Installing CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 on your HP TouchPad

Android

Ah the HP TouchPad. The device nobody wanted, but everybody bought anyway because it was too cheap to pass up on. This series of posts will help you get the most out the device and out of its current operating system, WebOS.


Missed a post in this series? Play catch-up using the links below:
Improving the Performance of your HP TouchPad The HP TouchPad's Free 50GB Box.net Storage Account Overclocking the HP TouchPad Advanced Tweaking for the HP Touchpad Setting a Default Homepage on the HP TouchPad's Browser What's Missing From The HP Touchpad? Enabling WebOS Internals New Testing Feeds for the HP Touchpad Installng Spotify HD on the HP TouchPad Adjusting the Size of Active and Non-Active Cards on the HP TouchPad Updating your HP TouchPad to WebOS 3.0.4 Installing CyanogenMod Android Alpha 2.1 on your HP TouchPad Uninstalling Cyanogen Android Alpha 2.1 from your HP TouchPad Booting to WebOS by Default After Installing CyangenMod Android on the HP TouchPad Updating your HP TouchPad to CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3 Installing CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3 on your HP TouchPad Uninstalling CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3 from your HP TouchPad Overclocking CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3 on the HP TouchPad Installing CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3.5 on your HP TouchPad Uninstalling CyanogenMod Android Alpha 3.5 from your HP TouchPad Updating your HP TouchPad to WebOS 3.0.5 Installing CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 0 on your HP TouchPad Uninstalling CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 0 from your HP TouchPad Uninstalling CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 from your HP TouchPad Installing CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 on your HP TouchPad


We admit it. We’ve been woefully behind on updating our CyanogenMod 9 installation instructions for the HP TouchPad, so much so that we completely missed out on Alpha 1. Fear not though, better late than never, we’re back with updated instructions for installing Alpha 2 (otherwise known as the YOU SHOULD CONTRIBUTE INSTEAD OF KANGING EDITION.) Enjoy, and be sure to read the disclaimers below before you get started.

CyanogenMod 9 for the HP TouchPad! What’s that mean exactly? Three words: Ice Cream Sandwich! Before you get too excited however, note that this first release is labeled as an “Alpha 2” which means that a lot of things aren’t quite working yet. For example, audio is spotty, and the microphone is non-functional. For a more detailed list of troublesome issues check the official announcement post over at the RootzWiki website.

The instructions below assume that you’re installing CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 on a TouchPad that does NOT currently have any version of Android installed. What we mean when we say this is that your TouchPad should only currently be booting to WebOS, just like the day you first took it out of the box.

Note that the CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich solution is very much an alpha release and as such expect some things to work great and other things not so much. I take no responsibility for the quality of their product or any harm that may come to your TouchPad as it relates to the installation and use of this solution as detailed below. Use at your own risk and enjoy.

 

How to Install CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 (YOU SHOULD CONTRIBUTE INSTEAD OF KANGING EDITION):

  1. On the TouchPad, update WebOS to 3.0.5. (For help with updating see here) NOTE: This is an important first step as updating to 3.0.5 after installing Android could cause the bootloader to be overridden, thus rendering the Android partition unreachable.
  2. On your computer, download and install the HP WebOS 3.0.5 SDK.
  3. On your computer, create a new directory on the root of your c:\ drive and name it “Android” (no quotes.)
  4. On your computer, download the following files from the rootzwiki website and save them into the “Android” directory you created in the previous step:
    a. ACMEInstaller2 (New ACMEInstaller (do not use old installer with CM9))
    b. Clockwork Recovery (update-cwm_tenderloin-1012.zip)
    c. Moboot (moboot_0.3.5.zip)
    d. Alpha 2 CM9 for TouchPad (update-cm-9.0.0-RC0-Touchpad-alpha2-fullofbugs.zip)
  5. On your computer, download the following file from the goo.im website and save it in the “Android” directory you created in step 3:
    a. Google Apps (gapps-ics-20120317-signed.zip)
  6. Connect the TouchPad to your computer.
  7. On the TouchPad, when prompted, tap “USB Drive”
  8. On your computer, navigate to the newly mounted TouchPad drive and create a directory called “cminstall” (no quotes.)
  9. On your computer, copy the three zip files listed below from the “Android” directory on the root of your c:\ drive to the “cminstall” directory on the TouchPad:
    a. gapps-ics-20120317-signed.zip
    b. moboot_0.3.5.zip
    c. update-cm-9.0.0-RC0-Touchpad-alpha2-fullofbugs.zip
    d. update-cwm_tenderloin-1012.zip
  10. On your computer, unmount/eject the TouchPad, but leave it attached via the USB cable.
  11. On the TouchPad, once the large USB icon disappears from the screen, tap the “Up Arrow” icon in the dock.
  12. On the TouchPad, tap the “Settings” tab title.
  13. On the TouchPad, tap the “Device Info” icon.
  14. On the TouchPad, tap the “Reset Options” button.
  15. On the TouchPad, tap the “Restart” button.
  16. Once the TouchPad begins rebooting, press and hold the volume up button on the device until a large USB icon is displayed in the center of the screen.
  17. On your computer, click the “Windows Start Button.”
  18. On your computer, click “Run.”
  19. On your computer, type “cmd” into the “Run” window and click the “OK” button.
  20. On your computer, in the “Command Prompt” window that opens type “cd \” (no quotes.)
  21. On your computer, in the “Command Prompt” window type “cd Android” (no quotes.)
  22. On your computer, In the “Command Prompt” window type “novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2” (no quotes.)
  23. Nothing visible will happen on your computer. On the TouchPad, the installation process should begin and the activity should be quite visible on screen. Wait for this process to complete and the device to automatically reboot into CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2.
  24. On the TouchPad, follow the on-screen instructions to configure and complete your setup.

 

How To: Reboot the TouchPad from within CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2:

  1. Press and hold the power button until the device vibrates to bring up the “Power off” menu.
  2. Tap “OK.”
  3. Press and hold the power button.
  4. Tap “Reboot” in the “Tablet options” menu that appears.
  5. Tap an option in the “Tablet reboot” menu that appears and tap “OK” to restart the device.

 

How To: Install the Android Marketplace for CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2 (If it does not automatically install [jump to step 10 to test if it is installed first]):

  1. Power on or reboot the TouchPad to “Recovery” (for help with rebooting see “How To: Reboot the TouchPad from within CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2” section above.)
  2. If Powering On: On the TouchPad, when the moboot 0.3.5 screen appears, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “boot ClockworkMod” option and then press the “Home” button.
  3. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “install zip from sdcard” option and then press the “Home” button
  4. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “choose zip from sdcard” option and then press the “Home” button.
  5. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “cminstall” directory and then press the “Home” button.
  6. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “gapps-ics-20120317-signed.zip ” file and then press the “Home” button.
  7. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “Yes – Install gapps-ics-20120317-signed.zip ” option and then press the “Home” button.
  8. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “+++++Go Back++++” option and then press the “Home” button.
  9. On the TouchPad, use the volume control buttons to navigate to the “reboot system now” option and then press the “Home” button. The TouchPad will restart and automatically boot into CyanogenMod 9 Android Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha 2. You may see a message that Android is updating.
  10. On the TouchPad, tap the “grid” icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  11. On the TouchPad, tap the “Shop” icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  12. On the TouchPad, if you have not done so already, you will automatically be prompted to configure your wireless network settings. Follow the onscreen prompts to enter your information and connect to your wireless network.
  13. On the TouchPad, you will automatically be prompted to enter your account information. Follow the onscreen prompts to enter your information and connect to the Google Market.

Whew! That’s it! You’re all done! Go install some apps and games from the market and have a blast! Ready to overclock it? Go here for instructions!

About Aaron Westerman

Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.