Rooting the ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 (ME173x)

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quaddler

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Feb 4, 2011
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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

-----------------------------

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

-----------------------------

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 :)

-----------------------------

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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PDox68

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Dec 24, 2013
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PDox68

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Dec 24, 2013
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hmm, i dont get it in my pack you get just asus_me173 folder without the scatter.txt and that what should he do if he doesnt have that files??

He's one for all tablets ME173X

I downloaded 4.2.2_20130607 version. I start to work with ME173X_WW_user_4.2.2.09274_20130607. Wait.

Links give the topic or PM?
 
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jole1999

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PDox68

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Dec 24, 2013
63
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Moscow
Hi,
Can I flash this files without unlock the bootloader?
Cheers,
Jorge Moreira

Enviado do meu ME173X através de Tapatalk

Nobody tried.
If you want, you can try. Must use Write Memory.
Each file record in its memory area. Starting for each file you can view in MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt.
preloader_ME173X.bin Start From 0x800
userdata.img and cache.img record is not necessary.
More I can not help you
 
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xirc0m

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May 12, 2005
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Sorry need to ask again , what kinda system apps or system changes will affect any firmware / ota upgrades ( so sorry I am new to this )
Because I know current rooting method to me173 are limited and new ... Have to be very careful if not I get to brick it....
Thanks !
 

PDox68

Senior Member
Dec 24, 2013
63
24
Moscow
Sorry need to ask again , what kinda system apps or system changes will affect any firmware / ota upgrades ( so sorry I am new to this )
Because I know current rooting method to me173 are limited and new ... Have to be very careful if not I get to brick it....
Thanks !

When you upgrade you get a file, the script is executed, which first checks the system files and if the file does not exist or it has been modified, you will receive an error. Until you correct the cause of the error (return the correct files), you can not upgrade.
List of files depends on what files updated ASUS
 

tomashokenberi

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Sep 26, 2008
83
29
Beograd

I have te same problem with micro USB so i would like to know if you found the solution? B.regards

You CAN NOT use micro USB keyboard with this tablet. Or to be precise you can‘t use micro USB keyboard without additional power supply, since this tablet does not provide power for devices connected to micro USB.

Послато са ME173X користећи Тапаток 2
 

jrk190

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Sep 4, 2012
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McLeansville
If you've ever heard of the raspberry pi, you know that it needs a powered USB hub. Somewhere in the droid bionic forums, there is a guide to make a powered otg cable. It'll require some basic electronics knowledge and possibly some soldering.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using xda app-developers app
 

jole1999

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Oct 12, 2013
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Kula
You CAN NOT use micro USB keyboard with this tablet. Or to be precise you can‘t use micro USB keyboard without additional power supply, since this tablet does not provide power for devices connected to micro USB.

Послато са ME173X користећи Тапаток 2

Yes, you can make your own cable there is a video on YouTube type "me173x otg" check the description how to make that cable.

Off topic: Tomas glad to see you here :p

Sent from my ME173X using xda app-developers app
 

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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

    -----------------------------

    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

    -----------------------------

    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 :)

    -----------------------------

    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
    18
    Dont worry about the recovery. I already made two

    And let me say this again, if any of you are working on an bootloader unlock solution, be carefull with the mount points.
    Like i said, there is an dummy mount point, and the recovery part. id is symlinked to another part. Im still working on it
    12
    Custom Rom / Recovery RELEASE

    I have (FINNALY) made the Thread.

    You can now enjoy the FULL Android experience.

    Custom ROM and Custom Recovery are now Released.


    Official Thread here :

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=46928324#post46928324

    (I will finish the OP Tomorow), Still need to add The "Usefull Tips" Section, but i need to sleep, gona work in +- 5 hours ...


    Cya:victory:
    11
    Buy this tablet and make Custom ROM. Please.
    I already bought it.

    Btw there is another discuttion thread:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=45829848#post45829848

    Im already working on an recovery
    7
    Why don't you make another thread and keep us updated on your progress? Hopefully, it'll also attract more devs and help in getting us a subforum as well.

    OK.
    If i get it done, of course i will open an new thread, and keep you all up to date.

    Working at the moment on an CWM Based recovery for our ASUS.

    The problem now, is the proctection ASUS put on the Bootloader...
    And there is one "service" that for what i gather, records the amount of times , the spt/boot/recovery partion is flashed...

    I really dont like what ASUS is doing with this "protection" system.
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