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Topic # 112315 4-Dec-2012 18:04
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UPDATE: Holding the power button down for more than 5 seconds....seems to have got it to reboot. 

I bought one of these today at PB Tech in Wairau for $147 and change (incl GST). 

The specs looked pretty good. 

Operating system            Android 4.0
CPU manufacturer           ARM
CPU family                     Cortex-ACPU cores
Single-CoreCPU              Cortex A8 1.0 GHz
Storage capacity             4 GB
Storage type                  Flash
RAM                              512MB
Screen size                    7"Native resolution800x480

It has a capactive, multi-touch screen and ran really well for a couple of hours. 

But:

1. If I powered it off, the date and time were lost, returning to Jan 2nd, 1970 on power-up.
2. The wifi won't turn on any more. 
3. I went into Recovery more (an option in the Settings) and now can't reboot from Recovery or power unit off. You need a button to press "enter"...and the device doesn't have a Home or Menu button.....just vol up and down. I can scroll up and down the menu in recovery but can't select any of the options. 

So after owning it for about 4 hours I'm kinda laughing it how good it started out....and how rapidly it turned to custard once I found the holes in the firmware implementation. 

But I'm having fun...and that's why I bought it. 

Anyone else had one of these? How do I reboot from Recovery? 






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  Reply # 727011 4-Dec-2012 18:23
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on my acer I use vol up down to select the action then the power on/off button to select, not sure if yours is the same though




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  Reply # 727512 5-Dec-2012 17:09
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OK...I've learned a few things about this device in the past 24 hours. 

By default, it is set to get its date and time from the network. It must talk to an ntp server somewhere. So it will connect via wifi and then the date and time automagically are corrected to current values. 

The problem I was creating for myself was that I was setting the date and time manually in a context where no wifi was available (why not, right?) and I had disabled the automatic time setting. Then when wifi was available later the wifi service on the tablet would not start (apparently) because I had already adjusted the date and time and interfered with the process. Of course, none of this is documented. :-)   

If I allow the date and time to default to 2 Jan 1970...and then connect to wifi (which then corrects the date and time) I then have no problems. 

All you have to do to return it to the default behaviour is enable the automatic time and date setting, then turn the device off and on.  

Is that Mickey Mouse? Yeah....but at least it is consistent behaviour and easily worked around and with. I'm now back to liking this tablet very much. This idiosyncrasy aside, it works *really* well.  








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