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19th June 2014, 07:02 PM |#21  
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I didn't mean to say you can't hose your device by changing settings with an editor, just that I don't think any of them change permissions. so using them to look but not change is pretty safe, IMO, and I'd hate to see folks discouraged from doing so.

I'm surprised that there's not a better onboard recovery on this device, or at least not one anyone's figured out how to get moving. I'dthink it'd be cheaper for Amazon if the devices had a viable recovery, or if there was a solid reset to factory which actually did a full reinstall of the OS.

Interesting about the fastboot mode - when i connect the FTV to my laptop using an A to A cable I don't get a device recognized in fastboot, but it may be down to not having a driver for it.

Are you using windows? Try installing the Kindle Fire usb drivers via the Android SDK Manager. Instructions can be found here.
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19th June 2014, 10:03 PM |#22  
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Are you using windows? Try installing the Kindle Fire usb drivers via the Android SDK Manager. Instructions can be found here.

I had to restart my FTV like 5 times before windows recognized it in fastboot mode. With that being said, like fireTVnews mentioned there is not much you can do with the locked bootloader or custom recovery.
20th June 2014, 12:36 AM |#23  
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Someone mentioned in the ota links thread that the official ota could be side loaded. Does anyone know how to do it? I tried but couldn't get it to work
20th June 2014, 02:22 AM |#24  
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Someone mentioned in the ota links thread that the official ota could be side loaded. Does anyone know how to do it? I tried but couldn't get it to work

I'd like to know what that person was referring to as well.

For other devices you have to be booted into recovery, and pick the sideload option before you can sent the update with adb sideload update.zip. FireTV update has no such options, and as far as I know can only installs updates from /cache/name_of_ota_update.bin, which is only writable by root, and is of no use when you can't boot the rom. Also the stock recovery doesn't seem to respond to any adb commands, either by A to A usb cable, or over IP address.
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30th June 2014, 03:30 AM |#25  
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Anyone have the steps to take to preform a hard reset of fix a non booting device?

I am stuck on the amazon Fire TV part where the boot animation is doing nothing. Can't get past this screen and have been stuck for the last 10 minutes.

Recovery MODE might help

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2799779
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entering Recovery Mode and Factory Reset the Amazon Fire TV
source: www . aftvnews . com /how-to-unbrick-by-entering-recovery-mode-and-factory-reset-the-amazon-fire-tv/

If you’ve managed to brick your Fire TV or for whatever reason are unable to get to the settings menu to perform a factory reset, here is how to enter recovery mode without fully booting into the Fire TV’s operating system.



To do this you will need a USB keyboard with a “Print Screen” or “SysRq” key. Mac keyboards generally do not have this key so will not work. Before you get started, plug the USB keyboard into the Fire TV and unplug the Fire TV’s power. Now plug the power in and while the Fire TV is booting, you need to press the following 3 keys simultaneously: Alt + Print Screen + i

Pressing those 3 keys sends a “kill all tasks” command to the Fire TV. If you kill all tasks during boot up enough times, the Fire TV will enter Androids default Recovery Mode. So after pressing Alt + Print Screen + i, the Fire TV will flicker and restart the boot up process. While it’s trying to boot up the second time, press Alt + Print Screen + i again. A good time to press it is as soon as you see the colorful Fire TV logo. Repeat this process several times, pressing Alt + Print Screen + i during boot, until the Fire TV displays the message “The System Update was not successful.” When you see this message, you are now in Recovery Mode. Note that depending on your TV, the colorful Fire TV logo may appear off screen, so you’ll need to guess when it appears.



Once on the “Update was not successful” screen, press the Home key on your keyboard. This should bring up a menu in the upper left corner. If a menu doesn’t appear, press Alt + Print Screen + i one more time. The screen will go black and then return to the “System Update was not successful” screen. Pressing the Home key should now definitely bring up the menu. Once you see the menu, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight the factory reset option and hit enter.
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So, the other day i have started on rooting the AFTV of a friend of mine. i rooted mine a while ago and was comfortable enough to do it for someone else.
was following the AFTVnews.com guide (very well organized site and i would say a wiki for all aftv users). the initial version on the box was 51.1.0.1. have succesfuly rooted it, installed customer recovery, busybox, bootmenu, etc, all as per the guide. have upgraded it to 51.1.4.0_514006420 updated succesfuly as well again using aftvnews.com after which have installed the busybox again. now here the strange things happen. have decided to keep upgrading it to the latest version 51.1.5.0_515030720, according to the description i could upgrade straight to this version from 51.1.4.0_514006420. followed the same upgrade procedure and after the reboot in CWM i get the Amazon Fire TV logo and doesnt do anything, left it for about 10 min - nothing. power cycled it still the coloured logo. which means somehow it got software bricked.
started to google the ways of unbrick it and followed the procedure with the USB keyboard, it worked well for me. i got in to CWM recovery and did factory reset after which reboot. no luck, still showing the coloured logo.
got back in to recovery using the same USB keyboard method and did again factory reset after which decided to install the 51.1.4.0_514006420 updated custom ROM again which was already on my sdcard.
installed successfully, rebooted and started to configure the brand new aftv box - language, network, register, etc. after all this got on home screen, system to find out that it has the stock 51.1.4.0 version (51.1.4.0_user_514006420).
tried towelroot but obviously no luck, it sais your phone is not supported. so i guess that's it, no more root for me.
where the hell i missed it? i followed every step carefully.
and why in the first place after upgrade from 51.1.4.0_514006420 to 51.1.5.0_515030720 i got bricked?
please tell me there's still a hope to root it.
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where the hell i missed it? i followed every step carefully.
please tell me there's still a hope to root it.

Sorry,...after you performed the reset,...OTA updates via PM disable had to be performed again,...from aftvnews:
"3.) Once rooted, follow my guide to block updates on the Fire TV. This is different from the first step which blocks updates via your router. Note that you will need to re-block updates if you ever factory reset your Fire TV."

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where the hell i missed it? i followed every step carefully.
and why in the first place after upgrade from 51.1.4.0_514006420 to 51.1.5.0_515030720 i got bricked?

most likely your update file was corrupted ...read this for future reference(remove all spaces and cut and paste into browser as I don't have link posting privileges yet):
www .aftvnews. com/how-to-unbrick-and-prevent-bricking-an-amazon-fire-tv/
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