Resolved Help: Nexus 7 back to stock confusion

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  1. gkarris, Dec 30, 2013
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    gkarris macrumors 604

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    I tried updating my Nexus 7 to 4.4 and all it is doing is staying on those dancing color circles.

    I'm trying to get it back to stock by following the directions here:

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/0...stock-using-a-full-factory-image-and-root-it/

    I followed all directions and loaded the SDK on my PC, all it is doing is saying:

    "'fastboot' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

    Can someone point me in the right direction? androidpolice.com's instructions seem vague to me.

    Thanks...
     
  2. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    Download the Android SDK, extract the folder in the archive to anywhere (C:\ works great). Right-click 'My Computer' and choose 'Properties' to bring up the page with your computer's specs. On the left column, click on 'Advanced System Settings', press 'Environment Variables', go to the box under 'System Variables' and find the 'Path' variable. Press edit, add a semicolon at the end then add the directory to the 'platform-tools' folder in the SDK folder you extracted. Press OK and restart cmd.

    Hopefully you understood that.
     
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Or leave the environment variables alone, open a terminal session, drag and drop fastboot on that window and hit enter. You'll see the full path to the fastboot file when you do that.

    Explicitic's way will work also, his way sets the fastboot directory into the search path so it can be executed from anywhere, my way simply executes the file where it is and is non-permanent for configuration.

    But his way looks to be Windows instructions and mine are Mac, figured since you're on a Apple board and all :)
     
  4. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    That definitely works but it seems a bit inconvenient to have to cd to the folder fastboot is within, or to drag fastboot into the window every time.
     
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    If you are new to Android rooting and ROM'ing on "Nexii" devices, this is the most convenient. However, toolkits should never be considered the best way to handle root operations.
     
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    Uh, you did make a nandroid backup after you rooted and flashed a custom recovery, right?

    If so, boot into recovery and restore that. If not...
     
  8. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Agreed, but somewhat less intimidating for the folks that aren't comfortable with configs or command line.
     
  9. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks - I tried both ways described and with the cmd line or the NRT, it says "Device Not Found".

    My N7 is in the Bootloader screen....

    When connecting to USB on this and another PC, the host says "Driver Not Properly Installed".

    Thanks as always.
     
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    FYI, you can get the drivers here - http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html
     
  12. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks. The driver worked. I guess it is different in this mode as opposed to connecting it to my PC when there is an OS on it.

    Everything worked and is back to stock with NRT. Reloading my Android apps now...

    I tried at first doing a search but Andriod Tablet info online is so vast it's hard to get a good answer.

    Used Nexus 7: $130 shipped (last year)
    Extra Sony Tablet USB Charger and Micro USB Cable package on closeout: $7
    Getting help from an Apple Community with Android: Priceless... :eek:

    ;)
     

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