[HOW-TO] Return Your Nook Color to 1.1.0 Stock and re-root
I hope this becomes a sticky. So why is there a need for this? There are some threads to describe the following issues which I, through various sites and threads, have not found answered. I also have the same issues and was unable to use android market as a result. They include:
- can't download market apps
- getting "server error" when trying to get into android market
- tried the youtube "my channel" trick
- tried the google talk login trick
- can't update to stock 1.1.0 from 1.0.1 no matter what you try. the "sideload_update.zip" just won't take!
- pre-rooted 1.1.0 doesn't help me
What is offered in the current threads are:
- Restore to Stock 1.0.1
- Root via Auto-Nooter 2.12.25
- load pre-rooted 1.1.0
Which then leads to the above issues and I've not seen a resolve for a good subset of users across different sites. So if this is YOU, here's the fix I found:
summary version is:
- restore to Stock 1.0.1 via ROM
- restore again to Stock 1.0.1 via B&N Factory reset (which actually works)
- Update to 1.1.0 (which will now work w/sideload file)
- Root 1.1.0 via Auto-Nooter 3.0
Step 1: Reload stock 1.0.1 ROM
Follow the first 8 steps noted in this thread: Restore to Stock 1.0.1 Not Rooted
Once the ROM is finished installing, manually eject your SD Card, go back a menu on clockwork recovery by pushing PWR button and select "reboot".
Once loaded, register your device.
Step 2: Restore to Stock using B&N Factory Restore
Why is this step important? Isn't it redundant? No.
I have found the "step 1" ROM unhelpful in that the file is not the same as actually restoring it via B&N hard reset. Seems like there are some things missing or some bugs which has caused me and perhaps others multiple issues because we build off this file (root, flash pre-root 1.1.0). AND, the 8x power off thing is really tough which I wasn't able to ever do.
To restore to factory - power off. Then hold "power + N (upside down N)" for 6-7 seconds. If it powers off you did it wrong. Try again. When you let go, it should still be on the welcome screen. Let go and then it will go to a screen that reads "installation fail." Power down and do the same again. This time, it will ask you to restore to factory. Hit "N" twice and it will start clearing and restore to factory!
Step 3: Load "sideload_update.zip" to update to 1.1.0
Now the file will actually take! Go to and download the B&N file. You can save it or rename it to "sideload_update.zip" noticing the lower case and the subtracting of "1-1".
With your NC on, plug your usb cable into your PC. Copy the zip file to the main directory of the NC. Once this is done, unplug the usb cable, and put the NC on sleep (tap power button).
The file should take in 2-3 minutes or less. You should see an installation screen that comes on by itself. Once this is done, you will be officially updated to 1.1.0! congrats!
Step 4: Using auto-nooter 3.0, Root 1.1.0
Go here: Rooting Nook Color 1.1.0 and scroll down to "READ TO ROOT / HOW TO DO IT." Follow the guide up to where it reads (on the guide, not the NC) "congratulations - your nook is rooted."
Step 5: Login to Google via youtube / market
The initial sign-in seems like it never takes but you can try it. there's no harm. Ultimately you can just hit "skip step", check the two boxes telling you to send data/location to google, and then try to login via youtube. I got a network error 401 when logging into youtube via "my channel" but I was able to access android market and download apps. I downloaded "Launcher Pro" first (some people say it helped them to do that) and then whatever other apps I needed.
Credit goes to all the contributors to the already current stickies on rooting nook color, restoring to stock, etc. I have not done anything except to pull some things together and provide a very important step is restoring to factory which provides a working base file to build off of.
If this has helped you, please let me (us) know. It seems there are others who have had this issue without any resolve.
Last edited by lancelot916; 03-14-2011 at 09:21 PM.
- 03-10-2011, 02:40 AM #2
- 03-10-2011, 09:06 AM #3
BRAVO!!!! I wish I had this a couple days ago when I bricked my NC! I ended up returning it to BB for a shiny new one. Got to love the BB Silver Rewards return policy!!
STICKY THIS POST!!!Stephen AKA "Dirty Steve"
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- 03-10-2011, 09:09 AM #4
- 03-10-2011, 09:16 AM #5
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- Evo: CM7
- 03-10-2011, 12:27 PM #6
I don't know why people suggest the 8x boot interrupt vs. power + N. This was the way B&N tech support told me to load restore.
Last edited by lancelot916; 03-10-2011 at 03:17 PM.
- 03-11-2011, 10:41 AM #8
- 03-12-2011, 07:26 PM #10
- 03-15-2011, 11:31 PM #11
- 03-18-2011, 11:34 AM #12
- 03-21-2011, 06:05 AM #13
After a unsuccessful 'root', I tried to 'unroot' and do factory reset.
Now my NookColor only boots to a screen which says:
by Barnes & Noble
After a while, the screen turns black then the same 'nookcolor by Barnes & Noble' screen appears again. It repeats endlessly.
How can I restore my NookColor to factory ROM?
- 03-21-2011, 10:08 PM #14
However, I may have a defective nook - the touch screen is very flaky. Sometimes it takes me several attempts (more than several, actually) just to unlock the nook from the lock screen.
Other items take several taps of the screen to work, also.
I think I'm going to take it back for a replacement.
What's my best bet to get rid of all traces of having rooted it?
Can I just do the "power on +n" as suggested above?
What about the "Erase & Deregister Device" under Settings/Device info?
Would that do the same thing?
- 03-21-2011, 10:54 PM #15
Just a follow up to my last post.
I was succesful in un-rooting.
I followed instructions here:
And there's also a youtube video of the whole process (though in a different order) here:
Originally Posted by lancelot916
- 04-01-2011, 11:02 PM #16
Guys, did you follow these instructions for installing CM7 - ... ?
I just tried it and run into a problem. After finishing of installation and rebooting Nook shows a message that installation failed and prompts me to try to turn it off and then start again. When I do it, Nook starts to load, shows small "ANDROID" text and freezes.
I tried it with both 8 GB ClockWork and with 1 GB ClockWork, it doesn't make any difference.
Before going back to stock, I'd like to explore what other options are available.
Any advice please?
You could comment here or send me email to vkelman AT gmail.
- 04-02-2011, 11:32 PM #17
- 04-05-2011, 09:07 PM #18
- 04-27-2011, 12:46 PM #19
- 04-27-2011, 12:57 PM #20
Can't get the downloaded software 1.1.0 to side load on my NC. The nook simply sits there goes to sleep and doesn't sideload the update. Trying to get back to where I was from the 1.2 update which has largely been laughable. Preformed step by step instructions above including renaming the file and I'm still sitting at 1.0.1. Thoughts, suggestions, advice?
- 04-27-2011, 01:13 PM #21
- 04-27-2011, 10:20 PM #22
- 11 Posts
I just spent the better part of 3 hours trying to restore my NC back to Auto_Nooter 3.0 Release 1.1 after a failed attempt by BN to upgrade my NC today..
I came back to my NC to find it rebooting and hosed up. It wanted me to Register and even though I managed to get it to have a Wireless Internet connection, it kept failing to Register with a Network Connection problem.... Given that I was still at what appeared to be Rooted 1.1 but without any of the apps and a Market app that couldn't connect to the Internet, I finally gave up until I could tackle it tonight.
I first tried to Factory restore to 1.1 but ended up with the same issue as before - said I had Wireless Internet connection but registration failed.
Ended up having to Clockwork Recovery to 1.0.1 and upgrade to 1.1 and then Auto-Nooter.
Finally restored my last backup with Titanium backup and I am back to where I was before BN messed it up... Plan to go to 1.2 once it can be Rooted.
- 05-15-2011, 03:52 PM #23
- 06-27-2011, 01:56 PM #24