A Few CyanogenMod 7.1 on Nook Color Fixes

I’m currently running CyanogenMod 7.1 on my Barnes & Noble Nook Color and I absolutely love it. I feel like I’m living in the future when I use this thing. However it’s not perfect, and I have rectified a couple of annoyances that I should document here for anyone else with these problems who should wander by.

Old Android Market installed

I’m running CyanogenMod 7.1 on both my Droid phone and my Nook Color tablet, but for some reason one of them had an old version of the Android Market. Unfortunately I can’t remember now which one was stuck on an old version. I ended up slogging through the interwebs until I found a working up-to-date APK for the Android Market. I’ve stashed a copy of the Android Market 3.1.5 APK in my Public Dropbox for anyone else who needs it.

Unable to install Google Earth app

Google Earth on Nook Color
For some reason the Android Market said I could not install the Google Earth app. I have no idea why. I ended up scouring the backwaters XDA and came upon an APK for it. This installed and is working well for me. I have placed a copy of the Google Earth APK in my public Dropbox for anyone else who needs it.

Weirdness in the Nook for Android app

Broken Nook for Android MagazinesWorking Nook for Android Magazines
I subscribed to Popular Science and National Geographic magazines while I was using the standard Nook Color operating system. After my upgrade to CM7.1 I could only download the first issue of each magazine because they all appeared stacked on top of each other. I finally stumbled on this CyanogenMod forum post which offered a few possible solutions.

To save you some reading, it looks like CM7.1 sets the Nook Color screen’s DPI to 160. The Nook for Android app assumes that the density is more than 160DPI, and this apparently causes the problem with the magazines stacking. I installed the free LCD Resolution app from the Android Market and used to set my resolution back to the default 169DPI. This fixed the problem.

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  • Good stuff Ben, I’m sure it will come in handy when I get one.

  • Roger Roelofs

    Thanks Ben,  I am switching from NookieComb to CM7.1 in the next couple weeks.  Now I know where to come.

  • Elempoimen

    How is your screen sensitivity? Can you use the search button in the Nook App? How about before vs. after your dpi change?

    • Ben Rousch

      I had some screen sensitivity issues with earlier CyanogenMods, especially with button in the upper right corner. But 7.1 with the correct DPI has been much better. However I just tried using the search button in the Nook app and it does not work. In fact none of the buttons at the top of that app work for me.

  • brousch

    Recently I found that my NookColor was getting the dreaded “Device not compatible” message very often from the Google Market. I tried all kinds of things to fix this, and finally stumbled on a blog post explaining that the 161DPI setting is the culprit. I set it back to 160 and now the market works again. Crazy stuff. http://myraroldan.com/wp/2011/09/your-device-is-not-compatible-with-this-item-annoying-android-market-message/

  • Dawn Nixon-Smith

    I have a B&N Nook Color that has been rooted to run CyanogenMod 7 (not something I did. I bought it that way used). I went online to PlayStore yesterday and downloaded a new ADW Launcher Theme. It had already been running an ADW Launcher program so I figured it would just change the theme. Well now I am stuck in a loop. I get a “Sorry! The application ADW.Launcher (process com.android.launcher) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.” and give as button for Force Close. I can’t get past this to un-install the offending app. When I first turn the Nook on it loads CyanogenMod7 before the error comes up. Can someone please help!!

    • dman5300

      download LCD density changer and change it from 160 to 240 that should work for short term. This happens alot to me on other applications too but sometimes it just has a short term “fit” like a child and then comes back to reality

  • Michelle P

    I have a B&N Nook Color that has been rooted to run CyanogenMod 7 (not something I did.) It was working fine but now it won’t go past where it says cyanogenmod 7 thing with the little alien guy. I’m not sure what to do. Help please