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Posts Tagged: Nook color

Nook Color Gets Ubuntu!

January 7, 2011   By:

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As we got tablets floating around in our forums, it is only natural that people will look at them and say “hmm…. what if we try and make this one better?” XDA member devastatorx has prepared a guide to allow users to run Ubuntu on the Nook Color. The devices like tablets should be ideal for this OS as they don’t have the limitation of a relatively small screen like the smartphones do (even if the HD2 has a 4.3 inch screen, it is still small for a computer’s standard). According to the dev, the idea sprung from looking at the Ubuntu project for the Nexus One.

The guide provided is pretty clear with all the necessary instructions and downloads, but keep in mind that this is a work in progress, so there will be bugs to be expected. If you feel that you can provide support or feedback to the dev, please do so.

You will have to be rooted for this to work.

Update 1/5/11
Changed the install and loader scripts re-compressed and uploaded, new download link. Stream lined the installation process (removed 5 steps)

Update 1/4/11

reflect changes to ubuntu.sh and bootubuntu scripts and streamlining the process. Added screenshots

You can find more information in the port thread.

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battery car

Many of our members have noted a thing or two about the Nook Color, but XDA member xboxexpert hit the nail on the head while trying to remove useless processes from the device. As the device is not a phone, having the Cell Standby process running in the background is kinda silly. Particularly, when this process is responsible, for the most part, for the most common battery drain on Android devices. In any case, the dev put together a script to remove this process and as an added bonus, he saw his battery life skyrocket. So, if you think your Nook isn’t up to par with its battery life, it seems that getting it to realize the fact that it is not a phone has a nice effect on it.

Proceed with caution and make sure that you read all the warnings in the first post. Apparently, there are side effects if this script is run before the Setup Wizard has completely finished.

I have a feeling poster before me copied and pasted this from somewhere because notice how in his first sentence he says “Phone.apk and TelephonyProvider.apk” but then his script says “Mms.apk”….what happened to Phone.apk because there is no Mms.apk in the system folder on any Nook I have. So below is the corrected script and also this entire process in done in dos instead of in adb;

You can find more information in the hack thread.

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Auto-Nooter for NookColor

December 19, 2010   By:

Nook-Color

There are lots of rooting tools available for various Android mobile devices and now there is an ‘Auto-Nooter’ for the Nook Color.

Auto-Nooter is an automated nooter file to streamline the rooting process and has been tested by the developer, XDA forum member GabrialDestruir and other members.

The tool has the following features:

  • Installs SU and Superuser.apk
  • Installs Busybox
  • Installs Softkeys 2.0.2
  • Installs NookColor Tools to enable non-market installs
  • Installs Calendar and Calculator
  • Installs Android Market, GMail, YouTube
  • Enables Multi-Touch for Android apps
  • Enables Live Wallpapers
  • App Auto Install

Note that to use Auto-Nooter, you must update to 1.0.1.

For more information and to download the file, visit the forum thread.

NookColor Auto Config

December 15, 2010   By:

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If you’re tired of having to manually configure the mods and settings for your Nook Color, look no further as XDA forum member Mistar Muffin has helpfully written a linux script to do it all for you.

The script automatically does the following:

  • Enable APK installs directly on the device
  • Enable Live Wallpapers
  • Enable Multitouch for certain apps (Google Maps etc)
  • Download and extract the Google Apps to the proper place on your NC and set permissions
  • Download and install YouTube
  • Edit build.prop and packages.xml to enable Gmail and Market
  • Generate an AndroidID for the Market. The Android emulator is no longer required
  • Modify the fingerprint of your device to emulate a Verizon Droid Eris running Android 2.1. This will let you access protected apps in the Market that would otherwise be hidden.

You will need to connect the Nook Color via USB. Be sure to eject both the 4GB internal partition and the SDcard before running the script.

For more information including how to download the script, head on over to the forum thread.

nook loading

So, you just got a Nook and want to use your favorite launcher instead of Nook’s stock, but doing so will prevent you from placing shortcuts to your favorite books. XDA member mad5427 figured out a way to place these shortcuts and links to your favorite materials in the Home screen of other launchers like ADW or Zeam. The guide is relatively easy to follow and will allow you to have everything you need at your fingertips. The only caveat is that you will need to be rooted in order to get the device to recognize them as shortcuts. The device will open them with whatever pdf app you want it to open.

If you were missing having your favorite books handy because you rooted the device, this is your chance to go back to the way you like it. The dev has only tested on two launchers but if any of you can test on a different one and give some feedback, it would be great to add to the guide.

I figured out how to put sideloaded content like books, comics, pdf files, etc. onto your homescreen. This was, for me, the last essential task I desired. This device is now what I consider perfect. Everything from here on out is just bonus.

This is assuming you are rooted and now using ADW or Zeam as your launcher. This won’t put shortcuts on your B&N Home screen, but words for the two listed above. I haven’t tried any other launchers.

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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nook-color-xl

There are many mods for mobile phone boot animations, and now XDA forum member Mistar Muffin has posted a tutorial to help Nook Color owners change the boot animations on their devices.

You will need to download the rar file, extract and rename accordingly, and then copy onto your device using adb commands.

The bootanimation.zip included in the file is from CM5 for the Droid1. After the words ‘DROID’ comes the red pulsing eye as it loads. If your preference is the stock FroYo boot animation that just says ‘Android’, the forum member has stated that if you can post it, he will update the zip with the new animation.

For full instructions and to download the zip file, head on over to the forum thread.

softkeys

If you’re a Nook Color owner and would like a menu/back key for times when the notification bar is not displayed, look no further!

XDA forum member bpk originally tried changing the key layout to map the hard volume up /down keys to the menu/back functions. However on second thought, he thought the hardkeys may not stand up to the wear and tear so decided to hack up an app to create the desired soft keys.

The hack works so that pressing the Nook button brings up the app. It then runs a program on your device to inject the hardware keys, as root – and hence superuser access is required.

For more information and to download the apk, head on over to the modification thread.

nook-color

Since there seems to be quite a bit of demand for new developments on the Nook Color, it looks like XDA member whgarner decided to post a guide that he found on how to root the Nook Color using Windows 7. Rooting this device will probably allow you to do a lot more with it than just its original intent. The guide is very complete (over 50 steps to follow!) and you need to have some knowledge of ADB. Freeing up Tablets seem to be the latest trend in our community, so if you are a Nook owner, check it out and free your device from its chains!

this from rad131304 not me, thank you

Windows 7 Sideload Instructions
Hope this helps some people – I tried to be very step-by-step about it.

Again, thank you Pokey9000, the guys and gals from the IRC channel, and everybody else for all of your hard work! 99.9% of this is an aggregation of what is already in this thread; some of it comes from nookdevs also.

You will need the following applications on your Windows 7 computer:

  • cygwin (www dot cygwin dot com)
  • Android Debug Bridge (ADB) – this comes with the android SDK
  • Android USB Drivers – this comes with the android SDK

You can find more information in the guide thread.

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Who would have thought that we would feature a product made exclusively for Barnes & Noble (book store in the US for those in other countries)? It seems that B&N is jumping onto the Android bandwagon as well with the newest version of the Nook reader. This is probably the delayed response to Apple, Sony, and other manufacturers who jumped into what seemed their “niche” market. Well, for those who got their hands on one of these during this Black Friday, we now have a section for it to develop and improve this new Tablet. On top of that, another member of the Galaxy series has joined our family, the Galaxy 3. This is another Android device, which is a bit lower range, but with good specs and promise.

If you are the lucky owner of either (or both) of these devices, you will feel right at home when you visit XDA the next time around.

Visit the Nook Color‘s Home and the Galaxy 3‘s Home

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