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    Strictly it works with TF201 ICS only. Don't activate it on TF201 Honeycomb....... Asus releases Bootloader Unlock App for Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201

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    I just saw this on Engadget! Some people are already at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detection View Post
    Because people want root, and root to some is more important than warranty etc
    I know you know what you're talking about but I don't and this is confusing to me because people have been rooting their Primes even without this new tool. So this explanation doesn't make sense. But it's ok, I'm not ready to learn all the ins and outs of the dark side just yet!
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    I could be way off the mark here, but I always thought that having an unlocked bootloader made it possible to have things like dual boot, for example. IE perhaps having ubuntu & android available to load depending on your choice at the time. Without an unlocked bootloader you are limited to "flashing" ie writing an entire new rom everytime you wanted to change. The unlocked bootloader effectively gives you complete access to run anything on the tablet that the hardware is capable of handling. But as I say, I could be completely wrong, cos I am no tech guru
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickeylittle View Post
    I know you know what you're talking about but I don't and this is confusing to me because people have been rooting their Primes even without this new tool. So this explanation doesn't make sense. But it's ok, I'm not ready to learn all the ins and outs of the dark side just yet!
    Yea I was using the term "Root" too broadly, basically having an unlocked bootloader gives you "FULL" access to everything

    NVFLASH can talk to the TF using APX mode (Power + Vol Up), so you are 99% safe from bricking it as you can nearly always flash a ROM back even when the TF won't boot by entering APX mode and firing NVFLASH away

    Its how I flash my ROMs to my TF101
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    Quote Originally Posted by janner43 View Post
    I could be way off the mark here, but I always thought that having an unlocked bootloader made it possible to have things like dual boot, for example. IE perhaps having ubuntu & android available to load depending on your choice at the time. Without an unlocked bootloader you are limited to "flashing" ie writing an entire new rom everytime you wanted to change. The unlocked bootloader effectively gives you complete access to run anything on the tablet that the hardware is capable of handling. But as I say, I could be completely wrong, cos I am no tech guru
    This is true, so long as it is NVFLASH'able and made for the 201 it will flash once the bootloader is unlocked
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detection View Post
    This is true, so long as it is NVFLASH'able and made for the 201 it will flash once the bootloader is unlocked
    Hooray for me So... what is NVFLASH? is this a windows program that takes a rom and copies (flashes?) it to the "hard drive" in the tf, overwritig the OS that was there previously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by janner43 View Post
    Hooray for me So... what is NVFLASH? is this a windows program that takes a rom and copies (flashes?) it to the "hard drive" in the tf, overwritig the OS that was there previously?
    Yea more or less, its the official nVidia flashing tool that is ran via command prompt dos commands with the TF in APX mode and re-flashes and formats and partitions the SSD in the TF then sends the new recovery.img, boot.img and system.img files to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detection View Post
    Yea more or less, its the official nVidia flashing tool that is ran via command prompt dos commands with the TF in APX mode and re-flashes and formats and partitions the SSD in the TF then sends the new recovery.img, boot.img and system.img files to it
    I understood all that! Score one for an old stager who remembers dos from 3.0 Thanks for that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jibe View Post
    You can get root without an unlocked bootloader.
    I haven't tried lately but when I tried a couple of the root tools I couldn't get any to work. So what does work with the Prime and ICS to get root access?

 

 
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