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Posts Tagged: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus Transformer Prime

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 and involve really only pressing a single button. Basically, you install the application, run it, click exploit, use the Asus Backup to backup an app, install superuser and then cleanup the temp files. The developer doesn’t specify if the tool is based in any way on the official Asus unlocker tool, but the root method does work on just about all Transformer Prime firmwares. In the words of the developer:

This root app has been confirmed working on current OTAs for the ASUS Transformer (TF101) and Transformer Prime (TF201) Devices.
This includes v9.4.2.15 for the TF201 and v9.2.1.11 for the TF101.

A recent user reported that v9.2.1.17 on TF101 may have fixed this exploit but I have no further confirmation on this.

This method (as it is currently implemented) no longer works with the v9.4.2.21 ROM on TF201.

If you’re looking to easily root your Transformer or Transformer Prime and aren’t running v9.4.2.21, this is the method you’re probably looking for. It has also been confirmed that this tool will be supported for a while, and that future versions will also have new features such as unrooting.

More information, download links, and the full set of instructions can be found in the root tool thread.

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One of Apple’s biggest marketing tools for the iPad2, was a rather unique feature which allows you to protect your device’s screen while ensuring that it isn’t “on” when you do. Yup, you guessed it… the smart cover. Turning the screen on and off without actually touching the power button was a nice idea indeed, which has been picked up by others as well!

Fortunately for us, Apple is not the only company in the world who can think of concepts like these. In fact, Asus thought of a very similar concept for their TF101. If you have a tab with a dock, you likely notice that when docked, if you close the lid, the screen will go off. It isn’t because of any mechanical switch like most laptops have, but because of a small magnet hidden somewhere in the keyboard. XDA member MrNago found where this magnet was located, and by getting a cheap flip case, and a penny sized magnet, he was able to replicate the Smart Cover functionality.

The tab itself seems to have a magnetic field sensor, which it likely uses to determine the state of the cover. The dev has gone ahead and uploaded some pictures as well as a video demoing the cover in action. Instructions are really not that necessary as the pics are rather self explanatory. As long as you position your magnet in the correct location, your cover will work. One thing to keep in mind is that this will only switch the display on and off, but the tab will not be locked. This can be easily changed in the device settings section.

Try it out! It should be simple and fun. Please leave your feedback and pics of your creations in the thread.

This only WAKES the device, doesn’t lock it! 
If you want unlock you can disable it in the preferences.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Yesterday, we learned about some rather interesting and good news for all original Eee Transformer owners. Asus had started rolling out some FOTA updates for TW versions of the pad and announced that today would be the day in which US and WW would roll out as well. It seems that Asus did good on their promise and finally has released the much anticipated 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich for the TF101. We were hoping that the update would not make users lose root and thanks to the efforts and swiftness of XDA member MrNago, it seems that our prayers were heard. Normally, FOTA updates do not work on rooted devices with custom ROMs on them as chefs normally either remove the functionality or simply disable it/prevent it from running. So, the only way to get the update this way is to go back to an unrooted, stock build, which requires quite a bit of time. MrNago has provided a ROM, flashable through CWM recovery which does not require you to do any of the above. It installs in the same way as any other: go into recovery, wipe everything, flash, and you are off!

A few notes regarding this build though. It seems (reported by many people) that USB to PC is not working, so you may not be able to connect through ADB. Also, if your tab is a “G” version, DO NOT FLASH THIS! Asus claimed that they are still working on updates for the few models in between (TF101G and Slider). If you do flash it on your TF101G, you will get tons of random reboots, which will force you to roll everything back.

Flash carefully, have fun, and please leave any and all feedback in the thread, so that problems on this new build can be identified.

OPTION B:

FULL version
CWM flashable, which gets you US-9.2.1.11 rooted, no mather what version / rom / region you came from:
312.5mb. You decide if you want US or WW version.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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2012-02-23-10h57_51

Yeah, yeah…. I know you have probably heard rumors since Thanksgiving of last year claiming how Asus was going to drop ICS for the TF101 (original Transformer) “sometime soon”. However, even though the rumors were verified by ASUS themselves, they never actually had an official release and kept on pushing the dates back, citing technical problems. Well, for those of you who did not jump ship to other ICS powered devices and remained faithful to the original show-stopper that forced the Xoom into submission (in terms of pricing anyways), we have a set of good news coming from Taiwan. It seems that Asus has officially started rolling out ICS to TW models of the tab. Many people have reported that they are indeed getting FOTA updates and notifications on their tabs regarding this new update.  The US counterpart of the tablet will be getting ICS starting tomorrow according to a Tweet directly from Asus (thanks Android Police for the screenshot).

The one thing that you will need to keep in mind while frantically updating your devices is that more than likely you will lose root privileges. So, please ensure that you are willing to lose this to update. We are sure that a rooting method will emerge shortly (update to Nacho Root maybe?), but only time will tell. If you do not want to lose root and give ICS a shot, there already exists an ICS port for this device and the release of this rom, and its kernel will only help further its development, which has advanced by leaps and bounds since we first covered it on the Portal. This release will just help open the doors for further development on this platform.

There is a full discussion thread in the Transformer General section. So, if you have comments, feedback, or have something that you may be able to throw in there (like a dump), please do so in that thread.

Thanks again to Android Police for the information.

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eee pad transformer

The deodex vs odex debate is nearly as old as Android itself. While deodex allows for customization, odex typically wins the performance race and no one can be really sure which one is better. So why not use both?

This is the challenge being tackled by XDA Senior Member Danzano, who’s posted about a tweak that users carrying the Asus Eee Pad Transformer can use to give their deodexed systems all the speed of odex without actually making it odex.

The process is a little complicated, and requires using Terminal Emulator, so be sure you pay careful attention to the instructions if you plan on trying it. It involves a number of commands in the terminal emulator as well as some build.prop changes. Of course, be sure to back up your build.prop file before attempting just in case something goes wrong.

The features of the tweak include:

[*]More free RAM.
[*]Faster launch for system & user apps during the second launch.
[*]Gives as much as of a performance boost as ODEX without odexing. Themer friendly.
[*]Smoother app switching.

The only disadvantage is that it has the potential to break some applications, although there have been no reported broken applications yet.

If this looks like something you’d be interested in doing, then by all means check out the original thread for all the terminal commands and list of build.prop changes. Also, at the end of the first post is the terminal commands to reverse all the changes made, so if something isn’t working properly, the method to reverse the changes are easily accessible.

TransformerICS

The Transformer Prime has been getting lots of attention lately. With an ICS OTA update and several fresh mods, Prime owners have more than enough to tinker with.

What about the Prime’s older brother?

The original Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is finally getting some love in the form of an (admittedly) early Ice Cream Sandwich build. XDA member paulburton has released a working version and the respective source code.

From the original thread:

I thought some of you might be interested in what I’ve been hacking on for the past couple of days, ICS running on the transformer. It’s very early days but the touchscreen, keyboard & wifi are working. It feels quite smooth swooshing between homescreens, but that’s about all it’s useful for at the moment – don’t use this for anything beyond playing, and only do so if you know how to flash back to honeycomb.

From paulburtons homepage:

Known issues:

  • Sometimes wakes from suspend by itself (usually when suspending via the screen timeout)
  • WiFi breaks after suspend, and causes slowdown as the kernel goes crazy
  • No sensors (accelerometer, compass etc)
  • No GPS
  • No mass storage
  • No backlight control
  • No camera
  • No audio input

Definitely a step in the right direction! Experienced Transformer users who want to give 4.0.3 a try can check out the original thread here. As stated previously, only attempt to flash this if you can return to Honeycomb since the build isn’t fully functional.

asus transformer

The Transformer Prime is going to to get its taste of Ice Cream Sandwich beginning on January 12, but what about owners of the original Transformer? Well, ASUS just came out with a post on their UK Facebook site – no specific date was given, but the OTA update to Android 4.0 has been confirmed to become available “ASAP” after the update for the Transformer Prime happens on January 12. Whatever that means, it’s definitely not going to be January 13, since the previous date only marks the start of the rollout; that is, it will take some time till it hits all devices.

No word on the US update yet, but it hopefully shouldn’t come too late after that.

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All hail root!

It was only a matter of time before someone got Superuser on the latest and greatest of the Asus Transformer series and that time is right now.

XDA Recognized Developer jcase has successfully found an exploit that will get your Asus Transformer Prime rooted with Superuser so those lucky enough to be toting one can experience all the greatness of Superuser access.

It’s a pretty standard root process for those who are familiar with non-one click solutions. You download the exploit, push it via ADB, install the Superuser app from the market and, as always, the final step is profit.

You can find the downloads, the full instructions, a nifty how-to video, shout outs and all the other goodies in the original thread.

The thread itself is also being used a support thread, as jcase says:

This is the support thread, feel free to ask questions here. Please do not redistribute my exploit.

So any issues, questions or anything else that needs discussed will be in the thread too and it’s always a good idea to read through the whole thread to see what others are having problems with (and the fixes for them) just in case you run into some problems. As always, especially with root, there’s a chance that things can go horribly wrong so make sure you exercise caution as well!

transformer

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has been getting an OTA update since a few days ago –  note that this is not Ice Cream Sandwich yet –  that ups your version number to 8.6.5.21 and is said to bring some small improvements – that is, you’ll lose your root access, apparently.

However, there definitely is a way to regain root, even after the update, by flashing a custom ROM using NVFlash. But it all seems to be very hit and miss at the moment, with different people reporting different outcomes, so, if you care about root, we’d suggest you to take a look at the forum thread before updating.

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Cyanogen has been hard at work to bring you the perfect customisation of the latest Android iteration, Ice Cream Sandwich. Almost a month ago the team announced their two month hardcore-development period to put the basic framework in place for ICS to work. They’re succeeding mainly with OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos-based handsets, so if you own those look forward to trying CM9 first. Support has also been boasted for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ASUS Transformer.

Despite issues developing the new Android framework for camera and graphics drivers, the team is confident they can work around this.

“There are a number of challenges that we are up against. Google has made some pretty major changes to the Android framework that break compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers in order to achieve some pretty insane performance, but I am confident that the team will be able to overcome these issues like we have in the past.”

If you’re unlucky enough to own the original Motorola Droid, Cyanogen says they’re “dropping support for you. Time to upgrade.” I’m lucky enough to own devices Cyanogen is developing CM9 for first, so when Beta builds are released, I’ll be able to showcase them. I’m looking forward to seeing how CM9 runs on the ASUS Transformer.

Via: Engadget
Source: Cyanogen

ASUS-Transformer-Prime

The original Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the most popular tablets on the XDA forums. The Transformer is versitile in its ability to convert to a workstation with keyboard, plus it’s speedy, has great build quality and battery life, and is priced affordably. It’s no wonder that there is so much interest in its successor, the Transformer Prime, which is the first Android tablet to pack Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. While it’ll ship with Android Honeycomb, it’s upgradable to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has 32 or 64GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a high-res 1280×800 10.1″ LED-backlit display. Click on to the new Transformer Prime forums!

ethernet adapter

At this point, if you read the title of this article, you are probably be thinking “what?”. We all know and love the ability of our devices to be able to connect to the net regardless of where we are thanks to the power of Wifi and 3G/4G. However, when you are comfortably sitting at home or at the office and you have a router close by, why do you have to suffer from a slow (when compared to wired) internet connection? As you probably know, the latter devices such as tabs and certain Android phones come with USB host support, which allow you to attach a wide variety of devices to your gadget such as mice, keyboards, hard drives, etc. To take this one step further, XDA member Quiethinker posted a driver pack for Honeycomb 3.2 in the Transformer section that basically enables Ethernet through USB capabilities on Asus’ tab. Just think about the possibilities of what you can do with a more stable and faster connection on your favorite device. Streaming content and never buffering because your signal is too low, playing online games with friends with virtually 0 lag when compared to them, and so much more.

One final note, the dev has posted a small list with “approved” Ethernet dongles that work with this pack. Please give this pack a shot and leave some feedback. Also, if you happen to test a different adapter from those listed, please leave the model behind so that the OP can update his list.

The attached package contains USB to Ethernet driver pack for Honeycomb v3.2

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Porting Puccini To The Transformer

September 2, 2011   By:

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Elegant and useful. That is my personal view on Sense roms. The version of Sense found in the HTC Flyer and its variants is certainly not the exception to this rule and ever since the release of the leaked system dump from the Puccini (AT&T’s version of the tablet), people throughout the site have been going at it in attempts to make this work in their favorite devices. The latest entry in this race is XDA Recognized Developer jcarrz1 who has decided to take the challenge of getting this to run in the Asus Transformer. Now, there is a caveat in here because of the different processor being used in both devices. The dev attempted to get it to run, but unfortunately nothing gets loaded at all. Not even a logcat gets generated by the device.

If you believe that you can help in this project to get Sense Honeycomb up and running in the Transformer, please drop by the thread, download the work so far and give it a go. And please share your findings as well.

My progress. My kernel won’t boot. I changed the bootclasspath and added some things to the init.rc, but it won’t work, rebooting BEFORE THE CAMERA CLICK. If i flash clemsyn 3.1 v18 on top, the camera clicks, but it still reboots.

No logcat.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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