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By gingerdude, Senior Member on 29th July 2015, 09:01 AM
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Hi guys, I've just purchased a live demo unit off eBay and I'd like some guidance on flashing a normal stock rom so it becomes a standard wifi tab.
Is it just a case of booting into download mode and flashing a stock rom from sammobile ? I've read conflicting reports, one said do as above but another said I'd need a custom recovery like twrp to factory reset it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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29th July 2015, 09:16 AM |#2  
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I doubt a demo unit has been rooted and changed rom. You probably just need to go to backup/restore in settings and reset to factory default.

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29th July 2015, 09:24 AM |#3  
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So a simple boot to download mode and flash a stock firmware with odin?
29th July 2015, 09:35 AM |#4  
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To restore the factory defaults you don't need to boot in download mode.
Pull down the top menu, press the gear icon and open the general tab, there you find backup/restore, look at the bottom, there's restore factory defaults.
Hope this helps.

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29th July 2015, 09:43 AM |#5  
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Thanks for the reply. This is a live demo unit for store use only, so I thought this option would be disabled to stop people in the shop from doing this? I'll certainly try your idea when the tab arrives. Cheers.
If anyone else has any input I'd appreciate all /any advice. I've had many tabs and flashed rom etc...but never a live demo unit and my desk isn't big enough for a 10.5" paper weight
29th July 2015, 09:49 AM |#6  
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As this is a demo unit I think you'll find you need to flash stock firmware.
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29th July 2015, 09:56 PM |#7  
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As this is a demo unit I think you'll find you need to flash stock firmware.

I agree, but was thinking should I flash a stock kit kat rom 1st or can I jump straight to latest official lollipop build? Does it make any difference? Sorry for stupid questions but my experience with live demo units is zero. Any thoughts appreciated.

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29th July 2015, 11:11 PM |#8  
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Makes no difference.
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3rd August 2015, 08:23 PM |#9  
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UPDATE

Hi guys I'd thought I'd update my progress and would appreciate some suggestions on way forward .
Ok I flashed the latest btu lollipop rom via odin, all went smoothly and tab is now usable......sort of!
No finger print reader....to be expected i guess .
Lots of random apps like crazy taxi etc I can't delete .
Most weird of all is no multitasking button ( left of home button) I mean it lights up when back capacitive button used but won't work/light up when pressed.

So I think I need to install custom rom? Can I use flashify to install twrp? And then from there install custom rom? Do I need to root? If so which way is easiest?

Any help appreciated, I'm really out of practice at this stuff.
Cheers steve


Edit I need root for flashify, which way s easiest to root?
Edit 2 something isn't right as factory reset is greyed out, so I NEED root? And flash a custom recovery?
I'd forgotten the fun I used to have doing this stuff
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4th August 2015, 07:45 AM |#10  
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Makes no difference.

Your thoughts on my above post would be appreciated. Thanks
4th August 2015, 09:12 AM |#11  
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If you are going to install twrp and root then got to the development thread and install my all in one package or follow the link in my sig.
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