14 Replies Latest reply on May 7, 2013 7:57 PM by tarakan

    Nook Touch--easy root

      There is an easy root for the touch.

       

       

      http://www.the-ebook-reader.com/nook-touch-root.html

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          I like that landscape mode. Thanks!!
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            Hey do you know how to just add the web browser?

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              Thanks for the link! I've been hoping for a really good root to check out. All I'm interested in, though, is better file management. Couldn't care less about games or web browsing. Will check this one out. 

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                  roustabout

                  I've been frustrated for a long time by the fact that the Nook Color doesn't let me download the new yorker.  Once, somehow, I managed to find my issue on the BN website and downloaded it.  I was able to read it on the NC, no problem - it recognized that I owned the file.

                   

                  I ultimately cancelled my subscription, and then the NT came out.  It supports newsrob and b-folders, making it a nice light RSS reader and - in a pinch - a contact manager. 

                   

                  And lo!  I can read the New Yorker on it.

                   

                  But bugger all, they've meddled with the partitions enough that I can't see my files. 

                   

                  Sorted that this evening. 

                   

                  the problem: 

                  as shipped, data are now stored in /data/media and are normally invisible.

                  the fix:

                  1)  need to resize data and media

                   

                  Connect to your rooted device via adb (or ssh if you have not installed adb)

                  and confirm the output of mount

                   

                  /dev/block/mmcblk0p8 /data
                  /dev/block/mmcblk0p7 /cache
                  /dev/block//vold/179:6 /media

                  meaning /dev/block/mmcblk0p6 in fidsk is media

                  fdisk /dev/block/mmcblk0

                  /dev/block/mmcblk0p6             406         525      245760  83 Linux  media - starts at 119 blocks. 
                  /dev/block/mmcblk0p7             526         926      821232  83 Linux  cache - supposedly starts sized at 400 blocks????
                  /dev/block/mmcblk0p8             286         405      245728  83 Linux  data - starts at 119 blocks

                  on nc, p7 (cache) is a ton smaller.  quick hack:

                  fdisk /dev/block/mmcblk0

                  d6
                  d6
                  d6

                   

                  gets rid of partitions 6, 7 and 8.


                  Next, to create partitions of a useful size in the correct order

                  n
                  (creates p6)
                  406 807
                  n
                  (creates p7)
                  808
                  926
                  n
                  (creates p8)
                  286 405

                  write and reboot. 

                  2) fix the formatting:

                  boot into noogie

                  format 7 as ext3

                  format 6 as fat16

                  (best tool for this is qtparted in linux.  A vmware player (free) linux install
                  (free) is an excellent way to go here, if you don't have a linux desktop.

                   

                  You don't have to touch /data, because you deleted the partition but recreated it

                  at exactly the same spot. 

                   

                  3)  symlink /data/media to
                  /media so you can actually see your files.  Win! 

                  cd /data/media
                   
                  rm -r *

                  cd ..

                  rmdir media

                  ln -s media /media

                  one wants to avoid the erase and deregister step if possible here. 

                  It's not fatal, but you have to re-root, etc. 

                  The partition sizes remain correct if you do erase and dereg, though.

                   

                  Read your magazines, and transfer them by simple copying to any other Nook device

                  registered to that account - no DRM headstands required. 

                   

                  Finally, do save your work:

                   

                  - boot to noogie

                  - connect to your linux install

                  - dd if=/dev/sdb of=touchroot.img bs=1M

                   

                  (where /sdX is the device that your nook touch is seen on in linux.) 

                   

                  Many thanks to Dean Gibson for his insanely valuable work on partitioning. 

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                  compulsivereaderTX

                  I have a question. What happens to the rooted Nook when the next update happens? Does it revert back to the original OS?

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                      bobstro

                      compulsivereaderTX wrote:

                      I have a question. What happens to the rooted Nook when the next update happens? Does it revert back to the original OS?


                      Hard to say with any particular release, but in general, B&N updates have killed root access, and other functionality. I'd recommend blocking over-the-air (OTA) updates after rooting any B&N device. I use the SQLite editor ($) to modify the devicemanager.db database, changing registry->com.bn.device.fota.mode from "auto" to "manual".

                       

                      Of course, there are other ways to do this, but this has worked for me.

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                      I'm wondering how many people have actually rooted their ST's and what kind of luck they've had?  I would love to be able to get all my Kindle books on mine.  The Nook Color seems SO heavy now that I've gotten used to the lighter ST.  I don't care that much about any other apps, although Overdrive would be nice...

                       

                       

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                          bobstro

                          jbean00 wrote:

                          I'm wondering how many people have actually rooted their ST's and what kind of luck they've had?  I would love to be able to get all my Kindle books on mine.  The Nook Color seems SO heavy now that I've gotten used to the lighter ST.  I don't care that much about any other apps, although Overdrive would be nice...


                          I bought my NST two days ago specifically because it can be rooted. I've had good luck using GabrialDestruir's TouchNooter 2.1.31 method described over on XDA on my NST (updated to 1.1.0 first).

                           

                          I've loaded the Kindle app, and while it's not perfect, it does work. There's a bit of screen flicker when pulling up menus, and changing pages, but it's readable. The bigger problems, for me, are the fixed justified layout (which I hate), and no font selection.

                           

                          Overdrive does work. I'm managed to run out of authorizations, so have to wait for Adobe support to reset my device count, but it appears to run just fine. I'll update once I actually download a book successfully.

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                              Hey bobstro - can you also let us know how the battery life and speed is with it rooted? I'm about to inherit my stepdad's ST and I'm thinking of rooting it as an experiment. My main concern, however, is actually file organization. 

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                                NookGardener

                                bobstro wrote:

                                jbean00 wrote:

                                I'm wondering how many people have actually rooted their ST's and what kind of luck they've had?  I would love to be able to get all my Kindle books on mine.  The Nook Color seems SO heavy now that I've gotten used to the lighter ST.  I don't care that much about any other apps, although Overdrive would be nice...


                                I bought my NST two days ago specifically because it can be rooted. I've had good luck using GabrialDestruir's TouchNooter 2.1.31 method described over on XDA on my NST (updated to 1.1.0 first).

                                 

                                I've loaded the Kindle app, and while it's not perfect, it does work. There's a bit of screen flicker when pulling up menus, and changing pages, but it's readable. The bigger problems, for me, are the fixed justified layout (which I hate), and no font selection.

                                 

                                Overdrive does work. I'm managed to run out of authorizations, so have to wait for Adobe support to reset my device count, but it appears to run just fine. I'll update once I actually download a book successfully.


                                Gave my old Sony e-ink reader to my mom, but have found that I really miss it (especially when reading outdoors.)  This is starting to look very tempting.

                                 

                                Bobstro: Were you ever able to download a book directly from Overdrive?  Thanks,

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                              I just got a Nook Simple Touch as a gift.  In addition to just reading, I would like to be able to have an easy to use calendar to keep track of appointments, assignment and the like.  I don't need web browsing or games. Could someone tell me the easiest method for doing this? 

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                                Checking in! I recently inherited a second ST, so I rooted it just to see what I could see. I'm not sure how I feel about it, to be honest. Can't tell if it's buggy and cluttered or just a bit over-my-head. It doesn't seem to work well in e-ink and the "my apps" screen is pretty hard to read. Haven't figured out how to change it so the background is white and the icons are bigger! Google Calendar has a stretched SD card icon over half the screen when I try to use it, and I have no idea how to fix that. Haven't tooled around much with the Calibre app, since what I really want to do with it is access my own Calibre library, not some public server. And Dropbox is just not cooperating - it shows my files, but I can't access anything in them.

                                 

                                Still, the Kindle app works just fine on it, which means I can now take advantage of Amazon's free reads and deals and read them on a nook, which is pretty awesome. And switching back and forth from the rooted system to the "regular" nook system is easy-peasy, so I haven't lost my original Nook functionality, either. Still wish there was some way to use the rooted system to organize my sideloaded content "my" way. Maybe there is, but I'm clearly a total noob at this!

                                 

                                Edit to add: Even with wifi turned on, the battery life is still great.