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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • This is very wonderful tutorial. I easily understand, what to do and how to do. Thanks for getting this type of video shared with us.

  • nico_nyc

    I just completed these steps and am surprised and pleased with the results! Please let me know if there is any way I can help the developers further this project along – having various extremely minor problems with all sorts of things (icon labels don’t appear in horizontal mode, desktop customizations are not saved after reboot, some wallpapers don’t work, occasional weird mislocated clicks/touches, and some more serious screen size issues (stuff falls off the edge of the screen sometimes, buttons are mislocated in app windows, apps fail to work because of unexpected display size, etc…) would be very happy to help troubleshoot or continue to relay my usability notes/issues. – nico_nyc

  • Steven7413

    This worked great up until I installed the zip file and and it started loading and froze…..any suggestions? I reinstalled all the programs and it continues to freeze when I install the final zip file….Help please

  • Steven7413

    This worked great up until I installed the zip file and and it started loading and froze…..any suggestions? I reinstalled all the programs and it continues to freeze when I install the final zip file….Help please

    • make sure the whole zip file downloaded. i had to try quite a few times to get a full download of the file to complete from those file sharing services.

  • Thanks for the instructions…worked flawless. I want to exchnage my nook (the back is not on there quite good and I am stickler, hard to please).

    Is there a way to go back to stock from here? I saw a link from the last post (how to root a nook with AutoNooter) did not see one from this one.

  • Andy

    Thank you! This was extremely simple and I’m excited to have Honeycomb!

  • Ken W Ward

    Many thanks. Honeycomb works flawlessly, but for some reason I am unable to get an IP address for wifi. It worked fine prior to the flash. Also, Bluetooth appears to be nonexistent. Any thoughts?
    Thanks again.

  • Andy

    How did you get that download to work? Maybe this is a stupid question, but the format is different, and I can’t figure out how to use the .tar.gz file. I REALLY want to be able to use the 2nd edition of HC!

    • A2928780

      try using winrar. should work.

  • Chickenhawk

    After flashing the CWM_128, my 8 gb card shows 114mb of 118mb free. Since the new Honeycomb zip is 194mb, it doesn’t fit. One thing- WinImage won’t show any drives in the list, so I had to use Win32DIskImager.

    • Chickenhawk

      Solved the Winimage not finding the disk by right clicking the app and running as an administrator, but the bottom line is, writing the image to the SD card turns it from an 8 gb card to a 118 mb card, and the zip file we need to put on next is 190 mb. I see no way around this, yet many people seemed to have breezed past this with no problem. What’s the trick, guys?

      • Chickenhawk

        Trick was, I was using the wrong zip file. But with the right one, Marketplace won’t donwload anything…

      • Chickenhawk

        Trick was, I was using the wrong zip file. But with the right one, Marketplace won’t donwload anything…

  • Don_austin

    I installed HC v4 2nd additin and everything seems to work OK except videos… Can’t play almost any video. Oddly enough the demo above is one of only two that I have gotten to play. Please help my wife is giving me grief for messing with her Nook…

    • Clusk680

      Turn off the HD at the bottom of the video and it should work

  • Hey I did all this successfully but is there any way to get the B&N reader app and the book store back I can’t find them

  • Rbeal

    Does this work for the Pandigital reader?

  • Thungrac

    followed these steps:
    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.

    but still can’t download apps…please help…I love honeycomb!!!! don’t want to revert to the old root version…but might have to since can’t download apps…
    Tried to download free apps Catholic One…can’t—tried w/ all the paid ones…can’t either…can’t download Angry birds…my kids are sad πŸ™ please help….

    Thanks & God bless

  • Thungrac

    and yes…I install & reinstall honeycomb…still can’t download apps πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Thungrac

    Also having problems w/ Google talk:
    1. it seems to load by default; can’t change settings.
    2. can’t connect w/ Google talk…able to sign in on google acct…should use same acct for google talk

  • Chickenhawk

    Honeycomb looks great, but the market doesn’t work, and the prescribed fix has no affect. Back to Nook OS, I guess.

  • Chickenhawk

    TO EVERYONE THAT CAN’T GET THE MARKET PLACE TO WORK!!!!
    Set the correct time zone, then set the correct date and time. Reboot. Try it again.

    • Chickenhawk

      That worked PERFECTLY… for two downloads. Then it stopped working again. stopped market and google framework, cleared cache, rebooted, nothing. Back to broken honeycomb.

  • Xnightcrawl2

    I’m a newbie w/ Android. However, I successfully followed your instructions. Thank you.

    However, Nook Color does not have much space left after installing honeycomb. Can you please advise on a solution to utilize my sd card? I have a 16 Gig Class 6. I would like to install my apps to the sd card.

  • Miosme

    Ok so i followed all instructions to the tee and was able to root my nook…came to installing honeycomb and i get up to the inserting of the sd card into my nook and i go through the install procedure…i take out the sd card and my nook will not turn on at all without the memory card inserted into it…someone plz help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pstubbs1990

    Can anyone please help with the market, I can’t get it to work. I have force stopped the market and google framework and cleared both caches, rebooted, still not working. I even tried setting the correct date and time and rebooting and still nothing please help

  • Stephens 229

    I have the same problem. I loaded CWM 128mb on to my 8GB card and it formated my card to a 118mb.

  • question: it is possible to root my nook color if it is updated to 1.2 ? I will like to use the DAVID COGEN instructions to get android 3 with market. Thank you

  • question: it is possible to root my nook color if it is updated to 1.2 ? I will like to use the DAVID COGEN instructions to get android 3 with market. Thank you

  • Rsindia_2000

    Works like a charm. But I don’t see the calendar. Anyone know how to get the calendar working? The calendar app is missing.

  • Hartzelc

    I rooted my nook color with the Honeycomb 3.0 and everything is worki8ng perfectly. I was wondering if there is a way to download adobe flash player on it. I tried to do it from the adobe web site, but it does not recognise my device. can anyone help me on this?

    • Davidlcjr

      I too would like to know this.

  • Kysdaddy

    I have been trying to get this to work all day, I think that I have about got it but when I boot to Honeycomb, my internal memory is showing as only .92 GB, any ideas?

  • TSmith3710

    my nook wont turn on with the sd card inserted. any suggestions?

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  • Ana Gladys Rivera

    Will this work on the new one? New nook edtion?

  • Cash-down-the-drain

    Β I should let people know that it is NOT a good idea to format /system or /data, as i’ve found out after trying this tutorial. Now I formatted those two, and I cant even install honeycomb cause i get this “Installation failed” message everytime.
    So anyway, DO NOT format your nook, unless you want to have just wasted 250 dollars.
    Last time I follow a tutorial from here.

  • Joserosario082003

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the great support. By the way I installed the HC and doesn’t reboot. What Should I do?

  • Anonymous

    this is quite useful for those who just want to update their android….

  • T L Farris79

    Cannot use market and I am lost any thoughts or help

  • Wonderful. I also need it. since that, I know further more about
    Honeycomb ROM operation.

  • Gnardoll

    Beautiful, so far its so great! Love it! Thank you so much!!!