Previously,we have covered all kinds of custom Android based ROM installation methods for your Nook Color including the Android Froyo, Honeycomb, rooting of stock Éclair pre-installed in Nook with many associated powerful hacks. More recently we also covered the rooting of new 1.2 firmware released by B&N. Take a look at our Nook Color section to get the full scoop. Well, one of the things that we didn’t cover here so far for our readers is the installation of CyanogenMod 7on your Nook Color.
First some explanation is needed. For those who don’t know CyanogenMod 7 refers to heavily modified builds of the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) that includes many performance enhancements as well as new features that are not available in the stock Gingerbread. Furthermore, CyanogenMod version 7 has significantly increased support for the Nook Color devices (which is a good new for us – all Nook lovers). However, traditional build of the CyanogenMod 7 can only be installed on the SD card and then you can use it on your Nook Color to boot in to it. Actually, it is good because it don’t touch anything on your stock Nook device (we will have a guide up for that anytime now. So stay tuned for that). Unfortunately many users have experienced some strange issues with the CM 7 installation on SD card (including but not limited to force close errors, file system corruption). To avoid all of these issues the best method is to somehow put the CM7 installation on the eMMC (internal memory) of the Nook Color. Actually Phiremod v6 is the custom ROM that will do this for us! So, this is the ROM most suited for the maximum performance and stability for ultimate Nook Color tablet according to my understanding. Only drawback as you can see is that you loose the stock Éclair based Android OS that B&N has factory installed on your Nook Color. But who cares, for this crappy ancient (not to mention buggy) stock OS from B&N.
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Here are some of the features in Phiremod v6.2 as mentioned by the developer (to motivate you even further):
- Gingerbread 2.3.3
- Heavily themed
- Some HC Icons
- HC Clock Widget (free) included
- System animations
- Custom Bootanimation
- Live Wallpapers
- Xoom system sounds/fonts
- New Google Music App
- Disabled Camera and MMS
- gTab simi Clock widget included
- Titanium Backup included
- LCDDensity included
- GAPPS include
- Themed Genie Widget
- Themed Search Widget
- Removed CM specific apps
- Added host profile to remove most web adds
- Modified Gmail app with HDPI notification icon
- Includes Google Docs
As you can see there are quite a lot of new features even when compared to the already impressive CM7! which is quite impressive to say the least.
Phiremod v6.2 requires the flashing from ClockworkMod recovery menu and as a result it must be already in place. There are many ways to do it but a simpler method I think is to use the Auto Nooter. For that follow our earlier guide.
Navigation in ClockworkMod Recovery
- Use the Volume Up to move the selector up a row.
- Use the Volume Down to move the selector down a row.
- Using "N" button – selects the current item.
- Use Power – to go back to the parent menu.
Note: Please make sure that your Nook battery is charged to 100% before flashing otherwise you might get a short battery span after flashing the Phiremod v6!
Once the CWM is setup then follow these steps:
Step 1: Download & copy “phiremod-V6.2.zip” to the root of your SD card.
Step 2: Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery mode for nook from Rom Manager installed on your Nook Color. Incase it is not installed or you don’t know how to do it follow our guide on how to get in to recovery mode on your Nook Color.
Step 3: Wipe system and data:
– Select "Mounts and storage".
– Select "format system".
– Select "format data".
Step 4: Now flash phiremod (should take about 5 minutes). Select and confirm (using N) these items:
– "install zip from sdcard".
– "choose zip from sdcard".
– Select "phiremod-nook-V6.zip".
– Once complete, reboot
Step 5: Wait for about 5 minutes for your Nook Color to settle down to build various system caches after first boot.
Step 6: To set clock go to: Settings > Date & Time > Uncheck “Automatic” and select your time zone.
Step 7: Sign in from Market (Market may not show in app drawer until you are connected to wifi; if you still don’t see it, reflash)
Step 8: Now reboot and Enjoy!
How to Overclock
This is the best part about using this ROM in terms of performance as default kernel included with the Phiremod supports overclocking, and so you don’t need to flash any custom kernel for that. Using the steps mentioned below you can potentially overclock your CPU up to 40% (even more performance than the newly released Motorola Xoom!!).
- To turn on overclocking go to Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Performance > CPU Settings Max CPU Frequency and select max frequency of your liking.
- It is also recommended to change the "Governor" to "Interactive" and the "Min CPU Frequency" to 800.
Finally, here are some gorgeous screen shots from the Phiremod v6.2 for your viewing pleasure!
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