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May 31, 2014
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Good day!

I am posting here in the hope it helps someone. If I am posting in the wrong place or doing something else wrong please do let me know.

I am going to post some links & some text instructions but will explain the outline first.

I own a Lenovo A8-5500-H tablet, lenovo H variants according to the internet are made with the same hardware as their HV varients but a different ROM. H's have 3g data & wifi but not voice calling, HV's have 3d data & wifi & voice calling. After some googling & translating from Russian I discovered the ROM for the H but not the HV, then a few days ago the HV was posted - with the most dreadful instructions in Russian that translated poorly & still involved some faffing around. Anywho I can confirm that you can load the HV rom onto the H and get the 3g calls and all the other pre installed lenovo stuff. The phone is not rooted. The only advantage is that the H is about £50 less than the HV to purchase.

I have permission of the author to share his program and the rom. My links are to the russian lenovo forum where you may have to register.

After the links I will put my own instructions (within this post) which are much easier to follow than russian ones. Again I hope this helps someone.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/582-lenovo-a8-a5500-a5500hv-a442-000-017-140709-row-call/ this is th a8-5500-hv rom.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=15372 this is the lenovo driver pack - you need to use this & not windows own.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/549-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0-lenovo-a8-%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B8%D0%B4-442-a5500h-a442-000-013-140526-row/ this is the original ROM incase you make a mistake and need to start again.

NOT FOR USE ON THE -F VARIANT.

ENGLISH INSTRUCTIONS

This is not a direct translation. This provides directions for installing the Lenovo A8-5500-HV Rom onto a Lenovo A8-5500-H device for the perpose of making 3g calls. I have tested this function and method and verify that it works.
However I take no responsibility for you or you device.

Apparently with Lenovo wherever they have a H & HV variant the hardware is the same and the ROMs interchangeable. I have not verified this.

Lets go!

1. Don't Panic. If it doesn't work, you should not have bricked your device, just reload the original ROM.

2. Equipment needed - USB lead to attach device to PC / laptop, preferably the original but another powered lead will do the job ... Your tablet ... a laptop or PC ....

3. Files needed .. Original rom for if you go wrong, called A5500H_A442_000_013_140526_ROW at the time of writing. The new Rom called A5500HV_A442_000_017_140709_ROW, the drivers called LenovoUsbDriver_autorun_1.0.10

4. Time, less than an hour. Maybe half that time.

Apparently 99% of lenovo phones & tablets use the same driver. If yours doesn't I may be able to help but I may not.

(Potential problems:

Windows XP can get confused. You may need to install windows media player 11.)

5. On the PC / Laptop
Unzip the driver file and run it.

6.Unzip the new rom.

7. Have device manager open. You want the tablet to show as MediaTek Preloader USB VCOM port (COM44) or some variant of this. so on Windows 7 or 8 install the divers (without the tablet plugged in).

8. Ensure your tablet is TURNED OFF (seriously this is not a typo) and plug it in. If you the the meditek stuff all well and good. If not you have to be QUICK

9. In the 2 seconds that the device manager says unknown device, right click on it and update driver (pointing the to previously unzipped driver files).

10. Remove the tablet from the laptop / PC

11. Run Flash_tool.exe which is part of the unzipped rom.
12. Click on scatter loading.
13. Go to the folder target_bin and select the file MT6582_scatter_LVP5-3G-ROW-Voice.1.017.01
14. Tick the box called DA-DL with all Checksum (again dont panic if you forget - it just wont work & you have to try again)
15. Click button called Upgrade firmware.
16. Plug in the still powered off tablet. there will be some flashing. If not check the tablet to make sure it's not doing anything, unplug phone, wait a minute and start again.
17. When you see a bright green circle it is complete.
18. You may now unplug your tablet and turn it on.

If you are using the software with another lenovo device, if the battery is removable please do so before plugging into the PC / Laptop.

All ROM & software work was by Steaven on the Lenovo Forum. Google translate, common sense, guesswork and trial and error provided by MSU in order to provide English directions that make sense.
 
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CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
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Hi,
9. In the 2 seconds that the device manager says unknown device, right click on it and update driver (pointing the to previously unzipped driver files).
I got stuck at this point. But I know why. Win7 x64 bit system and I can only install signed drivers! None of these drivers have a digital signature.
I shall go dig out an old XP system I have and see how it goes.

Are we absolutely certain that regular windows drivers will not do for this process?

And has anyone rooted one of theses yet? :) And has anyone worked out how people can move application data (Maps for Navfree I am thinking of) from the internal memory to an SD Card?

Many thanks for your info on this.

Des. . . ;)
 
May 31, 2014
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If you go into the settings you can select 'allow unsigned drivers' , or go through the device manager and do the driver that way, or just click 'continue anyway' I have w7x64 and this worked fine....

I've not rooted it yet. But I don't need to now I have phone calls.

It lets me install to SD card as in the settings on the lab I selected sd card as my main storage point...there are a few apps however that wont flag up the option.

I hope some of the above helps.
 

CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
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Hi,

I did find This topic in my travels as it seemed that all the drivers in the download you mentioned were for "Lenovo" this or that.

For the moment I have that installed and the device flashes to a point and then seems to stop...

Or maybe I'm impatient.. :)

Des. . . ;)
 

CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
112
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Hi,

Ahhh... Sneaky tablet.. :D

So, when plugging in the USB I noticed that it would "semi-start and show a power/charge indicator. This would disappear after a minute and all would go dark. So whilst I thought the tablet was off, it wasn't. I thought about this for a moment and then pressed and held the power button. That did turn it off for real.

I also noticed that the ROM updated also became much more agitated and active, with a light green bar at the bottom actually seeming to do the ROM update.

And yes, with the driver I linked to and really powering off once plugged in and then clicking the "Update ROM" button all was updated. :)

Can I just confirm, does your Lenovo have GPS as well?

Des. . . ;)
 

mzc1993

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Jun 25, 2011
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future
Good day!

I am posting here in the hope it helps someone. If I am posting in the wrong place or doing something else wrong please do let me know.

I am going to post some links & some text instructions but will explain the outline first.

I own a Lenovo A8-5500-H tablet, lenovo H variants according to the internet are made with the same hardware as their HV varients but a different ROM. H's have 3g data & wifi but not voice calling, HV's have 3d data & wifi & voice calling. After some googling & translating from Russian I discovered the ROM for the H but not the HV, then a few days ago the HV was posted - with the most dreadful instructions in Russian that translated poorly & still involved some faffing around. Anywho I can confirm that you can load the HV rom onto the H and get the 3g calls and all the other pre installed lenovo stuff. The phone is not rooted. The only advantage is that the H is about £50 less than the HV to purchase.

I have permission of the author to share his program and the rom. My links are to the russian lenovo forum where you may have to register.

After the links I will put my own instructions (within this post) which are much easier to follow than russian ones. Again I hope this helps someone.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/582-lenovo-a8-a5500-a5500hv-a442-000-017-140709-row-call/ this is th a8-5500-hv rom.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=15372 this is the lenovo driver pack - you need to use this & not windows own.

http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/549-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0-lenovo-a8-%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B8%D0%B4-442-a5500h-a442-000-013-140526-row/ this is the original ROM incase you make a mistake and need to start again.

NOT FOR USE ON THE -F VARIANT.

ENGLISH INSTRUCTIONS

This is not a direct translation. This provides directions for installing the Lenovo A8-5500-HV Rom onto a Lenovo A8-5500-H device for the perpose of making 3g calls. I have tested this function and method and verify that it works.
However I take no responsibility for you or you device.

Apparently with Lenovo wherever they have a H & HV variant the hardware is the same and the ROMs interchangeable. I have not verified this.

Lets go!

1. Don't Panic. If it doesn't work, you should not have bricked your device, just reload the original ROM.

2. Equipment needed - USB lead to attach device to PC / laptop, preferably the original but another powered lead will do the job ... Your tablet ... a laptop or PC ....

3. Files needed .. Original rom for if you go wrong, called A5500H_A442_000_013_140526_ROW at the time of writing. The new Rom called A5500HV_A442_000_017_140709_ROW, the drivers called LenovoUsbDriver_autorun_1.0.10

4. Time, less than an hour. Maybe half that time.

Apparently 99% of lenovo phones & tablets use the same driver. If yours doesn't I may be able to help but I may not.

(Potential problems:

Windows XP can get confused. You may need to install windows media player 11.)

5. On the PC / Laptop
Unzip the driver file and run it.

6.Unzip the new rom.

7. Have device manager open. You want the tablet to show as MediaTek Preloader USB VCOM port (COM44) or some variant of this. so on Windows 7 or 8 install the divers (without the tablet plugged in).

8. Ensure your tablet is TURNED OFF (seriously this is not a typo) and plug it in. If you the the meditek stuff all well and good. If not you have to be QUICK

9. In the 2 seconds that the device manager says unknown device, right click on it and update driver (pointing the to previously unzipped driver files).

10. Remove the tablet from the laptop / PC

11. Run Flash_tool.exe which is part of the unzipped rom.
12. Click on scatter loading.
13. Go to the folder target_bin and select the file MT6582_scatter_LVP5-3G-ROW-Voice.1.017.01
14. Tick the box called DA-DL with all Checksum (again dont panic if you forget - it just wont work & you have to try again)
15. Click button called Upgrade firmware.
16. Plug in the still powered off tablet. there will be some flashing. If not check the tablet to make sure it's not doing anything, unplug phone, wait a minute and start again.
17. When you see a bright green circle it is complete.
18. You may now unplug your tablet and turn it on.

If you are using the software with another lenovo device, if the battery is removable please do so before plugging into the PC / Laptop.

All ROM & software work was by Steaven on the Lenovo Forum. Google translate, common sense, guesswork and trial and error provided by MSU in order to provide English directions that make sense.

tanks for this help

i can not register this russian site.because The question security is russian language:(

Какой месяц в году третий по счёту?

the answer?:confused:

tanks advance
 

CTCNetwork

Senior Member
Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,
tanks for this help

i can not register this russian site.because The question security is russian language:(

Какой месяц в году третий по счёту?

the answer?:confused:

tanks advance
That says "What month of the year the third in a row" according to google!
Bing is less cryptic: "What month in year third". So March should be the answer.
I managed to register, eventually. Do make sure to check the two last boxes, one is for Admin emails and the other is to accept the terms and conditions.

Des. . . ;)
 
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treble1

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Oct 22, 2012
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Hi,

Ahhh... Sneaky tablet.. :D

So, when plugging in the USB I noticed that it would "semi-start and show a power/charge indicator. This would disappear after a minute and all would go dark. So whilst I thought the tablet was off, it wasn't. I thought about this for a moment and then pressed and held the power button. That did turn it off for real.
. . . . . . . . . . . .
Des. . . ;)

Hi Des

I am experiencing the same problem with powering the device completely off. Could you go step by step on how you are doing this? Like, at what stage are you pressing and holding the power button and for how long are you holding it for? When I tried it, the tablet just rebooted.

Thanks.
Norman
 

CTCNetwork

Senior Member
Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,

1) Power off the tablet: no power or USB connected to the device.
2) Fire up the firmware update software on the PC, USB cable in and ready.
3) Select the ROM to update with in the software.
4) Plug in the USB cable to the tablet. At this point you should see the green battery charging image on the tablet.
5) Press power off for a couple of seconds (2-3). Tablet should now be turned off.
6) Fire up the software/ROM update on the PC.

If you see the updater flash through the first stages of the update and then seeming pause when doing the actual ROM update the tablet is on. Press power off again. You should then see the update actually loading onto the tablet. Should take about 5-10 minutes from there.

Luck... :)

Des. . . ;)
 
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CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
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Hi,

Just to let people know, there now appears to be an OTA update of about 94Mb in size..

Is there any way to capture this or save it allow uploading?

Des. . . ;)
 
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passie1981

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Sep 25, 2014
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Flashed wrong recovery img lenovo a5500-f

Hello all

I found this thread after lots of searching
This morning i flashed the wrong recovery img to my lenovo a5500-f tablet
Now when it starts i only get this error:wrong kernel image shutdown inx... Seconds
And poof of goes the tablet
No i allready downloaded stock firmware wich comes with alot of files
And i dont. Have a cleu on how to start can u guys point me in the right direction
On how to flash the stock firmware whilest the tablet is in this state?
What i do know is that i have to install the usb driver and then what plz any help
Is welcome
 

CTCNetwork

Senior Member
Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,

Is yours an A8?

If so read through the topic get the drivers I linked to.
Install the flash tool if you haven't already.
When you connect the device via USB, do you see the battery charge on screen? If so press power for avcouple of seconds.
Flash a full A8-5500 ROM for your f.

Des. . . :)
 

passie1981

Member
Sep 25, 2014
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Hi des,

Yes its its an a8-50 a5500-f
Wil the flashtool be with the drivers
That is what iam confused about..
Also the link is not working for me could you link those plz edit nvm have link working des...
Also when i plug in the tab i get that shutdown error but that its probably because of faulty drivers...
Greetings pascal
Il keep u posted ty for ur quick awnser:D
Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 7041X using XDA Free mobile app
 
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CTCNetwork

Senior Member
Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,

You'll need to get a ROM for the 5500-F then, I believe that Russian forum/site also have a copy of that ROM available.

Also have a look at This. May help...

You could also do a google search for "Lenovo A8-50 A5500 ROM"

Des. . . ;)
 

passie1981

Member
Sep 25, 2014
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Now i was wondering since i only
Flashed wrong recovery img could i only flas the recovery img?

Sent from my ALCATEL ONE TOUCH 7041X using XDA Free mobile app
 

passie1981

Member
Sep 25, 2014
41
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Update
Hi guys my tab is all running again succesfully flashed stock firmware
Now only thing isits no longer rootable using vroot wich is strange....
Anyone know how to root these

Sent from my Lenovo A5500-F using XDA Free mobile app
 

bandras6

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Jan 23, 2009
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Reboot again and again

Hi,

1) Power off the tablet: no power or USB connected to the device.
2) Fire up the firmware update software on the PC, USB cable in and ready.
3) Select the ROM to update with in the software.
4) Plug in the USB cable to the tablet. At this point you should see the green battery charging image on the tablet.
5) Press power off for a couple of seconds (2-3). Tablet should now be turned off.
6) Fire up the software/ROM update on the PC.

If you see the updater flash through the first stages of the update and then seeming pause when doing the actual ROM update the tablet is on. Press power off again. You should then see the update actually loading onto the tablet. Should take about 5-10 minutes from there.

Luck... :)

Des. . . ;)

Hi Des!

I follow your list and the tablet is rebooting every time! :crying:
I simply can't turn it off!
Any suggestion?

Thanks, Andrew
 

CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,

Power it off first. When powered up press and hold the power button. Select Power off from the menu.
Get the laptop/PC ready with the image, plug the usb cable into the laptop/pc and then the tablet.
You should see the green battery icon on screen showing charge state.
When it has gone, press and hold the power again for about 2 seconds.
Then try the firmware update.

Des. . . ;)
 
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bandras6

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Jan 23, 2009
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Hi,

Thanks for your help, but when I "press and hold the power again for about 2 second" the tablet is rebooting!
With a shorter power press i can switch the secreen on/off, but a longer press reboot it every time!
My battery icon is a big blue one, not a green one! Maybe i have a different version?
Model number: Lenovo A5500-H
Android: 4.4.2
Build number:A5500H_A442_00_025_141027_ROW
Hm?

Andrew
 

CTCNetwork

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Nov 29, 2008
112
12
Notts
Hi,

All I can suggest is trial and error. It took me a a couple of goes to get it right.
But when you see that battery icon you know the device is on. Maybe a 1 second press? If I remember, you may feel a slight vibration to indicate that the tablet goes off. Soon as you feel that let go of the power button.

Mine was an A8-50 5500H but is now HV :)

Des. . . ;)
 

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    Good day!

    I am posting here in the hope it helps someone. If I am posting in the wrong place or doing something else wrong please do let me know.

    I am going to post some links & some text instructions but will explain the outline first.

    I own a Lenovo A8-5500-H tablet, lenovo H variants according to the internet are made with the same hardware as their HV varients but a different ROM. H's have 3g data & wifi but not voice calling, HV's have 3d data & wifi & voice calling. After some googling & translating from Russian I discovered the ROM for the H but not the HV, then a few days ago the HV was posted - with the most dreadful instructions in Russian that translated poorly & still involved some faffing around. Anywho I can confirm that you can load the HV rom onto the H and get the 3g calls and all the other pre installed lenovo stuff. The phone is not rooted. The only advantage is that the H is about £50 less than the HV to purchase.

    I have permission of the author to share his program and the rom. My links are to the russian lenovo forum where you may have to register.

    After the links I will put my own instructions (within this post) which are much easier to follow than russian ones. Again I hope this helps someone.

    http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/582-lenovo-a8-a5500-a5500hv-a442-000-017-140709-row-call/ this is th a8-5500-hv rom.

    http://lenovo-forums.ru/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=15372 this is the lenovo driver pack - you need to use this & not windows own.

    http://lenovo-forums.ru/files/file/549-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%B8%D0%B2%D0%BA%D0%B0-lenovo-a8-%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B8%D0%B4-442-a5500h-a442-000-013-140526-row/ this is the original ROM incase you make a mistake and need to start again.

    NOT FOR USE ON THE -F VARIANT.

    ENGLISH INSTRUCTIONS

    This is not a direct translation. This provides directions for installing the Lenovo A8-5500-HV Rom onto a Lenovo A8-5500-H device for the perpose of making 3g calls. I have tested this function and method and verify that it works.
    However I take no responsibility for you or you device.

    Apparently with Lenovo wherever they have a H & HV variant the hardware is the same and the ROMs interchangeable. I have not verified this.

    Lets go!

    1. Don't Panic. If it doesn't work, you should not have bricked your device, just reload the original ROM.

    2. Equipment needed - USB lead to attach device to PC / laptop, preferably the original but another powered lead will do the job ... Your tablet ... a laptop or PC ....

    3. Files needed .. Original rom for if you go wrong, called A5500H_A442_000_013_140526_ROW at the time of writing. The new Rom called A5500HV_A442_000_017_140709_ROW, the drivers called LenovoUsbDriver_autorun_1.0.10

    4. Time, less than an hour. Maybe half that time.

    Apparently 99% of lenovo phones & tablets use the same driver. If yours doesn't I may be able to help but I may not.

    (Potential problems:

    Windows XP can get confused. You may need to install windows media player 11.)

    5. On the PC / Laptop
    Unzip the driver file and run it.

    6.Unzip the new rom.

    7. Have device manager open. You want the tablet to show as MediaTek Preloader USB VCOM port (COM44) or some variant of this. so on Windows 7 or 8 install the divers (without the tablet plugged in).

    8. Ensure your tablet is TURNED OFF (seriously this is not a typo) and plug it in. If you the the meditek stuff all well and good. If not you have to be QUICK

    9. In the 2 seconds that the device manager says unknown device, right click on it and update driver (pointing the to previously unzipped driver files).

    10. Remove the tablet from the laptop / PC

    11. Run Flash_tool.exe which is part of the unzipped rom.
    12. Click on scatter loading.
    13. Go to the folder target_bin and select the file MT6582_scatter_LVP5-3G-ROW-Voice.1.017.01
    14. Tick the box called DA-DL with all Checksum (again dont panic if you forget - it just wont work & you have to try again)
    15. Click button called Upgrade firmware.
    16. Plug in the still powered off tablet. there will be some flashing. If not check the tablet to make sure it's not doing anything, unplug phone, wait a minute and start again.
    17. When you see a bright green circle it is complete.
    18. You may now unplug your tablet and turn it on.

    If you are using the software with another lenovo device, if the battery is removable please do so before plugging into the PC / Laptop.

    All ROM & software work was by Steaven on the Lenovo Forum. Google translate, common sense, guesswork and trial and error provided by MSU in order to provide English directions that make sense.
    1
    Hi,
    tanks for this help

    i can not register this russian site.because The question security is russian language:(

    Какой месяц в году третий по счёту?

    the answer?:confused:

    tanks advance
    That says "What month of the year the third in a row" according to google!
    Bing is less cryptic: "What month in year third". So March should be the answer.
    I managed to register, eventually. Do make sure to check the two last boxes, one is for Admin emails and the other is to accept the terms and conditions.

    Des. . . ;)
    1
    Hi,

    1) Power off the tablet: no power or USB connected to the device.
    2) Fire up the firmware update software on the PC, USB cable in and ready.
    3) Select the ROM to update with in the software.
    4) Plug in the USB cable to the tablet. At this point you should see the green battery charging image on the tablet.
    5) Press power off for a couple of seconds (2-3). Tablet should now be turned off.
    6) Fire up the software/ROM update on the PC.

    If you see the updater flash through the first stages of the update and then seeming pause when doing the actual ROM update the tablet is on. Press power off again. You should then see the update actually loading onto the tablet. Should take about 5-10 minutes from there.

    Luck... :)

    Des. . . ;)
    1
    Hi,

    Just to let people know, there now appears to be an OTA update of about 94Mb in size..

    Is there any way to capture this or save it allow uploading?

    Des. . . ;)
    1
    Hi,

    Power it off first. When powered up press and hold the power button. Select Power off from the menu.
    Get the laptop/PC ready with the image, plug the usb cable into the laptop/pc and then the tablet.
    You should see the green battery icon on screen showing charge state.
    When it has gone, press and hold the power again for about 2 seconds.
    Then try the firmware update.

    Des. . . ;)