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By Windsor1959, Senior Member on 21st October 2015, 05:31 PM
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23rd October 2015, 12:28 PM |#11  
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Wow, you are good !

I have the Plus too, lmk if you need testers
 
 
24th October 2015, 02:31 AM |#12  
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I also have the Plus now, and I could be a tester, too.

I had a hard time getting my MacBook Pro with Android File Transfer to see my new Nook, but I finally succeeded. Then I tried Calibre. I got a "failure to communicate" error message from Calibre. I persisted and tried to send a book to the Nook. Calibre couldn't see the book on my Nook. However, it showed up in the Nook library after a few minutes. I also noticed that I can't create a new folder on the Nook using Android File Transfer. I only mention these things in case they might give someone else a clue in figuring out a rooting process.
24th October 2015, 03:12 AM |#13  
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So, to let the cat out of the bag, getting a root console connection to the new Nook Glow Plus is quite easy.
There is a connector location, J4, which is quite clearly labelled with the pinout.
The output is 115200-8-N-1 on a 3.3V signal level.
TX refers to the output of the Nook, RX is the input, connect up ground, leave the V alone.

(Don't connect anything to this unless you understand the description above,
it's not anything related to a 9 pin RS-232 signal without a converter.
There are plenty of cheap USB-UART converters that run 3.3V that you can buy for $3.)

You can:
Code:
setprop persist.sys.usb.config mtp,adb
setprop sys.usb.config mtp,adb
Then you will have (unrooted) ADB over USB, which is still useful to load things.

Those who don't want to scuff up their new Nook would do better to wait a bit.
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24th October 2015, 04:47 AM |#14  
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I've been following this since I heard that a new nook is available. Funny that I stumbled over the waterproof Kobo h2o a week ago and thought, I could get me a new ebook reader (I had a couple of Sonys and then switched to LCD tablets). I just don't know if I should jump the gun and get one or if I wait until I see what you all can achieve. Tinkering with my toys is important to me, but loosing the waterproofing due to opening would be a bummer.
BTW, how does that aluminum shell feel. I like the front looks of the nook, but am not too convinced about the aluminum back.
Anyways, great work. Keep up with it. I'll probably see if the local B&N has them, and I may end up buying one without knowing about how this here will develop
Getting new toys is just too tempting.
24th October 2015, 12:42 PM |#15  
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I've thought about the latter problem of reassembling the Nook.
The edging is a double-stick foam tape.
That's easy and convenient for the factory assembly.
You could just press it all back together and it would be 98% so waterproof as before, there's a lot of stick still left.
You could also clean all the tape off and put this back with a thin bead of silicone caulking.
This would actually be better waterproofing and not impossible to re-open your Nook.
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24th October 2015, 02:57 PM |#16  
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FreeScale i.MX 6SoloLite
I am sure you already have it, but just in case FreeScale documentation for MCIMX6L8DVN10AB is easy to find (I cannot post external links here)
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24th October 2015, 04:48 PM |#17  
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Here's the internal memory layout.
The good news is that there is no UMS and therefore no division of the useful space.

Code:
/dev/block/mmcblk0p1  /boot      emmc    19 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p2  /recovery  emmc    32 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p5  /system    ext4   384 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p6  /cache     ext4   384 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p7  /device    ext4     8 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p8  /misc      emmc     4 MB
/dev/block/mmcblk0p4  /data      ext4  2925 MB
I tried, but I don't think that there are any UART muxes on the micro USB.
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24th October 2015, 08:13 PM |#18  
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Question What's J9 for?
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Originally Posted by Renate NST

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There is a connector location, J4, which is quite clearly labelled with the pinout.
The output is 115200-8-N-1 on a 3.3V signal level.

OK, what's J9 for?
24th October 2015, 08:41 PM |#19  
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There are only two things I'm waiting on before I upgrade from my beat to heck Nook Simple Touch.
1) Root- I know this will take a little while, I can be patient
2) I would like to know if the issues with the glow light have been resolved.

I've actually been looking for a new e-reader for a few months now, but couldn't find anything I liked on the market. But a Nook Glowlight with Android 4.4 + water resistant + metal case? I'm in . You should see the gouges my poor old NST's screen has lol. Thanks for your work so far Renate.
24th October 2015, 08:43 PM |#20  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DeanGibson

OK, what's J9 for?

That's for you to wire in your GPS to make a really cool hiking map.

Um, it's apparently unused.

Ok, just to make your Nook livable for now:

Code:
mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system
cd /system/priv-app
mv partner.apk partner.bak
This gets rid of the forced registration screen.

There is a launcher installed, but the HOME intent was removed from the manifest.
Install your own favorite launcher and it will reboot on that.
Can't install a "Launcher2.apk"? Try this:

Code:
mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system
cd /system/priv-app
mv Launcher2.apk Launcher2.apk.bak
mv Launcher2.odex Launcher2.odex.bak
Now I throw on a few pretty fonts from my old Nook, install my Library and my Reader
and now I have the basic NGP that allows me to read the library book that I was reading.
That's the main point of this exercise.
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24th October 2015, 10:27 PM |#21  
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Renate, it would be really nice if you would be able to publish dumps somewhere - before buying device I would like to check a couple of things. Now that Sony is not an option and I am not really happy with my kindle - new Nook seems like valid alternative...
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