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Getting Old Samsung Note 4 Working

Daboo

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So, I'm looking at Mcfly's thread on building his latest computer and thinking that maybe, just maybe, some of you might tell me how to get my old Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone working again.

I've done a factory reset on it, and now it wants to sign into my Samsung account. No problem, I'm thinking. I can do this from my current phone or PC, so I know the account info. I enter it. And it says "Processing Failed". Not that I entered an incorrect password, but processing failed.

Any ideas? It was a Verizon phone before, if that makes a difference. I'd like to try using it as a GPS on the bike, so I don't care if it ever gets onto a phone network ever again.

Chris
 

Scary Harry

Fear is not boring. COG# 4090
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What doesn't work on the phone?

I had one once, but stopped using it after Samsung updated the software and rendered the pen useless, well, not completely useless, but it stopped drawing lines less than 1/8 inch in length.

Does it connect to WI-FI?
Do any apps run?
Is the battery shot?
 

Daboo

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What doesn't work on the phone?
Does it connect to WI-FI?
Do any apps run?
Is the battery shot?
The phone is stuck on the third step of the initial setup. The phone is going through the initial setup steps because I did a "Factory reset".
It connects to Wi-Fi just fine.
I can't get to the apps to do anything.
The battery is fine, and charged to 100%.

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Chris
 

Scary Harry

Fear is not boring. COG# 4090
Member
Industry Vendor
Well, here is something that bubbled to the surface

I have never seen this problem, but it may work.
Plenty of people have this issue. Try the video.
 

Daboo

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I'll have to find a place where I can get no cell service. I just don't want to tie up a 911 dispatcher with a bogus call.

Most fixes, go back to this idea of using the one thing you can get to, the Emergency Call service.

I'd even be willing to install a different firmware since I only care about the GPS functionality.

FWIW, the Note 4 originally started failing on a trip over to see TimR in Twisp. I tried resetting it many times over the next few days till I gave up and bought a Note 9. Then about a month ago, I found a YouTube video describing a "fix" I'd never seen before. He took the entire phone apart to get to the motherboard, and then inserted some tin foil in three places. Yup, tin foil. High tech. And it worked! The phone seems to be functioning fine in the startup sequence anyway.

It's a defect in my personality that when I'm this close to getting my old beloved Note 4 working again, I just can't get there. I'm close...but the Fat Lady has not sung yet.

Chris
 

Scary Harry

Fear is not boring. COG# 4090
Member
Industry Vendor
Good luck.

I gave up on Samsung a while back. I now use unlocked phones from Motorola.
Less expensive, and after all, I just need a phone and a couple of apps.
 

Tour1

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Your Samsung account is not your gmail account. Your ID might not be your gmail email either.
If it was a phone the ID might be your phone number and the SamsungAccount.jpgpassword might be the "last 4 digits of your social".
 
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Daboo

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Thanks, Tour1. I didn't add a Google account to the phone in the beginning. Just to be sure it wasn't interfering, I tried that password too. Same result. Processing failed.

Chris
 

Tour1

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There must be a way to reset that or they couldn't take trade-in phones, could they? They only seem to take trades on phones that are still selling in retail stores but still, would they toss a few hundred dollars in the trash because you didn't tell them your Samsung account and password?
Also, I thought since you still have an android/Samsung, can you use the "Find ID or reset password" button on your current phone to possibly learn your account details from the original phone?
 

Daboo

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They don't make it easy, because they are trying to make it hard to resell stolen phones.

Chris
 
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