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Nexus S Fastboot recovery catch 22


Oct 22, 2014
My Nexus S (3G) began its 30 second bootloop (25 seconds loading, 5 seconds before freeze and reboot).

Step 1-Google, read, re-read etc
Step 2-I reinserted my battery
Step 3-I held "vol up"+"power" to get to fastboot screen
Step 4-I scrolled down to recovery and selected it
Step 5-phone reboots to android with red triangle
Step 6-held "vol up"+"power" to open recovery menu for 3 seconds

Result-android with red triangle stays there. Phone reboots and continues bootloop after 2 minutes

Step 7-Repeated multiple variations and timings of step six with the same result

Step 8-Installed SDK, Minimal ADB and Fastboot (access through CMD)
Step 9-Tried command "Fastboot devices" seemed to work
Step 10- Tried command "Fastboot erase userdata" (among many other commands with the same result)
Result-<waiting for device>

My device manager detects "Android 1.0 !" but when I go to the location of the driver update file(android_winusb.inf) my computer doesn't see it., Tried changing it to .txt no dice. Looked into altering the file to make it visible, not smart enough. Looked into altering my computer to see the file, not smart enough.

My computer detects a removable F: Drive with nothing on it and only during the unfrozen five seconds of the bootloop.

During that 5 seconds it seems to work fine. Feels like it runs into something checking usb storage and then resets to the google screen.
I've already accepted the loss of all my data.
I just want to factory reset my phone but can't seem to do it.
I haven't jailbroken it or customized it in depth.

I know there are a million of these threads but I can't find an answer to my specific problem. I've seen three other threads mentioning this problem with no replies after as if it's a thread-killer nobody can address.

Phone won't reach fastboot recovery menu. Computer can't detect phone long enough for SDK.

Frankly I'm lost in all the terminology, abbreviations and slang though I've slogged through the gist of it.

If anyone can help or already knows this is a hopeless cause please help! Thanks!


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