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Old Asus Fonepad stuck in various startup problems

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by MisterOlga, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. MisterOlga

    MisterOlga Lurker
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    Hello! This is my very first post here so please bear with me (and tell me if I have messed something up).
    I recently found my old Asus Fonepad (as far as I know it's the old K004 ME371MG, sadly it didn't show up it in the device forums choice). It had always been rather mediocre and when I bought a high-end 2in1 for my work, I just kind of forgot about the Fonepad for a year and a half. After all, it is about seven years old now?

    Anyway, I just remembered that I still had it and thought it to be a wasted opportunity to not at least gift it to my grandma or something. The problem: It seems to be thoroughly messed up. After charging it, I tried turning it on but it is stubborn. The interesting thing: Different things happen each time:
    - 9 out of 10 tries: The white Asus logo shows up for a brief second. Then immediately a white USB logo with a white bar underneath it appears. The phone is completely unresponsive and has to be turned off by holding the power button.
    - 1 out of 10 tries: The white Asus logo shows up for about a second. Then I get a black screen for a second or two before you can see something for a split second: The green android figure lying on its back and a red triangle above it. It then immediately restarts and you get the USB logo next time.

    I tried reading up on solutions a bit and the first you come across is a soft reset via safe mode. I looked up the correct button combination to enter it and the startup chances changed yet again:
    - 8 out of 10 tries: The USB logo just like I explained it above.
    - 1 out of 10 tries: the android figure as explained above.
    - 1 out of 10 tries: After the white Asus logo, it asks for a USB connection. When I connect it to my computer, the Fonepad even recognises it and changes the logo to "ready to download" as far as I remember. My computer did not seem to recognise the Fonepad though, so I had no idea what to do here. I currently have trouble reproducing this result, so it might not be available anymore.

    I tried reading further into it but apparently it is really difficult to repair a completely unresponsive android device. So here you have it: There is nothing of personal value on the Fonepad, so I am fine using the most drastic measures to get it to run again; I just need to know what to do. If it gets busted in the process, that is fine as well, but I am eager to try anything. I am looking forward to some advice on how to put some life back into my old Fonepad. I can provide additional info or pictures, but I figured there is no need yet as there is not much to see.
    Additional info: I never messed with any integral part of the software or hardware.

    tl;dr: Fonepad is stuck in startup, possibly for various reasons. Need advice on how to fix it, nothing valuable on it anymore.
    Thanks for any help, it is greatly appreciated!
     



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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

Asus Fonepad 7 Forum

The Asus Fonepad 7 release date was October 2013. Features and Specs include a 7.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, Intel Atom Z2560 processor, and 3950mAh battery.

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