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I have 2 x Nexus 16GB with cracked screens.  I have searched and searched and all I can find are screens and digitizers that cost almost as much as replacement units and nothing from ASUS except very expensive repairs.

So, I give up.  By the time a cheaper option is out we will have more of a price drop, so seems pointless waiting.

My only choice seem to be have nothing or buy a new unit, whether that is another Nexus or alternative device I am not sure.

But I would like some money back from my broken units and seems you can get 40 on ebay for cracked screen units.  But mine are not rooted and I am concerned I can't wip them safely and completely if not rooted.

Can I do this and if so how and is there a way to be sure it has worked?
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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013, 07:28:11 AM »
Bummer. Power on while holding volume down to get to recovery. Use volume controls and power to get to the factory reset. Haven't done it myself, search for more info.

Did you get a quote from Alibaba?

http://chinaphoneaccessories.en.alibaba.com/product/662638189-214735715/100_Original_For_Google_Nexus_7_LCD_Display_Screen_Touch_Screen_digitizer_Assembly_Replacement.html?tracelog=cgsotherproduct1

There's another one on sale, but I can't tell if it has the glass. Also can't find a digitizer glass by itself without the lcd.

Hmm.. ali baba and 40 thieves? I'd use some kind of escrow or something in case you get sent an empty box. But the cheapest replacement would have to come direct from china. Low price might be worth the risk. Try the aussie forum for opinions on company.

Nevermind, the cheapest I found was 135$ + shipping. Part them out, or look for used with bad motherboard, jack, or battery.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2013, 09:46:49 AM by matt »

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2013, 09:48:53 AM »
To supplement Matt's reply and since you may not have a screen display with a broken screen. if you can get your tablet to power on, you can use either Mark Skippen's or WugFresh's Root toolkits to restore the factory rom to your tablet with the Nexus 7 connected to your computer by USB, which will erase all of your personal information without actually rooting the device.
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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 10:19:56 AM »
I can walk you through a string of fastboot commands if you have USB debugging enabled. You can erase anything from user data to your boot partition, all without root. Only thing required is the USB debugging setting enabled, and the drivers installed on your PC. Have you ever used a tool kit or USB debugging?

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2013, 10:26:36 AM »
If the display doesn't work, can't set usb debug. Catch 22. If it does, you can also hook up a game controller to get to the app screen/settings and reset from there. Might work with a keyboard/mouse as well.

So is it just the glass digitizer touchscreen that's broken or the lcd display also?
« Last Edit: February 21, 2013, 10:34:25 AM by matt »

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 10:47:03 AM »
Lucid, is usb debug needed for adb fastboot? Or any adb. Is there a button combo when connecting to pc that will enable debug?

Might try a blind recovery, but how to verify?

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2013, 02:59:07 PM »
Just to add to the discussion the original factory rom reload can be accomplished with the toolkits without debugging turned on. I have accomplished it on one without a functional touch screen, that would not pass the lockscreen.

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013, 04:44:00 PM »
From searching on this, fastboot will work when the tablet is booted into recovery without usb debugging enabled. As the tool kits are just graphic interface frontends for adb, they should work that way as well.

One user posted that he was able to get his cracked touchscreen to work by reflashing his rom! Nice if true. Maybe some error compensation in system initialization?

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2013, 08:12:15 PM »
Nice, Matt, so the toolkits force the tablet to reboot into recovery.

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 08:23:22 PM »
Not sure, you may have to boot holding power and volume while connected to pc. Someone want to test?

Fastboot devices -to see if it is working.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2013, 08:26:15 PM by matt »

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 11:52:52 PM »
From my understanding, adb debugging is enabled in most custom recoveries by default. Fastboot commands only work in fastboot mode, not in recovery. However, if you have adb enabled through a custom recovery, you can use adb commands to get to fastboot mode.  Since you are not rooted, I doubt you have a custom recovery.

Can someone without custom recovery try to use adb commands?
Try using this command in a cmd window while connected in recovery.
Code: [Select]

adb reboot fastboot

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2013, 01:32:09 AM »
It is possible to boot into fastboot mode with the buttons. Was laying in bed and it came to me. Just hold both volume buttons while powering on. Verify with the "fastboot devices" command. If you get into fastboot. Then use the "fastboot -w" command to wipe the entire device.

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 06:50:44 AM »
Loociddreemr, you are correct, but wouldn't you need the Nexus 7 setup as an adb device on your computer to be able to send fastboot commands? Since I have always rooted my Android devices, I have never encountered a situation like that.

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2013, 09:02:45 AM »
Yes, in order to use fastboot commands, the drivers need to be setup. The adb and fastboot drivers, although sperate, are usually paired together. They are automatically setup when installing one of the toolkits.

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Re: Given up waiting for reasonable replacement screen prices.....options?
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2013, 09:49:42 AM »
One thing to add, if adb and fastboot are not in your path, they will need to be executed from the folder where they are located.
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