup from prior to accepting the update.

    1) Once in clockwork select "backup and restore" using vol keys.

    2) Select using the home key or power button

    3) From next menu select "restore"

    4) Choose your backup from list and select.

    5) Answer yes to restore backup

    6) When phone reboots the "powering off" loop is gone.

    Method 4: This is a last ditch effort if all other methods fail.

    1) Download the Leaked Rooted Update from

    2) Following instructions in post load the rooted leak.

    3) When your phone reboots, the powering off loop should be gone and you should be running the latest software and still rooted. ​


 
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