EAT has been covering Android on the HP TouchPad a lot, mostly as part of the Cyanogenmod release and we’ve been having a lot of fun and use out of it. Most recently we’ve switched to using the Nightly builds and benefited from better battery life and the Android 4.0.4 build.
If you’ve not tried this already then we recommend you give it a spin, as the far better battery-life when in sleep mode, especially with Wi-Fi off makes it well worth the effort. The guide here is an upgrade from scratch, it perfectly possible to run an in-place upgrade via the clockWork Recovery which we’ll cover too. Frankly if you’ve followed any of our guides to doing this for previous releases of CyanogenMod then you’ll be an old hand at it.
As with the original CyanogenMod 7 release Google Android Market doesn’t function correctly. This needs to be installed separately from a GAPPS build that we explain over here.If you have issues accessing your TouchPad over USB you will need to engage the mass-storage option that we explain here
It has also been suggested that people having issues may want to consider wiping their HP TouchPad‘s and performing a clean install with the latest firmware, EAT has covered this previously as part of the removal process just jump to Step 4 and get going.
1. Be aware
This is alpha software that “roots” your hardware, this will not only invalidate the warranty but could also lead to your device becoming unusable. You do so at your own risk and there’s no way to easily remove this installation. So there. You must also back up all of your HP TouchPad documents, music, books and media. Our experience is the upgrade from an existing installation is smooth and keeps all of your installed apps, files and details.
2. Get the files
It’s important that you have 2GB of free space on your HP before proceeding, so do what you have to remove unneeded files. A number of files are required to make this work, the CyanogenMod Android ROM. The ACME installer. A mulit-ROM loader. The Clockwork recovery ROM and finally the HP/Palm Novacom driver from its SDK. We list where to all of these below and recommend you get all of them before proceeding and don’t extract them just yet.
Grab the ACMEinstaller3
Grab the Clockwork Recovery ROM
Grab the latest Nightly build from Cyanogenmod
For the latest GApps: http://goo-inside.me/gapps
The Moboot bootloader is available from its Google Code site
The HP webOS SDK is available for Windows, Mac and Linux
Alternatively use the Universal Novacom Driver installer
- Only the Novacom driver is required and is part of the SDK. For Windows and Mac users jump to step 4 to grab the SDK. Linux users will find the SDK at step 5. We’re listing both as we’ve had people have issues with both approaches.
3. Install the Novacom driver
If you’ve installed previous versions of CyanogenMod you can jump to step 4. You don’t need to install the entire SDK for Windows users, at least, start the install but choose a Custom installation and select the PDK Toolset only. Finish the install process. Alternatively use the Universal Novacom Driver installer
4. Set the HP Touchpad
Boot the HP TouchPad in WebOS, connect it to your PC via USB and select USB Drive. Open the My Computer, locate and open the HP TouchPad and in the root create a folder called cminstall into this copy the unextracted Zip files for Moboot, Clockwork and CyanogenMod.
5. Eject and reboot
Once copied eject the HP TouchPad and reboot it, once it has shutdown turn it on holding the up-volume button. A large white USB symbol will appear on the screen. Reconnect it to your PC using the USB cable. If Novacom was correctly installed the driver will be automatically detected and installed.
6. Moment of truth
Make sure the ACMEInstaller2 file is on your desktop. Open the Start menu, type CMD and press return. At the command prompt change directory to the desktop by typing CD desktop and press return. To initiate the Android install type the following line into the command prompt and press return, cross your fingers and wait five minutes.
novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
7. She lives!
The system will automatically reboot. You’ll briefly see the new boot menu with CyanogenMod, WebOS and Recovery options but it will then proceed on to Android. Hurrah! On the whole we’ve found this alpha to be exceptionally well behaved, the main issue for us is if the tablet goes to sleep you’ll need to disable and re-enable the Wi-Fi device via Settings.
If you’re experiencing issues, we’ve started a HP TouchPad Recovery feature and an uninstall guide using the ACMEUninstaller tool.