The bootloader is started shortly after the device's basic checks and is responsible for loading the Android OS. It can be used to boot different rooms besides the stock firmware, if the bootloader is unlocked.

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Strange chinese menu on Lenovo IdeaTab S6000

Context I just Skyped with my mother (far away) because her Android tablet (Lenovo IdeaTab S6000, running on Android 4.2) showed a strange menu with Chinese characters, almost like a bootloader. My ...
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Can I flash an unlocked G900T bootloader on a G900A?

I have a G900A and a G900T (short story: couldn't live any longer with the locked bootloader on G900A so I bought a G900T to use on AT&T). It's possible to flash a custom recovery/ROM onto the ...
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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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Asus memopad7 170C, unlocking bootloader fails

I'm trying too root my Asus memo pad 7 (170C), I've tried EVERY method, using KingoRoot, SuperOneClick, Frameroot, motochopper. None of them worked. So I decided to do the rooting stuff myself, first ...
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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 oem unlock: hangs with `…'

First of all, I am a newbie to Android. I am using Ubuntu Gnome 14.10 to run all the commads. I am trying to unlock the bootloader of my Lenovo A536 (stock Android 4.4.2 aka KitKat). Here is what I ...
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How to do a factory reset when recovery mode, usb debugging and factory reset don't work?

I have a device called "EXEQ SET": http://www.exeq.ru/produkcija/pristavki/os-android/set.html It runs Android 4.1.1. It is spitting out errors like this every other second, making the device almost ...
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Enable framebuffer console in Android kernel source

Is it possible to somehow enable the framebuffer console in android kernel sources from samsung, to see kernel messages instead of just the bootlogo?
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Nexus 5 IMEI number gone after updating

My IMEI number has disappeared on my Nexus 5 and now can not call or text . Status of the phone says: Network: Unknown Mobile network type Unknown Service State: Out of service Mobile network ...
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How to unlock bootloader on samsung devices?

Before you try to install any custom ROM on your device, you need to unlock the phone’s bootloader, which is a code executed before any OS (operating system) launch. The notion of a bootloader is ...
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Nexus 7 Error: Failed to mount /cache

I had a problem with my Nexus 7 (2013, 2nd gen) tablet. I restarted my tablet and when it was rebooting again, it showed "Google" logo and then stood there. I wait it (around 20 minutes) but it did ...
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How to re lock bootloader on samsung galaxy s5?

I have Unlocked Rooted Samsung Galaxy S5 recently it has been giving me a lot of issues and I want to send it to Samsung for repair meant. I understand that once you root your device you loose the ...
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“Locking” a Samsung Bootloader

In order to prevent cold-boot attacks against an encrypted Android filesystem, it has been recommended to keep your bootloader locked at all times with the original factory recovery installed. The ...
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Rooted Nexus 5 lollipop GOOGLE start screen won' turn on

since I rooted my nexus I and couldn't make screenshots anymore. So I decided to go and check if I could fix it in Recovery mode. I couldn't find anything about it so i wanted to turn it back on. it ...
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Can't Factory Reset HTC Desire C

I tried unlocking the bootloader (which I apparently succeeded at.) I then tried rooting it, which I failed at. I just want to reset the phone back to factory settings but when I try to do a factory ...
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HTC One M8 is stuck on bootloader and won't accept “adb * mods”

I have HTC One M8 that has been rooted, but relocked and S-OFF. I have also tried fastboot flash boot boot.img and then I get this message everytime. sending 'boot' <8624 KB> ... FAILED ...
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adb does not reboot my Samsung Galaxy SIII I9300 to bootloader (download) mode!

My device is Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and I did a complete factory reset. Device is NOT rooted yet. It works properly. I can do all of following with my device: Power off using device keys. Start ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 is not detected by fastboot under Ubuntu 14.04

When I connect my device in Download mode to my laptop, it is not detected by neither adb nor fastboot commands: fastboot devices and sudo fastboot devices returns nothing when device is connected ...
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device not loading into bootloader

I am trying to boot my rooted android device into bootloader to unlock it. I have tried following commands but none is working. adb reboot-bootloader adb reboot bootloader Even when trying to ...
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Obtaining boot.img for unrooted device?

I have a Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo / Coolpad 8865U. I cannot find other means of rooting it and to be honest I don't trust most oneclickroot.apks. I am trying to root it manually but I cannot find a way ...
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problems unlocking bootloader of xperia z3

i'm trying to unlock bootloader of my xperia z3 but i'm encountering problems. I followed the instructions on sony's site and i got to the point where i have to connect the phone in fastboot mode to ...
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phone on bootloop with a problem in the cache

My phone somehow got stuck in a boot loop and I can't fix it. I don't know what to do. I cant get pass the start up animation no matter what I do. I've tried the fast boot commands to flash and keep ...
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how to add a custom lock for the recovery and/or bootloader?

Unlocking the bootloader and/or the recovery is very popular discussion across many devices. But doing so exposes a very obvious and inevitable issue with security! An unlocked recovery means that no ...
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Need help unlocking my bootloader on HTC Desire 310

EDIT: It has failed with a too many links error This christmas I was treated to a HTC Desire 310 and I am trying to root it which I understand needs the bootloader unlocked. That is where my issue ...
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Get HTC Desire HD into recovery / fastboot / adb with dead volume keys

So my friend tried installing a custom rom on his phone resulting in bricking it. He gave it to me to try to fix it. The phone is a HTC Desire HD with physically broken volume buttons, so I can't get ...
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fastboot flash = FAILED (remote: invalid bootloader image)

After breaking CyanogenMod on my Nexus 5 I want to flash it with a factory image but all I get is: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img sending 'bootloader' (2970 KB)... OKAY ...
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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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Fastboot: Lock state - Locked on nexus 7

I am having trouble unlocking the bootloader on my Nexus 7. When I boot into fastboot I see the message LOCK STATE - LOCKED. I want to unlock the bootloader so I can re-install the stock operating ...
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Unable to maintain download mode

i have just been given a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini to flash, but i cant maintain the download mode, when i do the key combination (volume down + home + power) it simply flashes the download mode and gets ...
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Nexus 5 stuck on “flying color dots lollipop” screen after Hard Factory Reset

I just did a wipe data/factory reset on my Nexus 5. I followed this YouTube tutorial. I'm stuck on the boot screen, which was my problem in the first place, and it's been on the boot screen for 25 ...
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LG Optimus 4X HD - unlock bootloader?

I have just rooted the LG Optimus 4X HD using instructions I found at How to root the LG Optimus 4X (LG-P880)? I now need to unlock the bootloader, but for some reason the command adb reboot ...
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Is there any way to put a password to avoid someone from hard resetting my phone?

I have a Moto G, and I am very careful in protecting my data. I currently use CM Security App from the Google Play Store and it's very helpful in taking a photo to a person who tried unlocking my ...
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Nexus 7 2013 Bricked. Won't boot, won't flash stock image, won't unlock bootloader

So I have the following problem: I have a Nexus 7 2013 locked and un-rooted. After turn it off the boot won't go after the Google logo. I tried pretty much every solution founded online: wipe cache ...
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boot process recovery or rom

When I power my device (htc one m8) on and press the volume down key I get into recovery. Now which part of the booting process checks if this key is pressed and uses the correct partiton (boot or ...
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All partitions wiped, USB Debugging was not enabled, ADB and fastboot can not see Nexus 5

I got my shiny new Nexus 5 a couple of weeks ago and decided i wanted to root. I rooted using fastboot on my Ubuntu box. I then installed MultiRom and from there I installed Ubuntu touch. ...
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Unlock bootloader using Ubuntu/Linux

I'm trying to root the device name: Overmax SteelCore 10+ to install ubuntu touch. When i use $ adb devices sometimes i get: 0123456789ABCDEF DEVICE and when i type to reboot ...
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Nexus 10 stuck in bootloop after Lollipop flash no ADB and no Fastboot

So .... I flashed the mantaray-lrx21p image from Nexus Factory Images on my Nexus 10 (16GB Wifi) and it's stuck in a bootloop. No problem, I thought, I can get into fastboot and fix it, right? Maybe ...
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Samsung Galaxy 2 stuck at start up. Can I recovery the phone or at least the data?

My Samsung Galaxy 2 stuck every time when start up. It looks ok on the beginning, it shows "Samsung Galaxy S II ..." then change display to Vodafone logo then the shows word "samsung" and stuck here ...
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How to check if your bootloader is unlocked

I'm about to flash a custom recovery, but I'm not sure if my bootloader is unlocked or not (phone is rooted, but I did it a while ago, so I can't remember the process I went with), and I don't want to ...
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ZTE Skate Acqua stuck on phone company logo

So, I was just restarting my ZTE Skate Acqua (it was getting really slow) and now it isn't turning on. It gets stuck on the phone company logo. I have noticed that during the transition from the ...
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Any way to get root without a custom recovery? (Unlocked bootloader)

I have a phone with an unlocked bootloader (Motorola Moto Maxx XT1225) but there's no custom recovery available for it yet. Is there any way to get root/flash super su without a custom recovery? Or ...
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Android Lolipop broke my enyrpted nexus 7 (2012)

I just received the update and now my device does not boot any more. I comes to the point where I have to enter my encryption password. The first time it did this it said: “Unfortunately your ...
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Can you explain the boot order of an Android device? [duplicate]

I understand a good bit of the ARM system architecture. you have an ARM system on chip containing the CPU, GPU, peripherial devices, baseband processor and both CPU and Radio firmware. Supposedly the ...
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Is it possible to install Android 3.0 on my Android 2.3.6 Huawei m865c?

The title essentially explains my dilemma, but should I be able to, is it possible to install it via my BootLoader?
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Extracting code from lk.bin (little kernel binary file) & preloader.bin - MTK6572, mediatek

This is a changed question from the original, since nobody seemed to have answered, found most of the answer on my own. As stated before, wanted to fix my userdata and fat area blocks after hacking ...
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Can I fastboot flash a factory image without flashing the recovery?

Factory Images Using Nexus 9 as an example, the flash-all.bat contains: fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-flounder-3.43.0.0114.img fastboot reboot-bootloader ping -n 5 127.0.0.1 >nul fastboot ...
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I don't have the right HBOOT version, can I still install Cyangenmod?

I ran adb reboot bootloader on my HTC Sensation XE and it states that the version is 1.29.0000 According to the wiki I must have version 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012, 1.18.0000?
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Tablet listed under adb devices, but not under lsusb while in recovery

I am working with a Gemini devices GEM1000 tablet, I have performed all the steps to get adb working, and the device shows up under 'adb devices' so I go to the bootloader with 'adb reboot bootloader' ...
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Does encryption, factory reset, encryption make a safer used phone?

I recently purchased a used Moto X. I know the person I bought it from so I'm not terribly worried but here is my idea to shore up the security on a used device. Don't put in your SIM card or log ...
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Nexus 7 2013 crashes when in boot loader. How do I flash a new image to it?

I have a Nexus 7 2013 which I'm trying to flash the Android Lollipop preview image to. It's currently running the last Android L preview image. Whenever I boot the device to the bootloader screen ...