Aug. 31, 2011
Hi there. Figured I’d tell my tale and hope it helps other n00bs during their process. I used an 8G SanDisk class 4 mSD card from CostCo (CC item 314285 \ SanDisk model SDSDQ-8192-AC11M). I bought it in-store and it was labeled as being especially made for cell phones. Performance has been great. I used the steps outlined at http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1000957 to put CM7 on the SD card and then install GAPPS. Over all the process of getting CM7 to run was pretty painless, but once it was running the real work began.
Issues I faced:
1. During the GAPPS install a number of the apps came up as “not found”. Seems like the links in the GAPPS installer\Pacman point to incorrect places on the Android Market (AM), or the fact that the latest AM doesn’t work 100% on the Nook Color made this happen. Read on for what I did to work around this.
2. Android Market (AM) does not work 100% on Nook Color. This manifests itself in apps just not appearing at all on the market, and the front page of the market missing the MOVIES item (among others). I tried to modify my build.prop file to work around this, but could never find a free file utility that would mount that file\folder as R\W. Hesitant to pay for app “Root Explorer”, which apparently works, because I had no proof that it actually *would* work, I stumbled upon a thread explaining that changing LCD density would work. I use app “LCDDensity for Root” to fix this (https://market.andro....n3o.lcddensity). Indeed it does for me, but not permanently. Every day or so I need to do the following to make my AM fully functional:
- Android Settings>Manage Apps>Market>Clear data
- Run LCD Density app, set it to 160 and reboot tablet via the app (I use the killall method).
- When it comes back up, run LCD Density app again and set it back to 161.
This keeps the AM functional for a day or so for me. This is relatively painless to have to repeat, but some day it’s going to tip me over and I’ll explode <g>, so if someone can suggest a better way I am all ears.
3. No Netflix, even with the Android Market working. Netflix is not showing up in the Android Market for me. I found the 1.3 .APK file (it’s all over the web) and side-loaded it using DropBox (dropped the .APK in a DropBox-shared folder on my PC, then opened that same folder via DropBox on the Nook and installed it). I did not experience the fast-audio issue many people report (I think that’s because I do #2 above?). The video is terrible for the first 30 seconds or so, but that cleans itself up pretty quickly. If you want to use DropBox, PM me and I'll send you an invite code (you don't need it from me, but it would get me some free space up there. Maybe a thanks for this report? <g>).
4. Wireless connection fails completely. I have seen this only once so far, but that was enough to research a workaround. Seems that if your wireless stops working you can simply “forget” the network and re-add it. This has worked for me (and is another place where DropBox is useful – for transferring those long wireless security keys to the Nook).
5. Some apps just won’t run. WeatherBug is a big one for me: it always force-closes on the Nook. I guess you just need to accept that you won’t get 100% tablet joy from a hacked OS. That’s fine with me though; what I am getting is great, and for every app that crashes there are usually 10 alternatives.
I hope this helps. Finally, a huge thank you to “verygreen” for providing the tools over on xda, and to all those involved in CM7 development and this forum – you’re effort is GREATLY appreciated. I will be donating and encourage everyone else to do the same.
Edited by UberNewf, 06 September 2011 - 05:59 PM.