I reinstalled Windows 10 Home, installed the drivers, and it was working beautifully.
However it seemed to have gone into standby/froze (screen on, but not responding), so I hard-restarted it (held the power button for 10 seconds). I rebooted into Windows and then turned it off to go into the BIOS so I could make numlock turn on at boot (which was annoyingly turned off!).
I then found some settings in the BIOS referencing various sensors (such as thermal, battery, etc.) which were 'disabled'. I found it odd that they were in the disabled state, so I enabled them, saved my settings, and rebooted.
Now the tablet won't turn on, with the status LED constantly glowing red and the tablet feels warm (so I think it's trying to do something, but I don't know what that something is).
I conclude that I shouldn't have touched the sensor settings and have bricked the device, until I'm able to try and reset the BIOS (by flashing the BIOS file for the device found here (viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6).
I'm assuming the emergency flash process for the Insyde BIOS is the same as desktops and laptops, namely:
- Turn off all power (in this case, wait until the battery dies, and then charge without attempting to boot the device).
- Copy BIOS .*bin file to empty USB drive, insert into a USB port (in this case, we must use a USB hub as we also need access to a keyboard).
- Use the Winkey + B key combination while turning the device on (again, in this case we need to attach a USB keyboard to the same USB hub, connect it to the tablet, and turn on with the key combo).
- Wait 5 seconds before releasing the key combination, and then wait 10 minutes for the BIOS to be reprogrammed (some sources say the screen turns on and displays status, but unsure).
- Disconnect USB hub and hard-reboot tablet
While I was writing this, the battery died so I'm going to go ahead and charge it up, then will try the BIOS emergency rescue.
If that doesn't work, I plan to file a warranty claim (shouldn't be able to brick the device in the first place, so their fault they put the option there) if the tablet is less than a year old (asked the eBay seller, awaiting reply).
Any suggestions on my situation and if anyone has done a BIOS rescue like this on a Linx tablet before?