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I'm buying a nook color as a quick entry into the world of tablets. I plan on using it for reading on the bus etc. But I'm also interested in rooting so I can customize it as well. So I'm planning to dual boot CM7 from the SD card but leave it stock otherwise. With that in mind, what do I need to purchase as a first time Nook buyer interested in modding?

Here's my list:
- Nook Color (of course)
- OtterBox Commuter Series or the Aegis Series Enclosure System (haven't decided which one yet)
- rooCASE (would the nook fit in cases like these with the body armor on?)
- [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Class-microSDHC-Memory-TS8GUSDHC6/dp/B001IAMME8/ref=cm_sw_em_r_n_dp_Hy2Vnb1M7XWYQ_tt"]SD card[/ame] (read that the class is important when modifying)
- [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Flash-Memory-Reader-FCR-HS219/dp/B00109Y2DQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_n_dp_o01Vnb1ABVTQW_tt"]Meomory Card reader[/ame] (to read/write to the SD card)
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I wouldn't count on using the roo with either of the other two cases. There is about 1/8" of space on the edges, and that shrinks towards the middle. Here's a pic to show what I'm talking about. That said, I'm glad I went for the roo. The nook is small enough that sometimes it's great to stick in your pocket, and it's easier to do that sans case.

Other than that, I cannot think of anything.
    
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Thanks for the feedback. Do you have your Nook modded? What are you experiences with running the various builds off an SD card? I ask because I've read on another forum that the higher class cards are not the best for what I want to do.
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There are a few different ways to mod your nook, and I've tried them all.

First, you can just root stock. This is ok, but the market is missing a lot of apps, and it's only 2.1. I'd only really recommend this if you buy the nook for an ereader first, or want the simplest solution possible.

Second, you can run an OS from the SD card. This gives you the full benefits of a true google android operating system without modifying any of the software inside your nook. Good if you are worried about warranty, however it's pretty easy to switch back to stock even if you go with the third option. This option is very dependent on a high class SD card, and even with a good class 8 or 10, it's probably the slowest one. This is primarily a good option for testing or preserving warranty.

The third and, in my opinion, best option is to run a rom from internal memory. It's got all the benefits from a full unadulterated android OS with none of the SD lag. It also allows you to buy a cheaper SD card since it doesn't rely on class speeds for the OS. A fast SD card is still good, but not crucial.

As for which OS, CM7 is the best hands down for most people. Honeycomb is still very experimental. However, honeycomb development had pretty much completely died for a few months, and is not coming back. Still, it'll probably be experimental until honeycomb source is released.
    
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Originally Posted by E_man;13418332 
There are a few different ways to mod your nook, and I've tried them all.

First, you can just root stock. This is ok, but the market is missing a lot of apps, and it's only 2.1. I'd only really recommend this if you buy the nook for an ereader first, or want the simplest solution possible.

Second, you can run an OS from the SD card. This gives you the full benefits of a true google android operating system without modifying any of the software inside your nook. Good if you are worried about warranty, however it's pretty easy to switch back to stock even if you go with the third option. This option is very dependent on a high class SD card, and even with a good class 8 or 10, it's probably the slowest one. This is primarily a good option for testing or preserving warranty.

The third and, in my opinion, best option is to run a rom from internal memory. It's got all the benefits from a full unadulterated android OS with none of the SD lag. It also allows you to buy a cheaper SD card since it doesn't rely on class speeds for the OS. A fast SD card is still good, but not crucial.

As for which OS, CM7 is the best hands down for most people. Honeycomb is still very experimental. However, honeycomb development had pretty much completely died for a few months, and is not coming back. Still, it'll probably be experimental until honeycomb source is released.

Actually, the guys over at XDA told me that a lower class card is better for running an OS from the uSD. The higher small block write speed is needed by the OS due to the constant transfer of data. Lots of people made the switch and have reported great improvements in performance when using lower class cards.

Option 2 is my target. I just want to have something for a few months that I don't have to spend much money on while waiting to get my hands on a transformer. So I'll like to have the internal memory untouched.
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Might actually pick one of these up myself if the transformer isn't available anywhere next week (which in all likelihood it won't). Just sucks I would have to wait a bit for shipping
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Originally Posted by E_man View Post
There are a few different ways to mod your nook, and I've tried them all.

First, you can just root stock. This is ok, but the market is missing a lot of apps, and it's only 2.1. I'd only really recommend this if you buy the nook for an ereader first, or want the simplest solution possible.

Second, you can run an OS from the SD card. This gives you the full benefits of a true google android operating system without modifying any of the software inside your nook. Good if you are worried about warranty, however it's pretty easy to switch back to stock even if you go with the third option. This option is very dependent on a high class SD card, and even with a good class 8 or 10, it's probably the slowest one. This is primarily a good option for testing or preserving warranty.

The third and, in my opinion, best option is to run a rom from internal memory. It's got all the benefits from a full unadulterated android OS with none of the SD lag. It also allows you to buy a cheaper SD card since it doesn't rely on class speeds for the OS. A fast SD card is still good, but not crucial.

As for which OS, CM7 is the best hands down for most people. Honeycomb is still very experimental. However, honeycomb development had pretty much completely died for a few months, and is not coming back. Still, it'll probably be experimental until honeycomb source is released.
1.) Rooted stock is now 2.2 (Froyo)
2.) SD card installs are easypeasy-lemon-squeezy Little SD info http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1005633
3.) I totally agree. I love CM7 on my Nook, and even as we speak a newer kernel 2.6.32 is actually being tested for release. Booting from internal eMMC is fantastic 3 nooks in my house and all running the same kernel/release. "Bricking" is literally impossible, thanks to B&N's fall backs.
4.) Honeycomb development has actually just picked up in the last week with thanks to all the HC tablet dumps.

For_the_moves: I've been running CM7 on my nook for a couple months now and I love every nightly. Dalingrin (kernel guy) is fantastic at what he does, and as such a newer kernel is being ported/tested and even right now, I have my nook running at 1.3 GHz with full DSP/Bluetooth unlocked/Wifi etc. Also for cases, I have 4 of these I switch between (Black, opaque white, blue, red) currently rocking the red one.
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Originally Posted by For_the_moves View Post
Actually, the guys over at XDA told me that a lower class card is better for running an OS from the uSD. The higher small block write speed is needed by the OS due to the constant transfer of data. Lots of people made the switch and have reported great improvements in performance when using lower class cards.

Option 2 is my target. I just want to have something for a few months that I don't have to spend much money on while waiting to get my hands on a transformer. So I'll like to have the internal memory untouched.
My personal experience is the exact opposite. Faster SD card means faster OS.

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Originally Posted by Nburnes View Post
1.) Rooted stock is now 2.2 (Froyo)
2.) SD card installs are easypeasy-lemon-squeezy Little SD info http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1005633
3.) I totally agree. I love CM7 on my Nook, and even as we speak a newer kernel 2.6.32 is actually being tested for release. Booting from internal eMMC is fantastic 3 nooks in my house and all running the same kernel/release. "Bricking" is literally impossible, thanks to B&N's fall backs.
4.) Honeycomb development has actually just picked up in the last week with thanks to all the HC tablet dumps.
1)Ironically, Stock is still 2.1 for pretty much everyone. You can get 2.2 stock, but it is not rolling out well, and it is not there by default yet. I had a stock unrooted nook for my brother sitting here online for over a week with no update.
2) I never said SD card installs were hard...
3) Very similiar. I keep 3 nooks now up to date, though it's a little tougher since one is mine, one is at my brothers, and one at my parents. All different places.
4) I've tested some of the new HC roms. It's pretty exciting stuff
    
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