A Couple of Updates on Previous Posts

This is a follow-up to two previous posts of ours:

  1. NOOKcolor Hack
  2. IR Camera Hack

Let’s start off with the NOOK.

  1. NOOKcolor Hack:
    We mentioned in that post that we didn’t know of a way to “unroot” the NOOK; now we do. Recently we successfully reset the NOOK to factory defaults. To accomplish this, make sure the NOOK is powered off. Then power it on — wait until the “CyanogenMod” screen with the rotating icon pops up. As soon as that screen pops up, hold down the power button until the NOOK turns off, then wait a few seconds. Repeat 7x (for a total of eight boot interruptions). After the eighth one your NOOK will do one of two things: it will either A) start up as a NOOK by reinstalling the default boot image, or B) you will have to reset it by turning it on again while holding down the volume up (+) button at the same time. After that, you should be good to go.
  2. IR Camera Hack:
    We announced in that post that we didn’t know if you could replace the IR filter, making it a risky hack. About two weeks ago we were in need of another camera for a production, and so decided to try to replace the filter, and we were able to do so successfully, and the camera is now functioning normally. If you are going to do this, just make sure you have the filter and the rubber seals that go around it.

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Hacked Nook Color runs Android 4.2

The other day I grabbed my Barnes & Noble Nook Color and thought, “This is pathetic.” But that has changed…

Picture of Nook Color running Android 4.2

I’d tried to do this mod before, by installing Android onto a microSD card and then powering the Nook off the SD card. The main problem with that was, that although Android actually ran, it was SLOW as *BEEP*!

So yesterday I decided to try it again, but do it differently. The main advantage to doing the root from an SD card is that it’s all on the SD card, so if you remove the SD card, “Voilah!” you have a Nook Color again. The main disadvantage is speed. As you know, microSD cards are storage only, which means that they have no RAM. Although the RAM on the Nook Color helped some, it was still, as I said before, very slow and laggy.

This time, I installed a ROM image onto my SD card, then put in, still as zip files CyanogenMod 10.1.3, a zip to repartition data, and a zip to reformat data, as well as the matching version of Google Apps. That way, instead of installing the files to the SD card, I installed them onto the Nook, which actually replaced the Nook Color operating system with the Android OS. Why do that? Improved performance, as well as being able to run Android without the SD card in the Nook, meaning that I can take the installation files off of the card, then put it back into the Nook as extra storage. That means it truly is now a tablet equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The only difference? The Nook only has 256 MB of RAM (memory), which is about as much as the Droid X and other early smartphones. That said, the only game that I haven’t been able to play very well (and so I deleted it) because of that is Deer Hunter 2014, which has incredible graphics, and lots of movement.

I’m pretty sure there is a way to turn it back into a Nook Color, but at the moment, I haven’t done much research on it and I don’t really want it to be a Nook anyway. Why would I do that when I now have an awesome Android tablet for a quarter of the price? I can always download the Nook app!

Want to know how to do this? Leave a comment and let me know!

-The Editor.