[Root] NookManager - graphical rooter for 1.2.x and beyond

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jptiger

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Thank you both for spending so much time helping and investigating this!

The way you described with the bottom two buttons actually worked just fine as a full factory reset. It then couldn't connect to B&N servers to register, but I could connect it to the PC and load the firmware update zip onto the device, which kicked in soon after putting the thing to sleep with the power button. Once the update was installed, it connected to B&N servers and I could register as normal.

The updated NookManager rooted without a hitch. I'm having some minor trouble with app installations (re-signed opera mobile for 1.2.2 errors out with "problems during installation") but I think I just need to spend a little time with adb on the thing, but otherwise things look promising.

I'll report back once I've tried out ADE and Kindle again.
 
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nmyshkin

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Thank you both for spending so much time helping and investigating this!

I found another way to factory reset: power down, power up again and as soon as you see the screen flash, hold the bottom two buttons until you get a prompt to factory reset. It then couldn't connect to B&N servers to register, but I could connect it to the PC and load the firmware update zip onto the device, which kicked in soon after putting the thing to sleep with the power button. Once the update was installed, it connected to B&N servers and I could register as normal.

The updated NookManager rooted without a hitch. I'm having some minor trouble with app installations (re-signed opera mobile for 1.2.2 errors out with "problems during installation") but I think I just need to spend a little time with adb on the thing, but otherwise things look promising.

I'll report back once I've tried out ADE and Kindle again.
Interesting with the Opera. You can always try the vendor version and see if it likes it better. I hope I didn't inadvertantly upload the original instead of the resigned one...
 

jptiger

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Interesting with the Opera. You can always try the vendor version and see if it likes it better. I hope I didn't inadvertantly upload the original instead of the resigned one...
It's possible? I was able to grab the correct one from the app collection linked in your signature and it installed fine now.
 
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nmyshkin

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It wont create a backup, it just pauses.
"it"? Are you talking about NookManager? The original version with FW 1.2.1?

Backups take time. There should be a message at the very bottom of the screen which says that a backup has begun at such-and-such a time. If not, then your NookManager might have become corrupt--or, there may not be enough room on the card?

If you're trying to use the original NookManager on FW 1.2.2, then all bets are off. Anything could be happening.
 

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"it"? Are you talking about NookManager? The original version with FW 1.2.1?

Backups take time. There should be a message at the very bottom of the screen which says that a backup has begun at such-and-such a time. If not, then your NookManager might have become corrupt--or, there may not be enough room on the card?

If you're trying to use the original NookManager on FW 1.2.2, then all bets are off. Anything could be happening.
I don't know what you mean by "original" I downloaded a version yesterday and tried to back up my 1.2.1 nook, and I left it overnight, and it wasn't done in the morning. Today I tried on my 1.2.2 nook, and it still isn't working.
 

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I don't know what you mean by "original" I downloaded a version yesterday and tried to back up my 1.2.1 nook, and I left it overnight, and it wasn't done in the morning. Today I tried on my 1.2.2 nook, and it still isn't working.
If you downloaded the package from this thread then it is the "original" version which works for FW 1.2.1. It will not work for FW 1.2.2.

If you download the package from this thread, then it is the updated version which should work for both FW 1.2.1 and FW 1.2.2.

The behavior you describe is new to me. Did you notice the message at the bottom of the screen indicating when the backup process started? It still sounds to me like you have a corrupt copy or some issue with your sdcard.
 

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If you downloaded the package from this thread then it is the "original" version which works for FW 1.2.1. It will not work for FW 1.2.2.

If you download the package from this thread, then it is the updated version which should work for both FW 1.2.1 and FW 1.2.2.

The behavior you describe is new to me. Did you notice the message at the bottom of the screen indicating when the backup process started? It still sounds to me like you have a corrupt copy or some issue with your sdcard.
Yeah, it started but won't do anything
now my display is trashed. I cant get the file to load for some reason. What am I doing wrong? I am on mac os 11, and I format the sd card with MDOS Fat.
 

nmyshkin

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Yeah, it started but won't do anything
now my display is trashed. I cant get the file to load for some reason. What am I doing wrong? I am on mac os 11, and I format the sd card with MDOS Fat.
Thin ice here as I don't have any experience with Macs. FAT32 is correct for the card. How are you burning the image?
 

nmyshkin

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I've tried direct download to the SD and moving it over from the download folder.
If I understand you correctly I don't think you are using the file correctly. You download a zip file inside of which is an img file. You must use software to burn this image to an sdcard. This creates the necessary structure to allow the NST to boot from the card, not the OS. It also copies the needed files and structure. As in the instructions in the first post:

2. Unzip the file you downloaded and write the NookManager.img file to an empty SD card. On Windows, you can use disk imager. Linux and mac users can use dd.
Use a real SD card adapter when writing the image, DO NOT USE YOUR NOOK AS THE SDCARD ADAPTER.

If possible, you should use a dedicated SD card for the NookManager image (so you can easily restore from a backup should you ever screw up your Nook). A 512Mb card is big enough for the NookManager image plus a backup of your Nook.

If you do this correctly, you should have no problem. I recommend using one of the updated versions of NookManager, however.
 

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    This is a graphical, interactive rooting system with the ability to create/restore backups and factory settings.

    This has been tested on systems 1.1.5, 1.2.0 (US/UK), and 1.2.1. It will probably work on earlier versions and should be safe to use on future versions. For best results, however, you should be on 1.2.1 before using this tool.

    If you've tried rooting your nook unsuccessfully with another utility, it's best to do a factory restore (from NookManager, choose the "Rescue" option and then "Restore factory.zip") and, if your nook came with older firmware, upgrade to the latest 1.2.1 firmware.

    Features:
    • Root your Nook
    • Backup/Restore
    • Restore to factory settings
    • Disable B&N Apps
    • Custom plugins

    How to root:

    1. Download NookManager.

    2. Unzip the file you downloaded and write the NookManager.img file to an empty SD card. On Windows, you can use disk imager. Linux and mac users can use dd.
    Use a real SD card adapter when writing the image, DO NOT USE YOUR NOOK AS THE SDCARD ADAPTER.

    If possible, you should use a dedicated SD card for the NookManager image (so you can easily restore from a backup should you ever screw up your Nook). A 512Mb card is big enough for the NookManager image plus a backup of your Nook.​

    3. Power off your Nook, insert the SD card and power on.
    You should see the NookManager boot screen followed within 15 seconds by the welcome screen.​

    4. Choose "No, continue without wireless"
    the wireless option is for advanced users looking to connect directly to their device​

    5. Make a backup using NookManager! Choose "Rescue" then "Backup" then "Format remaining space on SD card" and finally "Create backup"
    Because NookManager cleans the empty space on the Nooks' internal partitions and compresses the backup, it will take at least 15 minutes (and up to 45 minutes) for the backup to complete. Be patient. The final backup file can be as small as only be a few hundred megabytes, depending on the number of downloaded or sideloaded books you have.​

    6. Copy the backup image to your computer. Connect your Nook to your computer using the USB cable. Copy the 'backup.full.tgz' and 'backup.full.md5' files from the NookBackup drive to your computer.
    This is your backup in case anything happens to your SD card. This backup is tied to your individual Nook so keep it safe. It's important to copy this file while your Nook is still booted from the SD card because Windows will normally hide the NookBackup partition on the SD card. If you ever need access to the NookBackup partition again, just boot your Nook using the NookManager SD card and connect the Nook to your computer with the USB cable.​

    7. Root! After your backup, press "Back" and "Back" to return to the Main Menu. Press "Root" and then "Root my device"

    8. That's it! After rooting, pres "Back" and then "Exit". Remove the SD card and put it someplace safe, in case you need to restore to your backup later.

    After rooting, you can install Google Apps using straygecko's excellent NTGAppsAttack package if you want to use Google Market/Gmail/Calendar/etc.
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    Technical stuff:

    The actual rooting function is minimal and as non-invasive as possible:
    • uRamdisk is patched to enable ADB
    • the internal database setting is changed to allow installation of non-market apps
    • the DroidSansFallback font is replaced with the updated font from jellybean to add support for extended characters
    • the su/Superuser binary/package is installed
    • Relaunch is installed
    • ADB Konnect is installed for enabling/disabling ADB over wireless
    • on systems running firmware 1.2+, the ModManager jars and package are installed
    • on 1.2+ systems, the PackageInstaller.apk from the 1.1.2 firmware is installed to resolve issues with package installers
    • and, finally, the Amazon appstore is installed just to have some easy way of downloading new apps. You can uninstall it using ReLaunch if you don't use it.

    The uRamdisk patching is done with scripts rather than copying pre-compiled binaries, so this should be safe for all existing versions of the Nook firmware and (hopefully) will be forward compatible with any new releases.

    The rooting procedure is non-destructive and can be run multiple times without causing problems.

    Under the hood, this is a minimal linux environment with the nook drivers/binaries and a few core android binaries. The display is generated with imagemagick and written directly to the framebuffer.

    If you're connecting to NookManager wirelessly over SSH, the username/password is root/root

    Wherever possible, the parts of this system are compiled from source including the Linux kernel, uBoot, and all of the buildroot utilities. The hardware drivers and associated binaries are extracted from the 1.2.0 upgrade package.

    The source for the project, including an automated buildscript is available at GitHub.

    Support for custom menu items and scripts is documented here.
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    NTGAppsAttack - Google Apps Installer for NookManager

    I just posted an addon for NookManager to install Google Apps. The thread is http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2086582 Hope you find it helpful.
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    How long does it take to backup using NookManager?

    I've selected it to backup (after rooting & restarting), but it's still on the "creating backup image" screen after 15 minutes.

    Edit: Guess it's 18 minutes as it just finished.
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    The only thing I miss besides gapps (it looks like we have a solution now) are the norefresh and multitouch from the older rooters. These are nice for pdf reading. Is there any alternative for smooth pdf reading or might these mods be upgraded?

    Sent from my GT-N7000 using xda premium

    Norefresh, FastMode and Multitouch works fine after you upload 'v166' kernel via CWR.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1906507
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    straygecko, would it be possible for you to post a fix we could install over ADB? I apologize if you already have, I looked through the posts and I've not seen it.
    Sorry, I got busy with other things and forgot. Attached is the services.jar file with the fix for connecting to the wifi in a Barnes and Noble store. Use ADB or a root explorer like ES File Explorer to put this file in /system/framework. As always, its best to make a backup of your NST first or at least rename the current services.jar on your NST before installing so you can put it back with ADB if you have any problems.