5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 7, 2011 8:43 PM by GDJ

    To "root" or not to "root"

      I am wondering about the idea of rooting my NC. I have had it about 8 months and am fairly happy with it. I keep reading that some of you who are obviously more techno-literate than I am have rooted your NC. What is "rooting" an NC, what are the benefits, and (seriously) how hard would it be to do and then use the NC afterward?

        • Re: To "root" or not to "root"
          roustabout

          I think it's dead easy.  I'm doing multiple things just now, but one of them is that I just rooted a refurbed NC that's a gift for a friend's mom.

           

          Friend's mom reads Spanish by default, and the BN shop for Spanish language books isn't very strong (I think because so many of the Spanish language publishers aren't US-based) so she needs very easy access to other sources of books. 

           

          The big gotcha with rooting is that as soon as you configure the Android market on a rooted NC, you should immediately download an app called Titanium and use it to uninstall the Flash that BN installs, so that you can reinstall it from the market.  Otherwise, the first time you try to restart your NC, you will "boot loop" and most people ultimately give up and reformat the device at that poing (though there is a rescue utility available.) 

           

          Then there is booting from an sdcard.  Making the card is a little harder, once you boot from it you're using a very stock Android interface - which many people turn out not to like that much, but many like a great deal.  One advantage to that is that you can always rever to stock by shutting of your device, removing the card, and starting up again. 

           

          I prefer rooting and using the stock interface.  My guide to setting that up is here:

           

          http://nookworks.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-want-to-root-my-nc.html

           

          Rooting 1.2 or 1.3 is covered in the third section. 

           

          The apps that I use most are simply not available from BN, and they make all the difference to me between a useful device and one which gathers dust.  These apps are available via the Android market, on both rooted and SD card booted devices. 

           

          -K9 email client:  easily set up multiple email addresses, is a normal, standards-compliant email program

          -NewsRob for reading articles.  NewsRob uses your Google Reader account to point it at RSS feeds.  It then downloads the full text of the articles if you ask it to so you have them, in full, whether or not you have a network connection. 

          -FBreader / fbsync:  An epub reader which I prefer to the stock reader.  Night mode and landscape mode both work well;  with the addition of fbsync and by managing my library in Calibre, I am able to sync reading positions for any epub - not just BN bookstore content - across any android device I have rooted. 

            • Re: To "root" or not to "root"
              orb9220

              Yep can put the root on a SD card and not even do anything to the B&N default OS. With the card it will boot up to CM7 where you have android market. Can install Kindle app for Amazon books as will more app choices for alternate e-reader programs like Moon+ or Aldiko,etc.. Also superior browsing with Dolphin HD Browser or others. The biggest issue is having a lot more app choices available than B&N paltry selection. And many more free apps.

               

              On boot up if I hold down the n then will be presented with a boot option to Boot up in B&N original OS.

              Or removing the card it will boot up normal B&N without anything be changed.

               

              Messed up the SD card and won't boot up. Then just remove the card and the Nook is back to normal.

              And you can do over the SD card.

               

              There are many ways to do a root. But I used this and was easy peasy.

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            • Re: To "root" or not to "root"

              if you root it you will loose all warranty and 1 800 the book wont give you support if you have problems

                • Re: To "root" or not to "root"
                  orb9220

                  COBHC wrote:

                  if you root it you will loose all warranty and 1 800 the book wont give you support if you have problems


                  Untrue! if I take the SD card out I am back to a Default Nook Color! And they have no way telling I was rooted in the first place. As mentioned this does not modify the device in any way. So how can it void the warranty?

                   

                  Even hard rooting to the device and mess up the device. I can factory restore back to factory fresh as it is just software. Again no problems.

                   

                  Also true is B&N is not going to solve running rooted Android Nook issues from others. That is what those type of forums are for.

                   

                  But You Are Not Voiding the Warranty! in running a rooted nook. Anyone that says otherwise are not informed of what it actually entails. Customer service & employees say it when most don't even know what it is about. Asking B&N about the issue will just create more confusion.

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                • Re: To "root" or not to "root"

                  Before you take the time to do this, you should really have a reason.  Is there something in particular that the stock NC does not do that you would like it to do? 

                   

                  The stock NC does everything I want, so no reason to go to the trouble for me.  But everyone has somewhat different expectations.  I think the primary motivation for rooting is to gain access to the open Android market for apps.  Now that a good photo viewer is available in the B&N market, I am quite happy with stock.