- The HP TouchPad is a tablet computer which was developed and designed by Hewlett-Packard. The HP TouchPad was launched on July 1, 2011, in the United States; July 15 in Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany; and August 15 in Australia.
The HP TouchPad was announced on February 9, 2011, at the HP webOS "Think Beyond" event held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco alongside the HP Veer and HP Pre 3.
Early reviews of the HP TouchPad were mixed. David Pogue of The New York Times wrote, "It works beautifully, and conveys far more information than the iPad 2. The tablet offers "real multitasking" with all open apps always running." Jason Chen of Gizmodo wrote, "After actually holding the TouchPad, I can say it's deceptively heavy. It's around the same weight as the iPad, but you'd think it would be lighter because the back is made of plastic. That said, it's not overly heavy, just heavier than you'd think by looking."
On August 18, 2011, 49 days after the TouchPad was launched in the United States, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would discontinue all current hardware devices running webOS. Remaining TouchPad stock received substantial price reductions, and quickly sold out.
Following Meg Whitman's appointment as new CEO of HP, in conjunction with an announcement of the company's plans to continue developing webOS as an open-source operating system, she said that the company would continue using the OS in devices, specifically resuming its use in tablets. She said this may not happen in 2012, but will probably take place in 2013.
|3.0.0||Jul 1, 2011|
|3.0.2||Aug 1, 2011|
|3.0.4||Oct 18, 2011|
|3.0.5||Jan 12, 2012||Latest webOS Rom|
- CyanogenMod 9 Official Nightlies (Ice Cream Sandwich) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1568685
- Classicnerd Butta HD (Ice Cream Sandwich) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1472892
- Android Open Kang Project (Ice Cream Sandwich) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1537636
- This is dead no links in post OaT's Light n' Tasty (Ice Cream Sandwich) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1557111
- Port of Ubuntu 11.10 On the Touchpad (Ubuntu Linux) - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1304475
First-Time Android Rom Installation Guide
This guide assumes a couple of things:
- That you have a basic knowledge of how the TouchPad (TP) works
- That you have Java installed
- That you have a basic knowledge of how to use the Windows Command Prompt
Getting The Required Files To Install Android
- On your computer, download the following files to get you started
- ACMEInstaller2 (The actual install script) - http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouchpad/tools/ACMEInstaller2 (previous link "http://goo.gl/wMsMK" was broken)
- Moboot - http://moboot.googlecode.com/files/moboot_0.3.5.zip
- Clockwork Mod Recovery - http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouchpad/recovery/update-cwm_tenderloin-1012.zip (previous link "http://goo.gl/WJIKw" was broken)
- Latest official CM9 Nightly - http://get.cm/?device=tenderloin
- WebOS QuickInstall (For Novacom drivers) - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2774158/WebOSQuickInstall-4.4.0.jar
Enable Developer Mode
- Boot your tablet into webOS. If you haven't already done so, create / log in with your webOS account information
- Once booted, enable developer mode. There are two methods to this:
- Type "leftrightleftrightupupdowndownbastart" in the Just Type bar at the top of the screen (without the quotes)
- Type "webos20090606" in the Just Type bar at the top of the screen (without the quotes)
- Click Launch Developer Mode
- Slide the little slider to On.
- When prompted to enter a password, don't bother - it is to protect developer mode from others. You're okay to just hit SUBMIT.
- Plug your tablet into your computer with the provided USB cable. When the prompt comes up, choose USB Drive
- Assuming your Java is installed correctly, you should be able to double-click on the WebOSQuickInstall-4.4.0.jar file, and have it open. Once it loads, you should get a prompt saying that Novacom is not installed, asking if you would like to. Click yes. This will install the drivers necessary for your Windows PC to recognize your TP. You can then close the WebOS QuickInstaller (unless you wish to install Preware, which is for a different day's lesson)
- Once your Novacom is installed, you should be able to see a mounted drive called TOUCHPAD in Windows Explorer / My Computer (it'll act like a USB Flash Drive). Open it.
- Create a folder in the root of that called "cminstall" (without the quotes, and it MUST be lowercase !)
- Put the following files into that folder:
- Now, you can close out of the Explorer window, and dismount the Touchpad.
- Reboot the touchpad. You can do this one of a couple of ways:
- Scroll over to Settings, choose Device Info, then Reset Options, then Restart.
- Press and hold both the Power and the Home buttons for approximately 10 seconds.
- Now, as soon as you turn it on, you MUST press Power and the Volume-Up buttons. If you do it correctly, you'll enter the WebOS Recovery Mode, which has a picture of a big USB symbol on black. If it starts to boot up WebOS, you missed. Try the second reset option from above.
- Once you are in WebOS Recovery Mode, start up a Command Prompt in Windows. Start => Run => cmd => enter.
- From there, cd to one of the following directories (depending on your OS):
- Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<USERNAME>\My Documents\Downloads
- Windows Vista / 7: C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Downloads
- Now, you will run the Novacom command to force it to install Android for you, by typing the following:
- C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc\novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
- Now, watch the magic happen, and in a few moments, you should have yourself the wonders of Android Ice Cream Sandwich on your HP Touchpad.
A few comments:
- Once you have installed Android, I highly recommend you install the Goo Manager app. This will allow you to download all of the latest ROM's for the HP Touchpad. You can get this app from http://goo.im/blog/25
- If you run the Goo Manager App, it is also recommended that you install the TWRP Recovery Manager - you can do it right from the app itself. This allows you to flash ROM's directly from the app (without having to manually go through recovery to do everything).
Android ROM Flashing Guide (if you're already on Android)
From Clockwork Mod Recovery
- First and foremost, always, ALWAYS perform a NANDROID backup of your current ROM. You can do this from the backup and restore section in CWM Recovery.
- Secondly, do a full erase of your /data, /cache, and Dalvik Cache partitions.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then confirm with the yes option.
- Select advanced, then confirm with the yes option.
- Select Wipe Dalvik Cache, then confirm with the yes option.
- Next, scroll down to install zip from sdcard
- Select choose zip from sdcard
- Navigate to where your custom ROM file was downloaded to (usually /download or /goomanager), and select it.
- Scroll down to the yes option, and it will install.
- Then back up and reboot your tablet. VOILA ! You have a different ROM.
From TeamWin Recovery
- First and foremost, always, ALWAYS perform a NANDROID backup of your current ROM. You can do this from the Backup option in TWRP.
- I would recommend you backup System, Data, Boot, and .android_secure
- Next, you will do a full erase of your /data, /cache, and Dalvik Cache partitions.
- Select Wipe
- Select Factory Reset, then swipe to Wipe. Then hit Back.
- Select Cache, then swipe to Wipe. Then hit Back.
- Select Dalvik Cache, then swipe to Wipe. Then hit Back.
- Next, hit the Home option in the top right corner, then choose Install
- Browse to where your custom ROM was downloaded to (usually /sdcard/download or /sdcard/goomanager)
- Select the one you wish to install.
- Uncheck the boxes for 'Zip file signature verification?' and 'Force MD6 check on all zips?'
- Swipe to confirm the flash.
- Hit the Home option again, then choose Reboot, and choose System.
- VOILA ! You have a different ROM installed.
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