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BLOG: It's Risen: My Zombie Android Touchpad is alive!

Alan Shimel | April 15, 2013
A little wire jiggling and some new Linux do the trick.

So I did a little research on that and found that though fastboot was loaded when I unzipped the tpdebrick file, there was another version of fastboot you could download along with some Android tools that someone mentioned. I opened another terminal window and installed those packages. I went back to the terminal window that I had the Touchpad plugged into and reran the script. I jiggled the USB wire and held my breath.

I made it past the dreaded multi-error point and lines were flying through my terminal window. I came up to the fastboot point and it hesitated a moment but BAM, it flew past that too. The message on the screen said it was sending magic, and magic it was. The terminal screen showed it was not resetting the A6 processor. All of a sudden my Ubuntu screen showed that I had a cable connection to another device. It was my touchpad.

Next, I received a few messages showing battery was down to 0%. Then an All Done message in the terminal window. It said to plug my Touchpad into a charger and let it sit. Most exciting of all, the blinking light at the home button on my Touchpad was blinking! I knew it was back!

What kind of condition would it awake too? I had no idea. I read stories that said sometimes you had to run WebOS Doctor and basically start from scratch with them. I plugged in my Touchpad and went to bed. About an hour later (2:30 am) I heard the familiar mail alert chime that my Touchpad makes when it updates mail.  Though it woke me out of a sleep (I had the volume turned all the way up), it was the sweetest chime I ever heard. My Touchpad was booted and running as if nothing had ever happened.

I turned the volume down and let it charge overnight. This morning it was back to normal. My Touchpad was its old self again. It is fully charged and doesn't seem any worse for the wear.

Many thanks to JC Sullins for all of the great work he does for those thousands of us running Android on our Touchpads. Also, thanks to all of the people who frequent the Rootzwiki Touchpad forums. They all contribute their experiences and help to anyone who asks.

Finally, I am glad I don't have to look at Android tablets for a while longer. It seems the new Nexus 10 will be out this summer and I would have hated having to buy one now only to see it obsolete in a little while.



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