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For starters credit for these files goes to:
The2dCour - For providing the 5.6.890 Fastboot files
P3Droid and TBH - For leaking the 5.5.959 Fastboot files

The Ultimate "Unbricker" (LINK IN STEP 2)<-The only file needed is in step 2.
This will bring you to 5.6.890 even if you are on 5.5.959
Directions:
1. Charge phone to at least 50%.
2. Download THIS (psouza4's 890 update script)
3. Extract the zip.
4. Open "Flash Verizon DROID 3 OTA 5.6.890 to phone_psouza4" folder.
5. Turn off phone.
6. Slide out keyboard and hold down M and Power button.(this will get you into Boot Mode Selection Menu)
7. Use Volume DOWN button to scroll the list down to "Recovery".
8. Use Volume UP button to select "Recovery".(you should see the !▲ and Robot)
9. Hold down Volume Up AND Volume Down.(this brings up the Recovery Menu)
10. Use Volume DOWN to scroll the list to "Wipe data/factory reset".
11. Use Power Button to select and once again to scroll down/select "Yes".
12. After the wipe is done return to "Boot Mode Selection Menu"
-Slide out keyboard and hold down M and Power button.(this will get you into Boot Mode Selection Menu)
13. Use Volume DOWN button to scroll the list down to "AP Fastboot".
14. Use Volume UP button to select "AP Fastboot".
15. Connect Droid 3 to PC using stock usb cable, if possible.(Your phone should say "USB Connected - OK to Program")
16. Back on your computer Double Click "CLICK HERE - Flash Verizon DROID 3 OTA 5.6.890 to phone.bat".
17. Sit back and enjoy as your phone is restored to 5.6.890.
-The script will copy/move/write the files to your phone, while doing this the phone will look like nothing is happening.
-But as long as the command window gives an "OKAY" for each step you are good to go.
-Your phone will now go back into recovery after all the files are sent and written to the phone.
-It takes maybe 5 minutes to copy and write files to phone, then another 5-10 for the phone to flash the files.
-The subsequent boot will be longer than usual and you will be brought to the "Touch the Android/Programming Screen".

*This method was used by me after I got a "Flash Failure (s)" message in the AP Fastboot screen after a failed flash using RSDLite.
** You will lose all data and have to re-program to get back on Verizon
*** You will not lose any Internal SD Card data

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↓↓Other Fastboot Files and Methods↓↓

Stock Fastboot - Link to 5.5.959 files
md5: F8DA17B5488711C4A31284F77B821254
Filename: VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-20_TA-9_1FF_01.zip

OTA #1 Fastboot - Link to 5.6.890 files
md5: 09069555EFC6C49B537F49DB782A1C94
Filename: VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-55_1FF_01.zip

Drivers: LINK to x64 drivers(64-bit) LINK to x86 drivers(32-bit)

Latest RSD Lite - Link to RSDLite 5.5

Older RSD Lite - Link to RSDLite 5.4.4

Windows Fastboot - Link to Moto-fastboot for Windows Credit to romracer
Mirror - Link to Moto-fastboot-win32

Linux/Mac Fastboot - Link to Moto-fastboot For Linux/Mac Credit to eval-

Help with unbricking on mac:
http://rootzwiki.com...xing-your-Brick.

WARNING: For now it seems you cannot downgrade from 5.6.890 back to 5.5.959.
Trying to confirm, but in the meantime use caution!
 

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Instructions for use with RSDLite

1. Charge phone to at least 50%.
2. Install RSDLite.
3. Extract the fastboot zip file.
4. Open RSDLite.
5. Turn off phone.
6. Slide out keyboard and hold down M and Power button.(this will get you into Boot Mode Selection Menu)
7. Use Volume DOWN button to scroll the list down to "AP Fastboot".
8. Use Volume UP button to select "AP Fastboot".
9. Connect Droid 3 using stock usb cable, if possible.(you should see your phone in RSDLite now)
10. Click on the "..." button, navigate to the .XML file that was included in the ZIP and select it.
11. Click "Start", it should take 5-10 minutes

Help with unbricking on mac:
http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?5507-Using-Mac-and-Fixing-your-Brick.
 

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Instructions for use with Moto-Fastboot

p3droid said:
Using Fastboot:
Download the Fastboot File
Download the Fastboot Binary
Unzip Fastboot File into a directory
Unzip Fastboot binary into same directory as Files

You will need to use Command to navigate to the folder you created and placed all of the files in.

Place phone in fastboot mode
Hold both M and power at same time
Push down volume until you get to AP Fastboot Mode
Push the up volume button to select
Plug phone into computer

Now you need to flash your phone:

This is a sample command "fastboot flash system system.img"

Possible partitions to flash:

logo.bin
recovery
boot
system
preinstall

You should not need to flash any other partitions.
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Selbowdaeskimo said:
I think the links for the fastboots need to be swapped. Thanks for the step by step instructions.
Wow, I can't believe I did that. Stupid freaking file names.
 

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Hm, keep getting an error when I try to open the XML file in RSDLite. I've tried redownloading the zip(using 890) and still got same error when getting to that step. Any mistake I could be making?

Add: Error - "Check input file. XML file could be in wrong format or image files associated with it are missing."

9/15 Update: Worked after a third attempt. Was using .959 flashboot when I thought I was using the .890(swapped links and thought it was changed after post) Works now and love the update. Thanks for the upload and tutorial.
 

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slow88lx said:
For starters credit for these files goes to:
The2dCour - For providing the 5.6.890 Fastboot files
P3Droid and TBH - For leaking the 5.5.959 Fastboot files

Stock Fastboot - Link to 5.5.959 files
md5: 09069555EFC6C49B537F49DB782A1C94
Filename: VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-20_TA-9_1FF_01.zip

OTA #1 Fastboot - Link to 5.6.890 files
md5: F8DA17B5488711C4A31284F77B821254
Filename: VRZ_XT862_5.5.1_84_D3G-55_1FF_01.zip

Drivers: LINK to x64 drivers(64-bit) LINK to x86 drivers(32-bit)

Latest RSD Lite - Link to RSDLite 5.5

Older RSD Lite - Link to RSDLite 5.4.4

Windows Fastboot - Link to Moto-fastboot for Windows Credit to romracer
Mirror - Link to Moto-fastboot-win32

Linux/Mac Fastboot - Link to Moto-fastboot For Linux/Mac Credit to eval-

Help with unbricking on mac:
http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?5507-Using-Mac-and-Fixing-your-Brick.

WARNING: For now it seems you cannot downgrade from 5.6.890 back to 5.5.959.
Trying to confirm, but in the meantime use caution!
i downloaded the 890 file but it has the 959 file name
 

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success!!!, back to stock after tons of metamorph play (and lots of restoring backups). I forgot what this thing looked like, :android-smile: One thing though, its easy for a novice like me to forget that the phone needs to be reprogrammed via *228 after this RSD does it's thing.
 

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Note: The download links are still switched. If you are having errors flashing make sure you have the right files.
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Ah shit. Someone said the links were backwards....wrong links. I'll change them back.

Sorry guys, But I hope you were checking the filenames and more importantly the MD5's.
 

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Make sure you change the Md5's as well, they're wrong lol.

This is the first time I've needed to use this and it works great, even faster then an .sbf on my old DX. Thanks for the thread.
 

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I'm trying to get back to stock after making a few noob mistakes (uninstalling things I shouldn't have) but I'm running into errors using these files. My phone is a new Droid 3 (less than three weeks old) that shipped with 5.6.890, so I'm trying to reflash that. It appears that the filename swap mentioned earlier has been corrected, since the filename I downloaded matches the link text (D3G-55_1FF is 890, right?). At any rate, I get this error on step 1 (but sometimes it gets through to 3 or 4): "Size data returned by phone does not match what was expected." I'm guessing that means the partition sizes don't match up with the image sizes, but I haven't modified them. Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks, I'll give it a try. Makes me a little nervous though; my phone's still OK at the moment and I might be pushing my luck...

Is there any way to tell from the file content which version it is? The numbering scheme is very confusing to someone brand new to the Android scene, like me.
 

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mbaker said:
I'm trying to get back to stock after making a few noob mistakes (uninstalling things I shouldn't have) but I'm running into errors using these files. My phone is a new Droid 3 (less than three weeks old) that shipped with 5.6.890, so I'm trying to reflash that. It appears that the filename swap mentioned earlier has been corrected, since the filename I downloaded matches the link text (D3G-55_1FF is 890, right?). At any rate, I get this error on step 1 (but sometimes it gets through to 3 or 4): "Size data returned by phone does not match what was expected." I'm guessing that means the partition sizes don't match up with the image sizes, but I haven't modified them. Any ideas?

Thanks!
yea, like androidsims said, try the other fastboot file.
but if it still doesn't work, then this will fix the partition problem you're having. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=17427668&postcount=84
there's a readme file in that zip with explanation.

d3g-55 is the 890
 

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Just a shot in the dark - does root status have anything to do with this? In other words, does the phone need to be unrooted before flashing with these fastboot files?
 

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I bricked my d3 earlier from using a bad xml file.. how do i change the md5s or is there a healthy .zip out there to unbrick my phone? Ive tried extracting plenty of different zips but im getting file corrupt errors. Thanks, anything would help at this point.
 
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