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Repair And Fix 3 Button Combo On Samsung Captivate


Got a Samsung Captivate and found yourself unable to reboot it into recovery and download modes using the three button combinations that are standard for Samsung Galaxy S Series devices? Don’t fret and give up hope on yours, as we now have a way to easily enable these combinations again once they have been disabled. For more information and the complete procedure, read on after the jump!

Samsung hasn’t exactly been known to be excessively protective about their Android devices, as they ship with an unlocked bootloader (though no fastboot mode) and allow easy installation of custom kernels, recoveries and ROMs out of the box using tools like Odin. Though lately – and most likely due to carrier pressure – they have introduced a protection method to bar users from attempting the above, by disabling the three button combo that helps a user boot into recovery and download modes. If you’re one such user who has suffered this fate either by buying a device with this combination disabled, or having it no longer working after a software update, and cant seem to get the best out of your Samsung Captivate because you’re stuck with stock ROM, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a step by step tutorial to flash the PDA file of the phone and get your 3 button combo back!

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  • Download the Windows USB drivers and install them.
  • Reboot your PC.
  • Download the PDA, Odin & PIT files linked above.
  • Extract executable EXE from ‘Odin.rar’ downloaded above and run it.
  • Select the PDA file for the PDA tab inside Odin.
  • Select the PIT file for the PIT tab inside Odin.
  • Click Start to complete the flash.

You should now be able to use your 3 Button Combo to boot into recovery or the download mode and perform customization of any sort.

Update: Ever since the official update to Gingerbread was released, this became obsolete, as this hack will not work on Gingerbread ROMs, and shouldn’t even be required. The developer has since removed the file from their server and it’s no longer available for those of you still on Froyo.

For any issues or queries, please head over to the XDA-Developers forum thread.


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