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Questions tagged [bootloader]

for questions on the bootloader, which is kind of "BIOS mode" on Android devices

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Device boots normally, but cannot enter recovery or fastboot

I have secondhand Vodafone Smart Tab 4G. It seems to me that previous owner messed something up. The device boots normally but I cannot enter either bootloader, fastboot, or recovery. I have tried HW ...
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Where does the code pertaing to fastboot mode reside?

Is it in the primary-bootloader (on the mb), or the secondary-bootloader(on the emmc)? My motive behid the question is to understand what other codes are executed before system can get into fastboot ...
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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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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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As of vendors - whose bootloaders are easy to unlock, and whose not?

The vendors differ in their attitude to unlocking the bootloader. Some require codes for unlocking, some not. Some require proprietary, Windows-only software, other not. Which of the vendors are ...
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Is it possible to install a custom Android ROM if the bootloader is locked?

Suppose the bootloader of an Android device is locked. Is there any way to install a custom ROM without unlocking the bootloader? If yes, then how?
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How to change the boot logo, Not the bootanimation 4.2.2

Im trying to find out if I can change the boot logo, the one that shows up right before the bootanimation. Currently it show's me a linux logo. I am looking to either completely remove it or change ...
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Nexus 6 no longer turns on, now that I have flashed a Marshmallow ROM + bootloader

I have a Google Nexus 6 (Telus/AT&T) and I had been successfully running the Lollipop version of Chroma for months now. Yesterday I flashed Chroma Marshmallow ROM, and the recommended Google ...
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How does encrypting a bootloader prevent it from being unlocked

As I'm waiting patiently (sigh) for the at&t note 4 root, I have been trying to understand the process of rooting. This website does a good job of describing what a locked/unlocked bootloader is, ...
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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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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 to disable bad RAM addresses and fix bad storage blocks?

The symptoms which device presents are: Restarts randomly with a previous freeze of a few of seconds (this is becouse of /proc/sys/kernel/panic is set to 5). Sometimes with a blue filled screen. Even ...
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How to delete Update.APP file from p8 lite

There is low disk space on my mobile and I want to delete this Update.APP file as you can se this file is taking 2.55 GB!!. I tried to delete it but it shows error "Error while deleting the file "...
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is it possable to install a linux distro ie:- nethunter on a android device

I have been trying to work out how to use my old Android tablet as a stand alone Linux tool for pen-testing and network monitoring and logging. I have it boot straight into the OS without having to ...
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Trouble Unlocking Bootloader on Android Device (RCA Voyager Tablet)

Okay, so I've figured out how to set up ADB on Mac OS X and I've followed all the instructions on how to get to Fastboot from ADB. The last command I use is: fastboot oem unlock This command in ...
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(SOLVED) How (methods) to unlock Bootloader on own Xiaomi Mi5 MIUI8 (Data Recovery context)

UPDATE: 2018/06/27, bootloader implies wipe and it is a dead end for Data Recovery, mount as USB Mass Storage implies root to change settings, and for Mi5 or MIUI 8 this implies flashing ROM (dead end ...
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[Nokia 3]adb reboot bootloader failed

I have Nokia 3 Android 7.1.1 connected to PC Windows 8. Problem is: C:\>adb reboot bootloader reboot failed: -1 Reason to do it is to flash/root in future. Other commands ok: C:\>adb devices ...
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Phone's power and volume buttons will not work in bootloader

I have recently decided to unlock the bootloader of my BLU Studio X8 HD. I have first installed the ADB drivers and afterwards I have used the command adb reboot bootloader to boot the device into the ...
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What does rebooting bootloader do?

I recently got a OnePlus 3T, then I updated it and now it's bricked. I cannot access recovery mode. I figured out how to get to a screen where I can reboot the bootloader. What does it do? Will it fix ...
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su fails: “wget: bad address 'static.zhiqupk.com'” and unable to unlock bootloader

A friend of mine bought a used Samsung Galaxy S6 or at least we thought so, but it looks that it might be a chinese phone. After wiping all data/cache, the phone still had a lot porn/advertisement ...
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How to recover Nexus 5 data from memory chip

Edit 2: My Nexus 5 doesn't boot up the OS or the Recovery, but it boots the Bootloader. The service people speculate that the power IC isn't able to supply enough power for the first two but it's ...
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BOOTLOADER - USB Device Not Recognized

I am currently using a ROOTED "Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite" tablet and am having issues entering the bootloader. When powered on and connected to a PC, the device is seen in adb using the command adb ...
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White screen while charging when phone is off

I'm using my phone (Lenovo A660) since more than two years. Usually, I do not boot the phone to often (approximately once a month). However, I recently realized when I turned of the phone, that the ...
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Device freezes after trying to reboot with bootloader

I have been trying to unlock my bootloader as per the instructions found here. I already have installed the drivers from Google USB driver folder that comes in Android SDK "extras" folder. However, ...
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How to unroot and lock bootloader in HTC desire 820?

I have unlocked the bootloader with windroid, then I flashed TWRP recovery, then I flashed supersu zip file through TWRP to root my phone. Now I want to Unroot and relock the bootloader, but when I ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Difference between bootloader and Download mode in Samsung Galaxy tablets

I'm working on Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, specifically with Tab 3 (SM-T210) and Tab 4 (SM-T230), and being learning a bit about the boot and recovery images and the bootloader. I have not being able ...
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Upgrading a locked Android 4.4.2

I want to try to upgrade my Huawei Y560-U02 Android 4.4.2 to anything newer but it should at least be Android Lollipop. I opened another thread in regards for this phone in order to get the firewall ...
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bootloader boot loop

I got a new Pixel 2 and wanted to load an TWRP backup from my previous Pixel 2 (with stock ROM) onto it, instead of setting it up freshly. So I booted the new device clicked through the settings ...
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Boot from SD or external hardware device?

I've tried researching this before, but was unable to encounter an answer. Can you boot a rooted device through USB-C, SD, or something? I'm currently running a Galaxy S9+ and want to keep Android Pie ...
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Android verified boot and custom ROMs

I'm trying to figure out how exactly works the Android Verified Boot process and its usage with custom ROMs. The documentation I found on it is unclear (or outdated) as there seems to be several ways ...
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Seemingly dead Sony Z5 Compact gets detected as QHSUSB Bulk

My 2 year old Z5c (E5823, non rooted, official Sony Nougat update) died while updating some app, and doesn’t show any signs of life since then. Connecting the charger doesn’t turn on LED indicator, ...
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unable to flash stock rom in swipe elite plus

I'm trying to flash MIUI 8 on my Swipe Elite Plus. It fails and the is device not booting; it's stuck into the Videocon boot logo. After that I successfully flashed the Swipe Elite Plus stock ROM, in ...
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Xiaomi Mi5s plus' display won't turn on after updating LOS

I encountered a very strange problem with my Mi5s plus (natrium). I was flashing the recent LOS 20180717 version, Open GApps Aroma and Magisk 16.0 via TWRP (in that order). That's my usual procedure ...
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Galaxy S4 SCH-I545 stuck in Start Up Failed

After using the Official TWRP app to flash TWRP recovery to my Samsung Galaxy S4, I am stuck on a screen that says "Start-Up Failed" and "Secure Fail: Kernel." I think it is because I flashed it to ...
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Android x86 not change resolution on Virtualbox and VMware Workstation

I installed android-x86_64-6.0-r3.iso and after launch I see: I tried to change resolution as described here: Android x86 Marshmallow not booting on Virtualbox and VMware Workstation https://www....
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Input Keyevent in fastboot mode?

I'm trying to unlock the bootloader of my old Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+. I got to the point where my phone would ask me to press volume-up to confirm that. Due to a bug of which i read several times ...
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fastboot does not recognize my LAVA Iris Atom

I've been doing quite the research on this error, but couldn't find a solution that could help me with my device. Adb commands works fine, but not fastboot commands. I have tried several sites for ...
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How to get Huawei Product ID without stock ROM?

I have Lineage as opposed to the stock ROM, so putting: *#*#1357946#*#* does not work for me. Recommended on alternate posts were downloading a program called "Huawei Product ID Generator", but ...
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Unlock bootloader on Dell Venue 10 5050

I have a bricked Dell tablet that doesn't boot and also a has locked bootloader (Secure Boot: Enable). I've made a full partition dd backup, but now I cannot flash it via fastboot supposedly because ...
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Help unbricking my nexus 5

let me tell a story first, i want to flash new boot.img for my nexus 5, but i'm also curious what happen if i do re-partition. I delete boot partition ./parted /dev/block/mmcblk0 rm 19 (my boot is 19) ...
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Unlocking Bootloader Moto G Unable to bootup

I have been trying to unlock the bootloader on my Moto G 3rd Gen, so I can install TWRP Custom recovery and flash a new system image, as my phone will not boot up at all (including recovery mode). I ...
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Unlocking bootloader LG G6 Verizon

I'm not able to get fastboot to respond to any commands There is no OEM Unlock Option visible in the Developer Options Screen LG's tool does not support the LG G6 Are there other options I should be ...
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Android boot/radio/vendor images: What needs to be matching?

Today i got a replacement phone for my nexus 5x and i wanted to use a TWRP (disk image) backup from the old one. It's running now after quite a bit of experimenting to find matching images, including ...
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Bootloader questions

I'm trying to learn about the android's bootloader. However, I got into some questions : There are the SECURE BOOT and LOCK STATE. The LOCK STATE (if enabled) makes all partitions to read-only mode (...
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Unlock Moto E OEM Bootloader without the Passcode from Motorola

I need to unlock my Moto E phone(2nd Gen). To do this, I want to unlock the bootloader first. I got the 'get_unlock_data' and sent it to Motorola, But I did not get the passcode from them :( Could ...
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Is my Galaxy 10.1 Tablet dead forever, or can I bring it back to life?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 16GB, wifi only version, GT-7510. Bought in the US. It was running a rooted version of Lollipop for a long time with no problems, and then in the last couple weeks, ...
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ZE551ML ASUS ZF2, Bootloader failure

I tried to do a procedure described in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJPEc1NG_k8, about installing Lineage OS on a zenfone 2 ze551ml. In a specific part of the video, is required to ...