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    Post Boot loop blues

    Hey guys, I have been lurking around the forums hoping to find someone experiencing my problems, but it seems mine are quite unique. I've suddenly had my tf101 go into bootloop and has been going on like that for a day now. I had been experiencing issues that were annoying but bearable, random restarts etc, and now it simply won't boot. Mind you, I've never modded it nor done anything at all to it. I have tried everything, battery drain, cold boot, and nothing has worked yet. I am left with the choice of a factory reset, but that means I lose some valuable data. Is there any way to fix this, or at least recover my data before I reset? Thanks!

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    I would try pressing and holding both buttons like you would to do a Cold Boot but hold them for up to 30 seconds if need be just to see if it will boot. If not then I would try plugging the charging cable into the TF 101 and also into a USB Port on your PC and reboot your PC to see if that might wake it up.

    Once you get it booted you can use App Backup to backup your apps if you choose or for sure your app's data. And then you can also grab off any docs, and other media that you are worried about.
    Last edited by Mickeylittle; 04-10-2012 at 05:29 PM.
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    okey, Thanks for the suggestions Mickeylittle, but sadly neither has helped get the tf101 out of its boot cycle. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!

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    Just to make sure we get things right (and tell me if this is what you've tried); hold down the power button *and* the volume down button at the same time for at least 6+ seconds. Every time I get the boot loop, this solves my problem (you should get a text on screen about cold booting and clearing it ... just take your hands off the unit, and let it do whatever.

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    Yeah I think he is doing that Alex but it is always good to double check just to be sure. At this point I would probably suggest doing 3-4 Cold Boots in succession and if it still doesn't break free you are probably stuck with a Factory Reset even though you will lose your info.

    Maybe someone else has a better idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickeylittle View Post
    Yeah I think he is doing that Alex but it is always good to double check just to be sure. At this point I would probably suggest doing 3-4 Cold Boots in succession and if it still doesn't break free you are probably stuck with a Factory Reset even though you will lose your info.

    Maybe someone else has a better idea?
    I had the same issue, and repeated cold boots eventually worked
    That was when I decided to do a factory reset, to prevent it from.happening again

    If that doesn't work then what are the options?
    Don't used the tablet at all and not have access to data
    Do a factory reset, and be able to use the tablet but lose the data
    Hard choices

    Not wanting make the OP's situation worse, by stating the obvious,
    But this is once again a perfect example why you always backup important data to external media
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    Thanks for the advice guys, looks like I'm stuck with a factory reset after all. I really should have backed up the data, but then again I always figured that if I followed the Asus instruction manual to the letter everything would be fine, and never figured the data to be of any importance till it was lost. Their customer service seems rather poor too, they haven't even gotten back to me in a week. Considering I'd never done anything to it, and yet had it fail on me so miserably, I really feel like they should be more prompt. Sigh, never again. Anyway, would appreciate any last-minute suggestions before I factory reset it. If it still doesn't work I'm gonna get them to refund the cost of it

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    Hanz, have you tried the cold boot multiple times?
    I know it seems pointless but it has helped many people including me
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    Hanz

    Regular backups are your friend and would make any future factory reset far less painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeshor View Post
    Hanz

    Regular backups are your friend and would make any future factory reset far less painful.
    Lee, I know this sounds like a dumb question, but what's the best/easiest way to back up a tablet/phone to an external hard drive? Do you just connect the device into it, copy the whole shebang, and paste it into a folder?
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