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Soft Bricked Asus Nexus 7 2013 Tablet

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Barbarian Roman, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Barbarian Roman

    Thread Starter

    Hi everyone,

    I screwed up the OS of my tablet and am now stuck in a bootloop.
    After a lot of trouble due to my inexperience, I managed to get a rooted but otherwise unaltered Android 6.0.1 on my tablet working correctly.
    I also managed to get Clockworkmod Recovery installed which seems to have overwritten my OEM recovery. I did this so I could install SuperSu 2.65 on there so I could root my device.

    The reason I rooted was to get Sixaxis controller app working on my tablet so I could use the Dualshock 4 to play games that did not support that controller, like I did on an older tablet.
    Unfortunately, it does not work in Android 6.0 due to some bluetooth protocols or something being changed and the app not being updated, so I wanted to flash a rooted but otherwise unaltered Android 5.1.1 rom. I don't really need this tablet on a day to day basis so I wanted to turn it into a gaming machine.

    Stupidly I forgot to enable USB debugging. Or make a backup on the internal SD card. I selected restore from the settings within Android to clear all data, caches etc and ended up in a bootloop.
    I have no external SD card slot.
    I have no backup on the internal SD card.
    I am now stuck in a bootloop, but can boot to Clockwordmod recovery and bootloader.
    I can't sideload because I don't have USB debugging enabled.
    OTG USB does not work in my version of clockworkmod, even though it says the USB disk is mounted, there is no option to install/restore the zip file from there unless you have an unofficial version which I don't have.
    I have the Anriod SDK developer stuff installed like the Google Drivers, Fastboot, Adb, etc.

    In short, I need some way to get a damn zip file onto my interal SD card, I don't care what rom if it's rooted or not, stock or modded, Android 4.x or 6.x, because at least with a working OS I can go from there.

    Any help would be appreciated...

    #1 Barbarian Roman, Jan 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
  2. Best Answer:
    Post #2 by Madbat, Jan 27, 2016 (1 points)
  3. Madbat

    Madbat Android Expert

    First, ditch clockworkmod for twrp. Much better recovery. And will mount USB. There are tons of roms to choose from.
    I can get you some links.
    Also, try wugfresh nexus root toolkit for fastboot.
    In the toolkit, select flash stock+unroot to flash a factory image. Pick the soft bricked bootloop option and just put tablet in fastboot mode. Then no need for USB debugging to be on.
    #2 Madbat, Jan 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
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  4. Barbarian Roman

    Thread Starter

    Thank you very much for the help, I'll try it when I get home! But that tool was from 2012, will to work with the Nexus 7 2013?

    Edit: Thank you so much, the tool worked like a charm, very easy to use, and now I have a rooted unbricked 5.1.1 tablet! Once again, thanks!
    #3 Barbarian Roman, Jan 27, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
  5. Madbat

    Madbat Android Expert

    The toolkit was BUILT in 2012, but it is updated all the time. It was just updated like a week ago. It downloads all the files you need to do just about anything. And that's because he updates the kit regularly. But even if he stops updating (not likely) you can download files yourself and still use the kit.
    It's really the best nexus toolkit around, as you can see.

    Check out the advanced features too. Tons of stuff.
    After you get comfortable using it for a while, start learning basic fastboot commands. It's really easy and you will be glad you did. Just in case he stops updating, or Android gets a major update and the kit takes a week or so to get updated to work. That always seems to be the time your nexus will act up, lol.
    Then you'll be prepared.

    Ok, sorry to ramble on. Glad you got it up and running. And now you have the tools to keep it that way.
    Good luck, and have fun bro!
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The Nexus 7 (2013) release date was July 2013. Features and Specs include a 7.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 3950mAh battery.

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