Sunday December 17 , 2017

Easy NookColor Rooting & Hacking?

kindlenookcolorThe first nookColor rooting mechanisms were really best for experienced computer pros willing to follow very detailed instructions.  There is a new mechanism called an "auto-nooter" that executes all these steps for you and is probably the first root tool that's easy enough for an average user to follow.  I've summarized the steps that are outlined in detail on the Nookdevs site. If you are basic computer skills and a serious desire for the Kindle app or Angry Birds on your nook you are in luck!

Disclaimer: This could void your warranty or destroy your device.  Reality is it's pretty safe and easy to undo but you've been warned.

1) Make sure you've updated to 1.0.1
If you aren't familiar with how to update your nookColor to 1.0.1 just go the the B&N downloads for NookColor and copy the zip file to your nook directory (don't unzip it). Eject your nook and wait about 10 minutes and it should start the update and reboot.

2) Download the Auto Nooter tool and use a special tool to write it to an SD card.
The instructions on the nookDev page are pretty detailed just read them carefully.  The tool you are using "dd" can do something bad to your computer hard drive if you specify the wrong drive! Just read carefully, it's not hard.  If you are on Windows you'll need to download a "dd" tool to create the image on your SD card.  You cannot do this operation with the MicroSD card in the nook (image will be created but root will not work).  NOTE: Your SD Card will be deleted.

3) Start the nookColor with the special SD card and let it do the magic.
The nookDev page has some good post-install instructions but honestly mine didn't follow the path they had very well. The big deal is to get your google id setup in the tool for the market, etc. It does seem after installing from the Market a reboot is required before the new apps show up on "Extras" page.


0 #14 lupo1954 2012-01-14 22:01
give me a way to root my nook 1.4.1. and I'll do it in a heartbeat. What is the advantage of reading an hour a day for free at B&N when the whole world of android market is yours??? And, come on $9.99 for most of that idiotic literature you can buy is far too much. All I need to buy is science book (electronic engineering) and those are expensive as it can be and most of the time you can't even get them as eBooks.

I hope there is somebody out there able to crack the 1.4.1 version soon.

0 #13 Keleia4Him 2012-01-11 14:09
Quoting Wendy:
hi, I rooted my nook using the cyanongen card
it was super easy, and it is working great, however, be aware that there is no password protection on your device if you do this. I didn't know, so now I'm spreading the word.

Wendy, was your nook version 1.4.1 ? Sorry, but need to be really clear what I am buying! Thanks.
0 #12 Wendy 2012-01-11 12:36
hi, I rooted my nook using the cyanongen card
it was super easy, and it is working great, however, be aware that there is no password protection on your device if you do this. I didn't know, so now I'm spreading the word.
0 #11 Keleia4Him 2012-01-11 11:34
Please help with instructions to root nook color version 1.4.1 Thank you so much!~
0 #10 Keleia4Him 2012-01-11 11:32
Please, can you give all the steps to root nook color if running 1.4.1 ? Thanks so much!
0 #9 Arnie Shore 2011-12-25 09:23
Guys, re "Make sure you've updated to 1.0.1". Ok, but ...

Can show/tell us noobs how to find the version number?
-1 #8 2011-08-18 22:46
Quoting jcarley0830:
Man I so want to take the plunge but worry about losing functionality of nook as I do use it as an ereader.

Afraid I won't be able to after hack and I have an MSN email tied to BN not my android GMAIL so not sure if that matters.

Wish I knew when official Froyo update was coming.

Nook is one of the hardest devices to brick. Theres always a way to get it back to stock.
0 #7 Amy MacEvilly 2011-06-03 09:54
Can you update this please to address rooting after the 1.2 upgrade?
0 #6 2011-01-29 22:43
If I root, will I be able to get gmail and google calender apps? Also are the notebook apps like ak available?
+3 #5 rogeraes 2011-01-09 10:00
I rooted my nook color and everything seems to be working fine. I did find that I can no longer read books for free at B&N for an hour a day. Any ideas on this?

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