How To: Flash Honeycomb (w/ the Android Market) onto the Internal Memory of the Nook Color

I. Before You Begin

1. You must have done our How To Root the Nook Color procedure. If not, do it and then come back to this procedure and continue.

2. This method will erase your entire internal memory off of the Nook and flash Honeycomb onto it. This improves the Honeycomb performance over running it from an SD card but also means that you would need to do our unroot procedure in order to get back to stock.

3. This ROM also requires you to flash this ROM using a custom recovery image on an SD card (will explain what that means later) so this means you need a memory card and the WinImage program from the How To Root procedure.

THANKS TO Samuelhalff for all his hard work making this ROM! If you like what he’s done, please thank him and/or donate to him to show your appreciation.

II. Create a Recovery Image SD Card

1. Download the Clockwork Recovery image and save it to your computer (original post found here).

Clockwork Recovery Bootable SD Card Image

2. Extract the .zip file somewhere on your computer.

3. Take your MicroSD card and put it into an external sd card reader then plug that into your computer.

4. Open WinImage and select Disk > Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image on Physical Drive and select the SD Card/SD Card Reader and then select the Cwm .img file that we unzipped earlier and wait for it to finish.

III. Flash the Honeycomb ROM

1. Download the latest Honeycomb ROM from here and save it to your computer.

2. Copy the honeycomb ROM (and leave it as a .zip file) to the sd card you just flashed using WinImage. Put it on the root of the SD card, NOT inside any folders just on the sd card itself.

3. Once it is done transfering, remove the sd card from the computer.

4. Turn off the Nook.

5. Put the SD card inside the Nook while it is off.

6. Turn on the Nook.

7. You should be greeted by the Clockwork recovery screen, on that screen select mounts and storage then select format system, then select format data, then select format boot.

8. Now make sure system and data are NOT mounted (they will say “mount system” and “mount data” if they are NOT mounted).

9. Push the power button to go back, then select Install zip from sd and then choose zip from sd and then select the honeycomb ROM we put on the sd card earlier and wait for it to finish flashing. It will take a while.

10. Once it says install from sd card complete, turn off the Nook.

11. Remove the sd card and then turn the Nook back on. Enjoy!

Reported Issues:

Issue: Market starts to download an app and then stops and won’t continue.

Solution: Go to Settings > Applications > Manage > find the Market and click Force Stop then click Clear Cache. Then search for Google Framework and click Force Stop and Clear Cache. Then reboot the device and try again.

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

Now that you are rooted, head here to learn some of the fun things you can do!

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  • Jack Liulr

    Look nice!
    Questions on internal memory.
    The original internal memory is 3G + 5G. After install Honeycomb, how many internal memory is used? How can the 5G memory be accessed?
    Thanks

    • C Smith

      bump

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  • Jack Liulr

    Does bluetooth work with Honeycomb?

  • nollaig

    Thank you for the clear instructions. However… while everything installed per your video, I cannot download from Market (I have logged into my Google account). When I plug the Nook into my PC (Win7) USB it sees the drives (16GB microSD Card) but cannot access them to transfer files.

  • Brian

    Clearing cache on Market doesn’t seem to work. With newer builds of Honeycomb, do we use the same method as above replacing the zip file with the new file?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zuleika-Firpo/100001254203090 Zuleika Firpo

    So I did this and have to say its pretty freakin awesome. The gallery is having an issue where it closes down right after prompted. Any info on this?

  • Brian

    Loved this tutorial. Is there a Froyo zip file that we can use this same method with?

  • http://www.iforexrobot.com/ forex robot

    Very cool tutorial, I learnt a lot! Will come in handy for my future projects. Thanks for sharing..

  • Glenzos

    My clock is set 8 hours ahead of time. I live in Las Vegas, its 4pm and my nook says 12am

  • Stevepsych

    After installing Honeycomb onto NC, does it retain the NC portion of the operating system (Shop, library, settings, etc. that are opened by the center arrow key–the one with the little half circle at the bottom of the screen) or is it now a pure Honeycomb device with no real sign of NC after internal install?

  • Stevepsych

    After installing Honeycomb onto NC, does it retain the NC portion of the operating system (Shop, library, settings, etc. that are opened by the center arrow key–the one with the little half circle at the bottom of the screen) or is it now a pure Honeycomb device with no real sign of NC after internal install?

    • dave

      No NC

  • Pravs

    I am able to download apps from market but cannot access drives to transfer files. How did you fix it?

  • Dave

    Issue: Market starts to download an app and then stops and won’t continue
    Continued to have problems with this until I set the correct time zone.

  • Pravs

    I successfully flashed honeycomb on my NC and able to download apps from market. But after connecting my device to pc through USB I can see new drives (two) on my computer but unable to open them to write any files. I want to transfer my PDF ebooks for reading. I appreciate if you could provide ur expert advice on this.

    Thanks!

  • joe

    Ok, the new HC v4 2nd edition is slightly larger than the last v4 and wont fit on the sd card with CWM 128mb. how can I get around this?

    • Solmunition

      I’m having the same issue – using a 2 gig Card

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sarav Saravanan Chandrasekar

      me too!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sarav Saravanan Chandrasekar

      me too!!!

    • Ripshawmusic

      Replace the boot.tar with the 1st edition boot.tar file

    • Dr NB

      just use a bigger card duh!

  • Sockaplaya22

    please help me unroot 3.0.. i tried going back to stock using your method but i end up back im cwm..

  • Darrin Maule

    I have an 8GB Micro SD Card for storage. After getting honeycomb running I tried to format my MicroSD card using Settings->Storage Erase SD Card. Now I can’t seem to to find a way to mount it. I’m looking for a tool that will allow me to reformat it properly.

  • zero-x

    How can i install the apps in the sd card instead of the internal memory?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Gonzalez/100000610745093 Paul Gonzalez

    do u have windows 7? i did the same thing and when i put my sd card into my sd reader and plugged that into my pc windows formated it for me

  • Mark

    Love the ROM! But there are some things that reaaally need to be fixed…like the multi-tasking. Starting to get tired of rebooting because of all the open apps I

    cant close.