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Old March 20th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This FAQ is geared towards the ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201), but I’m sure parts will be useful for other devices. The thread is not intended to be used for discussion because that could make it unwieldy. If you find errors or items to add, PM me. To use the FAQ, just click on the "Show" button(s) for the appropriate area(s) and read

Friendly Suggestion: check your MD5! Devs will typically provide an "MD5" number right below their download link. You'll need to run an app (just search for MD5 on the Play Store) to calculate the MD5 for the file that is downloaded. Compare the number that the app produced to the one the Dev provided. If they match, then you got a good download. If not, try to download it again until the numbers do match. Trying to use an incomplete file is the source of many headaches!

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Thanks ylexot, great FAQ.
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ROMs have been added. If anyone has used any of these ROMs and wants to provides some notes about them (i.e. what doesn't work), let me know.
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Thank you for this! I use it as a reference constantly.

Two questions:

Do you know if rooting alone breaks warranty? (Not sure if Asus can detect that if you unroot + clear logs, etc)

Any news on a .21 root coming out? I jumped the gun and updated without root keeper because I really wanted FFC unlock (which didn't even appear on the update >>)
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Rooting alone does not break your warranty.

There is a root method based on the .21 update called Virtuous:
[ROM][S Series][30.03.12] Virtuous Prime 9.4.2.21 v1 - xda-developers

But I am not sure if this method will void your warranty. Roots based on Sparky Root will not void your warranty, but do not currently work with the .21 firmware.
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Thanks man!
Where can I find the root based on that ROM?
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You mean Sparky Root? If so it is not a ROM, just an exploit to gain Root access. I believe ROMs would affect your warranty.

[TOOL][APK ROOT]SparkyRoot apk root method v1.3
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Virtuous is a ROM, not a root method. Sure, you end up with root, but that's because you replace the operating system with a different one that is already rooted.

I think you can download 15 from Asus, install that manually, root, use ota root keeper, and then install 21.

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Does that wipe me?
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Sorry, it looks like that won't work.

Right now, it looks like the only way is to get root is to unlock the bootloader (thus voiding your warranty), install CWM, and flash a ROM.

My advice is to just be patient. Somebody will figure out a root method.
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you should update post 1 to indicate there is as of yet, no way to root the JB update we got for those that were not rooted before or just acquired a TF201. None of those 3 root methods can root JB. Nothing can as of right now.
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