20 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 6:36 AM by BruceMcF

    Why root your Nook Color?

    Three-Redheads

      I just heard about rooting yesterday and have looked it up on google, but really want your thoughts on the benefits to rooting your NC.

       

      What can you do on there that you cannot do now?

       

      Thanks so much!

        • Re: Why root your Nook Color?
          Android app market, netflix, live wallpapers, widgets, better web browsers, amazon books, better gallery apps, cut and paste, can still maintain all stock functions, and aparently can pair with a bluetooth keyboard. Also, if you don't like it, you can reset back to stock. The only reason not to is the whole voided warranty thing.
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              Three-Redheads

              Thank you all!  I just ordered a Sandisk Micro card.  I want to try it, but with the ability to restore to factory settings.  I had no idea it did all of that!

               

              What's funny is an employee at B & N told me that one of her co-workers rooted his NC.


              Once I get my SD card, I may be back with questions.  There are so many links to the various ways to root the NC.  

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                Lulugirl28

                I am a little bit confused about rooting but am I understanding that I can root to an SD card to have the "rooting" experience but when the card is removed, the Nook is the same as usual?  I also don't understand the dual boot thing. Also one poster said that by rooting you can use Overdrive to read books from the library. You don't need to root to be able to use Overdrive.

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                    Three-Redheads

                    Overdrive in its current state, is a pain.

                     

                    Love all the info on this site!!

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                      Lulugirl28 wrote:

                      I am a little bit confused about rooting but am I understanding that I can root to an SD card to have the "rooting" experience but when the card is removed, the Nook is the same as usual?  I also don't understand the dual boot thing.


                      That is exactly right. Card in, root experience. Card out, stock. And dual boot: upon booting the nc, you can choose which os to boot, so with the right setup, you can boot stock or root with the card still in. Convenient if you require tweezers to add/remove the sd card. The dual boot card i made has both cm7 and honeycomb(apparently a preview version). I'm more satisfied with manual nooter though, so I will be reformating the card for mp4 storage.
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                          snickersfl
                          That is exactly right. Card in, root experience. Card out, stock. And dual boot: upon booting the nc, you can choose which os to boot, so with the right setup, you can boot stock or root with the card still in. Convenient if you require tweezers to add/remove the sd card. The dual boot card i made has both cm7 and honeycomb(apparently a preview version). I'm more satisfied with manual nooter though, so I will be reformating the card for mp4 storage. As I understand what you said, I would be able to boot either regular Nook or the CM7 with the card in the slot. I wouldn't have to remove the slot. Do you have a link to do that? I read that this procedure has you remove the card before the Nook will boot stock. I read some of the comments and it looks like folks were having problems.
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                              snickersfl wrote:


                              chuck4pres wrote:


                              That is exactly right. Card in, root experience. Card out, stock. And dual boot: upon booting the nc, you can choose which os to boot, so with the right setup, you can boot stock or root with the card still in. Convenient if you require tweezers to add/remove the sd card. The dual boot card i made has both cm7 and honeycomb(apparently a preview version). I'm more satisfied with manual nooter though, so I will be reformating the card for mp4 storage.


                              As I understand what you said, I would be able to boot either regular Nook or the CM7 with the card in the slot. I wouldn't have to remove the slot. Do you have a link to do that? I read that this procedure has you remove the card before the Nook will boot stock. I read some of the comments and it looks like folks were having problems.


                              http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=947698

                               

                              I have not done this so I can not testify as to how easy it is to set up. My dual boot option was to either open up into cm7 or to open up into the honeycomb sample. I still had to remove the card to boot into stock os(or in my case manual nooter 4.5.6)

                               

                              If you get stumped, I would highly suggest you read up on root methods and boot disk methods from multiple sites, they all vary on clarity at different steps, and by expanding your antroid vocabulary and terminology will greatly increase the ease of these processes for you, and make it easier for others to answer your questions efficiently and accurately.

                               

                              Googling key words is a great way to get lists of useful threads. Examples for your purposes:

                               

                              uboot, cm7, stock 1.2, CWR, dual boot, phiremod... and it never hurts to throw in "nook color".

                               

                              Not trying to sway your decision, just trying to clarify another option: Manual nooter method allows you to switch back and forth very easily between stock interface and root interface without rebooting, and is MUCH easier to successfully pull off (at least for me).  If you are concerned about voiding your warranty (which is legitamate) you may want to weigh the pro's and con's. I have not read anywhere that anybody has been denied a warranty claim because they have modified their software, and more importantly, I have not read anywhere that anybody was not able to restore their NC to stock if they were unhappy with their final result. I almost believe these NCs are bulletproof. But that is just my opinion and i am presenting it as such.

                               

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                        I'm running CM7 on SD card, so that the original Nook system is not altered in any way.

                        In my case, by being able to use CM7, I can.....

                         

                        - Access the Android Market and install any games & apps that are available out there. I believe there currently are less than 200 apps available through B&N.

                        - By installing an app called Vital Player, I do not have to convert video files to mp4 anymore. I can just transfer avi. files & watch them. Easy.

                        - By installing a great comic book reading app, just like the video files, all I have to do is to transfer the zip files and read them. Easy.

                        - Installing Dolphin Browser has improved the web-browsing experience.

                        - You can read Kindle files if you have them.

                        - Oh, for me, I was able to download an input app that allows me to type in a different language (e.g. Korean), which is a big plus because I browse websites & compose e-mails in English and Korean.

                         

                         

                        Yeah, most of the time, I just use the origianl NC system to read.

                        But there are times that these functions come very handy.

                         

                        :smileyhappy:

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                          mariel9898

                          Access to the entire Android Market as well as other sources of apps (Amazon App Store, App Brain, etc.) and all that implies such as:

                           

                          Being able to overclock (I don't do this) and underclock when needed saves on battery. I installed SetCPU and went from charging every day and half or so to charging every four days or so.

                           

                          Being able to use various readers so I can get books from just about any source out there.

                           

                          Being able to use Overdrive as well as ADE for borrowing library books.

                           

                          Access to better web browsers.

                           

                          Access to better keyboards.

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                            Three-Redheads

                            I just thought of something.  I read you have to have your gmail email as your email for youtube.  Does it have to be the same email I use for B & N?  If so, I'm outta luck.

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                              Why NOT root it?
                              As for voiding the warranty, hypothetical question here, but if you reset it to factory default before sending it in for repairs, how would they know unless you told them?

                              I'm completely disgusted with hardware devices saying that software voids your hardware warranty. Thats like a VCR that voids your warranty if you play anything released by Mirimax. It would be like a car company saying "you can only use Citgo". It's totally bogus.

                              I understand that they want to maintain profit, but those of us who root do it so we can use a browser we like. Or customize our destop area. We aren't all pirates and theives. In fact, most arent. Those who want to buy apps and software will still buy them. Those of us who prefer the free content wouldnt buy it anyways, rooted or not. This is just B&N cutting off their noses to spite their faces. It's something I expect of companies like Apple. Ugh, and locking people out of the tablet versions storage space and only giving them a gig? I'll tell you what warranty was voided there, "customer trust".

                               

                              So root your device, ENJOY your device, after all YOU paid for it. You arent renting it from B&N, so don't feel like they have to control it for you, like an over-zealous parent afraid you might turn on cartoons instead of educational shows if they gave you the tv remote,

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                                  Did you ever find out anything on this? I just got the nook tablet......really like it accept that there are very few apps, and most of them cost as much, if not more, than the books! Not impressed.

                                  I heard about rooting but really don't want to lose my warranty.

                                  Not sure how much a difference rooting it would make in a tablet. I kow the coor and others it probably makes a larger difference and the benefits may outweigh the cost as far as the warranty goes. BUt I spent a nice chunk on the tablet, and my luck...the minute I root it something will happen and I'll wish I hadn't broken my warranty. It's ridiculous.

                                  SO....if the nook can be rooted using the SD card, and removing it leaves the originally settings (without rooting) then would they have any way of knowing and would it truly violate the warranty?? I wonder if there is any way of the knowing....

                                  If there's a way to root it without them knowing or ruining my warranty I'd like to.

                                  I have two college textbooks through the nook study app....which bewildered me that you can't actually use it on the nook.....what is that all about?! NOT COOL....completely disappointed!! Is there any way, perhaps through rooting it or something, that I can access my textbooks in the nook study app in order to read them on my nook tablet??

                                  Also, the requirement for the SD card is a bunch of garbage......when you pay this kind of money and have minimal insufficient storage space.....BS SO now....I get to go buy that as well.

                                • Re: Why root your Nook Color?
                                  If you get confused about all the methods, there is a micro sd card made that you can buy with cm7 already on it. Just put it in your sd card slot and turn on your nook. As it is booting, you can choose emmc,nook, or android, cm7, and it will boot either way. It works great and it is another choice you have. You can check it out at http://www.n2acards.com/ Good luck.
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                                      nookloverjf wrote:
                                      If you get confused about all the methods, there is a micro sd card made that you can buy with cm7 already on it. Just put it in your sd card slot and turn on your nook. As it is booting, you can choose emmc,nook, or android, cm7, and it will boot either way. It works great and it is another choice you have. You can check it out at http://www.n2acards.com/ Good luck.


                                      The n2a card.  That's what I did.  It satisfied my desire to have it all yet still keep ny NookC stock.  Really, though, I use it little.  And that is exactly the reason I did not want to root my device.  My NookC is my eReader first and with n2a all the rest is there if ever I want to walk on the wild side.

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                                          Personally, my main reason for nuking stock and installing CM7 was to have a better e-reader. Both the library and the reader on stock were sorely limited before they decided to hide all your B&N purchases. I also wasn't willing to be artificially locked out of the major competitor's bookstore. Virtually every point in which stock differs from less doctored versions of Android, it's a loss of functionality. 

                                           

                                          I don't blame B&N specifically for the shortcomings, because I learned this lesson from AT&T long ago: do not get your software from service providers. Their goal is to limit functionality so that you will pay to remove or get around the limitations, and to streamline your ability to continue handing them money at the expense of core functions for which you purchased the device in the first place. As with so many devices released on a subscription, membership, or contract basis, the advertised primary function was an afterthought, never intended to be better than adequate.

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                                              BruceMcF

                                              taosaur wrote:

                                              Personally, my main reason for nuking stock and installing CM7 was to have a better e-reader. Both the library and the reader on stock were sorely limited before they decided to hide all your B&N purchases. I also wasn't willing to be artificially locked out of the major competitor's bookstore. Virtually every point in which stock differs from less doctored versions of Android, it's a loss of functionality.


                                              There is, however, no need to "nuke stock and install CM7" to do that. Just root the stock system and you can install whatever reader you like.

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                                          phoneboy
                                          Good question. This thing already puts a big enough dent on my productivty being stock. Lol
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                                            If I root my nook color can i play cafe world on facebook???