11 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2013 12:07 PM by dservati1

    [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps

      Since most of us would throw away our tabs if they were totally locked down, here's how to un-1.4.1 your device.  Barnes & Nobel really screwed up when they locked down the Nook Tablet.  The technical community no longer backs this device up.  However, here's how you can get back to the point when this device had it's one saving grace..  Root access and side-loading.

       

       

      Introduction

      Making a magic SDCard which will take you back to stock 1.4.0 is easy!  This method will allow you to restore 1.4.0 firmware onto your Nook Tablet.  Personally, I think holding the buttons and halting the device boot 8 times in a row is a bit time consuming.  So, here is how you make a "Magic SDCard".

       

      Instructions

      Just follow these 4 easy steps to restore your device to 1.4.0.

      1. Download this file: http://teamkomin.com/index.php?dir=NookTablet%2FStockRecovery%2F (Do not change the file name).
      2. Copy the file on a Micro SDCard.
      3. Insert the Micro SDCard into your Nook Tablet
      4. Turn on your Nook and observe a factory restoration. This will initiate Recovery Mode and flash the entire zip. acclaim_update.zip will restore your device to stock firmware and wipe all user data..Upon reboot, you have aproximately 20 minutes of wifi access before the 1.4.1 update is reloaded.
      5. Root your device using instructions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1354487 

      6. Block firmware update here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=20499801&postcount=2

       

      Conclusion

      I urge Barnes & Nobel to stop locking this feature which is used by "a small percentage of users".   This "small percentage" are the geeks who recommend or denounce products vocally.  The "small percentage" are the people whom are trusted to be asked for product recommendations on a regular basis by peers.   Without the backing of geeks, this line is destined for failure.   Currently I own one because it was given to me, however, I would never pay for such a locked product. 

        • Re: [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps
          roustabout

          Thanks for posting this, Adam.

           

          One observation from the NC (and the NT recovery and update files I looked over this morning.)

           

          If you're uncomfortable using the SQLite commands, you can extract the build.prop file from the update and use it in place of a 1.4.0 buid.prop file.  This will block the update until the next update comes around.

           

          You need to remount your /system as r/w (root explorer will do that) and copy in the build.prop.   

          • Re: [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps

            Someone **bleep**ed with my link and I can't edit the first post

             

            teamkomin.com/NookTablet/StockRecovery/acclaim_update.zip

             

            teamkomin.com/NookTablet/StockRecovery/acclaim_update.zip

            teamkomin.com/NookTablet/StockRecovery/acclaim_update.zip

            teamkomin.com/NookTablet/StockRecovery/acclaim_update.zip

             

            • Re: [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps

              AdamOutler:

               

              Conclusion

              I urge Barnes & Nobel to stop locking this feature which is used by "a small percentage of users".   This "small percentage" are the geeks who recommend or denounce products vocally.  The "small percentage" are the people whom are trusted to be asked for product recommendations on a regular basis by peers.   Without the backing of geeks, this line is destined for failure.   Currently I own one because it was given to me, however, I would never pay for such a locked product.

               

              Thank YOU for your help!!!!  Your comments echo my own opinion and situation as I have been helping friends with their Nook Tablet and other Nook products and have recommended these products.  No longer the case!!!!  I find the restrictive and heavy handed approach that Barnes and Noble has taken against its customers totally unacceptable.

               

              Please continue to share your expert advice and/or post via some other forum that BN cannot control.  I now do NOT trust BN at all and fear they use these same help forums against us by limiting our access to work arounds.  And they probably use these same work arounds to tighten their noose on us their customers.  Wow, totally unacceptable.

               

              Thanks again!!!!

              • Read This!!!!
                B&N if you do not return the ability to sideload apps from the android app store in the next month I will demand you to give my money back. And I will post a bad revew.
                • Re: [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps

                  Just wanted to say that I agree.  I've got five Nooks in our family now (four people - two original Nooks until just recently, we got three new Nook Touches).  I was prepared to have some limitations, but the B&N app store is woefully lacking, and honestly, I've bought dozens of books (some full price because they were not yet in paperback)... I have no problem buying from the B&N app store if the app I'm looking for is in it; otherwise I want the ability to get it elsewhere... I think it's fair if you won't sell me something I be able to get it elsewhere.  There's also some books you simply don't have and Amazon does - I want the kindle app.  I know you hate that, but it's for books I can't get from you anyway, so what's the problem?

                  • Re: [How-To] restore the ability to sideload apps
                    Adam wrote: "...I urge Barnes & Nobel to stop locking this feature which is used by "a small percentage of users". This "small percentage" are the geeks who recommend or denounce products vocally. The "small percentage" are the people whom are trusted to be asked for product recommendations on a regular basis by peers. Without the backing of geeks, this line is destined for failure. Currently I own one because it was given to me, however, I would never pay for such a locked product." I rooted my nook the same day that I bought it. I don't think I would still own the "tablet" if there weren't "geeks" like adamoutler, Indirect, and deangibson, among so many other fine people. Keep up the great work, gang! Also, to B&N: Gathering from your past practice - if Amazon opened a book store across the street from one of your stores, you would probably break both my legs to keep me fom walking over there to buy one of their books!