[Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting

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RemmyLee

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Automatic Root, Fully functional ClockWorkMod image, and plethora of other awesome stuff here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2297246
Thank you xboxexpert for all your hard work!

Step 1. Plug the device in to your computer and uninstall any drivers that may load.

Step 2. Download and update the Android SDK, including the USB Driver or try the PDANet drivers.

Step 3. Add the following line to adb_usb.ini found in your user directory in the .android folder (e.g. C:\Users\YourName\.android\):
Code:
0x109b
If the file does not exist, simply create it. This may require a reboot

Step 4. Load up ADB and check connectivity through the following command:
Code:
adb devices

Step 5. If everything reported correctly in the previous step, run Motochop.


Root directions
Thanks go out to tharien and ATGAdmin for figuring it out!

clockworkmod image - be sure to read the thread!
Thanks go out to pacman366!

The First Custom Rom!
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zefyx

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Looks like you were one of the lucky few who were able to purchase this little gem early. Congrats on that. I picked mine up today and I must say that it is probably the best $150 I've spent in a very long time. It's the happiest I've been with a gadget purchase since scoring a BNIB 32GB HP TouchPad for $99 during the firesale. With that said, I hope to see more people coming to the forum with interest in the device. We can only speculate, but I would imagine this low-price and feature rich tablet will get the attention of at least a few developers and we'll get more info then. As for what I have been able to obtain, I'm stuck at the same roadblock as you. I'm bumping this thread for further interest.
 

maguin4

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I agree. Best spent $150 in a long while. Seems just as fast as my gs4.
Only cons are the screen and bulk, but for the price its a steal!!!
Hopefully it gets support for updates from hisense or the great xda devs start playing with this beast.

Root for this is needed, stat !!! ;)
 

lentm

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I'm thinking to sell my Nexus 7 16gb and get this since it has the hdmi and microsd slot.

I'm sure XDA guys will make this device a beast, right?
 

wigginst

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Will be interested in seeing is some deva pick this up as my main concern would be support.

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danscxda

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Will be interested in seeing is some deva pick this up as my main concern would be support.

Sent from my Thrive using Tapatalk 2

I just picked one of these up on the way to work this morning. It is sitting on my desk charging as I am trying to get some work out of the way before I turn it on. I will be replacing a Kindle with this and just from eyeballing it my Kindle Seido case may be a perfect fit. I will test it tonight. It also appears that a Kindle screen protector will work for it as well. I would guess the Nexus 7 or other 7" protectors will work also, but I can use a ruler and verify the Kindle one since I already have that device.
 

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Random question, since this is the only thread about the Sero 7 Pro I've found.
How are the speakers? I have a Kindle Fire HD and I am pondering about the switch...
Also, can this support 64GB microSDs?

Also, I've heard reports of flawed Sero Pros popping up.
Does anyone have any firsthand experiences with how this tablet's holding up?

Thanks in advance!
 
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maguin4

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Random question, since this is the only thread about the Sero 7 Pro I've found.
How are the speakers? I have a Kindle Fire HD and I am pondering about the switch...

Also, I've heard reports of flawed Sero Pros popping up.
Does anyone have any firsthand experiences with how this tablet's holding up?

Thanks in advance!


The speakers a actually pretty loud. I was watching movies on it last night and was satisfied with the sound.

I saw some random comments (in the comments section) on various articles about this tablet but they all seem to be written by the same person based on the writing style and content.

Mine is holding up great. No issues at all and is as enjoyable as using my galaxy s4 but with a bigger screen. I'm testing out the battery today to see how long she lasts. If she lasts me the whole day of heavy use, she's a keeper.
 

jokerstyle00

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The speakers a actually pretty loud. I was watching movies on it last night and was satisfied with the sound.

I saw some random comments (in the comments section) on various articles about this tablet but they all seem to be written by the same person based on the writing style and content.

Mine is holding up great. No issues at all and is as enjoyable as using my galaxy s4 but with a bigger screen. I'm testing out the battery today to see how long she lasts. If she lasts me the whole day of heavy use, she's a keeper.

How's the memory card compatibility?
64GB MicroSDs?
 

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Add me to the list of buyers! Just got this about an hr ago. This is my 1st tablet and I must say this thing is nice. 15 days to decide to keep it or not. What root access. :D


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tharien

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New owner here.

Did anyone else have to go to multiple stores only to deal with customer service that had no clue what you were looking for?

The first store I went to, they older guy was disgruntle I interrupted him, when I pressed him to do his job he couldn't spell Hisense.
 

webdroidmt

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Just picked up the Pro today, haven't opened it yet. As mentioned above, with the 15 days from Wally, I'll wait a bit to see if any devs pick it up. I have to say it does look like a terrific deal for the specs and if there is some XDA love for it, I'll give my GTab 2 to my wife.

I'll be searching this forum daily to see what shakes down.
@tharien,

First location I went to, walked in and went right to the display case, saw the Lite and Pro. Asked the nearest associate to open the case, checked out and left. Took less than 5 minutes. :)

Mike T
 
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wigginst

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Good to hear. I was also waiting to see if devs pick it up because I was looking for a tab for my wife and daughter. But don't want to hang them out with one that would be unsupported. Let us know how hdmi works as my wife would want that for work.

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danscxda

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New owner here.

Did anyone else have to go to multiple stores only to deal with customer service that had no clue what you were looking for?

The first store I went to, they older guy was disgruntle I interrupted him, when I pressed him to do his job he couldn't spell Hisense.

I had to go to 2 different stores. The first store had a single 7 Pro Lite. The second store had 5-6 of both models.
 

tharien

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As far as I know, this is a new Tablet. 7 inch Nvidia Terga3 1.3ghz quad core with 1gig of ram/8gb ROM. NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4ghz and 5ghz, front and rear facing cameras, 5 and 2 megapixels respectively, GPS amd mini HDMI. Jelly Bean 4.2. It's a decent little tablet.

The trouble is getting it rooted. Recovery mode is attainable and I've only been able to pick up the serial number via ADB when attempting to update from ADB in recovery. Any other time, I get nothing. Any advice on how to proceed? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

How were you able to get feedback in recovery mode? I can't get ADB to see the device at all. I tried using the Nexu 7 ADB drivers as well as a raw set. I can only get Windows to see it, however that's an easy thing when forcing a driver.

I also tried fastboot - Windows sees it as the Nvidia tegra 3 Fastboot connection, so I'm starting to think we need the real driver from Hisense unless we can find a generic alternative.

Device Manager shows (! - M470BSA) and again under portable devices correctly as a media device.

The Vendor ID is 109B which comes back to Gemlight Computers Ltd which mfg USB for OEMs.

edit - Hisense does not have anything for this tablet on either their international site or their US site aside from a press kit.
 
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How were you able to get feedback in recovery mode? I can't get ADB to see the device at all. I tried using the Nexu 7 ADB drivers as well as a raw set. I can only get Windows to see it, however that's an easy thing when forcing a driver.

I also tried fastboot - Windows sees it as the Nvidia tegra 3 Fastboot connection, so I'm starting to think we need the real driver from Hisense unless we can find a generic alternative.

Device Manager shows (! - M470BSA) and again under portable devices correctly as a media device.

The Vendor ID is 109B which comes back to Gemlight Computers Ltd which mfg USB for OEMs.

edit - Hisense does not have anything for this tablet on either their international site or their US site aside from a press kit.


I believe you're right about needing the ADB drivers from Hisense, hopefully over the next few days, it will materialize on their site. I guess they felt we needed to download their presskit instead of drivers or firmware. :rolleyes:

Anyway, maybe it's worth trying Koush's Universal ADB drivers? Possibly one in the list will work with this.
http://liliputing.com/2013/04/koush...connectinghacking-android-devices-easier.html

EDIT: Also found this one: Essential ADB Driver Installer http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2091922

Mike T
 
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    Automatic Root, Fully functional ClockWorkMod image, and plethora of other awesome stuff here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2297246
    Thank you xboxexpert for all your hard work!

    Step 1. Plug the device in to your computer and uninstall any drivers that may load.

    Step 2. Download and update the Android SDK, including the USB Driver or try the PDANet drivers.

    Step 3. Add the following line to adb_usb.ini found in your user directory in the .android folder (e.g. C:\Users\YourName\.android\):
    Code:
    0x109b
    If the file does not exist, simply create it. This may require a reboot

    Step 4. Load up ADB and check connectivity through the following command:
    Code:
    adb devices

    Step 5. If everything reported correctly in the previous step, run Motochop.


    Root directions
    Thanks go out to tharien and ATGAdmin for figuring it out!

    clockworkmod image - be sure to read the thread!
    Thanks go out to pacman366!

    The First Custom Rom!
    by ATGAdmin
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    Hisense Sero 7 Odexed, Themed, Inverted ROM built off Stock System Dump

    Serolicious
    Hisense Sero 7 Odexed, Themed, Inverted ROM built off Stock System Dump
    I know there are a lot of flashaholics that will be going through withdrawals without a ROM to flash, so I threw this together this morning for y'all.
    We now have 4 of these tablets in our neighborhood, two in our building alone. They're all running this ROM now with no problems, so it's safe to play with. If you're having problems, take your tab back to Wally's and get an iPad mini!
    I tried to get it as close as I could to my Nexalicious7 ROM for the Nexas 7 in the short time that I had.
    Remember to backup first.
    You don't take a dump without wiping your azz after, so don't flash a ROM without a complete wipe first!
    Install Instructions: (These instructions assume that you're already rooted, and have Clockwork Mod Recovery Installed from previous posts in the thread)
    Download Preparation.zip from attachments in this post.
    Download Serolicious From Link Below

    Place both files on your External SD Card.
    Boot into Clockwork Mod Recovery
    Flash Preparation.zip FIRST!
    Flash Serolicious.zip
    Reboot!
    As always, I'm not responsible for you borking your tabs out of ignorance, blah, blah!
    Download Serolicious

    Off to the Drive-Ins! ;)
    Video Tutorial How to Flash
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    64GB microsdxc

    I have a class 10 Sandisk 64GB microsdxc card in my sero 7 pro. It is not formatted as exFat since it came from a GS3 running a custom ROM.
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    So I wanted to provide something back to the thread since everyone was very helpful. I decided to write a newb's guide in hopes that it helps someone else. If anyone feels that this is incomplete or information is wrong, please let me know. I will continue to monitor the thread for information and ask questions where I get confused.

    How to root your Hisense Sero 7 Pro: A Newbs Perspective

    I just want to provide some insight on myself before I go and write this. I've not done much rooting when it comes to android. I've always been kind of paranoid that my phone company will send me some random cease and desist order or something, so I've not done much of it. When the original android was released, I rooted it. I had it rooted for a few weeks before flashing it back to factory settings, so my skills in root now are kind of minor and i'd consider myself a newb. The only experience I have with what's listed here is ClockWorkMod.

    I had bought this tablet on a whim. I was waiting for the "Nexus 7 2.0" to be announced, but was disappointed when it was not. I have been wanting another tablet, since my TF201 has terrible WiFi. I've always been interested in rooting an android, but felt they were rather expensive and was turned off by the idea of bricking it by accident. This one was cheap enough that I didn't mind if I accidentally borked it. I bought mine on 5/21 and have been following this thread since I've bought it. It wasn't till it kicked up with the rooting that I got involved with questions.

    Anyways on to my perspective.

    -note- I am in no way responsible for you borking your device. This is a newb's perspective. I got it to work following the directions. If you don't feel comfortable with my guide, that's fine. I don't blame you. But if you can leave with anything it's that I followed the directions in the thread and got it to work.

    1. Thanks - I know you're looking for a guide, but I need to thank people first. Thanks to RemmyLee for starting the thread. Thank you to tharien for discovering the means to make the root work. Thanks to pacman for supplying the clockworkmod image. Thanks to ATGAdmin for supplying "Serolicious" and so much help with rooting/flashing. and Thanks to webdroidmt for helping me in the thread as well.

    If you find this tutorial helpful, take a moment to thank the others who guided me through this!!!
    - RemmyLee's OP Post - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41550818
    - tharien's rooting directions - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41803251&postcount=37
    - pacman's clockworkmod image - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41811410&postcount=74
    - ATGAdmins Serolicious custom Rom - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41836495&postcount=114


    2. List of stuff you'll need
    • Android SDK with USB driver support. Also I would suggest trying the PDANet drivers.
    • adb_usb.ini. If you have this file you just need to add "0x109b" at the bottom and everything should be fine. If you do not have this file, I suggest downloading the file supplied by ATGAdmin on post #59 of the [Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting thread. (I personally used the adb_usb.ini supplied)
    • some common knowledge of how to use command prompt.
    • optional Flashing Custom Rom - I'm using Serolicious, provided by ATGAdmin. If you want to use this custom rom it can be found on Post #114 of the [Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting thread.

    4. Instructions for Rooting

    I'll be following the instructions provided from tharien and ATGAdmin.

    Pre-Rooting

    You're going to need to have Android SDK ready to be used. I suggest putting in the C:\ drive. A majority of the documents I have read over the past few days have listed the SDK being there. Mine sits at "C:\Android\SDK". Once that's installed you'll want to execute the SDK Manager.exe and go to Extras and click on the check box next to "Google USB Driver." From there click on Install packages.

    -alternatively-

    You can also install the PDANet drivers. BUT YOU WILL NEED ANDROID SDK REGARDLESS
    .
    Step 1: Plug the device in. Simple enough. Hopefully your driver is not recognized. If it is, you'll have to uninstall the device and try again.

    What am I looking for as a newb in this step? First thing I noticed is that my computer recognized it as a mobile device. This had me worried that something was up. This is not the question. What you're looking for is a device in "Other Devices" of Device Manager. (Search Device Manager in windows 7 start). If you see M470BSA with a little yellow exclamation mark under "other devices", you're good.

    An idea of what mine looked like:
    Code:
    Network Adapters
    Other Devices
        - (!) Unknown Device
        - (!) M470BSA 
    Portable Devices

    Step 2: Install Android SDK & USB Drivers (Try PDAnet Drivers as well)

    What am I looking for as a newb in this step? Well what you're looking for is the driver for the tablet to be installed. You're going to go back into Device Manager and hopefully it will be recognized as Android Composite ADB Interface. It should follow under "Android Device" in the Device Manager.

    An idea of what mine looked like:
    Code:
    Android Device
        - Android Composite ADB Interface (This is the tablet)
    Computer
    Disk drives

    Step 3: Go to C:\Users\<User>\.android\ and copy the adb_usb.ini (file supplied by ATGAdmin) in this directory. If you already have one, overwrite it.

    What am I looking for as a newb in this step? Well you're looking for the file. I panicked when I didn't find the file. I read through the thread and found that ATGAdmin had supplied one. I had originally found one and renamed it adb_usb..ini... So I was still panicking, lol. So yea I used ATGAdmin's adb_usb.ini and it worked for me in the end.

    Reboot your computer and tablet.

    Step 4: Test connectivity to the device through ADB.

    What am I looking for as a newb in this step? This is where basic command prompt knowledge will come in handy. BUT, you don't really need it. I did it the long way before I found a nifty trick. Anyways, you did download Android APK and USB utilities/PDANet Drivers right?

    From here go into your Android SDK folder, specifically /sdk/platform-tools/. In that window, hold shift and right click in the window. Click Open command window here. This will bring up command prompt. Type the following into command prompt.
    Code:
    adb devices
    It should say "List of devices attached." If nothing shows up under that, do not worry. Restart your computer and try again. Hopefully it will show up this time with a bunch of numbers and letters followed by "device" at the end.

    -note- If nothing shows up after the restart, there's a possibility you may have messed up one of the steps. Double check the steps, try again, restart, try again. If that doesn't work, well you're SOL with me and will have to consult with an expert. Sorry.

    Step 5: Download Motochop and run the included batch file. -nhshah7

    What am I looking for as a newb in this step? Nothing. Following the directions provided in the link. Seriously, it's not that hard.

    Step 6: Enjoy being rooted.: victory:



    Optional 5: Flashing your Serolicious to your Device
    This is where my knowledge is kind of hazy, and you might want to follow my instructions with a grain of salt. I highly suggest you sift through the [Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting thread for instructions from the actual tech smart people lol.

    So onto my perspective and what I did.

    1: Download an APP that will allow you access to terminal. I used ROM Toolbox for this. Another suggested on is Terminal Emulator by Jack Palevich.

    2: Download the recovery.img supplied by pacman on the [Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting thread and put it in your internal sdcard.

    3: Download Serolicious.zip, supplied by ATGAdmin on post #114 of the [Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting thread, to your external SDcard.

    4: Go to your terminal and do the following (You are not actually typing the $ and #. The code is just how it will look when you type it all out):

    Code:
    $ su
    # dd if=/sdcard/recovery.img of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p5
    # reboot recovery

    5: Your android should now be rebooting into custom recovery.

    6: You will be presented with a menu. The menu scrolling is controlled with the volume buttons and selections with the power button. Following the steps provide by ATGAdmin you'll want to do the following:

    First and Most important... BACK UP YOUR STUFF! Go down to backup and restore and click backup. This will backup your current image as far as I know.
    webdroidmt said:
    One other thing. After getting into recovery and making a nandroid backup, if you're cautious like me, you won't flash the new rom just yet. Although not likely, the nandroid you just made could be corrupt even though it completed, especially that it's going to an external SD card.

    Being that this nandroid is the only one you currently have of your stock rom, I would reboot back into the system and inspect the nandroid with a file explorer to ensure that all 12 files are present. Then, I would reboot back into recovery, this is where Extended Power Menu comes in handy, as an alternative you can use Rom Manager, or just power off and use power button + volume down to again enter recovery.

    At this point, I would actually test the nandroid using restore and reboot back into the system, making sure everything is ok. Once that's done, reboot back into recovery and proceed with the rom installation. I know this seems like extra work but again, it's your only backup and for a newbie, it could mean the difference between all good or frustration and having to bring it back to Walmart if still under the 15 day return window,

    I've been flashing stuff for quite some time and I always like to err on the side of caution. One last thing, I would copy over the nandroid to your PC for safekeeping in case something happens to your SD card. It's a good practice to copy over nandroids as you go along, similar to periodically backing up your PC.
    Thanks for the tip webdroidmt!
    This is the point of no return in my eyes. If you don't feel confident doing this, I suggest stopping and just rebooting. If you do feel confident, continue.

    After the backup go to the front menu.
    On the current menu
    - Wipe Data/Factory Reset
    - Wipe Cache Partition
    On the advanced menu
    -Wipe Dalvik Cache

    Then Flash the ROM by going to Install zip from sdcard, choose zip from SDcard, and selection Serolicious.zip.

    Let the android do its thing. It'll look like a bunch of technical garble and kind of confusing. But it should be working. When it restarts, you'll be greeted with the Hisense logo, followed by a X. This shows that the ROM flashing did work. You'll have to do all the introduction stuff as when you first started up the tablet.

    If you have any problems along the way, remember that you have made a backup of your drive in the beginning of this tutorial.

    If you found this tutorial helpful, take a moment to thank the others who guided me through this!!!
    - RemmyLee's OP Post - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41550818
    - tharien's rooting directions - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41803251&postcount=37
    - pacman's clockworkmod image - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41811410&postcount=74
    - ATGAdmins Serolicious custom Rom - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=41836495&postcount=114
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    How to obtain root

    - Thank you to all the respective devs that made the tools used here

    This assume's you have installed the Android SDK (as well as the USB Driver modules through the SDK) and have put your device in USB debug mode.

    1. Plug in the device and let Windows fail to find a driver - if it finds one take note and uninstall the device and driver then start again
    2. Go to C:\Users\<User>\.android\ and open adb_usb.ini
    3. Add 0x109b in the list accordingly (if there are devices listed already it is ok, just list it last)
    4. Test connectivity to the device through ADB
    5. Download Motochop and run the included batch file - nhshah7

    PLEASE NOTE
    I'm looking for a way restore my recovery partition as I killed it working on this. I dont want to have to hunt a new tablet down here :(

    Also - Not responsible for your defunct results
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