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There are a lot of people joining XDA on a daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked
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If you heard the connection sound, you should be able to find the device in My Computer / This PC. Windows is supposed to ask the first time you connect a device what action you want to happen when it's connected; this doesn't always work, and some of us click away the pop up absent mindedly.

If you don't see your phone listed, check to ensure you have the correct drivers installed.

If you're just trying to make your phone automatically open on your computer when you plug it in, here's a guide that should help.
Thanks for the reply.

I checked under my This PC and the device is not visible. I clicked on the Auto Play settings and changed to ask every time but nothing changed, even after I rebooted both my pc and the device. When I select PTP on the device I get the pop up on my PC but when I click File transfer the connection disappears and I don't have a folder.

I'm guessing it is a driver issue. I appreciate your help.
 
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Can anyone please do a summary, or point me to a summary of how different Android phone makers locking / unlocking bootloaders, flashing (for updates but also roll back) official / unofficial ROM?

As far as I know some manufacturers completely locks their bootloader (Huawei?), others make it extremely easy (Google), while others have some conditions (Xiaomi needing to install certain software, wait a week), and yet others it depends (Samsung).

At the moment, I am very impressed by my experience with the Pixel. I found it extremely easy to:
- Unlock the bootloader
- Find every (?) official ROM ever released for the device (Factory and OTA are all on their website so I do not need to hunt if I want to test something on a particular version)
- Roll back (on the Pixel XL which came with Android 10 when I bought it, I was able to effortlessly go back to Android 7, then update to 8, then back to 7, then update to 10 - obviously need to wipe when rolling back but there was no restrictions). I needed to do this for some testing.

As far as I know OnePlus also make bootloader unlocking easy. But do they make it easy to find older ROM / roll back? As far as I know, Xiaomi for instance have some anti-rollback thing on some of their phone.

And other than Google and OnePlus, are there any other phone maker I should look at? Thanks.

TBH, I am perfectly happy with Google on this aspect, but on the hardware side, sometime the Pixel isn't what I am really after, so it would be nice to have other alternative to at least compare with.
 
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If it turns out that the storage being full is actually the problem, USB debugging not being enabled is a roadblock as far as deleting some data. But, as @SubwayChamp stated, if you use the SPFT software, it has an option to save your data. Or, if there is a custom recovery such as TWRP for your device, you can install TWRP recovery then use the file explorer that is built into TWRP to navigate through the folders/files in storage one at a time and delete anything that you think is unimportant. You shouldn't have to clear a large amount of space, 100-300 megabytes should be enough.
I'll be honest I downloaded sp flash tool and I coudln't really figure out with file to use or where to find it in order to download my data. But I followed this method and have a bunch of .bin files, if i were to then reformat the device, how would i put the files back on? or is there even a way to access them now in their current form?

@SubwayChamp if you could provide some insight as well please.

Link I followed: https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-40865.html
 

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I'll be honest I downloaded sp flash tool and I coudln't really figure out with file to use or where to find it in order to download my data. But I followed this method and have a bunch of .bin files, if i were to then reformat the device, how would i put the files back on? or is there even a way to access them now in their current form?

@SubwayChamp if you could provide some insight as well please.

Link I followed: https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-40865.html
Don't remember exactly what you actually need to do.

Seeing this last post, I guess you did try to back up some (or all?) partitions, and you used mtk-client to try out.

If this is the case, firstly it looks like you dumped all the partitions at once with python mtk rl out, the problem will be that probably you don't actually need all the partitions from being backed up and the userdata will take a long time (and huge space). You probably only need to use the python mtk r option, for example if you need to back up the boot image to can patch it with Magisk then you may use type python mtk r boot boot.img
 
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How can I flash my Nokia Lumia 630?

I tried on WPInternals, but it says:
Flash failed! Error 0x1106: Security header validation failed

I also tried THOR2, which also failed. It says:
Initiating FFU flash operation WinUSB in use. isDeviceInNcsdMode isDeviceInNcsdMode is false Device mode 6 Uefi mode [THOR2_flash_state] Pre-programming operations Disable timeouts Detecting UEFI responder Lumia UEFI Application did not respond to version info query Device is not in Lumia UEFI mode Device mode get failed, mode is 6 Connection lost, trying to re-connect Rebooting to the normal mode... Rebooting from the WP/MMOS failed. Operation took about 16.00 seconds. THOR2_ERROR_TO_COMMUNICATE_WITH_DEVICE THOR2 1.8.2.18 exited with error code 84102 (0x14886)

Can someone help me?
 

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I do not like your chances, but have you searched github for a device tree for your specific Chinese model?

I once had a phone that was no longer supported by custom ROMs, but, a very similar phone was still being built by LOS. ROMs for the other phone worked on my phone except that the screen was upside down. I found (well someone else did) that this could be corrected by replacing two files with ones sourced from my device, and then the LOS ROM worked. On finding this out, I started building numerous newer custom ROMs from source, for my no longer supported phone.

Your sound issue may be caused by a difference in the default device blobs. There are also methods to build device trees from a running phone. They basically pull all the required proprietary blobs specific to your working device.
I'm starting to not like those chances as well. I've searched GitHub but found nothing relevant to my specific model.

How should I go about finding the files that are responsible for sound? also I don't have a device tree so I'm guessing that i'd have to build one myself. you think this work can be done by a total noob?

I should mention that the other model received an Ice cream sandwich update while the model that I have didn't. now if custom roms were based on an andoird 4 device tree, will my android 3 tree " assuming i build it " be compatible with it?
 
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I'm starting to not like those chances as well. I've searched GitHub but found nothing relevant to my specific model.

How should I go about finding the files that are responsible for sound? also I don't have a device tree so I'm guessing that i'd have to build one myself. you think this work can be done by a total noob?

I should mention that the other model received an Ice cream sandwich update while they model that I have didn't. now if custom roms were based on an andoird 4 device tree, will my android 3 tree " assuming i build it " be compatible with it?
To be honest, building an android 4 or lesser ROM these days is really not worth doing for many reasons. Between compatibility issues with apps and a myriad number of security aspects not being available in Android 4 and older ROMs, it is probably more of a risk and inadequate operating system to be using with modern apps and networking.
 

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i cant find any recovery for my old tablet(gt-p1000)cant install cwm with rom manger or twrp
all of the link are broken put over 2 days to this If you can help me
 

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i cant find any recovery for my old tablet(gt-p1000)cant install cwm with rom manger or twrp
all of the link are broken put over 2 days to this If you can help me
I strongly suggest you stop using this device. Google dropped support for it, the links are dead, almost every thread is dead, and at 512 MB of ram consider yourself lucky if basic functionality works, like calculator or calendar. Anything else, starting from internet browsing to gaming will not work. Best case scenario, use this as a live picture frame.
 

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hello. i dont know if this is the right place to ask. could anyone direct me how to install custom rom on sony xperia xa2 (h3133) running on android pie(9)? If anyone wishes to "spoonfeed" me the whole process it would be really appreciated. Directing me to respective links should be helpful anyways.
 

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hello. i dont know if this is the right place to ask. could anyone direct me how to install custom rom on sony xperia xa2 (h3133) running on android pie(9)? If anyone wishes to "spoonfeed" me the whole process it would be really appreciated. Directing me to respective links should be helpful anyways.
You will find here all that you need.
 

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I plug my device into my pc with USB debugging on and permission given. I select File Transfer and I hear a ding from my pc that it has connected but the device does not pop up on my screen for me to transfer files. Any suggestion on how to rectify?
Look into adb push

I dont remeember if your device was one of the other ones where its somehow broken, however, I use FTP Over WiFi to transfer files, using the brilliant file manager MiX
I'm starting to not like those chances as well. I've searched GitHub but found nothing relevant to my specific model.

How should I go about finding the files that are responsible for sound? also I don't have a device tree so I'm guessing that i'd have to build one myself. you think this work can be done by a total noob?

I should mention that the other model received an Ice cream sandwich update while the model that I have didn't. now if custom roms were based on an andoird 4 device tree, will my android 3 tree " assuming i build it " be compatible with it?
Building a new device tree is not for a noob.

I agree with most others in regards to theage of your device. I would like to add a warning, with such an old device, you could end up spending a LOT of time & effort, only to have the physical device break the day after you get it working. Of course, you could be doing it for the challenge/hobby. Nearly all my phones I use until they physically die, and they are all MUCH younger than yours. Currently my spare / previous phone is from 2013 and its stumbling all over the place; and hence my upgrade.
 
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Strange question... What happens if you "delete" all system applications using adb?
 

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Strange question... What happens if you "delete" all system applications using adb?
Your phone stops working. Most system apps perform duties for the OS itself and are thus required and assumed to be present. A VERY simple example would be your launcher. With no launcher, there is nothing for you to interact with on start up.
 

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Your phone stops working. Most system apps perform duties for the OS itself and are thus required and assumed to be present. A VERY simple example would be your launcher. With no launcher, there is nothing for you to interact with on start up.
Okay and if you factory reset it would all come back?
 

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Okay and if you factory reset it would all come back?
I have almost always used customROMS, so not totally familiar with stock factory resets. However, my understanding of a factory reset (in recovery) is that clears your data partition, so if you modified / damaged your system partition, it remains damaged after a factory reset. You need to re-flash the ROM/firmware.
 
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I have almost always used customROMS, so not totally familiar with stock factory resets. However, my understanding of a factory reset (in recovery) is that clears your data partition, so if you damaged / damaged your system partition, it remains damaged after a factory reset. You need to re-flash the ROM/firmware.
Thanks for the reply.
 

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Okay and if you factory reset it would all come back?
No, anything removed or modified in the system partition will not revert to their previous state after a factory reset, factory reset doesn't even touch the system partition. Factory reset only wipes the data partition, the partition that your user installed apps, app/device settings, media files(music/photos/videos) and various other types of user data and files stored by the user are stored.
 

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I strongly suggest you stop using this device. Google dropped support for it, the links are dead, almost every thread is dead, and at 512 MB of ram consider yourself lucky if basic functionality works, like calculator or calendar. Anything else, starting from internet browsing to gaming will not work. Best case scenario, use this as a live picture frame.
Ok thx
 

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