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[Q] Dead droid, red triangle on recovery kernel

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theorion

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Ok, so i've read up that your able to fastboot a new recovery, but i havnt been able to find a link with a stock recovery kernel.
Basically im not entirely sure if i infact DID unlock my bootloader tbh.

Bootloader (1.00 e) released by "WW_epad-10.4.4.20-20121026" A03

The story is i've bought it some while ago of course, and its been lieing around on the table for a few months.. Basically busy life and other ****. Yesterday i looked at it and was, oh right! Turn it on, and it bootloop on me, apparently common issue with a JB version. herpaderpa on android but fck that..
And when i use a update file on the sd card, i cant install that to update the stock firmware due to the dead droid with the triangle..

From what i can gather around, if i have fastboot option, then its unlocked ? Yes, no ?
If so, could anyone give a hint as to whut the duck i've missed when reading the big full guide thread on the infinity o_O Im starting to become rather desperat. Never had this kind of behaviour with my android devices before, Sure a goofed usb driver for fastboot here and there.. But never a dead droid with triangle..



SOLUTION :

Follow this chaps guide http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1755576
using his alternative method, and at step 2.
DO AS HE WRITES! Using upper case letters on the file your moving to the sd card, EP201_768_SDUPDATE.zip as such! It works!
My droid kept showing up dead, untill i changed to upper case letters... Then the darn thing came to life!
 
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The dead android is the stock recovery telling you it could not apply an update. If you tap the power button you might even get an error message, but I am not sure if that works only after you activated the recovery using the bootloader menu.

If your device is unlocked, you can install an unofficial recovery or kernel, and it will display "The device is UnLocked" in the upper left corner when you turn it on. Caution: People have reported that locked devices still allow "fastboot erase", but not "fastboot flash".
 
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theorion

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The dead android is the stock recovery telling you it could not apply an update. If you tap the power button you might even get an error message, but I am not sure if that works only after you activated the recovery using the bootloader menu.

If your device is unlocked, you can install an unofficial recovery or kernel, and it will display "The device is UnLocked" in the upper left corner when you turn it on. Caution: People have reported that locked devices still allow "fastboot erase", but not "fastboot flash".

In that case, how can i go about bringing my tablet out of this infernal boot thing? I've tried flashing the twrp kernel, but i dont see any change, when i sent the flash it dit get a blue bar on the bootloader indicated full. So i assumed it could send the loader..

Basically i just want to firmware upgrade with the latest stock firmware, But i tried dumping the file on an sd card, and then go into the bootloader But it did not recognize it and start an update. also i couldnt go into the RCK selection, due to the dead droid.
 

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What exactly did you do, exactly which file(s) did you try to flash, and what exactly happened? And does "I couldn't go into the RCK selection" mean that you never see the bootloader menu, that it doesn't work, or that you don't know how to use it?
 
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theorion

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Ok, basically, when i start the pad, it never goes beyon the ASUS screen.
Im able to get into the bootloader, here i have 4 icons, RCK, Android, USB, Wipe Data.

When i select RCK it brings the dead droid after a droid thats working.
If i enter USB i can use fastboot. What i've tried here is to do the http://www.teamw.in/project Twrp recovery using http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1833212 guide *** Custom Recovery Installation ***

However i dont think that it ever was sent to the tablet. Not sure.

I know how to move around in bootloader :) power + volume down = mennu, then tap the volume to switch between icons, and the other volume to select.
Power + other volume = AXP iirc in stead of bootlaoder.
 

theorion

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Did not try to flash any files when the dead droid thing / bootloop started. I basically did an OTA update iirc to a newer version a good while ago. And then life became fcked for me for a periode so playing with the tablet wasnt really an option for enjoyment. It then drained of battery of course, and here now after having it charged up. i realise about this odd bootloop for one of the older droid software versions.
 

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Did you unzip the downloaded firmware update once (the result being another zip file)?
The unzipped zip is what you have to put on your sd card. Then the recovery should recognize it when you boot.

If that does not work, try to rename the unzipped zip: EP201_768_SDUPDATE.zip
and put that file into the root of you sd card.

Sent from my ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T using Tapatalk HD
 
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1. Downloaded ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T Firmware: V10.6.1.14.8 Only for WW SKU (Android 4.2.1) from the TF700F download page selecting android as os.
2. Have a 2gb microsd, i formated as fat 32, using all standard alocation and stuff with windows' own formatting tool.
3. I unzipped the downloaded ZIP file so i have a WW_epad-user-10.6.1.14.8.zip that now contains a meta-inf folder, and a blob file.
4. renamed the zip file to ep201_768_sdupdate.zip, however i did use lowercase... Could that be the issue ? Basically i presumed that the uppercase was only to make people aware of a change.
5. boot the device using the power + volume, and enter recovery mode.
6. Dead droid..


Update as i was writing this, i thought, though it wasn't said specificly, i renamed the EP201_768_SDUPDATE to uppercase, and decided to give that a go.. Now the droid is working its ass off...

F**** i feel like a complete bloddy retard! Gawd i hope it works now then...
 

theorion

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And its alive... OMG! If only i had renamed the darn file to uppercase, i would have fixed it using the guides... 2 days ago, before i even resorted to open a post.. Thanks guys! Though i realised my own damn fault, your desire to aid regardless are bloddy brilliant!
 

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And its alive... OMG! If only i had renamed the darn file to uppercase, i would have fixed it using the guides... 2 days ago, before i even resorted to open a post.. Thanks guys! Though i realised my own damn fault, your desire to aid regardless are bloddy brilliant!

Oh yeah, Linux is case sensitive alright. Get the case wrong and it has no idea what you talkin' bout Willis.
 

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    The dead android is the stock recovery telling you it could not apply an update. If you tap the power button you might even get an error message, but I am not sure if that works only after you activated the recovery using the bootloader menu.

    If your device is unlocked, you can install an unofficial recovery or kernel, and it will display "The device is UnLocked" in the upper left corner when you turn it on. Caution: People have reported that locked devices still allow "fastboot erase", but not "fastboot flash".
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    What exactly did you do, exactly which file(s) did you try to flash, and what exactly happened? And does "I couldn't go into the RCK selection" mean that you never see the bootloader menu, that it doesn't work, or that you don't know how to use it?
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    Basically im not entirely sure if i infact DID unlock my bootloader tbh.

    If your device is unlocked, you can install an unofficial recovery or kernel, and it will display "The device is UnLocked" in the upper left corner when you turn it on.

    Do you already know if your device is unlocked?
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    No, it does not say unlocked any where :)

    OK, that explains why installing TWRP didn't work.

    Now if you would describe in detail what you did to install the latest firmware, maybe someone could tell you why that didn't work.
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    Did you unzip the downloaded firmware update once (the result being another zip file)?
    The unzipped zip is what you have to put on your sd card. Then the recovery should recognize it when you boot.

    If that does not work, try to rename the unzipped zip: EP201_768_SDUPDATE.zip
    and put that file into the root of you sd card.

    Sent from my ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T using Tapatalk HD