Last week, Touch Droid’s team posted a “semi-working” build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) for the HP TouchPad. The 11 step process requires interacting with the HP Touchpad using a terminal window to execute linux commands and install Android. The technique also includes a way to recover to WebOS, however the two are not dual bootable just yet.
“I have decided to release a system dump from my TouchPad which contains a semi-working build of Android 2.3.5 with working touchscreen on the HP TouchPad. Please use this data and the below steps on installation as you see fit. I hope this release will light a fire under the community to work together on a full working port!,” said a user on Touch Droid.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can watch the video embedded below, or follow the steps outlined under this post:
Steps on installing this onto your TouchPad
0. Plug your HP Touchpad into your PC via USB and DONT MOUNT IT.
- First you will need novaterm/novacom. Follow steps at the following URL to get both installed on your machine: http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Portal:Accessing_Linux
- Open a command prompt / terminal window and type the following:
- We will need to create partitions for android on the device. Run all commands in novaterm: Resize /media first:
lvm.static lvresize -L -1706M /dev/store/media lvm.static lvcreate -L 10M -n android-persist store lvm.static lvcreate -L 32M -n android-etc store lvm.static lvcreate -L 320M -n android-system store lvm.static lvcreate -L 320M -n android-cache store lvm.static lvcreate -L 1024M -n android-data store
Create partitions for android:
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-cache mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-data mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-etc mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-persist mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-system
- 4. Mount the system partition on /tmp/system (in novaterm).
mkdir /tmp/system/ mount -o loop -t ext3 /dev/mapper/store-android--system /tmp/system/
- Open a new command/terminal window and run the following: **Do this in cmd/terminal not novaterm**
novacom put file://tmp/system/system.tar.bz < system.tar.bz
- Unzip system.tar.bz and move files to /tmp/system/ (in novaterm):
cd /tmp/system/ tar -xvf system.tar.bz cd system mv * ../ cd .. rm -rf system
- Run the following to unmount /tmp/system:
cd / umount /tmp/system
- Now boot into bootie by running the following in novaterm:
- Open a new command/terminal window and change to your novaterm folder and run the following:
novacom boot mem:// < android.uimage
- Start pressing Volume UP on the TouchPad until you see a purple line on the right hand side.
- If all steps were followed correctly you should boot right into Android 2.3.5 and have a working touchscreen.
** To boot back into android after restarting you have to repeat steps 8 and 9 only.**
If you would like to remove this and revert back to normal WebOS run the following in novaterm:
lvm.static lvremove store/android-persist lvm.static lvremove store/android-system lvm.static lvremove store/android-data lvm.static lvremove store/android-cache lvm.static lvremove store/android-etc lvm.static lvresize -L +1706M /dev/store/media