I ended up using this simple guide from modaco, here
For the people that "can't" get into APX mode, the screen at least mine gave NO
indication that it was in APX mode. After trying a few times I flipped the tablet over and noticed the red LED was on. I then proceeded to connect it to my PC and install the drivers and follow the guide.
Unfortunately, I believe my bootloader is also locked because I typed nvflash --sync
and received the output:
rcm version 0X4
Command send failed (usb write failed)
Now, granted this is within windows. I haven't tried it on my Linux machine yet. So who knows what the actual issue is, but I am fairly certain the bootloader is locked. It also took me a few minutes to get my device out of APX-mode and boot normally again (or maybe my power button is on the verge of DEATH).
Edit: I have a US TPT 16GB (WiFi only) 183822U, that I bought practically a year ago.