Boot screen stuck at 'K' because of firmware deleted.
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I had just fixed a package problem when my phone died of battery. I guess the linux-firmware package did not install because I had to remove it before update to reinstall. Now my phone is bricked at the K screen. It even lets me move the cursor around. How can I get a terminal up?
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(09-27-2021, 05:10 PM)poundantisec Wrote: I had just fixed a package problem when my phone died of battery. I guess the linux-firmware package did not install because I had to remove it before update to reinstall. Now my phone is bricked at the K screen. It even lets me move the cursor around. How can I get a terminal up?

Bump. Anyone got the steps I should take to remedy this bricked pinephone?
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(10-05-2021, 01:06 PM)poundantisec Wrote:
(09-27-2021, 05:10 PM)poundantisec Wrote: I had just fixed a package problem when my phone died of battery. I guess the linux-firmware package did not install because I had to remove it before update to reinstall. Now my phone is bricked at the K screen. It even lets me move the cursor around. How can I get a terminal up?

Bump. Anyone got the steps I should take to remedy this bricked pinephone?
when i bought beta edition and i decided to use default plasma manjaro for testing. it had issue in one update, and i need to fix it. i installed another manjaro on memory card and fixed by using external installation.

following is what i used to fix, use commands in caution. basically user needs to understand what's going on. these instruction may not apply directly as same.
Code:
https://medium.com/@cecildt/fixing-manjaro-linux-boot-error-unable-to-find-root-device-25d59998a8b8

if k logo is there, you could use usb docking dongle, keyboard and possibly mouse to use background terminal. to access terminal, press control-alt f2, then you could do fixing. command "nmtui" is useful.

you could use jumpdrive (https://github.com/dreemurrs-embedded/Ju...e/releases) and mount using computer to access files. if you have arm64 based linux laptop, then you could use chroot. however, x86 laptop makes things more difficult.

sounds like, you probably have to reinstall.

for this forum, i deleted this post and reposted again because of bugs. i encounter that adding spaces bug. probably related to hidden codes.
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It won't boot? get the Jumpdrive image, put it on an SD card and boot from that. Copy your home directory over to another computer, then download the OS image you like and use Jumpdrive and dd to flash that new image onto your eMMC. Once you are booting from that, you can copy files into your home directory from the other computer.

Or, put that OS image onto the SD, boot from that, and then mount the eMMC and try to fix it yourself. That sounds messier than the first approach.
Pinephone beta edition, convergence model, Mobian Bookworm with Phosh.
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which firmware is the problem ?
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Hello this is the OP. Lost my original account password. I was able to get a root@plasma-mobile terminal open. I can run basic commands. Which should I run to reinstall my pinephone64 OS/firmware?
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Do I absolutely need the SD card to fix the phone? My sd card port is bent and can't take any SD cards. Is it possible to fix with just the computer? Now I cant get it to turn on, the only thing that its showing is the red light. Sorry, literally had lost the pinephone and just now found it again.
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(08-27-2023, 07:35 AM)projectsfromb Wrote: Do I absolutely need the SD card to fix the phone? My sd card port is bent and can't take any SD cards. Is it possible to fix with just the computer? Now I cant get it to turn on, the only thing that its showing is the red light. Sorry, literally had lost the pinephone and just now found it again.

You should be able to get microSD card readers for under 5 dollars.
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(08-27-2023, 01:39 PM)fxc Wrote:
(08-27-2023, 07:35 AM)projectsfromb Wrote: Do I absolutely need the SD card to fix the phone? My sd card port is bent and can't take any SD cards. Is it possible to fix with just the computer? Now I cant get it to turn on, the only thing that its showing is the red light. Sorry, literally had lost the pinephone and just now found it again.

You should be able to get microSD card readers for under 5 dollars.
Hmm that's a relief. I can probably install one of those myself. Thanks
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(08-27-2023, 05:09 PM)projectsfromb Wrote:
(08-27-2023, 01:39 PM)fxc Wrote:
(08-27-2023, 07:35 AM)projectsfromb Wrote: Do I absolutely need the SD card to fix the phone? My sd card port is bent and can't take any SD cards. Is it possible to fix with just the computer? Now I cant get it to turn on, the only thing that its showing is the red light. Sorry, literally had lost the pinephone and just now found it again.

You should be able to get microSD card readers for under 5 dollars.
Hmm that's a relief. I can probably install one of those myself. Thanks

Oh sorry, it looks like I misunderstood you. I thought you meant the microSD card port of your other devices (e. g. a laptop) was broken, but I understand now that the microSD card of your PinePhone is broken.

Unfortunately it is non-trivial to replace the microSD card reader, even people with a lot of soldering experiences won't be able to replace it without causing more damage most of the times. I would recommend you to try to bend back the broken microSD card reader on your PinePhone.

Without a working microSD card reader it won't be easy to reflash the PinePhone. Generally you can connect it to a serial console using the audio jack <-> USB UART adapter. From there you might be lucky to proceed further, however this is something not done often and you won't find many people with experience to help you recovering the OS. I only remember one or two users who were able to recover it in a similar fashion. Using FEL mode it would also possible to overwrite the eMMC installation. Unfortunately all not easy and I can't assist with it, however I hope the buzzwords help a bit.
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