Recovery without Tow Boot
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(01-05-2024, 12:42 PM)b34ux Wrote: I’ve been at this for days now and I think it’s safe to say that despite the number of detailed walkthroughs and guides, I’m still unable to get this thing figured out.

Some context: 
PinePhone Pro w/ RE button, purchased Dec 2023. It was loaded with TowBoot, rk2aw and SailfishOS.

What have I done: 
So, I believe my attempt to flash a Kali image to the eMMC failed. No big deal, I’ll wipe the eMMC and start again. All I need is an image on my SD card, right?

Regardless of what I do now, my phone only boots to a blank screen with a steady green LED. No SD card image will boot. It doesn’t matter if I short press or long press the power or RE button. I’ve tried USB-C plugin combos and 6-8 different distros (Kali, UT, Manjaro, Arch, Mobian, Arch, Rhino)

The only time I’ve managed to break out of this hopeless loop is when I load the factory test builds for either hardware or battery testing. When I use the hardware test build it boots to a barebones Android distro, however I can’t see eMMC storage. When I hold the power up button (while booting the factory test build) I can boot to the bootloader that mentions side loading from ADB etc, however my PPP isn’t recognised by either of my machines when in this state.

With the factory build loaded my machine recognises the device as a tablet but I can’t access or view the eMMC. My device is only visible in lsusb and never lsblk. I have also tried using rk2aw to see if I could figure a workaround, however this only helps me to boot into Masked ROM mode and I have no idea how to recover with such limited access.

What am I missing? I’ve read through so many of these posts thinking the answer is right here somewhere. If someone could help me solve this I would love to help document this whole fix because it shouldn’t be this difficult. 

Thank you in advance.
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Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-05-2024, 12:42 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-06-2024, 06:04 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 01:07 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by jezek - 01-07-2024, 11:42 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by shulamy - 01-06-2024, 10:54 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 01:08 AM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-07-2024, 03:03 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by b34ux - 01-07-2024, 07:03 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by apink - 01-07-2024, 09:26 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by reky - 02-02-2024, 06:57 PM
RE: Recovery without Tow Boot - by reky - 02-02-2024, 07:07 PM

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