1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

4.2.1 Random Reboot

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ArmageddonX, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I got mine for Christmas yesterday. It rebooted 3 times within the day all while doing random different things. Is there a problem with my Tablet or is this a known issue & Google is working on it?

    I'll just be browsing or playing a game and the screen locks up & then reboots. Any idea how to stop this?

    I am sincerely hoping Google is working on a fix so I don't have to send it back :( I love my Nexus 10 so much. It's so nice! (except for this rebooting issue)

    As I said, I just got it yesterday, so I doubt a factory reset or anything would do anything b/c it's basically factory right now.

    Here are some articles on it:
    Android 4.2 random reboots getting Google fix soon
    Issue 39912 - android - Galaxy Nexus Random Reboots on Android 4.2 JOP40C - Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project - Google Project Hosting
    Android 4.2 random reboots: What's going on? | Computerworld Blogs
    4.2 random reboots
    Nexus 10 random reboot workaround found - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
    Nexus 10 crash & reboot - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
    Issue 39879 - android - Nexus 10, freeze and soft-reset, w/ bugreport - Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project - Google Project Hosting
    Google issues Android 4.2.1 update, December apocalypse is back on! | Digital Trends

    It seems it's happening because of the GPS signal. We may just have to wait for a patch. :eek:

    Edit: I disabled my GPS this morning and I haven't had a reboot once. (knock on wood) Hope there is a patch for this soon.

    ~ ArmyX

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. Atma

    Atma Extreme Android User

    Yeah it's is a Google bug they are supposed to be working on. I have only had one reboot shortly after updating. I don't know if it's because I'm rooted and running a custom recovery or what, but it's been a rare problem for me and I've always had GPS on.

    Congrats on your N10. :)
    ArmageddonX likes this.
  3. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I turned GPS off all day and no reboots. (Knock on wood)

    Looking forward to the next update =)

    ~ ArmyX
    Atma, Caveman419 and Thats like this.
  4. Caveman419

    Caveman419 Android Enthusiast

    I always keep my GPS off (can't be to careful) and never a reboot.
  5. tanware

    tanware Android Enthusiast

    I have my GPS enabled but no random reboots at all. Mine has been rock solid so far. Are you guys running maybe some software that I don't that is using the location service?
  6. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Android Enthusiast

    I have had the GPS off after the first hour that I received it and I have not had any reboots...yet (knock on wood!). However, Chrome did crash on me for the first time last evening! Google should really up their game on a number of fronts - let me list them to get my frustration out:

    1. Fix the damned retail scene - no reason why their products should be so difficult to access via the Play Store

    2. Fix JB 4.2.1 - The perpetual beta thing is all very well and good, but at some point one has to have a stable version - especially if one wants to seriously work (and game) on the device.

    3. Fix Chrome - in terms of size and performance. For god's sake, Chrome is the Google in-house browser and is the window to the web. It should be working flawlessly.

    4. Get a Office-like suite up and running - Google Docs is all very well and good - but, frankly, it sucks. What we all need is - and I don't think I am overstating the case - a good Office-like suite (and that includes a top class PDF viewer). Well, then Google should provide it - if necessary for a fee. In today's world, it is absolutely necessary.

    5. GDrive - Improve the performance and make it seamlessly work with both a Google version of an Office Suite (see #4) AND with MS Office (for those who like or have to remain with the MS product).

    6. Accessories - the N10 (and the N4 + N7) may be developer and OEM-reference models, but as a buyer it cost me money. I paid because, among other things, I want to use it and I am not a developer. So, where are the accessories? Release a dock, a dock+keyboard, a Smart Cover (perhaps integrated with the keyboard), extra chargers (one comes with the device in the box - but what if I want 2 more chargers to place elsewhere), a faster and more efficient charging device. And all of this should have been prepped BEFORE the devices were released to the market. Now that they have been released to the market, at least release the accessories ASAP. Very bad planning on the part of Google.

    That's all I could think of at the moment and my sincerest apologies for diverting this thread! But I am sure you will all empathize with how I feel. I use my N10 for over 10 hours a day and it is an essential part of my computer environment, which only goes to show how much I like the device. But I also don't want to be short-changed and I am sure neither do you!
    ArmageddonX likes this.
  7. ArmageddonX

    ArmageddonX Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Every time my Nexus 10 reboots itself I have noticed it's when I am using Chrome. I am thinking less that it's the GPS and more that it is Chrome.

    ~ ArmyX
  8. Atma

    Atma Extreme Android User

    That's possible. I never use chrome. I have GPS on and have had only one reboot since I've owned it.
    Shilahann likes this.
  9. bru87tr

    bru87tr Lurker

    I have never had a reboot using chrome.
    Atma likes this.
  10. Atma

    Atma Extreme Android User

    Welcome to the forums bru87tr :ciao:

    Thanks for the info. Whatever it is I thought Google would have a fix by now. It's hard to figure why some have very few or none and others have it often.
  11. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Android Enthusiast

    Good point. Like I mentioned in my long and rantish post above, the time chrome crashed on me was the first time it happened. The tablet though has not crashed thus far. But what you mention is quite true - quite a few people - here, at XDA, and at other places - complain of problems most of which they report have started after the 4.2.1 update.
  12. akingsfan

    akingsfan Newbie

    I have also been experiencing random reboots with increased frequency lately. But here's the strange part...most of the reboots occur when watching videos on Netflix. It has occurred at other times, but it ALWAYS happens when watching Netflix. And I can predict when it's going to happen. The movie/video will start skipping/lagging, and within about 30 seconds, my Nexus 10 reboots. ANNOYING, to say the least. But...while it sucks to deal with this, I'm happy to see that it's not just an isolated problem, and that Google will (eventually) fix this. I just hope it's sooner rather than later!
  13. androidMatt27

    androidMatt27 Newbie

    Do we actually know if Google are aware of this? Loving my nexus 10 so far just this annoying bug is spoiling the experience!
  14. izik

    izik Lurker

    I ignorantly started another thread about this without checking here first...

    Got my Nexus 10 this morning. Since then 2 reboots (once in chrome & once when starting Netflix). Glad to see I'm not alone but it's still frustrating.
  15. clo821

    clo821 Well-Known Member

    I'm experiencing a similar issue. I received my Nexus on January 3 and it has locked up once every day. Initially I thought Chrome was to blame but I have factory reset the tablet and experienced a lockup while using another app (location was disabled).

    However, instead of the tablet automatically restarting after becoming unresponsive, I have to physically hold the power button to restart it.

    Does this sound like the same problem?
  16. Ekim Gram

    Ekim Gram Member

    I had this happen no more than an hour ago. Hmmm
  17. clo821

    clo821 Well-Known Member

    The next time I encounter a lockup I will leave the tablet alone and see if it restarts itself.

    If it does, I'm pretty sure I have the issue everyone else is reporting and I'll try to patiently wait for the bug fix.
  18. Ekim Gram

    Ekim Gram Member

    Just messed around on video chat with Google Talk. Was fine the entire time I was chatting. I exited the chat, put my Nexus down and maybe one minute later it restarted itself.
  19. R Deep Singh

    R Deep Singh Well-Known Member

    Any ideas on when we can see an update for this damn bug??

    At first I used to get it maybe twice every 3 days? But now its like 3 or 4 times a day!! Very frustrating seeing as I how paid
  20. Ekim Gram

    Ekim Gram Member

    I'm sure it'll be addressed/fixed in time. Patience usually wins that game, especially with new & popular devices.
  21. scottws

    scottws Newbie

    This appears to be a very common and known problem with Android 4.2.1:

    Freezing and random rebooting are the same problem. If your Nexus device running 4.2.1 freezes, just wait a minute or two and it will do a "soft reboot" where it skips the Google boot logo and goes straight to the "X" Nexus logo and boots back up.

    The problem is especially pronounced on the Nexus 10, but afflicts the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Galaxy Nexus devices running Android 4.2 and 4.2.1 as well. Here are some things that seem to help reduce the number of freezes/reboots for most people:

    • Completely disable GPS and location services.
    • Turn off background synchronization for Chrome and Currents.
    • Do not use the Chrome browser at all. Common alternatives are Firefox, Opera, Dolphin, and Boat.

    For those that say they are not affected by the problem, install Bootlog Uptime. It will track each time the system restarts and what the source of the restart was. Chances are that you will see that your Nexus 10 device reboots about once a day, at least. You might not be using it at the time it crashes. Other Nexus devices crash less.

    For anyone experiencing this issue on their Nexus 10, I recommend going to the bug report linked in my post above and starring the issue (which means "I have this problem too!"). Don't post a comment unless you are going to upload a bug report or steps to consistently reproduce the issue. Users who are having this problem on other Nexus devices should locate the bug report specific to their device (there are links in the XDA Developers thread I linked to above).
    cintra, clo821 and Ekim Gram like this.
  22. clo821

    clo821 Well-Known Member

    My N10 just froze and I left it alone for a minute and it indeed restarted itself. I'm feeling a bit at ease seeing that many others are affected by this bug.

    I have starred the bug report and hopefully Google can remedy this soon.
  23. Caveman419

    Caveman419 Android Enthusiast

    I have had this installed since you posted tha app and have not had one reboot. I leave the device on 24/7 and it has been up and running since. I left it on the 01082013 CM 10.1 nightly.
  24. scottws

    scottws Newbie

    I should have mentioned that I am referring to the stock kernel and ROM from Google. I've heard that many of the third party ROMs have corrected or improved these issues, but I haven't run any of them personally to verify.
  25. clo821

    clo821 Well-Known Member

    Caveman419 and Atma like this.

Share This Page