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Thursday 25 February 2016

How To Upgrade Your Google Asus Nexus 7 2012 Android Tablet To 32gb Easily And Cheaply


Over the past few months I've been selling a lot of refurbished and updated replacement Nexus 7 2012 16gb motherboards and hardly any 32gb motherboards.  Now you may not think this is strange, if your 16gb motherboard gets hit by the deadline Android 5 upgrade lockout bug, then you'd naturally replace it with another 16gb board.

But its a really crazy thing to do.

The thing is, all the 8gb, 16gb and 32gb motherboards in the Nexus 7 2012 are plug and play slot and connector compatible.  The only difference is the amount of RAM storage on the motherboard.

What this means is that if you 8gb, 16gb or 32gb motherboard dies or locks up, you can purchase one of my fully rested and updated 32gb motherboards and plug it in.

It isn't a difficult task if you are a suitably competent technical person, and to make thing even easier I have posted a whole list of 'How I Do It' videos on the fixed1t Nexus 7 Youtube playlist, the link is below:

Nexus 7 And Other Tablets Hardware Fixes Playlist - by #fixed1tNexus7repair

The difference in price between the 16gb and the 32gb motherboard is marginal and if you are opening the tablet it makes sense to upgrade at the same time, doesn't it?

I sell a range of replacement, reconditioned, Nexus 7 parts on my fixed1t eBay pages, the link is below.

Click Here To Find The fixed1t Nexus 7 2012 Parts On eBay

Thanks for reading.




Tuesday 2 February 2016

Removing A Working Nexus 7 LCD From A Cracked Digitiser - Part 2

This is Part 2 of a video about Seperating Nexus 7 1st Generation Working LCD From Broken Digitiser so the LCD can be re-used with a New Touchscreen digitiser to repair the Nexus 7.  Due to the difficulties in performing this task and the fragile nature of the LCD I recommend watching Part 1 before Watching Part 2, and watching both before considering it.

Once its removed, then I begin the simple process of removing the awful glue off the LCD screen.

This is covered in the following blog entry:

How I Removed The LOCA Glue from Working Nexus 7 LCD Display In 5 Minutes


Removing A Working Nexus 7 2012 LCD From A Cracked Digitiser

This is a Must Watch Nexus 7 Fix Video showing:

How To Separate and Reclaim a Nexus 7 Working LCD From A Cracked And Broken Digitiser.

The video is in two parts, this is Part 1.

Removing A Working Nexus 7 LCD From A Cracked Digitiser - Part 1 

This video is purely for educational purposes to show how I successfully remove, the broken digitiser from the working LCD screen without destroying it.  If you undertake this task it is entirely at your on risk and your responsibility, I accept no responsibility for what you do.

This is a delicate operation to perform and the slightest error will result in the destruction of the LCD.

This is the link to Part 2

 I recommend watch both parts before this.


Thursday 28 January 2016

Removing LOCA Glue From A Nexus 7 - How I Make The LOCA Removing Putty

+furr Thanks for the great comment, I've always been good at removing all those awful sticky labels manufacturers put on things, and using solvents always seemed to be a messy process. What I realised from the labels etc was that the best glue for removing it was the glue itself. So having purchased and tried all manner of expensive specialist solvents without success, I made myself a Tea and sat there picking at the screen, and the glue stuck to my finger, when I pulled it off, 

Picture of the UV glue sticking to my fingers and itself

some of the glue remained on my finger and there was a patch missing on the glass, So I tapped again, and glue attached itself to the glue on my finger and more came off the glass. Then it dawned on me that this was no different from the label glue problem, and within a few minuets the glue was coming off quickly.

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” 
― Arthur Conan DoyleThe Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

It seems its the same for awful glue on a Nexus screen, the answer was literally staring me in the face as I looked at the screen.

The other thing was 'determination' not to fail and to keep trying.


Monday 2 November 2015

This Is Why You Should Not Lock The Orientation Lock

I'm in the process of unlocking a Nexus 7 running LOLLIPOP 5.1 which was stuck in the boot cycle loop, a bug introduced by Google in LOLLIPOP which is not fixed for free by the manufacturer Asus.  Asus says there is NO SIMPLE FIX and that the motherboard must be replaced, costing owners in excess of $200+.

Never being one for admitting failure, I've now I've figured out how to do it pretty consistently offering sufferers a low cost replacement motherboard and money back on the locked motherboard, a real win win situation.

However, one 8GB Nexus 7 running Lollipop has me a little stumped, not because I couldn't replace LOLLIPOP with KITKAT 4.4.4

but because the owner had set up the screen lock on the device to be portrait.  How is this a problem I hear you ask, well the device has a cracked screen and like other devices with cracked screen it means that half of the Touchscreen does not work.  This isn't normally an issue, but to log onto a new network

you need to tap the screen and type into it across its surface.

With half the screen dead, that isn't possible.  If the orientation lock wasn't on, then rotating the device several times would allow the user to find working areas on the touch screen to input all the details, but with the orientation screen lock in place your restricted to what you get. If the keyboard characters of network name are in a bad area, your screwed.

So my advise is:

If you need to set the screen lock on (i.e. for reading on a train etc) then please; for your own sake and to reduce repair costs if the unit is damaged; turn it off again as soon as you can.  

This would have been a 15 minute job but now I need to swap the motherboard and into other machines and back again and its an expensive process in 'man hours for the repair'.


Sunday 1 November 2015

Nexus 7 Android OS 5 LOLLIPOP Installation WARNING

Since Google released Nexus 7 Android OS 5 LOLLIPOP there have been an increasing number of Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 owners whose tablets have frozen at the Google startup splash screen:


 The common symptom of this terminal condition, is for the device to be stuck in a loop at the Google flash stage. The device goes no further however long it is left.

So before deciding to install Android Google 5 LOLLIPOP

I recommend you look at the additional functionality Android OS 5 LOLLIPOP is offering over 4.4.4 KITKA,  and decide if its worth risking killing your Nexus 7 to have this upgrade?

To give you some idea of how I feel about this, I have downgraded my LOLLIPOP Nexus 7 devices to KITKAT 4.4.4

Also, I am only selling :

fixed1t Android 4.4.4 KITKAT second user replacement motherboards on eBay

for the foreseeable future and I know what I am doing and how to mend these Nexus 7 Android Tablets.


Tuesday 27 October 2015

Fixing The Samsung Android Talkback Power Off Lockout

Fixing The Samsung Android Talkback Power Off Lockout.  If you have Talkback on and allow the device to sleep or turn off you can have difficulties getting back in, due to the number of Taps and slides you have to do.  This explains how to do it on a Samsung Tablet. #fixed1ttip