1. beman39's Avatar
    figured someone might find this interesting, so I just bought another X3 to replace my bricked previous X3 and I was looking it over and it seems this is a Sample model as it has a couple of slight differences! one being that it is faintly marked on the back which I can hardly make out as it has been attempted to be removed... HP SAMPLE NOT FOR SALE. also the HP logo is MUCH darker not chrome like my other X3 and there's differences on the inside also... I'm having intermittent problems with the phone like SD card keeps un-mounting and the cell data keeps turning off by itself and lastly I can't update to 1709... but other than those problems the phone works very well... I called HP to inform them that I have one of their sample phones and what was my next step and what did they want to do... and they told me to contact the seller and get my money back as he was not supposed to sell it (no kiddin?) I proposed to them that I could send it back provided they could send me a replacement and the CS said they couldn't do that... I figured they wouldn't want this thing out N about... she put me on hold and went to go speak with a supervisor and we got disconnected and she never called me back! LOL thank god I didn't pay alot for this phone! lol phone is in great shape and works really well apart from those problems I mentioned uptop. BTW here are some pics I took to show you guys. Look at the differences in the radio HW and HW revision and FW version.

    OH! and to top it all off my X3 is working again! LMAO! I'm sure its temporary and its a ticking time bomb
    Attached Thumbnails wp_20180905_11_28_09_pro.jpg   wp_ss_20180905_0002.jpg  
    Byrese likes this.
    09-07-2018 10:24 PM
  2. Adventurer64's Avatar
    interesting. I'm wondering if HP even has any X3's left to send out for replacements.
    09-08-2018 01:46 AM
  3. beman39's Avatar
    interesting. I'm wondering if HP even has any X3's left to send out for replacements.
    oh i'm sure they do, its not like anyone or everyone is rushing out to buy them at their ridiculous price... except for ms store which is more reasonable.... at the HP store in Canada they're asking 999 lol...
    09-08-2018 10:02 AM
  4. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Must be a Canada thing. They're not on the online Microsoft Store in the US anymore.
    aximtreo likes this.
    09-08-2018 06:50 PM
  5. Rowdy Bedsaul's Avatar
    That's the kind of think I love to collect. I'd buy it off you if I could keep my wife from finding out and freaking out on me.
    09-08-2018 09:07 PM
  6. beman39's Avatar
    Must be a Canada thing. They're not on the online Microsoft Store in the US anymore.
    thats what I said in my post... "hp Canada" is selling them
    09-08-2018 11:49 PM
  7. jacquesvan's Avatar
    Same thing happened to me last year. The fact that it had a custom Rom and I could not update the O.S. to the latest version was the deal breaker for me. Turns out the seller was a HP headquarters employee who was not supposed to sell it. After I told him that I reported the issue to HP support he was very quick refund me.
    aximtreo likes this.
    09-11-2018 11:02 AM
  8. nate0's Avatar
    09-14-2018 02:00 AM
  9. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    That's awesome. We also had a member on here with a SurfaceBook prototype too.
    09-16-2018 04:11 AM
  10. beman39's Avatar
    so I'm happy to report that I was able to update to the newest OS and FW. I had to restore using the MSFT WDRT to OS 1603 and then update to the most current OS 1709. which updated no problems.. looks like the guy who owned the device before me screwed up the DL and it was stuck... thats why the update kept failing.. device is working amazing now! so now I'm having intermittent problems with my old X3... every once in a while it goes into a reboot loop and then it will over heat trying to boot up... like really hot! wish I knew what or why it is doing this... but I will keep that one for a back up...
    09-19-2018 11:24 AM
  11. nate0's Avatar
    That is the issue with owning the HP. Same for certain other OEM devices as well. If you brick it good luck trying to recover it. All the Lumias have emergency Qualcomm recovery files available for rescuing them from boot issues, corrupt files, etc. Even the IDOL 4s is more able of being saved from a failing to boot situation than the X3. If we came across a developer model HP Elite X3 though or had access to a ROM of that sort, it might make it possible to know more about how to fix a boot issue or even make a solution for that.
    Last edited by nate0; 09-19-2018 at 09:20 PM.
    09-19-2018 05:31 PM
  12. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Tha is the issue with owning the HP. Same for certain other OEM devices as well. If you brick it good luck trying to recover it. All the Lumias have emergency Qualcomm recovery files available for rescuing them from boot issues, corrupt files, etc. Even the IDOL 4s is more able of being saved from a failing to boot situation than the X3. If we came across a developer model HP Elite X3 though or had access to a ROM of that sort, it might make it possible to know more about how to fix a boot issue or even make a solution for that.
    Personally, I'd much rather use the OTC Updater tool from Microsoft. I was able to bring my Acer Primo up to the latest 09/2018 version because of it. After trying so many methods only to end up with bricked devices and the infamous "black screen", I'm sticking with this.
    09-19-2018 08:21 PM
  13. nate0's Avatar
    Personally, I'd much rather use the OTC Updater tool from Microsoft. I was able to bring my Acer Primo up to the latest 09/2018 version because of it. After trying so many methods only to end up with bricked devices and the infamous "black screen", I'm sticking with this.
    Ya the OTC updater is nifty. I use it often. It is pretty quick at it what it does too. Using that tool on devices that don't have a back door to recovery is wise and a good idea.
    09-19-2018 09:41 PM
  14. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Ya the OTC updater is nifty. I use it often. It is pretty quick at it what it does too. Using that tool on devices that don't have a back door to recovery is wise and a good idea.
    What is the otc adapter? I'm not familiar with that.
    aximtreo likes this.
    09-19-2018 10:51 PM
  15. nate0's Avatar
    What is the otc adapter? I'm not familiar with that.
    Microsoft's OTC update tool.
    Over-the-cable Updater tool for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Mobile 10
    aximtreo and Scienceguy Labs like this.
    09-20-2018 10:39 AM
  16. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Microsoft's OTC update tool.
    Over-the-cable Updater tool for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Mobile 10
    Thanks. I don't know how I've never heard of that.
    nate0 likes this.
    09-20-2018 07:12 PM
  17. beman39's Avatar
    Thanks. I don't know how I've never heard of that.
    don't feel bad buddy, I've never heard of it either LOL Goes to show you, you never stop learning
    Scienceguy Labs likes this.
    09-20-2018 09:18 PM
  18. nate0's Avatar
    Thanks. I don't know how I've never heard of that.
    Maybe spending too much time on AndroidCentral? 😜
    09-21-2018 03:11 AM
  19. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Maybe spending too much time on AndroidCentral? ������
    That was just wrong. I can't condone that type of savagery.
    aximtreo and Scienceguy Labs like this.
    09-21-2018 10:16 AM
  20. nate0's Avatar
    That was just wrong. I can't condone that type of savagery.
    2 shots in one, I know...I tried to hold back. I really did.
    Or were you just referring to where we spend our time? lol
    Scienceguy Labs likes this.
    09-21-2018 12:25 PM
  21. Runnz's Avatar
    I also have a prototype x3 I bought on eBay. it has stickers on the back cleaning is the property of HP with a phone number to call. none of this was in the photos when I bought it on eBay. The seller refused to give me a refund. I called HP and they offer to send me a shipping label but offer me no money or replacement. it's a great collector's item. if anybody is interested I would sell it.
    11-06-2018 07:57 AM
  22. nate0's Avatar
    I also have a prototype x3 I bought on eBay. it has stickers on the back cleaning is the property of HP with a phone number to call. none of this was in the photos when I bought it on eBay. The seller refused to give me a refund. I called HP and they offer to send me a shipping label but offer me no money or replacement. it's a great collector's item. if anybody is interested I would sell it.
    How much did you pay for it?
    I sent you a PM
    11-14-2018 12:47 PM

Similar Threads

  1. The Division 2 is familar, but that's not a bad thing
    By WindowsCentral.com in forum Windows Central News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-07-2018, 04:10 PM
  2. Amazon's Fire TV Stick is down to just $25 right now for Prime members
    By WindowsCentral.com in forum Windows Central News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-07-2018, 02:10 PM
  3. Is Amazon the best place to buy Adobe Premiere Pro?
    By WindowsCentral.com in forum Windows Central News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-07-2018, 02:10 PM
  4. The new Audible Originals mean members get 3 free books per month
    By WindowsCentral.com in forum Windows Central News Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-07-2018, 01:50 PM
  5. New file explorer glitch system drives
    By BBenceB in forum Windows 10 Mobile
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-07-2018, 01:45 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD