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a8962383

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Few days back, I bricked my zen5 with no droidboot and recovery. I even had no partitions. This is how i fixed mine and reverted back to stock.
Note: If you need to fix the fastboot/droidboot/bootloader only, then proceed upto step 15 but you need to get the right fastboot.img file from the firmware.

1. Before you begin, u should prepare your pc with the required drivers.
2. Dowload USB driver and install: https://software.intel.com/en-us/android/articles/intel-usb-driver-for-android-devices
3. Dowload and install iSocUSB driver: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7uojv80zcnk2b3b/iSocUSB-Driver-Setup-1.0.4.exe
4. Download this fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file: http://www.mediafire.com/download/6idwhvrzfhmrmz3/fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin
5. Download this and unzip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vLobe8_2u7SWlzZXVTYmFVcXc/view
6. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. Search droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. Rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin to droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin.
7. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder again. Search droidboot_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. And again rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos - Copy.bin to droidboot_sign.bin. The existing droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin and droidboot_sign.bin files didn't work for me so I had to replace it with proper file.
8. Download UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware for your specific SKU(WW/TW/CN/CHT) and copy to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder: https://www.asus.com/id/support/Download/39/1/0/2/96nqlxHp1VKV4Rdz/32/
9. Copy and paste the fastboot.img, boot.img, recovery.img files from the firmware to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder.
10. Now the process begins. Turn off your device. Lolz, make sure you turn it off. Sometimes it's very confusing to identify whether it's on or off.[emoji14]
11. Keep on pressed the volume down key and connect USB cable. Your PC should get the device in Cloverview mode. If not, install the above drivers again.
12. When the device is connected as Cloverview, release volume down key and run Debrick.bat in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. You should see some dots, then a big number, then again dots, and then some commands with xfstk........
13. Force turn off the device. Reboot to bootloader(Vol up+Power) and run sec_offline_update_image.cmd in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. It will fix your partition table. Let it reboot, if not, force a reboot. For me, it booted properly but my touch screen was not working. If you face the same, don't worry.
14. Reboot to bootloader again and open CMD in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder and run
Code:
fastboot flash fastboot fastboot.img
fastboot reboot-bootloader
15. Now your fastboot is fixed.
16. Run
Code:
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
This will fix your boot and recovery.
17. We have flashed fastboot, boot, and recovery for 2.21.40.30 but the system is not flashed yet.
18. You have everything fixed so start with the process to re-flash UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware.
19. Reboot to bootloader by Vol up + Power button pressed.
20. Select recovery to reboot to recovery.
21. Select wipe user data and wipe cache.
22. Select apply update with adb and run
Code:
adb sideload UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip
23. After it's flashed successfully, reboot.
24. Hit :good:Thanks! Lolz
25. You just debricked. :highfive:

Credit goes to: @dgadelha, @shakalaca, @quanganh2627, @swiczak

Let me know if you face any problem. Good luck. :good:
 
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ej8989

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Mine is bricked after attempting XHook's unlock bootloader method. Mine is t00j. Can anyone help?
 

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What is showing in the command prompt box? If it says "erasing system...", then ok....it will take some time. But if the process exits, then it's a problem.

Several commands failed. I then rebooted to fastboot, then recovery. When I'm in recovery mode it just shows an android with red triangle.

EDIT:

I tried the process again. It pushed through, but it showed:

erasing 'spare'
FAILED <remote: unable to format>

EDIT2:

The process finished but it just shows a battery with question mark on it.

EDIT3:

It rebooted and now it just shows a USB logo. Nothing else.
 
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Several commands failed. I then rebooted to fastboot, then recovery. When I'm in recovery mode it just shows an android with red triangle.

EDIT:

I tried the process again. It pushed through, but it showed:

erasing 'spare'
FAILED

EDIT2:

The process finished but it just shows a battery with question mark on it.

EDIT3:

It rebooted and now it just shows a USB logo. Nothing else.
Please disregard my previous comments. If it shows battery with question mark, it means the process failed.

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After reboot it shows USB logo cos it has no system. Now, u should reboot to recovery and flash the stock firmware. When it shows battery with a question mark, press power+vol down+vol up sequentially and simultaneously. Then u will be in recovery.

It now shows a dead android with red triangle and exclamation mark.
 

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Right.. use the key combinations....u will enter to recovery. Then flash firmware

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When I tried to sideload:

Installing update...
Device image SKU:
WW
OTA image SKU: WW
Please upgrade to newwest 4.3 image first...
assert failed: getprop("ro.build.version.release") == "4.4.2"
return code 8E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
(Status 8)
E: fota_return_code 403
Installation aborted
E:Cannot load volume /misc!
 

a8962383

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When I tried to sideload:

Installing update...
Device image SKU:
WW
OTA image SKU: WW
Please upgrade to newwest 4.3 image first...
assert failed: getprop("ro.build.version.release") == "4.4.2"
return code 8E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
(Status 8)
E: fota_return_code 403
Installation aborted
E:Cannot load volume /misc!
Are u flashing the right SKU firmware for ur device? Please make sure ur device is WW otherwise u need to download and flash the correct SKU version.

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aryayudha

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First, what's wrong with ur device? Why r u trying to flash system?

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First, my device, cannot enter into droidboot and recovery mode, after I use Debrick, device can get into droidboot automatically, .Then I continued with step * run-update-offline-image.bat. all goes well, erase the system, erase your cache, erase the data etc..but I do not know why when laod system and sending the system.img otherwise e:failed mount/data, and also oem partition command failed (zenfone appear on the screen), and unfortunately this time I can not go into recovery mode, and always go into droidboot,,even though I've been several times from fastboot flash, using different recovery. thanks for response

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    Few days back, I bricked my zen5 with no droidboot and recovery. I even had no partitions. This is how i fixed mine and reverted back to stock.
    Note: If you need to fix the fastboot/droidboot/bootloader only, then proceed upto step 15 but you need to get the right fastboot.img file from the firmware.

    1. Before you begin, u should prepare your pc with the required drivers.
    2. Dowload USB driver and install: https://software.intel.com/en-us/android/articles/intel-usb-driver-for-android-devices
    3. Dowload and install iSocUSB driver: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7uojv80zcnk2b3b/iSocUSB-Driver-Setup-1.0.4.exe
    4. Download this fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file: http://www.mediafire.com/download/6idwhvrzfhmrmz3/fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin
    5. Download this and unzip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vLobe8_2u7SWlzZXVTYmFVcXc/view
    6. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. Search droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. Rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin to droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin.
    7. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder again. Search droidboot_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. And again rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos - Copy.bin to droidboot_sign.bin. The existing droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin and droidboot_sign.bin files didn't work for me so I had to replace it with proper file.
    8. Download UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware for your specific SKU(WW/TW/CN/CHT) and copy to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder: https://www.asus.com/id/support/Download/39/1/0/2/96nqlxHp1VKV4Rdz/32/
    9. Copy and paste the fastboot.img, boot.img, recovery.img files from the firmware to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder.
    10. Now the process begins. Turn off your device. Lolz, make sure you turn it off. Sometimes it's very confusing to identify whether it's on or off.[emoji14]
    11. Keep on pressed the volume down key and connect USB cable. Your PC should get the device in Cloverview mode. If not, install the above drivers again.
    12. When the device is connected as Cloverview, release volume down key and run Debrick.bat in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. You should see some dots, then a big number, then again dots, and then some commands with xfstk........
    13. Force turn off the device. Reboot to bootloader(Vol up+Power) and run sec_offline_update_image.cmd in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. It will fix your partition table. Let it reboot, if not, force a reboot. For me, it booted properly but my touch screen was not working. If you face the same, don't worry.
    14. Reboot to bootloader again and open CMD in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder and run
    Code:
    fastboot flash fastboot fastboot.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    15. Now your fastboot is fixed.
    16. Run
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    This will fix your boot and recovery.
    17. We have flashed fastboot, boot, and recovery for 2.21.40.30 but the system is not flashed yet.
    18. You have everything fixed so start with the process to re-flash UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware.
    19. Reboot to bootloader by Vol up + Power button pressed.
    20. Select recovery to reboot to recovery.
    21. Select wipe user data and wipe cache.
    22. Select apply update with adb and run
    Code:
    adb sideload UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip
    23. After it's flashed successfully, reboot.
    24. Hit :good:Thanks! Lolz
    25. You just debricked. :highfive:

    Credit goes to: @dgadelha, @shakalaca, @quanganh2627, @swiczak

    Let me know if you face any problem. Good luck. :good:
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    some problem here...failed partition.tbl
    flash JB or KK fastboot first
    fastboot flash fastboot fastboot.img
    fastboot reboot bootloader
    then run sec_offline.bat

    Sent from my ASUS_T00F using XDA-Developers mobile app
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    Few days back, I bricked my zen5 with no droidboot and recovery. I even had no partitions. This is how i fixed mine and reverted back to stock.
    Note: If you need to fix the fastboot/droidboot/bootloader only, then proceed upto step 15 but you need to get the right fastboot.img file from the firmware.

    1. Before you begin, u should prepare your pc with the required drivers.
    2. Dowload USB driver and install: https://software.intel.com/en-us/android/articles/intel-usb-driver-for-android-devices
    3. Dowload and install iSocUSB driver: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7uojv80zcnk2b3b/iSocUSB-Driver-Setup-1.0.4.exe
    4. Download this fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file: http://www.mediafire.com/download/6idwhvrzfhmrmz3/fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin
    5. Download this and unzip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vLobe8_2u7SWlzZXVTYmFVcXc/view
    6. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. Search droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. Rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin to droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin.
    7. Copy fastboot-2.19.img.pos.bin file to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder again. Search droidboot_sign.bin file in the folder and delete it. And again rename fastboot-2.19.img.pos - Copy.bin to droidboot_sign.bin. The existing droidboot.img.POS_sign.bin and droidboot_sign.bin files didn't work for me so I had to replace it with proper file.
    8. Download UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware for your specific SKU(WW/TW/CN/CHT) and copy to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder: https://www.asus.com/id/support/Download/39/1/0/2/96nqlxHp1VKV4Rdz/32/
    9. Copy and paste the fastboot.img, boot.img, recovery.img files from the firmware to Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder.
    10. Now the process begins. Turn off your device. Lolz, make sure you turn it off. Sometimes it's very confusing to identify whether it's on or off.[emoji14]11. Keep on pressed the volume down key and connect USB cable. Your PC should get the device in Cloverview mode. If not, install the above drivers again.
    12. When the device is connected as Cloverview, release volume down key and run Debrick.bat in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. You should see some dots, then a big number, then again dots, and then some commands with xfstk........
    13. Force turn off the device. Reboot to bootloader(Vol up+Power) and run sec_offline_update_image.cmd in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder. It will fix your partition table. Let it reboot, if not, force a reboot. For me, it booted properly but my touch screen was not working. If you face the same, don't worry.
    14. Reboot to bootloader again and open CMD in Asus Zenfone 5 A500CG Debrick folder and run
    Code:
    fastboot flash fastboot fastboot.img
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    15. Now your fastboot is fixed.
    16. Run
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    This will fix your boot and recovery.
    17. We have flashed fastboot, boot, and recovery for 2.21.40.30 but the system is not flashed yet.
    18. You have everything fixed so start with the process to re-flash UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip firmware.
    19. Reboot to bootloader by Vol up + Power button pressed.
    20. Select recovery to reboot to recovery.
    21. Select wipe user data and wipe cache.
    22. Select apply update with adb and run
    Code:
    adb sideload UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip
    23. After it's flashed successfully, reboot.
    24. Hit :good:Thanks! Lolz
    25. You just debricked. :highfive:

    Credit goes to: @dgadelha, @shakalaca, @quanganh2627, @swiczak

    Let me know if you face any problem. Good luck. :good:
    You are one freaking awesome! after several attempts, i managed to boot up my phone back. Thank you!
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    I tried flashing UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.21.40.30-user.zip

    Still, I get this error:

    Please upgrade to newwest 4.3 image first...
    assert failed: getprop("ro.build.version.release") == "4.4.2"
    return code 8E:Error in /tmp/update.zip
    (Status 8)
    E: fota_return_code 403
    Installation aborted
    E:Cannot load volume /misc!
    Extract and flash the recovery. img from *.30.zip. then sideload the zip again.

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    Yes it did. And then when it reboots it just shows the battery logo with a question mark.
    The only error was when /spare was being wiped.

    check your PM.