The Android Army invades! (Part 2) : Wipe out WebOS

4/28/2012 9:20:59 AM

PART 1: It's easy, like brain surgery

Prepare your victim, we mean lucky HP TouchPad for Android pleasuring

1.    All your fault

Description: Launcher > Settings > Backup

Let’s be up front, this is third-party alpha software that replaces the boot-loader and installs Android. Things can go wrong and if they do it's all your own fault. We strongly suggest you back up. Select Launcher > Settings > Backup to secure at least your settings. We'll outline later uninstall and emergency recovery options that could save a seemingly bricked device.

2.    Get ready

Description: RootzWiki page

First, make sure your HP TouchPad has at least 2GB of space free. It's usually not an issue. Next, you'll need your USB data cable to hand and download the required files from the RootzWiki page at Four files are essential: ACMEInstaller ZIP, CM7.1.0-tenderloin-a3-fullofbugs-signed ZIP, Clockwork Recovery ZIP and the Moboot ZIP. Only extract the ACMEInstaller.

3.    Get even more ready

Description: Novacom driver

You will also need to download the HP TouchPad Novacom driver, this is usually part of the SDK but you can grab just the driver from If you don't have Java installed grab that as well from http:// and run the JAR file you just downloaded. This installs the driver required to access the HP TouchPad in its recovery mode to inject the new boot-loader.


PART2: Wipe out WebOS

Out damn OS and in with the new

1.    Fire the files

Description: Fire the files

Boot the HP TouchPad into WebOS as normal. Attach it to your PC via the USB and mount it as a drive. Open My Computer, locate the HP TouchPad and in the root create a cminstall folder. In to this copy the three unextracted ZIP files: moboot, update-cwm, and update-cm-7.1. These represent the Moboot, ClockWork Recovery and CyanogenMod Android files.

2.    Moment of truth

Description: Novacom driver

Eject the HP TouchPad from the PC as normal and power it down. Turn it back on while holding the [Volume Up] button. As soon as it's on a large white USB logo should appear. Connect the HP TouchPad to the PC and it should be detected as new hardware via the Novacom driver. If the TouchPad isn't recognised you need to get the Novacom driver installed. Try a reboot if you haven't already.

3.    Install Android

Description: Install Android

Extract the ACMEInstaller file to the desktop. Select Start, type 'CMD' and click 'OK'. In the command prompt type ‘CD desktop! press [Return] to change directory to the desktop. To start the Android install, type the following line into the command prompt If Novacom cannot be found, locate the Program Files > Palm > SDK folder and copy it to the desktop: novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller

4.    Android activate!

Description: Android activate!

After a moment of nothing, a stream of Linux command lines should appear. This install process will go on for ten minutes or so, after which the HP TouchPad will reboot. Ignore the boot-loader and Android will start. Play to your heart's content but a big omission is the Android Market, but we can fix that and it's an excellent introduction to the ClockworkMod Recovery Mode.

5.    MOAH APPS!

Description:  boot Clockwork Mod

Legally Android Market cannot be distributed with CyanogenMod Android. Download the package from Connect the TouchPad to your PC as a drive and copy this ZIP file to the root. Eject and reboot the TouchPad, at the new Moboot boot-loader use the Volume Button to select Boot ClockworkMod and press the Home button to start.

6.    The Market is open

Description: Now you have full Market access

ClockworkMod enables you to do all manner of low-level recovery and update things. Use the [Volume Button] to navigate to 'install zip', the sdcard refers to the internal storage. Use the [Home] button to select. Select 'Choose zip from sdcard', select the gapps ZIP file you saved to the root. Confirm the warning, select ‘Reboot system now' and let it reboot into Android. Now you have full Market access.

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