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Author Topic: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!  (Read 12344 times)

gyakusetsu

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Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:27:34 AM »
Rooting your Asteroid is the best way to get the most out of your device with full Play store, more apps, etc... but, rooted devices always run the risk of being bricked (rendered inoperable) by minor changes to system files. Unfortunately, this is one of the easiest devices to brick due to the proprietary ROM loaded by Parrot. How do you know if your device has been bricked? Oh, you'll know... you'll get the Parrot screen and nothing else. The device will be stuck in a logical loop that will not let it even get to the boot screen.

Luckily, this is one of the easiest android-based devices to recover, it just takes some instruction.

  • Go to Parrot's support website and download the most recent Asteroid_Smart_update.plf update file for your region. This can be found by clicking on your flag to download the corresponding version.
  • Save the .plf file on to a freshly formatted SD card. Be sure it is fat32 formatted. The advice I followed said this could be done via a USB drive, but it didn't work for me... and you'd better believe I tried!
  • Insert the SD card in to the unit's slot.
  • Be sure your key is in the ignition and on the ACC position to where the unit would normally turn on by itself.
  • Use a small poking device (e.g. a paperclip, scrap wire, etc.) to hit the reset button. At the same time (while poking the reset button), take two fingers and rub the screen up and down somewhere in the middle of the display. Once you begin the two-finger rubbing motion, insert the security "face plate" while continuing to rub up and down. The "Parrot" screen will display briefly, then a new screen will pop up saying that the unit is searching for an update file.

    IF THIS DIDN'T WORK: try again. It may take a few tries to get it just right. The procedure is like riding a bike, however, and once you get it, you'll never forget ;)
  • That's pretty much it! The system will show a couple of progress bars; the first checks the .plf file (which is from Parrot, so it will work, of course) and the second installs it. The unit will reboot, then go through the check/install process again. This 2nd go-round will take longer because this is where the system actually gets all of its integral files replaced. The unit will reboot again. The "Parrot" screen will appear for longer than usual (an excruciating minute or two), but will eventually move along and boot normally.

Once recovered, basically all of your settings—including all sideloaded apps—will still be there. You can now remove the recovery SD card you have created and insert your normal SD card with all of your content on it. You will also have to re-root your device as reloading the rom removes root access, however if you used framaroot, you'll just have to open the app and tap "Glimi" ...could this be any easier?


This may seem like pointless advice... and let me hope that you never have to deal with the pain and frustration of having a bricked device... but every tutorial I have found to do this was ambiguous, and even made me feel like I had to call my vendor to get the unit replaced. Consider this insurance. You can never really brick these devices, and there is no need to install extra crud on your computer to reload a custom recovery image. That said, have fun, but BE CAREFUL! :)
« Last Edit: February 09, 2014, 04:21:40 PM by gyakusetsu »

CocZamudio

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 06:03:12 PM »
Great instructions: Nailed it on my first try.

Thanks!

Krystek

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2015, 04:45:33 PM »
Great instructions, thank you very much :-)
Success at first time :-)

vanman

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 05:29:34 PM »
I've been trying to do this the USB route, no joy! :o
I'll be doing the SD way tomorrow morning
Thanks ;)

proxonic

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2015, 12:01:33 PM »
i have a real issue with my parrot asteroid smart. for some reason the smart launcher pro stopped working (i replaced first the digital clock widget on the main into analog one and later removed the analog clock widget). Since then i'm getting all the time error - "The application Smart Launcher Pro (process ginlemon.flowerpro) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again." Radio is still working, rear camera as well but besides that i can't do anything. I tried already flashing as described in this topic with the parrot firmware but still getting the same error (flashed successfully)- as flashing doesn't change the sideloaded apps and settings. How to go back to the standard launcher or how to fix that?

riscpower

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 12:36:39 PM »
Hi,
i have a android smart tablet that is bricked  ??? It is rooted with framaroot and worked fine. I had leave the table without connection for one week to the car.
Now it is booting and is looping in the second parrot astroid logo.
How can i reset? Please help.
THX a lot
riscpower

jchusted

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2016, 01:47:22 PM »
Hi Guys.

I'm also interested in an respons in the question above. Is there anyway to do the same procedure on the tablet version??

renel

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2016, 05:31:56 AM »
Hi
I now have same problem as described above, how to reset an Asteroid tablet?
René

fabianco

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Re: Bricked Asteroid? No Problem!
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2018, 12:41:29 PM »
Hi @gyakusetsu,

Thank you very much for the help. I was very helpful your post and got me out of a problem.

Regards,