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By bert_747, Junior Member on 20th September 2016, 07:28 AM
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HARD BRICK NO MORE!!! Asus ZenPad S8.0 Fix

I made the sad retarded mistake in updating a manual zip file thru CMW... I know retarded... anyways this caused the tablet to Hard Brick bootloader only with very little options, you might even have your serial number showing up as all 1's.
Usually this isn't a big deal sadly this tablet gets little to no love on the internet it seems... This is a guide to help anyone un-brick their tablet

Step 1. First this is more of a windows 10 issue than anything but some driver installs thru the Asus Flash Tool might fail.. something to do about Driver Certificates, so you'll want to disable that on your Win 10.. here a tutorial link for more youtube link HERE

Step 2. Installing the proper Drivers if you haven't already, which will all be in this zip folder HERE

Make sure you installed the ADB-Setup | Intel Android Drv Setup | Asus Android USB Drivers | Asus Flash Tool Installer 1.14

Step 3. Next you'll want to download the .raw file for the ZenPad can be found HERE

Step 4. Open your Asus Flash Tool Installer, boot up your device in the boot mode. (Hold Down the Volume Up + Power ) till you see a little android man with a hardhat.

Step 5. Plug in your device and you should see your device show up as shown HERE, next you'll want to select the model in the model drop down.... Z580C or Z580CA.. then select file. Now if it only lets you select zip thats okay. On the open file dialog box you'll see you can type in the file, simply type in the file path of the .raw file. Once you have that check on Erase Content which will erase all your internal content, and hit flash... let it run until the blue light on the program is green and has flashed succefully.

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Now you may still get on a bootloop when it restarts, if that happens simply again restart in boot loader screen and do a hard reset and you'll be good to go! Afterwards just throw that new Marshmallow update in the internal and restart .. and you'll device will ask if you want to update now u got your tablet back and Marshmallow!!! I hope this helps if you have any troubles with the links, images please feel free to let me know pm or reply to this post!!! Best of Luck!

.RAW File was provided by Portzebie! Thanks again bud!!
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20th September 2016, 10:44 AM |#2  
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Thanks for this guide. You mentioned .img file, but the file has a .raw extension. Do I need to change the extension from .raw to .img ? Yor response will be highly appreciated. my device is Z580CA.
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20th September 2016, 03:01 PM |#3  
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Thanks for this guide. You mentioned .img file, but the file has a .raw extension. Do I need to change the extension from .raw to .img ? Yor response will be highly appreciated. my device is Z580CA.
Thanks again.

Just followed the guide and after a little tinkering was able to get it to work. You don't need to change the file extension.

A few additional notes:

-to install the asus android drivers (not sure if it's even necessary but), open the ASUS_Android_USB_Drivers folder, then the android folder, then right click android_winusb.inf and select install.

-in the asus flash tool, after you select model, the location of the raw file and wipe, make sure you click on the SN to select the device. I didn't do this the first few times and it didn't do anything.
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20th September 2016, 04:12 PM |#4  
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Originally Posted by portezbie

Just followed the guide and after a little tinkering was able to get it to work. You don't need to change the file extension.

A few additional notes:

-to install the asus android drivers (not sure if it's even necessar but), open the ASUS_Android_USB_Drivers folder, then the android folder, then right click android_winusb.inf and select install.

-in the asus flash tool, after you select model, the location of the raw file and wipe, make sure you click on the SN to select the device. I didn't do this the first few times and it didn't do anything.

Thanks again, it worked like a charm.
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20th September 2016, 08:06 PM |#5  
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Step 5. Plug in your device and you should see your device show up as shown HERE, next you'll want to select the model in the model drop down.... Z580C or Z580CA.. then select file. Now if it only lets you select zip thats okay. On the open file dialog box you'll see you can type in the file, simply type in the file path of the .img file. Once you have that check on Erase Content which will erase all your internal content, and hit flash... let it run until the blue light on the program is green and has flashed succefully.

Thanks for the guide.

The link to your screenshot is missing.
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21st September 2016, 06:11 PM |#6  
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Thanks for the guide.

The link to your screenshot is missing.

Sorry bout that, screen shots should be working.
25th September 2016, 05:50 PM |#7  
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a little question,

is it possible to get xfstk files to restore a corrupt bootloader?

thx,,,
2nd October 2016, 11:35 AM |#8  
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ASUS Flashtool doesn't start flashing
Hi all, apprechiated all the posts above however, came across another issue when trying to downgrade from MM 6.0.1 to Lollipop
1. Hooked up my Z580CA tablet as described above.
2. ASUS flashtool recognized my device (right serial number and blue light on)
3. I was not able to put in the raw-file location, only (neither with backslash or without)
4. When pasting path and including backslash I was able to select the raw file (H:\EDV\Tablet\Android 5 LP\RAW\Z580C_all_WW_user_V4.6.1.raw was quoted in the file name window)
5. When I hit start, the flashtool ask for confirmation upon wiping data.
6. Nothing happens
Does anybody have a clue what went wrong
6th October 2016, 09:11 AM |#9  
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These instructions do not work for Ubuntu. I find it very hard to believe that there is only a Windows version of the flash tool available.
6th October 2016, 01:31 PM |#10  
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Does anyone know how to upgrade again to MM after flashing this rom?

EDIT: CAUTION People, there seems to be no way to upgrade back to MM after flashing this ROM.
8th October 2016, 08:18 AM |#11  
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Yes you can upgrade
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Does anyone know how to upgrade again to MM after flashing this rom?

EDIT: CAUTION People, there seems to be no way to upgrade back to MM after flashing this ROM.

I downgraded from marshmallow to lollipop with this instrucción and then upgraded again todo mm. It worked without any troubles
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