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cgcmgr

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Nov 29, 2021
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Hello,

I just joined the forum this morning and wanted to say hi to everyone. Hopefully someone can help me here. I have an Amazon Fire TV 2 and it has been rooted and I have Teamwin Recovery Project 3.0.0-5 on it. It has been working for years, but one day a few months ago, I switched the TV input to the Fire TV and just saw the Teamwin splash screen sitting there and blinking. I disconnected the Fire TV and connected it to another TV and it booted up normally, however, without the option to select Boot Normal or Launch Recovery. I then disconnected the Fire TV again and reconnected it to the original TV, it did not boot and got stuck at the splash screen again. Finally after numerous attempts at restarting the device, it booted (without the option to choose Boot Normally or Launch Recovery). I used the Fire TV for a month or so and have restarted it a few times and always was able to get in, but still without the option to Boot Normally or Launch Recovery.

Last night, I was watching a movie and it ended. I tried to use the back button on the remote to go back to my Emby server to watch another show. The Fire TV was not responding and I did not see the white light on the Fire TV at all, but I still had the picture of the finished movie on the screen. I pulled the power plug on the Fire TV and plugged it back it. I'm back to the Teamwin splash screen and it just sits there and blinks every few seconds or so. I never get beyond it and cannot get back into my Fire TV. The white light on the Fire TV also blinks slowly.

I saw a post about the Fire TV 1 and a new 3.0.0-7 recovery that is supposed to resolve that issue, but I did not see anything for the Fire TV 2.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks,
Chris
 

DanielF50

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AFTV2 as in Model DV83YW? (found on the bottom of device).

If so, I've found that sometimes a faulty power cable can cause this kind of behaviour - try plugging the device into the wall & a computer/laptop (at the same time) with a USB-A to USB-A cable - for some reason allows the box to draw enough power to boot if the power supply is faulty.

If this doesn't work your power supply is probably fine - you could probably re-flash the pre-rooted rom and it would probably boot again, but honestyly I'd recommend unlocking your bootloader via the unlock.zip method (found here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/unlock-root-twrp-unbrick-firetv-2-sloane.4222331/) if you're running FireOS 5.2.7.2 or below, or the brick method if running 5.2.7.3 or above.

Of course, you will need to backup your /data partition via TWRP (to a external SD), but I think this is the best option for future proofing & would allow you to recover from something like this a little easier if anything were to happen to your AFTV in the future.
 

cgcmgr

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Nov 29, 2021
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Thanks for the reply. Don't think it is the power cable as I have another power cable I had purchased a while back and it does the same thing with that, but I'll still try connecting it top the computer and see what happens.

I'll also try the methods you linked. Unfortunately, since I cannot boot into the Fire TV, I cannot determine what version of FireOS I'm running.

You mention backing up via TWRP, but I can't get into TWRP, that's the issue. It just sits there with there with the TWRP splash screen and it blinks. No options to boot normally or boot into recovery.

I try what you suggested and report back.

Thanks again,
Chris