[Q] Hisense Sero 7 Pro Rooting

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HYDRO777

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Can I find a work around and flash from sdcard?

OK Guys I need some help here and thanks to anyone who can help!
I have a Sero 7 Pro tablet I purchased and it gets stuck on boot on either the Hisense screen or sometimes it makes it to the Smart screen and then never completes booting. Ive already tried using recovery and doing the factory reset with the same results. And NO GOOD.
I want to install a new rom but I never made the needed settings to enable USB Debugging and developer etc. needed to root this broken puppy. Is there another way I can root this device? In the recovery menu I have several options. 1 apply update from ADB and 2 apply update from sdcard. Is there a way I can root using files loaded on the sd card? When using my PC connected via the usb cord my PC is not seeing the tablet. I am running win7 64 bit system. Anyone have any ideas that can help me get this running again? Ive rooted my HTC One (M7) and I also rooted a Sony Experia Ion too so I have some experience. Im a noob but not a total noob if you know what I mean.. Thanks! PLZ HELP!
 

dltiffany

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Sero 7 Pro stuck on "android" during boot.

I have a Sero Pro 7 stuck on a screen I don't recognize. Just the word android with a highlight cycling from left to right. Originally I was stuck on the Smart screen, then did a factory reset. After the reset, booting goes to the hisense screen, then this android screen. Has anyone encountered this? Thanks in advance. I apologize if this is posted in the wrong place; I'm new to the forum.
 

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I have a Sero Pro 7 stuck on a screen I don't recognize. Just the word android with a highlight cycling from left to right. Originally I was stuck on the Smart screen, then did a factory reset. After the reset, booting goes to the hisense screen, then this android screen. Has anyone encountered this? Thanks in advance. I apologize if this is posted in the wrong place; I'm new to the forum.
I got it running for a while, but thought I'd try shutting down and re-starting and I haven't been able to. Have reset it several times. I get different results when I attempt to start, sometimes the Smart screen forever, once or twice the Android screen, right now it seems to want to show the Hisense screen for a while, then blank, but not off. If I hold the power button it will shut off all the way, getting just a little darker.
 

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serolicous custom recovery does not work

What the heck is going on with some of these devs and their roms serolicous works for 10 minutes boots up properly but then preperation zip removes my cwm selinuxs and serolicous recovery does not work for crap tablets boots to hisense logo then to a recovery that does not work seems like my tablet is now toasted the best rom with no problem so far is XBOX XPERT ROM. Why the heck did i ever mess around with serolicous power volume down and no working recovery. that can help me to wipe and revert back to XBOX XPERT ROM OR STOCK ROM what the heck man this is so wrong man
 
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Beware of serolicous rom bricks hisense sero 7 pro

HAD XBOX XPERT ROM ON MY HISENSE SERO 7 PRO GOT CURIOUS AND FLASH SEROLICOUS TO THE BOOK NOW TABLET BOOTS TO HISENSE LOGO THEN TO SOME SORT OF RECOVERY THAT DOESNT WORK ANY HELP ON THIS IS APPRECIATED https:/ /m.youtube.com. /watch? feature=youtu.be&v= 61mzDDTTZhE
 

don8877

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I flash dopa rom to the book with selinux cwm my battery drain and would not charge

Go to this thread to install DOPA 4.4.2 KitKat rom, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2709243
I did this last week, using the PC to push the PHILZ recovery so that I could install this ROM.
I had XBOX's ROM and messed around with the build.prop file and put my tablet in the exact state yours is in.

Now it runs great.

ALL my tablet does now is boot to hisense logo then boots to fake cwm 6.0.4.5 recovery that doesnt work its just stuck there and the battery doesnt charge use AC CHARGER THATS THE ONL WAY i get this to boot cant even go into FASTBOOT this video shows [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3WkDdkjMFw]
 

danknasty

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I just ordered one of these and was wondering if there is any rooting information for a newbie. My only other prior rooting experience is an amazon fire tv and I think this is probably completely different. I saw the first page of this post but as it was made in 2013 I was hoping there would be an updated root or rom or whatever... thanks
 

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I just ordered one of these and was wondering if there is any rooting information for a newbie. My only other prior rooting experience is an amazon fire tv and I think this is probably completely different. I saw the first page of this post but as it was made in 2013 I was hoping there would be an updated root or rom or whatever... thanks

to root it use the directions in the first post, but you are correct you probably don't want to use the clockworkmod or rom in the first post.

the three things you need to do are
1 root it
2 install a new recovery
3 install a new rom (from within the new recovery)

once you have it rooted i would suggest going here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2696065
and choosing from either the 3rd of the 4th post for a recovery and a rom. there are lollipop roms available, but they are still quite buggy. for me by far the best roms are kitkat based (4.4)
both davepmer and delorespark have very stable (bug free) roms. i really like omnirom from davepmer. but if you want really good directions you might want to try AOSP from delorespark.
 
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to root it use the directions in the first post, but you are correct you probably don't want to use the clockworkmod or rom in the first post.

the three things you need to do are
1 root it
2 install a new recovery
3 install a new rom (from within the new recovery)

once you have it rooted i would suggest going here
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2696065
and choosing from either the 3rd of the 4th post for a recovery and a rom. there are lollipop roms available, but they are still quite buggy. for me by far the best roms are kitkat based (4.4)
both davepmer and delorespark have very stable (bug free) roms. i really like omnirom from davepmer. but if you want really good directions you might want to try AOSP from delorespark.

Thanks for the help I think I have it pretty much figured out aside from the 10 or so variations of each of the numerous roms and what any of it really means.. Just to avoid picking one at random is there a specific one you suggest... one says kitkat and one says 4.4 beanstalk does that mean its kitkat?
 

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Thanks for the help I think I have it pretty much figured out aside from the 10 or so variations of each of the numerous roms and what any of it really means.. Just to avoid picking one at random is there a specific one you suggest... one says kitkat and one says 4.4 beanstalk does that mean its kitkat?

for simplicity i would probably say this one
AOSP v4.4.4_r2 DoPa v2.6 (US/UK/AU) --- AOSP is just a plain jane generic version of android

or if you want something a little flashier i would suggest either omnirom or cyanogenmod. both can be found in davepmers post near the bottom (under f2fs section) the two newest ones are dated oct 15 and 16
 

danknasty

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for simplicity i would probably say this one
AOSP v4.4.4_r2 DoPa v2.6 (US/UK/AU) --- AOSP is just a plain jane generic version of android

or if you want something a little flashier i would suggest either omnirom or cyanogenmod. both can be found in davepmers post near the bottom (under f2fs section) the two newest ones are dated oct 15 and 16

I notice the bottom two you suggested said I have to install another rom before that could the AOSP that you recommended be the first one.
 

boonesmi

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I notice the bottom two you suggested said I have to install another rom before that could the AOSP that you recommended be the first one.


its referring to a new recovery that needs to be installed first.

for davepmer it would be:
1 root
2 recovery (TWRP 2.8.1.0 20141026-F2FS selinux enabled using F2FS data and cache)
3 rom (CM11 or Omnirom)

for delorespark it would be:
1 root
2 recovery (sero7pro-philz6.58.0-dopa-v2.7.zip)
3 rom (sero7pro-aosp444-dopa-v2.7.zip)


it doesn't matter which new rom you choose, you will need a new recovery that supports it

---------- Post added at 08:11 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:03 PM ----------

I notice the bottom two you suggested said I have to install another rom before that could the AOSP that you recommended be the first one.

for some good directions go to :
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2709243
and click the "click to show content" button right under "installation"
 
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danknasty

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Cool I got it I think I'm gonna try the latest rom lollipop it says it is relatively bug free. Thanks for all the help. I'm a little lost does cyanogen just include optimization like over clocking that the other Roms do not?
 

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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


Hi There,

If I root this, can I use it as an Android TV box, connected to TV and showing full 1080p? My TV does not support 1280x800 and picture looks distorted and fuzzy. I was hoping I can get 1080p out of it, kind of how Windows can adjust the screen resolution on exterior monitors.
 
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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