How to Root the Pandigital Planet Tablet

Having problems with your affordable Pandigital Planet media tablet?  Suffering laggy Flash playback and overall performance?  Read on to take the first step to solve these issues – rooting.

I.  Before You Begin

1,  This procedure only works with Pandigital Planet tablets running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread only.  Do not attempt this if you are running Froyo; upgrade to Gingerbread and then come back here to proceed.

2.  This procedure will definitely erase all data from your device, so make sure you take a backup of anything you deem important.

3.  This procedure is based on flashing a tweaked ROM that comes prerooted; so if you are happy with the way your tablet functions currently, do not proceed further.

II.  Necessary Downloads

OpenPDP ROM Image

III.  Flashing OpenPDP

1.  Connect your device to your computer.

2.  Enable USB Mass Storage Mode on your device.  This can be done by choosing “USB Mass Storage” from the prompt that pops up on your device when connecting to your computer.

3.  Copy you downloaded above to the topmost folder of the SD Card on your device.  Do not extract it!

4.  Power down the device.

5.  Boot into Recovery Mode.  To do this, hold Volume up and press Power for 3 seconds.

6.  Use the Volume Up to navigate the Recovery menu; press Volume Down to select “Apply update from SD card“.

7.  Use the Volume Up again and highlight

8.  Press Volume Down to flash the zip file.

9.  Once the zip file is flashed, reboot the device.

Your Pandigital Planet should now be fully rooted and have Google Apps installed!!  To confirm root, look for the Superuser app in the app drawer or download Root Checker from Play to check root status.  Also, Google Apps should be installed by default including the Android Market.

All credit goes to Spz0 on SlateDroid for cooking the ROM and rooting the Pandigital Planet!!  A thank you note or a donation will surely be appreciated by him!!

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

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  • nada

    How do you go back to your old build number

  • happy hacker

    This works great!!!!!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      We’re glad that the procedure worked for you !

  • Brian

    Im having troubles and its driving me crazy. When i boot to recovery screen and try to select “Apply update from SD card“, I keep getting this at the bottom of the screen. “e: failed to mount /sdcard”

    • Dax Krishna

      is there a mounts and storage option in your recovery Brian?

  • Brian

    I dont know. But im going to check and ill be right back. Thank you so much for the reply!

  • Brian

    No mounts or storage. Heres the only options i am receiving:
    “reboot system now”
    “apply update from sdcard”
    “wipe data/factory reset”
    “wipe cache partition”
    “wipe media partition”
    “set efuse item”

  • Brian

    Just to be specific, heres what it says exactly:

    E:failed to mount /sdcard (No such file or directory)
    E:Can’t mount /sdcard/factory_update_param.aml
    mount /media succeed!

    • Dax Krishna

      Hey Brian, have you tried with a different SD card? Also, if you don’t have a different SD card, try formatting your current SD card in both FAT32 and FAT versions, copy the file and try again!

      Lemme know what happens!

  • Brian

    I did try FAT, FAT32 and NTSF to no avail. But, I will get another card and try that with all (3) formats and report back. Again, thank you very much. I will report back 9pm (Est).

  • Brian

    It works! I got a new sd card and everything works now. Thank you for the help. Hopefully anyone else having this problem will be able to find these results via or etc.

  • Will this allow me to use Google play. The app program that came with this tablet is TERRIBLE!

  • I NEED HELP! I’ve tried a few times. When booting in recover mode I am not given the ability to choose “apply update from SD” . It seems to choose it for me but after its done, my settings/apps/etc have remained the same(supposed to be cleared). I just want Google Play! Im going nuts!

    • Mahesh Makvana

      The recovery usually contains an option to flash ZIP files. Which options are you getting in the Recovery menu?

  • leroy

    I have tried averything to get past the password screen and had no luck can some one help me

  • enth_lojeek

    does anyone know if this same fix could be applied to a pandigital supernova. i have a R80B400 (supernova) and wanted to know if i could ever find a root fix for my tablet,…. cuz theres a few apps i noticed lately that i’d like to get my hands on ,… but …. they require ROOT. so if anyone could help me out somehow …. it;’d be much appreciated. if anyone has any info to help me with a root on my tablet….. thanx ahead of time

  • Sylvia Berrios

    I love my PanPlanet tablet and love google play but all I read on here is more problems rooting and less on the success of install! I am not sure if doing this is even worth it :-/

  • vickii116

    i did everything , and now my pandigital doesnt wanna turn on ? it stays at the pandigital start screen ?

  • lalith

    i can not download skype to my pandigital supernova

  • Koin444

    my device dosn’t even see the file “” to even highlight it. I even got winzip for my device. what do i do?