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Old November 1st, 2011, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Getting started (CM7 for your Touchpad)



Beginners guide to getting CM love on your TouchPad.

What you'll need:

System Requirements

  • The USB cable that came with your HP Touchpad
  • A computer with the following:
  • 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


Download webOS Doctor:

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
  • MoBoot

You'll also need Google Apps (gApps): gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip or gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip (mirror site)



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.

Running ACMEInstaller:

  • 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


After booting Android: (needs a little work):

  • 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.



Congratulations! 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.)



References:
http://ws.hpwebos.com/webosdoctor/sorry.htm
WebOS Doctor Versions - WebOS Internals
How To Recover - WebOS Internals

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hiys is that the beta still ?
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Its still alpha.
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I expect a alpha3 in the next week, maybe two. They seem to sneak in the last few fixes without updating the fixes page right away.

Right now my only issue is with wi-fi. After sleeping it may not connect, but turning wi-fi off and back on fixes it so not a huge problem.
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how is it stability wise? I've got a lead on a 32gb with the portfolio holder and the charging dock(touchstone).

I can probably score it all for 225.

Liking the nook I've already got but bigger is always better.
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Buy it. If nothing else you could sell for much more.

I've had both and like this much more, esp. if you like to tinker, install nightly builds (which hasn't started yet) and like the possibility of ICS. There's no guarantee the NC will get ICS and if it does, will be months after the TP.

Also remember, the NC had flaky BT, no mic, no camera and cheap speakers.
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Sweet just put it on. Any idea why it wont show up on my computer though now?
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Did you enable usb mode on your TP? Pull the status bar down and tap it.
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Anyone know where I can still find a download for CyanogenMod 7.1? Every link I get on Google just directs me to version 10 instead.
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I'd try CM9 or 10 instead. There's been a lot of stability fixes (like fixes to prevent bricking your device and battery improvements during sleep). Time to move forward...
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I searched for quite awhile for a viable CM7. I really just wanted to benchmark the difference as most older hardware platforms actually perform better on it. (Older being relative in the CE world) I never found any that appeared stable enough to make it worth the effort.

If you are really set on trying ti try Filecrop.com or ISOhunt, or google for a decent ftp search engine. That's the best way to find older images and things.
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