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NookColor: Review/Rooting Guide - This 8-Bit Life

Leland Flynn


Width 5 in
Depth 0.48 in
Height 8.1 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 5 in x 0.48 in x 8.1 in
Weight 15.8 oz

CPU Processor:

ARM Cortex A8-based Ti OMAP 3621 @ 800 MHz (same processor as Droid 2 and Droid X)

GPU Processor: PowerVR SGX530 Graphics Rendering: Open GLES1.1/2.0
Hardware Scaling: 854×480 scaled to 1024×600 Video Formats: .3GP, .MP4, .3G2 ** Video Codecs: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, ON2 VP7 **
Image Formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP ** (same GPU as Droid 2 and Droid X)

RAM: 512MB Hynix H8MBX00U0MER-0EM MCM (Stacked Chips 2x256MB each die mDDR)

Internal Flash: 8GB Sandisk SDIN4C1-8g
Removable Flash: up to 32GB via microSDHC

Radio: Chip ID Ti wl1271 (kernel reports wl1273) Chip supports bluetooth transmit/receive and fm radio functions through the same antenna,
but is not enabled in software drivers.
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Security: WEP/WPA/WPA2/802.1x
Mode: Infrastructure

Display: 7″ 1024×600 IPS Display w\VividView Cypress Semiconductor TTSP Gen 3 (TMA340) Touchscreen
Pixels per Inch: 169 Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: 16 Million
Viewing Angle: 178°

Audio: Ti TLV320DAC3100 Codec 3.5mm Headset Jack (TRS 3-Pole) – no mic input Single Rear Speaker PWM Headphone Amp Headphone Detection Mic Amp and ADC
Audio Formats: .3GP, .3G2, .MP4, .AMR, .MP3, .MID, .XMF, .MXMF, .RTTL, .OTA, .IMY, .WAV, .OGG, .ACC **
Audio Codecs: ACC, ACC+, AMR, MP3, MIDI, LPCM **

Power Management: Texas Instruments TPS65921 PMIC Integrated Power Management IC with 3 DC/DC’s, 4 LDO’s, USB HS Transceiver

Battery: “Barnes & Noble” labeled 3.7V 4000mAh 14.8Wh Li-ion battery Battery Life: ~8 hours

Micro-B USB 2.0 High-Speed


Overall the stock experience is nice. For 249.99 you get a fairly capable device. Reading books from the B&N store is pleasant and not rough on the eyes due to the IPS display. The reader app that comes preloaded has plenty of text

resizing and color options. I find myself using the night mode quite a bit as it just feels easier to read to me. It comes with a few apps preloaded as well including Pandora, a Sudoku game, an mp3 player and a basic web browser. This is

all well and good, great actually for the price, but it realy begs the question, with the kind of hardware we are looking at here, why didn’t B&N just release this as a tablet with access to a normal Android interface?

Rooting guide

Disclaimer: Don’t blame me if you brick your device, this is a very real possibility, but if you take care and read this all before starting you should be good to go.


# You need a B&N nookColor (which we will call NC)

# Before rooting, you need to complete BN’s registration process, you will not be able to link your NC to your BN account to buy books after     rooting.

# A 128 MB or higher microSD card that you are willing to completely erase.
# You need access to a computer running linux (preferably with ADB already installed).

       * the computer must be able to read and write a microSD card.
       * the computer must have a working USB port to talk to the nook.

# You need a working wifi connection for the NC.
# You must have a Gmail/Youtube linked Account. IF you used a Gmail account for B&N Registration    you should use that one for this process. If you don’t have a Gmail account, go make one. You need it for this process even if you never use it again in your life.

# You must have a program to write disk images, either dd (Linux or Mac) or Win32DiskImager (Windows) software (details below).

    Read more:

Step 1: Download GabrialDestruir’s auto nooter.

    *auto nooter 2.12.15 file 15 Dec 2010 if you have not updated the nook’s firmware
    *auto nooter 2.12.18 file 18 Dec 2010 if you have updated to 1.0.1

Step 2: Unzip it using your favorite unzipper.

Step 3: Write the microSD card image

# In a terminal
# Navigate to the directory you unzipped the auto-nooter image to
# Ensure your microSD card is unmounted (run as root)

# umount /dev/<sdcard>

<sdcard> is your sdcard (for example /dev/sdc or /dev/mmcblk0, not the mount point of the sdcard or an existing partition like sdc1, this     is actually where I got tripped up my first go round. Don’t just copy the term

<sdcard> you need to know the name of the sdcard’s device. You can check this by runnin the command string sudo fdisk -l. Please be sure you’re writing to your sd card and not to your hard disk.     This is dangerous.

# write the image to your microSD card. (run as root, or sudo if you’re on Ubuntu)

        * WARNING: This will completely erase your microSD card. Be sure to back it up!

# dd if=auto-nooter-2.12.18.img of=/dev/<sdcard> bs=1m
Note that you need to use the name of the img file you downloaded… 2.12.18 or 2.12.15

Step 4:

#Remove the MicroSD
#Boot the NOOKcolor with the microSD card.

# Shut the device down completely. Make sure the USB cable is unplugged hold the power button down until prompted and choose power off.
# Insert the microSD card into the NOOKcolor.
# Plug the USB cable from your NOOKcolor into your computer.
# The NOOKcolor will boot the microSD although the screen will remain off.
# If you’re using the Nook cable, the charge LED may blink. That would be ok, it is not important.
# Within a minute, your computer will see a new USB device.

# In Linux It will show up as a RNDIS ethernet device. You may ignore this. (Or see next section for advanced uses)

If you are using the Auto-nooter, when the process is done, it will auto-boot into the regular boot process. When you see the new boot animation, you’re all done.

Other things to do:

To actually enable the Market using Auto-nook, you have to finish the process on the NookColor itself.
Note: Be sure that before you began the root process above, you signed in & registered the device with B&N.

* Unlock the device.
* At the Android Welcome Screen tap the robot.

* Skip “Learn how to use your LogicPD Zoom2”

* Skip “Set up your Google Account”
* Select both boxes for “Use Google Location” and click Next (Send anonymous data to Google check box may be optional)
* Tap the white Nav Arrow > settings > Wireless & verify that you are connected to WiFi
(The Nav arrow is the white up arrow in the middle of the notifications bar at the bottom of your screen.)
* Tap the Nav Arrow > extras > Youtube & accept the ToS
* Tap the menu (to the right of the Nav Arrow) & select “My Channel”, then Add account & add your linked Google Account
When you log in, put in your entire gmail address, it must be of the form Nothing else works.
* Tap the Nav Arrow & extras & launch Gmail
* In Gmail, tap menu > accounts > chose your account (may be optional)
* Then menu > Refresh. Wait for sync. It takes a minute. You should see your Inbox. (If it fails to sync that is fine.)
* Launch google Talk and be sure it connects (this step may be optional).

* Open up Market and Accept Terms and Service. You should be able to see market apps & download & install directly from the Market.


If you want to enable non-market install of software by applications like slideme and Astro, until auto-nooter is updated, visit this link.

From here you’re all rooted, and ready to install any launcher of your choice, I recommend Launcher Pro.


Thanks to for all their hard work and a really well written tutorial.

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