Installed CM 10.2 on GT-i9100 (Galaxy S2): Stuck on boot screen

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Published on December 16th 2013 - Listed in Android


In the previous post I wrote about some Bluetooth issues on CyanogenMod 10.1 and that I upgraded to 10.2 (Car Bluetooth issue on Galaxy S2 with CM 10.1.3 (upgraded to 10.2). I shouldn't have written such a positive feedback so quickly...

At the begin everything was working well - until I made a reboot of the device. The screen was stuck at the Samsung Galaxy S2 logo (with the triangle). Several reboot attempts didn't work, the screen was stuck and the phone didn't boot.

I have found several articles about this issue which seems to happen quite often after an installation of 10.2:

  • http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/76767-cm-102-various-issues/page__st__120
  • http://www.reddit.com/r/GalaxyNexus/comments/1lab0c/can_only_boot_into_any_43_rom_once_after_that_any/
  • http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/76253-stuck-on-google-boot-screen-after-cm-102-nightly-install/page__st__20
  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2484763&page=2

An important hint came from Cyanogenmod User Hixos:

Note that i haven't flashed the gapps.zip, but i did that in a second time

Fortunately the Recovery Mode was still working so I could boot into it (by holding Volume Up + Home Button + Power Button). I did the following steps:

  1. Wipe data/factory reset
  2. Wipe Dalvik Cache (in Advanced sub-menu)
  3. Install cm-10.2 zip again
  4. Reboot

Everything booted again and to my big surprise there were already some Google apps (at least Google Play Store) on the device. So if I understand correctly, it is not necessary anymore to install the gapps zip file in CM 10.2 (seems like that actually breaks the boot cycle).

Once Google Play recovered all the apps from my account, I rebooted. Worked. Updated all apps in Play Store and rebooted again. Worked again. And for the sake of it, I just launched another reboot -> worked!

Conclusion: Don't install/flash the gapps.zip on CyanogenMod 10.2!


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