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My friend's daughter was playing with the unlocking screen and of course she used up all the attempts and locked the device for good. Since this tablet was bought some time ago just for her amusement, no one remembers what was the google account they used - possibly a phony one created just for the purpose of using the device. This discards google recovery as an option.

It's a cheapo tablet sold here by Walmart under ONN brand. I did some research and have found it's being made by YiFang Digital and marketed as M7000NBD

http://www.yifangdigital.com/product/M7000NBD.aspx

According to the manufacturer, it's powered by AML8726-MXS Dual Core + Mali TM-400 and it's running Android 4.2. Unless it came like that from the factory, it's not rooted, and it has only 3 buttons: PWR, VOL UP, VOL DOWN.

My friend doesn't care about the data stored on this device and I offered to help thinking that I will be able to perform a factory reset the usual way. I was wrong.

When I use the PWR + VOL UP key combination, to enter Android system recovery, first thing that shows up after the boot is an Android figure with a red triangle and an exclamation mark. If I press the PWR+VOL UP again, the system recovery menu shows up but I can not navigate through its options. At least not using the VOL UP/DOWN buttons.

The only button that works is the PWR, but since "reboot system now" is the option selected by default, it's the only action I can perform from within this menu.

When the above failed, I thought about ADB as an alternative way. Unfortunately the USB debugging seems to be turned off so, as far as my limited knowledge goes, there is no way of running ADB shell in that case. For obvious reasons, there is also no way of switching it on.

Is there any other option to factory reset this device? Or maybe there is a way to make the system recovery menu respond?

If it makes any difference, I have a Windows 7 desktop and two notebooks running Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.10 respectively.

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  • Welcome to the site! That's an interesting predicament your friend is in. Getting access to the Google account may be the easiest way to do anything. Although I'm curious: Is ADB enabled when in Recovery? – dotVezz Dec 3 '13 at 17:06
  • Thank you for the welcome. I don't think the ADB is enabled in recovery. When I connect the device it starts charging but Windows Device Manager doesn't notice any change. "Adb devices" returns nothing and "adb shell" returns "error: "device not found" – Kido Dec 3 '13 at 17:16
  • Just for the sake of rigor: Is it the same story in Ubuntu? Unfortunately, the sheer lack of documentation for the device isn't helping. I just can't find anything solid no matter how much I search. – dotVezz Dec 3 '13 at 17:54
  • Maybe you want to take a look at Cannot unlock tablet as have no internet connection? – Izzy Dec 3 '13 at 18:01
  • I've just checked in Ubuntu and it's the same story. Nothing shows up in lsusb while in system recovery menu and I get 2207:0000 when on Android's "too many attempts" screen. Same as in Windows: I can access the tablet as a storage unit (with no acces to root dir of course) but even after editing the adb_usb.ini and 51-android.rules I get nothing in "adb devices". Indeed there is no documentation for this thing, I imagine it's being sold under many brands. Thanks for the link, it starts to look that remembering the account may be the only way to go. – Kido Dec 3 '13 at 20:09
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I think you should take a look at fastboot commands. Fastboot works in bootloader mode even when phone is not switched on in Recovery or ROM or even if Android isn't installed on phone. In later case, bootloader can be accessed by certain button combination while powering on device; usually Power + Vol Down. Though ADB is more flexible, but in your case it is out of the question.

What you can do now is :
Step 1: Unlock the Bootloader
Step 2: Flash a Custom Recovery (like TWRP)
Step 3: Flash a custom ROM that you want
(For detailed steps and commands, visit: XDA-developers)

Beware that some original ROMs can't be flashed by custom recoveries that's why i suggested a custom ROM in step 3.

After that reboot your device and turn on developer options and ADB in that new ROM. Now you can reboot to recovery and access ADB to flash your original Recovery and ROM through ADB commands.

A bit lengthy but it has always worked for me.

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I successfully factory reset my Android tablet. By doing the following.. once I got to the Android laying on it's back with the red coming out of it's belly so to speak I then repeatedly pressed the power the volume up button over n over and finally the factory reset options popped up

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