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By Dishe, Senior Member on 27th August 2015, 03:08 PM
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I was given two Nexus 4 units with fractured glass to tinker with- I'd like to use them to just run a data processing app as a lower powered server. The problem is that the touch input appears to be completely dead on one unit, and only 30% of the screen responds to touch on the other!
I can't even get past the welcome screen, which is problematic. Can someone help me come up with a way to get an alternative input? I just want to get in far enough to install the app and run it, I'm thinking either via remote desktop or keyboard/mouse via OTG cable.
Both units have stock roms, which means USB debugging is off and apparently OTG support doesn't exist either. I'm feeling like I hit a brick wall here. Is there anything I can do, or are these units useless? Can a custom rom with OTG support be installed perhaps through recovery? Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful, thanks!
 
 
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Try the phone which works 30% screen by rotating in 90 degrees or 180 degree and then try to select the menu options. If it works then you can try for something.

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Try the phone which works 30% screen by rotating in 90 degrees or 180 degree and then try to select the menu options. If it works then you can try for something.

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Problem is that the homescreen doesn't rotate. I needed to click "next" in the bottom right corner to advance past the welcome screen, and I couldn't!

But I was able to pull down the top bar and get into settings from there, and turn on USB debugging. Once I did that, I downloaded and ran a remote control app that I could sideload with ADB and set up what I wanted to run there. So at least I got ONE working. But the other one which has no touch input working at all, I'm just hitting a brick wall with that one.

Is there no way to install a custom rom with a non-functional screen?
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