And as far as returns go:"Holiday Return Policy for Electronics: We will give you a full refund on new and unopened items that you purchase Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, if you return them within 30 days of delivery, or by Jan. 31, 2012, whichever date is later. We will issue a partial refund of up to 70 percent if you open or use the item, or return it late."
Can be brought to local B&N store for warranty work/service.
One of my Nooks has weak Wifi. Called Barnes and Noble support. They will replace the nook. They only allow mail order replacement, because it was purchased from overstock. The process doesnt cost me any money. I had two options to replace
-give them my CC#
-They ship today
-They send me a return label
-I send back my Nook within 14 days, and I dont get charged
-I ship my nook
-They send another Nook when they receive and verify my nook.
I chose option 1. Return to the store was not an option for me.
Can someone please give me advice on the best place to go to root these. I purchased four and I am not very techy. By the way they all look brand new. Thank you so much for the help!
These two posts on the Thanksgiving Weekend deal thread are superb. I read the site of the first one. And used the instructions from the second one. Tip: Use Win32DiskImager[softpedia.com] NOT WinImage. As I had the same hiccup as the poster. Win32DiskImager is much simpler as well, Fool Proof. I have only moderate to low skillz.
Many of the guides on the net are essentially the same. But one thing to be aware of is that the ones from this spring or earlier may contain references or links to old builds. The latest stable release came last month, it is what Im running. You can find it on this link[cyanogenmod.com] which is in the directions of Post 2. If you want the latest nightly build then click on the nightly hyperlink at that top of that list.
Below are the instructions from taosaur's site for running CM7 from a bootable SD card (http://taosaur.blogspot.com/2011/...-nook.html ) I've cut it down to the basics and added a few additional tips. This is for Windows only. If you have any further questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.
1/ You will need a Micro SD card 1GB or larger. The *only* card to use is a class 4 Sandisk or maybe a class 2 Sandisk. Nothing higher in class.
2/ You may need a USB Micro SDHC card reader but I have had good success using the reader built into my Samsung laptop.
3/ In Windows, you will need a utility such as WinImage to write the image (see below) to your SD card. That's what taosaur says, but the better utility for this is win32diskimager. Google it. Both are free so download both and if one doesn't work (ie, the card won't boot in Nook once everything else is done) try using the other. That's what I had to do.
4/ Download the diskimage. Direct link is http://crimea.edu/~green/nook/gen...1.3.img.gz. This is a compressed file using the .gz format. Unzip it using an unzip utility such as 7-Zip. The unzipped file will be named generic-sdcard.img and will be around 120 MB in size.
1/ Write the extracted image file (generic-sdcard.img) to the SD card. In WinImage, the command is Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image on Physical Drive under the Disk menu. Be sure to choose the file type All Files so you can see generic-sdcard.img. It may take a few minutes. If using win32diskimager, there are no options; just open it, get the image file showing, and hit the 'write' button; once you open the program, you'll see how easy it is.
2/ Copy the CM7 file to the card. Do NOT unzip it!
3/ Safely remove/eject the card from your computer, place it in your powered-off Nook Color, and power-on. The NC will unpack the CM7 ROM to the SD card, informing you of its progress, and power off when it is done. CM7 is now installed.
4/ Next time you turn on your Nook, CM7 should load. If it doesn't, format the card and run through the steps again, using the other disk imager.
BTW, the way this works, you don't have to partition the card. The process does it for you. It partitions the card and labels the partition "boot" and that's the partition you see when you put the card in your PC. And that's where a lot of the confusion comes in. Let's say you start off with a 16gb card. The /boot partition makes it look like you've got only like 1gb on the card or even smaller. What the heck? But that's because, with the card installed in your PC, that's the *only* partition that shows up on the screen! And here's the thing: that is NOT where you put files (books, movies, etc) that you want to use on your Nook.
So how do you get at all that invisible space where you're supposed to store all your books etc? You've got to put the card in your Nook, boot into CM7, then attach the Nook to your PC with the USB cable, and then mount your SC card so you can see it on the your PC.
But how do you mount it? Go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...ight=mount from your Nook browser and install the latest version of the USB mass storage utililty. Once that is done, and with your Nook hooked up to your PC, open the mass-storage app. There are a number of options but the one your want to choose is the 7th one down: Partioned SD / Mount SD (4th) Partition. After doing that, scroll down to the bottom of the list and choose 'Confirm.' The program doesn't fill the entire Nook screen, which is confusing, and for a second you might not think you can scroll, but it won't be a problem as long as you scroll from right on top of the text. Whew!
And that should do it. You should now be able to see your SD card's hidden partition from your PC ... and that is where you should put your books and movies.
Believe me, all of this takes much longer to read than to do. Once you get the hang of it, it's simple. I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this is what's worked for me any number of times.
Thanks for your post! But I didn't need to do download any apk file to see my storage. All I did was plug my usb cable into my Nook and connected it to my Win 7 laptop. (With my SD card with CM7 in the Nook). It came right up and I could just drag files over to it.
Also with people having issues getting CM7 to load, but when rebooting it not working, it may be because you are trying to load the gapps with CM7 and have yet to set up internet access. Follow the instructions on this page and you should be good to go! http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1000957
Turn Nook on and you will see a bunch off scrolling stuff, it's just the files unpacking.
When this is finished the Nook will power off.
Power back on your Nook and CM7 should now load and you will see a beautiful Android desktop!
Now go and SET UP your WIFI Access! (This is an important step before you can load the market!)
Ok power off your Nook. Eject the SD card and load it back into your computer.
Place your SD card back into the Nook. From desktop hold power key until a poweroff menu appears, In the poweroff menu choose "reboot", in the next menu choose "recovery" and press "OK". The nook would reboot straight into recovery.
You will see all that scrolling stuff again as it unpacks the gapps. It will power off, then you can power on and you are good to go!
Sorry if this repeats what others have posted, but this is exactly what worked for me. I kept trying to load the gapps with the CM7 initially and it wouldn't work. So here is what I did to get it to work!
Recommeded SD Cards for Dual Booting
The SD Cards recommended are Class 2 and Class 4 Sandisk microSD....especially in 4 gb to 16 gb sizes. These have been heavily tested on all the tech forums and are the best performing for the Nook Color (has to do with small block write speed which the Class 10 cards are terrible at, this allows the operating system to run fast enough so that no noticeable lag)
I picked up an 8gb at local Walmart for $15, and it was Class 4. They also had a Class 10 Ultra card, you dont want that.
If you are just going to load the CM7 OS to the internal eMMC memory then any ole card will do, 2gb, whatever
To turn on the overclocking, go to Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Performance > CPU Settings > Max CPU Frequency. Default setting is 800 MHz, change that to 1200 MHz.
Dont forget to change the governor....what is that you say? Default is Conservative and that should be fine but you may want to change it to InteractiveX.
Each governor is a different way of controlling how and when the CPU ramps up its clockspeed in response to whatever you're doing.
For example, conservative is very pro-battery life because it prefers the minimum clockspeed to smoothly accomplish whatever task you're doing. Performance locks the CPU at maximum clockspeed. OnDemand very rapidly ramps the clockspeed up to maximum--a brute force way of getting performance. InteractiveX is somewhat like OnDemand, except it locks the CPU at the lowest frequency when the screen is turned off.
So on and so forth.
I prefer conservative.
18 Aug 2011, 6:22am
any clue what the "smartass" governor might be :p
18 Aug 2011, 6:39am
Smartass is a reprogram of the interactive governor. After coming out of sleep, the interactive governor polls the CPU to see if it's been 100% active in the last few microseconds (as a result of user actions coming out of sleep). If it has been that active, the CPU is bumped to the maximum clockspeed and slowly lowered over time. If the user does something that continues to demand power, the "downclock the CPU" timer is continuously reset until user activity ceases, at which point the downclock function resumes. If the CPU was not 100% active out of sleep, it settles at the average clockspeed needed for smooth performance as an average of the last 50 milliseconds.
Now that you know what interactive does, we can explain smartass. Smartass is a complete rewrite of the interactive governor to be more responsive and potentially deliver more performance as a result. It also locks the CPU frequency at 352MHz when the screen is off.
InteractiveX is identical to interactive, except the lowest CPU frequency you set is what the CPU is locked at when the display is off, rather than 352MHz with Smartass.
I like the conservative for battery life reasons, but for performance, it's your choice: Smartass vs. InteractiveX. Smartass will give better performance at the cost of higher battery drain during screen off (352MHz idle). InteractiveX will give slightly (perhaps imperceptibly small) less performance, but better battery life (your 128MHz CPU idle).
Nook Color Tweaks app[android.com] will allow you to try to Overclock over the 1.2GHz (but I dont really recommend it) but more importantly, it allows you to increase the sound levels from the speaker and adjust them for headphone jack sound quality. Highly recommended. Remember if you use the Nook Tweaks app to try to overclock..... NEVER set the changes to automatically set on boot until you are absolutely positive its stable. If it locks up you have to be able to power off and then reboot into a lower frequency.
Adobe Flash Player)
iPhone and iPad may be too “good” for Adobe's Flash but Android isn't, and thank goodness for that. Download this free app and you'll now have Flash available in your browsers!l When you load a page which contains an embedded Flash widget you'll see a little download icon in the box. Click the icon and the Flash content will download and run. Now you can experience the entire web on a tablet! While Flash generally works great, with a few skipped frames in video here or there, some sites like Hulu won't work.l You can download special modified APKs found in the various sites like XDA-Developer to work around these mobile limitations; those versions of Flash fool the Flash into thinking they are being run onla desktop/laptop computer.
Easily Access your SD card from your PC (Only Needed on SD-Based OS Installs) (USB Mass Storage Utility)
The best thing about having so much storage on an open platform like the Android is being able to use it, and for most of us using it involves transferring data to and from our computer.l If you're booting with an SD-based OS you'll probably find that the built-in feature allowing you to share your SD files over USB no longer works as expected.l Thankfully, a genius over on xda-developer, samuelhalff, has created an app to solve this problem!l You just need to download and install (on your Nook) the apk file from the link I'll give in a moment.l Getting the apk on your Nook can be done most easily in two ways, a) using the Nook Color go to the link in a browser and click the file, I believe it will let you install it directly, depending perhaps on which browser you use, or b) use File Expert and its SMB plugin to access a Windows file folder on your computer.l One it's installed, run the app, choose what you want to mount.l You can choose between physical partitions or protected spaces (like ROM, cache, etc.).l And if you need you can mount up to two things at a time using the tabs at the very top.l In the case of the verygreen CM7 install, if you want to expose the SD card partition you choose "Mount SD(4) Fourth Partition".
NOTE: As the warning in the app says, make sure you safely eject the mounted drive before you disconnect or you might lose all the changes you made (he makes it sound like a "definitely will" not just might).ll Also, the app renders itself for a phone sized screen, so you can run disable the compatibility mode as he suggests or merely view in portrait and scroll down with your finger to find the "CONFIRM" button you must hit to start the mounting.
Required for Bluetooth Keyboard Users (Null Keyboard)
If you're a Bluetooth keyboard user you've probably discovered it's no joy to use one on Gingerbread (CyanogenMod).l When you type on your Bluetooth keyboard the virtual keyboard will very likely appear, or re-appear if you've hidden it.l You close the keyboard, you type, maybe it stays closed for a moment or two, but invariably it opens up again.l And, because it's open not only do you have much of your screen real estate wasted by a keyboard you're not using, your physical keyboard presses will often linger long enough to pop up the Android (Gingerbread) character selector.l In other words, type "e" on the keyboard and about 5% of the time it will think you held "e" down in order to bring up the list of international "e" variations, a dialog you then need to close.l And, as if that's not annoying enough, the predictive text completion that will go on with the virtual keyboard open will lead to sometimes sluggish responses to your keypresses, and even text that gets lost.l I discovered the solution is to install Null Keyboard.l It costs $2, but it's money well spent.l You install it, enable it in settings, and then when you are going to use your BT keyboard you hold your finger down on an input box for a few seconds, it asks you to choose your input method, you choose Null Keyboard, and voila!l You can now type on your BT keyboard with joy.l And when you put away the keyboard don't forget you'll need to switch the input back to your Android (or Gingerbread) keyboard next time you need to type with the virtual one.
Recommended Protector Case/Sleeve Hat Tip jockovonred
rooCase[amazon.com] comes in a variety of colors. The flip open style cases usually cover the back speaker, so they are not ideal.
Impossible to Brick Hat Tip Solandri
Even if you decide to try rooting/replacing the ROM in main memory, the NC has got two or three other safeguards in place to protect you from bricking it. You can install CM7, decide you don't like it, and do an 8-interrupted reboot[nookdevs.com] cycle. That'll revert it back to its original B&N ROM as if you'd never installed CM7. It is by far the rooting-friendliest mobile device I've seen.
If you think youve bricked your Nook Color....Press and hold n (nook/home) button + power button for recovery boot. Use Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate
I overclocked the NC and used Opera browser to get full access to all YouTube videos, and was able to play up to 480 without choppiness, going to 720 it would still play but better on some videos than others. Using the YT app, you are limited to what videos you see, I could not find several of my own videos on YT and had to use the browser.
The single, mono speaker is quite weak, and if you put the NC into most cases sold on the market, the speaker will be blocked and almost impossible to hear. Too bad it didn't have a front-firing speaker! ( EV's Note: See Nook Color Tweak app above to increase speaker sound (though it probably wont overcome a case covering it)
There are a lot of complaints about the power cord/charge cable breaking on the NC (google "nook color power cord broken" to see how much of a problem this is). I was careful with mine, but it is quite hard to insert it because the connector is small and narrow. Just use care and you should be OK. (EV's Note: These are being replaced under warranty. It is a known problem. The USB connector end is weak and the plastic housing breaks. It doesnt help that the connector is small and hard to get positioned right for insertion).
Another warning: don't put the wifi connection into "airplane" mode! I accidentally did this and it wouldn't turn back on. In the end, after a lot of research, I found an app that would turn it back on, as the built-in app wouldn't do it. Whew!
The power cable on these things will snap if a good stiff wind hits it. The charging system for this is unique, and as a result, so are the cables. Due to a screwed up design, the metal clip inserted in the micro-usb port has a tendency to break; it is too long for the cheap metal they used to build it and this one is charging two batteries at the same time.
A regular USB charger will recharge the battery, but at a MUCH slower rate.
Replacement cables, if you can find them, are absurdly expensive. Best Buy, for example, sells this unit but does not carry the charging cable by itself, if at all. Expect to pay $15 to $25 for a replacement.
The unit itself is all that, easily hacked and very useful at this price. But the charging cable issue is something I've wrestled with (I'm on my 3rd... and it's broken) since I got mine last February.
Notes on included Nook Charger Hat Tip Solandri
While the NC can charge via regular USB, it will do so very slowly. Regular USB 2.0 is limited to 2.5 Watts. The wall wart can output nearly 10 Watts. I dunno how much of this the NC uses, but it normally draws significantly more than 2.5 W when charging. If the wall wart isn't working, it's definitely something you want to get fixed/replaced.
The USB charger/cable which comes with the NC has a slightly longer microUSB connector which is used to carry the extra power. If you use a regular USB cable, you will only get the normal 2.5 Watts of charging. You must use the USB cable which came with the NC and the wall wart to get full charging speed. So don't lose them or toss the cable into your pile of unused extra micro-USB cables.
Barnes & Noble released a major software update on Monday to its Nook Color, adding many of the features now found in the Nook Tablet.
Describing the upgrade as the “largest ever for the device,” Barnes & Noble said the new features go well beyond basic performance improvements.
“Already the visual appearance between Nook Tablet and Nook Color made it hard to differentiate, and now with Color’s version 1.4.1 update, the feature set is beginning to look decidedly similar to its successor, too,” the book retailer said.
Among the more than 100 enhancements included in the upgrade are Netflix and Flixster video apps, Nook Comics, in-line dictionary support, landscape reading options and an increased font size selection.
PagePerfect Nook Books, which is a new category of image-centric e-books that includes graphic novels, cookbooks craft and art books, is also included.
‘NOOK Newsstand’, which allows users to choose from more than 300 newspapers and full-color, interactive magazines, which can be delivered instantly to the device, is also included in the upgrade.
Improvements to ‘NOOK Kids’ include enhanced ‘Read to Me’ and ‘Read to Play’ functionality, so children and parents can interact with built-in narration and in-page animation and activities, Barnes & Noble said.
While the bookseller still hasn’t added a service that allows users to rent or buy movies, it said additional video services are “coming soon.”
The company also touted its music services, including Pandora, Rhapsody, Grooveshark, and MOG, which are available as apps on both the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.
Current NOOK Color customers can upgrade their device at no cost via manual download available at www.nookcolor.com/update.l A free over-the-air (OTA) update requiring no action from customers will begin rolling out to customers via Wi-Fi next week, Barnes & Noble said.
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