Not too long ago we reported to you about the Tegra2-packing ASUS Transformer TF101 being given a solution to bypass the ASUS-locked bootloader. Today, we bring you more good news: You can now use NVFLASH on the Transformer Prime (TF201). The AndroidRoot team (comprised of XDA Recognized Developers rayman, apache14, ieftm, kmdm and lilstevie) are once again responsible for this monumental piece of work.
While Nvidia has provided a Tegra3-compatible NVFLASH binary in their cardhu android images, the specific Tegra3 device needs to be enabled to work with NVFLASH. To deal with this restriction, the AndroidRoot team provides a new version of their Wheelie tool for the Transformer Prime. If you recall, Wheelie acts as a pre-loader for NVFLASH, getting the device ready to interact with NVFLASH and accept commands.
You will need to have an unlocked, unbricked device in order to use this new tool. However, once the procedure is done, you will always be able to recover any software brick—even bootloader—as long as you keep the device-specific files this tool creates safe. The process requires that you follow a number of steps, including flashing a patched bootloader, and that you meet the following prerequisites:
- An unlocked Transformer Prime tablet
- Working fastboot binary & all necessary drivers
- The nvflash binary from NVIDIA (ICS version — this is important!)
- Nerves of steel!
The tool is currently only available for Linux, but there is a Windows version coming very soon. Visit the original thread for more information and to download the tool. Visit their blog to follow progress on other devices.