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This wiki info has been copied from slickdeals,

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Laptop can sleep if headphones or a magnet is on top of bottom right corner!

THAT’S ALL MOBILE DEVICES. THAT’S HOW SLEEP MODE WORKS
VIDEO PROOF! https://imgur.com/a/mDLTgPg #defcon

Video Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECPSC_1jHE8
Hopefully this post helps you prevent future crashes / sleep issues.

Attached is a picture of location of magnetic item that causes laptop to sleep.

Customer service contact details:

Support number: 1-877-435-7955
Support email: support@MEwarrantyservices.com

I called and sent email and the information does not exist.

The correct phone number for support is (800) 379-3820. Hours are 7 am-4 pm Pacific Time. They are closed on the weekends.
Update: Just called customer service on Jan 10th. The above number (even though it announces as Overpowered customer service) is valid for Motile laptops and the rep confirmed that the warranty for M142 is valid for 1 year and you just call this number for any issues.

I called Walmart today: (800) 966-6546 and the rep arranged for me to exchange my M-142, the screen goes blank intermittently. She was unable to find a Motile support number.

Warranty Information:
Excerpts from Motile Limited Warranty booklet included in box:
“This MOTILE purchased and delivered new in the original packaging to the original purchaser is warranted for personal non-commercial use by MOTILE against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for a limited Warranty period of Ninety (90) days for labor and One (1) year for Hardware from the original date of purchase.”
“However, the warranty on this Product is limited to Ninety (90) day hardware and labor limited warranty when purchased or used for commercial purposes.”
“Product freight must be prepaid by the original purchaser and shipped in its original packaging or packaging affording an equal degree of protection.”

## USER MANUAL ATTACHED AT BOTTOM ##

Bios, Software and Driver Update:
http://www.motilecustomerservice.com/

Additional driver files saved by a user from device manager: https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=131944567&postcount=195 .
This seems to have additional stuffs that is not included on Motile site

To enter the BIOS, keep pressing the DELETE key during the boot up

Bios update hints: (Be careful. Don’t attempt unless you REALLY know what you are doing)
*Also note that some issues are appearing with the BIOS/EC update*:
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133422332&postcount=740

BIOS update guide:
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133337630&postcount=495
https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=133339559&postcount=504

If having problem with the laptop hanging while restart and not completing the restart sequence (especially after a clean window installation),
turn off fast restart in control panel/power option/system settings

Indepth outside review: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Wal…260.0.html

Currently the laptop has no support for waking up from sleep by lid opening. You have to press a key to wake it up. Closing the lid will put it to sleep though.

The HDMI port on the laptop has been verified by multiple people as HDMI 2.0 good for 4K 60hz.

USB Type C port on this Motile has been tested and only has data transfer function. NO power delivery (PD) for charging over usb C port.
NO DP function for video output via the usb C.

Display: IPS

Chassis: aluminum/magnesium

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

SINGLE dimm slot with 8GB 2400 DDR4 sodimm installed. 2GB of the ram is used by Vega iGPU (amount of ram dedicated to iGPU cannot be changed)

Two M2 SSD slots: first slot comes occupied with Biwin 256GB M2 SATA SSD and can use both M2 SATA and NVME.
Second unoccupied M2 slot recognizes only NVME ssd.

Fn+ F5 changes between Basic mode and Silent mode fan speed.
This does have a small difference on multicore cpu benchmarks.
Maybe also battery life when on battery?
Also you can tell which mode you are in by looking at the led light on the power button: solid is basic mode, slow dimming /brightening is silent mode.

FIX FOR LOW SOUND OUTPUT FROM SPEAKERS:

1) Be sure the Sound Blaster Connect application is running.
### The Sound Blaster Connect Software can be downloaded from the Windows Store, as well as other places. #### https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p…verviewtab
2) Select a sound profile (Game/Music/Movie, etc)
3) and make sure the EQ is turned on.
Makes a night and day difference

FUNCTION KEY REMAPPING:
To reverse FN keys to skip having to hold down FN + FKey:
https://keytweak.en.softonic.com/

My Mapping:
Key #120 remapped to ‘Volume Down’ – Default to ‘F9’
Key #121 remapped to ‘Volume Up’ – Default to ‘F10’
Key #119 remapped to ‘Mute’ – Default to ‘F8’
Key #129 remapped to ‘F10’ – Default to ‘Volume Up’
Key #131 remapped to ‘F9’ – Default to ‘Volume Down’
Key #133 remapped to ‘F8’ – Default to ‘Mute’

GAME TESTING:
on battery power:
Diablo 3 ROS (1920×1080, high settings for all): 45+ FPS
WoW Classic in intense battle like Alterac Valley, low settings, FPS fluctuates between 40-80

LINUX DISTROS TESTED:
Ubuntu 19.10 – everything works
Zorin OS 15 – Needed to apt update/upgrade to get latest kernel to support Ryzen 5 3500U graphics.
(Installs with support only for 800×600, update fixed everything)
Linux Mint 19.2 – Everything works. Updated to latest Kernel to support Ryzen 5 3500U graphics

THX Color Profile:
Here are all the color profile files off my Motile M142 R5
https://drive.google.com/open?id=…TpAaO9lp_P
or
https://www.4shared.com/zip/GWMDk…files.html
Restart laptop after placing files in C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color
then right click on desktop -> Display settings -> Color Profile drop down and select Tuned by THX

INCREASE DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS:
To increase the display’s max brightness download Radeon Software [amd.com], open the new software, navigate to Settings > Display and disable Vari-Bright. The display will now be ~50% brighter.(Many owners report no difference).

VIDEO ON RAM, SSD, WIFI UPGRADE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iITc_8IBPK0

USB-C power adapters

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product…CFDA&psc=1

Several members have reported success in using USB C PD to barrel adapters to charge. There are a number to choose from on Amazon, Aliexpress, and eBay.

Here are adapters reported working:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33036838470.html
https://www.amazon.com/Cablecc-Ad…07SJ4CB27/

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Restore Amazon Fire HD 8

Fire 10 HD is a successor to the Fire HD from Amazon and comes with upgraded features. Besides serving as an eBook reader, it has all the features found in an Android device. Moreover, it comes with Android Lollipop firmware. As the tablet runs on Android OS, it can be manipulated and modified with custom ROMS and kernels. TWRP and bootloader unlock procedures are available for the Amazon Fire 10 HD 5th Generation and hence Android users can theme and mod their device or even flash a custom ROM on it. However, in the process, the device may get bricked and needs to be restored to stock firmware. A new software update is available for the Fire HD 10 (5th Generation). This update automatically downloads and installs on your device over the air; however, you can also manually download the software and transfer the update to your device via USB cable.

For those who have changed their system and want to revert back to stock firmware, here is a short tutorial that will take our device to latest available stock ROM on the Fire 8 HD from Amazon. Once you setup adb environment on your PC you are all set to flash the latest firmware for your device. Download the latest available update from the download section and issue the commands in cmd or terminal as instructed below.

This will also lock your bootloader and flash the stock recovery on your device. The guide involves the usual process of flashing the system image file issuing commands through command prompt or terminal. If you are new to this process, then here is a detailed tutorial.

So let’s begin.

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How to Restore Amazon Fire HD 8 to Stock Firmware

This is another method to install stock firmware updates. To make this method work, you need to setup adb environment on your PC. You need to sideload the update manually to your system.

Prerequisites

  • This tutorial is compatible with Amazon Fire 10 HD 5th Generation only. Do not try it on any other device.
  • Set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer. You can install the full Android SDK package from Google or get the quick adb and fastboot installer for Mac or Linux OS.
  • Install the latest USB Drivers on your computer. This is important to detect the phone.
  • Open Settings> Developer options and enable USB Debugging on your device. To enable developer options, tap the Build Number multiple times (approx. 7 times) in About Phone.
  • Allow OEM unlock from developer options, if available.

Installation Instructions

The hidden mode of Android 5.1 Lollipop called recovery should allow you to perform hard resetwipe cache partition or Android 5.1 Lollipop update. So follow the steps of recovery mode tutorial:

  1. Switch off the tablet by using the Power key.
  2. After that press and push Power key + Volume Up for a couple of seconds.
  3. If you see AMAZON logo let go of all buttons.
  4. Wait for a few seconds and you will be in Recovery Mode.
  5. Success! In this mode you can navigate by using Volume keys and confirm with the Power button.
  1. Switch off the tablet by using the Power key.
  2. After that press and push Power key + Volume Up for a couple of seconds.
  3. If you see AMAZON logo let go of all buttons.
  4. Wait for a few seconds and you will be in Recovery Mode.
  5. Success! In this mode you can navigate by using Volume keys and confirm with the Power button.
  1. Make sure you have setup ADB and Fastboot environment on your PC. Download the firmware package and place the file in the same directory where the adb is installed.
  2. Power off your device and keep it unplugged from your PC.
  3. Boot into stock recovery. To do so, press and hold volume down and the power button for 5-6 seconds. For an alternative method look at the bottom of these instructions.
  4. Now on the next screen, select the stock recovery option which will boot you into the recovery.
  5. Once into the stock recovery, select the option apply update from adb.
  6. Now plug in your device to the PC using a USB cable.
  7. Navigate to the location where your adb and fastboot is installed on your PC. While the folder with adb and fastboot files is open, right-click on an empty space and select “Open command window here” option to launch a command prompt window.
  8. Now check your adb connection by issuing the following command. It should return device information. Otherwise, you need to make sure your drivers are installed correctly.
    adb devices
  9. Issue the following command to install the firmware
    adb sideload update-kindle-32.5.2.2_user_522054520.bin
  10. This will flash the stock firmware update to your system. The last keyword is the name of the file. Make sure you either rename the file to a simpler one or type the name of the file as it is with the proper extension.
  11. Once the installation completes, reboot to system.

For Mac or Linux users, setup adb and issue the “./adb sideload update-kindle-xxxx.bin” command without quotes. Now that you have installed the stock firmware update, you can now enjoy the latest update on your device.

How to boot into stock recovery using adb and fastboot? 

Alternatively, you can issue an adb code to boot into recovery while your device is connected to the PC. Issue the following code.

 
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