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Posts Tagged: Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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One of the biggest discoveries in the (short) life of the Asus Transformer is the leak of the SBK (Secure Boot Key). This little piece of information has turned this device into an almost unbrickable tab. The information from the key will allow your device to be accessed via USB whenever APX is the only thing that will work (a bad flash wll likely cause your device to simply turn on to a black screen). This will allow you to read and write to low level devices in the Transformer from a regular PC, with the appropriate NVFlash software. However, since the leak, Asus decided to release a second SBK, which has been loaded in newer versions of the tab. In order to help determine what SBK you have, XDA member lilstevie has been working on an app that will tell you what SBK version you have.

The app currently works with Mac but the dev is gathering feedback to fix any pending bugs and will then go on to port it to Linux and Windows. So, be patient if you are interested in knowing this and are not the proud owner of a Mac (or an emulated image). Please leave your results in the thread if you happen to use it.

This application is under development at the moment and needs a few testers.

at the moment this is a mac only piece of software, but hopefully soon we (RaYmAn, myself and a few others) will have a linux/windows version.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Quite possibly, one of the only annoyances that plagues the Honeycomb stock browser is its inability to properly use its full 30 fps potential on flash videos. At least, this seems to be the case for a few custom roms in certain devices like the Asus Transformer. After doing a bit of looking around, XDA member Roach2010 found something interesting regarding a file that does not get installed after updating Flash Player versions. Discuss, decided to experiment a bit with this file and found that placing it back where it belongs allows the stock browser to play any flash video at 30 fps.

So far, the results seem to be promising, but not a whole lot of people have tested this. The dev has put it in a flashable package, so please drop by the thread, download it, and leave some feedback behind. One last thing, in case you are wondering how to determine if you are indeed running at 30 fps, the dev has added a link to a YouTube video used to determine this.

The problem is that some devices somehow end up with a missing file that the Browser uses to talk to Flash Player. In my case if I clear the Browser data and reinstall the latest version of Flash Player from the market the config file does not get recreated.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Obviously, there are standards for everything in this world. The most widely used keyboard layout is known as QWERTY, because of the first six letters in the top left corner of the keyboard. However, despite this being standard, it is not the only way a keyboard can be laid out. Other parts of the world have special characters in their keyboards, like Spanish speaking countries, where the keyboard includes the letter “ñ” , and this is just to give you an example. Whichever style you may be used to, you will be certainly glad that XDA member fizban007 wrote up this wonderful guide on how to change the layout of the Transformer’s keyboard. The dev spent a considerable amount of time doing trial and error, modifying entries in the layout files for this device. The guide will give you everything you need to start changing the keyboard to suit your needs.

If you are in need of trying this out, please be sure to back up your original layout files in case you need them again. Please leave some feedback.

As a Colemak user I was initially frustrated with the Transformer keyboard dock, as it comes with QWERTY and there is no obvious way to change the layout. After some googling and trial-and-error I was able to solve the problem.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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So, one of the most annoying drawbacks of the Asus Transformer is the fact that you pretty much cannot mount the device onto your computer to see and check the contents of your device. This is something that most eons for most devices have nowadays, yet the powerful Honeycomb tablet seems to lack this functionality that we are so used to. For Linux distrust in general, this is usually a bit of a bigger ordeal to get this up and running, yet some of our devastated still manage to turn seemingly difficult tasks into a matter of a few clicks. This time, XDA member rootblock has released a small script to be run in Linux Mint, which is a flavor of Linux. The script is fairlyeasy to run, and once it is run, it will allow you to plug your tablet to your PC and see what’s inside. The deg also mentions that other distros may be compatible with the script, but are untested.

Please leave some feedback for the dev and also if you are testing this on other versions of Linux, so that a list of working and non working flavors can be compiled.

For anyone looking for a way to mount their Transformer to Linux Mint, I wrote a script to automate the process of configuring your machine to allow you to browse/modify files on the tablet’s SSD. This will probably also work on Ubuntu, but I have only so far tested it on Linux Mint.

You can find more information in the application thread.

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It looks like the life of all the kernel developers working on the ASUS Transformer is about to get leaps and bounds easier. According to a thread started by XDA member Roach2010, ASUS finally released the much awaited kernel sources of 8.4.4.5, which is the latest and greatest to come from the manufacturer. This is the 3.1 kernel that most devs were waiting on in order to iron out the bugs from the existing 3.1 custom kernel. What this means for end users in its current state? Not an awful lot, but it will have great impact on the existing kernels. So, get your batteries charged and your recovery ready because your current kernel is going bye bye.

If you know anything about kernel development and would like to contribute with something, please leave your comments.

Asus released the kernel source for 8.4.4.5 today.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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The sound of the SRS speakers in the Asus Transformer has been loaded with issues and haunted by what many believe are hardware defects. However, over the last couple of weeks, our devs have been putting out fixes and patches for things such as the balance of both speakers. Since things are working now, it is time to start improving them a bit and this is just what XDA Recognized Developer supercurio had in mind. According to him, the tablet from Asus comes loaded with a good set of sound drivers that make it compatible with one of his most infamous fixes (if you come from the SGS world, you will likely recognize this in no time), Voodoo Sound. This is being made available for Transformer users and tweaked specifically for this device by the dev. According to him, this will allow the TF to play either through the speakers or headphones, crisp clear sound without crackling or breaking.

There are two versions of the app, one which will require a kernel with modules to enable this and the other being a stand alone. Please get the one that is most suitable for you. Also, please leave some feedback.

Hi everyone!

Asus EeePad Transformer hosts a very nice audio codec by Wolfson that powers both the headphone and speaker output.
Its the ultra low power WM8903, implementing a midrange DAC (Wolfson-scale) that outputs a clean and musical signal, and my favorite Class W headphone amp, that gives a clean controlled and accurate output, and is able to drive full-size 300 Ohms headphones without distortion.

You can find more information in the fix thread.

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So, if nothing else could be said about Honeycomb latest update for the Transformer, it is rather smooth and people (quite possible for the first time in the site’s history) are actually happy with stock. It is fluid, stable, and very much usable. As such, many members are leaning towards keeping the device stock, but would love to have an easy way to root the device to be able to do things such as Titanium Backup, using Root Explorer, and a few other things. XDA member mashi provided us with a rather simple method to do just that. You will not have CWM doing this, or a few other things that you may be used to having on rooted roms, but you will have the ability to do a lot more with your stock rom than what ASUS intended. The dev does give you a way to install CWM if you want to via APX, all wrapped up in the simplicity of running a file in .bat format.

Who knows? This being so much easier than the original root method may be a prelude to the awaited 1 click root method. Please leave some feedback for the dev if this method was useful.

 

This is pure root kit for Asus Transformer.
It is only root but nothing else

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The beauty of our Android devices is that they don’t have to be phones to act as such and allow you to make and receive calls. There are a wide variety of programs that can be used to communicate with others via either voice or video. However, several of these require the other user to be using the same service and some are even paid if you need to make phone calls. There are a few tutorials for different devices on how to get free phone service scattered throughout the site, but not all of them work on every device. Luckily, XDA member MagnusRagnarok decided to post a guide for Asus Transformer users that will allow them, in a few simple steps, to get that extra piece of missing functionality on this, otherwise, quasi-perfect device. You will need to download a few programs and open accounts on a few free services, but the ability to have a second phone line without paying a dime (so as long as you can use your Wifi connection) is very much worth it.

This is well proven as it was crafted for the Motorola Xoom as well. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this guide, please leave them in the thread. Also, feedback is always welcome.

hello everyone. just posting this little tut to help you get your tf setup to have phone funtionality. just one more way i use my tf. works great as a secondary phone when you are on tab and phone is elsewhere.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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Just a few days ago, it was posted in our forums that the security key for the ASUS Transformer was found, and as a consequence, people were both happy and confused regarding its importance. About 2 days ago, we posted a possible how to guide regarding the possibility of flashing Karmic Koala on the device. This is a process that requires a tool to flash to the nvflash, which requires said keys. Now, XDA member rayman84, who is also responsible for the very first custom kernel developed for this device, comes bearing the ultimate gift for Transformer owners. The dev came up with a tool to perform this kind of flashing, but this one is used for a much better purpose than flashing, and that is to recover from a bad flash. Considering that development of both roms and kernels is on the rise, this tool is bound to become a must have for all Transformer owners.
Hopefully, you will not have to try this app, but if you do, please leave some feedback for the dev.

Hi,

As most of you probably already know by now, I have released a fully functional nvflash for Transformer yesterday

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Asus Transformer Minor Teardown

June 13, 2011   By:

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Asus EeePad Transformer owners out there might have heard or experienced the lightbleed issues posted around here in the forums. XDA forum member hybridau was suffering from a light bleed spot and decided to try to do something about it.

In order to get to fix the issue, the XDA member performed a minor disassemble of his Transformer, however was not able to completely remove the issue. He did however manage to make the light bleed less intense and under normal light conditions and 60% brightness, the bleed is no longer very noticeable.

As part of the disassemble, the XDA member took a few photos and has warned any other members who are thinking of attempting this, that the bezel is very fragile, although once removed, the rest is plain sailing.

For more information and lots more photos, check out the forum thread.

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By now, there are a bunch of devices in our beloved site that have gained the ability to run Linux distros thanks to our devs. The latest one to be going down that path is the Asus Transformer. XDA member seshmaru posted a guide that explains how to flash Ubuntu onto Tegra 2 based devices. This is not just running it from an SD card but actually flashing this onto the nvflash of the device, so for those of you who were still wondering what use was the security key, this is one such reason. Keep in mind that this is not complete yet as the tools required to flash anything to nvflash are currently under development. However, if you wanted to have a more robust OS than Android, this is certainly something to keep your eye on. The guide being linked to has been proven to be effective for other devices. Lastly, this guide will run you on installing Karmic Koala, but there are certainly ways to get something a bit newer than this build.

Please leave some feedback or suggestions if you have something to add to the guide.

So as we all know soon we will have the files to access nvflash. This for one will hopefully allow us to install any OS we want.

Here is a guide to flashing ubuntu through nvflash onto a tegra 2 device:

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Unfortunately, many people who got the first batch of Asus Transformers got them with a slew of problems. There have been glitches in Honeycomb, connectivity issues with the dock, and a few others. However, the one that stood out the most (or at least the one that people have complained about the most) is the issue where some Transformers have unbalanced audio coming from the speakers. It seems that the sound coming out of one of the speakers was much lower than that of the other one, with some people even getting devices with one working speaker. This was thought to be a hardware issue in the device, but XDA Recognized Developer freeza decided to start tinkering with his for a while and not only discovered the real culprit (thanks to the help of XDA member verkion, but also found a solution as well. The best part is that he wrote a guide on how to solve this issue. You will need to have your TF rooted and you will need to use ADB (root explorer can be used as well, according to the dev). Lastly, you will also need a text editor like Notepad (if you are doing this directly on your device). Please read the guide over a couple of times before proceeding in order to ensure that you fully understand what you are doing.

Please leave your feedback if this worked for you.

Unfortunately I was one of the many people who have received a TF where the right speaker was significantly louder than the left. The reason for this is unknown by me as I’ve not disassembled my TF, and there are conflicting answers as to whether or not it is a software or hardware issue. However, with the help of fellow XDA member verkion for the initial fix and pointing me in the right direction, I’ve tinkered around enough that I feel comfortable sharing with the rest of the community. Let’s get started.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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For those of you who have been around the world of smartphones for long enough, you will likely agree that most, if not all manufacturers set the volume of the devices at a very low level, no matter if it is the speaker volume, media volume, or in call volume. We always have a hard time hearing to others because of this. The ASUS Transformer unfortunately did not escape this fate as the volume coming either from the speakers or even from the head phones is annoyingly low. Whoever, our devs came up with a solution for this a while ago. Most sound parameters are contained in csv files that can be easily modified and replaced. For instance, XDA member meww tried the same method that he had used in his G1 and surprisingly enough, he claims that it worked. Results being reported in the thread are somewhat mixed as many people cannot even push the file into the device, but it is worth a shot if you are up to it. Needless to say, you must be rooted and you need to have some basic knowledge of adb to do this.

Please leave feedback if this worked for you.

All credit goes to Meltus from G1 forum. I use this on my G1 and gave it try my transformer and it worked great.

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