Help with hacking a phone/installing a custom rom

Jeff ml at
Tue Sep 20 13:08:09 MDT 2016

Is there anyone on this list who happens to be good at installing custom 
Roms on an android phone? I have been trying and failing over and over.

I'm on a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3

For each step of the process I've tried different things just in case 
the issue was somehow with one of them:

1) So for instance for the rooting step, I've used different rooting 
tools (and according to root checker apps, each one succeeds).

2) For installing a custom recovery, I've used both  and TWRP, and they 
both seemed to install well and be functional.

3) For the next step of installing a ROM, I've tried about 5 different 
custom Roms.

I've followed lots of different tutorials -- but every single time after 
everything is all installed and the phone is doing it's final reboot to 
boot into the new OS it just hangs. If I then force a turn off (hold 
down power for a long time). It turns off and the promptly reboots - so 
I guess I've got both a "hanging boot" and a "boot loop" - so a "hanging 
boot loop"?

Online tutorials say if you get here to install the factory default ROM, 
and so I do. Everything works perfectly in the default ROM. After 
getting it back to a good state and using it for a couple of days, I try 
my luck again and once again go through the rooting, recovery, custom 
ROM process where everything seems to go OK until the final reboot where 
it once again gets in a hanging boot loop.

A few places I've read online talk about how if you get a hanging boot 
loop and try to do various data wipes from recovery and they don't work 
there might be something physically wrong with your phone - so I might 
wonder that except for the fact that each time I am able to reinstall 
the stock rom and it works just perfectly.

Any ideas?  I've spent probably a good 40 hours on this over the last 5 
- 6 weeks and am past the end of my rope.  Any tips would be so 
incredibly appreciated!



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