So in the last couple months I ported the encore u-boot menu/console/configuration stuff over to acclaim (Nook Tablet). The acclaim really needed the menu plus had a ton of "2nd bootloader" issues that needed to be addressed to fix the locked bootloader bug. On nemith's suggestion, the u-boot really isn't just for cm7/9 (it can be used with any OS), so I called the newer bootloader, "CyanoBoot". Kind of a working title until I think of something better.
In the process of the acclaim port, the UI menuing interface was rewritten and some small features were added.
Anyhoo... Last night on a whim I decided to port the improvements back to encore's u-boot. So there's a version now for encore as well so that NC can enjoy the UI benefits.
It's similar to the acclaim version, minus fastboot (which we don't need, since encore doesn't use dedicated boot and recovery partitions) and minus a 'clear bootcount' setting since, well, development is up to speed w/NC that such a feature seems not necessary.
That said, here's the new stuff:
- new exciting splash
- Indicator in top left. "E" means u-boot is loading from emmc. "S" means it's loading from Sdcard.
- Additionally you can now see the system's "boot count" - the number after the indicator described above. If this count goes up, your boot count is not being cleared as it should be.
- Instruction to "hold down "n" for menu"
- boot menu is way easier to use, clearer, and uncluttered.
- all the old stuff is there (Nook Color Tweaks' boot settings), combo keys, etc.
If you feel bold and are willing to risk everything, give it a try and let me know if you run into issues. Think of this as an alpha. If people like it, I'll push it to the repo as the default.
To install: It's just "u-boot.bin", and it goes in the first partition of your SD or EMMC. Make sure you have a good backup in case things screw up.
NOTICE: CYANOBOOT (WORKING TITLE) IS HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE USED BY NON-DEVELOPERS AND/OR THOSE UNWILLING TO ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY UNTOWARD CONSEQUENCES OF USING (OR ATTEMPTING TO USE) THE SOFTWARE. ALL SUCH ACTIVITY MUST OCCUR *ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK* AND YOU ACCEPT ALL CONSEQUENCES FOR DOING SO. THE USE OR ATTEMPTED USE MAY HAVE UNINTENDED RESULTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA, DAMAGE TO HARDWARE, AND/OR EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA. CYANOBOOT IS NOT ENDORSED, AFFILIATED, SPONSORED, NOR ASSOCIATED WITH THE "DAS U-BOOT" PROJECT, GOOGLE, BARNES AND NOBLE LLC, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, DENX., NOR ANY OF THEIR PARTNERS, OWNERS, EMPLOYERS, AFFILIATES, CLIENTS, SUBCONTRACTORS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, ADMINSTRATORS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, ETC. EXCEPT INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE PROVIDED AND LICENSED SOURCE CODE TO BE FURTHER MODIFIED AND DISTRIBUTED. SEE THE RELEVANT GNU PUBLIC LICENSE FOR LICENSING DETAILS AND OTHER DISCLAIMERS. THIS SOFTWARE IS OBVIOUSLY INTENDED FOR USE ONLY BY THOSE WHO ARE AUTHORIZED TO DO SO.
Aside from thanks mentioned in the acclaim thread, I want to add thanks to hacdan and racks for testing for me on emmc and sd.
Seriously though, as opposed to the acclaim version that was in development for weeks, this has been tested for like an hour. On the other hand I actually have a device to try it.
Update March 28, 2012
So thanks to some hard work from tonsofquestions, we've got a new version with some very cool improvements!!!
* The UI now dims out any option in the menu that isn't available
* some nice code refactoring that I was too lazy to do
* the "altboot" button combo (up and down volume keys) will now choose regular boot if altboot is set as default (and vice versa)
* You can now enable a previously "hidden" menu option (plus a second configuration menu) by doing the following commands:
adb shell echo "0" > /rom/u-boot.altboot
adb shell echo "0" > /rom/u-boot.device
This unlocks a "built-in" default menu, effectively doing the same thing as the Tablet Tweaks build options, only right from u-boot itself!
Please test from various configurations (emmc/sdcard/normalboot/altboot/etc/etc)... I haven't tested this one as thoroughly.. or really thoroughly at all. And thanks to tonsofquestions for the contribution!
9/20/12: Two minor fixes...
9/19/12: Moved to a new repository at nookiedevs.
3/28/12: New features from tonsofquestions. See update notice above.
3/16/12: Clear the "Push n for menu" message on screen once boot has been determined.