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Root How to install Phiremod on your Nook Color (updated 5-29-2011)

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  1. colchiro

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    You need to have a micro sd card installed to flash most custom roms b/c many apps need the card for storage. A 4 gb card will do, but I prefer a 16 gb. (32 gb is the max that will work.) If you're purchasing a sd card, pick up a cheap 2 gb micro sd that you can use for an emergency boot disk, in case you can't boot your NC. How to make a bootable CWM recovery sd card.

    These directions assume you are already rooted. :D

    Backup your existing rom/data/apps:
    If you have nothing of value on your NC, you can skip to the next section.

    Wiping data will erase your personal settings on the NC, but not the external sd card, if you have use one. If you have apps with settings that you want to preserver, install Titanium Backup from Market. The Pro version allows more than one backup of each app and also simplifies restoring apps so you don't have to tap "install" and "done" after ever one. See my Backup 101 for more info on this.

    While your backing up things, why not make a recovery backup of your stock rom, just in case you decide you like that better or there's a problem with your custom rom?

    1. Open Rom Manager and tap the second option, "reboot into Recovery"
    2. (To use recovery, up/down volume buttons are used to navigate up and down, press the power button to go back, and press the "n" button to do the highlighted task)
    3. Press up or down volume button until "backup and restore" is highlighted, press "n" button.
    4. backup should be highlighted, press the "n" button.
    5. make sure there are no errors.
    6. press the power button once if necessary until the "reboot system now" option is available, press the "n" button to return to your rom.

    Install Phiremod rom:

    The latest version is Phiremod 6.3, available here:
    https://sites.google.com/site/phiremod/nook-color-roms

    To maximize battery performance, make sure your battery is charged to 100% before flashing
    1. Plug your NC into your computer and copy
     

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    Excellent guide dude. :D
     
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    this would have been great a week ago!
     
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    I've been running CM7 for a couple weeks now. How does Phiremod compare? Is it more themeing, some tweaks here and there? What is the OC kernel give you?
     
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    Latest CM7.02 (stable) version, themed, tweaked, includes latest stable kernel.

    OC's to 925, unless you flash to a test kernel (which might cause wifi problems), which gets you 1200, 1300. (800 is stock.)
     
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    First of all great guide.
    I went through it and was using the software just fine. When i restarted my nook it wont get past the loading screen (screen with blue android and rotating circle)

    I took out my SD card and same deal.. any ideas?
     
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    what is the fastest "safe" speed? i want to add a little more emph without out starting a fire. im not trying to go crazy. just a little faster. but im scared.:eek:
     
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    With stock kernel on Phiremon 6.2, that would be 925, which should work on any NC.

    OTOH, after flashing the latest test kernel, many people (myself included) are able to run at 1300. It's best to not check the "run at boot" checkbox until you know it's stable. All this does is pick the maximum speed. It'll still run the lowest speed (default is 300) you set at idle. There's usually 4 or so presets, depending on load.

    First thing, find the maximum stable setting: pick a speed faster than where you're at, maybe 1200 and play some games or do something for awhile that stresses the cpu and gpu and if it doesn't crash after an hour, you should be able to set it for boot. If it crashes, try a lower speed. FWIW, Kernel Manager Lite (from Market) always has the latest kernel and is probably the easiest way to flash. Standard practice says to re-flash your current rom (PM 6.2) before changing to a different custom kernel. (Don't format data or you'll lose all your settings.) Some people have wifi connection problems with the test kernels, but a new kernel should be out in a few weeks that should allow your nook to sleep AND overclock. :D
     
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    This is going to sound incredibly dumb of me, but what is Rom Manager, and how do I open it?
     
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    Have they come up with a way to install this over the B&N 1.2 update yet?
     
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    Yes, sorry. I had planned to do that anyway. :D

    You'll need this so go ahead and start without me. :D
     
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    you wanna make a how to "properly" install the latest kernel?
     
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    You mean with the latest nightly builds?
     
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    yep, i think i know, but im not comepletly sure.
     
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    I just got a nook yesterday and have it rooted and installed CM7 to eMMc. What are the differences between phiremod and CM7?
     
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    i could be wrong, but i think its just a "themed" or "skinned" version of CM7. the boot up is different and i think its only made for the nook. again, im an idiot.:D
     
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    Yeah I think you are right, I looked in to it a little and that seems to be the case.

    Anyone know if phiremod removes the cell standby? And does it provide the parts to get ad hoc support? Or are those both issues that have to be dealt with separately?
     
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    I think this is the updated kernel that works with the latest nightly builds: xda-developers - View Single Post - [Kernel][Eclair][Froyo][CM7] Dalingrin's OC kernel [4/04/11]

    Yup, that worked for me... CM7.03 stable. :D

    It's bundled with Google apps so you don't have to install them separately and it's themed with different icons, tweaked a bit and bundled with a few apps. I like it b/c it's easier to install and I prefer the appearance. Not a big fan of the green stock GB icons included with CM7. I think it's also faster than CM7, but I only installed that once.
     
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    You might also want to update the u-boot.bin file to the one that came with the B&N 1.2 update. You can flash it with rom manager.

    Think of it as a bios update. It also changed the boot wording to "Read Forever". :D

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24884878/1.2-uboot.bin.zip
     
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    Thanks for this. Rooted my NC last night with no issues at all.
     
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    Hi, I'm un-rooted and trying to figure all this out with my limited tech knowledge. I have a 2gb microSD and a class 10 8gb microSD ready.
    Do I need to put CM7 on the same 2gb card before I put Phiremod on it? Or does Phiremod by itself have everything I need?
    I tried to follow the directions from this thread:
    http://androidforums.com/nookcolor-...ootable-cwm-recovery-sd-card.html#post2632221
    but ran into problems immediately. Using Winimage, when I choose "Restore virtual hard disk image" from the "Disk" menu, my microSD doesn't show up. I've tried using the adapter that came with it and a usb adapter, but it shows nothing. It's a new card, so do I need to format it or anything to get it to show up? Or is that step even really necessary, i.e. can I just copy the phiremod zip file to the card and go from there.
     
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    Hi,

    Phiremod is a tweaked version of CM7, so no need for CM7.

    If you have good sdcards and a good adapter, either card should show up as another driver letter on your computer. If you don't get the drive, you can't move forward until you do. You do nothing to the cards to get them to show up, either they do or they don't. I had a 16gb class 10 card that no longer showed up after 5 weeks of light use.

    If you get the drive letter, but Winimage can't "see" it, make sure you're running the "administrator" version of Winimage, assuming you're running Vista or Windows 7 version of windows.

    You need to flash the 2gb card, then copy Phiremod to it. The 8gb card is only used after you finish flashing Phiremod.
     
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