A few days ago I posted about a get of jail free card, restoring your Motorola Xoom from the original disk images, available from http://developer.motorola.com/products/software/. I noted that you should download the bundle that matches your country of residence. Well, I’m in Australia, so naturally I would select (and was selecting) the Australian bundle (Build H.6.1-38-9 for Telstra Australia). I managed to get myself in some un-bootable trouble with my Motorola Xoom in the previous 24 hours up to this post, so I figured I’d follow my own words and restore back to the stock state. Two points to keep in mind.
- Some bundles are actually suitable (and will work even work!) on your Motorola Xoom, despite it not being your native country. For example, I just used the ‘Build H.6.1-38-1 for Retail Europe’ bundle to restore my Xoom. Why? Read on.
- The Australian Bundle ‘Build H.6.1-38-9 for Telstra Australia’ has to be broken some how. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. What I do know is that the ‘system.img’ file has an issue. I could never boot back into HoneyComb after restoring with this bundle. I’ve confirmed this by completing an entire restore with the ‘Build H.6.1-38-1 for Retail Europe’, and then restoring the system.img from the ‘Build H.6.1-38-9 for Telstra Australia’ bundle, and it won’t boot. To further confirm it, I completed an entire restore with the ‘Build H.6.1-38-9 for Telstra Australia’ bundle. It wouldn’t boot, so I restored just the system.img from the ”Build H.6.1-38-1 for Retail Europe’ bundle, and presto, I was back up and running again, SIM card recognised, the whole lot!
Following my restore with the ‘Build H.6.1-38-1 for Retail Europe’ I also noted the entire device felt much faster, and the Market app doesn’t crash anymore! Needless to say, I’m muchly enjoying my Motorola Xoom far more then I was the day I got it home and tried to add Facebook as my first app. I was not impressed when I realised I couldn’t install any apps, and Market would just keep crashing, which lead me to my hacking, and rooting attempts and finally my requirement to restore.
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