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Welcome to the B&N Nook Touch Help Thread!

Thanks so much @[color=black]undercover[/color], @[color=green][i]immortalneo[/i][/color] and @[color=green][i]dagger[/i][/color] for giving me the idea to create a help thread, and thanks so much @[color=purple][i]malybru[/i][/color] for the idea of a device-specific help thread and the outline of this thread (check out his [HELP THREAD] Galaxy S4 | Ask any question | Noob friendly.).

Barnes and Noble Nook Touch variants

This thread deals with all three Nook Touch models.


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All of the Nook Touch threads below are for the Nook Simple Touch (with GlowLight) with firmware 1.2.1 unless specifically stated otherwise.

Important Threads

Hacking the new Nook GlowLight - @Edgur - Development and discussion thread for hacking the new Nook GlowLight

[Guide][NST] Parental control over web browser - @thenookieforlife3 - Tutorial on how to disable hidden web browser for parental control

[Guide][1.2.1] Mounting USB Devices - @thenookieforlife3 - Extensive tutorial on how to mount USB devices to the Nook Touch

Guide/HowTo/Tips'nTricks - The perfect Nook Simple Touch Setup w/ battery optimization - @jam_dev - Instructive on how to optimize the Nook Touch's battery life

  • Quick & useful links to Kernels / ROMs / Great apps
 
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dc72

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can't re-register: help please

I followed the instructions here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1675706 and successfully rooted and installed android on my new NST Glowlight. Sadly, I didn't take a back-up image of the device before rooting.

After I got it working I decided I would like to use my main Google account rather than the alternate one I had used, both for Barnes and Noble and for Android on the device. I thought that I could delete my account from the device and start again, so I used the trick of resetting the device by holding down the lower left and right page turn keys for 30 seconds then choosing to reset to factory settings.

Since doing this, every time I attempt to re-register with Barnes & Noble it tells me "ERROR Sorry we're having trouble setting up your Nook, please shut down your device and try again". I have tried using Clockwork Recovery to wipe all the partitions it can access. I went to the Barnes & Nobles site to see if I had a device registered and although I have an account there with the Gmail address I used it says there is no device registered, so I can't "de-register" from there.

I tried the hold down the power button for 15 seconds after the screen flashes black and repeat six times, and nothing doing there.

Suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
 
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@dc72,

Well, you have a couple of options here.

First, if you don't absolutely need to have B&N on your Nook, you can bypass the sign-in step by holding the top-right hard button and sliding your finger right-to-left across the top of the screen at the "Welcome to Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight" screen, pressing "Factory", holding the top-right hard button and tapping the bottom-right corner of the screen at the "Factory" screen, and tapping "Skip Oobe".

Second, if you do need B&N, try using the NookManager "Restore factory.zip" feature to factory-image-wipe your Nook.

:good:
 
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dc72

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Thank you!

Brilliant! The first procedure got me in to the ereader. So I know I can reinstall android now and bypass B&N.

Ideally I would like to have it as it was out the box again though. I don't have a back-up image as yet and because my device is now rooted I was not sure that NookManager would be able to create a clean one.

I don't want to mess things up any further than I have, so can you confirm that in my particular scenario, on the rooted NST Glowlight, I can create and restore a Factory.zip?

I was under the impression that since I have rooted I can no longer create a factory image. I will await your investigation and response before meddling further. Thank you!

EDIT: Actually I'm sure you have already thought of all that, so I'm going to trust you and go ahead with your suggestion to use Nookmanager. I'm sure it will work exactly as described! Thank you so much!

EDIT 2: I don't actually need B&N at all and would kind of rather not have them pushing books at me I have no interest in etc, so thank you greatly for the method to bypass that! Can you tell me will I be able to install 1337 rom from this thread now with my NST Glowlight in it's current state? I'm a bit reluctant to install CWM over the top of the existing recovery system so would try it from the micro SD I think.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/nook-touch/development/1337-rom-t2931567
 
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Brilliant! The first procedure got me in to the ereader. So I know I can reinstall android now and bypass B&N.

Ideally I would like to have it as it was out the box again though. I don't have a back-up image as yet and because my device is now rooted I was not sure that NookManager would be able to create a clean one.

I don't want to mess things up any further than I have, so can you confirm that in my particular scenario, on the rooted NST Glowlight, I can create and restore a Factory.zip?

I was under the impression that since I have rooted I can no longer create a factory image. I will await your investigation and response before meddling further. Thank you!

EDIT: Actually I'm sure you have already thought of all that, so I'm going to trust you and go ahead with your suggestion to use Nookmanager. I'm sure it will work exactly as described! Thank you so much!

@dc72,

Glad my suggestions helped! :)

One thing you need to understand, though - factory.zip is not something that can be created or modified. Factory.zip is the original factory image that your device came with out-of-the-box.

Backups are the things that can be created and restored. You can create a backup absolutely any time, even if your device is rooted. In fact, creating a backup when you first root is a great idea, because if something messes up in the future, you can restore the backup that's already rooted, and you won't have to go through the rooting process all over again.

EDIT - Yes, you most certainly can install 1337 ROM over your current rooted state. You will need to just follow the installation instructions to the letter, and then you'll be good to go. :D
 
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dc72

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So to install 1337 I have to install CWR to the actual Nook? Considering that with your help the standard recovery has pulled me out a hole I'm not sure I want to loose that at this point.

Can 1337 be installed using CWR from SD, what is the reason it's advised to install it to the Nook directly, and can the NST Glowlight still be reset to factory the way you directed me earlier after following the current 1337 install instructions?

Much appreciate your help and instruction!
 
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So to install 1337 I have to install CWR to the actual Nook? Considering that with your help the standard recovery has pulled me out a hole I'm not sure I want to loose that at this point.

Can 1337 be installed using CWR from SD, what is the reason it's advised to install it to the Nook directly, and can the NST Glowlight still be reset to factory the way you directed me earlier after following the current 1337 install instructions?

Much appreciate your help and instruction!

It doesn't matter whether or not CWM is installed on your NST - you just need to be able to boot into it, which, of course, can be done by simply writing the image to the sdcard, turning off the Nook, plugging the sdcard into the Nook, and turning the Nook back on. Installation is recommended, but optional.

The Nook can be factory-image-reset using the NookManager method whether or not CWM is installed as the default recovery. FYI, I personally also have an NST GlowLight, and I have had CWM installed on it for many months. It's much better than the stock recovery. ;)
 

dc72

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You're a star! I will take your advice and go for the 1337 install with CWM installed on the Nook. I also have a Kobo touch with android installed on it, and really like the interface they have used. It works really well! I got the NST Glow for the light and the text looked clearer in the shop... Looking forward to trying the 1337 upgrade! Big thanks!
 

leiko49

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I just purchased nook glowlight new.

I cannot find what version it is (is not listed in the box).
B&N online also keeps the version number obscure.
Can't find out how to find the version in the settings.

It has the white frame. have some questions prior to my giving up and returning.

.1. How do I find out what the model number is?
(assume it is the BNRV500 but am not sure).

2. most of the memory I find out after purchased is reserved for B&N downloads (2 gb) so there is only .5 gb for my own personal supply.
If I cannot root to unlock the 2 gb, I will likely return the thing. Can I unlock the memory via rooting, or is there another way to do this?

3. How do I root the thing (if it will unlock the memory).

Thanks
 
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11,000th post in the Nook Touch General forum! :D

@leiko49,

Answers to your questions in red.

I just purchased nook glowlight new. Good choice!

I cannot find what version it is (is not listed in the box). If you mean the software version, it's 1.3.1.

1. How do I find out what the model number is?
(assume it is the BNRV500 but am not sure). I have an idea, but I don't know for sure. Can you tell me if there's a Device Info page and/or an About Your NOOK page?

2. Can I unlock the memory via rooting, or is there another way to do this? I think this has been achieved before, but I'm not 100% sure. If so, it's probably beyond my level. Search these forums a bit.

3. How do I unroot the thing (if it will unlock the memory)? Unrooting can be achieved by a simple factory reset.
 
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jun127

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Is it possible to use the current screen as the sleep wallpaper? As in, instead of displaying a wallpaper when the Nook automatically goes to sleep, simply show the last static image on the device. For example, you're reading a book and you put the book down for a few hours. When you come back the last page is still on the screen, but the nook is asleep. You don't have to wake it up to finish reading the page/map/flashcard etc. One of the primary benefits of e-ink is that you can have static images displayed indefinitely without additional battery drain, it would be nice to take advantage of this instead of just using it to display standard wallpapers.
 
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@leiko49, no, rooting your Nook Glow will not free up any memory - rather, it will take up more!

Is it possible to use the current screen as the sleep wallpaper?

This can be achieved in two ways (thanks, @nivieru!):

This app, which takes a screenshot every 01:50 and uses it as the screensaver; or
• Editing /system/framework/services.jar to not use the screensaver when the Nook sleeps, which is discussed here.
 
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nivieru

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Is it possible to use the current screen as the sleep wallpaper? As in, instead of displaying a wallpaper when the Nook automatically goes to sleep, simply show the last static image on the device. For example, you're reading a book and you put the book down for a few hours. When you come back the last page is still on the screen, but the nook is asleep. You don't have to wake it up to finish reading the page/map/flashcard etc. One of the primary benefits of e-ink is that you can have static images displayed indefinitely without additional battery drain, it would be nice to take advantage of this instead of just using it to display standard wallpapers.

Hi jun, there are two ways to achieve this,
the first is with this app, that takes a screenshot every 110 seconds and makes it the screensaver.
the second is by making the screensaver invisible, which is a bit more complicated than installing an app. It is detailed in this thread
 

erikalin

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Unrooting can be achieved by a simple factory reset.

Hi there, First, nice job creating this useful thread. :good: I'll thank and like in a min...This is not my device and I'm trying to help someone out. My question to clarify, if I may:

Since simple factory reset unroots, by using the factory.zip Restore via Nook Manager, am I all set for a warranty claim? She had a custom launcher on here, with Kindle reader and other apps, obviously superuser in there, etc. I went through factory.zip via Nook Manager, and the device is reset. Like, "Hi, welcome to Nook. Press this button to begin tutorial..."

Since this device isn't familiar to me, I have to ask if I'm missing something. On some devices there's more to do, things to "re-lock" and all that. Using factory.zip, has the superuser app been wiped, and anything else that indicates tampering is removed... so this should be all set for warranty return? Thanks in advance. :highfive:

Edit: @thenookieforlife3 - I just noticed that your goal is to join the RC team. Good effort! ;)
 

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Hi there, First, nice job creating this useful thread. :good: I'll thank and like in a min...This is not my device and I'm trying to help someone out. My question to clarify, if I may:

Since simple factory reset unroots, by using the factory.zip Restore via Nook Manager, am I all set for a warranty claim? She had a custom launcher on here, with Kindle reader and other apps, obviously superuser in there, etc. I went through factory.zip via Nook Manager, and the device is reset. Like, "Hi, welcome to Nook. Press this button to begin tutorial..."

Since this device isn't familiar to me, I have to ask if I'm missing something. On some devices there's more to do, things to "re-lock" and all that. Using factory.zip, has the superuser app been wiped, and anything else that indicates tampering is removed... so this should be all set for warranty return? Thanks in advance. :highfive:

Great to have an RC in here! :)

First of all, thanks for the nod - I do try to help everybody I can with this device, as it's my specialty. ;)

To answer your question, if you execute the "Restore factory.zip" NookManager feature, it very literally doesn't just wipe the device - it restores the entire device to the image it came with from the factory, hence "factory.zip". Since, of course, when it came off the assembly line, the Nook had no Superuser or root mods of any kind, the Nook is 100% back to regular, and is all set for a warranty claim.

On the subject of the warranty claim, however… I just hope B&N is still accepting NST devices. They stopped selling them a while back. Just keep this in mind so that you're not too disappointed when/if the lady at the help desk says "Oh, I'm sorry, but we don't accept Nook Touches anymore."

Hope this helps! :D

EDIT - @erikalin, thank you for the RC encouragement. :good:
 
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erikalin

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On the subject of the warranty claim, however… I just hope B&N is still accepting NST devices. They stopped selling them a while back. Just keep this in mind so that you're not too disappointed when/if the lady at the help desk says "Oh, I'm sorry, but we don't accept Nook Touches anymore."

Hope this helps! :D

Thanks for confirming. Yeah, I talked with the girl at the desk of the local B&N by phone re: warranty claim. It's all set - they just need to get it in hand, thus the restore. Since I don't know this system at all, just wanted to see that I wasn't overlooking anything. Good luck XDA-ing. :highfive:
 

OverByter

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Unfortunately the ONLY way to get a NST with/without glolight from B&N is through warranty exchange, when I did it a few months back I received one in a sealed certified pre owned box that appeared brand new without a single mark on it and the second one was in fact a sealed brand new device.
OB
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    adb installs are like this:
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    That is, you install a file.

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    Hi guys.
    I am from Georgia (country). My nook ST can't read Epubs with Georgian fonts. (it reads pdfs though)
    What can i do to read Georgian Epubs ? Do i need too add fonts somehow ?
    I heard that it needs rooting, but i don't want to transform ereader into tablet.
    Please help i am totally lost

    Not quite sure, but embedded fonts should help
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    The easiest solution is to change DroidSansFallback.ttf to a font that has Georgian glyphs.
    Since that file is in /system/fonts/ you'll need a bit of rooting.
    That doesn't mean a complete alteration of your Nook.
    You can do a minimal root which will just get ADB working so that you can manipulate things.
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    Hi again. One question thats been bugging me: Is it okay to use the power button to bring up the screensaver when you finish reading or does that cause extra battery drain while the device is idle? Im on a completely stock 1.2.1 Nook at the minute but when I was rooted I remember a thread advising you to let it shut down with the 2 minute timeout not the power button. Thanks.

    According to this post all sleep modes consume the same amount of current
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    Well, I'm only a little familiar with those apps, but according to Google:

    "Cool Reader offers six fonts: one monospace, one serif and four sans serif. You can add additional fonts by placing TTF files in the Fonts directory of your device (according to the Cool Reader manual); similarly, you can add your own background images if none of the 30 provided with the program satisfy you."

    "Can I use my own fonts with FBReader?
    Yes. Put your *.ttf and/or *.otf files into Fonts directory on the memory card. New fonts will be available in Text section of FBReader settings dialog.

    You also can set up your own directories for fonts, in “Directories” section of the settings dialog."

    So...I guess you're still interested in rooting. It's OK if you change your mind later. You're going to make a backup before rooting so you can return to the current state if you want.

    I understand from what you've written that you prepared a NookManager card from the image available in the original NookManager thread. What you need to understand is that despite what the title of that thread suggests NookManager cannot properly root an NST running FW 1.2.2. Perhaps the author meant that NookManager could easily be adapted for future firmwares. He's not around any more to ask.

    That is why I referred you to this thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/nst-g-updating-nookmanager.3873048/

    In that thread I have described how to change a few items on the NookManager card you already made so that it will work with a device running FW 1.2.2

    You need to make the four changes under "Updating for FW 1.2.2". That's the minimum. That means editing two files on the card and also replacing two other files. The replacement patched jar files can be found in an attached zip file you can download and if you don't feel confident about the two file edits that need to be done, replacement files are available in a different zip you can download.

    So your job is to carefully read over the section in the post I have indicated and download whatever materials you will need. If you think you've got it then go ahead and make the changes to the card. If you have questions, ask first. I may have signed off before you get to that point but if so we'll just continue tomorrow. Once the card is correctly changed the rest of this is easy.
    Thank you immensely for your help, I will more than likely try this again down the road, but for now I ma gonna keep my focus with school and such... but I wanted to reach out as it has been almost 2 days to tell you thank you sincerely for all your help with a Noob like myself lol. The re-flashing of FW 1.2.2 made sense, I also double checked the 2 files for/with the lines of code that needed to be modified, ironically they were already all set up, and i replaced the 2 .jar files as mentioned. I tried one more time but still keep getting the same message about not enough space for apps like the reader stuff, which is ok honestly. It is very nice to know that when things go south I am able to reset the reader back to Fw1.1.2 if all else fails and start over again if need be. I do realize that having multiple fonts isn't the most important or coolest features to get excited about within a reader but nonetheless it's not a make it or break it deal for me i suppose haha.
    I didn't wanna leave ya hanging or wonder what happened to with what I had going on. :) :)