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Will Verduzco · Sep 23, 2013

Generate Nvflash Blobs for Original Nexus 7 and Other Asus Tablets with Flatline

Blob files for Nvidia Tegra-powered Asus devices are incredibly useful. This is because they allow us to easily flash images to our devices using Nvflash at an extremely low level. Given the low level at which APX (Nvflash) mode runs and how this is much more primitive than booting into a standard Android recovery partition, a device with the appropriate blobs is practically unbrickable. Thus, blob files can be used to get us out of seriously sticky situations that would otherwise...

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Former Writer · Sep 25, 2012

CM10 Bluetooth Audio Fix for Transformer Prime, AT&T Note, and Perhaps Others

When it comes to source-built releases, there always seems to be that one glaring issue that lingers around long after the others are fixed. For instance, last year the EVO 4G developers had some trouble with getting WiMAX on CyanogenMod 7. Usually it is something minor like the camera or Bluetooth. Two devices that have struggled with this are the ASUS Transformer Prime and the AT&T Galaxy Note. The original mod for the Transformer Prime was created by XDA Forum...

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jerdog · Aug 18, 2012

CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies for Select Devices

We recently told you about the CyanogenMod team beginning work on CM10. Now, a significant milestone has been reached: CM10 Nightlies have appeared for select devices. For those who aren't familiar, a nightly build is an automatic build incorporating the latest changes in CM source for a device. Yesterday, CyanogenMod released the list of those devices that would be getting the first round of nightlies: # The US SGS3 variants (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) # The Galaxy Nexus variants # The Nexus S varaints #...

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Former Writer · Aug 3, 2012

Potential I/O Bottleneck Fix for the Transformer Prime

For those who are unaware, a bottleneck is when a device's performance is affected by a single weak link. This can be found on electronic devices across the spectrum from tablets to phones to computers, and so on. An example of a bottleneck would be like building a computer with a quad core processor, dual high-end video cards, installing 64-bit Windows 7, then only putting in 128 MB of RAM. The entire system is awesome, but because there's no RAM,...

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jerdog · Jul 18, 2012

Great News for Transformer Prime Users

Not too long ago we reported to you about the Tegra2-packing ASUS Transformer TF101 being given a solution to bypass the ASUS-locked bootloader. Today, we bring you more good news: You can now use NVFLASH on the Transformer Prime (TF201). The AndroidRoot team (comprised of XDA Recognized Developers rayman, apache14, ieftm, kmdm and lilstevie) are once again responsible for this monumental piece of work. While Nvidia has provided a Tegra3-compatible NVFLASH binary in their cardhu android images, the specific Tegra3 device needs to be enabled to...

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Former Writer · Jun 19, 2012

Simple I/O Scheduler Released for Transformer Prime

Much Android development has come in the way of schedulers. Schedulers tell the system how to handle I/O operations. More specifically, they control how devices determine which processes can access your device's memory, and when. With many schedulers out there from Completely Fair Queuing to Budget Fair Queuing, users can tune their Android devices however they want. ASUS Transformer Prime users running the stock .28 firmeware now have a new option called Simple I/O Scheduler, which has seen some pretty good...

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Ian Stacy · Apr 17, 2012

Asus Transformer Prime Enters the World of Amateur Astronomy

Creativity and resourcefulness are two crucial values a good developer must possess. Occasionally in the community a  project or an idea pops up that utilizes these values to accomplish something other than fixing code or implementing features. From time to time, a user finds a creative new use for something they already have. One such resourceful Asus Transformer Prime owner, Jason Harrison (XDA Forum Member iksteh), used his tablet as a replacement CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) sensor for his telescope, churning...

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Former Writer · Apr 16, 2012

WSG UnBricker Helps Fix All Transformer Prime Soft Bricks

While not fatal, soft-bricking your Android device can be a disaster. For many devices there's no clear cut method or tool that will help you out in such a situation. While rooting and unrooting tools usually take much of the press and popularity, tools that help users get rid of soft bricks are every bit as important. The Transformer Prime now is lucky enough to have all of the above. XDA Senior Member MasterZen88 has released a tool dubbed WSG UnBricker that...

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Former Writer · Apr 14, 2012

Make Your Transformer Prime Home Screens Look Like Xbox 360

With the Asus Transformer getting a little home screen love, it was only a matter of time before someone would figure out an awesome way to modify the home screens of its younger brother, the Asus Transformer Prime. Since tablets bridge that gap between mobile devices and computers, their screen size is ideal for not only mobile operating systems like Android, but they can also be skinned effectively with UI's designed for full sized TVs or computer monitors. An example...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2012

This Week in Development – XDA TV

This week on XDA TV, XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye gives us a basic rundown through some of this week's biggest development stories. In addition to talking about some April Fools news, Shen highlights the release of the HTC One line and how it should not be compared with the OMAP-based Galaxy Nexus. He then talks about CM9 on the Galaxy W, and how CyanogenMod itself has now found itself a new mascot. Next, Shen talks about development work and...

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Former Writer · Apr 6, 2012

SparkyRoot Brings Root to the Transformer Prime in APK Fashion

It wasn't long ago that we at XDA brought you news of the Asus Transformer Prime's Unlocker Tool, and it was only a matter of time before we saw similar user-created tools. As root methods go, there are few easier ways than simply installing an APK. XDA Senior Member sparkym3, with some help from others, has now released his Transformer and Transformer Prime root tool, which offers a number of advantages over the official tool. The steps are pretty easy to go through...

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Former Writer · Mar 1, 2012

Transformer Prime Unlock Tool Decompiled to See Where the Magic Happens

Not long ago we brought you news about the Bootloader Unlocker Took for the Asus Transformer Prime. It came in apk format, and was easy to install and use. Now, it's being taken a step further. XDA Senior Member 1wayjonny has decompiled the Asus Transformer Prime tool using APK Tool, and provided a .zip file for anyone who wants to go rooting through the tool to see what it does, how it does it and, very likely, modify it to work in different...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 23, 2012

First Custom Rom Appears for the Asus Transformer Prime

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is arguably the most versatile and featured packed tablet available today. In addition to packing the exceedingly-fast Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, it lives up to its name thanks to its convertible form factor. And now that we have been graced by the official bootloader unlocking tool, things will only get better. Thanks to the work of XDA Recognized Developer Diamondback and the rest of the Virtuous ROM team (XDA forum members Flemmard, cjward23, rmk40, chrisch1974, cypis, m-deejay, seo, and eViL D:), we now have...

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Former Writer · Feb 22, 2012

Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlocker Tool Released

This has been a long time coming. From the rumors to the official announcement, and the long waiting period in between, it has finally happened. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime bootloader unlocker has finally been released. XDA forum member hobbypunk has posted a thread that links to the Asus website where Transformer Primer owners can get their paws on the tool released by Asus that will allow for the bootloader to be unlocked. The tool comes in apk format, so...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 18, 2012

Transformer Prime Gets Battery Improvements with System Update 9.4.2.14

Early this morning XDA Junior Member Liferules reported in our forums that a new update had appeared for his Asus Transformer Prime. Since the previous update (9.4.2.13), intended to improve GPS performance, Prime users have experienced random restarts and decreased battery life. XDA Senior Member demandarin, shortly after the release of the update, posted this screenshot, showing the system using the previously disabled low-power CPU frequencies. Countless other posters confirmed improved battery life and several even claimed improved WiFi performance...

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ElCondor · Feb 8, 2012

Asus Transformer Prime Update Rolling Out, First Impressions Seem Positive

Transformer Prime users rejoice: a new update is rolling out which brings some much needed bug fixes, especially to hardware functions such as WiFi and Bluetooth. Many users have been complaining about low WiFi reception and general WiFi problems when Bluetooth is enabled. Together with the WiFi and Bluetooth packages, the kernel received an update too, bringing its version number to 2.6.39. Even though some users don't really seem to notice any WiFi performance improvement, a lot of people do get...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 8, 2012

Transformer Prime Teardown Leads to Light Bleed Fix, Hardware Mod Discussion

Over the last week XDA Member Erusman and several other Transformer Prime owners have been hard at work in this thread tearing apart the Transformer Prime.  Once the Prime was completely disassembled and analyzed, some key design flaws were noted. A handful of late nights and torn apart Primes later, a hardware fix for the Transformer Prime light bleed issues has emerged. If your screen shows light near the edges when the screen is dark then your case may be assembled improperly. Users have...

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liwen · Jan 29, 2012

ASUS Working On Fixes For Transformer Prime ICS Lockups and BT/WiFi Fallout Issues

A week ago we reported on those official support threads maintained by ASUS Technical Marketing Manager Gary Key, through which ASUS hoped to gain additional insight into some of the issues that owners of the Transformer Prime were experiencing. The fixes that were promised are now being worked on, and are expected to arrive in early February. For the random system lockups (forum thread) that some experienced after updating the tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, ASUS is working...

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liwen · Jan 25, 2012

ASUS Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock Should Come In February

At the beginning of this year, there was on outrage over the discovery of one of our forum members who found that the bootloader on the Transformer Prime tablet was locked and encrypted. Protest ensued, and ASUS quickly gave in and announced that it would develop an unlock tool. Now their official Twitter account revealed that the unlock tool (which they erroneously call 'root tool', for whatever reason) is expected to arrive in February. Just got word that the root...

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liwen · Jan 24, 2012

Install Ubuntu on ASUS Transformer Prime

Being a tablet, it makes a lot more sense to run Ubuntu on the ASUS Tranformer Prime than on a smartphone. Of course, that hasn't stopped people from porting the popular Linux distro to the HTC Desire, for example, and for the old Windows Mobile devices, getting Ubuntu to work was a stepping stone for Android ports – a process probably best illustrated with the HTC HD2. Anyway, forum member zedomax has created a step-by-step tutorial which explains how to...

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