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Can I lock the Nexus 4/7 bootloader after flashing a non-stock ROM?

I know that doing a fastboot oem unlock will both unlock the bootloader and wipe the data on the device. Unfortunately, while this allows me to install a non-stock ROM like Cyanogenmod, my ...
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What does unlocking the bootloader do?

My understanding is that a boot loader is like a BIOS in a PC, which will help a device to load the OS correctly. When I unlock the bootloader in an Android device, does this modify the complete ...
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How to put a ROM on read-only /sdcard, while adb shell not working (HTC One X)

I've been searching my _ off for two days now to find a solution for my problem, but I can't find one working for me. What I do have right now: NO working ROM (I believe because of a failed atempt ...
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what is a bootloader unlocked phone?

What is a bootloader unlocked phone? How we can make use of it while creating or flashing ROMs? What are advantages of unlocked bootloaders over locked bootloaders? Why does not any OEM generally ...
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Disable splashscreen - BOOTLOGO disabled

First off all I must start by saying that I am not an Android Expert. I Have some android TV box ( not a phone ) which is of some unknown third party chinese vendor . it is already rooted . I need ...
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What is the method to debug Android kernel from booting in tablet?

I have to test a custom Android build on a tablet and I need to know the method to debug the Android kernel from booting in the tablet? The tablet has only a screen, 2 USB ports and an HDMI port.
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Will bootloader unlocking provide access to all the apps in the Play Store?

My flyer doesn't allow few apps to be installed from the Play Store as it shows "This app is not compatible with your device" and this incompatibility is not due to OS. If I get the apk of this app ...
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Booting to recovery

I have Xperia mini pro (4.1.B.0.587 Stock ram), and my bootloader is unlocked. But I could not boot to recovery mode by pulsing volume down button. I press it after phnoe shakes and before displaying "...
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Atrix 4G update via OTA with unlocked bootloader?

I am running 4.5.91 currently on a rooted and unlocked Atrix. Will I brick my phone by updating to 4.5.141 from OTA source? Can I re-lock the boot-loader if that is the issue?
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Is it possible to boot an Android phone from a USB drive?

Is there any way to boot an Android phone* from a bus-powered USB drive**? If so, what are the steps to achieve this? * E.g. one with USB OTG functionality. ** E.g. a flash drive.
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Auto boot when charger connected (for HTC Magic)

I want to let Android OS to boot automatically when the charger connected (for HTC Magic) without pressing power button I found this guide: Complete boot when charging If your phone only gets one ...
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How to flash phone, if it stucks in bootloop

My phone gets stucked in a bootloop if I start it. The last thing I did was changing the fonts. I replaced droidsans by Segoe ui. Well I already deleted the cm10.zip on the phone and now can't flash ...
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Unlocked bootloader, encryption

galaxy nexus unlocked bootloader no adb enabled rooted device encryption on with 10+ characters (Cryptfs Password - Google play) PIN screen lock with 6 characters Am I safe if someone wants to ...
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How can I go back to ICS after JB OTA updates?

My phone is HTC One S VelliC2 and received the JB OTA updates. However, I could not get used to it. So how can I return to ICS? Can I use the HTC Android 4.03 RUU file? Now the Hboot version has ...
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Flash Nexus 7 without USB Debugging

My Nexus 7 32gb WiFi, running stock 4.2.1, is stuck on the Nexus 'X' symbol loading screen after boot. It stays there until the battery goes flat. The issue is that I have not enabled developer or ...
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How do you undo a Bootloaded Android Device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Android tablet won’t reboot after rebooting using volume and power buttons I 'think' I have bootloaded my device after pressing the Power+Volume buttons simultaneously to ...
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Android tablet won't reboot after rebooting using volume and power buttons

I am using a 7" Smartfren tablet called S7. I was following this tutorial. When I got the last part about the bootloader, I turned my device off. I tried to reboot using the volume buttons and power ...
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How to upgrade HBOOT from 0.80.0007 to 1.01.0001

I own an HTC Wildfire with HBOOT version 0.80.0007 and S-On. How do I upgrade to HBOOT 1.01.0001? Can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction? I've been racking my brains for the last few days, ...
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fastboot not working on my Nexus 4

I'm trying to root my N4, and fastboot doesn't seem to work. Running it on linux, and the fastboot binary seems to run. 'Fastboot devices' produces info on my device, but 'fastboot oem unlock' just ...
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Is the setting OFF/ON of the security flag different from enabling/disabling of fastboot?

I am following the book XDA Developers Android Hackers Toolkit 2012. In the beginning chapters , it says that : The second-stage bootloader checks to see if the security flag is on (S-ON) or off (S-...
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Where is the code for the Bootloader stored in an Android phone?

Where is the bootloader program on an Android phone stored ?
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HTC ONE X: Rooting and boot loader [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to root the new version of the ONE X How to root HTC ONE X from AT&T? What exactly does rooting a phone mean? What is the boot loader? Is installing boot loader ...
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Flashed my phone without rooting and now it doesn't work

I have an international Samsung Galaxy SIII i.e. GT-I9300. Few days after the official upgrade to v4.1, it started freezing. So I removed the battery and inserted again and it did not boot and was ...
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Is there a way to tell if a boot loader can be unlocked before purchase?

For example are boot loaders unlockable only if the phone is branded and comes with a contract? If I bought a phone of Amazon.com would I likely be able to unlock the boot loader or is it really just ...
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How Can I Pass Bootloader (Huawei Y200 stuck logo/ Boot-Loop)

I have recently learnt a few things about Android and its system. I have a Huawei Ascend Y200, and I flashed it with ClockworkMod specifically for Y200 with a computer and it worked. I rooted my ...
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Why does unlocking the bootloader wipe phone?

I understand that unlocking the bootloader will wipe my Android phone, but have been looking around for why. Seems to be by design, but what is the reasoning for that design? Is it some security ...
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How to get setting information before booting Android devices like in BIOS?

Is there any method by which we could get the system information before booting android OS. Like wise in PC/laptop, we can get into BIOS setting before booting and get the system information. Do ...
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Asus Eee Pc with android 4.0 doesn't show internal disk in file system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Internal hard disk partitions (sda2) not showing in android system Hi i have Asus EeePc with android 4.0 operating system . There is about 250 GB of total space (seen in ...
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How to Install our android image in laptop ? How to make android boot-able image for laptop?

I have Android Source Code image and i want to install it on Laptop . I want to know how we made bootable image for laptop with android image. What I have to do so that laptop detect the android ...
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Device always boots in recovery mode, but apparently there is no recovery partition

We have a BSNL Penta IS709c (cheapest tablet currently available / Oct 2012) running Android 4.0. Feeling adventurous, I issued reboot recovery through adb and the device tried to reboot in recovery ...
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How can I see bootloader stdout debugging messages?

I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of the Android bootloader. The source code for this is here: https://code.google.com/p/android-source-browsing/source/browse/recovery.cpp?repo=platform--...
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remove apps with htc bootloader unlocked

Will just unlocking the bootloader per HTC website allow me to remove apps like Blockbuster, Nova, etc on an EVO 4G?
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Installing Android using only fastboot on HTC Vision

I lost my system somehow. My phone turned off and reboots during starting up. I'm only able to go to hboot (fastboot/recovery etc.) on my phone, and I'm unable to run Android system. I have tried ...
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How does the typical Android boot process work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can somebody explain the boot process of an Android device? Windows follow some specific way to boot: Start System > BIOS > Load Boot loader > Load WIN Kernel > Load WIN ...
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What does it mean to “brick” your phone?

I'm considering unlocking the bootloader on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535). However, a guide I was reading made this statement: Once you have unlocked your phone’s bootloader using this app, you ...
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How to know whether my Xperia Ray's bootloader is locked or unlocked one

Title says all, but again a bit background I would like to know whether the bootloader on my xperia ray is locked or unlocked one. I bought it from ebay & with seller warranty (or you can say no ...
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What happens to the battery during bootloader/recovery?

I want to know what happens to the battery (does it charge/discharge/stay constant?) when the device is in bootloader or recovery mode. In both of these modes, a USB may or may not be connected. If ...
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How is it that Rooting is always possible?

Having spent some time researching what actually goes behind rooting an Android phone, the main reason that leads to the ability root is an inherent vulnerability on the Linux kernel that leads to the ...
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Is there currently an easy way to root Sony Xperia S with stock ICS 4.0.4 ROM?

I'm looking for an easy way, which doesn't need Unlocking bootloader or flashing Roms, just like root solution for SE 2011 devices (one click). It's because I currently use my Xperia S for development ...
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What does HBOOT mean?

My best guess as of now is "partition and mount point layout". But it feels like there's more to it, since the bootloader can identify the HBOOT by name. I've been flashing custom ROMs for quite a ...
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What exactly are DRM keys?

I was thinking of unlocking my ST17i's bootloader but I saw on the Sony Mobile website that unlocking the bootloader will result to the deletion of DRM keys from my phone. What exactly are they? And ...
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Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 on Galaxy Nexus showing droid

I've been testing the Galaxy Nexus with JB 4.1.1 and this is what happened yesterday. Has anyone seen this screen?
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Strange (unfamilar screen) on my Galaxy Tab?

I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1. It was powered off and charging when my nephew picked it up and turned in on. When he handed it to me on the screen was a graphic of an open box, the android logo with the ...
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Debugging bootloop: Get an information log without ADB? Can an emulator help? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Android boot-up messages for debugging? Related to this post I created: Does the Android emulator generate some sort of log file I can access if it crashes? I have been ...
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Upgrading hboot fails: signature verify fail

My Goal http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1762790 Putting jelly bean on nexus one My Problem Upgrading hboot I'm just following everything step by step (link) $ fastboot flash ...
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Can't access Recovery Menu Milestone a853

I'm trying to flash a Cyanogenmod 7.1.5 on my Motorola Milstone A853. I can access the Bootloader (version 90.74) and started RSDLite 5.7 and used a base sbf file, which flashes normally. When I ...
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Android boot-up messages for debugging?

I am trying to figure out if Android (i.e. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and/or Motorola Xoom) come with some sort of capability to produce a "boot-up" log. (kind of like Linux boot-up screen) It would be ...
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What are the technical differences between bootloader, recovery, kernel and ROM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? I'd love a reference (or an explanation if anyone has the time) on what characterizes these different ...
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Does a nandroid backup contain the hboot?

If I restore a nandroid backup will it restore the hboot and the corresponding partition tables? I'm on bravo-stock hboot now and I want to try the CM7 hboot. Will I be able to switch back to stock ...
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How to install fastboot drivers? [duplicate]

I have a cheap clone android (benss b3) that I managed to connect to win 7 by editing the .inf file in usb drivers. Now I want to load different ROMs via fastboot. However, when I boot to fastboot ...