BN Nook Simple Touch/USB host mode
Enable USB host mode on the Nook Simple Touch to attach a keyboard, flash drive, microphone, and headphones, etc.
- Instructions assume:
- a new, in-box machine (avoid refurbished, which can have bad batteries)
- a non-tech user.
- Some command line work required.
- First, read through all instructions first, below and at links.
- Follow all instructions closely
- Nook Simple Touch
- USB cable (A/microB)
- USB card reader
- microSD card, 4GB+, SanDisk brand, Class 2 or 4
For keyboard and flash drive
- OTG adapter, USB male microB/female A
- Hub, powered (recommended)
This is a summary. Find detailed instructions at each link.
- Unbox and charge device. Use Quick Guide.
- Update device to 1.1.2.
- Backup NST with noogie You just need noogie, so only follow instructions from the top of the page through step 8 of the 17-step list near the bottom. Ignore all instructions for downloading and installing URamdisk (that comes later). Note: Ignore recommendation of class 6 card; card listed above works fine. Once you've burned the noogie image, if you get lost, Jocala's backup/restore page has a few tips for you.
- Format microSD card with fat32 filesystem. To it:
- Boot NST with card to install above zips
- To use keyboard, see "Operate" below
- uImage enabled for USB host mode
- UsbMode.apk, an application to enable host mode when desired
- Update to latest OS version (optional)
- Root the Nook to gain access
- Replace uImage on the boot partition
- Install UsbMode.apk
The current state of the kernel driver that supports USB host mode is a bit unreliable. You may need to experiment a bit to get USB host mode to work.
Important: You must be using an adapter cable that clearly says OTG. You can find them all over the internet. It is not important if they say that it is for a Samsung or HTC or any other brand, but it must clearly say OTG.
Due to the internal state of the driver, this works most reliably after a reboot. Plug the keyboard into the OTG adapter, plug the OTG adapter into the Nook. Use your USB host mode utility to switch the power regulator "off" and switch into "host" mode. Leave "OTG" mode alone. It might be useful later. If you are lucky, the Nook will go into host mode and identify the keyboard.
If that didn't work, go into "peripheral" mode then back into "host" mode.
If this doesn't work, disconnect the keyboard from the OTG adapter, leaving the OTG adapter connected to the Nook. Switch to host mode. Does the LED turn a solid green? If so, plug the keyboard in. See if it is recognized.