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[Q] Unlock N5100 Bootloader

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By cojones, Senior Member on 14th February 2014, 10:11 PM
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Hi,

Apologies if this has been asked before, I have searched the forums and google but not found the specific answer for the N5100. There are so many warnings about flashing a custom ROM without an unlocked bootloader and how it will brick your device that I haven't flashed one yet. My question is, is it absolutely necessary to unlock the bootloader and if so, how can I do it? There are no links to N5100 specific tools to unlock it and I can't find a way using any of the toolkits or utilities. There are custom ROMs available for the N5100 so people must be flashing them, right? If so, how did they unlock their bootloaders?

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Hi,

Apologies if this has been asked before, I have searched the forums and google but not found the specific answer for the N5100. There are so many warnings about flashing a custom ROM without an unlocked bootloader and how it will brick your device that I haven't flashed one yet. My question is, is it absolutely necessary to unlock the bootloader and if so, how can I do it? There are no links to N5100 specific tools to unlock it and I can't find a way using any of the toolkits or utilities. There are custom ROMs available for the N5100 so people must be flashing them, right? If so, how did they unlock their bootloaders?

Thanks,

Coj

This is what I used. Says 5100 supported.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2291839

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This is what I used. Says 5100 supported.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2291839

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I also used this to root the device. Does it also unlock the bootloader as it roots? It didn't explicitly say so, I thought they were two separate things I had to do. Is there any way I can check if my bootloader is unlocked?
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this is the device information shown in toolkit, it suggests the bootloader is still locked. Is it?
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15th February 2014, 12:22 PM |#5  
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this is the device information shown in toolkit, it suggests the bootloader is still locked. Is it?

I didn't have to do anything except CF AutoRoot then flash the recovery. However, I have a 5110 so hopefully someone here can validate for you just in case.


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OK, so I took a punt and flashed knowing that I could brick my device but lack of specific info prompted me into it. It worked and I'm glad to say and I'm now running a nice custom ROM. One more question, is there a repository for stock apps on here?

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