[INFO][HELP][FIXES][HOW TO] Collection of Help - Info postings for the Nook Color
I've got a problem with my Nook Color
Tired of searching for a thread that tells you what to do when you need to install, fix a problem, need a recovery, etc. I have compiled a number of links to various threads by developers and others that answer questions that get asked a lot. This post is intended to give a site that will make finding these answers easier than a regular search. It will have a list of threads and posts with various helps, have a topical list of problems and sites which address those topics, links to common sites and app needed to get what both Noob and seasoned members need to work with and on Nook Colors.
You choose to make changes, flash ROMs, etc. it is your choice. You assume all responsibility for what ever happens. I list these links because I know they have helped and work for me as well as many others. If you need help with a particular problem addressed in these links, ask on those threads.
If you use information in any of these links make sure to click on the thanks button both here and in those links. If you want to write a thank you note also, that to is fine, but does not add to the "Thanks" counter. These people have worked hard for free that we can have greater enjoyment and fun with our tablets. Most get nothing for their time and effort so "thanking them" is their greatest return and the least the rest of us can do in appreciation. Credit and kudos are given by Authors Names in Post #2
Add Network speed to Status Bar. Post#3 (B) Boot Loop Problems (2) Bootable CWM Recovery SD (v188.8.131.52 and now v184.108.40.206) (1) (C)
Change "Status Bar" or "Navigation bar" colors. Post#3
Change perceived DPI, rotation behavior, fullscreen, permissions on a per app basis Post#3 (D) Dual Boot Nook (12) (F) Freeze/Disable applications (1) (G)
Google Play says, "This app is not available for your device"
Get Xposed Framework in Post#3, download "PlayStore Fixes", set Fake density 240, Check No Restrictions Patch. Clear Google Play Store data, reboot enjoy.
(H) Home button / icon stopped working, defrost / enable android Keyguard
How can I make my ROM run smoother, have more free memory or have longer battery life. Post#4
How to play flash video on Android 4.4 Kitkat in Dolphin Browser (14)
How to do a Logcat(13) (I)
I wiped, erased, formated my /ROM (#2) partition (2)
Installing CM11 and get Status error 7 or other problems - Must use CWM 220.127.116.11 or TWRP 18.104.22.168 (Download below) Installing CM on EMMC CM11 (8), CM10.2 (9), CM7 or CM10 (6) Installing CM on SD(3) (M)
Make Play Store show All apps in listings Post#3
Modifying partition sizes(5) (N) Nook won't boot(7) (P)
Put Play Store link in App info window Post#3 (R)
Recovery boot loops(1) Repairing partitions, blank screens and cannot flash new roms (2)
Restore Nook Color to Stock, (4)
Running Netflix app in CM 10 and 11 (11) (S) Screen touch sensitivity a little off. Try Nook Screen Recalibrate in Google Play SD Card install tips Leapinlar's Tips post #2 Stock Nook Color Roms Leapinlars (1.4.3), Dizzy Dens (1.4.1) (V) Video Flicker in CM11, Crackle, Hulu and other video sites and apps (10) Volume / Sound to low. Try Speaker Boost in Google Play. Caution:
Mine works great @ 50% boost. Be very careful above 40%, go slowly and safely. If you want to rename the DSPmanager goto post #6.
(Y) YouTube updated and asked for update for Google Play Services but Google play has no update. Get Version 4.2.43 here: (11) (At bottom of attached files) (W)
Where can I get:
List of Authors of Post
To whom credits and thanks are due!
See Post (#2)
If you know of other Help, Info, etc sites post a reply I'll check it out and include it in the lists above. Even if the post are not on Nook Color forum, If it worked for you on your Nook, post a reply with your Rom version and I will check it out and consider adding it to this list.
The recoveries I have are listed below and can be downloaded in the attached files box. The MD5 sum files are in the MD5 sums for recoveries zip. Download it, un-zip it, and check with the approriate recovery.
22.214.171.124 - Good for CM7 Eyeballer or nemith
126.96.36.199 - Good for CM7 thru CM10.2 Racks
188.8.131.52 - Good for CM7 thru CM10.2 - LeapinLar
184.108.40.206 - Must have for CM11 (use pre 220.127.116.11 for pre CM11) - Eyeballer
18.104.22.168 - Touch Recovery Experimental tdm for Ramdisk Pastordl for zip installers (No md5).
Launch the Xposed Installer, go to the "Framework" section and click on "Install/Update"
You can verify this by starting the Xposed Installer again. If app_process jumped back to an older version (or none at all), you probably have a ROM with S-On or similar, which reverts any changes to /system after a reboot. Then you can try to flash this file: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...postcount=2308
For any modules you want to install:
Download <module>.apk and install it
Launch the Xposed Installer and go to the "Modules" section (you will also get there if you click on the notification warning you that the module is not enabled yet)
Enable the module by checking the checkbox
For information & help with Xposed Framework go to Rovo89's thread.
Once you have installed the Xposed Framework you can get many of the modules under the Download tab in the framework app.
There are also a large number of modules at this thread made for module developers to list their work. If the Modules indicate they are made for a specific phone or tablet they may not work on others. If you try and it does not do what it says it will contact the module maker, not rovo89, unless it is his module, ie: "Make Play store show all apps" or just un-install the module.
A Short list of some of the things you can do using Xposed Framework and modules.
These do all work with CM11 current nightlies and CM 10.2 last nightly, 1/19/14
Play Store link in app info - by qwerty12 - Does what the title says
App settings - by Tungstwenty & Rovo89 - What it is: This is an Xposed module that allows changing generic settings on a per-app basis. "Generic settings" means settings that are global to all applications, such as: perceived DPI, rotation behavior, fullscreen, etc.; more at link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2437377
Play Store Fixes - Rovo89 - Make play store show all apps
Enable SwiftKey predictions in more places - by qwerty12 - Email address website and filter list fields
This Module "Workaround for Netflix on CM10/CM10.1" works on most any CM10 thru 10.2 Rom.
From Kaepernick's post.
"Well, thanks to Entropy512's help, I was able to modify his Xposed hack to work on CM10 (based on Android 4.1) and CM10.1 (based on Android 4.2) for the Incredible. Using the newest Netflix app and it's working well without issue.
*** Make the Xposed Framework persist through a CM ROM update with script "90-xposedpersist.sh" (in the 90-xposedpersist.zip), put the ".sh" file in the /system/addon.d/ folder. Available here See Post #4 there for specifics here***
Image 1. Cyan status bar & navigation bar, network speed indicator & X blast options.
Image 2. Play Store button in app info.
Image 3. App Settings screen.
Tips to help CM10 and CM11 run smoother, less laggy, etc., and have more free memory on your Nook Color
and maybe even a little longer battery life.
These are a collection of tips that have been collected from various post in XDA, personal sharing with others, and as a result of my own desire to try to improve things where I can. I have tried everything listed here and each adds a little to smoothness(s), free memory(f) or battery(b) life. My CM11 flashed Nook runs quite smoothly, with free memory at desktop running from 110 to 160 Mb and six to eight hours of battery life depending on type of constant use. This is on a nearly three year old tablet. I have partitions set to 5Gb data and 1Gb media. All apps are in the tablet. I also have a 32Gb Sdcard. I also have over 220 apps including system apps. I use my tablet from 6-8 hours or more a day.
Unless noted all apps mentioned are available through Google Play. I recommend the apps, etc., because they work for me. I get nothing out of it except the joy of helping others. Like everything try at your own risk. This includes app I have on my Nooks. If you have other programs you can try adjusting them as I have and see how it helps, or not. Trying and finding out what does and doesn't work is half the fun.
Free and simple
On all CM10 and CM11:(s) Try lowering your maximum clock speed to 1000, or even 800mhz in System, Performance Processor, Maximum CPU frequency. Many have reported improved smoothness at slower speeds. Faster can run ahead of itself and actually make things jittery. Make sure to check Set on boot to retain settings.
CM11:Try steven676's test kernel here. (s) Most including myself have reported improvements with only marginally loss of battery time. Only needed for 4-1 and prior nightlies, kernel merged 4-2+.
On all: System Settings ( some may only apply to CM10 or 11 List:
Uncheck Network Notification (b)
Keep Wifi on during Sleep, only when plugged in (b)
Scanning always available, uncheck (b)
Wifi Optimization, checked (b)
Set quiet hours (your sleep time)(b)
Touch sounds, screen lock sound, volume adjustment sound and Charging Sounds, Enable, all unchecked (b)
Sleep (set time for max time you want screen to stay on before going to sleep, shorter time saves more battery)(b)
Kill app back button, checked, (Allows you to kill kill app by long pressing back button)(b)
CPU governor, (Lower on list will give faster response but use more battery, Default is "ondemand". Try the others and stick with what suits you the best.) Make sure to check Set on boot to retain settings.
If you haven't activated the "Developer Options list":
In "About Tablet, Build Number, tap ten times till it states "Developer Options turn on."
AdFree: (b) Available on Slideme.com Stops adds in browsers and most all App with add banners. Saves time by not downloading the adds.
On All: ((f,b) Freeze / Disable unused (unusable) apps in System.(b,s,f)
Don't delete them since any ROM update you install will replace them, freezing / disabling them will last through an update. The stock App manager allows you to disable most of these. Titanium Backup and Rom Toolbox Pro can freeze more but do cost, though I think they are well worth the price for what they deliver. There are some free "App freezer" programs available. I've only tried Chef's App Freezer, check the ratings and comments.
Android Keyboard (ASOP) - I use Swiftkey (lite is available)
Camera - (No camera in Nook, no need of file)
Com.android.smspush. No phone text.
Gmail and / or Email and Email Services (if you use another E-mail client, ie:K9)
File Manager ( if you uses another ie Root Exporer (Speedsoft) or Root Browser (Jrummy))
Google search - Definately slo-o-ows things down
Key Chain - if you don't use lock screen
Mobile Data and Mobile Network Configuration - No phone, no need
One time Init - only used on first install once
Picasa uploader - If you don't use Picasa
Print Spooler - If you don't use it.
Sound Recorder - No Microphone, no need
Sound Search for Google Play - If you don't use it
Talk back - If you don't use or need it.
Trebuchet - If you use another Launcher.
Voice+ - No Microphone or phone, no need.
If you use a different clock than stock, calendar etc you can freeze / disable the stock version. Example: I use Dejaoffice to link with Outlook on my PC so I freeze Calendar storage, calendar, and calendar sync.
Change app permissions: (f,b) (for apps that run at startup and then stay in memory even when you not running them.)
I use App settings, it requires Xposed Framework to run but once set up does it's thing in startup, changes permissions, and closes. To get the Xposed Framework go here.
The most common causes of this problem are the following permissions: receive boot completed, vibrate, and wake lock. Not all apps can have these turned of. App settings has the ability to launch the program from is menu. Try turning off a permission, save, menu (launch). If it works great, if not go back and turn that permission back on.
The following is a list of Apps I changed permissions on and which permissions I disabled to keep them from persisting / sticking in memory:
Advanced Task Manager: receive boot completed, and wake lock. Alarm Clock Extreme: read phone state, receive boot completed, vibrate, and wake lock. BusyBox Installer: receive boot completed, and wake lock. CPU Master Pro: receive boot completed. Crackle: receive boot completed, vibrate. DejaOffice: vibrate. Elixer: vibrate, and wake lock. Evernote: receive boot completed, and wake lock. Google Play Services: receive boot completed, and wake lock. Kyo-Tux Aeon HD: vibrate. News and Weather: receive boot completed, and wake lock. Nook: receive boot completed, vibrate, and wake lock. Pandora: receive boot completed. RoboForm: receive boot completed ROM Manager: receive boot completed, and wake lock. The Weather Channel: receive boot completed, vibrate.
Titanium Backup: receive boot completed, vibrate. Winamp: vibrate. YouTube: receive boot completed, vibrate.
Advanced Task Manager: (b,f,s) Put the widget in dock, set your ignore list in app. One press and all unwanted apps go bye-bye. My Ignore List:
Replace DSPManager with Speaker Boost: (f,b) Get more volume and save EMMC memory.(DSPManager 18Mg - Speaker Boost 1.7 Mg=16.3Mg saved) Get more info here.
Replace Trebuchet with Nova Launcher: (s) does more, has more adjustments. (Does take more memory but pays back in smoothness)
LagFix (fstrim) Free. (s) Use two to three times a week. (s,b)
Use Elixer widget to replace other widgets: (f,b) and save Memory 45 meg (for Battery widget, Wifi state and stats widget, free memory and CPU stats) - 12 Meg for Elixer = 33 Emmc memory saved.
Rom toolbox lite: Settings: (f,b,s) (some of these may need Pro)
Settings, Main Preferences, Boot Delay, 40 seconds.
Task Manager, Tap on Task Manager on top left of screen.
You can change the Minfree memory settings, with CM10 I found strict to work the best. So far with CM 11 custom settings of 22 FA, 35 VA, 55 SS, 75 HA, 85 CP, and 95 EA setting works well.) I set them then save them into custom settings) Start up killer, add Elixer, Google play services, The Weather Channel, and YouTube. (keep them out of active (service) memory or minimize there active size.) Ignore List. 360 security (or your antivirus app), AdFree, AFWall+, Android system, Clipper+, Earthquakes, Elixer Widget, K-9 Mail, Mobile Data, Nova Launcher, Pie Pro, Rom Toolbox Pro, Speaker Boost, System UI, Tasker.
SD Boost. You can change the size of the cache to both internal and external SDcard. I find with my class 4 Sandisk SDcard a setting of 4096KB works best. A benchmark is available to test your settings. If you have a faster card ie: Class 10 you can try larger cache sizes and save as custom.
Not Free but worth it (IMHO)
Upgrade to Nova launcher Prime:
In Nova Settings: (s)
Look and Feel, Scroll and Animation speeds (faster than light) (s)
New Apps - check Auto Add Short cuts, (make sure to turn off auto add in Google Play.)
Labs - Check the following, Big Grid size options, Widget Image Async List, Widget Image Cache, Restore Widgets Faster. (s)
Upgrade to Rom Toolbox Pro, LagFix (fstrim) Premium (scheduling trims): Get more bells and whistles and help support the developers.
If you have other Apps, tricks, tweaks that you have tried and found to help. Please reply and I will try them out and list them if they do add to the smoother, longer, freer Nook.
Ever since CM7 and Nook Color Tweaks, in has been necessary to find a way to boost the sound output of our little wonder tablet. I tried several an ended up using Speaker Boost. I have found that I no longer need to use DSPmanager. The problem is that freezing or disabling the app doesn't keep it from installing in memory and using 18meg of precious RAM. Renaming the file with.bak extension or deleting it works but, if you like to keep up with the nightlies like I do it is re-installed with every update. It gets to be a pain using a file manager to do this every day. So let your Nook do the repetitive work.
So I have worked up three quick and easy ways to rename the file.The best and easiest is the last.
1. Is a Tasker task. This was the first one I used and I setup a widget so I. Can rename with one tap. The.xml file can be imported as a task into Tasker.
2. Is an apk made from the Tasker task. It works the same way just doesn't need Tasker to work.
3. A script file that can run at every boot, check if DSPManager.apk exists, and rename it. This eliminates having to rename it and reboot after every ROM update. It is only 279 bytes and is the only file that has to remain to work. In the 90RnamDSP scripts.zip below are three files. One that goes into userinit.d folder, an instruction.txt file and an installation script that sets everything in place just by running it.
I want to thank LeapinLar for the help he gave debugging the rename script. This was my first script and had to get everything in proper order and get the syntax correct. What I learned help me build and debug the installation script in a few hours.
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