How to install Android 4.0 on the HP TouchPad (CyanogenMod 9 Alpha) Right Now

Here comes in the right time, get CyanogenMod onto your TouchPad tablet. CM9 is an after market custom firmware for Android, opening doors for HP TouchPad with a bunch of useful features which aren’t available in untouched stock firmware including FLAC playback, theming, and incognito web browsing.

The first build of Google’s Android 4.0 ICS is now available for the HP TouchPad, which is an WebOS software running tablet, since its dropped the price, hackers have been installing Google Android on the HP TouchPad for months.

Until now, Android 2.3.x Gingerbread was only available for the HP tablet, today the CyanogenMod team has released CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 for the TouchPad. Android-based 4.0 OS includes Google’s new user interface which is well optimized for tablets without physical buttons. Well fitted for the HP TouchPad’s, which doesn’t have the home, back, and menu buttons found on most earlier Android phones and tablets.

While CyanogenMod 7 supporting tablet tweaks, with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-based ROM isn’t exactly adept largerand higher-resolution screens seen on tablets. There are several other hackers and developers who were waiting for Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich features to be ported through for better compatibility.

Finally, the CyanogenMod 9 arrived as an Alpha 0 still pretty rough around the edges – the camera doesn’t work, and it never work in future though. There’s no other hardware video accleration, which means that Netflix won’t be working, and HD YouTube video won’t play at all. While the microphone doesn’t work and audio is glitchy.

Especially the Titanium Backup doesn’t work, which may fail various apps to show up in the Andoid Market. Actually, we already know about this, because CyanogenMod team has uploaded a video on YouTube showing Android 4.0 ICS running on HP TouchPad a few days back.

While installing Android 4.0, TouchPad rebooted several times unexpectedly. Don’t be scared, here’s how you can install CM9 on HP TouchPad.

Step 1: Install the Palm Novacom driver – the easiest is to use the Universal Novacom Installer. Simply download the .jar file from Google code, and Run.

Follow the instructions and it should now install Novacom on your computer. It will only work if Java is already installed. After done, you can check the above picture shows that Universalk Novacom installer created a folder called c:\Program Files\Palm, Inc.

Step 2: In this step, you will need to download the required files:

Step 3: Now drag ACMEInstaller into the same directory where your Novacom files are.

Novacom is in your c:\Program Files\Palm, Inc directory, just copy ACMEInstaller2 to that directory.

Step 4 : Connect your HP TouchPad to your computer and enable USB mass storage mode by tapping the USB notification in the upper top right-hand corner of the screen.

Follow this: Use a USB cable that came along with your Tablet to connect to a PC, Mac or Linux. You should see a USB notification in the upper-right cornor of TouchPad. Simply Tap on it to enter USB drive mode.

Step 5 : Now you’ll need to copy the remaining downloaded files to your TouchPad. Open your TouchPad using an explorer utility, and create a new folder called “cminstall”. Inside your newly-made folder, drag in those files we downloaded in Step 2. NB: they should not be extracted or unZIP just yet.

Files to copy from(Step2):

4. gApps 4.0.3

Step 6: Reboot your device, follow the instructions below:

1. Tap the home button and then hit the arrow icon to bring up a list of applications.
2. Navigate to the Settings tab.
3. Choose Device Info.
4. Select the red Reset Options button.
5. On the following screen (see image below) tap the Restart option.

Now press and hold the volume button and nce the screen goes dark, quickly hold the volume up button after which you’ll be met with a large USB icon on your TouchPad’s screen.

Step 7 : Open a command prompt (Start > search “cmd”). Then type cd: \ which will take you to your root directory. Type “dir” in order to unveil the full list of directories. See below:

After your computer installs the drivers, it’s time to get ready to run ACMEInstaller. Here’s how you do that on a Windows computer:

1. Click the Start Menu.
2. Type “cmd” (without quotes) in the search box.
3. This will open a command prompt.
4. Type cd: \ to enter your root directory.
5. Navigate to the correct directory. Typing “dir” (without quotes) will show a list of directories.
6. On my computer, I next typed “cd Program Files” and hit enter, then “cd Palm, Inc” and hit enter again.

Step 8: Now you’re going to run ACMEInstaller. Enter “novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2″ into the command prompt (See Step 7 for reference). You will begin to notice lines of text running across the screen of your device. Let the process run its course, after which you’ll need to boot into Moboot. You can opt to boot into CyanogenMod by tapping on the home button, or otherwise you can reboot to webOS by using the up and down volume arrows to navigate to the webOS option and then tapping home.

Note: Some users have reported that ACMEInstaller2 doesn’t automatically install gApps, but you can use ClockworkMod to install the gApps zip following the steps outlined below for applying the charging fix. Just substitute the gApps zip file for the update-chargerFix file.

Step 9: Install update-chargerFix [Optional]

You can download the file from or Techerrata. Then follow these steps to install it:

1. Place the zip file in the root directory of your TouchPad’s storage (or in a folder that you can remember).
2. Press-and-hold the power button to reboot the touchPad.
3. From the Moboot menu, choose ClockworkMod.
4. Use the volume keys to scroll down to the entry that says “install a zip from SDcard” and tap the home button to select.
5. Using the volume and home keys, highlight the update-chargerFix file and select it.
6. Scroll down to select yes.
7. When it’s done installing reboot into CyanogenMod.

Here’s that, you’re good to go. Since it provides the simplest tools for backing up and restoring your system, wiping data, or applying OS updates.

Facing any problems, or confused, then you might visit the original thread over at XDA Developers who discuss technically or head over to RootWiki or this link here.