Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Overclock TF700, Overclock TF700T GPU

The development keeps coming for the TF007.  this shit is sick.  You flash it like zip and it makes your 007 fly by ramping your GPU and other esoteric acronyms up across the board.  It's also rock solid in terms of stability.  It might be more stable than stock, which I don't quite understand but I'm not upset.  Let's try to understand it for a second.  I think these speeds were specified as targets for upcoming Tegra 3 chips as the 1800MHz was originally included in the TF700 kernel as 1.6Ghz was included in the Tf201. 

All credit goes to Clemsyn who is apparently such a ninja he doesn't even have the device.  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1950039

I got 15000 in antutu with the 2.2 version on clean rom.  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Slow Asus Infinity tf700? Try Data2SD

If you're reading this then you already know, the tf700 I/O performance is terrible.  fordwolden on XDA has released a tool to move the Data partition off of the slow internal memoy and on to faster MicroSD memory.

This is more involved procedure than flashing a ROM but a rewarding one.  The overall smoothness running this mod is notable. 

Check out the forum post here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1943896 

I'll try to expand on his directions here and there but basically, you have to prepare the card with 2 active partitions one NTFS/exFat/FAT32/etc and one ext2 or ext4 with disabled journaling (post 3-- if you don't do this on CleanRom you get an "Encryption failed"), run the instructions on ADB/Terminal. 

I haven't updated Roms or other general maintance though I plan to provide feedback once I do.

EDIT: There have been a lot of updates.  There is an alternate version and you now just have to flash versus terminal terminating.   http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1950039  A different version, perhaps its a bit more robust than previous versions. 

12/12/12 Update: So this crashed on me hard after a power cycle.  It turns out that I had a failing MicroSD but it did happen on vacation and it was a pain in the ass when it doesn't turn on.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What is the TF500T? Unfortunately no one can be told. TF500 Keyboard surfaces

Recently reference's have been made to the TF500 with an TF500T FCC Label and a TF500 Keyboard.  Speculation has been introduced as to what the TF500 will be and what it will run.  Popular rumors are a Nexus 10, or a Windows RT device.

The TF500 will likely be a Windows RT device similar to the Infinity (perhaps with a 720p screen).   Based on the keyboard compatibility with the TF201 and TF700T the TF500T / TF500 is likely a 10" class tablet with similar dimensions to the existing prime and infinity.

The TF500T will certainly be Tegra 3 based because of the T in the name.  Their may be a TF500KL version as well though it has not seen the FCC.

ASUS will not comment yet: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/17/asus-tf500t-tablet-spotted-at-the-fcc-could-it-be-the-new-transformer-prime/

TF700T Rom Review Scott's CleanRom ULE

It's a bit of a dangerous precedent to post for a new ROM but in this case the lack of top flite TF700T JB Roms and the regular updates of Scott's CleanROM ULE makes this a special case. 

CleanRom ULE is fast and usable, there are new updates often with performance upgrades targeted.  This is out of the box the fastest and smoothest TF700T experience I've seen or tried.   I encourage every unlocked infinity owner to try it.  You will need to flash .30/JB then a new recovery, make sure to nvflash if you are pre .30 prior.  

Some Bugs and warnings:
  • Don't change "Performance Mode" while utilizing flash -- certain to crash and reboot (a very similar issue to the TF201)

XDA Discussion: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?s=75ad3f9a01ac5914e138e04742f726bd&t=1919851

Scott's TF700T Roms: TF700 ROMs

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TF700T Jelly Bean Review

Jelly Bean has been released on the TF700T.  While the TF700T is more stable than the TF201 overall, the update is still welcome.  Overall I trust you've read that it's smooth, if not than yes it is smooth.  JB runs better with Force GPU rendering not enabled which is a signal that some thought has gone into the GUI rendering.

System Bar Lock is available for the first time on the TF700T.  This welcome feature of the prime helped ensure seamless gameplay by locking the notification bar from human input until a lock slide has been activated.  Subtle, yes.  Useful, yes.

There are new Setting options including a power saver menu, screen saver option.  Screen Saver is a new feature that will display a folder of videos or photos of your choice selectably upon AC, with 2 choices of animations and a choice of screen saver duration.

Web browsing is responsive and smooth with Browser2Ram installed.  Multiple email preview now appear in notifications.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

TF700t, TF201, TF300T, Nexus Tab, Bootloader, Recovery, APX

** Boot To Recovery **
Press Volume Down + Power untill you see a white text on the screen then release the buttons and press Volume UP (you have 5 seconds to do it)
Note: This works for both Stock and Custom recovery.

Cold Boot - FastBoot - Wipe Data Menu **
Press Volume Down + Power untill you see a white text on the screen then release the buttons.Use Volume Down to navigate and Volume Up to confirm your selection.You have 10 seconds to make your choise,or else the system will do a Cold Boot by default.
Note: FastBoot mode is available only if you unlocked the bootloader.

** Boot to APX mode **
Press Volume Up + Power for 5 seconds,the device will vibrate and your screen will be OFF.
Note: APX mode is needed if you want to use NVflash.
Note 2: Press Power button for 10 seconds to exit APX mode

Credit to this unusually helpful thread

Root Transformer Infinity Jelly Bean w/ Locked Bootloader

Ok, so you lost root on your update to Jelly Bean.  Here's a way to get it back without flashing from recovery.

1) Downgrade to .30 on tf700t http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1915598  (this says you need an unlocked bootloader but I am not 100% sure you do for this step
1a) alternatively try: Recover /Downgrade from Jelly Bean to ICS/Clean Factory Restore with stock recovery

  • 1) Download the latest firmware from Asus site (based os your SKU,eg. ww * to downgrade from Jelly Bean you need the firmware)
  • 2) Extract the .zip file somewere on your desktop (the result will be another .zip file,use it for step 3)
  • 3) Rename the extracted archive to "EP201_768_SDUPDATE" (without the " ") and upload it to a MicroSD card
  • 4) Insert the MicroSD card in your tablet and use this button combination to Power ON and go to recovery --> Start the tablet by pressing Volume Down and POWER togheter for 5 seconds ,a message will inform you that you have 5 seconds to enter the recovery,press Volume UP before the 5 seconds expire.
  • At this point the device will go in recovery and should start updating your firmware . (from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1833212)

2) Root http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1706588
3) Install OTARootKeeper
4) Upgrade to Jelly Bean via OTA method

Note, you will lose ALL data in downgrade so please backup.

Jelly Bean Sandwich OTA Update for TF700T Released

The TF700T has been offiically updated JB.