Le Pan II tablet upgrade to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) the brute force method

If you’re like my son, happily using his Le Pan II tablet because it sports awesome hardware and offers great performance. Unfortunately while trying many new programs from the google app store he was finding that many were NOT working. This lead to debate in the family as to whether or not the Motorola Xoom tablet was better than the Le Pan II simply because it did not create so many compatibility problems. Let me assure you the Le Pan II ia a great tablet and upgrading to ICS solved most of my sons compatibility issues while offering greatly improved performance (he was a happy camper).

The process of upgrading to ICS however was NOT EASY and following the useless instructions from Le Pan was equally useless. For example when press Volume + and Power buttons we NEVER could get into fastboot mode, and selecting the ICS zip file from the tablets About / System update screen only gave signature invalid errors on reboot (hold the lock button to reboot back to normal mode if that happens).

1. So first download the ICS firmware from:

2. Unzip it in either Windows XP or higher (Yes thats right Le Pan only supports Windows for this update process, how evilly convenient) in your root of C:\

3. In Control Panel (in Windows) select the Add new hardware option, select All or whatever option it takes so you can tell Windows to install from a disk, then navigate to the AnyData folder that is in the extracted folder in C:\ and Windows will install the Any Data driver (THIS IS REQUIRED AS IT ALLOWS DIRECT COMMUNICATION WITH THE TABLET VIA USB)

4. Reboot your windows computer

5. Ensure your tablet has Development USB mode enabled (not sure why but we had to do this or the Anydata driver did not find the tablet properly) and reboot the tablet

6. Once the tablet has rebooted and is at the main screen, open a command prompt in your Windows Machine (make sure the tablet is connected via the usb cable) and enter the Extracted folder from step 2 but this time NOT the any data fodler but the other folder which contains a .cmd file (Release_LePanII_v406_Secured_Fused_06272012_user_fastboot). From this folder run:

adb devices

and you should see a device show up under the listing title. If not reinstall the USB driver and ensure the tablet has USB debugging enabled. NExt execute the following command from the windows command prompt:

adb reboot bootloader

You should see the tablet reboot in fastboot mode (the words fastboot mode display on the tablet in the top left corner within 30 seconds)

from the same command prompt run:

flash_all_with_new_partition.cmd

When this command finishes your tablet will reboot and finish the ICS install (and will ask for system setting info on reboot)

Done!


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