Too Many Pattern Attempts on a Tablet: Solution!

Well, this one had me quite frustrated.

I was officiating a basketball game, while The Champ, my 7-year old son, patiently awaited his game to start later that day.  In the meantime, he wanted to play Angry Birds, and pulled out my Novo 7 Advanced tablet.  (I love my Novo 7 Advanced tablet — only paid $155 for it!)

I’d configured my tablet’s screen to timeout after 10 minutes — only to be unlocked using a screen pattern.  I taught my son the pattern, but for some reason — on this particular day — he’d forgotten the pattern.  At some point — between his launching of an Angry Bird, and taking a bathroom break, my son was locked out of the tablet.  After his numerous attempts to unlock the screen, the software did exactly what it was supposed to do, and the screen showed that death message:  “Too Many Pattern Attempts”, along with a prompt to enter the Google (Gmail) username — an email address — and password.  These are the same credentials used to purchase from the Android Market.  The password to this account could be changed on a PC via the site.

In order for the tablet to verify that the Gmail username and password were correct, it had to be connected to a the internet — usually a WiFi network — to be able to access my Google/Gmail account.  There was only one problem.  My tablet was configured in such a way that it did not automatically connect to a WiFi network. I would manually “tell” my tablet to connect to a WiFi network (this prolonged the battery life). Now that I was locked out of my tablet, I couldn’t manually connect to a WiFi network.  So, even when I entered the correct Gmail account’s username and password, the tablet would not unlock because it was not connected to the internet!

Did I mention that I love my Novo 7 Advanced tablet?

The Novo 7 Advanced tablet comes with a USB port — which, along with allowing file transfers, also allows you to CONNECT TO THE INTERNET VIA A DIRECT (HARD-WIRED, NON-WiFI) CONNECTION!    I’d already purchased an adapter for the USB port to serve as a network port when I bought my tablet.    In short, using the tablets USB port, I was able to connect my tablet directly to the internet, enter my Gmail credentials, and unlock my tablet.  Here’s a summary of what to do:

First, make sure you can login to your Gmail account (on a computer) and verify the username and password.  Then


1.  Find a way to connect your tablet directly to a network instead of using WiFi (can be done if your tablet has a USB port).

2.  Login to your tablet using your Gmail credentials, and you’ll unlock the tablet.

OR, more specifically, as I did:

1  Purchase a Plug-n-Play USB-to-RJ45 LAN Adapter 10/100, along with a USB Host Adapter — costs $3 to $15  (these came with my tablet order).

2.  Connect the USB-to-RJ45 LAN Adapter to the USB Host Adapter.

3.  Connect the USB Host Adapter to your tablet.

4.  Connect the USB-to-RJ45 LAN Adapter to your network cable.

5.  Connect the network cable directly to your internet Hub or modem.

6.  Your tablet now has a direct connection to the internet.  Enter your Gmail username and password, and you should be able to unlock your tablet.  Make sure you enter the correct credentials!

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About raisingachampion

Single mom and loving the adventure. I count myself blessed!

Posted on February 15, 2012, in Technology Nowadays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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