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    rooting for newbie

    I apologize if this has already been posted but I'm fairly new to the site.

    I purchased the tf700 a couple months ago and am at the point where I'd like to root it and take advantage of its full potential. I've seen various post on rooting but I don't completely understand what's involved, what custom roms are the best and how the whole process works.

    can someone point me to a post that might help explain things in simple terms? I'm interested to learn what rooting the device actually does, what the step by step process is, what things to download like browser2ram, what are the best roms, and how you unroot the device later on.

    thanks
    Adam

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    I too would like to be pointed in the direction of a good solid guide for rooting and ROMing for the tf300. Thee doesn't seem to be anything out there up to par with guides for the tf101 on this forum or other guides for the infinity.


    I am cautiously thinking about when I will want to do this ( most likely after the next version of android comes out and i don't want to get left behind)

    Are there any tf300 owners that would be willing to provide a quality quide similar to Frederuco's that could be pinned on the forum explaining the updated rooting techniques that have come about since jelly bean as well as a summery of the various ROMs out thee for this device. I am sure that many would find it a useful backgrounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeek123 View Post
    I apologize if this has already been posted but I'm fairly new to the site.

    I purchased the tf700 a couple months ago and am at the point where I'd like to root it and take advantage of its full potential. I've seen various post on rooting but I don't completely understand what's involved, what custom roms are the best and how the whole process works.

    can someone point me to a post that might help explain things in simple terms? I'm interested to learn what rooting the device actually does, what the step by step process is, what things to download like browser2ram, what are the best roms, and how you unroot the device later on.

    thanks
    Adam
    Welcome to the forum Adam. I would point you guys to the Development section of the TF700, that's where all the rooting talk, the how to's and ROMsucussions take place, I just found ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T Cyanogenmod Installation DevDm ? Danny Machal which is a good how to link that also discussed the whole process! Gtanner00, I would suggest that you could do a similar thing, and go the TF300 Development!
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    It can be confusing Adam! The most important thing is to understand what "take advantage of its full potential" means to you.
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    The best advice I ever read on rooting was posted here... To paraphrase a few posts that made a lot of sense, a synopsis of the wisdom could be summed up thus..

    "Unless you know why you want to root & have a good reason to need to do so, you are better off not doing it".

    With Android as developed as it now is, rooting is largely not required, unless you have pretty specific reasons as to why you need to have full administrative access to the file system of your device. In & of itself, rooting has the following disbenefits...
    1. You reduce the inherent security of the OS
    2. You open up the potential for you, the user, to cause user induced software damage (& even hardware damage if you overclock to a silly level) that would invalidate your warranty

    But there is still a reasonably sized percentage (but nothing like the numbers it used to be) of owners who do root - often for very good technical reasons. But they also tend to be the type of owner who knows what they are doing & why. They also have the technical ability to fix things if and when they go wrong.

    So, in short, unless you know the answer to "why do you need to root?", then I'd say that, on balance, it is not something to bother with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeek123 View Post
    I apologize if this has already been posted but I'm fairly new to the site.

    I purchased the tf700 a couple months ago and am at the point where I'd like to root it and take advantage of its full potential. I've seen various post on rooting but I don't completely understand what's involved, what custom roms are the best and how the whole process works.

    can someone point me to a post that might help explain things in simple terms? I'm interested to learn what rooting the device actually does, what the step by step process is, what things to download like browser2ram, what are the best roms, and how you unroot the device later on.

    thanks
    Adam
    My 5 cents worth:
    Rooting your device has been explained very well by janner43 above. The process is now very easy thanks to the Motochopper tool which is confirmed to work with the Tf700.
    Browser2Ram however does not work under JB 4.2.1 anymore, so if your main reason was to speed up the browser - that does not work anymore.
    Another reason for root may be to install Titanium Backup which allows you to backup, freeze and even uninstall system apps you don't want or like.
    There are other devices where that is a godsend, but the TF700 is relatively bloat free and you should make sure you always have a way back when you mess with system files and components! So back up before you do anything else.
    Rooting your device is reversible and will not impact your warranty.

    Custom ROMs is whole other game.
    To run a custom ROM you need to unlock the bootloader. Asus provides a tool for it and using it will void your warranty forever and you will not receive any OTA updates from Asus - which is not that bad...Once on a good custom rom, you probably don't want to go back to stock anyway
    The steps involved, in short, are:
    Unlock the bootloader
    Root using Motochopper
    Install a custom recovery using Goo Manager
    Flash the correct bootloader
    Flash a custom rom

    The most popular custom ROM for the TF700 is Cromi-Xenogenesis. It is based on the stock rom, meaning it uses the Asus drivers for the hardware. Other roms are build from the ground up and usually have way more conflicts and bugs, but offer other advantages. If you crave stability and speed, go with Cromi-X. If you want customization go with CM 10 or Paranoid or something else.
    The best place to educate yourself on all this is the Development section of the TF700 forum at XDA Developers.
    Be prepared to do a lot of reading before you attempt anything!

    Full disclosure: I am on Cromi-X and yes, I believe only a custom rom unlocks the full potential of this tablet. Meaning: Web browsing is blazingly fast, faster than on my Win7 laptop, multi-tasking is snappy and smooth as can be, the tablet is totally stable and I love the eye candy modifications it allows me to install. And support for the rom by the developer is stellar!
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