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Possible to flash JUST the os?

Discussion in 'Android Rooting' started by SkinJob, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. SkinJob

    SkinJob Well-Known Member
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    I'm wondering if there is a way to reflash the files of the Android operating system, without ANY of the other components (ie. kernel, boot, etc). Of course, there's a specific reason I'm asking....

    I've got a sick Playtab 9" rk3026 Rockchip tablet. It won't get past the boot screen. I have tried everything, up to and including wiping the NAND flash and reformatting it (fat32). The tablet runs jb 4.2. It (was) rooted and has TWRP recovery installed. That lets me look at the file system, and it does look to me like most files I would expect to see in "data" (and also system) are not there. If that's right, that would explain why it won't boot.

    And that may be because I backed up (and later restored) just the essential basic components of the system, and not the user data or apps; etc. It may have been too sparse a backup, and did not include the full Android jellybean OS. But I know of no custom rom for this tablet I can try!

    I'm pretty sure that if I can refresh the files of the OS somehow, or find a custom ROM that will not brick the thing, I can end up saving it!
     



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  2. scary alien

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    Do you have a copy of the stock ROM for your device?

    If you're talking about flashing the various components of the /system partition, you'd of course first need the proper source files from/for that partition, which would be much more straight-forward to do as a whole (i.e., flashing from your custom recovery).
     
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