the other day I bought a broken tablet that seems to be bricked (tablet was dropped) and I want to learn how to fix it. Also I bought a kindle book for the kindle app on my ipad, its a android troubleshooting book. Book's title is "Android rooting and troubleshooting" by Math Joe McArthur. it has a section in it that talks about unbricking dead devices (softbricked/hardbricked). instructions say --turn off device (although it says phone, I take it to include tablets), --switch device on by holding power button + volume down + home button (I tried this by using the included micro USB adapter to connect tablet to my macbook pro via my male-to-male USB cable) and trying to press all three buttons on the computer by volume down + command button + power button. nothing happened. so, leaving tablet still connected to computer, I tried using the tip of the end of a dinner fork's handle to press the volume down button (tablet's volume controls - recessed/indented into the tablet's plastic case) + the tablet's power button (also recessed/indented into the case) but again, nothing happened. So I pried off the back plastic cover of the tablet using the pointy end of an metal ipod/ipad pry tool (does not look like guitar pick, looks more like sort of dentist's tool) that has narrow flat blades at either end of tool. I tried to upload my jpg's of the tablet innereds/tools after getting back case off but everytime I clicked upload (after selecting photos) I got an error. I PM'd the admin about the image upload error. Regarding the recessed power button and volume controls on this particular tablet, this is what made me want to get the case opened in the event that the power button/volume control knob may need replacing, thus I wanted to see if there were any connectors on the hardware/mobo or holes, etc, where the power button/volume knob may have broken off when the tablet was dropped, but initially, it doesn't look like there were any screw holes or whatever that these buttons may have snapped off of. I also have an ipad/iphone/ipod repair DIY book, "the Unauthorized guide to iphone, ipad, and ipod repair - a DIY guide to extending the life of your idevices" by Timothy Warner. I still think this tablet needs a new power button/volume control know replaced, this is why I wanted to upload my jpg's of the tablet showing the recessed openings in the sides of the case, as well as the tool I used, and the innerd's of the tablet (innerds look OK to me, battery looks like its securely in place, but I may be wrong). I can't think of anything else to try in order to unbrick this tablet. I'd like to use it to play MP4 videos once I fix it. Please I'm a DIY person, this is why I prefer not to take the tablet to some shop (such as Geek Squad) but wish to use it as school lab material to broaden my computer tech repair skills/gain valuable hands on experience. Is there anything I'm missing? What do I do about the unbricking? What do I do about the recessed power button and the recessed volume controls on the sides of the case of this tablet (I'm more concerned with the recessed controls than the unbricking at this time since I'd like to try the unbricking method from that kindle book I bought for my ipad first of all)? I'd welcome any suggestions about unbricking/recessed power/volume control buttons that you guys know of. Thanks in advance.