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Old March 12th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Nexus 7 Bricked! What to do?

I was using the Nexus Root Toolkit by WugFresh v1.6.3 to reinstall the factory image. For some unknown reason, the system hung. I waited 3 hours, but nothing more happened.

Now it appears as if my Nexus 7 is well and truly bricked.

  • The battery is fully charged.
  • When I press the power button, nothing happens.
  • When I press and hold the power button, nothing happens.
  • When I press the vol/down + power button, nothing happens.
  • When I press and hold the vol/down + power button, nothing happens.
I also did the above with the Nexus 7 connected to the charger, with the same results.

By saying "nothing happens", I mean the screen stays blank.

It there anything I can do to get this tablet working again?

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Old March 12th, 2013, 01:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Moved this to the root forum for you.

Did you enable usb debugging before this?

If so, you can try to issue an adb reboot command - you never know.

You may have installed adb on your PC when you rooted.
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That you for the move into the correct forum.

I did have USB debugging on before the brick. What is an ADB reboot command?

Update:

I have now been able to get a response from my tablet. After holding down the power button, the screen now displays "Google" and an open padlock underneath and goes no further.

I connected the tablet to my Win XP PC (with WugFresh Toolkit installed) and the tablet is recognised as Android Phone - Android ADB Interface with Google driver version 6.0.0.0 dated 24 May 2012.

Things are looking promising, however I am scared to turn anything off in case they don't work again.

Any suggestions on what to now do?
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That's good news!

I'm good for some basics here and there, but really only advise in detail with what I own, which doesn't include what you have.

I'd wait here until someone who really knows the rooting ropes on your N7 comes along to help - better safe than sorry at this point!
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Problem solved!

After many tries, I was able to get into bootloader mode with the vol+power key. Once there, I used the WugFresh toolkit to Flash Stock + Unroot with the Soft-Bricked/Bootloop option.

All worked well and I now have a fresh install of the factory image.

I am now a happy little Androidian.

In future I will be MUCH more careful if I ever decide to root my Nexus 7.
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Default Re: Nexus 7 Bricked! What to do?

Good. No damage then.

I recommend getting our Mini-SDK here -

http://androidforums.com/faqs/443072-adb-guide-updated-12-05-2011-a.html#post5389081

If you have button trouble, use adb from your PC to get there like this -

adb reboot bootloader

Hope there's not a next time, but maybe a good idea to be prepared.

Cheers, glad you got it sorted.
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Problem solved!

After many tries, I was able to get into bootloader mode with the vol+power key. Once there, I used the WugFresh toolkit to Flash Stock + Unroot with the Soft-Bricked/Bootloop option.

All worked well and I now have a fresh install of the factory image.

I am now a happy little Androidian.

In future I will be MUCH more careful if I ever decide to root my Nexus 7.
I wont trade horror stories, you just survived your own, good, I'm glad your able to breath again!

Yesterday, I did a little research since I've remained puzzled about not being able to get into a Nexus 7, like I can with my phone. I found these YouTube videos. Now if I do need to, I think, I'll pull the back cover and undo the battery cable.

Pull the battery:
HOWTO: Remove and Replace Nexus 7 Battery - YouTube
And the more extreme take the Nexus 7 apart:
How to Take apart the tablet nexus 7 by Durapowerglobal.com - YouTube

I'm rooted, and want to stay rooted, so the warranty really isn't going to stop me from doing that in the future, if stuck.
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Default Re: Nexus 7 Bricked! What to do?

With the stock images and toolkits readily available you would be hard pressed to brick a Nexus 7. Not impossible just difficult.
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