If you rooted your Nook Color and you got Barnes and Noble’s mandatory update and you are now at version 1.0.1, or you never rooted it but want to do it now, there is an easier way right now using Auto-Nooter, thanks to the developers from XDADevelopers where all the credit should go. Again, this method only works if you upgraded to Nook firmware version 1.0.1. To check your version, Navigate to Settings->Device Info->About Your NOOKcolor->Software version.
If you are still at the version 1.0.0. you can read our original How to root Nook Color article or you can update to 1.0.1 (recommended).
Update: If you own a Nook Touch, we just posted our Nook Touch rooting tutorial.
Now assuming that you are at version 1.0.1, let’s see what Auto-Nooter can do for you:
Auto-Nooter is a script designed to automate a number of steps for the Nook Color rooting process that makes everything faster and easier. The script will also install several utilities like Softkeys 2.0.2 and Android market. Below is the detailed list:
- Installs su and Superuser.apk
- Installs Busybox
- Installs Softkeys 2.0.2
- Installs NookColor Tools (To Enable Non-Market Installs)
- Installs Calendar and Calculator.
- Installs Android Market, Gmail, Youtube
- Enable Multi-touch for Android Apps
- Enables Live Wallpapers
- Enables Android Market and Gmail.
- App Auto Install (Open up NooterFiles from sdcard drop in /data/app)
If you do not have yet Nook Color firmware 1.0.1, you can manually download it from B&N website or just wait until it happens automatically.
Nook Color 1.0.1 rooting Prerequisites:
- Your device should be registered, ideally using a GMAIL address. If you used a GMAIL address to register your device, that is the e-mail address to be used for this process.
- Have a microSD card ready to use, at least 128MB large. I used a 4GB card without any issues.
- You need to link your GMAIL account to your YouTube account. The process is using Android YouTube application to create a GMAIL account in your Nook Color
- Download WinImage (if you are using Windows) or dd (if you are using Linux). For instructions about how to use WinImage to copy the image on the microSD card, read our original article about how to root Nook Color (steps 3 to 10)
OK, assuming you have everything ready, let’s get to work: Note: You cannot brick your reader using this method!!!
Step 0: Download WinImage from here (last version is fine, winima85.exe) and install it. No need for registration, the trial version will work well for 30 days and you;ll only use it once.
Step 1: Download Auto Nooter version 2-12-18 from here. Note: There might be newer versions available, however the process was tested using Auto-Nooter version 2-12-18. The file name is auto-nooter-2-12-18.img.zip. Update: There is a new version of auto-nooter 2.12.25.img
Step 2: Extract the content (auto-nooter-2.12.18.imgg) somewhere on your hard drive. Update: There is a new version of auto-nooter 2.12.25.img
Step 3: Insert your microSD card in the PC
Step 4: Depending of what OS you are using, use the following commands:
- Linux: dd if=auto-nooter-2-12-18.img of=/dev/sdcard
- Windows: Use WinImage to write the auto-nooter-2-12-18.img file on your microSD card using option “Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image”. For detailed steps, read our original article about how to root Nook Color, steps 3 to 10 but use auto-nooter-2-12-18.img file instead of nooter_sdcard_40mb.img file.Update: There is a new version of auto-nooter 2.12.25.img
Step 5: Make sure your device’s USB cable is unplugged and turn your Nook Color off (you know, long press on power button, confirm you want to turn the device off when prompted).
Step 6: Insert the microSD card in your device and plug the USB cable again. Your NOOKcolor will reboot automatically, however the screen will remain off. That is correct, there is a special boot mode enabled by the microSD card. The USB cable LED might also blink indicating a special mode. It will take about 60-90 seconds and your computer will find a new device and try to install the driver for it. It won’t find the proper driver so you need to cancel the process.
Step 7 (lucky): NOOKColor will boot, do its magic and start displaying a new boot animation.
Step 8: After NOOKColor starts, it will be in a special mode where you need to configure it, displaying the Android Welcome Screen. Skip the Sign In and the “Learn how to use your…”, otherwise the device will hang (for some reason I felt compelled to sign in…DON’T!!!)
Step 9: Follow the steps until you get to a screen asking to Enable Location Services. Do so and enable both boxes.
Step 10: Connect to the Internet (hopefully you have wireless Internet access wherever you are performing this process)
Step 11: Navigate to Extras (where all the applications are) and start YouTube. Go to the Menu button. press it and select “My Channel”. Login using your GMAIL e-mail address (the one you paired with your YouTube account). At this point you have added your GMAIL account to your NOOKColor, a critical step in accessing Android Market.
Step 12: Launch GMAIL application (should be also in Extras), chose your account then try to sync by selecting Menu->Refresh, don’t panic if it doesn’t work, You need to try to sync though.
Step 13: Launch Android Market (also from Extras), click Accept to accept the terms and Service and you should be good to go.
Step 14: If you want to also be able to side load applications, run NookColor Tools App. At this point, you should be abpe to install /apk packages via Astro file explorer for example.
Let others know how the process went and if you were successful.
Note: If something went wrong, we just posted a tutorial to restore your Nook Color to factory state. It should help with the famous boot to blank screen problem.