A500 bricked - head spinning from reading all the "bricked" threads - need guidance!
Hi I've got a bricked A500. I have the CPUID and SBK.
I've read so many posts and threads about unbricking with so many variations on how to do it that my head is spinning. So I'm looking for a bit of guidance as to where to turn. So, yes, I did do a search on this forum and others. There's so much similar but different information out there and few seem to actually take you through the entire process beginning to end with no gaps or assumptions. I've tried several and Blackthunder's tools seems to get me the closest.
Black screen. Power light will light.
Whether I reset, or hold the Vol and Pwr buttons down or not, the screen remains black and no vibration. Did this repeatedly - no difference.The device does show up as A500 on my PC (after loading USB drivers). But if I open it, all I see are two "video" folders and one "audio" folder. So the PC can see something on the tab but not much is there.
I downloaded Blackthund3r's APX flash utility and his A500 manager. I cannot get any of the bundle downloads to work from his flash utility. I just get msgs about there being problems with the links. Many of the links on this forum didn't work so I found some via Google search. So I downloaded a few of the more promising looking .a500apx files, as well as some bootloaders only.
As per one of the threads, I also ran DotNetDetector and loaded the USB drivers.
With both Blackthund3r tools, I do get the msg "A500 Detected in APX Mode" although the tab screen remains blank. When I start up the flash utility the tab vibrates, I now see the Acer logo, and "Entering Acer Download mode" at the top left.
I tried doing the full flash, as well as doing the specific file selection and only selecting the bootloader. In either case, the tab screen does not change (Acer Logo, etc). It gets through Stage 1 of flashing bootloader and goes to Stage 2. The flash tool remains at "Flashing" with the green bar partway across. Then it just sits there. The Command prompt window just keeps refreshing with "NWFlash started [resume mode]. I let it sit all night and nothing else happened. The DOS window just keeps refreshing with the same message. No errors, no completion.
One difference if I do the full flash. It gets stuck with the bar about 25% green. If I do the bootloader only, the bar is only about 75% green.
What am I missing?