After I upgraded my Nook Color firmware to v1.3.0 I was back to a non-rooted eBook reader, which meant no access to the Android Market with lots of free games for my Kids to play. The Barnes and Noble App Store does have a fair amount of Apps, and includes some free ones. Support B&N and the App Developers buy a least one paid App, I did you, should too.
That said, I wanted access to the Android market. The options available for a v1.3 Nook Color are …
1. Rooting (Add additional functions to v1.3.0. e.g. Android Market, etc)
2. Flashing ROM (replace v1.3)
CM 7.1 (work with all kind of Andriod devices, phones, etc)
Phiremod (Nook specific version of CM7)
3. SD Card (leaves v1.3 on Nook, runs from micro-SD card)
CM 7.1 (Cyanogenmod version 7.1)
I decided to go with the CM7 (Cyanogenmod version 7.1) on micro-SD Card route, because I only allotted 1 hour to the project. Not enough time to do my typically ‘way-too-detailed’ research. I am in the middle of a really good book and wanted to keep using the B&N reader ( I like it, and knew I wouldn’t have time to research alternatives). The SD Card option allow me to remove the micro-SD Card, restart the Nook Color back to v1.3.0 and my book, Perfect.
Following the instructions from xda-developers. …for PCs running Windows.
A. Required before you start:
- micro-SD Card at least 2GB (SD to Micro Adapter – came with card)
- SD Card reader (your laptop might already have this)
- Download SD Installer image. HERE (allows SD Card to Boot Nook)
- Download Win32DiskImager. HERE (Note: WinImage did not work for me)
- Download CM 7.1. HERE (Nook device = encore, I used Stable version. Nightly is Here)
- SD Installer image file (step 3 above). generic-sdcard-v1.3.img.gz to generic-sdcard-v1.3.img [117 MB]. I use 7Zip for these steps.
- Win32DiskImager file (step 4 above). win32diskimager-RELEASE-0.3-r27-binary.zip into a directory.
- NOTE: DO NOT unzip CM7 file update-cm-7.1.0-encore-signed.zip.
- Insert micro-SD Card into Card reader. When Auto-play starts, [Drive Letter - "J" on my PC.] Exit auto-play.
- Run program Win32DiskImager.exe from directory created in Step B.2 above.
- In program Win32DiskImager.exe – Click on the Folder Icon and choose Image File generic-sdcard-v1.3.img from Step B.1 above.
- In program Win32DiskImager.exe – Under “Device” choose the Drive Letter of your micro-SD Card. [Drive Letter - "J" on my PC]
- In program Win32DiskImager.exe - Click the Write Button. [Make sure you have the right drive letter for your micro-SD card, or else disaster.]
- In program Win32DiskImager.exe - Click the Yes Button. to the confirm overwrite message.
- In program Win32DiskImager.exe – Progress bar finishes. Click the Exit button.
- Start Windows Explorer. [Click start, type "ex" into Search, Choose "Windows Explorer" from list.
- Find file update-cm-7.1.0-encore-signed.zip downloaded in Step A.5. [Tip: If you have no idea where the file is type the file-name in the "Start, Search" box]
- Right click on File. Select Copy.
- Left Click on the SD Card Drive, listed under computer. ["J" on my PC]. Select Paste.
- When complete, Remove micro-SD card from PC.
- Power off Nook. Hold Power Button until Power off message appears.
- Insert micro-SD Card into Nook. This takes some practice, card is tiny, angle is bad. Here is a video
- Hold Power Button Down, Until Nook Screen Flashes and “loading” appears, release power button.
- You will see boot text appear…file is been unzipped. When finished, Nook will power off.
- Hold Power Button Down, Until Nook Screen Flashes and “Cyanogenmod loading” appears, release power button. Enjoy the boot animation.
- That’s it.
- Click the Icon on the bottom left (looks like a list).
- Choose Setting,
- Wireless Network,
- Wi-Fi settings.
- Choose your Wi-Fi network and enter password,
- Hold Down Power Button, Choose “Power off” from menu.
- Remove micro-SD card and insert into PC.
- Download Google Apps install file. HERE. Scroll to end of page, choose CM7 version.
- Copy file gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip to micro-sd card, DO NOT UNZIP. (see above for steps).
- Insert micro-SD Card into Nook Color, Power on.
- Hold Down Power Button, Choose “Reboot” from menu.
- Choose “Recovery” and “OK”.
- Nook will reboot, will see text of file unzipping. and it will power off.
- Power on.
- You will have choice to backup device to Google Account.
- Next Setup your Google account. (options: create, login, skip) Don’t skip or market wont be available.
- Next Google Location Setup (options: allow location service, use location with search)
- Set time zone, date/time.
- That’s it, you are in. Enjoy your new tablet.
- The icon in the middle (looks like old windows logo), between the phone and earth allows access to Apps.