Tag Archive: Galaxy Note

Jul 01

Phone Restore Nightmare

So I recently had my Galaxy Note serviced, as you may recall. I got it back today with the USB port all fixed up and a clean factory wipe.Picture 5-Edit-2

I’d been really careful before I took it in: I’d done a nandroid backup, and as a pro user of Titanium Backup, I’d also backed up all my apps, data, and system settings.

 

My first mistake was that Titanium Backup, by default, saves its backups to the SD card, which, in a modern phone like the Galaxy Note, means the internal SD card. The one that gets wiped when you do a factory reset. Luckily, I’d had it backing up all my data to dropbox. However, I didn’t realize this, and so my first restore attempt ended up being screwed by the fact that /titanium_backup directory I was restoring from was the one from my HTC Magic.

Whoops.

Reboot, wipe, start again.

 

The second attempt was to restore the nandroid backup I took the day before I took the phone into the shop. It died at restoring data, leaving the phone with most of the apps installed, but very crashy.

Reboot, wipe, (reflash root), start again.

 

For the third attempt, I went for using the Titanium Backup feature that restores from the nandroid backup. It jammed at 4% complete.

Fourth attempt: copied the backup of the backup from dropbox (where TB was thankfully saving them for me every night). Jammed at 0%.

Maybe because I hadn’t…

Reboot, wipe, start again

 

Fifth attempt: before booting up again, I made an attempt to install ONLY the data part of the nandroid backup. Failed again.

Reboot, wipe, start again

 

Sixth attempt: Titanium Backup restore. This time restoring missing apps first, then system data.

Okay, this worked, I think. I’ve had to tweak a few things. My launcher was restored, but the lock screen was still the default, as were my security settings. Also, some DoCoMo apps that I froze or uninstalled are still on the phone, and I’m having to remove them by trial and error again.

 

Lesson learned: do a double nandroid backup and a CRC file check or something to make sure it’s not corrupted.

Jun 24

A Week? What?

So I’ve been banished from my beloved (and over-taxed) Galaxy Note for a week while the USB port gets repaired, and I’m having to put up with the loaner phone, a Sharp Aqueos (SH-04E). Aside from the POTA of having to spend a couple of hours just to get the basics set up to my taste (two Gmail accounts, both with 2-step auth, while on the road being the first hurdle), I need to handle it with kid gloves or I end up buying the goddamned thing.Sharp Aqueos

When I return it, DoCoMo will inspect it for scratches on the frame (I very nearly put one on it today when it slid out of my shirt pocket), damage to the USB port, and moisture exposure. While I hadn’t been intending to toss my loaner phone around like a baseball, I am a little miffed because they didn’t even give me a case for it!

 

I was lucky that the Note was accepted for service. It’s still within its warranty period, but I’d rooted it, and I spent part of Sunday unrooting the device and resetting the flash counter to 0. Even with a factory wipe on top of that, I was a little nervous about being found out.

I was actually more nervous, though, about the fact that Japan is bloody humid and I’ve known those moisture stickers they have on phones these days to trigger just by being in my pocket on a muggy August day (happened to a battery I had). Also about the fact that I dropped it twice this month and put some serious scratches on it. Yeah, it fell on the corners where my case doesn’t protect it if it’s open.

 

So yeah, basically just disappointed that I have to wait a week to get it back. Last time I had a hardware issue, they just replaced the phone, but I guess that stocks are getting depleted.