[ TF300T ] How to unbrick when wrong recovery menu was flashed.

ozkrtech

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This is how I unbricked my TF300T that had no rom installed and a wrong bootloader/recovery combination. (4.2 bootloader with TWRP recovery JB version). Hope it helps.:good:

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I have the same on my TF300t and A700 - but it seems i just managed to get my TF300t back

i tried all fastboot (reflashing recovery, boot, system etc) no dice - especially since writing system was done after 3 secs all the time.

Here how i restored my TF300T JB

download your appropriate lates firmware from Asus (WW, US etc.) and extract the zip twice so you have your blob file

install your device drivers if needed (i used Google SDK ones) (and as a Tip Win8 sucks for Fastboot stuff so try to get Win7 Vista XP for this)

Reset your device with a paperclip/needle (about 2 cm down of your sdcard slot) and hold vol-down to enter fastboot

(the folowing i did at least 10 times already but didn't erase misc)

fastboot erase system
fastboot erase recovery
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot erase boot
fastboot erase misc
fastboot erase cache
fastboot -i 0x0B05 flash system c:\adb\TF300t\blob (this is my path - your's may vary depending where you stored your blob) ((also this was the first time i saw the loading bar while flashing)*
fastboot -i 0x0B05 reboot


* it also took a lot longer as it should:
C:\>fastboot -i 0x0B05 flash system c:\adb\TF300t\blob
erasing 'system'...
OKAY [ 1.695s]
sending 'system' (800935 KB)...
OKAY [133.121s]
writing 'system'...
OKAY [153.973s]
finished. total time: 288.789s

im now setting my tab up to get back to CM (which initially caused this sh1theap due to autoupdate error, same as my A700 got bricked )


hope i could help you out!

cheers
-Buster <----(credits to him) Go to this link ---> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=44244313&postcount=12 because that's the guy that wrote this procedure from above (credits to him) :
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This part was me now -ozkrtech <--- (credits to me)

In addition to that, if you simply can't see your device using the command "adb devices" go check on device manager if you see a device called just "Transformer" with a yellow icon indicating it needs a driver, and manually update driver, select "browse my computer for drivers" and then select let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" there you will see a list of like 3 different drivers, one of them says "bootloader" and one of the others says "adb" (i think they self explain) but just in case try with each one of them you can keep on switching drivers until you get your device recognized by the command "adb devices".

You should be asking yourself... whats the right moment to do an "adb devices" command? well my tablet same as -Buster's tablet had the wrong recovery menu flashed (wrong bootloader version) and it just kept booting into the corrupted recovery (in my case TWRP) with the "can't mount anything" and "what's the password" issue. When you get to password screen just hit cancel and try the "adb devices" commando and you'll see it gets recognized with your device serial number.

Once your device gets recognized by "adb devices" command you will proceed to use "adb reboot-bootloader" command and the tablet will reboot into the menu that had 4 options but now have 3 options and its missing the fastboot option (don't panic) in the last bootloader it is auto-fastboot mode when you reach that screen with just 3 options in it now (yeah is the screen with the RCK option) at this point try "fastboot devices" command to see if your device gets recognized same as "adb devices" procedure, it should get recognized with a different serial number (don't know why, maybe that number isn't a serial number), at this time you are SO LUCKY! now you will follow what I posted at the beginning from that other dude ---> (-Buster) or follow his link --- > http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=44244313&postcount=12

And you'll have an unbricked tf300t in no time =) (I personally used the stock but newest Asus ROM) 4.2.1 (10.6.1.27.1) and it worked flawlessly.

**NOTE** don't turn off nor reset your device once you have formatted the partitions, no need for that (don't know what happends but it might get really hard bricked) just proceed to flash the stock rom after erasing the partitions.

I'm 100% positive this will work if your device is in same state as ours. (had TWRP for JB) then updated bootloader to version 4.2 and forgot to update twrp to version 4.2 or installed twrp version JB by mistake and lost fastboot and TWRP is asking password.

Hope it helps. Let me know your status and if it worked for you.
 
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indyssee

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So I am in the same boat as I flashed the wrong twrp. My device shows up under adb devices and I can boot into the bootloader using adb reboot-bootloader. However, once there, I can not get the device recognized with fastboot. I have tried messing with the drivers like you suggested but nothing will get it to show up with fastboot. Anybody have advice on where to go from here?

So extra info. The device bootloops into twrp 2.6. The only way I can boot into fastboot mode is with adb reboot-bootloader and I can get into APX. I can also boot directly into my current ROM (Slim beta 3) by selecting android in the bootloader menu. I have tried flashing proper recovery through flashify, which is says was successful, but the wrong twrp never gets overwritten. Rebooting the device will send it back to twrp.

Thanks if anyone can help
 

plaidcounty

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Thanks, man! It took a while to find this thread, but this was exactly my problem. The adb driver in windows was the pre-solution to help get back to the fastboot server in the bootloader. Awesome information. Thanks again!
 
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I have tried "adb reboot-bootloader" and then adb devices and fastboot devices and neither will show the tab listed while the tab reaches that screen with just 3 options. I have uninstalled reinstalled drivers, it does show in device manager as Asus Android Composite ADB Interface but when running the command it will not list the tablet. Any suggestions?
 
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vpreda2003

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Hello!
A few days ago I tried to root my Asus TF300T because before that, I changed the lcd and the touchscreen from FPC-1 to G01 version. So I had to root and update touchscreen's firmware to 02-3011-4820.ekt. I already updated with last firmware from asus.com. First, I installed a TRWP recovery but was useless since the touchscreen doesn't worked. So I tried to rewrite CWM recovery. I reset it and I don't remember exactly if I begun to install or not CWM but when I tried to wipe data (Vol- + Power), the tablet has freezed. After a few minutes I did a hardware reset (pin hole). Since that, the tablet freeze with "Device Unlocked", Asus logo and nVidia. The device was already unlocked. I don't have any backup from it. No fastboot, no adb. Just APX mode. Is it possible to do something with it anymore? I tried BootTools2, extracted bloobs from last version of firmware, tryed to flash them with nvflash and wheelie but vainly. What is the next step? I'm a beginner!
Remember please I cannot go in fastboot recovery menu, only apx. Thank you in advance!
 

Quasit

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Howdy, folks. I recently bricked my tablet thanks to a bad install of CWM, but following the OP's guide I was successfully able to reflash stock firmware and the device runs fine now.

However, upon reflashing said firmware, it became apparent to me (from reading various threads in the development subforum), that I would need to downgrade to an older firmware version to reflash TWRP. So I did that successfully, but now I am having a problem similar, or perhaps identical, to that of Bionicbowtieguy, in that ADB appears to be broken for my tablet. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Asus usb drivers, in addition to reinstalling/updating all of the ADB software. Fastboot still works fine, but as such I'm unable to root using Motochop's rooting kit (I know there are other methods out there), nor am I able to flash a new recovery. I have also tried repeatedly reflashing the older stock in the hopes that ADB would magically start working again to no avail.

Does anyone have any suggestions to getting ADB to work for my tablet again? I have scoured the web, particularly these forums, for days looking for an answer, but haven't turned anything up yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

amebiasis

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Gave back 10 years of my life that I lost once I discovered I flashed the wrong TWRP version. Can't thank you enough man.
Same here!

Thank you OP for making this a topic even if you didn't come up with it you made it a thread that has saved a few people like myself money and headaches. Literally I just stumbled on this thread 10 minutes after I told my wife is be Tablet shipping Black Friday. Thank you sir.
 

sevenalive

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Thank you.

I did this on a hackintosh running OSX since on Win 8.1 fastboot kept crashing.

March of this year I bricked my tablet during that 1 week period where nobody knew that TWRP was broken + fastboot freezing.

I must have tried everything, Maybe that erase misc was the key factor for success.


I was about to sell this for what I could get or send it to asus, now I can use it again!
 

ofsinreno

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How are you guys getting your tablet into fastboot mode? I've tried power on with volume down, the reset hole with volume down, and letting the battery die then recharge, then power on with volume down... Nothing. What am I doing wrong?

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk
 

alawn

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This worked! I thought I was out of luck. Thanks a lot.

I accidentally flashed an incomparable version of twrp. It would only boot straight into recovery and I couldn't get into recovery. TWRP kept asking for a password even though I never set one up and it wouldn't mount the internal storage or sd card.

I had to follow the instructions at the bottom to intall the drivers so adb and fastboot to work. After that I followed the instructions at the top.

The only thing different I did was skip the "fastboot erase boot" step. I was afraid that would really brick my device if I screwed up (Does this really erase the bootaloader leaving the device with no bootloader?).
 

Bolandk

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Just wondering how long the fastboot window sits displaying < waiting for device > ? All my drivers are ok and I my pad shows up fine as a fastboot device in windows.

Cheers
 

norm883

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Fastboot

Just wondering how long the fastboot window sits displaying < waiting for device > ? All my drivers are ok and I my pad shows up fine as a fastboot device in windows.

Cheers
They do not sit at all they will go right to it. You must not have the right combination yet. Keep trying.
Took me awhile to get the link.


norm883
 

philleicht

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FIXED!

BY GOD, I have no words for how incredible grateful I am right now! You not only saved my TF300T's life but also a lot of money for me and gave me another lesson of Android insight.
Thanks so much for this!

Let me know if I can return the favor somehow!

Regards,
(a very happy) philleicht
 
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DrPhant0m

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Hi. I think I'm having the same problem as some of the others in this thread.

Background: Tablet is unlocked, JB Rom (Paranoid Android) was installed since March, along with TWRP recovery. In preparation of installing CM11, I used Android Terminal Emulator to install the latest TWRP from a *.blob file, but I found that the latest TWRP is still not CM11-ready...

Setup to Issue: Last night, I decided I wanted to put CM11 on my TF300T. TWRP doesn't have a compatible recovery out for CM11 (install of CM11 rom fails every time), so I reinstalled the paranoid android ROM, and attempted to get the latest recovery from clockworkmod. On cwm's website, they only have choices for "transformer" "transformer prime" and "transformer infinity" which, when downloaded, have tf101, tf201, and tf700 in their filenames. (No tf300, that is)

So... I attempted to install the tf201 recovery (closest to mine, right?) by renaming the file cwm.blob, and using android terminal emulator to install it, the same way I did with TWRP. The first few times I tried and rebooted into recovery... TWRP was still installed... which was weird to me.

The big problem: Ultimately... when I rebooted the tablet, I just see the initial "ASUS" screen with "The Device is UnLocked." in the top-left corner. When I hold the power button to turn it off... it powers back on within a few seconds, and stays at the "ASUS" screen again. It will not stay off... and will not show anything but the "ASUS" splash screen. (With one exception, described later - "the only ray of hope...") If I hold the volume up or down buttons when powering on the device, absolutely nothing different happens. (since it doesn't STAY off... I've tried all kinds of different combinations of pushing/holding the appropriate buttons for when the tablet comes back on) IMPORTANT: I never see the "three icons" as expected when holding the volume button(s). No RCK, USB, etc... when the unit turns back on, it goes to the ASUS screen, and stays there until the battery dies. As a result... I can't get into recovery, fastboot, or APX or whatever in the traditional way.

Pressing the reset button alone, or reset + volume down has the effect of temporarily turning off the unit and then on again, the same as holding the power button to turn it off and letting it turn itself back on again.

The only ray of hope that I have is that *sometimes* if I press reset + volume up with the USB cable connected to a computer... the screen will STAY BLACK, but the "device connected" sound will play on my PC (Win 7 x64) as if I just plugged the tablet into USB on my computer, and I will get a message that it's trying to install an APX device. However, it eventually tells me that the device driver could not be installed. The screen on the tablet stays black in this case... until I reset it, hold the power button, etc.

So... I'm not opposed to (or unfamiliar with) using fastboot or any other command-line app to resurrect my tablet... I just haven't been able to get it into a condition that I can try something like that yet.

Is there any hope for my tablet? Somebody please help me. I'm open to sending a few bucks via paypal or google wallet to anyone that can lead me to a resolution. That would be cheaper than buying a new tablet... not to mention the priceless value of the progress I have in Fieldrunners 2. lol.

Thanks for your time!
~Ryan
 
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same problem reboot back to twrp

well i may be stupid because i can't understand why i have tried a couple of commands and i still get the same problem reset volume down still goes back to twrp and ask for a password can someone please explain this in alittle more detail and what commands i also get the waiting for device in my commands is there another way to push these files into this device tf201 please help is there a way to do something in the twrp recovery like terminal command
 
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R1chard87

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I was a fool for flashing wrong recovery!

Hi. I think I'm having the same problem as some of the others in this thread.

Background: Tablet is unlocked, JB Rom (Paranoid Android) was installed since March, along with TWRP recovery. In preparation of installing CM11, I used Android Terminal Emulator to install the latest TWRP from a *.blob file, but I found that the latest TWRP is still not CM11-ready...

Setup to Issue: Last night, I decided I wanted to put CM11 on my TF300T. TWRP doesn't have a compatible recovery out for CM11 (install of CM11 rom fails every time), so I reinstalled the paranoid android ROM, and attempted to get the latest recovery from clockworkmod. On cwm's website, they only have choices for "transformer" "transformer prime" and "transformer infinity" which, when downloaded, have tf101, tf201, and tf700 in their filenames. (No tf300, that is)

So... I attempted to install the tf201 recovery (closest to mine, right?) by renaming the file cwm.blob, and using android terminal emulator to install it, the same way I did with TWRP. The first few times I tried and rebooted into recovery... TWRP was still installed... which was weird to me.

The big problem: Ultimately... when I rebooted the tablet, I just see the initial "ASUS" screen with "The Device is UnLocked." in the top-left corner. When I hold the power button to turn it off... it powers back on within a few seconds, and stays at the "ASUS" screen again. It will not stay off... and will not show anything but the "ASUS" splash screen. (With one exception, described later - "the only ray of hope...") If I hold the volume up or down buttons when powering on the device, absolutely nothing different happens. (since it doesn't STAY off... I've tried all kinds of different combinations of pushing/holding the appropriate buttons for when the tablet comes back on) IMPORTANT: I never see the "three icons" as expected when holding the volume button(s). No RCK, USB, etc... when the unit turns back on, it goes to the ASUS screen, and stays there until the battery dies. As a result... I can't get into recovery, fastboot, or APX or whatever in the traditional way.

Pressing the reset button alone, or reset + volume down has the effect of temporarily turning off the unit and then on again, the same as holding the power button to turn it off and letting it turn itself back on again.

The only ray of hope that I have is that *sometimes* if I press reset + volume up with the USB cable connected to a computer... the screen will STAY BLACK, but the "device connected" sound will play on my PC (Win 7 x64) as if I just plugged the tablet into USB on my computer, and I will get a message that it's trying to install an APX device. However, it eventually tells me that the device driver could not be installed. The screen on the tablet stays black in this case... until I reset it, hold the power button, etc.

So... I'm not opposed to (or unfamiliar with) using fastboot or any other command-line app to resurrect my tablet... I just haven't been able to get it into a condition that I can try something like that yet.

Is there any hope for my tablet? Somebody please help me. I'm open to sending a few bucks via paypal or google wallet to anyone that can lead me to a resolution. That would be cheaper than buying a new tablet... not to mention the priceless value of the progress I have in Fieldrunners 2. lol.

Thanks for your time!
~Ryan
I have exactly this! I hope someone knows the answer for this issue. Else the tablet will learn how to fly!
I tried to push the reset button as described earlier but nothing changes. Not able to go into recovery Just stuck at ASUS in the middle NVidia in the bottomright corner en upperleft corner 'this device is unlocked':(