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The *official* Android on the HP Touchpad owner's thread

Ram|bunc|tious 24,561 1,944 October 20, 2011 at 06:44 AM in Apps (5)
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#1051
I've had issues with getting into the app store, 3 or 4 times. I figures it was because I was trying out some market unlockers, to get US apps (am in the Caribbean) and I fixed it each time by simply putting the 4 zip folders back into cminstall, then giving the two commands that initiate a new install and in less than 10 minutes, it would be booted back up with everything identical to the way it was, only the app store would work.
These are the instructions I followed.

http://androidforums.com/hp-touch...chpad.html
Boot into webOS
Plug your Touchpad into your computer via the stock USB cable. A USB icon should appear on your Touchpad in your notifications area, with an option to start "USB Drive". Tap "USB Drive".
Find the new Touchpad drive letter on your computer. Depending on your operating system, a shortcut may appear on your desktop. Navigate to the Touchpad drive, and make a new folder titled "cminstall" (exactly like this).
Copy the 4 .zip files for CM9, Clockwork Recovery, Moboot, and Google Apps directly into this folder. Do not extract the contents of these .zip files, leave them zipped.
When the files are done copying, close the Touchpad window you opened to copy files, then "safely unmount" your Touchpad. On a Windows computer, there will be an icon by the clock to do this OR right-click on the Touchpad drive on your computer an choose "eject". Then unplug your usb cable to disconnect it. You may get an error when doing this. When the desktop returns (about 20 seconds, hold down the power and choose shut down.
Reboot your Touchpad and start webOS recovery mode: Holding down the "volume up" button, press the power button until your Touchpad starts. A big usb symbol will be on the screen, meaning your TP is ready to install CM9.
Again, connect your Touchpad to your computer via the usb cable.


Running ACMEInstaller2:

You'll first need to make sure you have "novacom.exe" on your computer. This should come with the webOS Doctor package. For Windows computers, navigate to "C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc". You should see "novacom.exe" within this directory.
Unzip the ACMEInstaller/instructions .zip file into this directory (it's much easier later on if the ACMEInstaller script is in the same directory as novacom.exe)
Open a command window on your computer. For Windows computers, press start then type "cmd" into the search bar and hit enter.
Type "cd C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc" (without the quotes). This will navigate you to the directory containing novacom.exe and the ACMEInstaller. (It should indicate your location to the left of your active cursor)
Type (EXACTLY!): "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" (without the quotes)
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#1052
Just use WIFI instead. I use ES File Explorer. I never connect the TP to my PC in both WebOS mode and Ice Cream mode.
https://play.google.com/store/app....pop&hl=en
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#1053
Quote from nitemare View Post :
Just use WIFI instead. I use ES File Explorer. I never connect the TP to my PC in both WebOS mode and Ice Cream mode.
https://play.google.com/store/app....pop&hl=en
I'm guessing that you meant to say that you use the Wifi File Transfer app and put http://192.168.1.107:1234 into your computer's internet browser, correct?

https://play.google.com/store/app...Fuc2ZlciJd
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#1054
Quote from RockySosua View Post :
I've had issues with getting into the app store, 3 or 4 times. I figures it was because I was trying out some market unlockers, to get US apps (am in the Caribbean) and I fixed it each time by simply putting the 4 zip folders back into cminstall, then giving the two commands that initiate a new install and in less than 10 minutes, it would be booted back up with everything identical to the way it was, only the app store would work.
These are the instructions I followed.

http://androidforums.com/hp-touch...chpad.html
Boot into webOS
Plug your Touchpad into your computer via the stock USB cable. A USB icon should appear on your Touchpad in your notifications area, with an option to start "USB Drive". Tap "USB Drive".
Find the new Touchpad drive letter on your computer. Depending on your operating system, a shortcut may appear on your desktop. Navigate to the Touchpad drive, and make a new folder titled "cminstall" (exactly like this).
Copy the 4 .zip files for CM9, Clockwork Recovery, Moboot, and Google Apps directly into this folder. Do not extract the contents of these .zip files, leave them zipped.
When the files are done copying, close the Touchpad window you opened to copy files, then "safely unmount" your Touchpad. On a Windows computer, there will be an icon by the clock to do this OR right-click on the Touchpad drive on your computer an choose "eject". Then unplug your usb cable to disconnect it. You may get an error when doing this. When the desktop returns (about 20 seconds, hold down the power and choose shut down.
Reboot your Touchpad and start webOS recovery mode: Holding down the "volume up" button, press the power button until your Touchpad starts. A big usb symbol will be on the screen, meaning your TP is ready to install CM9.
Again, connect your Touchpad to your computer via the usb cable.


Running ACMEInstaller2:

You'll first need to make sure you have "novacom.exe" on your computer. This should come with the webOS Doctor package. For Windows computers, navigate to "C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc". You should see "novacom.exe" within this directory.
Unzip the ACMEInstaller/instructions .zip file into this directory (it's much easier later on if the ACMEInstaller script is in the same directory as novacom.exe)
Open a command window on your computer. For Windows computers, press start then type "cmd" into the search bar and hit enter.
Type "cd C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc" (without the quotes). This will navigate you to the directory containing novacom.exe and the ACMEInstaller. (It should indicate your location to the left of your active cursor)
Type (EXACTLY!): "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" (without the quotes)
i actually tried that once last night. but will look more into it when i get home today
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#1055
Reposted:

I tried everything and can't seem to get moboot loaded onto my used touchpad which currently has webos 3.0.5 on it.

I have everything needed to load a nightly build of ics onto the tablet. I have ACMEInstaller2 in my Novacom folder on my computer running win7 and have put the "cminstall" folder on the touchpad with zip files of moboot 0.3.5, latest gapps, latest cwm tenderloin 1012, and cm9 -20120404404 nightly build.

I run the cmd window with "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" and the scripts scroll up on the touchpad and when it get to the end to reboot, no moboot choice of which os to boot to. It just auto goes to the HP logo and proceeds into the webos.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong as I followed the instructions to install CM9 to the letter.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

update: maybe its the novacom package thats the problem.. I installed the webos sdk.psk package on my computer. After the cmd prompt, i went to program files> palm>sdk>bin and that where the novacom.exe file was located and that where I added the ACMEInstaller2.
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#1056
Quote from RockySosua View Post :
I'm guessing that you meant to say that you use the Wifi File Transfer app and put http://192.168.1.107:1234 into your computer's internet browser, correct?

https://play.google.com/store/app...Fuc2ZlciJd
No, I dont need that wifi app. ES Explorer uses your wifi connection to connect to your network. I uninstalled WIFI Transfer since ES Explorer does same thing. I dont need to open any browser with ES Explorer. Just open ES Explorer app, click network, and point it to your shared folders on network. Copy/paste files from touchpad to network.

Quote from nycdude View Post :
Reposted:

I tried everything and can't seem to get moboot loaded onto my used touchpad which currently has webos 3.0.5 on it.
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I recommend that you try my link I previously posted in this thread on how to install CM9. It automatically installed moboot and app store for you. It should reflash and rebuild your directories automatically,.
http://androidforums.com/hp-touch...chpad.html
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Last edited by nitemare April 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM
#1057
Quote from nitemare View Post :
No, I dont need that wifi app. ES Explorer uses your wifi connection to connect to your network. I uninstalled WIFI Transfer since ES Explorer does same thing. I dont need to open any browser with ES Explorer. Just open ES Explorer app, click network, and point it to your shared folders on network. Copy/paste files from touchpad to network.
I understand. The thing is, that I don't share files on the network, so that wouldn't work for me.
I can see how that would be a handy set up in a home but I live in a hotel with many people using the wifi system and I wouldn't feel comfortable having my stuff in network sharing folders.
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#1058
Quote from nycdude View Post :
Reposted:

I tried everything and can't seem to get moboot loaded onto my used touchpad which currently has webos 3.0.5 on it.

I have everything needed to load a nightly build of ics onto the tablet. I have ACMEInstaller2 in my Novacom folder on my computer running win7 and have put the "cminstall" folder on the touchpad with zip files of moboot 0.3.5, latest gapps, latest cwm tenderloin 1012, and cm9 -20120404404 nightly build.

I run the cmd window with "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" and the scripts scroll up on the touchpad and when it get to the end to reboot, no moboot choice of which os to boot to. It just auto goes to the HP logo and proceeds into the webos.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong as I followed the instructions to install CM9 to the letter.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

update: maybe its the novacom package thats the problem.. I installed the webos sdk.psk package on my computer. After the cmd prompt, i went to program files> palm>sdk>bin and that where the novacom.exe file was located and that where I added the ACMEInstaller2.
Did you check the MD5 of each file after you downloaded them to make sure they match and the files are not corrupt?

Also, you could try the ACMEunInstaller, to uninstall first then try installing again.
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#1059
I just downloaded the SwiftKey 3 beta keyboard for tablets and was wondering how do I side load the .apk file on TP ICS. Do I just put the .apk file in the cminstall directory and use CWM to install just like all the zip files?
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I just downloaded the SwiftKey 3 beta keyboard for tablets and was wondering how do I side load the .apk file on TP ICS. Do I just put the .apk file in the cminstall directory and use CWM to install just like all the zip files?
You just double click on any apk file and it'll start installing, regardless of which folder it's in.
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
You just double click on any apk file and it'll start installing, regardless of which folder it's in.
Thanks for the info Rocky. It feels like being on IM with you when posting in this thread Big Grin
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#1062
It looks like the ACMEUninstaller did the trick. I did not realize something so simple made it sooooo complicated. Thanks everyone.

Is there any way to move the 'dock' similar to cm7? I am currently using the latest ics nightlies.
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Last edited by nycdude April 5, 2012 at 08:08 PM
#1063
Quote from jbloggs View Post :
Thanks for the info Rocky. It feels like being on IM with you when posting in this thread Big Grin
When I notice an SD email come in, I often visualize a person sitting in front of his machine, just waiting for someone to give him/her the solution, so I am a bit quick on the draw, but it occurs to me that I don't want to hog the thread either.
Quote from nycdude View Post :
Is there any way to move the 'dock' similar to cm7? I am currently using the latest ics nightlies.
I never used CM7, but I have seen movable docks on other machines and I'm almost positive that the black taskbar at the bottom, is permanent and cannot be moved, assuming that is the dock you are talking about.

I have a question, more out of curiosity than anything else. Does your TP seem brighter in Android than in webOS?
When I used webOS all the time, I would use it at full brightness or a bit less, whereas in Android, 50% indoors is almost blinding (on a white internet page) and I often use it at 25%. Consequently, I get longer battery life by dimming the screen and that is the next question. Do any of you easily get 8 hours plus, with wifi on, doing whatever, some games, some surfing, etc?
I should mention that I'm really vigilant about stopping unnecessary processes from running in the background and I check on it quite frequently, so this could contribute to longer battery life.
When I was debating about installing Android on my TP, I had been reading this thread religiously and I couldn't help but to notice how many people mentioned poor battery life, when I am definitely getting more in Android than in webOS.
Was it just a CM7 thing?
Am I the lucky guy who got a TP with superior battery life?
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#1064
anyone have problems with google maps? My google maps says Error-incompatible with other applications using the same shared user ID when I try to install it.

thanks
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Quote from cheaplikeafox View Post :
anyone have problems with google maps? My google maps says Error-incompatible with other applications using the same shared user ID when I try to install it.

thanks
Maps wasn't already installed with CM9?
Can you give us a bit more info, like did you already have Maps (Google Maps) before, then you uninstalled it and can't re-install it now?
Do you have other map programs that truly might conflict?
I kind of doubt that could be, like I have Glympse and it has no negative effect on Maps.
Anyhow, any info or details you give us, could help in resolving the problem.
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