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  Reply # 1872074 24-Sep-2017 15:53
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This thread is first world rofl



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  Reply # 1872082 24-Sep-2017 16:27
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Well hey, if all I have to moan about is a logo, I'm not doing to bad lol




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  Reply # 1872115 24-Sep-2017 17:42
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pinkbellbird:
It's got nothing to do with 'how often' the phone is restarted.

I simply want the ugly Spark splash logo gone from my phone. I paid good $ for it. I should have it how it want it.

And I want the logo gone.

Im getting it sorted professionally this week.

 

Wow. OCD much?





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  Reply # 1872138 24-Sep-2017 19:03
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@sbiddle: Just be aware the "fix" will be to flash your handset with Generic firmware.

The result will be a phone that is very likely no longer 100% compatible with the Spark network. You will very likely suffer decreased battery life and won't have access to LTE carrier aggregation in many areas.


He bought the phone from HN (Spark stock) because only Spark carries that color.

He is using it on Vodafone network.

If anything, it makes sense to have Vodafone firmware on it, am i right?





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  Reply # 1872143 24-Sep-2017 19:16
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@sbiddle: Just be aware the "fix" will be to flash your handset with Generic firmware.

The result will be a phone that is very likely no longer 100% compatible with the Spark network. You will very likely suffer decreased battery life and won't have access to LTE carrier aggregation in many areas.


He bought the phone from HN (Spark stock) because only Spark carries that color.

He is using it on Vodafone network.

If anything, it makes sense to have Vodafone firmware on it, am i right?


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  Reply # 1872144 24-Sep-2017 19:20
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Doesn't the VF firmware display a VF logo at startup though? I assumed the OP wouldn't want that either.


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  Reply # 1872147 24-Sep-2017 19:27
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Doesn't the VF firmware display a VF logo at startup though? I assumed the OP wouldn't want that either.



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  Reply # 1872155 24-Sep-2017 19:40
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What puzzles me, is if the OP is successfully flashing the VNZ official firmware on using ODIN, what they are doing subsequently to wipe it off again. I've never managed to "lose" samsung firmware off a phone unless I've had to fully restore to original firmware using smartswitch.

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  Reply # 1872320 25-Sep-2017 10:28
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FWIW - Flashing the Australian open XSA firmware to the device, including a CSC factory reset does not debrand the device, nor does it even change the CSC which is odd. (this is using the CSC component which forces a factory reset, not the Home-CSC component which doesn't).

 

I flash the open firmware so that I get updates in a timely fashion, rather than the usual state of being 3+ months behind the rest of the world (or 9+ months for Huawei devices...) - the method I used for the Note 7 hasn't worked with the Note 8, so something has changed. If down the line it looks like Spark are actually keeping up with the Joneses for a change, then I'll likely revert to the "genuine" firmware.

 

The logo doesn't particularly worry me, although it's odd that it sounds like Spark is the only provider that does it.





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  Reply # 1872355 25-Sep-2017 11:25
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It does seem that Samsung has done something to stop the flashing to another CSC.  I wonder if this has to do with the new carrier software app (it seems that the firmware does not change as much between telco's now and a new carrier app loads what the carrier wants on it).  A bit like iOS and their telco update files.

 

 

 

If this is correct then I say it's a bloody great move by samsung to keep the firmware the same between telco's and use the carrier software app to update/load carrier bloat.

 

Spark phones might get lucky in a update later that remove the flash screen once samsung starts to tell them they can't have it anymore.


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  Reply # 1872375 25-Sep-2017 11:43
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Ok having a read up, it seems the folder for the csc is now write protected and it depends on the product code and the OMC files.  You also need to change  /efs/imie/mps_code.dat 

 

 

 

Someone has been able to change theirs but it took flashing zip files, changing the write protection and adding code to the mps_code.dat

 

However the user was getting forced closed screens, cell issues and saying it had no sim in it etc.

 

 

 

Looks like it will de-knox your device as well.

 

Is it really worth bricking the device for a splash screen?

 

 


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  Reply # 1872469 25-Sep-2017 13:56
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As soon as root is required then that involves unlocking bootloaders and tripping Knox which is too big a price to pay as it results in all sorts of other problems, including no OTA updates (need to manually flash via Odin).

 

Pity, but yes, it's only cosmetic and if they are in fact using a more layered approach to the system and are able to update the underlying OS independently of the TelCos customisations (ala the new Oreo partitioned-OS method) then that's great.

 

 





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  Reply # 1872470 25-Sep-2017 14:16
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pinkbellbird:

...I paid good $ for it. I should have it how it want it.

 

If you bought a Carrier locked phone, you bought it at a discount to the normal price :-)
Thats not very helpfull now , I know .

 

Just as I cant (easily) remove awefull preloaded Samsung apps from my ph.




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  Reply # 1873398 26-Sep-2017 22:51
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tripp:

It does seem that Samsung has done something to stop the flashing to another CSC.  I wonder if this has to do with the new carrier software app (it seems that the firmware does not change as much between telco's now and a new carrier app loads what the carrier wants on it).  A bit like iOS and their telco update files.


 


If this is correct then I say it's a bloody great move by samsung to keep the firmware the same between telco's and use the carrier software app to update/load carrier bloat.


Spark phones might get lucky in a update later that remove the flash screen once samsung starts to tell them they can't have it anymore.



This is very helpful, thanks. And Sounds correct.

I recently asked about the Spark Splash logo / firmware at PB Tech & was told this...

"Regarding your enquiry about firmware & Spark logo, it is not able to change. I can re-flash firmware, but it would still have Spark logo when you power it on"

Interesting reading on this topic from all you in the know Tech guys. Much appreciated.

while this may seem OCD to some, don't care. I'll be ocd if I want 😁. And I'd bet I'm not the only one that this type of thing bothers other people. And Plenty of people have done this type of thing before, got rid of telco branding.

Seeing as it's not possible. I'm just going to move on & enjoy my amazing new phone.

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