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Old 03-05-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Has anyone managed to irreversibly brick their nook?

I know it's difficult, or supposedly impossible, but have their been *any* reports of someone managing to totally, utterly, chuck it in the trash, brick their nook via any modding method other than a hammer?
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:14 AM   #2
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I haven't heard of anyone doing it. Since it always will boot off an SD card first (built into the hardware that way), all you need to do is have a bootable SD card and from there you can restore the original firmware back to the internal memory of the NC.

I would say if one got bricked, it would be due to overclocking or a real hardware failure of some sort.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #3
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I would say if one got bricked, it would be due to overclocking or a real hardware failure of some sort.
And I assume the autonooter root doesn't overclock-- that's something you have to deliberately, knowingly do? (yes, I'm a android newb).
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
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And I assume the autonooter root doesn't overclock-- that's something you have to deliberately, knowingly do? (yes, I'm a android newb).
That's correct, you need to replace the kernel to overclock. I believe the process requires ClockWork recovery as well.

I agree with the previous poster, the only way to brick the device would be if the internal flash memory got damaged, but even then you should be able to boot and use it from a SD card. Other hardware faults would prevent that of course.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:40 AM   #5
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I've heard of a few people that managed to do it, and returned their Nooks to B&N (one got in a flamefight with a B&N manager guy over at xda). But they probably just didn't want to bother with extended troubleshooting.

No one with any real knowledge has managed it. There's been solutions for almost everything as long as people were willing to work on it for a few hours.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #6
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I know it's difficult, or supposedly impossible, but have their been *any* reports of someone managing to totally, utterly, chuck it in the trash, brick their nook via any modding method other than a hammer?
I did, see this http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...52#post1412452 thread.

I sent it back to customer care and received a new one *next day*, I'm still waiting for them to tell me it was because I rooted it, been almost two weeks and nothing yet.

I rooted the new one and it works like a charm.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:43 PM   #7
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That sounds a bit like a hardware failure-- did you try to boot from the sd card?

One quick question, is the 1.0 operating system in the nook flashable or is that a rom that can't be changed? I've heard threads that imply that it's a permanent Rom, and wouldnt' that mean that as long as you were willing to start from scratch, unbricking should be easy?
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It is no more possible to brick a NookColor through operating system modifications than it is to brick a desktop PC through operating system modifications, due to both supporting bootable removable media.

All reports of "bricked" NCs have actually been reports of people who weren't willing or able to make the effort of fixing it.

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That sounds a bit like a hardware failure-- did you try to boot from the sd card?
I'd bet cookies to donuts it was a corrupted or wiped /boot partition. Those are the typical symptoms for a bad /boot. If so, it was fixable by booting from SD and restoring it.
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