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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Originally Posted by robwoolly
Morning all, hoping somebody can help.
I managed to get a spare Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7310) from work that was not being used.
I work for a hospitality company and the tab is in some kind of lock down mode where many of the features are disabled, for instance I cannot access settings, there is no bar along the bottom giving me my home screen etc.
I have done a factory reset on the tablet and when it reboots it does come up initially with the home screen bar and I can get into the settings but then after approximately 45 seconds it seems to load something in the background and I am locked down again.
You should see what apps are installed while you can get into settings. If there is an app in there that is locking all this stuff out, try to uninstall it before it kicks in.
If that doesn't work, I would check if it's rooted first. Download a root checker app. Also check to see if it already has a custom recovery. To boot into recovery, turn the tab off. Turn it on. as soon as the gt 8.9 logo pops up hold the volume down button (closest to the power button). That will bring up the bootloader and you can go into recovery (android with a box) or download mode.
Check the recovery version. If it's not rooted and has the stock recovery, then you have some work ahead of you.
First, I have no idea what your people did to the tab, so any of this could brick and ruin the tab. Keep in mind that that is your responsibility.
I would flash a custom recovery with ODIN. Make a nandroid backup through that custom recovery. Root the tab. Make another nandroid. Wipe the tab through recovery, and then flash a custom ROM.
Check on the status of root and recovery, and we can go from there.