The SD card is mint, reformatted it anyway, didn’t help.
Using the standard recovery that appears when you hold power and volume up. The link you provided does not help me due to the “On your phone check: System Setting -> Developer options -> Stay awake [x] & USB debugging [x]” requirement since the phone boots into an endless (3 days+) blue “Fai*rphone” startup screen and I therefore cannot change the setting.
Is the card formatted as FAT32? (I don’t remember what the default format is, nor which formats are supported) In that case files larger than ~4GB cannot be written to the card (and 8+GB of userdata will probably lead to a backup file larger than the limit).
Well, I presume there is a built in way to deal with backup files larger
than 4GB? How else would a Fairphone user do a backup using the recovery
The 16GB SD-card I bought came formatted by default. I could try formatting
into various file systems but would strongly have liked a priori
information on how the recovery mode is supposed to deal with >4GB files.
Tried wiping the cache (of course), that did not change anything.
Do you think reinstalling the last update from SD will do the trick?
Doesn’t that result in a situation equivalent to a factory reset as far as
personal data is concerned?
Seeing as the recovery was built by Mediatek, I personally wouldn’t count on it. The default backup app was also written by them, and it really doesn’t do a very thorough job.
There’s actually a similar discussion about recovery backups failing over here, seems ext4 is also a no-go:
It normally shouldn’t affect user data other than perhaps the occasional settings in, for example, google apps. Basically you’d have the same effects you’d experience doing a regular software upgrade. Whilst the instructions I linked to provide an optional step of deleting user data, this can be skipped.
I tried to format my SD card with different file systems but the recovery mode seems to work only with FAT32, that has the 4GB file size limit.
After many tryings, the only thing that worked in my case was resetting the phone, and losing all my data.
I wish you better luck!
Reinstalling from an SD card also did not help, no matter the version, the phone still boots endlessly.
Do you think it might be worth waiting for the now announced android 4.4 release for the FP1 before abandoning and wiping the data? Is the updater a hard coded thing or can it be updated along with the the os? 4.4 might also resolve whatever problem causes the endless boot now…