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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 in Books & Magazines (6)
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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#16
Quote from handyguy View Post :
Plus, Nook Tablet discontinued.
omg. might as well just delete this thread then, since all of them apparently just evaporate once they stop selling them. thanks for the useful post.
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No link to "UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip" is found anywhere in this thread.
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#18
Quote from Korey1994 View Post :
No link to "UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.34.zip" is found anywhere in this thread.
It's not directly linked to because it's one of many files that are preloaded on the preloaded image named "cwm5_sd_flashing_boot_preloaded-20130704.img".

Quote from jasonbuechler View Post :
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
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This thread is awesome and the instructions are first rate. Just what I was looking for. The instructions are smooth and easy to follow. I got LIquidSmooth installed fine.

I'm reluctant to post my problem on the XDA forums being a noob and all, but I have a 16gb Nook Tablet whose screen is dead. I had previously rooted and and had CM7 running smothly on it, but I wanted to upgrade to CM10 and got it installed but it would never boot. The cyanogen screen would just spin then lock up. Well, after several attempts to get it going, I now have the screen unresponsive. I have rest the Nook back to factory but with the screen being froze and unresponsive, I can't get any further.

After searching I seem to understand that somehow, something called 10 touch has been turned on and all I have to do is get into CM10 and turn it off and the screen will respond again.

My question is how do I do that if my screen is not responding to touches.

Sorry for the long winded post, but I'm trying to be as thorough as possible. Any help would be most appreciated.
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Quote from jwwj58 View Post :
This thread is awesome and the instructions are first rate. Just what I was looking for. The instructions are smooth and easy to follow. I got LIquidSmooth installed fine.

I'm reluctant to post my problem on the XDA forums being a noob and all, but I have a 16gb Nook Tablet whose screen is dead. I had previously rooted and and had CM7 running smothly on it, but I wanted to upgrade to CM10 and got it installed but it would never boot. The cyanogen screen would just spin then lock up. Well, after several attempts to get it going, I now have the screen unresponsive. I have rest the Nook back to factory but with the screen being froze and unresponsive, I can't get any further.

After searching I seem to understand that somehow, something called 10 touch has been turned on and all I have to do is get into CM10 and turn it off and the screen will respond again.

My question is how do I do that if my screen is not responding to touches.

Sorry for the long winded post, but I'm trying to be as thorough as possible. Any help would be most appreciated.
Are you able to boot it up to clockworkmod screen? It is not a touchscreen menu and do a factory reset and reinstall again. IMO, this is cleaner step to erase and reinstall instead of troubleshooting an unworking device (software related).
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Yep, I can boot into clockwordmod, but I'm not sure what to do next. I can install LiquidSmooth but when I get to the set up screen I can't go further because the screen is unresponsive. I can install CM10 but it won't load. The cyanogen screen acts like it wants to load but then it stops. I want to boot into CM10 from an sd card and then turn off 10 touch and see if my screen becomes responsive again, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong to not get the nook to run CM10 from the sd card.

I have no problem resetting the nook to factory but when I do I'm right back to square one.
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After searching I seem to understand that somehow, something called 10 touch has been turned on and all I have to do is get into CM10 and turn it off and the screen will respond again.
So did you or did you not mess with 10 touch? If you didn't then that's not your problem.
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So did you or did you not mess with 10 touch? If you didn't then that's not your problem.

I appreciate your reply and, no, I did not mess with 10 touch, as I could never get CM10 to boot. That was my thought as to how I could mess up 10 Touch when I couldn't get to it.

It's my understanding that CM7 does not have 10 touch, which I did have installed and running.

Any ideas what could be the problem? I do have a version of CM10 running fine on another Nook Tablet, so I'm not sure what could have gone wrong with the one in question. So any ideas you could give this technically challenged brain would be most appreciated.
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Quote from jwwj58 View Post :
This thread is awesome and the instructions are first rate. Just what I was looking for. The instructions are smooth and easy to follow. I got LIquidSmooth installed fine.

I'm reluctant to post my problem on the XDA forums being a noob and all, but I have a 16gb Nook Tablet whose screen is dead. I had previously rooted and and had CM7 running smothly on it, but I wanted to upgrade to CM10 and got it installed but it would never boot. The cyanogen screen would just spin then lock up. Well, after several attempts to get it going, I now have the screen unresponsive. I have rest the Nook back to factory but with the screen being froze and unresponsive, I can't get any further.

After searching I seem to understand that somehow, something called 10 touch has been turned on and all I have to do is get into CM10 and turn it off and the screen will respond again.

My question is how do I do that if my screen is not responding to touches.

Sorry for the long winded post, but I'm trying to be as thorough as possible. Any help would be most appreciated.
Quote from jwwj58 View Post :
I appreciate your reply and, no, I did not mess with 10 touch, as I could never get CM10 to boot. That was my thought as to how I could mess up 10 Touch when I couldn't get to it.

It's my understanding that CM7 does not have 10 touch, which I did have installed and running.

Any ideas what could be the problem? I do have a version of CM10 running fine on another Nook Tablet, so I'm not sure what could have gone wrong with the one in question. So any ideas you could give this technically challenged brain would be most appreciated.
Here's what I would do..

1) Verify you have the Nook Tablet, not the Nook HD or Nook HD+.

2) Make sure you boot into CWM recovery and you can navigate the menus fine.

3) Perform a "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition." Flash a ROM that was working previously.. like CM7. Wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition again and see if the tablet boots up fine with working touch:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com...5-main.jpg

4) Do a ROM backup from the working Nook Tablet (Make sure it's a Nook Tablet!) onto a microSD card then pop that microSD card into the Nook Tablet having issues and try to do a restore. The "backup and restore" options are on the main CWM menu: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com...5-main.jpg Do a "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition" if it doesn't boot.

5) Restore to factory ROM: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1402190

If the above fails... that's when you should consider "restoring" to 2 touch. Since you don't remember flashing 10 touch I would be hesitant to do this. Was your CM10 ROM 10 touch enabled? If nothing else works then it's worth a gamble..

6) The files to restore to 2 touch from 10 touch is here: http://iamafanof.wordpress.com/20...uploading/

To be more specific try these 2 files:
cm-9-20120815-acclaim-restorefw.zip [mediafire.com]
cm-9-20120815-acclaim-restorefw_sd_hd.zip [mediafire.com]

Don't forget to do a "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition" after flashing a new ROM. If you're unfamiliar with using recovery to flash files or to do wipes, now's a good time to ask.
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heero884,

Thank you much for all your help so far. I am unfamiliar with flashing a file and any help with that would be much appreciated,too.

I do have good news and bad....the good news is making a backup of the good Nook and restoring on the bad Nook got CM10 installed and booted to the setup screen......but the bad news is the screen is still dead.

I have read that 10 touch is activated when a CM10 is installed so hopefully restoring 2 touch with the restore file you recommended will work. I'm going to try that tomorrow, so here's to hoping you have some kind words of wisdom on doing that successfully.

Thanks again for your help so far.
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heero884,

Thank you much for all your help so far. I am unfamiliar with flashing a file and any help with that would be much appreciated,too.

I do have good news and bad....the good news is making a backup of the good Nook and restoring on the bad Nook got CM10 installed and booted to the setup screen......but the bad news is the screen is still dead.

I have read that 10 touch is activated when a CM10 is installed so hopefully restoring 2 touch with the restore file you recommended will work. I'm going to try that tomorrow, so here's to hoping you have some kind words of wisdom on doing that successfully.

Thanks again for your help so far.
To flash a file you can use the instructions in the first post. Specifically you want to follow: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com...ll-zip.jpg

But instead of selecting "update---for-CWM_SD_flash_and_exe.zip" you want to choose "cm-9-20120815-acclaim-restorefw.zip"

That is how you flash a ROM or update/mod. Download links are in my earlier post. If that file doesn't work you could try the other one. Don't forget to do "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition."
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Well, no luck...I flashed the acclaim-update file and it installed and booted into CM9 but the screen was still unresponsive. The acclaim-restore file would try to install but I always got an installation aborted message.

I restored to factory using AdamOutliers file but still no response from the screen.I hate to give up but I'm at a lost. Oh,well...thanks again for your help.

Do you think taking the battery out would help?
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Well, no luck...I flashed the acclaim-update file and it installed and booted into CM9 but the screen was still unresponsive. The acclaim-restore file would try to install but I always got an installation aborted message.

I restored to factory using AdamOutliers file but still no response from the screen.I hate to give up but I'm at a lost. Oh,well...thanks again for your help.

Do you think taking the battery out would help?
Can you take a picture of the message? Did you try both restore files?
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I tried both files.....the acclaim-restorefw_sd_hd_zip file was the one that I got the error message on. It would start to install and then it was "Installation Aborted" message.
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Hey, everyone, OP here. I just wanted to thank everyone for helping each other out, and above all, keeping it positive and avoiding the XDA-style angst.
Unfortunately I'm going through an extremely stressful divorce right now and just can't concentrate on this type of thing right now... sorry about that. If I get some peace sometime soon, I'll try and chime in again if there's still any poking/prodding to be done.
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