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

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#1606
Thanks! I get a driver installation failed when trying to download the novacom.exe on my computer. i know i downloaded it, or at least i think i did when i had to do preware, and then maybe removed it?


Quote from RockySosua View Post :
This is the website I used to do mine and I found it clear and easy, however, others have run into some issues as there can be some ambiguity, so the instructions below are my rewrite, that omits useless info and clarifies all the necessary info.
http://androidforums.com/hp-touch...chpad.html

You'll first need to make sure you have "novacom.exe" on your computer. If you haven't already installed webosquickinstall on the computer that you are using, download it from http://forums.webosnation.com/can...4-0-a.html
When installing webosquickinstall, the novacom drivers will be offered to you and after accepting and installing them, you'll be ready to go.
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To install CM9, you'll will need to download the following files,
Acme Installer 2 ([http://goo.im/roms/teamdouche/ten...Installer2)
Latest version of CM9 ( http://get.cm/?device=tenderloin ) take the most recent version.
Clockwork Recovery (http://goo.im/roms/cmtouchpad/alp...n-1012.zip)
MoBoot (http://code.google.com/p/moboot/downloads/list)
Google Apps (gApps) from (http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/...oogle_Apps)
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LET'S GET STARTED.
For Windows computers, navigate to "C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc". You should see "novacom.exe" within this directory.
Copy the ACMEInstaller2 and paste it file into this directory (Palm folder)
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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".
Navigate to the Touchpad drive and open it, then make a new folder on the Touchpad's drive and name it "cminstall" (without the quotes).
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. Hold down the power button on the Touchpad and choose shut down.
Once the Touchpad has shut down, press and hold down the "volume up" and the power button until your Touchpad starts. A big USB symbol will appear on the screen, meaning your TP is ready to install CM9.
Again, connect your Touchpad to your computer via the usb cable.
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Open a command window on your computer. For Windows computers, press start then type "cmd" into the search bar and hit enter.
Copy and paste "cd C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc" (without the quotes) into the command window, then hit "Enter".
then copy and paste "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" (without the quotes)into the command window, then hit "Enter".
You should see 2 penguins and lots of lines of texts. It will spend some time installing the .zips in the "cminstall" folder. After this you will see the Moboot screen with options to boot into CM9, boot into recovery, boot into webOS, or boot into webOS Doctor. It will boot into CM9 by default after 7 seconds.
If you want to navigate the boot menu screen (Moboot), use the volume up and down keys, and enter your choice by pressing the Home button on the Touchpad's bezel.
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After booting Android, connect to your wifi router by tapping the 6 dots in the top right corner, then navigate to the "Settings" icon, tap on "Settings" then navigate to "Wifi" and connect to the wifi signal of your choice.

Then navigate to the "Security" option on the Settings page and scroll the right side until "Unknown sources" is visible and tap to check it. This is required to install apps from apps stores like Amazon or from a web page.
Find "Date & Time" on the left. Set your time zone. If the time isn't correct, uncheck "Automatic date & time", set the date and time, then check "automatic" again.
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Quote from jhk76 View Post :
Thanks! I get a driver installation failed when trying to download the novacom.exe on my computer. i know i downloaded it, or at least i think i did when i had to do preware, and then maybe removed it?
Unusual but shouldn't matter to this installation, as long as you have the Palm folder in Programs,in which you have to paste the Acmeinstaller2.
Do you have it?
If so, I believe you can continue the installation.
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
Unusual but shouldn't matter to this installation, as long as you have the Palm folder in Programs,in which you have to paste the Acmeinstaller2.
Do you have it?
If so, I believe you can continue the installation.
i dont see it. it wont even do the download. does my touchpad need to be connected while downloading this?
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i dont see it. it wont even do the download. does my touchpad need to be connected while downloading this?
Since you are not familiar with the rooting process. Highly recommend you to watch video before going further. I did watch several videos before I started to root my TP.

Here is sample link. You may find other video is more helpful for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD...re=related
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i dont see it. it wont even do the download. does my touchpad need to be connected while downloading this?
What is "IT" that you don't see or won't download? webosquickinstall?
And no, your TP does not need to be connected at that stage.
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Ok, now when I connect the TP to the computer is is not recognized as a USB drive like it used to. I had not connected the TP to the comp for quite a while and thought I should update to the latest nightly, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer. The TP indicates that it USB connected, but the PC does not. I checked the Device Manager and it says the Tenderloin driver is installed but device is not and showing Code 41.

Any Ideas?

BTW, it connects fine to my Laptop which is waht I'm using now to update it, but would still like to know why all of a sudden the PC does not like the TP.
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Ok, now when I connect the TP to the computer is is not recognized as a USB drive like it used to. I had not connected the TP to the comp for quite a while and thought I should update to the latest nightly, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer. The TP indicates that it USB connected, but the PC does not. I checked the Device Manager and it says the Tenderloin driver is installed but device is not and showing Code 41.

Any Ideas?

BTW, it connects fine to my Laptop which is waht I'm using now to update it, but would still like to know why all of a sudden the PC does not like the TP.
According to those symptoms, it is clear that the TP is fine, as it connects to the laptop.
PC USB ports are often not as powerful as those of laptops and between that and a potentially failing cable, it's not all that surprising.
If you have another cable, try it. Also, it wouldn't hurt to try a different USB port on the PC.
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Quote from RockySosua View Post :
According to those symptoms, it is clear that the TP is fine, as it connects to the laptop.
PC USB ports are often not as powerful as those of laptops and between that and a potentially failing cable, it's not all that surprising.
If you have another cable, try it. Also, it wouldn't hurt to try a different USB port on the PC.
Thanks for the suggestions Rocky, but I tried different USB ports and it works fine on a laptop. I haven't had a chance to check what Code 41 means yet.
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Thanks for the suggestions Rocky, but I tried different USB ports and it works fine on a laptop. I haven't had a chance to check what Code 41 means yet.
By any chance your PC is running Windows XP?

Try this if it will resolve your problem:
Go to settings - developer options - make sure 'Android debugging' is unchecked.
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Thanks for the suggestions Rocky, but I tried different USB ports and it works fine on a laptop. I haven't had a chance to check what Code 41 means yet.
That's why I think it's the cable. I've had the very same thing happen to me. The cable was on its last legs but the more powerful laptop USB ports managed to do the job, but it wouldn't work on my PC.
That's not to say that is 100% sure that you have the same problem, but it sure sounds like it.
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By any chance your PC is running Windows XP?

Try this if it will resolve your problem:
Go to settings - developer options - make sure 'Android debugging' is unchecked.
Yes, PC is running XP, but I was sure that I had that setting unchecked, but I will double check. Thanks.

Quote from RockySosua View Post :
That's why I think it's the cable. I've had the very same thing happen to me. The cable was on its last legs but the more powerful laptop USB ports managed to do the job, but it wouldn't work on my PC.
That's not to say that is 100% sure that you have the same problem, but it sure sounds like it.
Hmm, I didn't know that USB ports would differ in the power they had, but if that is the case then it certainly makes sense. I will have to find another cable and check it out.
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New Nightly (5/29) [get.cm]

Change-Log [bbqdroid.org]
so do you update each new nightly that comes out? I don't really see any differences on the touchpad with each nightly....I'm waiting for a volume distortion fix for when the touchpad screen goes off while music is playing.
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so do you update each new nightly that comes out? I don't really see any differences on the touchpad with each nightly....I'm waiting for a volume distortion fix for when the touchpad screen goes off while music is playing.
I don't flash after every nightly... only when there are supposedly "significant" fixes.

If you haven't updated to the 5/22 nighlty, I suggest you do. There was a new wi-fi driver which not only fixed the wi-fi issues (which also supposedly helps the battery life) but I also read somewhere that it corrected some sound issues. I don't know if it corrected the audio issues you are having. I don't really use my TP for audio so I can't say first hand.

The wi-fi update will be included in any nighlty 5/22 or newer.
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New Nightly (5/29) [get.cm]

Change-Log [bbqdroid.org]
like 0522, terrible download times and none at all.
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