Originally Posted by flumpster
I know how you feel mate as before getting this tablet I have had numerous android devices and have had lots since and this is by far the easiest to hard brick. With other devices you can mess up but normally there is a method back in (odin etc) but Asus decided to tie it down completely.
The nvflash guys did a great job to make our devices brick proof but you have to make sure that you have your backups first. No one elses backups can be used. They are specific to your motherboard.
You can pick up motherboards quite cheap on ebay and someone here on one of the recent posts even put a tf300 motherboard in there instead as it was a lot cheaper ($50). They are basically the same machines anyway.
Was it unlocked when you got it ? If it was ask the original owner if he ever made nvflash backups.
I should have mentioned that the laptop was still on 4.1. Not sure if that was the latest OTA or what. Does that make a difference? There's no RUU exe type method to restore these? That's piss poor design which is odd for Asus. Huh.
No, heh. The previous owner didn't even wipe it down. Still getting ims, e-mails, bank updates, etc on it when it arrived. Literally opened the browser and restored previous tabs to show her bank and credit info. She is damn lucky I got it and not someone a bit more evil.
Hmm, maybe since I e-mailed her that and gave her the steps I took to remove it she'd be willing to do a refund, sort of a little good turn for a good turn thing. Long shot but maybe worth it.
Is there any upside to getting a TF300 mobo? Better in any way? And how involved is it to replace? I can field strip a laptop bare to its component parts and put it back together again (sometimes without any screws left over even :P). But these mobile devices are harder to get inside than a mother superior sometimes. Any special tools required? Soldering? Any connections other than the microfilm style connectors found in laptops?