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    Is This Iconia "Dead and Gone?" A210-10G16U

    My Iconia A210-10G16U has an Android booting failure I can't match with any other Iconia series user.* Initially it's not surprising the reset button simply resets the failure, and the failure message in the upper left of the usual ACER logo screen is hardly uncommon:
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    *Booting failed
    Bootloader vjB-3fb8d45: Starting Fastboot USB download protocol

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    It's after that things get weird. When I use*the combination of buttons Power, Volume -, Volume + necessary to begin "Booting recovery kernel image" instead I get this:
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    Entering boot menu mode
    *Booting failed
    Bootloader vjB-3fb8d45: Starting Fastboot USB download protocol

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    My next step was the more difficult reset involving a combination of buttons and toggling the screen lock.* I tried this multiple times with and without a microSD image of my A210's current OS.* And once again I was back to:
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    *Booting failed
    Bootloader vjB-3fb8d45: Starting Fastboot USB download protocol

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    Knowing Android rather well, I fully believed my Iconia could not be truly lost. *But I'm now thinking it may be time to hand it over to an electronics recylcer.* I realize an Android 4.1.1 tablet is well outdated.* But I'm consumed by this challenge.* One last clue I can offer is that it went to sleep set on a seemingly harmless web page with a microSD inside.* I had been downloading DIY jpegs to the microSD.**When I returned to resume about an hour later, the Iconia was fully unresponsive until I realized I had to hold the power button for a full five seconds to get it to silently power off.

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    EPILOGUE: This tablet regretfully is going to the electronics recycler. This is following a final resort inquiry of a local phone repair shop asking if it had a tool to assess "Starting Fastboot USB download protocol." No was the owner's expected answer.* "It's some type of software problem,"*he said, adding an operating system reinstall and perhaps more was needed.*Since only the factory could achieve that given the booting circumstances, the owner ended with the obvious: better to buy a new unit.
    In my view a motherboards swap might also work.* But the lowest cost I've seen for a used board is $24 that I'd rather put toward one of the*hot new Iconia's coming from ACER.
    I contemplated a new thread seeking comparisons of Iconia life expectancies.* But I've backed off the idea because of unquantifiable variables.* The first variable would be overall hours of use, followed by use intensity during those hours meaning internal heat.*But as unlikely as it seems, I wonder if something came across the open web page or the power line to kill it literally in its sleep.* As noted earlier, it was still on AC after having just been recharged -- though I never leave it on while being charged.


 

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