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I can see my device in adb devices. It shows up as "offline". When it is "ready":

$ adb shell
$ su
# reboot

This would reboot my device. The exact problem is that my cellphone has been turning off on its own with no specific reason, so I was wondering if I could check the logcat to see the problem. I cannot start my device, I have to remove the battery and then start it, and when I do the log is empty... But my questions here are:

  • If adb can detect my device why can't it reboot it?
  • Why can't I turn on my android device from adb when I can reboot it?
  • What does offline mean: is it turned on or not? (when it isn't usually it doesn't even show in adb devices)
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what offline means to a device? –  hugemeow Nov 20 '12 at 12:05
@hugemeow That was the point of my question, but I did not get an answer... I still don't know what it is, but if you are getting this, there is something wrong. I flashed another ROM, and everything was OK again. I'm not sure what was causing it... –  jadkik94 Nov 20 '12 at 19:32
i am searching for this same thing - does it mean it thinks think the device is turned off? –  lfender6445 Apr 16 at 16:12

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"adb: offline" reason is generally because of usb cable. If you are not using your stock cable, try with another microusb cable..

Also, while it shows offline, try this: (not everytime but sometimes it helps)

adb kill-server
adb start-server
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i am using the stock cable, and it's working fine(when my phone is "normal"). it shows the name of my device as offline when i run adb devices, only when it's in that state where i don't know if it's off or not... it shows in adb as offline (which means it is not off as usual) and anything i do with it shows it is off completely (and i cannot turn it on)... i will try kill/start server when my phone gets back in that state. thanks –  jadkik94 Apr 8 '12 at 21:54

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