This guide has been tested on Linux. It may also work nicely on OSX or Windows, but I haven't tested it out. If you experience any problems, leave a message in the comments.

Before continuing, you should have installed the adb and fastboot binaries, connected the device to your computer and enabled ADB debugging on the device.

  • Lines starting with # should be run as root or with sudo
  • Lines starting with $ should be run as a normal user
  • Lines following the # and $ lines are output from the command that was executed

Verify that the device is accessible

# adb devices
List of devices attached
HELLOWORLDSECRETSERIAL	device

Reboot into fastboot

# adb reboot fastboot

Unlock bootloader

# fastboot oem asus-go
...
(bootloader)  Unlocking the bootloader means the following:
(bootloader)  All user data will be deleted
(bootloader)  Any securely stored data will be inaccessible
(bootloader)  Warranty will be void
(bootloader)  After unlocking you have to execute
(bootloader)  > fastboot format userdata
(bootloader)  > fastboot format cache
(bootloader)  or carry out a factory reset from recovery
(bootloader)  To confirm the unlock, please execute the command
(bootloader)  > fastboot oem unlock confirm
OKAY [  0.057s]
finished. total time: 0.057s

Confirm unlocking

# fastboot oem asus-go confirm
...
(bootloader)  Unlocking and rebooting into unlocked state
OKAY [  0.070s]
finished. total time: 0.070s

Get a var dump for later

# fastboot getvar all
(bootloader)  version-baseband: 24832
(bootloader)  version-bootloader: 1638.500_M1S1
(bootloader)  product: SF_3GR
(bootloader)  secure: YES
(bootloader)  unlocked: YES
(bootloader)  off-mode-charge: 1
(bootloader)  ========== parition type ==========
(bootloader)  system parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  userdata parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  cache parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  hypervisor parition type: raw
(bootloader)  boot parition type: raw
(bootloader)  recovery parition type: raw
(bootloader)  splash parition type: raw
(bootloader)  mvconfig parition type: raw
(bootloader)  secvm parition type: raw
(bootloader)  vrl parition type: raw
(bootloader)  psi parition type: raw
(bootloader)  slb parition type: raw
(bootloader)  ucode_patch parition type: raw
(bootloader)  APD parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  ADF parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  factory parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  nvm_static_calib parition type: raw
(bootloader)  nvm_static_fix parition type: raw
(bootloader)  nvm_dynamic parition type: raw
(bootloader)  linux_nvm_fs parition type: ext4
(bootloader)  ===================================
(bootloader)  ========== parition size ==========
(bootloader)  system parition size: 0x0000000090000000
(bootloader)  userdata parition size: 0x00000002f0380000
(bootloader)  cache parition size: 0x0000000017200000
(bootloader)  hypervisor parition size: 0x0000000000100000
(bootloader)  boot parition size: 0x0000000001100000
(bootloader)  recovery parition size: 0x0000000001100000
(bootloader)  splash parition size: 0x0000000002080000
(bootloader)  mvconfig parition size: 0x0000000000080000
(bootloader)  secvm parition size: 0x0000000000c00000
(bootloader)  vrl parition size: 0x0000000000040000
(bootloader)  psi parition size: 0x0000000000020000
(bootloader)  slb parition size: 0x0000000000100000
(bootloader)  ucode_patch parition size: 0x0000000000003000
(bootloader)  APD parition size: 0x0000000009600000
(bootloader)  ADF parition size: 0x0000000000100000
(bootloader)  factory parition size: 0x0000000000900000
(bootloader)  nvm_static_calib parition size: 0x0000000000800000
(bootloader)  nvm_static_fix parition size: 0x0000000000100000
(bootloader)  nvm_dynamic parition size: 0x0000000000100000
(bootloader)  linux_nvm_fs parition size: 0x0000000000500000
(bootloader)  ===================================
(bootloader)  max-download-size: 0x3cc00000
all:
finished. total time: 0.261s

Continue booting the device normally

# fastboot continue

Next step for me is to build and install a custom bootloader. To be continued...

References

  • https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/development/asus-zenpad-c-7-0-z170c-p01z-root-method-t3311752/post70595649#post70595649