Rooting the ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 (ME173x)

quaddler

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Hi all,

yesterday I succeeded in rooting the new ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7.

Model-Number: ME173X
Android version: 4.2.1
Kernel version: 3.4.5
HD 7 Build: ME173X_WW_User_4.2.1.75146_20130523 release keys

PC operating system: Win.. XP

USB-Driver I used (but there's WdfCoInstaller.dll missing, which I already had on my PC):
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/EeePAD/ME172V/ASUS_Android_USB_drivers_for_Windows_20130415.zip

Maybe this more complete package would work, too (I didn't try that):
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/EeePAD/TF101/ASUS_Android_USB_drivers_for_Windows.zip

Method to root is by using motochopper.

You can follow the next steps in general as described in
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40129120&postcount=1

One important thing:
motochopper didn't recognize my HD7 at once, so I did the following
(while being connected with PC via USB and motochopper waiting for device):
While USB debugging activated, go to USB settings an connect it as
integrated CD drive. motochopper will automatically recognize it
and continue with rooting process.

And last but not least:
As always, all you do is your own risk and I'm not responsible for any damage.

Good luck

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EDIT 2013-07-06:

Above procedure for rooting works with the new HD7 update, too (but you have to re-root after the update).
Build version after the update: ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 release-keys

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Description for Linux users:

- use motochopper package from link above

- login as root

- extract package
- open console and change to directory where you extracted the package
- chmod +x adb.linux
- chmod +x run.sh

- Check your HD7 will be recognized:
-> ./adb.linux status-window
-> shows "State: unknown"

-> connect HD7 (with usb debugging enabled, connecting as MTP device)
-> above started adb command should show now "State: device"
-> HD7 recognized - greatful, you're ready ;)

-> press Strg-C to abort

- (optional) for more information about your HD7 you can enter: ./adb.linux devices -l
-> this should show something like: D6OKCXXXXXXX device usb:1-3 product:WW_memo model:ME173X device:ME173X

- ./run.sh
-> follow instructions on screen

- you're done :)

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EDIT 2013-07-16:

Above procedure for rooting works with new HD7 update (but you have to re-root after the update).
Build version after the update: ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.91525_20130711 release-keys
 
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SoWhy

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Thats awesome, but how did you already purchase this when it hasnt hit the stores yet? I cant wait to replace my MSI Winpad with this bad boy
Amazon.de apparently received an early batch and sent them out immediately. I was surprised as well, target date was 10 July to 1 August and it arrived 25 June^^
 

Sky0ne

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Memo Pad HD7

Thanks...

Have been looking for Root ever since I got one Device on Friday.

Root seems to be working fine.

By the way - Saturn Germany got stock now as well (blue and white back) - bought 3 more today.

The MircoSD is taking 32GB straight from my Galaxy Note 10.1 - the resolution is really cool and no errors or problems.

I personally can do no more than highly recommend the Tablet.



Change - just made a firmware update to 4.2.2 - root is gone...
 
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LaizyJumper

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Change - just made a firmware update to 4.2.2 - root is gone...
Thanks for reporting that.

Do you mean that rooting is no more possible with 4.2.2 firmware?

Current version 4.2.1 is somewhat buggy. Launcher FC quite often. It would make sense to download 4.2.2 but it would be unusable for me without root :(
 
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Sky0ne

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Thanks for reporting that.

Do you mean that rooting is no more possible with 4.2.2 firmware?

Current version 4.2.1 is somewhat buggy. Launcher FC quite often. It would make sense to download 4.2.2 but it would be unusable for me without root :(

Well, I wouldn't say not possible. It's just that I couldn't manage to get it done de same way so far.

The 4.2.2 update is pretty neat. The tablet works more stable now. The home screen rotates and the display is much brighter.
Just some update features I discovered.

As of root I was hoping that someone would discover some different, more stable way - like CF-Autoroot on the Nexus 7.
 
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LaizyJumper

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Well, I wouldn't say not possible. It's just that I couldn't manage to get it done de same way so far.

The 4.2.2 update is pretty neat. The tablet works more stable now. The home screen rotates and the display is much brighter.
Just some update features I discovered.

As of root I was hoping that someone would discover some different, more stable way - like CF-Autoroot on the Nexus 7.
Does it show the Android version 4.2.2 in System information? Or is it still 4.2.1 (and it says ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 in build number)?

I have Android version 4.2.1 and build number mentioned above. And I got it rooted without any problems on Linux (the way it is described in OP).
 
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Sky0ne

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Does it show the Android version 4.2.2 in System information? Or is it still 4.2.1 (and it says ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 in build number)?

I have Android version 4.2.1 and build number mentioned above. And I got it rooted without any problems on Linux (the way it is described in OP).

Funny - you're right... :laugh: Didn't see that one.

Got exactly the same build no (ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 release-keys) and above Android Version 4.2.1...

I am running Linux too - couldn't make root so far - did you use some different settings?
 

LaizyJumper

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Funny - you're right... :laugh: Didn't see that one.

Got exactly the same build no (ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 release-keys) and above Android Version 4.2.1...

I am running Linux too - couldn't make root so far - did you use some different settings?
Nothing special... The only trouble I had in the beginning was to get ADB responding properly. I have different versions of adb utilities on my PC. Other ones did not work, the one in motochopper package worked fine. I was using the original motochopper files. I had to use root rights (running script with sudo) to get it working. Might be that this is the showstopper for you :)

Full sequence should be something like this:
* Switch on developer mode (multiple clicks in about box on build number).
* Find developer options in the setup menu. Switch on USB debuging.
* Plug in the USB cable, try different USB modes (I think I made it using cd-rom mode, modes can be changed in storage settings under advanced "USB computer connection" menu from the top-right corner menu icon).
* Run the motochopper script with sudo.
 

Sky0ne

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Nothing special... The only trouble I had in the beginning was to get ADB responding properly. I have different versions of adb utilities on my PC. Other ones did not work, the one in motochopper package worked fine. I was using the original motochopper files. I had to use root rights (running script with sudo) to get it working. Might be that this is the showstopper for you :)

Full sequence should be something like this:
* Switch on developer mode (multiple clicks in about box on build number).
* Find developer options in the setup menu. Switch on USB debuging.
* Plug in the USB cable, try different USB modes (I think I made it using cd-rom mode, modes can be changed in storage settings under advanced "USB computer connection" menu from the top-right corner menu icon).
* Run the motochopper script with sudo.

Thanks a lot - have been trying that already - not working with mine...
 
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LaizyJumper

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Thanks a lot - have been trying that already - not working with mine...
Have you tried running adb.linux separately? Does it connect?
Run it first with "kill-server" argument and then "shell", for example.
If you get shell access then you should be able to root it. If not then there is something wrong in your pc setup or tab settings.

I assume it worked before you updated your HD7.
 

quaddler

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Hello everybody,

as promised I got some time to deal with the update.
In short, rooting with this update works, too (but you have to re-root after the update).
Build version after the update shows: ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.51129_20130619 release-keys

I updated post #1 and put some additional information for linux users.

Regards
quaddler
 

o2t1

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My Memo HD7 arrived yesterday an it is great ! (amazon.de / germany)

Rooting procedure worked on Win 7 without installing new drivers very easy.
To turn on Developer Mode to switch USB debugging Mode on:

Build Number:

ME173X_WW_user_4.2.1.75146_20130532

  • Open “Settings”.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap “About phone” or “About tablet”.
  • At the “About” screen, scroll to the bottom and tap on “Build number” seven times.
You will see a “You are now a developer!” message pop up, then you know you have done it correctly.

Done!

You can now enable/disable it under “Settings” -> “Developer Options” -> “Debugging” ->” USB debugging”.

Then just run "run.bat" from motochopper (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=40129120&postcount=1) and
follow the instructions.
 
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nikisi

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Sorry for offtopic but any info what's new in this update 4.2.2? I'm from Bulgaria and don't have update yet. :( l'm still with first version ME173X_WW_User_4.2.1.75146_20130523.

Sent from my ME173X using Tapatalk 2
 
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