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Turn a $60 Nook Tablet into a full-featured, fast, & powerful Android tablet (v4.2 jellybean + CM 10.1 or LiquidSmooth)

jasonbuechler 918 July 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM
REQUIREMENTS
  • THIS IS FOR THE BNTV250 "Nook Tablet" only
    • The BNTV250's identifying specs are: 16gb internal storage + 1gb ram + 1ghz dual core processor
  • micro-USB cable (or the Nook Tablet's proprietary sorta-kinda-microUSB cable)
  • 1 GB (or larger) microSD card
  • windows PC with SD card reader (Very, very sorry, Mac people. I'm one of you, but it's just easier this way)

VALUABLE INFO
  • Cowboom [cowboom.com] prices currently $60-$65 (without the quick-charging proprietary cable).
  • For the first 2 weeks I owned mine, I used only my generic micro-USB cable. It worked just fine for everything I did, including charging it from completely dead. It just takes 4 times longer (~7hrs for a full charge).
  • YMMV, but I, and many other people, have simply contacted B&N after registering their unit and asked for a "replacement" (cough, cough). B&N has apparently been providing replacements for free due to the cables' famous crappiness -- no bad-cable-return necessary.
  • Although the "Nook Tablet" models are color, do not confuse this model with the "Nook Color" which was an older, similar model. Also do not confuse it with the BNTV250A Nook Tablet which has only 8GB of memory. An extremely similar process can be used for both of these tablets, (in fact it may very well be exactly the same for the bntv250a) but I want to make clear I've created this only for the one specific model -- this model being the best value, it's probably the only one slickdealers are buying anyway.

FAQ
Can I un-hack it and return to only B&N software?Yup! (link to post coming soon)
Does this method install to the nook itself (internally), or to SD card?Internally. This tutorial's use of an SD card is only as a temporary book disk.
I see the step with "wipe data/factory reset"... will this delete my files?This step will wipe any files you have in the Nook's internal memory, but won't touch any SD card.
I don't want to lose my data - can I still do this?Yup (link to post coming soon)
How do I perform a backup in case I screw up? see above
Where exactly did these files originally come from?this post below
What exactly are each of these files?(link coming soon)

INSTRUCTIONS for experts/geeks/naturals
  1. Flash cwm5_sd_flashing_boot_preloaded-20130704.img to your SD card using Win32DiskImager
  2. copy Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip (or CM 10.1/etc) onto the card
  3. Boot the NT off the SD card (it should do it automatically and enter CWM Recovery 5.5.0.4)
  4. Install these zips from SD card's root level to the Nook:
    • flashable_CWM_6.0.2.9.zip
    • Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip (or CM 10.1/etc)
    • gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip
    • UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip
    • Optionally flash an advanced kernel and its modules
  5. Perform a "wipe cache", then a "wipe data/factory reset", then reboot

So really that's all there is to it: 5 steps. My hope is that posting the "expert" directions first will make it clear that it's actually an extremely easy "hack" with just a few simple tasks involved. Although the tasks are simple, if a person is new to any of it (e.g. never flashed a disk image, never formatted a drive), they may very well be spooked by the "new and scary"... so I am also providing extremely detailed step-by-tiny-step instructions to help them over that hump. If I've done that correctly, the odds are they'll only ever need the 10 steps above.

INSTRUCTIONS for n00bs/the nervous/my mom/everyone else
  1. Download the files you need
    • All of the files you need can be downloaded here:
      https://mega.co.nz/#F!KNM23JrY!Ou...slKSbfFsiA
      • cwm5_sd_image_with_DiskImager-20130704.zip (121.6 MB)
        • unzip this and remember where you put the contents.
        • it contains cwm5_sd_flashing_boot_preloaded-20130704.img and Win32DiskImager.exe
      • SDFormatter4exe-INSTALLER.zip (6.0 MB)
        • after downloading, double-click to install it
        • it'll install to your start menu, for later use
      • liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip (98.6 MB) (this is your main "ROM")
      • BONUS: Visit this post below for MD5's, alternate download links, and whenever possible, the source/thread from which they came, if you like that sort of thing.
        Quote from your OP ***** A note regarding your options for your main ROM ***** :
        For your main "ROM", you may instead want to consider CyanogenMod 10.1 instead of LiquidSmooth!!
        (cm-10.1.0-acclaim.zip instead of Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip)
        CM 10.1 will almost certainly be more featureful, AND is being updated nightly and regularly posting
        stable official release candidates (RC's). BUT I believe LiquidSmooth's rom is faster and friendlier.
        The choice is yours! And you can always try both!
  2. Format your SD card using the low-level format utility
    • Insert your SD card into your computer's card reader
    • Note what driver letter it shows up as
    • From your Start menu, find and launch SDFormatter
    • Set the drive letter pop-up menu to whatever your SD Card is
    • Don't change any other options
    • Click Format
    • Exit the program when complete
  3. Flash the "boot disk" to your SD card + copy 1 file over
    • locate and run Win32DiskImager.exe in your files
    • Within the 'Image File' area of the window, click the blue folder icon
    • choose cwm5_sd_flashing_boot_preloaded-20130704.img from your files
    • click 'Save'
    • Within the 'Device' area of the window, click the pop-up menu
    • choose the drive letter corresponding to your SD card if it isn't already set
    • click the 'Write' button at the bottom of the window
    • exit the program when complete
    • note your card has been formatted to only 500MB
      • format it with SDFormatter again, later, to return to full size
    • copy liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip to SD card's root level
    • eject the card from your computer
  4. Boot the NT off the SD card
    • power-off the NT and insert the card
    • power-on the NT
    • it should briefly show a cardboard box on a white background
    • the NT should then boot into "Recovery"
  5. Use the Recovery console to install the zip packages
    • NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE, you must navigate using the NT's buttons
      Up
      = [ Volume + ]
      Down
      = [ Volume - ]
      Select/Enter
      = [n] ...AKA: the home/nook button
      Back-up/Previous menu
      = [power]
    • Install your main ROM image using the following procedure
      • select "Install from SD card"
      • select "Choose zip from SD card"
      • locate and select Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip
      • scroll down and select "Yes" to confirm
      • wait for the installation to complete
    • Note that several other zip packages are also (pre-loaded) on the SD card's root level
    • just as we did previously, install these packages as well, IN THIS ORDER...
      • Choose zip from SD card --> flashable_CWM_6.0.2.9.zip --> confirm
      • Choose zip from SD card --> gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip --> confirm
      • Choose zip from SD card --> UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip --> confirm
      • (optional) Choose zip from SD card --> NOF-Nemesis-Kernel-V2.4.zip --> confirm
      • (optional) Choose zip from SD card --> NOF-Nemesis-Modules-V2.4.zip --> confirm
    • back-out a menu-level or two (using the [power] button)
    • select the "Wipe cache" option (and confirm)
    • select the "Wipe data/factory reset" option (and confirm)
    • when you are certain you are done, remove your SD card with the Nook still powered-on
    • select "Reboot system now"
    • Note that from now on, you'll see the "Cyanoboot" bootloader when powering on
      • Now, if you wish to enter Recovery, simply hold down the home button when Cyanoboot tells you to
    • THAT'S IT, YOU'RE DONE, START USING IT!

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Last Edited by jasonbuechler July 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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#3
jesus this looks complicated
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its not really
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#5
This is old news bro.
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#6
Plus, Nook Tablet discontinued.
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I tried the following guide to install CM10 on microSD card but once I put the microSD card into NT and turn it on it just boots into regular Nook OS.

http://iamafanof.wordpress.com/category/nook-2/

I'll try your guide and see waht happens. Eventually I want to run CM10 internally and not via microSD.

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Plus, Nook Tablet discontinued.
People just don't throw them away when the products are discontinued.
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LINKS!! LOTS OF LINKS!!!
These are alternate links in case you don't like mine in the OP.
Code:
SD CARD BOOT IMAGES/IMAGE PACKAGES~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  CWM_SD_flash_and_exe.zip
  http://www.mediafire.com/?dwwhzaixwwh2015
  MD5sum: 592cdceec30da11908e67280155fdae3
  original source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=31271965&postcount=240

  cwm5_sd_image_with_DiskImager-20130704.zip
  https://mega.co.nz/#!3dsFBYTR!cfGzcRrOah5WsqDKuMl1EEDwBSxnjJeVINbJgKmNVVI
  MD5sum: d4126ea293b22db313a56d2c01c0ded0
  original source: me!


ROOTING PACKAGE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  update.zip
  http://d-h.st/x9N 
  MD5sum: 22a63fa622932426d4be86e9e6309ebe
  original source: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=31271965&postcount=240


RECOVERY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  RECOVERY (CWM 6.0.2.9)
  http://goo.im/devs/succulent/acclaim/recovery/flashable_CWM_6.0.2.9.zip (direct link)
  http://goo.im/devs/succulent/acclaim/recovery
  MD5sum: 45059d55bd477e35b89021e5d176d516


ROMS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/LiquidSmooth/Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip (direct link)
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/LiquidSmooth
  MD5sum: eadf6a5b3a83b22b9679f1762e3d84ce

  cm-10.1.0-acclaim.zip
  http://get.cm/get/jenkins/32350/cm-10.1.0-acclaim.zip (direct link)
  http://get.cm/?device=acclaim
  MD5sum: 21450d545fda9a7a16481ee8e32d07aa

  cm-10.1.0-RC5-acclaim.zip
  http://get.cm/get/jenkins/30513/cm-10.1.0-RC5-acclaim.zip (direct link)
  http://get.cm/?device=acclaim
  md5sum: b5d7eeeee7e08e793c4e83fff4a04fef  


CUSTOM KERNEL AND KERNEL MODULES~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/NookOnFire/NOF-Nemesis-Kernel-V2.4.zip (direct link)
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/NookOnFire
  MD5sum: fbde308e5ae445df4dba525ec0e387e0
   
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/NookOnFire/NOF-Nemesis-Modules-V2.4.zip (direct link)
  http://goo.im/devs/demetris/Acclaim/NookOnFire
  MD5sum: 4db29694535bf184882505aa8dbe5a5e
A similar blob of links that's a little older...
I will be incorporating this into the above blob when I get some more time
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Quote from prozac4312 View Post :
This is old news bro.
Funny, I don't remember stating this was news. Seems like I posted it in tech support, not in Hot Deals.
Bro.

Quote from handyguy View Post :
Plus, Nook Tablet discontinued.
That's exactly the point, it's discontinued and cheap as hell for a 16GB/1GB dual core 1ghz (1.22 ghz overclockable currently) tablet running the latest jelly bean. $60 for a "5" condition at cowboom, plus B&N sent me their proprietary cable for free. Now my nieces and nephews can play with this thing instead of killing my iPad.

Either way, the big red letters at the very top couldn't be more clear: OP not complete + more discussion to follow. (e.g. the discussion of this post's target audience...)
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This isn't as complicated as it appears. Just very thorough and detailed.

You could actually combine steps B C D E and F together. Instead of replacing the stock recovery you can leave it so you use the microSD card for recovery purposes. So if you want to make the guide more noob friendly I would replace those steps with..

Quote :
Flash the "boot disk" to your SD card + copy 5 files
locate and run Win32DiskImager.exe in your files
Within the 'Image File' area of the window, click the blue folder icon
choose cwm_sd_flashing_boot.img from your files
click 'Save'
Within the 'Device' area of the window, click the pop-up menu
choose the drive letter corresponding to your SD card if it isn't already set
click the 'Write' button at the bottom of the window
exit the program when complete
copy the following installation packages to the root level of the SD card:
Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip (this is your main "ROM")
gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip (this is a basic set of Google apps, including the Market/PlayStore)
NOF-Nemesis-Kernel-V2.4.zip (OPTIONAL! but do it anyway!!!!! it's a "replacement kernel" with tons of speed enhancements)
NOF-Nemesis-Modules-V2.4.zip (OPTIONAL! Actually I lie, this is required if you are installing the above kernel.)
UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip (OPTIONAL! this fixes your "root" access for if you need it. I'm not sure why, but whatever...)
eject the card from your computer

Boot the NT off the SD card
power-off the NT and insert the card
power-on the NT
it should briefly show a cardboard box on a white background
the NT should then boot into "Recovery"

NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE, you must navigate using the NT's buttons
Up = [ Volume + ]
Down = [ Volume - ]
Select/Enter = [n] ...AKA: the home/nook button
Back-up/Previous menu = [power]

select the "Wipe cache" option (and confirm)
select the "Wipe data/factory reset" option (and confirm)
select the "Install from SD card" option, then, IN THIS ORDER...
Choose zip from SD card --> Liquid-JB-v2.4-OFFICIAL-acclaim.zip --> confirm
Choose zip from SD card --> gapps-jb-20130301-signed.zip --> confirm
(optional) Choose zip from SD card --> NOF-Nemesis-Kernel-V2.4.zip --> confirm
(optional) Choose zip from SD card --> NOF-Nemesis-Modules-V2.4.zip --> confirm
(optional) Choose zip from SD card --> UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip --> confirm
back out to the menu, then choose reboot
THAT'S IT, YOU'RE DONE, START USING IT!
You'll have to dedicate a microSD card for recovery purposes but it's very noob friendly. Have a problem with your Nook Tablet not booting? Pop in the recovery card and reflash your device Smilie
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Quote from heero884 View Post :
Was it Nook Tablet specific that you needed CWM 6?
...
One last suggestion is perhaps change the ROM to CM10.1 stable?
Wow I didn't even know CM10.1 had gone stable. Just tried it and it's nice!
Also, "one more thing..."


Well huge props to heero884's post which made me question what I thought I knew and gave me the insight to GREATLY simplify this process. It turns out you can indeed install CM10.1 and liquidsmooth JB both from CWM5!

Unfortunately, with the bootable image I had, there was no room for either image! So for a little while the idea wasa moot point, but after several hours of struggling & googling & futzing about in linux with 'dd', I managed to actually cook up my own boot image, far better than the original! (for my purposes) It has more free space, onto which to copy large packages. It has a smaller expanded-from-zip size (1/2 gb vs 2gb). (Due to that) it flashes 4 times faster to your media. (Also due to that) it will now fit on a smaller SD card (1gb vs 2gb)! It also has gApps and the v2.4 kernel packages already onboard so users need only copy over their choice of ROM. I'll be updating the OP with this shortly. More than half of the above steps are now not long for this world :-D

Also props to sklar's post who got me started on this whole thing, and more importantly, let me know it'd work in the first place! If anyone benefits from this how-to, be sure to rep them.


THE POST IS OLD NEWS BELOW THIS LINE (but kept for reference)
Quote from heero884 View Post :
This isn't as complicated as it appears. Just very thorough and detailed.

You could actually combine steps B C D E and F together. Instead of replacing the stock recovery you can leave it so you use the microSD card for recovery purposes. So if you want to make the guide noob friendly I would replace those steps with..



You'll have to dedicate a microSD card for recovery purposes but it's very noob friendly. Have a problem with your Nook Tablet not booting? Pop in the recovery card and reflash your device Smilie
Hmmmm... interesting.
It's definitely a worthwhile suggestion -- but there's one tidbit I'm not sure about: I read in multiple places that you need CWM 6.something or greater to flash JB. And I'm not sure where in the maze of holier-than-thou, condescending XDA threads to find a dependable pre-made CWM6.x.y.z boot image. I don't doubt there is one... but I'm so tired of trying to untangle XDA's messes, I'm not super excited to go looking Wink That's actually the entire reason I posted this how-to: I didn't want anyone to HAVE to go look on XDA for anything. Of all the Android rooting/rom-customizing projects I've worked on, the Nook Tablet threads have easily been the most terribly organized, random, and angry.

edit: I'll try this later: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2054741
further edit: I should actually still attempt an everything-wiped install of CM10.1 or Liquid from CWM5! I should know by now not to listen to anyone but an OP on xda... it's definitely worth a try for simplicity's sake.
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Quote from jasonbuechler View Post :
Hmmmm... interesting.
It's definitely a worthwhile suggestion -- but there's one tidbit I'm not sure about: I read in multiple places that you need CWM 6.something or greater to flash JB. And I'm not sure where in the maze of holier-than-thou, condescending XDA threads to find a dependable pre-made CWM6.x.y.z boot image. I don't doubt there is one... but I'm so tired of trying to untangle XDA's messes, I'm not super excited to go looking Wink That's actually the entire reason I posted this how-to: I didn't want anyone to HAVE to go look on XDA for anything. Of all the Android rooting/rom-customizing projects I've worked on, the Nook Tablet threads have easily been the most terribly organized, random, and angry.

edit: I'll try this later: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2054741
further edit: I should actually still attempt an everything-wiped install of CM10.1 or Liquid from CWM5! I should know by now not to listen to anyone but an OP on xda... it's definitely worth a try for simplicity's sake.
Was it Nook Tablet specific that you needed CWM 6? I was flashing CM 10.x just fine with CWM 3 on my Nook Color lol. I agree that XDA is pretty hard to navigate and a lot of the information you need can be spread out over multiple threads. People can be pretty rough over there. I don't have a Nook Tablet but thank-you for doing this. All the information someone would need is available in one easy to follow thread. I wish there were more OPs like this one on XDA.

One last suggestion is perhaps change the ROM to CM10.1 stable? No need to worry about your thread being outdated because the ROM/kernel has long since been updated. CM10.1 stable seems bug free and will be a awesome daily driver for a long time to come, especially with the TabletUI mod. Okay, no more backseat driving lol Smilie
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I have never needed to format the disk since the partitions are re done when you burn the iso to the disk.

My question though is:
If your running from an SD card how do you update your rom with out doing the entire process over again. Since booting in to recovery will want to flash the rom to the device and not the SD card.
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Quote from mrbobhcrhs View Post :
I have never needed to format the disk since the partitions are re done when you burn the iso to the disk.
Very true the image flasher will flash the correct partition scheme -- that's really 99% of the reason the xda world recommends people use it, to 'protect' noobs from having to learn how to partition themselves. ...but at the start of the how-to, I wanted to introduce noobs to the concept that "erasing" their card and returning it to original condition was easy, and get it out of the way. (You'll notice that step isn't in the 'expert' directions) Once all is said and done, they *will* need to format the card to get all their capacity back -- and at that point in those directions, I make sure to reference their initial formatting.

Quote from mrbobhcrhs View Post :
My question though is:
If your running from an SD card how do you update your rom with out doing the entire process over again. Since booting in to recovery will want to flash the rom to the device and not the SD card.
...speaking of their need to get their capacity back -- this is not a "live SD" install. This installs JB to the internal eMMC, then you're done with the SD card permanently (unless of course you choose to use it as expansion storage) If there is interest in some instructions for a liveSD, I wouldn't mind helping out in that manner, but I think for now, nobody on SD is purchasing an NT for its B&N firmware and ebookery... but those instructions are so so much simpler... really the only thing that's probably needed is just a dependable place to download the image, and some verification that the image isn't crap, isn't something you're totally not expecting, and isn't something that's 1-2 years old (here's where xda really drops the ball)
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If I wanted to back-up (nandroid?) my current stock B&N version OS, how would I do that and at which point would I do it?

Thanks!
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This is old news bro.
and yet most of us haven't seen it before.... so thanks for complaining. bro.
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