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Is my 6P DEAD? Is your’s? XDA calling it “Boot loop of Death on N6P”

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I have a 64GB Nexus 6P, I was running CM 13-official (Marshmallow).

I AM having the battery/shutdown failure we’ve talked about:

Your 6P is sick? And yours? And Yours? And YOURS? AND YOURS? MINE TOO!
Your Nexus 6P is STILL sick? MINE TOO! Over 2000 users reported to Google so far!

It was sitting on my desk while I was working on my laptop today and it rebooted next to me, I assumed it was the battery (again), but it just boot-looped the google screen. Nothing was worked. I have fastboot; I have no recovery so no adb.

There is a growing thread at XDA-Developers: Boot loop of death on Nexus 6P

My contribution:


  1. tried unlock & lock (got corrupt, unlocked to flash)
  2. tried flashing TWRP (no error, no recovery on reboot)
  3. flashed AOSP recovery (no error, no recovery on reboot)
  4. flash-all from https://developers.google.com/android/images (no recovery, no boot, boot loop)
  5. manual flash of AOSP [/r/Android/comments/49lcfb/psa_when_updating_nexus_devices_via_fastboot_make]
  6. android, update all sdk and platform tools
  7. try above again

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot –version
fastboot version 0e9850346394-android

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ Fastboot getvar cid
< waiting for any device >
aaacid:
finished. total time: 0.011s

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot oem get_identifier_token

FAILED (remote: unknown command)
finished. total time: 0.004s

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase system
******** Did you mean to fastboot format this ext4 partition?
erasing ‘system’…
OKAY [ 0.478s] finished. total time: 0.478s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase data
erasing ‘data’…
[B]FAILED (remote: Permission denied!)[/B] finished. total time: 0.019s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase cache
******** Did you mean to fastboot format this ext4 partition?
erasing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.033s] finished. total time: 0.033s

BOOT LOOP, no recovery, Permission denied, maybe eMMC?

tyr:/data/Android/N6P benc$ fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.3-0-angler.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘recovery’ (16960 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.385s] writing ‘recovery’…
OKAY [ 0.574s] finished. total time: 0.959s

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ ./flash-all.sh | tee ./N6P_flash_all.txt
< waiting for any device >
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘bootloader’ (3532 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.102s] writing ‘bootloader’…
OKAY [ 0.253s] finished. total time: 0.354s
rebooting into bootloader…
OKAY [ 0.604s] finished. total time: 0.604s
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘radio’ (48728 KB)…
OKAY [ 1.074s] writing ‘radio’…
OKAY [ 3.028s] finished. total time: 4.102s
rebooting into bootloader…
OKAY [ 0.009s] finished. total time: 0.009s
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
archive does not contain ‘boot.sig’
archive does not contain ‘recovery.sig’
archive does not contain ‘system.sig’
archive does not contain ‘vendor.sig’
wiping userdata…
wiping cache…
——————————————–
Bootloader Version…: angler-03.64
Baseband Version…..: angler-03.79
Serial Number……..: 8XV7N15A070XXXXX
——————————————–
checking product…
OKAY [ 0.020s] checking version-bootloader…
OKAY [ 0.021s] checking version-baseband…
OKAY [ 0.019s] sending ‘boot’ (12369 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.309s] writing ‘boot’…
OKAY [ 1.086s] sending ‘recovery’ (17905 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.415s] writing ‘recovery’…
OKAY [ 0.263s] erasing ‘system’…
OKAY [ 0.055s] sending sparse ‘system’ 1/6 (483305 KB)…
OKAY [ 12.984s] writing ‘system’ 1/6…
OKAY [ 6.950s] sending sparse ‘system’ 2/6 (483272 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.703s] writing ‘system’ 2/6…
OKAY [ 7.010s] sending sparse ‘system’ 3/6 (483325 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.513s] writing ‘system’ 3/6…
OKAY [ 6.871s] sending sparse ‘system’ 4/6 (473224 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.281s] writing ‘system’ 4/6…
OKAY [ 8.098s] sending sparse ‘system’ 5/6 (478331 KB)…
OKAY [ 12.596s] writing ‘system’ 5/6…
OKAY [ 17.787s] sending sparse ‘system’ 6/6 (354215 KB)…
OKAY [ 9.164s] writing ‘system’ 6/6…
OKAY [ 20.153s] sending ‘vendor’ (199296 KB)…
OKAY [ 4.345s] writing ‘vendor’…
OKAY [ 11.394s] erasing ‘userdata’…
OKAY [ 9.744s] sending ‘userdata’ (141002 KB)…
OKAY [ 3.059s] writing ‘userdata’…
OKAY [ 2.144s] erasing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.058s] sending ‘cache’ (5752 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.153s] writing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.107s] rebooting…

finished. total time: 175.377s
Creating filesystem with parameters:
Size: 58688266240
Block size: 4096
Blocks per group: 32768
Inodes per group: 8192
Inode size: 256
Journal blocks: 32768
Label:
Blocks: 14328190
Block groups: 438
Reserved block group size: 1024
Created filesystem with 11/3588096 inodes and 271280/14328190 blocks
Creating filesystem with parameters:
Size: 104857600
Block size: 4096
Blocks per group: 32768
Inodes per group: 6400
Inode size: 256
Journal blocks: 1024
Label:
Blocks: 25600
Block groups: 1
Reserved block group size: 7
Created filesystem with 11/6400 inodes and 1438/25600 blocks
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flashing lock

(bootloader) Please select ‘YES’ on screen if you want to continue…
(bootloader) Locking bootloader…
(bootloader) Locked!
OKAY [ 4.466s] finished. total time: 4.466s

BOOT LOOP, no recovery

Manual install, “fastboot erase && fastboot flash” from [/r/Android/comments/49lcfb/psa_when_updating_nexus_devices_via_fastboot_make]

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase boot
erasing ‘boot’…
OKAY [ 0.033s] finished. total time: 0.033s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase cache
******** Did you mean to fastboot format this ext4 partition?
erasing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.027s] finished. total time: 0.027s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase recovery
erasing ‘recovery’…
OKAY [ 0.031s] finished. total time: 0.031s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase system
******** Did you mean to fastboot format this ext4 partition?
erasing ‘system’…
OKAY [ 0.646s] finished. total time: 0.646s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash system system.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
erasing ‘system’…
OKAY [ 0.138s] sending sparse ‘system’ 1/6 (483305 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.110s] writing ‘system’ 1/6…
OKAY [ 7.578s] sending sparse ‘system’ 2/6 (483272 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.435s] writing ‘system’ 2/6…
OKAY [ 7.035s] sending sparse ‘system’ 3/6 (483325 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.039s] writing ‘system’ 3/6…
OKAY [ 6.864s] sending sparse ‘system’ 4/6 (473224 KB)…
OKAY [ 12.968s] writing ‘system’ 4/6…
OKAY [ 6.944s] sending sparse ‘system’ 5/6 (478331 KB)…
OKAY [ 13.040s] writing ‘system’ 5/6…
OKAY [ 6.966s] sending sparse ‘system’ 6/6 (354215 KB)…
OKAY [ 9.524s] writing ‘system’ 6/6…
OKAY [ 5.105s] finished. total time: 115.745s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash boot boot.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘boot’ (12369 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.317s] writing ‘boot’…
OKAY [ 0.201s] finished. total time: 0.518s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘recovery’ (17905 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.406s] writing ‘recovery’…
OKAY [ 0.265s] finished. total time: 0.671s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash cache cache.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
erasing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.025s] sending ‘cache’ (5752 KB)…
OKAY [ 0.153s] writing ‘cache’…
OKAY [ 0.109s] finished. total time: 0.287s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
sending ‘vendor’ (199296 KB)…
OKAY [ 4.311s] writing ‘vendor’…
OKAY [ 3.234s] finished. total time: 7.545s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot erase userdata
******** Did you mean to fastboot format this ext4 partition?
erasing ‘userdata’…
OKAY [ 1.021s] finished. total time: 1.021s
tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
target reported max download size of 494927872 bytes
erasing ‘userdata’…
OKAY [ 0.378s] sending ‘userdata’ (138945 KB)…
OKAY [ 3.015s] writing ‘userdata’…
OKAY [ 1.973s] finished. total time: 5.366s

BOOT LOOP, no recovery

tyr:/data/Android/N6P/angler-n4f26j benc$ fastboot getvar cid

cid:
finished. total time: 0.019s

Thoughts?
Suggestions?
Condolences?
Next steps?
You too?

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Ben C

First phone: Wall-mounted rotary dial. First cellphone: Motorola StarTac (dozens of antennas) First Android: Droid Incredible: rooted, ended up on CM Current: Essential PH-One (Now Defunct) Fun stuff: dad, photographer, dog-owner, Subaru and Volvo owner, water and nature lover.

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11 thoughts on “Is my 6P DEAD? Is your’s? XDA calling it “Boot loop of Death on N6P”

  • Condolences. Google’s supposedly sending a friend of mine a new one without him trying to debug much of anything.

    Reply
    • Avatar of Ben Carr

      there are a bunch of /r/nexus posts about the right words and number to give and call.

      Reply
  • Avatar of JRDEMASKUS

    I wanted one of these, been trying to find one, reasonably priced.
    There is a N6P on Craigslist right now. Could get it cheap.
    But after reading about the issues you all are having, I am afraid it would be a waste of money.
    Thanks for the heads up.

    Reply
    • Avatar of Ben Carr

      I had the battery issues first, even on Marshmallow. I like the phone just fine, the speaker phone isn’t amazing, but size, speed, ram, all nice.

      Reply
      • Avatar of JRDEMASKUS

        I bought a like new Note 4 tonight from Craigslist, $200, for the 3rd time(bought 2 last year for my Wife and her friend. They just replaced the batteries last month, and both said they would buy the phone again)
        I am very happy with my HTC M9, but at 2 yrs old, the battery is not going to last much longer. I am going to sell it before it gets much older.
        Replaceable battery and SD card slot, have long been prerequisites for all of my phone purchases. I got the M9 in a CL trade last year, didn’t expect to keep it this long, but it has been an excellent device.
        My WP 10 Microsoft 950XL remains my primary device allowing me to keep swapping out Android phones in an effort to cure my Device Lust.
        Next up should be a tablet refresh.

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  • Avatar of NJ TituAa

    I am going through this now!! spoke to google and they told me to contact huawei to get it replaced. Went through the same process of trying to fix phone and basically gave up. Let phone bootloop for a while and it booted into nougat.. tried to root and i am back into the loop(what an idiot?)

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  • Avatar of Mark DePalma

    Did anything ever come of this? Having the same exact issue. Can’t get to recovery or anything. Tried all your same steps.

    Reply

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