[Q] Root for Asus Fonepad

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Sexxmax

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Aug 2, 2003
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Hey Guys

I have bought the asus Fonepad which so far is a great device.
But i can´t find any information onn the internet on how to root it.

Could you use a general root for the padfone or do i have to wait for
a special root.


Thank you
 

perlmane

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Dec 19, 2006
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Is it confirmed that the Unlock tool found here:
asus[DOT]com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone2/#support_Download_32
>>Unlock Device App: Unlock boot loader.

Is not working?
Even the support note says about Ice Cream Sandwich & 4.1, there is possibility to unlock JB 4.2x too.

Give a shot to it.

This chip is an Intel Atom chip. The Boot loader on this does not behave like the other ASUS Boot loaders.
 

zours

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Jun 17, 2013
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can you help me in linux i mount system.img to /mnt and edit something such as add su binary x86 into bin folder and chmod 755 with chown root but when i restore to my fonepad its tell me not root i dont know why i chmod same as you !

To perform privilege escalation, you need to set the Setuid/Setgid bits. Just chmod 6755 instead of 755, and dont forget to chown root:root su.
 

MobiMikes

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A few apps I've tried.

Confirm working:

Titanium backup.
Cryptonite. (Though it asks for su each time)
Sd maid pro.
Adaway (ad-blocker)
Rescan media root

Not working:

LBE privacy guard


Sent from my ME371MG
 
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post36

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Is it confirmed that the Unlock tool found here:
asus[DOT]com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone2/#support_Download_32
>>Unlock Device App: Unlock boot loader.

Is not working?
Even the support note says about Ice Cream Sandwich & 4.1, there is possibility to unlock JB 4.2x too.

Give a shot to it.

Padfone IS NOT fonepad :angel:
 

perlmane

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I downloaded an app from Google Play called "BionicTCP" and ran it. It appears that it changed the buffers to be large enough to make the downloading and the streaming run faster/smoother. I am curious if it is just wishful thinking.

I have been using this now for a couple of days. It has made the device much better. I cannot believe how I can now watch YouTube and Netflix movies without any buffering waits. The device is now worth keeping for me.
 
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skalagix

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First I want thank botto00 for your great work with rooting the device!

I was able to get flash working without flashing a new firmware, root is enough. Just follow this guide.

I'm using firefox beta as it now also supports x86 devices.

For some reason my flash will only put out sound, but no video capability. Are you using a different flash version than in the thread? I am also using Firefox beta.





I have been using this now for a couple of days. It has made the device much better. I cannot believe how I can now watch YouTube and Netflix movies without any buffering waits. The device is now worth keeping for me.

Thanks for mentioning that, I also have noticed buffering issues in YouTube, where I would be forced to watch in sd Instead of hd because the buffering would stop.
If you haven't already I would recommend trying the app SD-Booster. I have my two memory caches set to 1280 (different values tested via antutu benchmark ) and its made my device much much snappier.

Sent from my Asus Fonepad ME371MG using xda-developers app
 
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botto00

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Is anyone working on a kernel and / or recovery?

Is anyone working on a kernel and / or recovery?
I'm doing some tests but I move slow

I have an app, for cable tv, that doesn't work with rooted device, but LBE Privacy guard and ES file Explorer that need root permission doesn't work too. So my tab have the worst of the two situation :D with the original firmware i can view TV at least :D

some post before i wrote the procedure i follow and the file name i flashed..i don't now why doesn't work... :(

ES file explorer works fine to me
 

botto00

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New try !
The code is simpler, and should more generic. Feel free to have a look when you have time.
For pattern checking I used "Package of SD Download" at the beginning. Also, I removed the CRC specified on the command line, it was useless.
PS: you English is very understandable, there is no problem with it

This great!! :victory:

Only one request
Could you add the options to just unpack and just repack? :D
This would make it extremely useful (at least for me)

Thanks in advance :highfive:
 

quangnhut123

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This great!! :victory:

Only one request
Could you add the options to just unpack and just repack? :D
This would make it extremely useful (at least for me)

Thanks in advance :highfive:

I have already done it in windows with tool can you give me an email

---------- Post added at 02:12 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:12 AM ----------

To perform privilege escalation, you need to set the Setuid/Setgid bits. Just chmod 6755 instead of 755, and dont forget to chown root:root su.

And how about the apk file we can chmod 644 right ?

I trying to chmod 6755 su
and chown root:root su
make a symlink to xbin folder

Everything still old . Nothing change still not root :(
 
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zours

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Jun 17, 2013
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This great!! :victory:

Only one request
Could you add the options to just unpack and just repack? :D
This would make it extremely useful (at least for me)

Thanks in advance :highfive:

Have you considered using patch.sh ? it is called between unpack and repack so it may help you.
The fact is that I extract information during unpacking, so adding an option to just repack would require saving these information on disk (this is not done for the moment)
 

jcg1541

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May 11, 2013
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How exactly did you import it from Taiwan?
I have been wanting to purchase the Asian variant due to the rear camera but unable to find online stores that ship overseas.

Also there is a 1.6ghz Z2460 variant of the Fonepad on sale in Taiwan and its a bit more expensive but I read somewhere that this variant has an unlocked bootloader.

Ebay is still selling it. Just search "Asus FonePad"
3 vendors list it "From Taiwan" , ranging from 334 to 399. Titanium gray color.
 

zsuiluj

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May 28, 2013
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Rooted

First, thanks to botto00 and rest of the members helping each other.
i just want to know, can i directly use the rooted WW.v3.2.2-2.raw over official OTA WW.v3.2.3.
any suggestion the best way before downgrading? thanks in advance...
 

skalagix

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Jul 7, 2010
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First, thanks to botto00 and rest of the members helping each other.
i just want to know, can i directly use the rooted WW.v3.2.2-2.raw over official OTA WW.v3.2.3.
any suggestion the best way before downgrading? thanks in advance...

Probably factory wipe and then flash is the only thing you can really do. If that doesn't work why not try the 3.2.3 rooted fw?

Sent from my Asus Fonepad ME371MG using xda-developers app
 
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jcg1541

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Here I leave the link to the 3.2.3 TW version
Not tested, but I think not will be major problem :cyclops:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bx2l0rH81XEIMDFMa0RENVFwajA/edit?usp=sharing

d87671a812ed10d77c98c8be290bc8b8 ME371MG_all_TW_user_V3.2.3-2.raw
File size 770768540

As always Sorry for my cherokee English :confused:

This root works flawlessly for me. I am able to use CPU Master to change the cpu scaling from interactive to high performance. Browser seems to work better now.
I am also able to install BusyBox to get the "telnet" application for the "Android Terminal Emulator" for work. But, invoking telnet gets "Segmentation fault". That is likely binary incompatible problem. ARM vs Intel.

Google movie player is not offended by this root. I am watching Life of Pi now. No problem for 5 minutes already. The opening colorful zoo scene is beautiful.

I imported my fonepad from Taiwan through an ebay seller. I use AT&T's SIM card that I signed up for samsung galaxy note with 2 year plan. I sold back the galaxy note at the 9th month into the plan for 99USD to bestbuy. The SIM card has continued to work for months and AT&T's network continues to work with this unwarranted swap.
 
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lawrence8888

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Jun 16, 2013
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Dear all,

Sorry to interrupt the discussion of root. I would like to ask a question about the gaming performance of fonepad.
I have used my fonepad to play some bingo apps, such as Bingo Blitz, Wild Bingo....and so forth, for a while.
However, the performance is quite disappointing.
The running speed while playing these kinds of games is fairly slow.
I guessed that the problem is that these games use Flash as their application basement.
Thus fonepad cannot optimize the processing procedure when running them.
I have tried to reboot in advance and then close all the appz before playing game but it doesn't help much. :(
Does anyone know how to increase the running speed while playing bingo games?
Thank you so much.

Cheers,
Lawrence
 
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