Hummingbird Brings Your Bricked Phone Back to Life
By Elizabeth Fish
Bricking a gadget–that is, rendering it unusable–is a risk that all gadget hackers and tinkerers take. Bringing a bricked phone back to life can be a pain too, but a pair of XDA Developers may have found a quicker solution to the issue.
Adam Outler and “Rebellos” of the developer collective Team HummingMod have created the Hummingbird Interceptor Bootloader (HIBL), also known as the UnBrickable Mod, which lets you unbrick a phone. To use it, install UnBrickable Mod onto your device, and install UnBrickable Resurecttor and Heimdall One-Click on your computer. From there, follow Adam’s steps carefully either to protect yourself from possible bricking or to resurrect your already-bricked phone.
Of course, should you need to make a hardware mod to the phone to bring it back to life, Adam has thought of that too. He found that soldering a wire from the processor pin to a resistor removed the need for the much more drastic hardware modifactions that are sometimes required to get a bricked gadget to work again.
As of right now, UnBrickable Resurecttor works only on PCs running Linux, or on Windows PCs with certain drivers installed. Additionally, this hack currently works only with Samsung Captivate phones due to the hardware elements, but support for more phones with different operating systems is in the works.
Sound a little complicated? It is, but it’s a step toward making it a little easier to undo the damage done to a modded phone.
Check out Adam’s run-through in the video below to get a better idea of how this works: