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    Default Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    Anyone else here having this issue with their 2013 Nexus 7? I picked mine up tonight and it wouldn't turn on, so I plugged it in. The LED just blinks five times, no matter how long I hold the power button. I also cannot get it to boot into recovery.

    I found some references to this issue on Google Groups, but no solutions. How wide spread is this and has anyone found a solution?
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    Quote Originally Posted by appmy View Post
    Anyone else here having this issue with their 2013 Nexus 7? I picked mine up tonight and it wouldn't turn on, so I plugged it in. The LED just blinks five times, no matter how long I hold the power button. I also cannot get it to boot into recovery.

    I found some references to this issue on Google Groups, but no solutions. How wide spread is this and has anyone found a solution?
    If you just go it can't you return it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    If you just go it can't you return it?
    I got it on July 26th from Best Buy. Their return/exchange policy is only 15 days. I'm sure it is covered by warranty, but I don't want to go through that hassle if an easy fix exists.
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    Oh ok, I read "Picked mine up tonight" and thought you had just bought it
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    I saw this w/ the one I returned as well (it also randomly rebooted and randomly ate all the batteries overnight).

    Plug it into the charger and let it charge up a bit. Then hold the button down for over 30sec to a minute (yep, weird to hold it that long).

    Still feels like a driver bug or some sort of hardware issue to me so I haven't bought a replacement yet :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenyee View Post
    Plug it into the charger and let it charge up a bit. Then hold the button down for over 30sec to a minute (yep, weird to hold it that long).
    Still feels like a driver bug or some sort of hardware issue to me so I haven't bought a replacement yet :-(
    That worked. I left it on the charger for about 90 minutes, then tried again. It started up just fine. It was almost at 100% last night, so something happened to run it down that much in 18 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appmy View Post
    That worked. I left it on the charger for about 90 minutes, then tried again. It started up just fine. It was almost at 100% last night, so something happened to run it down that much in 18 hours.
    Yep. Same symptom w/ the one I returned. Random battery drain. It wasn't the apps because I had the same apps loaded on the N7 2012...actually less apps on the N7 2013 because not all were compatible w/ the hires screen.
    This and the random reboots drove me nuts :-P
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    Wow, I really wanted to buy a N7 but this is making me rethink. Do tablets support CyanogenMod as well? Might go with something else and do that

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    Default Re: Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Wow, I really wanted to buy a N7 but this is making me rethink. Do tablets support CyanogenMod as well? Might go with something else and do that

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    Yes, CM is working on a version for the Nexus 7 2013, but it's not past the nightly only builds yet.

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    Default Re: Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    Your post day is one day ago and you claimed to have picked it up tonight. Did you mean that you used your hand to grab and lift the device off another surface to bring closer to your face or am I just confused here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEMONGRAB View Post
    Your post day is one day ago and you claimed to have picked it up tonight. Did you mean that you used your hand to grab and lift the device off another surface to bring closer to your face or am I just confused here?

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    That was clarified in the third post. I have had the unit for months.. I was referring to actually grabbing and lifting the unit from a desk in my home. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Default Re: Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    Had the same problem, it is because the battery is completely drained, just leave it plugged in for an hour or so and then try booting, it will work.
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    Default Re: Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    Hi Guys,
    I also experienced the FBoD issue with my Nexus 7 (2nd gen), but after letting it charge for a few minutes, it is now booting up perfectly.
    Still, I have some issues that I hope someone can help me with:
    Last week my tab fell into a bucket of water, bad luck , and half of it got submerged for about a second or so. It was still working fine by then and I was able to immediately switch it off. I dried it with a vacuum cleaner as much as possible and left it in a bag of rice for a few days. Now the only issues I have noticed so far are as follows:

    1. The LED notification light always stays on (always white) even when the device is switched off. The light intensity changes from time to time while using the tab.

    2. Upon initial boot-up, the widgets don't work, but when I remove and add them again to the home screen, then they work fine.

    Other than that I can use my tab like before, my guess regarding the LED light is that something is still grounded or maybe some wiring got misaligned when I vacuumed it. I didn't disassemble anything yet though, but I doubt that the warranty will cover this so I am tempted to open it up. Just let me know your thoughts and suggestions please.

    Thanks!
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    Just an update, the widgets are working fine now at boot-up. It probably just took them a little longer to initiate.
    And by the way, I'm so happy that my tab is still alive! I just hope I can fix this LED issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abiSawyer View Post
    Just an update, the widgets are working fine now at boot-up. It probably just took them a little longer to initiate.
    And by the way, I'm so happy that my tab is still alive! I just hope I can fix this LED issue.
    I don't think it is the vaccuming that caused the problem. I got this same issue after recovering from the FBoD on my nexus 7. Notification light blinks very slowly all the time. Does anyone have a fix for this?
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    Yes. A very small piece of black tape over the light will work just fine.
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    I have the same problem with the notification light. It is constantly on and changes from going dim but mostly on and its even on when the tablet is turned off! Its very strange. I was wondering if anyone knows how to replace the front led/notification light. Where do u go to buy individual parts? The best sites anyone know? Any instructional videos?
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    What do you do if that doesn't work?
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    i have also been having this problem i was reading on the kindle app then pluged it in at 30% and i picked it up in the morning expecting it to be fully charged and it does not turn on. i tried holding the power button thinking that it must have not charged correctly but all that happened was a small white light near the charger blinked 5 times. my nexus has been working fine before this and i have almost had it for 14 months and used it daily. i have been keeping it charging every night and if it does not charge to 100% overnight i let it charge all the way and also i have only ran it down to 0% very few timesi have been on multiple websites recommending what to do i have checked to make sure the wall out lit was working and that the cord was working and both are. if anyone has the slightest idea of what is happening please respond asap.
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    Default Re: Nexus 7 (2013) WIll not Power On - 5x LED Blink - FBoD (Five Blinks of Death)

    in your case there might be some residual thats not getting out with a vacuum, i had the unforunate luck of my pack raining through while in japan once, took my tablet a few weeks before it would fully function again. I would reccommend sticking in a bowl of uncooked white rice, that stuff is more effective than dessicant, and will draw out the water that is in a hard spot.
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    Which one uses the snapdragon s4 1st gen or 2nd gen

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