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I wouldn't flash the Apad with the provided USB cable! I've been spending the day debugging why I couldn't copy a movie over to the device, and low and behold I replace the cable and I was able to copy the file over no problems.If you get data errors during a rom flash, you'll brick you device. also this is with an Apad v2 red light from ali.
 

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I had the exact same problem with my Blue LED apad from TabletStoreUK (sold as 7 inch Rockchip Android tablet).It can be unbricked by reflashing the Loader (which is unchecked by default) from the http://www.slatedroid.com/vbulletin/downloads.php?do=file&id=51 package (using the included Loader file, which unfortunately seems to be an old version, and does not support upgrades to newer custom firmwares).
 

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OK, so that is quite common for Chinese cables.Best to either use a known good one or you can test the continuity with a multimeter.Set the multimeter to the lowest Ohms setting and go through pin by pin matching the mini USB pins to their corresponding full sized USB pins. Also check each pin either side in case of shorts. Cheap USB cable can mess you up good, especially doing a critical task such as flashing.
 

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Can we stop posting stuff like this as "FACTS". I for one had no problems with my supplied cable and judging from the nr of complaints vs the nr. of owners on this forum it seems only some do.We are dealing with cheap Chinese electronics here, they are cheap because there is no, or limited quality control, so you get what you pay for.There are faulty tablets, and there are faulty cables but stop posting threads with titles like this. A simple Warning, USB cable can be faulty! gives a much better representation of the truth and it is not dripping with negativity.My 2cts.
 

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Sorry but I disagree, to a point......The wording is clear and concise and delivers the correct nuance required to make people STOP before they flash their device. Saying it "could be faulty" just doesnt convey the desired effect. It might suggest to some people that they should just use the supplied cables regardless. Cheap electronics are one thing, but people need to be made aware that the supplied cables are nasty when it comes to flashing. I would NOT recommend anyone using the cable provided to flash a new firmware on their device.Forewarned is forearmed.........My tu'penneth worth :)That said, even premium cables can be faulty. Just be aware of the fact that a high number of these cables are breaking within the first few times of using them.......So be warned!
 

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My point still stands. You are right with regards to the original post, that is crystal clear with the correct nuance etc...It's the title that is too far off. And the title is the thing you see in the topic list and that is way more negative then needed.The title nor the location the topic is placed in doesn't indicate anything that it's related to flashing. (people should think 3 times about what they are getting into when flashing in the first place, but that's a different story.) so in my opinion it's too harsh.Note: I'm not trying to flame here nor accuse the OP of anything. It's just that there are more and more negative posts (some are dead wrong or even putting good sellers in bad daylight) popping up that are either too harsh or double posts on subjects that have been discussed and/or even solved. So I'm merely trying to point such a thing out in a friendly way when I see it and hope to make a difference
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Hehe, I guess a lot of things depend on the way you look at it. Sometimes the written word, especially on a t'interweb forum, can be construed to have a hidden meaning, when it's simply an expression of speech as the writer sees it. I also tend to forget sometimes that not everyone is native english speakers. So a lot of posts can be, on first view, seen as being negative or harsh. I wouldnt like to guess how my attempts at conversing in a foreign language would be translated :)I guess it's just how you look at things ;)
 

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I think in this case this is a good topic title. It gives a "shock reaction" to people that want to flash their device, causing them to stop, read the topic, and rethink it. Anyone will click the topic, and not just assume that the title of it is correct. People are curious. So in the end they will see that it's not ALL usb cables that are faulty.Additionally, it's a widely known fact that the majority of USB cables supplied with cheap Chinese PMPs/mediaplayers/cameras/tablets is faulty or at least of such a low quality that they are not suitable for any critical tasks like flashing, or even copying big files. It's best to buy a separate cable on a site like BuyInCoins or Dealextreme (both reputable and trustable sites, even though their support response time can be slow sometimes).The point is that these USB cables are just "accessories" (did I spell that right?) and they don't get a lot of attention or care, because noone will ship back a unit because of a faulty USB cable. Separately sold USB cables however, are products by themselves, and a store or supplier won't get away with it being faulty, simply because there is no bigger "part of the package" to divert attention from the customer. This is why quality control on separately sold cables is generally a LOT better. Just spend the extra $2 or so, and buy a separate cable, so you can be sure everything goes well. Especially if you're flashing devices.Additionally, if I recall correctly it's possible to put files on your MicroSD card through the apad USB cable. I recommend doing this through a cardreader instead for two reasons:* The earlier mentioned faulty or poor-quality supplied cable* The circuit boards in most Chinese consumer devices aren't made for throughputting data to memory cards from an outside source. File transfers are generally VERY slow (up to the point where it transfers about 100kb/sec max), may be interrupted, and sometimes even corrupt your card. This is also why you should NEVER format a memory card through a device other than a cardreader. Get a cheap MicroSD reader from Dealextreme (they are about $1-$2) that has decent reviews and use that instead. If you have an internal cardreader bay, use the SD adapter to transfer files, and where possible use someone elses cardreader to format it, because that often goes wrong through adapters.
 

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Hey the USB cable is faulty on mine, that is a fact: also other facts, I bought it from Ali and my version is 2.0 with the red LED. Your milage may vary, maybe if you have a BLUE Apad, they all work ... or if you have a V1 Apad it may work ... or maybe if you ordered it from another provider it may work. But the fact is, *my* cable is faulty. I never said ALL cables were faulty. Congradulations in distorting my original posting.
 

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[quote name='opus;19059]Congradulations in distorting my original posting.[/QUOTE] [I]It was a pleasure. I'm very happy that my plot worked' date=' this is exactly what I wanted. I've been planning this for days to distort your posting....[/I']Now on a more serious note: Maybe you misread the original intention of what I tried to say, maybe there's a language barrier on either end. To me your title sounded a lot like saying "all cables are faulty" which is why I responded., I think this thread has actually become very useful with lots of interesting opinions on how to post and on USB cables. (off topic anyone?)Somebody could have also barged in here shouting that you should have used the search function because the issue is mentioned all over the forum but instead we had a respectful discussion going on here with a lot of information on USB cables.Enjoy the aPad. I know I do....
 
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