One of the most-anticipated next-generation devices that many users are dying to get their hands on is the ASUS Transformer Prime. Sporting the latest Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, it is undoubtedly faster than any other tablet available in the market today. Its ultra-wide 10.1-inch LED display is perfect for everyday use such as watching HD movies or browsing the web.
The only major flaw of the Transformer Prime has to be its locked bootloader. Nevertheless, ASUS promised many of its customers that they would be developing an unlocking tool in the near future. The announcement made by ASUS is certainly good news to many users of the device, but it does have its own downside. Users who will try to unlock the bootloader using the ASUS unlocking software will be heading for trouble, as it may very well void the tablet's warranty.
Rooting can reap many rewards that it has been considered a standard operating procedure to unlock the full potential of a new Android device. Rooting your Transformer Prime shouldn’t be much of a problem. The guys at XDA-Developers have already addressed the Transformer Prime’s rooting issues. Thanks to a program known as NachoRoot, users of the Transformer Prime will be able to root their devices without breaking a sweat.
Before you get started on getting your hands dirty let me remind you that we are not responsible for any untoward incident that may occur on your phone during the rooting process. This procedure is not the typical one-step rooting method available to many Android phones. Rather, this procedure is a little bit tricky since we are going to use “adb” and the command line to get the job done.
- Android Debug Bridge (ADB) installed on the computer
- NachoRoot app
- su binary
- Superuser app
- Download NachoRoot from here and save it to where adb is located on your computer.
- Download the su binary from here and save it to where adb is located on your computer.
- Enable USB Debugging on your tablet by heading to Settings > Applications > Development.
- Connect your tablet to your PC using the USB cable that came with your device.
- Start a command prompt on your PC and work your way to the ADB directory.
- Once inside the ADB directory, key in the following commands:
After you type the last command, your tablet should reboot itself. Wait for it to finish rebooting and continue with the following commands:
- adb push nachoroot.bin /data/local/
- adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/nachoroot.bin
- adb shell /data/local/nachoroot.bin –stage1
- adb reboot
Once again, wait for your tablet to reboot and enter this command.
A successful entry should yield a shell id of 0. If the shell id is not 0, issue the commands from the beginning until you get a shell id of 0.
Once the shell id is already 0, continue with the following commands:
- adb shell /data/local/nachoroot.bin –stage2
- adb reboot
After the last command has been entered, it should reboot your tablet. Wait for it to reboot completely.
To finish off the rooting process, download and install the Superuser app from the Android Market.
- adb remount
- adb push su /system/xbin/su
- adb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/su
- adb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/su
- adb shell /data/local/nachoroot.bin –undo
- adb reboot
Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Asus Transformer Prime.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.