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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.jpg
Model Number: See Page
Device Type: Tablet
Manufacturer: ASUS ASUS-icon.png
Release Date: Mar. 2011
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 271 × 176 × 12.9 mm
Weight: 680g
Display: 10.1" WXGA 1280×800 LCD
Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 2 250-T20
RAM: Not Known
Internal Memory: 1 GB RAM, 16/32 GB NAND
Memory Card: microSD, microSDHC
Networks: None
Wi-fi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
USB: Not Known
Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR
GPS: Yes
Video out: miniHDMI
Camera: 5 MP
Secondary Camera: 1.2 MP
Battery: 9030 mAH
Other features
Additional Features:


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General Info


  • Operating System: Google Android 3.0, upgradeable to 4.0.3
  • Processor: NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 1.0-GHz dual-core CPU
  • Display: 10.1" IPS (1280×800) multi-touch input w/ Gorilla Glass
  • Memory: 1024MB RAM, 16/32GB Internal Storage, Expandable to 48/64GB (with microSD Cards)
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • Dimensions: 271 × 176 × 12.9 mm
  • Weight: 680g
  • Battery: 9.5hrs
  • First generation of EEE Pad Transformer also includes 3G (TF101G) and WiMAX (TF101-WiMAX) variants.

Secure Boot Key

The Transformer employs the Tegra's Secure Boot Key (SBK) feature. Tablets manufactured before a certain date all use the same SBK ("SBKv1"); its value is now publicly known. Tablets produced after that date use a different, unknown SBK ("SBKv2", possibly different on every unit[1]). Tablets can be distinguished by serial number (from the original packaging, and printed on a sticker on the tablet's bottom edge; it is not the same serial number reported by Android's "About tablet" screen):

  • starts with B60 or below (e.g. B50 or B60): SBKv1
  • starts with B70: could be SBKv1 or SBKv2; use SBKDetect, discussed in this thread and this thread
  • starts with something over B70: SBKv2

SBKv1 is:

0x1682CCD8 0x8A1A43EA 0xA532EEB6 0xECFE1D98


ROMs, kernels, recovery

(See Custom ROMs)

Getting root access

Mods & Tweaks


Part of the internal memory is mounted as /sdcard and thus all appdata will be installed there.
When installing a lot of games it will therefore quickly be filled up.
(See SDext2Internal Script for more information)


There are two ways of installing and running Ubuntu (or other non-Android Linux distribution) on the Transformer:
  1. Installing it in its own dedicated partition of the tablet's internal flash memory, and booting it instead of Android. This requires access to APX mode with nvflash.
    • SBKv1 variant (see #Secure Boot Key): use nvflash with the known SBK
    • SBKv2 variant: use nvflash with the Wheelie pre-loader (requires a backup of device-specific information that can be only obtained if the device has not been upgraded past firmware; for details see this thread)
  2. Installing it in a subdirectory of the existing partition, and running it via chroot, within the Android environment. This method is compatible with all Transformers.
Short descriptions on both ways and links to threads on the topic are below.

Ubuntu on internal storage

(See How to install Ubuntu)

Chroot Ubuntu

Chroot is a Unix mechanism that can be used for running one Linux distribution on top of another. See Wikipedia:chroot for a general description.

USB Peripherals

  • Mice and keyboards work out of the box
  • USB to Ethernet
  • USB 3G modems
    • USB modem needs to be attached with SIM-card inserted before boot
  • DVB decoders (might work)
    • links is for the Archos gen8, but might as well work on Transformer

Further Information

External Links