The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is the latest Android Honeycomb tablet to hit the market at a very attractive price point: $399 and with a twist: a keyboard docking station which transforms the tablet into an Android laptop. It has been out for a few days in the UK and was officially released yesterday in the US. As usual the tablet was rooted even before it was released thanks to Apache14 @ XDA and others like Paul O’Brien. The first custom ROMs started to appear recently so it’s time to root your Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet.
Please note that we will not be responsible if you end up bricking your device. Rooting or customizing your device can be risky, if you follow the instructions you should be fine!Update (06/02/11): New updated method to root your Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet @ Root Your Asus Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) - Updated Method
You can follow these instructions in order to root / jailbreak the Asus Eee Pad Transformer:
- Download the EP101_SDUPDATE.zip file @ http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15005030/EP101_SDUPDATE.zip (alt. location: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1035197)
- Copy this Zip file to the root of your microSD card on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer
- Now reboot your tablet and make sure you hold Power as well as Volume Down
- Then select to boot into recovery
- Flash the update and restart your Asus Eee Pad tablet
Your Asus Eee Pad is now rooted, make sure to remove the EP101_SDUPDATE.zip from the microSD card.
There are a few limitations as you can see below [from XDA]:
-- This will give you root, but not an insecure boot.img
-- There is no current way to /safely/ flash boot or recovery (i have some ideas but they are being worked on)
-- This was an asus error with an update of a specific name would be accepted unsigned
-- This will work with 99% of apps needing root but there will be some that will not work
You can see what the Asus Eee Pad tablet looks like in the YouTube video below: