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The Misadventures of Quinxy von Besiex truths, lies, and everything in between

14Apr/11107

Complete Guide to Phiremod (CyanogenMod 7) Install and Configuration on Nook Color

Updated 5/3/2011 for latest Phiremod 6.2 (stay tuned for 6.3 which will likely include deep sleep and the return to stock battery life!)

If you are new to Nook Color operating system and install options, I strongly recommend reading this guide to picking your Nook Color operating system and installer.  If you're new to Android you can try Android for free on your computer with a virtual machine, before trying it for real on a device.

This guide and about 30 minutes will set you up with a Nook Color running the latest stable, available version of Google's Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.  You'll void your warranty, but get a slew of new features, performance benefits, and make your Kindled friends jealous as hell.  Oh, and did I mention Bluetooth support?  Your Nook Color can do VOIP (e.g., Skype), GPS navigation, can send music to wireless headets or stereos, and much more!  If you have any basic questions or run into trouble, please check out this Nook Color Modding FAQ which might save us both some time.

What is Phiremod?

Phiremod is a customized install of Android Gingerbread (in the form of CyanogenMod 7) that runs on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.  As distributed it is intended to replace the Nook Color's original, stock operating system, overwriting those portions of the internal memory (eMMC); there is a way to install to SD which will be mentioned below.  The customizations to CyanogenMod 7 are largely cosmetic, but include the addition of a few useful apps and the removal of certain features not relevant to a Nook Color (e.g., text messaging).  Phiremod's intended mechanism for install is via the de facto ROM manager, ClockworkMod, and its recovery console which allows you to do many things, including install and upgrade ROMs (and/or kernels).  If you want to avoid altering your Nook Color, see my guide to installing CyanogenMod 7 to SD card, but read my next item explaining my rationale for personally going with a phiremod, eMMC install; if you have problems with your SD cards you may need to either keep trying with new ones until it works or go with this eMMC install.

My goal in this document is to help less technical people through the slightly more technical and slightly more we-assume-you-know what-you're-doing original installation instructions,  covering things left out, additional problems you might encounter, and configuration you might want to do post install.  Phiremod is officially documented on PhireDrop's blog and on xda-dev.

Rationale for Phiremod eMMC install over Verygreen SD Install

While I've been generally pleased with my CyanogenMod 7 install to SD card, I've been plagued with certain serious problems that few others seem to report.  Those problems include frequent app "force close" errors and filesystem corruption.  The force close problems seem to occur most frequently with Google Apps (gapps) and Google Framework, but also other apps as well.  The filesystem corruption manifests itself as files suddenly becoming unreadable to the apps which created them.  When I directly look at the file system I find the files still exist, they have contents, and they have proper ownership/permissions but attempts to open them in their apps generate vague errors suggesting the app no longer recognizes their format.  Since I had previously experienced similar but more extreme problems with my Patriot LX class 10 card it seemed most likely that these problems were similarly related to my new SD card, a PNY class 4.  Rather than go out and buy more SD cards hoping to find one that worked flawlessly (and not being absolutely certain the problem wasn't related to something else) the best course of action seemed to be to try one of the Nook Color CyanogenMod 7 eMMC installs.  And, really, only one seems popular and regularly updated, that one being Phiremod.

While I was reluctant to give up the elegant warranty-preserving (arguable) SD-based install, losing the original ROM, losing the easy ability to upgrade when the new official Barnes & Noble ROM comes out this month, in all reality I'm never going to use the stock ROM anyway.  And, thanks to sources like the crew on xda-dev, stock ROMs are floating around in case I really do want or need to revert.

Another option is available, for those who want to try.  You can create a dual boot setup.  There would be little advantage for me, but it's worth noting for those who may need it.

Now that I've used an eMMC-based CM 7 install for a week I can confirm it has resolved all my problems with force closes and file corruption.  My Nook Color is now a truly stable platform.  So, if you are having trouble with your SD-cased CM 7 installs and have no other SD cards left to try, I strongly recommend you give in and try an eMMC install like phiremod.

Step 1: Install ClockwordMod

The phiremod install is a ClockworkMod (CWM) install, which means it is installed by going into the ClockworkMod Recovery console to install it.  This recovery mode is a special pre-OS environment where special recovery tools are available.  The easiest way to install CWM (that I currently know of) on a stock Nook Color is to use the Auto Nooter 3.0. rooting tool.  The process is pretty straight forward, and basically involves burning an image to an SD card, rebooting with that SD card, then configuring your Nook Color to enable the new features.  From what I understand some people (but only some) lose the use of the original Barnes & Noble e-reader software, though you can re-add a lesser version of it once you've got the new phiremod setup installed; a few users reported the loss of access to magazines and children's books.  If you need more help with ClockworkMod install see my unofficial manual for ClockworkMod.

Go perform Auto Nooter install now.

I strongly recommend that once you complete that process you go to the market and make sure ClockworkMod is updated (it is installed as part of Auto Nooter, but the version may be old).  ClockworkMod is listed in the Market and in your application screen as "ROM Manager" (not ClockworkMod).

Step 2: Install Phiremod

The following instructions are up to date as of 3 May 2011.  You may wish to double check them against the official blog if much time has elapsed since the last update.  If something changes, please post a comment and I'll update these instructions ASAP.

Phiremod 6.2 is the latest, but stay tuned for 6.3 which will likely include Dalingrin's CM 7 fixes that will allow the Nook Color to deep sleep like the stock Nook Color, meaning huge improvements in battery life!

Pre-Install Notes

  • This document covers an as distributed install to internal memory, if you want to install phiremod to an SD card instead of eMMC please consult this third-party guide.
  • For best battery performance, do the install on a Nook Color that has been charged overnight to 100%.  Battery statistics/calibration will be reset during the install, and those stats are what help your device charge its battery all the way.  Failing to do this may mean your device thinks half full is 100%, and it may take some time to unlearn this, leaving you with shorter battery life in the mean time.  You may also need to reset the battery statistics manually to correct this.

Instructions

  1. Download phiremod v6
  2. To be safe you should check the md5 of the files you download, or if you don't have a hash checking tool you can always use the archive "Test" feature in most Zip programs.  This step ensures your download wasn't corrupted and you won't end up with a Nook Color that's been badly flashed.
  3. Power off your Nook Color
  4. Boot into the latest ClockworkMod Recovery with the SD card re-inserted  (see instructions below if you don't know how)
  5. Format System and Data within ClockworkMod Recovery (see instructions below if you don't know how)
  6. Install phiremod zip within ClockworkMod Recovery (see instructions below if you don't know how)
  7. Reboot
  8. Let your Nook Color sit for 5 minutes or so to allow the various caches to build after first boot.
  9. Set the clock.  Go to Settings (app) > Date & Time > Uncheck "Automatic" and select your time zone.
  10. Log into wifi.  Go to Settings (app) > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi Settings and choose your wifi router.
  11. Run Market (app) and sign in.  Market will show up in the app drawer only if you have a network connection.  If it still doesn't show up, reinstall phiremod (repeat from step 4 on).
  12. Reboot

Getting into ClockworkMod Recovery Mode

To go into ClockworkMod Recovery you have two options, the first is to use the Reboot into Recovery option of the ROM Manager app (or power off option of a pre-existing recent OS) or the failsafe hardware key option.  The latter is achieved by following these instructions:

  • Turn off your Nook Color (hold the power button down so long that the device shuts off or shut it off from the shutdown menu, make sure it is not plugged into your computer otherwise it will turn itself back on!)
  • Press and hold the power and "N" buttons so long that the Nook Color turns itself on then after 8 - 10 seconds it will turn itself off.
  • Press the power button just long enough to turn it back on.
  • ClockworkMod Recovery will begin

ClockworkMod Install Tips

Installing phiremod is pretty easy, but the phiremod instructions assume you know how to navigate the ClockworkMod Recovery Console.  I'll lead you through the actual menu selections.

Navigation within ClockworkMod Recovery

  • Volume Up - moves the selector up a row
  • Volume Down - moves the selector down a row
  • "N" button - selects the current item
  • Power - back to the parent menu

Format System and Data

Per the phiremod instructions you need to clear the system and data on your eMMC installation.

In CWM you need to choose the following menu items:

  1. Select "Mounts and storage", press N
  2. Select "format system"
  3. Confirm by scrolling down to the appropriate row and pressing N
  4. Select "format data"
  5. Confirm by scrolling down to the appropriate row and pressing N

Install Phiremod

In CWM you need to choose the following menu items:

  1. Select "install zip from sdcard", press N
  2. Select "choose zip from sdcard", press N
  3. Select "phiremod-nook-V6.zip", press N

And then you wait patiently while it is installed.  Then reboot.

Wipe Dalvik-Cache

Any time you install a new kernel or new overall update, you need to reset the cache (see next entry) and the Dalvik-cache. 

In CWM you need to choose the following menu items:

  1. Select "Advanced", press N
  2. Select "Wipe Dalvik-Cache"
  3. Confirm by scrolling down to the appropriate row and pressing N

Wipe Dalvik-Cache

Any time you install a new kernel or new overall update, you need to reset the cache and the Dalvik-cache (see previous entry). 

In CWM you need to choose the following menu items:

  1. Select "Format Cache", press N
  2. Confirm by scrolling down to the appropriate row and pressing N

First Time Boot Slowness

On first boot the system will be slow as it generates lots of cache and dalvik cache contents.  The dalvik cache is a cache unique to the Java based architecture running on top of the OS. Each app you run (technically I think each class within each app) gets precompiled by the just in time (JIT) compiler into a file stat is stored in the dalvik cache.  This means future runs of the program will start much faster.  Since a fresh install has no such entry, each app which runs will cause one of these files to be generated.

That should be enough to get you started.

Step 3: Adding Important Apps

Phiremod (and CM 7 on which it is based) is great, but you'll need some other free apps to really get the best experience out of it.  The list had gotten rather long so I have now put it on its own page.  I strongly recommend you go now and install all of the free Must Have Apps for your Nook Color.

You can obviously add more apps at this time, but walking that list you will cover the basics and be in good shape to proceed.

Step 4: Overclocking!

The phiremod install includes a kernel which can do overclocking, so all you need to do is enable it.  It appears to be pretty stable, pretty safe, and potentially makes your Nook Color 40% faster than when you bought it!  It can arguably run faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom!

To turn on overclocking go to Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Performance > CPU Settings > Max CPU Frequency and select 1100.

You may also which to change the "Governor" to "Interactive" and the "Min CPU Frequency" to 800.

Step 5: Bluetooth

If you are planning to use the Bluetooth features, you'll want to check out the Bluetooth section of the FAQ.  It covers all the basics, including setting up a Bluetooth keyboard and GPS receiver.

Step 6: Backup

The easiest way to back up with a ClockworkMod enabled system is to use its backup system.  Boot into the recovery mode, see above, and then select "backup and restore" from the top level menu, then "backup".  The process takes about 10 - 15 minutes and writes a backup of your system to your SD card; make sure your SD card has sufficient room.  To back up individual applications and their data I recommend Titanium Backup as well as periodic backups of your SD card (either its individual contents or making an image of it).

Step 7: Keeping Up to Date

Once you've got your system up and running you'll inevitably want to update it as new bug fixes and features are released.  With a phiremod install this is done using, again, the ClockworkMod recovery console.

  1. Download the latest phiremod v6 (this is the full install)
  2. To be safe you should check the md5 of the files you download, or if you don't have a hash checking tool you can always use the archive "Test" feature in most Zip programs.  This step ensures your download wasn't corrupted and you won't end up with a Nook Color that's been badly flashed.
  3. Reboot into recovery (choose the Reboot into Recovery from the Power Off menu or use the alternative power + N method)
  4. Format Cache partition within ClockworkMod Recovery (see instructions above if you don't know how).  (Do not format the Dalvik-Cache yet, it's a separate menu choice, but it'll lock up your system, so we save that step for last.)
  5. Install phiremod zip within ClockworkMod Recovery (see instructions above if you don't know how)
  6. Format the Dalvik-Cache from within the Advanced menu. 
  7. Your system will likely lock up after it wipes the Dalvik-Cache, so just power off by holding the power button and then power back on.

NOTE:
Some users experience wifi problems on power on, just enable and disable wifi in the settings app to fix; this may occur on every power reset.

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  1. Thanks for the info.

  2. Hey Quinxy!
    Don’t know if you have been following but it looks like dalingrin has fixed the sleep issue on CM7 *rejoice*! How does this relate to phiremod… can a sleep allowing kernel be unzipped onto phiremod 6.2 from clockword recovery or will we have to wait for phiredrop to release a new build of phiremod based off of the updated CM7 whenever it arrives?
    Thanks!

  3. Joe

    That’s great news, thanks for passing it along! As for using the dalingrin kernel, yes, you should just be able to just ClockworkMod to install it on top of the phiremod install. Just download the latest Dalingrin kernel (as the zip it is) for CM 7 eMMC and then use this for the upgrade. I haven’t ever done this, but it certainly should work.

  4. So just to be clear, what he has posted now at the following link:
    http://kan.gd/gnk
    is not the kernel but the full installation which will remove phiremod and replace it with a no-market CM7 installation, correct?

  5. Ah, ok, you are correct. And I checked his kernel thread and since nothing is there related to this either he hasn’t gotten around to releasing just the kernel or there might be more involved (other libraries on which the fix depends). So, I’d wait for the phiredrop release. Phiremod is obviously just a repackaging of CM 7, so there’s a greater than zero chance a CM 7 install over a phiremod install could be fine… but… I wouldn’t try it without a fresh backup and a whole afternoon free and evening free in case it goes horribly wrong.

  6. What kind of battery life are you getting with CM7? Do you know if the sleep issue with CM7 has been resolved?

  7. Walt,

    People complain about battery life, and I know it’s not as good as it will be (as it was with stock), but I’m still quite impressed. I can head out in the morning with it, use it to listen to audio all day (screen off), and use it for browsing, news, emailing, etc. (screen on) for a few hours, and the battery still has a bit of life left. Obviously I look forward to the deep sleep fix, but for my use pattern I’m still pretty pleased. Dalingrin has released an update for the sleep issue, but I think it’s not quite ready for general use, no updated OC kernel has been generally released. You having a poor experience with battery life?

  8. I’m sometimes running CM7 on anSD card, and I lose about 2-3% of the battery per hour when not doing anything. Therefore I mostly run eclair off the internal memory. I don’t see a reason to go to froyo right now.

  9. I am doing it step by step and it keeps giving me an error7 and aborts. i used autonooter before and have 1.1 using the latest CWM

  10. Carygep,

    Hmm, I have never heard of this before. What is giving you the error? Make sure the phiremod zip is good and uncorrupted, verifying the md5. Since this doesn’t happen to most people I think some step must have gone wrong.

  11. Thanks for the info. I’ve got phiremod 6.2 installed in rom, and it’s really nice (battery issue excepted). But I have a basic question that you haven’t addressed in your rom vs sd discussion. Lots of Android apps won’t work right without a /sdcard filesystem present. In CM7 (and phiremod), this is the physical micro SD, and the internal emmc is mounted at /emmc. Since I’d like to be able to keep my SD card free for further experiments in boot from sd mode, I’d like to change the fstab to mount the emmc as /sdcard. Haven’t been able to find any resource willing to comment on the advisability of that. The best advice I’ve found is ‘buy a spare SD card’, but I’m all for making the most of what’s built in. Seems silly to waste all that emmc memory.

    If I mess with the mount points, I’m guessing ClockworkMod’s recovery mode would detect the phisical sd card for flashing new stuff (but I’m not 100% confident about that). If so, that should limit the potential damage.

    Would you care to comment on this issue – or could you point me to an ongoing discussion somewhere else? Thanks.

    Hmmm… I just found this, which claims to swap the mount points. Either way, care to comment? Good idea?

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1034939

  12. It might be worthwhile to remind people to use Titanium Backup on their apps BEFORE updating.

  13. They fixed sleep in CM7! Lacking a baby-steps guide from you I have already begun to do irreversible damage to my nook ;)

  14. Joe,

    Let me know how it goes! I’ve been waiting to see it make it into official phiremod. I’m not so bothered by my battery life that I’m rushing into it. :)

  15. TLC,

    Good point!

  16. Awesonme write-up! I was just about to give up on putting CM7 on my Nook. I couldn’t get the MArket and Google apps to show up. Drove me crazy. Worked on one Nook, but not my friends.

    Anyway, my question is regarding BT. I desperately want to use my BT heaphones to listen to music and videos, but here’s the behaviour I’m seeing.

    1) As noted by all, distance sucks, BUT, I found that if you turn the Nook to landscape you can get at least 3 feet out of it – I haven’t tried longer distances, yet. More than enough.

    2) Only music works with the BT headphones. Videos stall, are choppy, or completely just don’t play. Really sucks big time, because that’s my main use for them – watching movies on a plane. I’m talking mp4 clips. I don;’t know why BT affects the actual playing of the video. Very strange, to me.

    I’d love to see if anyone has mp4′s playing on BT headphones. I’m not interested so much in making calls and all that; just listening to music and vids.

    Thanks again!! If I can clear this up, I won’t bother upgrading to some other “real” tablet.

    Eric

  17. Eric, this may not be a useful suggestion for you, I don’t have any direct solutions, but what about a bluetooth audio dongle? For $10 – 20 you’d run the short cable out of the audio jack and into the little bluetooth box you could velcro to the back of your Nook. Not ideal, of course, but you’d get great range and it would solve your immediate problem. And when/if the range problem is fixed you’d be all set.

  18. Great guide! I’m wondering about Bluetooth headphones, though. They only works for music, and only when I turn the Nook to landscape orientation. Portrait gets me about 5 inches whereas landscape is at least 3 or 4 feet, as long as there is a clear line of sight between my headphones and the Nook. Very strange. and video clips – mp4 – don’t play at all or play extremely badly to the point of being completely useless. If I turn off BT, then they play fine.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    Eric

  19. Oops! I didn’t realize my post went through yesterday. sorry for the re-post.

    @quinxy: I didn’t know they made such a thing! I would have done this a long time ago. I know they make them for USB ports, but I didn’t know they had them for audio jacks. Killer.

  20. Hi , works great but my laptop does not recognize it anymore. Any tricks

  21. Patrice, your comment is unclear. Your laptop no longer recognizes what? The Nook Color connected by USB? The SD card inserted in the card reader?

  22. Sorry ,
    My laptop does not recognize my nook when it’s plugged in the usb port . I use window 7 and ubuntu. Same result.Thanks for the quick reply.

    Pat

  23. PS my sd card is in the nook

  24. Pat, I think this is just a bit of confusion about how things work under CM 7 / Phiremod. Whereas having the USB cable connected caused the SD card to be automatically mounted under stock Nook Color firmware, with CM 7 you turn that on when you want it. When connected by USB open up the status window and there will be a line item there saying something like “enable USB sharing” or something. Touch that and then when the app launches enable it. Your SD card files will now be visible on your computer.

  25. Thanks Quinxy for you time. I tried on my other computer . It detect a movable disk but I can not transfer files . I am not sure also where to look for the ”enable usb sharing” Is that on the computer or on the nook.
    Thank you again for answering my questions it ‘s very kind of you.

    Patrice

  26. I just read on android forum that when i plug my nook on usb ,I should have a green light on the upper left corner . I don’t have that . No green little men either .

    Thanks

    Patrice

  27. Hi, ill try to stick to bullet points, thanks for writing the guide
    how to use the text messaging and the Google voice
    will the hands free earbuds work for making phone calls,or at all
    is there a rom that has striped all the phone features out?
    running phire6.2 w/1.3 oc- how to disable cell phone crap?
    opinion, getting a hotspot and that micro web cam/microphone good for Skype stuff? Or just get a lap/ netbook?

  28. Chris,

    What cell phone crap are you talking about? I see no vestigial bits of cell phone stuff in Phiremod (and almost nothing in stock CM 7). At the moment, sadly, I haven’t seen any evidence that Bluetooth headsets currently work to the point that Skype or Google Voice are viable. People who use the headsets complain that they barely work, that there is so much lag and CPU impact that it’s insufferable. So for now I think there is no solution for microphone/audio in, and certainly nothing for any sort of webcam. You’d be much better off with a cheap netnook, cell phone with user facing camera, or real tablet.

  29. Quinxy,
    Do you have to reset the overclock inputs each time you boot up? I change the CPU settings under CyanogenMod Settings as you described above but as soon as I reboot they are changed back.

  30. Quinxy
    Found it in the same location.

  31. I somehow managed to install CM7 without first rooting my Nook. The whole Autonooter thing didn’t look to appetizing to me–I couldn’t understand some of the directions I found, and it didn’t look like Eclair or Froyo was something I wanted anyway. So thanks for these clear, easy-to-follow directions, sir. I’m looking at installing Phiremod because (if I’m reading you right) it’s a little more personalized for NC than the Encore mod that the Cyanogen folks put together. However, I thought I should note that the directions I followed from here allowed me to skip over the rooting process, which I think may be easier for some: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=Barnes_%26_Noble_Nook_Color:_Full_Update_Guide

    That process uses Clockwork Recovery as well. Maybe I’m repeating stuff you already know, but since you mentioned using AutoNooter and I skipped over that part, I thought it was worth mentioning that there are alternatives.

  32. hi
    just wanted to say that you do not need to root/run autonooter to install clockworkmod.

    you can simply install clockworkmod on a bootable SDcard using the following instructions
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=987735
    or http://nookdevs.com/NookColor:_CyanogenMod_Installation

    then put the phiremod zip into the same sdcard,
    boot from the sdcard, format the necessary drives, and install from sdcard!

  33. Hi i just bought a nook color and it have the last Nook update is it safe to install CWM from Colin link?
    Thanks

  34. Also wanted to know if auto nooter works on nook with latest update

    Thanks

  35. Fabrizio, I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to that. I’d check the XDA developer forums. I’ve not been following that topic as closely in the last couple of weeks since I’ve not had to deal with it personally. If I see something I’ll post back here, but I’m sure you’ll find the answer quickly on an XDA thread, including the AutoNooter question.

  36. Quinxy,

    Do you continuously update your CM7? I just came from XDA and they are saying that a newer nightly version is stable and worth updating to (didn’t read about anything in particular that makes it worth it). I was just wondering what improvements you are aware of; speech to text would be a great add but somehow I doubt that is in the offing.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

  37. Jim

    I’m afraid I haven’t been so good about keeping up with the updates for the last 2-3 weeks. I did catch up a bit yesterday and will likely try some of the exciting new things like the USB hos, the deep sleep fix, and the even faster overclocking. The problem was I got sort of content with my Nook Color just working and the idea of screwing up my device in the quest for some new non-critical (to me) feature just wasn’t huge, because you know how it goes, maybe all goes well, but if something goes wrong suddenly you’ve lost the rest of the afternoon as you try to figure out how to fix it. But I do want to try out the USB host stuff, that’s the most compelling new item. Phiremod 6.3 is out, with 7.0 being tested, and I need to try those, but same deal, I see some people report serious problems they have with this or that and I think, “But my device works just great now…” :) It’s funny how fast we can lose our desire to pay in blood for living at the bleeding edge, at least that’s true for me sometimes.

  38. Quinxy,

    My thought exactly; if it ain’t broke mindset. The NC usefulness is as an eReader and a heavy one at that. Until wifi is ubiquitous that will not change. I “upgraded” to the latest nightly and in exchange for the screen collapsing to a thin white line, ala Outer Limits intro, when entering sleep mode I lost video and over-clocking ability. These losses are not significant to me although I hate losing an ability having had it. I have to add my battery discharge seems improved however.

    The one thing I have enjoyed is “meeting” all the great people involved in this evolving project. Who knows maybe one day this does become an indispensable tool. Until then I’ll try to counteract the Quadimodo posture I’m developing in spending time on this thing.

  39. I just came from a verygreen thread after seeing your comment on the sdcard install regarding the usb hosting (btw, a big thanks). He is really making some advances on this; amazing work. Sounds like speech to text is proceeding.

    “Problems” that I pointed out after upgrading to CM7 Nightly have pretty much resolved themselves. I installed the OC kernal again but this time I took it from the developer’s website; working perfectly. Video from YouTube is performing flawlessly.

    I am sure this is a common issue but when recharging the cable “N” turns green but the battery internal monitor states in the low 90′s. I believe I saw something that talks about a battery refresh maybe in CWM. Once again, not a biggie but if you have any thoughts I’d like to hear them.

  40. So, as I’m reading more about installing Phiremod, it seems to be a completely different process that installing Autonooter and CM7. Am I correct? No directions I find discuss writing the image file and copying over the files that I’ve downloaded. Any directions only say to go into Rom Manager.

    - Surely lost!!

  41. And the file phiremod-nook-v7-Test-2.tar.gz become *.tar which is still not readable to write onto the SDcard. Am I going about this all wrong? I really hope that someone can help me understand the process better. Thanks.

  42. Someone told me now that I do not have to ‘write’ any file to the disk. I can simply copy and paste. Well, nothing is happening. It looks like my same rooted Nook. I even re-booted into Recovery and still nothing. It just takes me to my home screen.

    Autonooter was a cinch. This is so confusing and every set of directions is different. : ( Can really use some help.

  43. Finally, I think that I figured things out. I have Phiremod up and running on my Nook. How do I go back to reading? Do I need to download a reading app now?

  44. Nice to see your site with tutorials back up!!

  45. Good Day,

    What a fantastic website! Your guides are absolutely FANTASTIC. Could you please answer the questions or provide a link to the answers? Please help!

    1. What utility and procedure would I follow to back up the stock Nook Color partitions in ROM to include the stock Nook Color apps I have installed?

    2. What utility and procedure would I follow to back up the apps I have purchased from the Android Market place for CM7 running off the SD card?

    3. I have update-cm-7.0.0-encore-signed.zip installed. I want to update to a cm_encore_full-177.zip. Do I use win32image to “burn” the new nightly to the SD card? Or, do I drag and drop the new
    nightly to the SD card? If yes, on which directory (folder) on the SD card do I place the new nightly build?

    Thank you!
    Steve

  46. i wanna know if on the nook color you can log into google voice accounts and get the two digit verification code and have google make the call to forward the google number into someones phone? that the whole proccess of loggin in and getting the code can be completed using the nook color?

  47. Hello Quinxy!

    First of all, I want to recognize your extensive knowledge; and the magnificent guides you have written. I also want to thank you for taking the time to read and answer questions.

    I have been using CyanogenMod7 (7.1.0) for a while installed to the Nook Color EMMC. Everything has been working fine, with 452 apps installed. Life WAS good.

    I had the “brilliant” idea to revert back to having the Nook stock firmware on the EMMC to them copied it to the SD card so that when I boot from the SD card I have the standard Nook environment. Before copying the stock EMMC firmware to the SC card, I updated to the Nook stock 1.3 version.

    After I successfully copied to the SD card the Nook stock 1.3 version, I used an SD card to repartition and re-format EMMC to the original 1.1 partitioning schema. I then installed CyanogenMod7 (7.1.0) on the EMMC. Everything works fine, including booting the Nook stock 1.3 version from the SD card I created for that purpose.

    Here is the problem.- I cannot restore the Titanium Backup containing all 452 apps. It makes it to 162; or install new apps because I am getting:
    As a notification => “Low on space. Phone storage space is getting low”
    When installing an app => “Insufficient storage available”

    What to do?? Please help.

    Thank you!

    Edwin
    “Insufficient storage available”

  48. Edwin

    An obvious question is… Is Titanium Backup wrong about your running out of space? You obviously have a hell of a lot of apps and I can imagine that they with their settings and cache data could take up quite a bit of room. Where is it trying to put the apps? Assuming it’s telling you the truth that it’s running out of room it obviously needs to write elsewhere. Titanium Backup has batch jobs for moving apps2sd, I think. I’m afraid without knowing more that’s all I can think of.

    Q

  49. Hello Quinxy!

    Thank you for the reply.

    I am pulling my hair out. Before I installed the stock Nook firmware on back on EMMC, wiping out clockwork and CM7 7.1.0, I was running CM7 with 452 apps. I am assuming they were installed internally since I did not move or installed any apps to an SD card. I must have messed up the internal partitions when I went back to the Nook stock; and later re-partitioned and re-formatted the internals to go back to the 1.1 stock partition schema before installing CM7. I understand CM7 will not install if the partitions are not set to the stock 1.1 partition schema (table).

    I get the insufficient storage error after restoring from Titanium Backup app #162. I also get the error if I attempt to install an app from Market Place.

    Do you know what the size of the internal partitions are? I wonder if I can re-size then with EASEUS partition manager after using the app you described in one of your postings to mount any partition.

    Thank you for all your help and suggestions!

    Edwin


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