15 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2012 7:12 AM by taosaur

    Took the "root" Plunge !!

    gandalf1369

      Well, after several days of debating whether or not I wanted to root my NOOKColor, I finally decided this afternoon to go ahead and do it. 

       

      I had a 4GB microSDHC that I wasn't using so I downloaded auto-nooter 3.0 plus WinImage32, followed the directions on the web for burning the image to the SD card, booted my NOOK with the SD card installed, and in about 20 minutes had my first look at a rooted NOOKColor.

       

      Everything went smoothly and I installed Google Earth and Google Maps from the Android Marketplace.  I also installed an app to allow me to use my genealogy data file on the rooted NOOK.  So far everything is working fine.

       

      All of the original B&N apps (reader, browser, Pandora, etc.) are still there along with all of my ebooks.  Nothing was changed or lost.

       

      Right now I just playing with it seeing what "neat" things I can discover.  Man, I feel like did after I just got my first computer in 1979!! :smileyhappy:

       

      OK - off to the marketplace to see what I can find!!  :smileyvery-happy:

       

       

        • Re: Took the "root" Plunge !!

          Congratulations! :smileyhappy:

          Have fun with it!

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            CaptainGuy
            ok...how did you load google earth and other apps from Market?
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                I did the same thing on saturday. - i have the original book color functionality and android market. Book color is awsome.
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                  gandalf1369

                   


                  CaptainGuy wrote:
                  ok...how did you load google earth and other apps from Market?

                   

                  Well, after rooting the NOOK and signing in with my gmail account to both the YouTube app and the Gmail app, I simply tapped the Marketplace app which showed up in the "Extras" screen.

                   

                  After loading the Marketplace I simply searched for both Google Earth and Maps and tapped the "install" button.  Basically everything else after that was automatic. 

                   

                  Since I am not running any type of "launcher"  app yet, the newly installed apps will not show up on the "Extras" screen until you do a complete reboot.

                   

                  Sorry if my explanation isn't detailed enough but this is my first time playing around with the Android OS.  Hopefully, I'll become more familiar with it as time goes by.

                   

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                  Sardonic
                  I took the plunge last weekend too...and bought DVDCatalyst4 also. I needed help from some "board members" to create the image but easy after that. It will be interesting to watch and be part what B&N does next... Between the app store and movies (and ebooks of course!!!) I/we have a PEaCD; Personal Entertainment and Communication Device. You who have not rooted will be assimilated.
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                    I agree... I'm like Doreenpv. I'm chicken little. :smileysad: But it sure is tempting. I'm confident in my being able to study and do it successfully... but... *sigh* I guess I'll be patient.

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                        Nookdevs has a nice how to. If you follow it step by step it's really not bad at all. Keep in mind that if you'really doing the autonooter method you always have the option to completely reset back to stock 1.0.0. All in all I'd say most people can handle it if they're careful and follow directions well.
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                        I followed the instructions EXACTLY and created the SD card so I can run either OE Nook or Android.

                        As long as B&N refuses to allow a good Genealogy App like GenStar to be loaded onto my Nook Color I will continue to use and support this "hack" of an otherwise good product.

                         

                        B&N is missing the boat on tens of thousands of additional sales to the Genealogy market for those who would like to take their Genealogy info along with their Nook.

                          • Economic perspective
                            DeanGibson

                            A lot of people forget that B&N does not sell Nooks in order to sell Nooks;  they sell Nooks in order to sell eBooks and apps from which they can make money.

                             

                            I bought my Nooks to read downloaded PDF files, not eBooks, so B&N makes little or no money from my purchase of Nooks.  They don't make any money from the distribution of free apps either.

                             

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                            With so many ways of doing this, and some are older (or earlier) versions, can you point out  a set of instructions you used?  I've tried so many, without sucess,  that I've gotten mixed up.

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                                orb9220

                                Zogman42 wrote:

                                With so many ways of doing this, and some are older (or earlier) versions, can you point out  a set of instructions you used?  I've tried so many, without sucess,  that I've gotten mixed up.


                                Rolled my own CM7 8gb SD card using this link. Was easy enough but need to be able to understand what the steps mean. And follow them to the letter. This will give you a dual boot so can boot up into nook side or Android CM7 side. Tho do need a gmail account for android market.

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                                    orb9220 wrote:

                                    Rolled my own CM7 8gb SD card using this link. Was easy enough but need to be able to understand what the steps mean. And follow them to the letter. This will give you a dual boot so can boot up into nook side or Android CM7 side. Tho do need a gmail account for android market.

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                                    Just FYI, steps 5a-c are misinformation--there are no "overclock kernels" for CM7.1. The old OC kernels were merged with the stock kernel, so all you need is the Nook Tweaks app. I also don't think both CM7.1 and gapps will fit on verygreen's cards at the same time anymore, because one or the other or both have gotten a bit larger in more recent versions.

                                     

                                    The "SD install" link in my sig is up-to-date and has all the resources linked directly.

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                                        orb9220

                                        taosaur wrote:

                                        orb9220 wrote:

                                        Rolled my own CM7 8gb SD card using this link. Was easy enough but need to be able to understand what the steps mean. And follow them to the letter. This will give you a dual boot so can boot up into nook side or Android CM7 side. Tho do need a gmail account for android market.

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                                        Just FYI, steps 5a-c are misinformation--there are no "overclock kernels" for CM7.1. The old OC kernels were merged with the stock kernel, so all you need is the Nook Tweaks app. I also don't think both CM7.1 and gapps will fit on verygreen's cards at the same time anymore, because one or the other or both have gotten a bit larger in more recent versions.

                                         

                                        The "SD install" link in my sig is up-to-date and has all the resources linked directly.


                                        Good to know as ignored the steps for overclocking as wasn't interested. But if I remember correctly as been awhile for this ole' fart neurons. That after booting up SD card copied over gapps.zip to root just fine and rebooted. As had to setup for my gmail account for android market.

                                         

                                        And honestly have a handle on the process but really no intimate understanding of all the different ways to implement rooting device or just dual boot SD card option. So good to know of the changes.

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                                            orb9220 wrote:

                                            But if I remember correctly as been awhile for this ole' fart neurons. That after booting up SD card copied over gapps.zip to root just fine and rebooted. 



                                            Right, either file fits fine on its own. The guide you linked suggested putting both on the card at once, which I don't think is possible anymore due to space constraints. If you boot into CM7 and set up WiFi before installing gapps, you also don't have to go through the rigamarole of opting out of setup to turn on WiFi and then going back through the Account settings.