Flashing Rockchip 2918 Tablet Using Rockchip Flasher Tool


This guide shows you how to flash Rockchip RK2918 based tablets using Rockchip low-level flashing tool. Also useful for bricked device that do not boot anymore and can’t use the regular flashing method.

Preliminary Step

Put Tablet In Recovery Mode

You need to put the device in recovery mode to download the firmware to the tablet with Rockchip Flasher Tool. Depending on your device, try any of the steps below or ask your vendor.

  • Push the volume + button on your tablet and keep the button pressed while you insert a paperclip in the reset pinhole. Keep the paperclip pushing the reset and the volume + button pressed for about 15 seconds. The tablet screen should turn black
  • Put the power switch to the right position and insert a paperclip in the reset pinhole on the back of the tablet.

Installing Device Drivers On The Computer

Following the tablet entering in recovery mode, the computer should detect a new USB device and prompt for a device driver. Select the appropriate driver in the driver directory from the Rockchip Flasher Tool package, then select the right folder that corresponds to your computer platform and operating systems.

There are 6 supported systems:

  • in drivers\32-bit folder you will find sub-directories for the following operating systems:
    Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit
  • in drivers\64-bit you will have sub-directories for:
    Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit

It will then install the device driver for the Rockchip 2918 based device

Sending The Firmware To The Tablet

  • The flashing tool should display a green square around the number 1 in the lower left area of the Windows application
  • Select the firmware file to flash using the button in the top right area of the application
  • Locate the firmware file that you have prepared in the preliminary step

  • Push the Upgrade button to transfer the selected firmware to the tablet
  • The firmware will be copied to the tablet, a progression counter will go from 0% to 100% on this step, followed by a verification

When the transfer is done, let the tablet reboot and update itself. It should take a few minutes for the flash process to finish.


If the device is not detected or if the driver does not install, here are a few things to check:

  • make sure your tablet is connect directly to the USB port on the computer, not thru a USB hub
  • make sure your USB cable is in good condition, if your cable looks defective, try with another cable

You can also try to change Windows 7 Device Installation Settings:

  • Go to ‘Control Panel\System and Security\System’ ‘View Advanced system Settings’, on ‘System Properties‘ window, select the ‘Hardware‘ tab, click on ‘Device Installation Settings‘ button
  • On the “Device Installation Settings” window, choose ‘No, let me choose what to do‘ and ‘Never install driver software from Windows update‘
  • Press ‘Save changes’ button
  • Reset your tablet, you should then be able to install the custom drivers

When the drivers are installed, you can change Device Installation Settings back