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Android gingerbread 2.3.1 on Nokia N900 step by step installation guide

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By reslan_912, Senior Member on 24th August 2011, 10:50 PM
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A step-by-step Android installation guide for Nokia N900 Users
Things you will Need:
1: Your nokia n900
2: Any Micro SD card (i used a 2GB)
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For this installation you need to Enable all repositories from App Manager (you need to input those information manually and be precise):
The configuration below is for N900 up to firmware PR 1.1.1:
Application manager --> Application catalogs --> New
Catalog name: maemo.org
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free
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The configuration below is for N900 for firmware PR 1.2:
Application manager --> Application catalogs --> New
Catalog name: maemo.org
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle-1.2
Components: free non-free
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The configuration below is for N900 for firmware PR 1.3:
Application manager --> Application catalogs --> New
Catalog name: maemo.org
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle-1.3
Components: free non-free
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Second step :Install rootsh from app manager or from this site : http://maemo.org/downloads/product/Maemo5/rootsh/
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Third step we will use X-terminal (here get your fingers ready :P )
basic commands used : root( to give root access) ls (list files in a folder or directory) mkdir (create directory) rmdir (removes directory this command is specially used if you Used any NITDroid before and created AND directory in the root of the phone) Ok lets get started Type in X-terminal :

root

apt-get update (to download packages needed make sure you are connected to internet )

apt-get install nitdroid-installer

y

y
(if its asks again)

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After this you have to download two files on your PC:
1st file : http://downloads.nitdroid.com/e-yes/gingerbread.tar.bz2
2nd file: http://downloads.nitdroid.com/nitins...nal1_armel.deb
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Once you downloaded those files make sure you copy them to the root phone memory ( once you connect it to the pc tap the mass storage mode and just copy them to the phone memory for example lets say its H: just open H: and copy it there)or for other users they can copy it anywhere as long as they put the path correctly
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After you have successfully copied the files open the x-terminal and typeNOTE:be precise and take care for space)

root

cd /home/user/MyDocs (cd(space)/home/user/MyDocs)

bzip2 -d gingerbread.tar.bz2 (bzip2(space)-d(space)gingerbread.tar.bz2) WAIT

cd /home (cd(space)/home)

mkdir /and (mkdir(space)/and)

cd / (cd(space)/)

mount /home /and (mount(space)/home(space)/and)

cd /and (cd(space/and)

tar xvf /home/user/MyDocs/gingerbread.tar (tar(space)xvf(space)/home.......or the path you put the file in

dpkg -i /home/user/MyDocs/nitdroid-kernel-2.6.28-06_final1_armel.deb (write this one like this as it here with all spaces / _ . -
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Now You have to install two more updates to Patch some Bugs in the OS.
First Is Codec Update:http://downloads.nitdroid.com/e-yes/...pdate1.tar.bz2
second VOIP update :http://downloads.nitdroid.com/e-yes/...pdate2.tar.bz2
copy both files in directory like the before 2 files
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After downloading both the files Again open X-terminal and type

root

mount /home /and

cd /home/user/MyDocs

bzip2 -d gingerbread_update1.tar.bz2

cd /and

tar xvf /home/user/MyDocs/gingerbread_update2.tar


Make sure you install the updates correctly.
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After the updates are installed you are done Installing Android Gingerbread On your Nokia n900 . just slide open your keyboard and reboot your phone. you will get a Dual Boot Option screen Select Nitdroid And Unleash the Gingerbread Power.
For more visit Nitdroids official wiki
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25th August 2011, 07:13 AM |#2  
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Wow, i've been waiting for a step by step post. And some of the posts i read said it needs a minimum 4GB SD card. Will all the features work, i mean calls and internet with 3G with other basic phone features ? This is for my wife and all she does is to go to FB, calls and text :) Is the Market working ?

Thanks again for the lovely tip
25th August 2011, 10:14 AM |#3  
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zeus09 Thanks for reply .....for me calls sometimes work sometimes not i need to fix it, camera also is not working, otherwise everything is working fine but you can try it and see it wont brick your device i will work on 2.3.3 to fix those minor bugs here....try it and tell me whats wrong so i can develop it more
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25th August 2011, 05:42 PM |#4  
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Oh yeah, I'm gonna have the phone charged fully now. Gonna give it a shot tomorrow morning. Wish me good luck man :). Hope I will not brick it ha ha
25th August 2011, 10:28 PM |#5  
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hey man go for it dont worry ! and if you need anything tell me here ill help you
27th August 2011, 12:55 PM |#6  
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Hi

I just want to know if someone could help me..

I found a problem on my n900 at ''apt-get update'' it said 99%(working) but then it said fail after a while it said some packages would be ignored, or the old ones would be used instead

apt-get install nitdroid-installer
It then said nitdroid couldnt be found

If someone could help it would be great..tnx
27th August 2011, 06:11 PM |#7  
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I found the problem tnx but the airplane mode is always on..
27th August 2011, 06:25 PM |#8  
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Just a? . Would this work for any nokia. Um say e7? Irs the same nokianess?

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28th August 2011, 04:11 PM |#9  
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I can't install the updates....
28th August 2011, 04:56 PM |#10  
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I can't install the updates. I receive the message: "Can't open input file gingerbread_update1.tar.bz2: No such file or directory."

I tried several times and always the same error. I put the 2 files in the root as i did with the first 2 files.

Please help!!!!
29th August 2011, 12:20 AM |#11  
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deviljf it worked for you ? just fine? is there any kind of deley ? but in both ways its nice to have android on n900 the concept is awesome even with some minor bugs ,,thanks for trying it man
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