I am pleased to announce a fix to the dreaded QDLOAD 9008 brick! I've written this tutorial on the one tablet experimented on (LG-V410 aka Gpad 7.0 LTE US ATT), but I'm pretty certain others may find this helpful to other qualcomm msm based devices.
Background: I maintain that I can fix anything I break so I did the worst thing and corrupted the data on my LG GPAD LTE 7.0 (V410). As a result the tablet wouldn't go into any mode, no lights, even when charging, no screen image or light, nothing. When I plugged it into my computer, it wasn't even recognized, windows told me the device was having a problem. After a little experimentation I got it recognized (held power while connected to power cycle) by the computer as "QD BULK". Further research I found some drivers for Qualcomm devices and got the computer to recognize it as "QDLOADER 9008". I thought this was great news but from there got no where. I tried qpst, qfuse, hyperterminal, LG B2C, LG SUPPORT TOOL, EFS Professional, miflash, blankflash, etc... everything I tried got me nowhere. After 3 months, It is now fully operational and apparently CARRIER UNLOCKED, talk about a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!!
WORD OF WARNING: This is not a simple matter, 9008 most likely means your Grand Partition Table is corrupted, and the poor thing doesn't have a clue how to function. My method is NOT GUARANTEED in any way, I will not be responsible if you turn your paper weight of a device into permanent paper weight or half functioning paper weight etc...PROCEED WITH CAUTION, this is not for the feint of heart nor a simple fix!! You've been warned!
-Windows (for expanding the KDZ) (there may be a linux alternative to LGFirmwareExtract)
-Linux and some basic experience with dd and navigating the terminal (I used ubuntu) --(again, nearly everything I'm about to explain can probaly be translated to another os.)
-KDZ for your device. http://forum.xda-developers.com/g-pa...-v410-t3224867
-Replacement aboot and boot (see attached)
-KDZ Extractor ---http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2600575
-Fasboot and ADB http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2588979
-A modified rom like Cyanogen mod etc... http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=v410
-16GB microsd card + a way of directly writing to it (i.e. usb card reader etc..) a second one is helpful but not required.
-Most important, Patience, beer, more patience, and more beer...
To teach a man to fish, some pertinent understanding: First thing to understand is how your main board works. Personally I disassembled my device and cross referenced every chip to do this, Good news is you don't have to. When power goes to the device, the SoC (system on a chip) looks to built in storage media for booting instructions (think low level here) and that in turn fires up everything else and then loads your kernel etc... You may be aware, there are two different types of computer systems out there, the old method used a BIOS, and the current uses UEFI. Older machines, when power was given to the system, the BIOS was responsible for firing up peripherals and finding the bootloader etc... UEFI (Unified Extended Firmware Instruction) however, relies on firmware on storage media to do all that.
For example, an x86 PC with a bios, when power is given to the board, the bios runs the show, testing equipment and waking up devices, then when it's ready, it looks to external media for a little magic byte at the end of the first sector of that media to indicate that it is bootable and in turn will boot (let those instructions take over). This style of booting media is called MBR or Master Boot Record.
Modern machines and most mobile devices use GPT or global partition table. There are quite a few advantages to GPT one primary being the possibility of many many more primary partitions, (MBR was very limited). The GPAD 7 LTE has 34 partitions to put things in perspective. When your device is stuck in 9008 mode, it is because it doesn't have a clue how to boot, most likely your GPT is corrupted. Fortunately, at least with the Gpad 7.0 this information does not have to be on the onboard internal memory chip. For this fix we will be constructing an sdcard to have all this info to get into a mode capable of writing to the emmc.
Without Further Ado, Here are the steps:
]PLUG THE TABLET INTO A CHARGER while you do the following (you may think it's been off and fully charged, but in reality it's probably been trying to boot over and over again while looking lifeless)
1.) Get the KDZ for your device (stock firmware)
2.) Extract the DZ using LGFirmwareExtractor
3.) Extract all the .bin files from the DZ using LGFirmwareExtractor
3b.) V410 US LTE ONLY - Replace aboot and boot with the files I attatched --I was fortunate enough to back them up before I hosed my tablet and they proved invaluable as the ones in the KDZ I linked to were causing strange graphic issues.
4.) open a terminal in linux and dd the sdcard with the file you extracted called "PrimaryGPT...."
I.E. "sudo dd if=/PATHTODZFILES/PrimaryGPT_0.bin of=/dev/sdx" (BE CERTAIN of the of= path, you can find yourself with more problems if you get that wrong) (run "sudo fdisk -l | less" first to verify what your sdcard's path is.)
This is where it gets tedious...:
5.) Do some hand stretches and start charting all 34 partitions on paper. Your sdcard is now partitioned with GPT and you need to know the name of each partition and its path. I.e. ("Partition name: LAF Located at /dev/sdXx")
6.) now for the fun part: dd every .bin to the corresponding partition EXCEPT: laf.bin and any of the system_xxxxx.bin files. (laf disables fastboot and the next step will bring you to a useless LG firmware download mode)( I.e. sudo dd if=/PATHTODZFILES/laf_xxx.bin of=/dev/sdXx) If some fail out, don't fret too much, I'm currently uncertain which ones are required and don't feel like corrupting my tablet again to figure that out. If the next step doesn't work you may need to revisit this step and ensure everything was accurate. It's easy to write down the wrong location for a partition and throw everything off
7.)Unmount your sdcard and put it in the tablet
8.) Press and hold power and volume up...If all went well, there is suddenly life to your paperweight!! Congratulate yourself and prepare for more fun... If nothing happened, revisit the above steps, more than likely something got flashed to the wrong partition.
9.)Now that you have fastboot, plug your tablet into the computer and use the following command: "fastboot boot TWRP.img" (or whatever the name or path is for your downloaded TWRP image.
10.) You should now be in TWRP and now your device is ADB ready, we are close to the home stretch...
11.) Now we need to load up an sdcard with all those dz files (except for laf and system images) and the custom rom like cyanogen mod. (if you only have the one sdcard you can unmount it and remove it while the table is in TWRP...crazy right?, if you opt for this, reformat the sdcard to ext or fat or whatever you please so the tablet can see all the bin files) Then put the sdcard into the tablet. You may need to remount the card in twrp before proceeding...
12.) Now from your computer type the following command "adb shell".
13.) now just like you did with the sd card dd PrimaryGPT_0.bin to the internal memory card, with the following command: dd if=/sdcard/PrimaryGPT_0.bin of=/dev/block/mmcblk0
14.) Grab the paper you wrote all the partitions down on and start doing the same thing you did to the sdcard to your tablet. You'll adjust the following command accordingly: "dd if=/sdcard/PARTITIONNAME.bin of=/dev/block/mmcblkpX (X being the partition number)
(again skip all system bin's and laf_xxxx.bin. Flashing laf disables fastboot on LG devices.)
15.) now time to install your custom rom, go through the prompts, clear your cache, and delvik cache and choose power off.
If all went well, you now have a tablet again, that's unlocked too!!!!! If not, don't lose faith, revisit the steps and ensure you didn't mistype or overlook something, this is so tedious it's easy to do. For instance, if you mistype your of=xxx it will create the file instead and give no error.
Post with your success stories, questions or difficulties and I'll try to help.
UPDATE/WARNING: Do not at any time under any circumstances dd directly from your host computer to the internal memory on your tablet, only do this via the asb shell. This may render a mode that I have not yet found a fix to, I will be working on it soon but from initial observation may be more complicated then the above instructions. With any invasive hacks like this tutorial there is always the possibility of making matters worse, so exercise caution and patience.