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I have a question, If i remove the apps like the store etc, will the relative buttons/setting in the setting app disappear? or will there be a button but with non working feature?

Because for example it would be great to delete search and store from the menu that pops up when you press the "N" button

If you do that, the options will be removed from the Settings screen, but not the QuickNav bar ("n" button), I believe.
 

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Does TestCenterService serve any useful function? It does not fire up or do anything when I select it.

I am thinking of disabling it.
 

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Should I really be able to underclock the CPU as described in the first post of this thread? I've tried underclocking with both No Frills and SetCPU and either way stats still report the CPU running at 800MHz (or 1000MHz with the overclockable kernel) 15-30% of the time. I've tried this with multiple kernels and it never seems to work even though the setting is sticking in the program and apparently being set at boot.

The CPU runs at 300MHz most of the time anyway and I'm happy with the battery life, but I'm just a little curious about this.

I only recently got my Nook Touch and battery life wasn't great after initially rooting it, but I made the egl.cfg change mentioned in this thread and removed *ALL* of the stock APKs aside from Browser, globalsearch, PackageInstaller, ReaderRMSDK, and Settings/SettingProvider. I use ReLaunch instead of B&N Home/Library and I replaced the LatinIME keyboard with multiling. I get phenomenal battery life now. About 1% per 24 hours when sleeping and 1% per hour when reading PDFs in ezPDF.

That's great, but if I could squeeze out a tiny bit more by underclocking, I'd like to.
 

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Is there a way to reset the selection of the BN Reader app as the default ereader?

It does not show up in the list of apps in "Manage applications" tab of NookColorTools->All Settings.
 

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First clear defaults of all other readers you installed through Application Manager. Then at the book opening you should see a choice with 'Use by default' tick.
The Mantano Reader (the only other reader installed) has nothing to clear (its "Clear Default" greyed out). I also tried uninstalling & reinstalling Mantano -- still no dice.

I am curious as to why there is no entry for BN Reader in "Manage applications".
 
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The Mantano Reader (the only other reader installed) has nothing to clear (its "Clear Default" greyed out). I also tried uninstalling & reinstalling Mantano -- still no dice.

I am curious as to why there is no entry for BN Reader in "Manage applications".
With the app managers from both ADW Launcher and ES File Explorer I see the Reader and the fact that it is set as a default. Be sure to use the filter selection "All" with the managers.

Sent from my NST
 
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Is there any app for the Nook Simple Touch for copying/transferring files to/from PC over WiFi? I know that one can copy files using ADB-over-WiFi but I am hoping for a more user-friendly solution for people who are not inclined to go through the hassle of setting up ADB on their PC.
 

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Is there any app for the Nook Simple Touch for copying/transferring files to/from PC over WiFi? I know that one can copy files using ADB-over-WiFi but I am hoping for a more user-friendly solution for people who are not inclined to go through the hassle of setting up ADB on their PC.

WiFi File Transfer. There are probably a few apps in the PlayStore called that. The one I use has a limit of 5 Mb for file size in the free version. Works great.
 
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Which particular app are you using? 5MB is good enough for most typical ebooks.

The developer is smarterDroid.

Edit: I mistakenly added a hyphen in the app name in my post above (now corrected). For some reason it does not show up in SearchMarket any longer and even when I look at My Apps on the NST and try to go to the Market entry, it says it can't be found. Weird. Anyway, I've attached a copy below which I pulled from my NST using the app itself!
 

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The developer is smarterDroid.

Edit: I mistakenly added a hyphen in the app name in my post above (now corrected). For some reason it does not show up in SearchMarket any longer and even when I look at My Apps on the NST and try to go to the Market entry, it says it can't be found. Weird. Anyway, I've attached a copy below which I pulled from my NST using the app itself!
Thanks, I was able to find and get the app via Playstore's search & install.
 

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which was the last version of mantano reader app that works fully on NST ?
any link to download it from ?

Is it renamed to Bookari Ebook Reader now ?
 

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Here it is a working version for NST.
Since version 3 the program has changed its name to Bookari,
but those versions are quite heavy for our e-reader.
So, i think this one will do the job for you.
 

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Try this one - Mantano Reader v1.6.4.
Updated in my previous post.

thanks ... @gsms ...
this version installed alright ... but i have severe ghosting on the lower half of the page ... am i doing something wrong ... also the toolbar isn't visible at the bottom ... attached 2 images to show you the same !!!
 

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    Guide/HowTo/Tips'nTricks - The perfect Nook Simple Touch Setup

    Nook Simple Touch (N2E) power management / battery optimization

    Prerequisites:-

    You know how to backup & restore,
    You have a working backup

    Unregister & wipe user data
    (It is not required to register the device!)

    Start with stock N2E running f/w v1.0.1/v1.1.0/v1.2.0
    (If you have customized it somehow, please reset to stock)

    Update to f/w v1.2.0
    (This has the 1.1.0 kernel + some WiFi corrections)

    Root the N2E device

    Lets Begin:-


    Uninstall the following stock apps:-

    AFfileDownloadService.apk (Hint: disables book covers, skip it if you like book covers)
    AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
    BnAuthenticationService.apk
    BnCloudRequestSvc.apk
    CloudService.apk
    DemoMode.apk
    DeviceManager.apk
    DeviceRegistrator.apk
    Music.apk
    NookCommunity.apk
    Phone.apk
    QuickStartActivity.apk
    Shop.apk
    Social.apk
    TelephonyProvider.apk
    WaveformDownloader.apk

    (Hint: you can just delete the above apks from /system/app/ directory, then reboot)

    In file /system/lib/egl/egl.cfg
    Delete the line
    0 0 android
    (I suspect doing this forces h/w rendering, needs more testing)


    Download & adb install CPU utility(easier way)
    play[dot]google[dot]com/store/apps/details?id=it.sineo.android.noFrillsCPU

    Set Min AND Max clock freq. To 300 MHz
    Set CPU Governor to ondemand
    Set I/O scheduler to noop
    check “Apply on boot”
    Click Apply
    Click Exit

    Press Nook “U”/reverse“U” Button> Settings> Screen>Screen Timeout
    Choose 2 Minutes.
    Exit

    Charge the battery to 100%/Full
    Reboot

    Results:-

    Your CPU is now running at max 300MHz
    When you want the N2E device to sleep, remember
    DO NOT PRESS Power Button to set the N2E device to sleep
    DO NOT LONG PRESS the “U”/Reverse“U” Button to set the N2E device to sleep

    If you leave the N2E device alone, it will AUTOMATICALLY go to sleep,
    after the 2 minute timeout set by us.

    After a overnight/12 hour period check the battery level indicator by waking up the N2E device,
    if it automatically entered sleep state at 100% battery charge, it should wake up at 99%
    (Ideally loses ~1% charge, and most certainly less than < 3%)

    Before this process, it would lose battery charge at the rate of ~3%/hour of sleep.

    Further customizations:-

    Launcher:-
    Best launcher seems to be ReLaunch v1.3.8
    Also note: It seems to use ~20% CPU while idle, time to bug the developer
    meanwhile best not to leave it running then huh?

    Button reccommedations:

    set the lower left page turn button mapping to Android back button
    set the lower right page turn button mapping to Android menu button

    App recommendations:-

    Browsers:-
    Both Opera Mini & Opera Mobile work great
    (Perhaps if someone can point out how to disable all opera menu animations, they annoy a bit)

    Note: browsers use CPU & GPU,
    better set your CPU scaling
    min 300 MHz
    max 800 MHz
    only while browsing, and then reset it back to 300 MHz max when finished with browsing

    eReader App:-
    Nook stock reader is the BEST ePub reader,

    FBreader & coolreader are good
    (Hint: disable all animations etc) these are useful to read *.mobi

    mantano free/paid app
    useful for reading PDFs (also reads epub/mobi/etc)
    (Note: Nook's 6inch screen is problematic for reading PDFs )

    Kindle App (v3.0.1.70) works w/ Nook android 2.1
    (I need to figure out how to use it as a reader w/o registering with amazon, else its useless)

    Firewall :-
    One would assume iptables would be build-in to the linux kernel, but no that module is missing
    netfilter.ko
    x_tables.ko
    xt_tcpudp.ko
    nf_sockopt.ko
    ip_tables.ko
    ipt_addrtype.ko
    iptable_filter.ko

    I can't use Droidwall firewall, need to do something about net security


    Device syncing options:-
    Recommended to use calibre to sync your library to device'SDcard

    Currently, I'm Rsyncing the SDCard to PC & back via Samba file sharing, Rsync running at PC end.
    (If its possible to have Sdcard as EXT4 instead of FAT32 mounted, then simple Rsync at PC end will be best)
    Hint: (ofcourse all this rsyncing & samba to avoid dropbox roundtrip)

    Requests:-

    Please try the above process to further narrow down the power management issues, so that it becomes
    easier for all of us to set the NooK N2E to sleep properly.

    After testing the process, perhaps it's best to host this content on the nook wiki here:-
    nookdevs[dot]com/Portal:Nook_Simple_Touch

    Also, would be nice to get a proper firewall for N2E, need kernel module

    Screenshots:-
    hxxp://i[dot]imgur[dot]com/q1a34.png
    hxxp://i[dot]imgur[dot]com/EPcqH.png
    hxxp://i[dot]imgur[dot]com/W6Zbw.png
    hxxp://i[dot]imgur[dot]com/wK8z8.png

    Post your feedback here!
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    And, can anyone provide an updated list of apps that can be safely deleted? i use a rooted nook 1.2.1.
    AFfileDownloadService.apk (Hint: disables book covers, skip it if you like book covers)
    AccountAndSyncSettings.apk
    AirRuntime.apk
    BnAuthenticationService.apk
    BnCloudRequestSvc.apk
    Browser.apk
    CloudService.apk
    DemoMode.apk
    DeviceManager.apk
    DeviceRegistrator.apk
    Gallery.apk
    GoogleSearch.apk
    Music.apk
    NookCommunity.apk
    Phone.apk
    PicoTts.apk
    QuickStartActivity.apk
    Shop.apk
    Social.apk
    TelephonyProvider.apk
    TtsService.apk
    WaveformDownloader.apk

    I have uninstalled them all in my NST, so far so good (quite a while)
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    Hi! I can not remove listed applications using root explorer. It tells me "...apk cannot be deleted becouse the file system is read-only". Can someone help me?
    You need to enable "Mount R/W" in Root Explorer.

    Also, instead of removing/deleting the targeted app, you can simply rename that app with a different file extension, e.g., "abc.apk" to "abc.apk.bak"; this way, you can revert the change if need-be down the road.
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    If you want to do this kind of stuff its really worth just setting up ADB on your PC.

    Then just run "ADB Konnect" app on NST/NSTG hit on. Set screensaver to be longer (if it goes to sleep you break ADB connection)

    On PC type
    Code:
    adb connect [IP Adddress/Hostname]

    Then you can alter files and push or pull files to and from your computer. If something goes wrong stick nookmanager on a sdcard and you can enable wireless / ADB from there to fix whatever you just did.

    If you don't need the space in your /system partition (which most won't need) you can simply disable any of these system apps to something not .apk so you can easily undo it. I usually do the following as example using copy and paste from my guide files.

    Code:
    adb shell
    mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system
    cd /system/app
    mv Music.apk Music.disable
    mv Talk.apk Talk.disable
    mv TalkProvider.apk TalkProvider.disable
    mv TelephonyProvider.apk TelephonyProvider.disable
    mv HTMLViewer.apk HTMLViewer.disable
    mv Gallery.apk Gallery.disable
    mv PicoTts.apk PicoTts.disable
    mv TtsService.apk TtsService.disable
    exit
    adb disconnect


    You don't need to make system read only again a reboot will fix that.
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    First clear defaults of all other readers you installed through Application Manager. Then at the book opening you should see a choice with 'Use by default' tick.
    The Mantano Reader (the only other reader installed) has nothing to clear (its "Clear Default" greyed out). I also tried uninstalling & reinstalling Mantano -- still no dice.

    I am curious as to why there is no entry for BN Reader in "Manage applications".