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

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A collection of guides, reviews, and information related to gadgets, hardware, software, and all other things.

Nook Color Guides

Some helpful resources to build and maintain the most amazing tablet you've ever seen.  It may not rival Apple's iPad or Motorola's Xoom in features but for its price (about $250), utility (it's screen is just big enough to be comfortable, just small enough to fit easily in a jacket pocket), and style (it's got a quirky, rugged charm that grows on you), the the Barnes & Noble Nook Color is awesome.  It was not intended to be a tablet, it was intended to be an e-reader, but clever folks have made it possible.

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Let me know if these guides are useful!  It's your kind words that keep me encouraged.

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  1. Thank you for your great guides. I have used your guide to install CM7 on my sd card, and am very happy with the OS, just can’t use marketplace due to wifi issues (have tried reinstalling, and adjusting my home wireless network etc). The current native nook OS is v 1.2. I am a total noob, and don’t use adb. I am considering using your phiremod install guide to install to internal memory. I would really appreciate a complete guide for reinstalling the nook OS to internal memory (so I have a backup plan if I still have wifi issues). Thank you again for all your work.

  2. Shiny

    Thanks. I haven’t been able to find a short and sweet way to restore a 1.2 internal ROM which is why I haven’t documented one. In the FAQ I do cover (vaguely, but with appropriate links) the only method I’ve found which involves going back to 1.01 then sideloading (installing from computer) to 1.1. And from there 1.2 would presumably be easy. But it’s obviously a circuitous route.

  3. shiny,
    DON’T try to install to internal memory on a 1.2 firmware nook. i bricked mine and used the following guide as a restore method:
    http://theunlockr.com/2011/02/14/how-to-restore-the-nook-color-to-stock/
    it has a link for a 1.0.1 full restore. then go to bn’s website to grab the 1.2 firmware and update there.
    until then, i think we just need to wait for a stable autonooter release to work with 1.2.

  4. Thanks for your helpful guides! Installed CM7 to internal memory and much better compared to running from SD. Will not look back.

  5. THANK YOU for your wonderful guides to putting the multiple flavors of android on the nook color. Your site was the only one that was well organized, easy to read (technical but not assumptive), and most importantly was the only one to address the not all SD cards are equal in this process. I originally bought a class 10 16 GB Patriot card and had nothing but troubles with the Honeycomb install (it would boot once and then get stuck on the blue “android” text with the flashing cursor next time I tried to boot). After reading your site I ordered a SanDisk 8 GB class 4 card and am hoping for a much smoother attempt once it arrives. Also I’m moving away from Honeycomb for now and installing CM7 Gingerbread on the SD card based on your recommendation. Thank you!

  6. Phil, thanks, yes, Honeycomb is cool, but if your main goal is to have a very reliable/usable tablet, CyanogenMod in one of its various forms is the only way to go.

  7. hi quinxy, i really enjoy and
    appreciate your guides. I’ve now
    succeeded in installing the stable
    version of CM7 on my new nook
    color using evergreen installer.
    But i cannot yet play youtube
    videos because i cannot download
    Adobe Flash Player 10.3 from the
    android market. There is no
    DOWNLOAD button for this app (!)
    although i have been able to
    download Dolphin etc. from the
    market. I tried to find an
    earlier version than 10.3 but
    without success. Any advise and
    help will be much appreciated. I’m
    a noobie to android and CM7, so
    feel a bit lost right now.

  8. Thanks for the wonderful guides. But unfortunately I am suffering from brain overload from all the tutorials out there. I guess I can attribute it to my unfamiliarity all the new terminology when it comes to Android.

    I have Cyanogen on my Nook via uSD and I would like to make it better but don’t know where to begin.
    By better I mean the ability to:

    1. download Netflix
    2. run The Economist without it saying that I can’t because there’s not enough room on the uSD.
    3. being able to read magazines using the Nook app. Right now my wife can only read books. But even with that she tells me that her book marks get corrupted.

    So, if you don’t feel that my asking this is out of place I would really appreciate it if you can give me some pointers.

    Best Regards,
    Chris

    Android Ver.: 2.3.4
    Kernel Ver.: 2.6.32.9
    Mod Ver.: CyanogenMod-7.1.0-RC1-encore
    Build #: GRJ22

  9. Chris –

    Your problems are almost certainly related to the SD card issues I’ve spoken about, that your SD car is for whatever reason not “compatible” enough with the Nook to read/write reliably. There’s nothing wrong with your SD card, it’s just this strange as yet inadequately explained (so far as I know) issue related to speed/performance expectations between OS and SD card. Your best bet to resolve all your problems is going to be an install to the eMMC (internal memory). You can do a dual boot setup, which would let you keep the internal setup as well. Or, you could try to find another SD card which doesn’t manifest quite so many problems.

  10. Without your guides I would not have discovered how and why to CM7 my new nook (running off SD). Many thanks

    The following is not critisism, just observations that might help others.

    New SanDisk 4GB Class 4 failed miserably. IO errors during install (my advice: pay attention to what is scrolling by – if you see errors, then you are wasting your time proceeding to the next steps). Stats (using SanDiskMobileMate):
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.017 MB/s [ 4.0 IOPS]

    Went down market to a PNY 2GB No Class (2), and got 0 errors during install, and it seems to be working OK. Stats not wonderful – but 5 times faster than SanDisk:
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.093 MB/s [ 22.7 IOPS]

    CM7 7.0.3 cannot enter recovery mode using either reboot or 2-finger juggling – this was declared to be a fact elsewhere. The recommendation was to use newer than 7.0.3.

    I’m running 7.1.0-RC1, Google Apps easy to install through reboot.

    BN-Nook Reader (for Android) claimed to be not compatibly and thus would not download.
    Adobe Flash did the same. Went to the Web Download interface and found that it knew that I was a Nook Colour! No wonder these apps are refusing! Is this a new feature :-( in 7.1.0?

    In my quest to find the best format for reading an O’Reilly book, I downloaded several versions.
    The apk is very smooth and is excellent quality (both in landscape and portrait), but I need to get rid of the bottom menu (auto-hide would be cool). Unfortunately, the pages get slightly off-cut on the left-right margin as the chapter progresses (re-syncs at the beginning of each chapter). Is this the Nook (CM7) advertising the wrong width or the app not being able to do math correctly? The effect is the same in both landscape and portrait. Do I have any control of these dimensions?

    PDF is fine in landscape but is eye-straining in portrait. Pages align correctly. In landscape shame there’s no way (that I have found) to make the pages scroll vertically between pages.

  11. Further to my comments above, when I visit the MarketPlace from by laptop signed into gmail, and try to download AdobeFlash 11, it knows that my only registered device is a “Bn NookColor”. That seems like bad news.

  12. I now own 2 SanDisk 4GB Class-4 that give simiar IO errors with verygreen’s generic SD card bootcode (V1.3) in 2 different nook colours. Very odd. The install doesn’t stop, and if you go on to reboot the likely result is a hang (which others are seeing).

    I tried cloning my (good) installed PNY 2GB onto the Sandisk – but it went into a continuous reboot cycle.

    SanDisk provide a MS win app that optimizes writing to its cards from a PC. Stores encrypted (config) info in the root of the volume.

    I have seen reference to these cards exposing timing data which is used by mmc drivers to optimise performance. Any chance our driver is getting it wrong?

    http://openpandora.org/pipermail/firmware-dev/2011-May/000140.html is interesting. (wiki tells me that the NC also has an OMAP processor). I also note that verygreen is working on porting the OMAP code to encore (https://github.com/verygreen/ti-omap-encore-kernel/wiki) which leaves me wondering where the CM7 mmc code comes from.

    (Quinxy – please move this to a more appropriate thread if you wish)

  13. I’m wondering if i have to uninstall what auto-nooter did before going to CM7? I’m still running a nook color 1.0.1 with auto-nooter-2.12.25.

  14. I hope this helps …I modded the wifes Nook color 21/10/11 using a microSD 16gb card.

    Google apps. installed and able to download and run, Angry Birds(sorry just had to ), Nook for android, Netflix, Adobe flash, Adobe reader and a few more. Was able to turn on bluetooth and see my phone listed …did not pair.

    Anyways ….I followed this guide (sorry Quinxy) and then updated to this build … cm_encore_full-253.zip from the nightlies. So far so good. The wife was able to log into BN via the Nook app. and download her books.

    I hope this helps.

  15. Handy if I added the url to the guide I followed …. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1000957

  16. I am trying to copy the 130M verygreen’s sd img to the uSD (PNY class 6 8GB) but i keep getting a error8 can’t find the geometry. Should I reformat? Should I make multiple partitions or just one?

  17. ANy reviews on CM9 ICS


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