November 1st, 2011, 11:12 PM
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Getting started (CM7 for your Touchpad)
Beginners guide to getting CM love on your TouchPad.
What you'll need:
Download webOS Doctor
- The USB cable that came with your HP Touchpad
- A computer with the following:
- Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), or Mac OS X 10.5 (Snow Leopard). Not recommended for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).
- An available USB port (not through a hub or secondary USB connection)
- Java 1.5 or later installed on your desktop computer. See Java.com: How do I test whether Java is working on my computer?
- 200MB available storage space
- Fully charged Touchpad. If it isn't charged, you may have to wait for it to charge (which takes a long time via USB)
- An Internet connection capable of downloading large (up to 200MB) files
You'll need the latest webOS Doctor file for the Touchpad
, which is 3.0.5 and you can get it from here: WebOS Doctor Versions - WebOS Internals
To install CyanogenMod (CM7) You'll also need to download the latest files from: CyanogenMod - RootzWiki
. The installer and other files are updated periodically so it's best to redownload them each time you install. For that reason we don't link directly to them here.
- Acme Installer & instructions
- Latest version of CM7.1
- Clockwork Recovery
You'll also need Google Apps (gApps): gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip
Putting it all together:
Copy the files to your Touchpad:
- Boot into webOS
- Plug your Touchpad into your computer via the stock USB cable. A USB icon should appear on your Touchpad in your notifications area, with an option to start "USB Drive". Tap "USB Drive".
- Find the new Touchpad drive letter on your computer. Depending on your operating system, a shortcut may appear on your desktop. Navigate to the Touchpad drive, and make a new folder titled "cminstall" (exactly like this).
- Copy the 4 .zip files for CM7.1, Clockwork Recovery, Moboot, and Google Apps directly into this folder. Do not extract the contents of these .zip files, leave them zipped.
- When the files are done copying, close the Touchpad window you opened to copy files, then "safely unmount" your Touchpad. On a Windows computer, there will be an icon by the clock to do this OR right-click on the Touchpad drive on your computer an choose "eject". Then unplug your usb cable to disconnect it. You may get an error when doing this. When the desktop returns (about 20 seconds, hold down the power and choose shut down.
- Reboot your Touchpad and start webOS recovery mode: Holding down the "volume up" button, press the power button until your Touchpad starts. A big usb symbol will be on the screen, meaning your TP is ready to install CM7.
- Again, connect your Touchpad to your computer via the usb cable.
After booting Android: (needs a little work)
- You'll first need to make sure you have "novacom.exe" on your computer. This should come with the webOS Doctor package. For Windows computers, navigate to "C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc". You should see "novacom.exe" within this directory.
- Unzip the ACMEInstaller/instructions .zip file into this directory (it's much easier later on if the ACMEInstaller script is in the same directory as novacom.exe)
- Open a command window on your computer. For Windows computers, press start then type "cmd" into the search bar and hit enter.
- Type "cd C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc" (without the quotes). This will navigate you to the directory containing novacom.exe and the ACMEInstaller. (It should indicate your location to the left of your active cursor)
- Type (EXACTLY!): "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller" (without the quotes)
- Cross your fingers.
- You should see 2 penguins and lots of lines of texts. It will spend some time installing the .zips in the "cminstall" folder. After this you will see the Moboot screen with options to boot into CM7, boot into recovery, boot into webOS, or boot into webOS Doctor. It will boot into CM7 by default after 7 seconds.
- To navigate the boot menu screen (Moboot), use the volume up and down keys, and press the physical menu button below the touchscreen to select an option. It will default to CM7 after 5 seconds.
- If novacom refuses to run, try the Universal Novacom Installer
- Tap the Android to start. Pick your language.
- Then connect to your router before activating or it'll fail. Long press on the wi-fi icon in the status bar to bring up the wireless settings. Find your router, tap it and enter your password. Hit the back icon in the icon tray when done to return to the activation screen.
- Activate with Google.
- Pick Google apps to download. Google will give you a chance to download apps. If this fails, you can reinstall missing Google apps here.
- Finish activation.
- Set your date and time. You'll have wi-fi issues if you don't do this. Settings... Date & Time... Uncheck "Automatic", then set the time zone, date, and time settings. When finished, you can check "automatic" at the top again.
You're now using Android on your Touchpad. If you have any issues, refer to the instructions within the ACMEInstaller zip file. There are instructions there for what to do in case of an error.
To update or repair CM7:
Simply copy the CM7 file(s) to your Touchpad and run Acme installer again.
Thanks to Strat1227 for help with this guide!
(He did most of the work.)
WebOS Doctor Versions - WebOS Internals
How To Recover - WebOS Internals
Last edited by colchiro; January 30th, 2012 at 07:42 PM.
Reason: Updated link to doctor 3.0.5