NOOK Tablet booting from SD

Now that hackers have bypassed the secure bootloader on the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, the real fun begins. NOOK Tablet hacking is still in the early phases, but developers have already figured out how to load a working ClockworkMod Recovery onto the tablet so that users can backup and restore software or flash custom software on the tablet.

Developers are also working on booting software directly from a microSD card. This could eventually allow you to install CyanogenMod 9 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on an SD card and run it without erasing the stock Barnes & Noble version of Android that comes installed on the device.

AdmOutler has released a lengthy proof of concept video showing the NOOK Tablet booting from a microSD card. It’s still a work in progress and not a complete ROM, but he has posted the tools to make a bootable SD card and instructions for using them.

You can also find instructions for installing ClockworkMod at xda-developers thanks to developer nemith.

The NOOK Tablet is a $249 tablet from Barnes & Noble with a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor, a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, and 16GB of storage. The Barnes & Noble software is based on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but out of the box the tablet is designed to run apps and read books downloaded from the B&N shop. Hackers have been trying to find ways to make the NOOK Tablet work more like a general purpose Android tablet.

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2 replies on “NOOK Tablet can now run CWM recovery, boot from SD cards”

  1. Thanks for continuing to keep us posted on these recent Nook Tablet deveopments. Also, it’s been fun following CES with a Liliputing slant.

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