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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

rooted my phone but want to go back to stock rom [duplicate]

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Okay so i rooted my Samsung Galaxy Express to jelly bean 4.2.2 using the method below. but i cant access Samsung kies because it doesn't recognize rooted phones. So i was wondering if there was any way to keep the rooted features but go back to the stock rom? And if there is how do i do it and where do i get the file from?
Here are the steps I took to upgrade my phone:
Flash Clockwork Recovery
  1. Download Express OUDHS CWM.exe.
  2. Turn off the phone
  3. Press and hold volume down and power to enter download mode (if this doesn’t work, press and hold volume down, power and home key)
  4. Connect your phone to your computer via USB
  5. Window ID: COM should be highlighted in yellow, this means your phone was properly detected
  6. Press start and wait for installation
  7. Disconnect your phone, recovery is now installed
Install SuperSU
  1. Download SuperSU v1.25
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB
  3. Copy the SuperSU v1.25 file to the root of your SD card (make sure you have an SD card in your phone)
  4. Turn off your phone
  5. Hold volume up, power and home key to enter recovery (as soon as you see blue text on the top of the screen that read entering or booting recovery, immediately release all the buttons)
  6. Click on install zip from SD card and locate SuperSU file
  7. Select the SuperSU file and install
  8. After installation is complete, reboot your phone
You will now have both custom recovery and SuperSU installed on your phone, which allows you to install custom ROM’s, which is the next step. (Make sure USB debugging is still enabled). Please note that these versions of CM10.1 and CM10.2 are unofficial builds, however are stable enough as daily drivers.
  1. Download CM10.1(Android 4.2.2) or CM10.2(Android 4.3)
  2. Download Gapps (Google Apps) for CM10.1 or Gapps for CM10.2
  3. Connect your phone to your computer via USB and place ROM and Gapps files in root of SD card (make sure they are on SD card)
  4. Download ROM Manager and reboot into recovery. You can also manually reboot into recovery by powering off your phone, pressing and holding volume up, power and home key.
  5. Create a backup.
  6. Wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition and dalvik cache (found in advanced)
  7. Install the ROM from the SDCard
  8. Install Gapps from the SDCard
  9. Reboot phone and let it sit for a few minutes while it boots for the first time. It may take a few minutes, and this is only evident upon initial boot.
You will likely run into issues with non functional WiFi. To resolve this, after flashing the ROM, follow these simple steps:
  1. Download this file.
  2. Power off the phone.
  3. Hold volume down, power and home button to enter download mode.
  4. Press volume up to enter download mode.
  5. Connect phone to your computer
  6. Open Odin and flash the downloaded file as Bootloader (You should see a green box that indicates that the method passed and worked)
  7. Reboot the phone and test WiFI
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marked as duplicate by ChahkgeffchangIzzyonik Jan 17 '14 at 17:58

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.
Ahem... What's your question? :) This rather looks like a question including its answer. But nobody will find the question is answered. Would you mind to move the answer part to an answer? We really love when people share their knowledge and experience, but wouldn't it be a pity if nobody notices! Thanks a lot! – Izzy Dec 27 '13 at 10:28
@Izzy It looks like Taylor posted instructions he used to root his phone to begin with. He's looking to reverse them and go back to stock. Pretty sure we have a question that covers it. – Chahk Dec 27 '13 at 15:12
@Chahk Reading it again with your comment in mind makes me pretty sure you're correct :) So maybe we rather encourage Taylor to create a separate post on "How do I root the Samsung Galaxy Express", placing his process as an answer, and link it here? That would be a profit to all, himself included! Taylor: you might also take a look at our tags for odin and heimdall for "partly alternatives" to Kies. – Izzy Dec 27 '13 at 19:02
Samsung Kies is no longer recognizing your phone because you've replaced the operating system by installing a custom ROM (CyanogenMod in this case.) Simply rooting it and leaving stock Samsung firmware would've been sufficient, and wouldn't interfere with Kies. You should have stopped after the "Install SuperSU" step.
With that said, here are the instructions for returning back to stock Samsung firmware:
  1. Galaxy Express comes in different flavors, depending on your country and/or carrier. Find out the exact model number of your device (e.g. GT-I8730/T for international version, or SGH-i437 for US AT&T/GoPhone) and download the latest firmware from here. Make sure to pick the correct region.
  2. Make sure you have taken a full backup of the contents of your device. Flashing factory firmware will wipe your device clean.
  3. Extract the downloaded zip file to your desktop. You should get a file with a .tar.md5 extension (.md5 extension may not be visible in Windows)
  4. Download ODIN (instructions here). This is a special tool used to flash firmware files on to Samsung devices. Extract the downloaded zip file to your desktop
  5. Make sure you have installed all the necessary device drivers for your phone on your PC. You can also get the drivers by installing Samsung Kies
  6. On your phone, enable USB Debugging from Settings -> Developer Options
  7. On the PC, launch ODIN. Click the PDA button in ODIN and load the stock 4.1.2 firmware .tar file you got in Step 3
  8. Make sure everything else in ODIN is left at default values. Just make sure Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time boxes are checked, and the RePartition box is left unchecked
  9. Switch off your device and reboot it to Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down+Home+Power buttons together. At the warning screen, press Volume Up to enter Download Mode
  10. Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable now
  11. ODIN should display the message Added! and the ID:COM port box in ODIN will turn yellow
  12. Click the Start button in ODIN to start flashing the stock firmware on to your device.
  13. Once ODIN has successfully flashed the file, it should display the message PASS!, and your phone should reboot automatically
  14. Disconnect your device from the PC now, and proceed to set up your phone.
After the above process is successfully completed, you can try rooting your phone again. This time do not install a custom firmware, and you should be all set.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda mock daughter of soldier who died in Kargil. Minister defends them

Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

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Twitter humour can sometimes open a can of worms. Especially if you are a famous cricketer with more than eight million followers. Virender Sehwag, former batsman for the Indian men’s cricket team, on Sunday chose to mock the 20-year-old daughter of a soldier who died in Kargil because of her campaign against student violence.
‘I didn’t score two triple centuries,’ says the placard on Sehwag’s joke post. ‘My bat did.’
The text is a direct response to 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur’s campaign against the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s violence at Ramjas College in Delhi. Kaur had changed her profile picture to include #StudentsAgainstABVP, but the popularity of her campaign also led viewers to a silent video she had made last year, calling for an end to state-sponsored conflict from India and Pakistan. “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him,” she said.
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While Sehwag was also lampooning the placard-holding trend which has taken over Facebook and Twitter, his joke also specifically mocked this message from Kaur. And he quickly got appreciation from actor Randeep Hooda, who has half a million followers on the platform.
The humour, especially since it made light of Kaur’s message about her father’s death, did not go down well with everyone.
When called out on it, however, Hooda insisted that Kaur was a “poor girl being used as a political pawn”. He also insisted that it “reeks of political usage of mans child who died defending the line drawn,” and then reverted to saying it was “just very witty of Viru” to crack his joke.
So, in addition to Sehwag making fun of the death of the Kargil soldier, Hooda then went on to take away Kaur’s ability to think for herself and insisted that she was just a poor girl being used for political aims and anyway the whole point was just the cricketer’s joke, no matter its sensitivities.
Kaur herself decided to respond to this, insisting that she is no political pawn, following which Hooda retreated to the position that he was both against student violence and yet didn’t want the “young girl’s thoughts” to be politicised.
And then Union Minister Kiren Rijiju jumped in, again explicitly criticising Kaur’s remarks by asking, “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind?’ followed by a confused statement about strong Arm Force and weak India.
The responses from Rijiju and Hooda fall prey to the basic fallacy that only one stance, presumably questioning the government or the ABVP, is explicitly political and moreover that “young girls” having political thoughts is a bad thing.
Hooda, in fact, complained that Kaur’s post “reeked” of an attempt to politicise her father’s death, when the reverse argument – that one must not question the government or the army because soldiers are dying at the border – does not amount to a politicising India’s military. War, and its casualties, are always political. Hooda’s insistence that it ought not to be is as insensitive as Sehwag’s joke. Rijiju’s “weak India” comment, meanwhile, has no real grounding in history.
Kaur, meanwhile, said she has received rape threats in response to her campaign, which will no doubt spread even further now that a Union Minister has stepped into the fray.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The 'youngest american to visit every country in the world' has released her 10 favourite destinations


Cassanda De Pecol claims she has just broken the Guinness World Record to become:
  • The first documented woman to travel to every sovereign nation 
  • The first American woman to travel to every sovereign nation
  • The youngest American to travel to every sovereign nation (at 27)
  • The fastest person to travel to every sovereign nation
In case you were wondering, there are 196 sovereign nations on the planet to date. 
Beginning when Cassie was 23 on the Pacific island of Palau in July 2015, the trip lasted 18 months and 26 days - half the time of the previous Guinness World Record. 
Her journey, Expedition196, was almost entirely funded by sponsorship, has been an installation in sustainability and ethical eco-friendly tourism.

Now I know we've all had enough of experts, but if you were going to take travel tips from anyone...
These are, according to De Pecol, the top ten best countries in the entire world to visit, and why:


10. USA 

Fall in New England is something everyone should experience.
They say home is where the heart is, and the more I travel, the more that's becoming more real to me.
Home is where family is, it's where my safety net is, it's where everything that I'm familiar with is, and my country is rich in nature, which is important to me.
Picture: (istock / Ron_Thomas)



9. Costa Rica, Central America

Monkeys, fresh fruit, good music and volcanoes...need I say more?


8. Peru, South America

The Amazon rainforest and Aguas Calientes [gateway to Machu Picchu].
De Pecol also spent some time living in Peru.
Picture: (istock / Siempreverde22)


7. Tunisia, North Africa

To experience northern African culture with a Middle Eastern feel and an immense amount of archaeological history.
According to De Pecol, the town of Sidi Bou Said (20km from Tunis, the capital) "blew me away".
Picture: (istock / EnginKoorkmaz)


6. Oman, Arabian Peninsula

To immerse yourself in the desert and mountains, while learning from locals who live in the mountains, it's a whole different lifestyle.
Picture: (istock / typhoonski)



5. Pakistan

To get a true sense of raw, authentic Asian culture, and for the food. 
De Pecol especially appreciated Pakistan, because she had to wait four months for her visa approval.
Picture: (istock / pawopa3336)


4. Vanuatu, South Pacific

To experience the process of how Kava is made and to meet some of the kindest people.
Picture: (istock / holgs)



3. Maldives

To see some of the bluest water, whitest sand and most stunning sand banks in the world.
Picture: (istock / EXTREME-PHOTOGRAPHER)


2. Bhutan

To learn the ethics of peaceful living.
The pilgrimage [to Paro Taktsang] was something out of Avatar, a dream to trek through low-hanging clouds with a harrowing drop at any given moment on either side.
Prayer flags swayed through the pines, prayer wheels spinning in the breeze, and tsa-tsas (ashes of the dead) wedged between crevices of stone.
Picture: (istock / narvikk)



1. Mongolia

To be immersed in the remote wilderness and to ride the wild horses.
Picture: (istock / SeppFriedhuber)

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