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Nookie Honeycomb: Burning a bootable SD card

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How to burn a bootable SD card with Nookie Honeycomb on it

Pre-requisites

  • You need a B&N nookColor (which we will call NC)
  • You need a 4GB or larger microSD card that you are willing to completely erase.
  • You need access to a computer.
    • the computer must be able to read and write a microSD card.
    • the computer must have around 4gb of free space on the hard disk to hold the zip you're going to download and the unzipped version of it.
  • You must have a program to write disk images, either dd (Linux or Mac) or WinImage (Windows) software (details below).

This process can be done from a Linux, Windows or Mac machine.

Note: Devices with integrated card readers (cameras, smartphones, the Nook itself) will often not be able to rewrite the partition table and won't make bootable cards. Dedicated USB card readers are ideal.

Unlike Linux and Mac, Windows does not include 'dd' so you will want to install WinImage for writing the image to the microSD. Simply download the zip to a folder and run WinImage.exe, no installation is required.

Steps

  1. Download the latest image (02/07/2011):
  1. Unzip it using your favorite unzipper.
  • (Windows users use WinRAR, since 7Zip will error and generate a 0KB file.)
  • (Linux Users use the 'unzip' Terminal program, it Should be included with Ubuntu) Example:
unzip NameOfNookieHoneycombImage.img.zip
  1. Write the microSD card image
  • For Linux Users:
    • Bring up a terminal
    • Navigate to the directory you unzipped the microSD card image to
    • If you are running in Linux, Ensure your microSD card is unmounted (run as root)
      • # umount /dev/<sdcard>
        where <sdcard> is your sdcard (for example /dev/sdc or /dev/mmcblk0, not the mount point of the sdcard or an existing partition like sdc1 or mmcblk0p1) Don't just copy the term <sdcard> you need to know the name of the sdcard's device. Please be sure you're writing to your sd card and not to your hard disk. This is dangerous.
    • write the image to your microSD card. (run as root)
      • WARNING: This will completely erase your microSD card. Be sure to back it up!
      • # dd if=NameOfNookieHoneycombImage.img of=/dev/<sdcard> bs=1M
        • Note that you need to use the name of the img file you downloaded...
  • For Windows users:
    • Run WinImage.exe (Right click, Run as Administrator)
    • Select Disk from the menu and select "Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image...".
    • Select your SDCard from the list and click OK.
    • In the Open dialog box select "All Files" in the lower right file type box, browse to nookhoney.img, select, and click Open.
      • Last warning, click YES to write honeycomb to the SDCard!
  • For Mac Users:
    • Open a terminal window.
    • Find which drive the sd card is mapped to: type in the terminal this:
      diskutil list
    • Be very careful to identify the SD card and not your hard disk. Be VERY careful.
    • Now unmount that drive typing this:
      diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk#
      (My computer is was disk2 replace # with your number.)
    • The computer should say: Unmount of all volumes on disk<#> was successful
    dd if=NameOfNookieHoneycombImage of=/dev/disk# bs=1m
    You should copy and paste the honeycomb image file unzipped earlier into the MAC home folder for the above step to work (the folder with the icon of a house)
    Again, replace # with the number of your card. Everything needed should copy right over to the card.
    • WARNING: This will completely erase your microSD card. Be sure to back it up!
    • When it is finished (it can take 10 minutes to write the full 2 gigs, depending on the speed of your card), be sure the drive is unmounted before removing it.
  • Now, stick the card into the nook, power off, power on, and you should be in Honeycomb. After booting up, you'll find android market missing. Additional steps [1] are required to install the market app. You might want to go look at the OTHER Honeycomb pages now....

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