I've been scouring the net looking for current information for rooting a classic nook that is reasonably simple. It looks like using nookdevs.com's "Rooting B&N revision 1.4 to 1.7 on any hardware" and the bat files I read about in posting by "jackr" sort of fits. So, I'm going to give it a try.
First I wanted to ask if the bogus web site ( http://nookadb.suspended-chord.info/
) mentiond in the procedure above still works. My nook is firmware 1.5 and sn 1010. It is factory, unregistered, fully charged, etc.
Second is probably obvious but using the bat requires "no other devices" connected. I assume that means nothing plugged into a removeable drive like an SD memory chips and not usb attached printers, etc.