How to Install Native Ubuntu on EeePad Transformer!

The EeePad Transformer is probably the best Android device out there period for running native Ubuntu, especially if you have the keyboard dock.  For those of you Ubuntu lovers, you will be happy to learn that you can indeed run native Ubuntu on your EeePad Transformer.

How to Install Native Ubuntu on EeePad Transformer! (Windows)

First, you will need to download these files, which will have all the files you need to install native Ubuntu on your EeePad Transformer:

Download EeePad Transformer Ubuntu Files

Second, you will need a microSD card for your Transformer bigger than 2GB.

Third, unzip tfubuntu.zip and copy the whole “Ubuntu” folder into the root directory of your microSD card on the Transformer.

Fourth, put your Transformer into APX mode by turning your tablet off, then powering it on WHILE HOLDING DOWN the Volume Up button for about 3 seconds.

Fifth, make sure you have APX drivers installed, if not, watch my video to install it, the drivers are located in usbpcdriver directory in tfubuntu folder.

Sixth, copy over the whole tfubuntu folder into the root directory of your computer.

Seventh, open up a command prompt and type:

cd \tfubuntu

Then type:

flash.bat

to flash Ubuntu boot image.

Hold down the Power button to reset your Transformer, you should now boot into Ubuntu.

To revert back to Android, get back into APX mode and type:

restore.bat

In the near future, we should have an easier method to dual-boot but for now, this can be used to switch back and forth between Ubuntu and Android.

To connect to wifi on Ubuntu, you will have to have some linux knowledge.

My home network uses WPA2 Personal for WiFi encryption so here’s how I connected to my WiFi:

Open a shell in Ubuntu and type:

wpa_passphrase your_essid your_ascii_key

Where your_essid is your router’s SSID and your_ascii_key is your WPA2 password.

This will produce something like this:

network={
ssid=”test”
#psk=”12345678″
psk=fe727aa8b64ac9b3f54c72432da14faed933ea511ecab1 5bbc6c52e7522f709a
}

Take a note of the bolded line as we need it for later.

Create a file /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa.conf and enter the following in the file:

ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
eapol_version=1
ap_scan=2

network={
  ssid="YourSSID"
  scan_ssid=1
  proto=RSN
  key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
  pairwise=CCMP
  #Try uncommenting line below if this doesn't work.
  #group=TKIP

psk="YourPSK"

Replace “YourSSID” with your router’s SSID.

Replace psk=”YourPSK” with the value you got earlier.

For other WiFi encryption methods, I highly suggest you to see this page here.

Next, enter the following in shell:

sudo wpa_supplicant -i eth0 -D wext -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

Then enter:

sudo dhclient eth0

That should get you connected via WPA2 Personal.

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68 Responses to How to Install Native Ubuntu on EeePad Transformer!

  1. Nice one! I haven’t looked into source for the kernel for this device (seeing as how I don’t own an EeePad Transformer) but if there is an open source kernel I’m sure you can manage to compile a kernel module that would talk to the speakers for sound! Have fun!

  2. Alex says:

    Hey Max,
    thanks for your superb transformer tutorial, just have a problem to DL your Tfubuntu.zip.
    Perhaps you can recheck it!
    thx in adavance…greetz from germany, keep it up!

  3. I can’t download it complete.
    It shows 424MB.

  4. Evan says:

    i would like to try this but link is down

    • Evan says:

      ok finally got it to even start but again it says that it is a total of 424 mb and not 1.32gb. Also 25kb/s is really not good

  5. unico says:

    So, is possible to use a 3g usb modem with the transformer and ubuntu?

  6. Marry says:

    Hi,

    the downloadlink seams to be broken? I could not download the file – it never starts to download. Can you reupload it?

  7. unico says:

    I ask again, can you use a 3g modem with eepad?

  8. HeRRz says:

    The DL link is broken :(
    check it, please

  9. jlgarhdez says:

    For all those who dont know how to donload tfubuntu.zip: click on “view source code” and search “display: none”. then just copy the href atribute and add it to downloadandroidrom.com

  10. jlgarhdez says:

    boot loop when linux is installed…

  11. rgl says:

    What is the sudo password to the ubuntu system?

  12. Pablo says:

    Hi!
    I’m using 3.2 and also boot loop when linux is installed. but when i try to restore, my screen goes crazy.

    Any idea?
    Thanks.

  13. Tal says:

    i got honeycomb 3.1 and after installing the ubuntu using the flash.bat it stucks on a loop of bootings…

  14. Devlin Lion says:

    De download is from a site which you have to pay for otherwise you wating 4 days and not all downloaded…I do not trust a download this type. Be careful!

  15. Randy Kelly says:

    can someone mirror this

  16. Randy Kelly says:

    message me if u want mirrior

  17. Andras Buday says:

    Hi!
    I mentioned a problem in how to overclock device. Well, it seems that my device has a big problem. I can’t install native ubuntu as well, and the restore.bat is not working, the only way to get my device back to life is the rootkit which I have from rooting. I think the problem is with that thing. I used my digital camera to get what’s wrong (because it restarted itself in 1 second) the problem:
    VFS:Mounted root (vfat filesystem) readonly on device 179:9.
    Failed to execute /init. Attempting defaults…
    Kernel panic – not syncing:No init found. Try passing init option to the kernel
    Do you think it would work to modify the kernel? because I really don’t want to do that, but if that’s the only way I must do it. The next thing I’m going to try is format my sd to ext2 or ext4, and hope.
    So if you can help me, pls.
    RiseR

  18. kelvin says:

    I’m changed to 3.1 so that it doesn’t boot loop, however now i’m stuck in the ubuntu loading and it outputs “waiting for SD Card”

  19. Fariborz says:

    Hi
    can you check windows 8 on transformer ?
    thanks for ubuntu

  20. Pozqe says:

    Hi, tried out this, but nothing really happens on my transformer. I followed you’re guide from both the movie and this written guide. In my command window I get the message “WHOO HOOO Ubuntu installed!” but still nothing on my transformer. The only difference I can find from how I did it to yours is that in your movie I saw that when you click in on your SD card you got all you’re normal android files there. While I have 2 directories on the transformer: “Internal Storage” and “SD card”. Not sure if this matters at all, but that’s the only part I find different from yours.

    Else it’s a great guide and thank you for sharing!

  21. Bob Campbell says:

    Hi.. thank you so much for your article. Good stuff.

    I have spent a couple of weeks on the Internet trying to find a way to install a custom compiled Kernel on an A-pad. Your article is the first that seems to get close to what I am trying to do.

    Let me give you some background. I am an American that lives in China part time. I have a very good source here for getting A-pads. I just took delivery on two.. both with the Cortex A-8 CPU, Telechips, TCC-88xx. 1 with 4G of Nand and the other with 8G. CPU clocks at 1Gz and the Ram is 512 MB DDR. So they are pretty nice machines. Capacitive touch-screens that look and work well.

    I ordered one without an Android OS. It still has some firmware on it and boots up to an Android screen and will go in Fastboot mode.. but that is about it. The other is fully functional with Android.

    THIS IS WHAT I AM ASKING? Is it possible for you to share some technical details with help me on how port a custom Linux distro to the machine?

    Basically, I have the source code for the Telechips Kernel and Firmware.. I am a decent Linux hack and pretty good at compiling and cross-compiling. I believe I can build the Operating System for the machine.. I JUST DON’T KNOW HOW to install it on a ARM machine that uses Flash memory instead of a harddrive. I am really a dunce when it comes to understanding “flashing the rom”.. bla, bla, bla.. LOL

    Can you help me with such technical facts:

    1) How to install the image on the NAND flash partition?
    2) How to get it to boot?

    Would you be willing to help? I could offer a little money.

    I also believe there would be many people out there that would be interested in turning their A-pads into little mini-workstations capable of running Linux and X-windows.. There are many x86 small distros that could be recompiled with the ARMv7 architecture to run on these machines if someone could pave the way.

    These tiny hand-held computers could have all kinds of business uses for people who need something easy to use and portable. I have a couple of applications right now that I developed in Qt C++ that would work really well on a small Linux distro.

    Anyway, I have no use for a portable phone.. basically I need a Linux install that can boot into bash and I can go from there.. Installing Linux applications would be easy after that.

    Please let me know your thoughts?

    Sincerely,

    Bob Campbell
    Jiashan, China and Tucson, AZ (AZ native)

  22. Dimsci_x says:

    I really wantto try this install but my serial is b70*********. I tried roting it before andit said it work. Rebooted and it was stuck in a restart loop. Exchanged it for a new one. Researched it and found out that serial numbers higher then b60 cant be rooteded. The steps for this install are the same as rooting, and im scared it will brick my device again.

  23. crabbybrian says:

    If people are having boot loop issues still, remember how the author mentioned a microSD card of 2gb or larger? Copy the Ubuntu folder from the download onto your microSD and that *should* solve the boot loop, it did for me at least

  24. cwredden says:

    Quick ? – does it have to be a microSD or will an 8gb SD card work?

  25. Nolan says:

    Hey can you make a torrent of the tfubuntu.zip please. I have a bad connection and cannot download the whole 1.38 GBs in one sitting. Thank you.

  26. Ramon says:

    Hi,

    first many thanks for this superb howto!!

    Now, I’ve bought a Asus slider, which is a very sexy one, and I tried to do the workaround with this device. I succeeded copying the Ubuntu folder into the Micro-SD, I’ve instsalled the Driver, as you showed in your tutorial. No problem so far, I started the device in the APX-mode (the device is recognized by the computer – Win7-64bit) but when I try to start flash.bat, I get the following messages:
    - Command send failed (usb write failed)
    Then automatically nvflash starts, and the messages are:
    - failed executing commant 14 NvError 0×30012
    - command failture: partition download failed

    Does anybody of you experts have a hint for me?

    thx a lot!
    Cheers, Ramon

    • Dwane says:

      Got same problem. I suppose it happens due to (at my case) my tablet disconnects (I hear the sound) a few seconds after I run flash.bat. Anyone got any ideas?
      (TF101 Android 4.0.3)

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  28. Jeff says:

    Link is not working properly.
    it won’t let me fully download it.
    Please check it.

  29. Brice says:

    I am running Honeycomb 3.2. I keep getting boot loops. I installed ubuntu directory onto a microSD card. Now it won’t let me boot it into apx mode. HELP!!!!!!!!

  30. Fariborz says:

    boot loop in linux mode I can’t restore

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  32. b says:

    boot loop in linux mode I can’t restore

  33. Giovanni says:

    Help. after flash.bat goes in loop mode.

    If I do restore.bat the terminal says everything has been restored, but screen is all fuzzy and nothing seems to work it.

    What can I do now?

    Thanks

  34. KingVal says:

    Could you up tfubuntu.zip in megaupload or in an other board please because it wasen’t possible to dl with your ling ;)

  35. 3adegh says:

    after i typed flash.bat in cmd and said succes on the tablet screen … i reboot eeepad but when eeepad rebooted the pc try to setup Asus android mtb device and eeepad rebooted tandem (Infinity times) … sorry i know english a little .:D

  36. Kevin says:

    Anyone get the camera(s) to work? I’ve successfully installed ubuntu, but can’t access the cameras

  37. Krayn says:

    what would i need to make this work on a thinkpad tablet? now that we got root this should be doable?

  38. Peter Hedegaard says:

    Is this a full working ubuntu, meaning will it be able to keep updating to newer distributions? Has anyone tried Unity on it? should be quite touch friendly :)

  39. Bustoutfunk says:

    Will this work with the TF201?

  40. Bustoutfunk says:

    Think the ability for you to get this on the Transformer Prime is probably a deal breaker. I’ve got the Galaxy Tab 10.1 right now but looking to upgrade to the Prime. Getting Ubuntu on a tablet like this (especially the dock) can drastically increase productivity.

    Also, what is the status of being able to dual boot without a PC? Any nice scripts written for automatically resolving the wireless issue?

  41. Nearoverload says:

    So….I am stuck at the boot of linux and cant use the restore.bat trick to get back… what should I do? Plz help!

  42. diidu says:

    restore.bat works but when starting the device after running it, the screen is just full of colorful lines (like when running X Windows with wrong settings), obviously Android is running on the backgroud but the screen is broken. What could be the reason for this and how to fix it?

  43. Alex :> says:

    Could I use a USB flash drive instead of a SD card?
    It would be much easier for me at least cus I dont own a SD card :/

  44. diidu says:

    Alex, I don’t think USB drive works. I assume the boot image has hardcoded path to Ubuntu image. That is probably also the problem with the people who are working with “wrong” (==newew) Android image that has some differences in the folder structure.

    Does anyone have resources for creating boot image for newer Android version? Also the “restore” image would be useful. And why not also an image for booting from USB drive and/or internal flash.

  45. Alex:> says:

    Thanks for the reply diidu :>
    And by the way… Can I use it on a icecream sandwich (4.x.x) version of android?

    p.s
    I found a old SD card but it was 1.9gb :/
    Oh yeah you said a micro SD card with “at least 2gb” but the the ubuntu folder weights over 2.5gb…
    Change it to “at least 3GB Micro SD card”

  46. J says:

    Really unceratin that this would work with IceCreamSandwich on a TF300
    or brick it beyond all recognition
    but can’t download the zip file, so moot point, eh?

  47. Mark says:

    Has anyone been able to install native ubuntu on the TF300? What files did you use? Thanks.

  48. mitch says:

    I am looking to install native ubuntu on my tf300, any luck yet? I just want linux so I can run dashdaq-pc on my tablet to display the gauges in my car on my tablet.

  49. bespinoza92 says:

    Is there any support for the Asus TF700T? I’m currently running Android 4.1.1. Thanks in advance.

  50. Anton says:

    i’m trying to install it on tf300t but no luck yet :( if someone has done it pls tell :)

  51. hex-er says:

    hey, ı wan to run windows 8 on this tablet.yea you did it. but ı want to run VIRTUALBOX to windows 8. does this device runs slow??? please any idea for… ???????

  52. hex-er says:

    and sorry my bad englısh…

  53. mEHDI says:

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>”nvflash.exe” –download 6 boot-new
    .img
    Nvflash started
    UnKnown device found

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>echo “WHOO HOO! UBUNTU Installed!”

    “WHOO HOO! UBUNTU Installed!”

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>echo “*****************************
    ******************************************************”
    “*******************************************************************************
    ****”

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>echo “Don’t forget to check out Eee
    PadHacks.net and AndroLinux.com for more tablet hacks!”
    “Don’t forget to check out EeePadHacks.net and AndroLinux.com for more tablet ha
    cks!”

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>echo “*****************************
    ******************************************************”
    “*******************************************************************************
    ****”

    C:\Users\mEHDI\Downloads\Compressed\tfubuntu>

    sorry :-s
    my device is TF300TG 32GB

    i Installed driver from XDA forums..
    but this method maybe need other driver :-s

  54. zazie says:

    APX? I can’t turn my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T Android JB 4.2 nVidia Tegra 3… but I can turn to Recover while holding down the VOLUME DOWN button, it shows “downloading USB Driver mode” and nothing works, it boots JB! Help me plz!

  55. zazie says:

    er it stays frozen on :

    Nvflash started
    [resume mode]

    but first time it starts too quickly to read. it’s not on console, but in program’s own window.

  56. Surburb says:

    Hi, I am using an ASUS tf300t and tried your installation method and I get as far as the APX and it will not start boot into ubuntu even with the image directly on the internal storage. If you could help me figure this out that would be great :)

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  59. Miguel Melo says:

    Good evening, I have tried to do what you say. but I can not, I need help. you have to help me? thank you.
    excuse my English, because I’m Portuguese

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