How To Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich On The HP TouchPad In Minutes

Christian Cawley 10-05-2012

android ice cream sandwichAs slick, smooth and functional as webOS is on the HP TouchPad, and wherever the future of the platform may lie, there remains a problem – the shortage of apps.


While things may have improved in recent months – the addition of homebrew apps in Preware has been a particular boost – the fact remains that there are a whole host of application types and games that could run on the HP TouchPad, if only the developers had a mind to do so.

The economic factors clearly lean against this desire, so the legion of HP TouchPad The User's Guide To HP TouchPad Featuring the webOS operating system, the TouchPad offers a user interface that is polished, attractive and–most importantly–easy to use. Read More owners (and there are a lot of us!) have one alternative – install Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Benefits Of Android

Development of Android on the HP TouchPad has been proceeding apace over the past few months, with various Alpha releases making way for regular builds that fix bugs and enable key functionality. We’re at the stage now where the HP TouchPad can run the latest Android operating system with little effort.

Naturally, this multiplies the number of apps and games that are available; currently the HP TouchPad has around 10,000 titles in the HP App Catalog, compared with 450,000 in Google Play (formerly the Android Market).

Using the method of installation described here, you will be able to install Android on your tablet alongside webOS, enabling you to switch back to the native OS whenever necessary.


Are There Any Drawbacks?

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There are several minor drawbacks of installing Android on your HP TouchPad. First, you will notice that there is less storage space available after you have used Android for a short time, mainly due to the fact that you have two operating systems and some shared tasks – email, for instance – will take up space (you will be able to share media files, however).

Naturally, switching between the two operating systems will require you to restart the device, so if you’re in a rush to use one over the other, this might prove frustrating.

In addition, you will be unable to rely on the device’s built-in camera. This is disappointing, but you can always boot back into webOS if you need to use it.


Preparing the Installation

Before installing Android onto your HP TouchPad, you will first need to ensure that the device is fully charged. You should do this by connecting it to the mains power supply rather than your computer’s USB port, as charging will occur more quickly. Once done, do not connect the tablet to your PC until instructed.

You will also need a suitable build of Android. One particularly good version can be downloaded from this Google share, created by Robo13.

After downloading to your preferred location, extract the contents of the ZIP archive and then open the folder, where you will find 7 files ready for you to use.

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Before proceeding, ensure you have the latest version of Java installed on your computer. Head here and click the button to test which version is installed, and if necessary, follow any instructions to upgrade.

Preparing The Files On Your HP TouchPad

  • With the open folder containing the extracted files displayed on your desktop, double click UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar, a Java-based tool which will enable your PC to talk to your HP TouchPad.
  • This will detect your operating system and display a button – click Install Novacom to proceed.
  • Click Download to get the latest drivers.
  • Once complete, you will receive a notification to this effect. Close this and the Novacom dialogue box.

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  • The next step is to browse to C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc where you should see two folders and a single file. In your original open folder containing the extracted contents of the downloaded ZIP file, select the two files ACMEInstaller2 and ACMEUninstaller, which should both be copied to C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc. You can now connect your HP TouchPad to your computer via USB.
  • On the TouchPad display, you should see a dialogue box – select USB Drive (from time to time this will not work correctly – follow the instructions on your TouchPad to close all cards/windows, and if this still does not work, restart the device.)
  • Open My Computer, find the HP TouchPad, where it should be listed as a drive, and open to view its contents.
  • Click New Folder and name the directory cminstall (all lower case characters). Open this and copy the following unzipped files into the folder:

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  • Once this has been done, close the HP TouchPad window and use the Eject command to detach it safely from your computer. These files do not need to be unzipped.

Installing Android On The HP TouchPad

You can now close any windows that you have open on your PC. At this stage, although your HP TouchPad has been ejected by Windows, it is still connected to your computer.

  • Press Start and type CMD, then tap Enter to display a black command prompt window.

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Here, first enter cd/ to switch to the root of C:\ and then cd Program Files\Palm, Inc to open that folder. Then input dir to list the contents of the directory.

On your TouchPad, meanwhile, hit the Launcher button, switch to Settings > Device Info > Reset Options and tap Restart. As the device shuts down, watch for the spinning circle emblem, and when this appears hold the volume up button on the side of the TouchPad until you hear the Windows connect/disconnect audio alert and the USB symbol is displayed on the tablet screen – you’re now in Recovery Mode.

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You can then head back to your command prompt, and enter:

novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2

Over the next few minutes you will see lots of text appearing on your TouchPad screen, along with two Linux penguins. All you need to do now is wait; you might fix yourself a coffee so that you can prepare yourself for enjoying the next stage.

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Configuring Android On The HP TouchPad

Your tablet will eventually inform you that it is going to reboot, and when it does so, will display a boot options screen. The moboot 8.3.5 screen will enable you to choose between the following, navigating the list using the volume buttons:

  • Boot webOS
  • Boot CyanogenMod
  • Boot ClockworkMod
  • Boot webOS Recovery
  • Reboot
  • Shutdown

CyanogenMod is the option you want, so select this and press the Home button on your TouchPad, prompting Android Ice Cream Sandwich to load!


At this stage, all you need to do is wait for Android to load and then set up your account. A few moments later you’ll be ready to start browsing the web with Android 4.0, accessing the Market and enjoying yourself.

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With the problems that you will encounter on the camera, meanwhile, your only option is to restart the device and use the moboot menu to boot into webOS if you really need to use that feature.

All in all, this is a fast, streamlined installation of Android on the HP TouchPad. If you have so far avoided installing Android on your HP tablet, this is the way to do it, with the minimum of fuss.

Have you installed Android Ice Cream Sandwich or any other ROM on your TouchPad? Do you have a preferred build that you use? Let us know!

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  1. Mike Bucher
    April 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    A corrupted file would be my guess. The sound is hard to describe, just loud noise. It was happening at almost every screen change, but it has not happened since I rebooted. Very pleased with the "new" tablet and Play Store apps - the device is usable again. Would like to upgrade to the latest Android, but am waiting until that software is more stable. Thanks for a great forum.

  2. Mike Bucher
    April 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    rebooted Android, and that seems (for now) to have solved the problem.

    • Christian Cawley
      April 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks for the update, Mike. What sort of sound was playing? Could it have been a corrupted audio notification?

  3. Mike Bucher
    April 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

    This loud noise is not affected by any of the volume settings that I can find.

  4. Mike Bucher
    April 10, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I have installed ICS on my TouchPad successfully (I think) and have downloaded and installed several apps from Play Store. Suddenly, the TP is making a loud, repeating noise every time I start or stop an app, or make a selection inside an app (open a mail, select a picture gallery, etc.) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Jose Segovia
    March 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    hello.. I have my tablet hp touchpad in some kind of brick.. appears a battery with a big interrogation sign inside.. the battery charge, but it doesn't work, just stay in that mode.

  6. Jack
    November 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Help!!!! I go to the part where I was wating for it to go into recovery mode and it did not. in fact it never did anything! Now windows 7 does not recognize my touchpad. It will not load any drivers at all... screen in BLACK and does nothing!!!!! This has ruined my TP!

    • Jack
      November 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      wew! I panicked. But then I read some of the other commnets and saw how to fix it....

  7. Shih Tsai
    November 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    My Hp TouchPad works well on Android but under WebOs audio and video don't work.

  8. Bill Best
    October 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    When I get to the stage of clicking Install Novacom my desktop it hangs up. I have done everything correctly up to this point. Any advice?

    • Christian Cawley
      November 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

      difficult to say. First thing would be to try a different USB cable, and/or ensure you're not using a USB hub but connecting directly to the rear USB ports on your PC

      • James
        November 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        When I follow all the steps up to installing android and getting into recovery mode I have this issue. When I safely remove the USB HP touch pad, my touchpad stays on the USB connected screen instead of returning to WebOS. So when I restart the device to recovery mode I just get a black screen and when I try and type in the command to begin the installation it just says device not found. Any ideas? :) Thanks!

        • Christian Cawley
          November 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          Hmm, something not right there. From time to time a HPTP will not allow you to dismount correctly, but there are several things you can do, such as hold the power button to force it, or restart your PC.

          Bootloader/recovery mode shouldn't be a black screen, and I'm not sure why you're getting this - I would recommend a visit to the webOS doctor!

          Once this is done, try again.

        • James
          November 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          Don't know why but now I can get it to the correct USB icon screen but now I'm getting unable to find device. I have been attempting the webOS doctor as per instructions but it always says:

          Connect your device directly to your computer with your USB cable.

          Do not remove the battery or disconnect your device during this process.

          It is plugged in, and I have tried multiple cables still to the same effect. Full battery too : /

        • Christian Cawley
          November 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          What OS are you using?

        • James
          November 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          Win 7 64bit

        • Christian Cawley
          November 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          Interesting. Now I use Win7 64 bit, but I've heard from others that it can cause some problems. Do you have access to an XP machine?

        • James
          November 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

          unfortunately not, i just finished installing windows 8 on another machine, but the other computer in the apartment is win 7 64 bit as well.

  9. Irene
    October 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    After i followed the instruction installing ICS by using CM9, the google play doesn't work anymore (even i have checked the wifi connection and no probleming with browsing the internet) and also the power shutdown option is not working anymore, I can only turn off the screen but not the device. can you please help?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Hmm not sure about this one - are you holding the power button to display the shutdown menu?

      • irene
        October 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        yes...I matter how long I have hold the power button (20 sec, 40 sec, 1 min), the shut down menu won't show up, the screen automically locked as well.
        I was trying to install an app for power shut down from the display, however, google play didn't work either ?!?!?!?
        worst come to worst...what should I do?
        Are there any new installing procedures have been developed in btw from the post started (may 2012) and now?

        • Christian Cawley
          October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          Afraid not Irene. I haven't come across this problem, and Google Play should install when you connect to your network.

          I would recommend booting into webOS, running a full system wipe (backing up vital data first), and restarting the ICS installation for the best results.

        • irene
          October 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          thanks chris...i guess i will just do a factory reset as i didn't save any important info to the touchpad anyway.
          but my biggest concern is since i am not able to shut down the device complete and choose the webOS from the startup screen...any other ways to switch over to webOS then?

        • Christian Cawley
          October 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

          You can do this by unplugging the USB cord and holding the power button for about 30 seconds.

          Holding both the power button and the button at the bottom will do a complete hard reset (power off).

          When the device restarts, use the volume buttons to select webOS

  10. Hanno Monshouwer
    October 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Christian,

    (sorry if my English is not correct, it's not my native language)

    After I entered "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" in CMD and hitted the button, nothing happens.

    I checked everything: novacom is correctly installed, the novacom bootie is correctly installed, the cminstall folder is correctly spelled and is in the rootfolder of the device with the correct zip-files in it. Tried 2 different USB cables and 3 different computers, nevertheless the result is still the same every time.

    What can it be?

    Kind regards, Hanno.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Hanno

      What OS are your computers running? And are you seeing the USB symbol when you enter bootloader mode on the HPTP?

  11. raj
    October 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

    can i install android on my hp pre 3?

  12. Dave
    October 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much! A discussion at work the other day came around to my much neglected Touchpad, which, though it served me well in the past, has not seen much action recently largely due to the lack of development. This made me mindful of a possible "upgrade" so I was intrigued to find your solution. I did get a bit stuck early on with the Novacominstaller.jar business, but thanks to those for pointing out that running the 64bit installer in the resources folder sets up the Palm folder in Program Files, and I was on my way. I feel I now have 2 tablets for the price of one!

  13. Rob
    October 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm


    Trying to install android on my touchpad I'm Up to
    C:\Progam Files\palm, Inc<novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
    When I press enter it says unable to find device
    Any suggestions?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Rob

      First I would suggest rebooting your HPTP and make sure you're in the bootloader mode as explained in the instructions. After this, cancel out any USB hubs, make sure you're using the provided USB cable. Some users have observed the results are better using Windows XP than Windows 7, for instance, while others see issues in Windows 7 64 bit (although I use the latter and have no problem.)

      Let me know how it goes!

  14. Barry Brown
    October 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, Christian, I used your guide several months ago to install ICS and it worked great. I sold that Touchpad to some friends, and after using it for a good while it now is hung up in the animation bootup screen. What can we do next to make it get out of that boot animation? They've tried holding the power and home buttons at startup with no success.

    Are they going to have to reinstall everything? If so, can they use these instructions or do they have to uninstall anything to start over?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Barry

      First thing to do is try booting webOS - if this is okay, then the issue is with Android. The best way would be to backup data from the USB link while in webOS, backup any data in webOS too, use the full erase option in webOS and then redo the Android install.

  15. Shiz
    October 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Everything worked great.. not the first time, of course, but your instructions were great.
    I know it's probably easy... but to be on the safe side
    What I'd like now is the detailed instructions on how to change from one operating system to another on the HP tablet.
    Thanks for all your posts..

    • Christian Cawley
      October 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Hi Shiz

      Hold the power button, choose Reboot > Reboot > OK and when the device restarts you will see a brief Moboot menu. Use the volume control to navigate through the list and choose webOS by pressing the home/lozenge button.

  16. James
    October 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I am trying to installing andriod on my hp tablet. I have gotten down to where I am to restart my tablet with the up volume key and now it is just a blank screen on my tablet and my tablet is blank. Windows said it was unable to find the drivers and I Now bleive I have screwed my tablet up. Need help

    • Christian Cawley
      October 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      James, plug your TouchPad into the mains adaptor, wait five minutes, then hold the power button and lozenge (home) button together. The device should boot into webOS.

  17. DPtouchpad
    October 19, 2012 at 4:05 am

    so, I must have botched up something good. I must have missed getting the actual android CyanogenMod on there. I have boot webos boot ClockworkMod, boot webOS Recovery, reboot and shutdown. I cannot do anything though, seems that I am stuck. Any help on fixing this or how I can get the tablet to shut off?

    • DPtouchpad
      October 19, 2012 at 5:47 am

      OK, So I read through the whole blog, and saw someone else had the same issue as me. I finally figured out how to press in the home key. I've had this thing since it was released for $99 and just found out that you can press the home key, so I didn't brick it thank goodness and all my OS items are still there. I am uninstalling all parts of android (hopefully) and will try again. If I can get it working, I'll follow up here again. Great blog and instructions, just don't know what the deal is with me and the other person.

      • DPtouchpad
        October 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        OK, last posting for now, not sure if the author will be able to help. I did try from scratch a 2nd time and still ended up with the same resolution. I also showed moboot 0.3.5 not 8.3.5. I wonder if I don't have enough space currently and that is the issue. I saw something during the whole penguin sequence which showed 12.bla bla gigs, and I only have 8.7 available, so maybe that is the issue and I need to delete some items. I don't have much extra on there besides a bunch of preware items and a few game and other downloads from the hp store. I might have some workout videos on there that I can't see w/o digging in, so that may be where I can free up some space. If anyone can comment on this and confirm that is where my issue, then I will give it a 3rd try, otherwise I guess I might have to keep this for what it is, and get something else so I can get my hulu and netflix going.

  18. Thomas
    October 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Followed the instructions to the letter and for the most part worked alright. The only hick-up was with the installation of the novacom driver. The one contained in the package with the ICS 4.0 installation doesn't work anymore.

    Just google the problem and you'll find where you can download a novacom driver that will work for you. My problem was that it just sat on the initialization window.

    Once I got past that, everything ran smooth as glass. Now I have ICS on this tablet, and WebOS is a distant memory. Granted space is an issue on my 16G touchpad, but I don't plan on doing much with the thing. A few apps and I'll be good. Great job guys. Love ICS, works great! And BTW, couldn't care less about the camera not working. Everything else works and I couldn't be happier.

  19. James
    October 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I tried to follow this. I downloaded the package, tried to install. I got to the part where you hold down the volume button, the sound happened, but the USB symbol didn't appear. I went ahead and typed in the command "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller 2, but it said that no device was recognised. Now I can't turn on my Touchpad, OR install Android. Have I just boned myself?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

      You shouldn't have run the command without the device being in USB mode, for sure. The first thing you should attempt is holding the lozenge button and power button at the same time, with the HP TouchPad plugged in (in fact, give it a few minutes on mains charge - not PC charge- before trying this).

      Beyond that, it sounds like a trip to the webosdoctor to me...

  20. wojtek
    October 18, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I have it installed and working well about 2 month but yesterday it start rebut itself and stops on the blue screen with Android icon and Cyanogene Mode in top left corner on the screen. I can shat down it by pressing 3 keys and start OS with no problem. But I would like to have my Android system back. Any help please?

  21. N
    October 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Can you please help,after running UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar, there was a option of download, I said yes, after that I am getting message initializing but nothing happening

    Kindly help

  22. jeff
    October 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you! Worked great! So nice to have a fully stocked app store.

  23. David neville
    October 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hey I have a problem. Im using windows Vista and i cant find C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc I mean, Its not on the list! Palm, Inc isnt on it, What do I do??

    • Christian Cawley
      October 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      have you tried searching the C:\ drive? It should be on the same drive that you installed Windows on.

  24. Ashok Karri
    October 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I was so happy with CM9 tenderloin on my HP Touchpad; it didnt last long- i let the battery drain out (my daughter was playing temple run, battery showed 43% left ) and in 20 minutes the HP Touchpad shut down. I plugged into the wall charger - a big battery icon with a red line came up for a few minutes and then - Cyanogen Mod 9 loading... stayed that way for 45 minutes.

    i held the power button and home together to reboot and this time cyangen mod loaded pretty quickly, but then two pop messages started to plague me :
    1. Unfortunately, Trebuchet stopped working, and

    2. SD card damaged, do you want to format it?

    touch anyone of them and the loop repeats...

    what do i do?

    i tried rebooting again - same thing;
    nxt, i rebooted into webOS - the hp logo came and in a minute or two cyangen started loading up again!

    any help would be much apreciated

  25. tim hicks
    October 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you greatly for this walkthrough. I got my touchpad almost a year ago and it's been gathering dust as i waited for this port to happen. Finally I have a use for the device.

    The instructions worked like a charm, wifi connects fine, still no camera but I can live without that.

    Thanks again!

  26. Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Cool, finally got the TP andriodified,
    A few glitches on W7, could not get the UniversalNovacomInstaller to download, - so followed the link on the 26th June by Christian.
    Then on the ejecting the TP, would not eject so just unplugged the USB and reconnected, had to wait for windows to re-install all the drivers before I could run the ACMEInstaller2, as it could not detect the TP.

    Oh and when Christian says make a Tea or Coffee he was not joking, and it does take a while to load into ICS so just finish off the tea and have a biscuit as well.

    But over all very simple instruction and so happy!!!!

  27. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Are there any special steps needed to install ICS over Mod-7 Android on my hp touchpad? I'm getting ready to install but I 'm not sure if mod-7 can be left on or does it need to be removed and if so how does one do this.

    • TN HP Novice
      October 10, 2012 at 3:13 am

      I just performed the upgrade. Not sure what I was on before, but I did the initial install of Android in January of 2012. Performed the instructions in this article and the upgrade happened on its own.


      TN HP Novice

  28. Don Worry - Be Happy
    October 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    All went smoothly until I got to this command

    novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2

    and I was asked for a password. What gives?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      No idea, Don - never come across this before!

      Have you set a password? If not, try tapping enter

      • Don
        October 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        Success! I must have not pressed the volume switch and on/off switch together because when I tried it again it all progressed as you described. Thanks everyone involved for an easy, practical mod.

  29. Hemendra
    October 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hey Christian,

    I installed ICS a couple of days ago. Everything works fine on it except of a small yet very annoying issue.

    While playing music (from any player), there's annoying distortion when the screen goes to sleep. Its back to normal as soon I wake it back up.

    Do you know why this is happening? What can I do to resolve this.

    I didnt have this issue prior to ICS installation.

    Do reply if you know of this issue & have a solution.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Hi Hemendra

      I believe this problem has been resolved in later builds. Please see please see // for instructions on updating.

      • Hemendra
        October 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

        Trying it now...will keep you posted.


        • Hemendra
          October 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

 doesnt solve the music distortion issue. I followed the steps outlined in the article. The new Nightly version is now installed. However, it doesnt help the Sleep-distortion issue still.

        • Christian Cawley
          October 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

          Sorry to hear that - I know it's not an issue that affects everyone, so it's a difficult one to fix.

  30. Glen
    October 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Installed this on my Touchpad today and it is great.

    Used the newer files and now have Android Version 4.0.4 - Used the cm-9-20121007-NIGHTLY-tenderloin.

    Only problem now is that my computer does not see the Touchpad when connected through USB, I have to reboot into WebOS to add or remove files.

    Apart from that, well done and thank you.

    • DocM
      October 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      just connect the device (USB) to your computer. As soon as you see the USB connection on your touchpad hit the symbol and active MTP (Media Transfer Protocol). After a short while you will find a new multi-media device attached to your computer.

  31. michael
    October 8, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Perfect!Like magic! Thank you so much!

  32. Bob
    October 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm


    I'm having issues connecting to my wireless network. I followed your instructions to install android and i used the "update-cm-9-20120329-NIGHTLY-tenderloin-signed" when i installed it first. Since I was having wireless issues i though of upgrading to the current nightly version and found one called "cm-9-20120930-NIGHTLY-tenderloin". i again followed your instructions to update the android on TP but still having wireless issues. Any ideas how i can fix it.

    • Bob
      October 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      I also forgot to mention that i tried to follow your instructions that you have provided earlier but I cannot turn on the Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. it keeps giving me an error. and without doing this i cannot upgrade to the newer build.

      • Christian Cawley
        October 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

        Hi Bob

        Both problems together indicate an issue with the initial installation. Using webOs doctor to restore your TouchPad and reformat the internal storage is the way to go, before attempting to install ICS again.

  33. Eric
    October 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Worked flawlessly. Thank you!!!

  34. David Neville
    October 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Its October 2012 now, is there a Camera and Mic fix for it? Or for the Jellybean update, what should I go for ICS or Jellybean?

  35. Dave
    October 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I keep getting an unknown command error message. Any ideas? I've followed the instructions verbatim.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      hi Dave

      When does the error occur, exactly?

  36. Hemendra Jain
    October 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you Christian! This guide works flawlessly. I had no issues whatsoever. ICS works like magic on my TP now.

    Kudos and keep up the super work, you guys at MUO!


  37. cdoGG_75
    October 5, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Hello, I installed Android 4.0 and it was working great for a couple of days and suddenly it does not want to connect to my WiFi. I tried rebooting in HP OS and it works fine, switch back to Android and no connection. All my other devices connect to the network except this tablet. I also re-entered the WEP and no luck. Any suggestions?

  38. Mark
    October 5, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I have this intalled, awesome!! One issue though. When I start the touchpad, some apps do not load. I do notice it says preparing SD card at the bottom for a few seconds, but when I look under apps, it just shows the app file name with a generic icon. If I reboot, that app works again, but another app might not work. It seems to be hit or miss what apps might not load. Does anyone have this issue or a fix so they all load?
    Thank you so much!!

  39. Bob
    October 4, 2012 at 5:52 am


    I just followed your instructions and got the android going. Are there any upgrades that I should install at this point. Thx for the gr8 post

  40. Bob
    October 4, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Wonderful and easy instructions. I just upgraded my Touchpad to Android and it was a breeze. I had some issues with the universalnovacomm installer but a simple google search got me going again.

  41. Manuel Franco Diaz
    October 4, 2012 at 2:23 am

    hola buenas noches, gracias por tu ayuda, realice todo al pie de la letra, pero después de la pantalla donde sale los pingüinos de Linux, la tablet vuelve a su menú sin ningún cambio, ayuda por favor

    hello good evening, thank you for your help, do everything to the letter, but after the screen where it exits the Linux penguin, the tablet back to your menu without any change, please help

    • Christian Cawley
      October 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Is there a moboot menu?

  42. Paulette
    October 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I added android to my HP Touchpad several months ago and everything was working great. Now all of a sudden anytime that I’m on the android side I cannot get the keyboard to come up. There is also a constant error coming up on the screen that says “Unfortunately ######### has stopped” The # key is actually in Japanese. When I go to settings and pull up the Japanese dictionary, then the message says “Unfortunately Open Wnn stopped”. Any way to fix this? And why is this Japanese on the android side anyway?

    • Christian Cawley
      October 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Hi Paulette

      Have you opened the keyboard settings to check if your keyboard is selected? Have you downloaded any other keyboards? This sounds more like a general Android issue than one with the installation - of course, you could always use webOS Doctor to wipe the device and start again...

      • Paulette
        October 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        I went into settings and then Language & input and Android Keyboard is checked, but it is also greyed out. Have not downloaded any other keyboards. Seems like it may have started when I downloaded MP3 download apps. Then again I still have this:

        “Unfortunately ######### has stopped” The # key is actually in Japanese. When I go to settings and pull up the Japanese dictionary, then the message says “Unfortunately Open Wnn stopped”. Any way to fix this? And why is this Japanese on the android side anyway?

        • Paulette
          October 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

          Any other ideas? Please.

        • Christian Cawley
          October 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

          Hi Paulette, as suggested you will need to factory restore with webOS doctor.

          Open Wnn is for Japanese language input. This seems to be more of an Android issue than an installation problem, so really I can't offer any further suggestions.

        • Paulette
          October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          Could you please post the instructions for a factory restore with webOS doctor

        • Paulette
          October 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

          Also, will this restore erase everything I have on my touchpad including books I have purchased for Kindle

        • Christian Cawley
          October 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

          Using webOS Doctor will delete your personal files from webOS. KIndle books you should be able to download again from Amazon - other settings and files are up to you to backup

  43. Samuel
    October 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Christ,can I replace with OR,etc instead of the cm-9 version
    given in the install method? Do I need to change anything else?
    Thanks you very much for the article.

    • Christian Cawley
      October 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Samuel

      I chose the version in the guide because it was particularly stable. If you have a ROM that can confidently be described as a good alternative then by all means use it - but upgrading takes 5 minutes so sticking with the guide and then upgrading to your preferred ROM shouldn't take long.

      • Samuel
        October 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        Thank you Christ,I think I'll stick with the guide,and cheers for the
        great post and reply,bless you.

  44. joseph dent
    October 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    please help

    i have been trying to load android onto my HP touchpad, i have downloaded Java and have also down loaded novacom, when i try to run it it asks me what program i would like to open it with, obviously this is different from what has been explaned. so i stumble at the first stage. please help

    • Christian Cawley
      October 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      hi Joseph

      Sounds as though your Windows file associations are mixed up.

      I would suggest downloading again, then following // to change the association.

      Failing this, use this software: [broken link removed] to change the file from ZIP to JAR.

      Once done, restart the process and you should be able to successfully browse for the JAR.

  45. Bhavin
    October 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I downloaded the latest version of Java 7 and am trying to run the universal novacom installer on a win7 64bit machine. But the installer just hangs up and doesn't install any drivers. any fixes in place that anybody knows of

  46. J
    September 28, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Has anyone else had problems downloading the novacom drivers? I get the "installing driver" dialog box, but it never gets past the "Initializing..." stage.

    • Christian Cawley
      September 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Hi - as explained above, you will need to use this link: to download the current version that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This download is around 223 MB.

      Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

      You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

  47. Mohan K J
    September 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Unable to install the novacomm.jar file. OS Windows 7 64-bit OS. The process sits at initializing forever. Does not proceed. Please help to proceed further.

    • Raanan Kesar
      September 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Did you try the msi file? (NovacomInstaller_x64.msi)

  48. Mike B
    September 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    On touch pad boot up I see Moboot version 0.3.5, and TWRP instead of Boot ClockworkMod. I've tried to upgrade my ROM version using Goo manager and ROM Manager, but neither will flash the new version. How do I update?

    • Christian Cawley
      September 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Hi Mike B. I have no idea how you have got that particular boot screen! Head here to find more about updating: //

      • Mike B
        September 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        I've followed that procedure, didn't work. Could it be that clockwork mod didn't load properly during the initial setup? The touch pad seems to work fine otherwise, based on the limitations of the old stable release referenced in your initial instructions.

        • Mike B
          September 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

          Used TWRP, upgraded fine.



  49. Mark
    September 21, 2012 at 6:48 am

    This totally rocks. I love having an Android device that I bought from neighbor for $40 US. It's like my wife's Kindle -- on steroids.

  50. Crystal
    September 21, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Can I complete this process with a Mac? I don't have access to a pc but would really like to try this with my touchpad.

    • Christian Cawley
      September 21, 2012 at 7:29 am
      • Crystal
        September 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks so much for your reply. I haven't had any luck with getting the Novacom drivers. I have tried going the WebOS doctor route and couldn't get them there either with my Mac. I have looked everywhere to try to resolve this problem. It just keeps saying installation failed. I'm at a loss. Any ideas?

  51. Ram
    September 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I followed the instructions and successfully installed android however couple days later when I tried to install one of the stable nightly builds as mentioned in one of the comments below, after reboot my wireless connection doesn't detect any available WiFi.

    I tried factory reset through WebOs and went through the whole installation process from scratch but seems to have done nothing as I still see all android apps I had prior to the Full Secure Erase on WebOs. What am I doing wrong here?

    • Christian Cawley
      September 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Hi Ram - which nightly build did you install?

      I would recommend restoring to the previous build, downloading it to your computer and transferring it across via USB,

  52. smitha
    September 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm


    I am a newbie and did follow the above to install ICS, but when I reached the last section, moboot 8.3.5 screen lists everything except for Boot CyanogenMod. What did I do wrong and how do I re-install? Please advise.


    • Christian Cawley
      September 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      when you say "everything" can you give me a list? Does webOS still boot?

      • smithakp1
        September 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Yes, webos does boot. Everything means
        Boot webOS
        Boot ClockworkMod
        Boot webOS Recovery

        But not boot CyanogenMod. I tried reinstalling again using ACMEInstaller2 to no success. Pls let me know how to go about it. Thanks

        • Christian Cawley
          September 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          This is tricky. How you go about it is detailed above.

          I think you need to consider webos doctor to fix this issue, which will restore your device to factory settings, tidy up storage,etc, and then retry.

        • smithakp1
          September 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

          I did follow your instructions, but the result is the same. Did use webos to restore the TP to factory settings, etc. Did retry the procedures again, but to same effect. (Did back up before I restored the device though. Even after restoring I could find the cminstall folder in my TP. Maybe it was not a fresh restore?). I logged on to using my serial number to download the webos doctor though.

          Please let me know where I have gone wrong.

        • Christian Cawley
          September 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

          Hi again

          This is the first time I've heard of this happening, although I have heard rumours. It's likely you have a problem with the flash storage in your device, or some other issue is preventing the installation of ICS.

          As you're able to restore to webOS, I would suggest you give it up.

  53. Christian Cawley
    September 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Check out this guide for updating ICS on your HP TouchPad: //

  54. AndrewM
    September 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Gents,

    These instructions were super easy to follow. Thanks Christian.

    I have one issue - My wifi says "Authenticating..." then "Saved, Secured" and repeats this over and over again and doesn't connect. **sigh**

    How can I resolve this? If it requires a build update, how can I do this? Any help would be great!

    • Andrew M
      September 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Update: Wifi seems to be working fine at my workplace. I was having the issues on my home network. I downloaded the wifi fix program from the Google Play . I'll test this again when I get home and update the comments.

      One question still remains: how to update to the latest and greatest build?

  55. tony
    September 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    sorryy if is offtopic but i have a versus touchpad android 4 ice cream sandwich and i can't pass the pattern .... the tablet do not accept it..... is any way to bypass the pattern?

    • Ceilo
      September 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      This is a great piece of software on a great device. Runs perfectly fine
      on the touchpad except for the cameras.

      Had hiccups during installation like
      C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc>novacom boot mem:// Control Panel->Administrative tools->Services.
      Look for service name called "Palm Novacom", Double click it
      Stop and Restart the service.

      Try again and it should work.

      C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc>novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2

      Cannot wait to get the camera working.

      Thanks for a great article.

      • Daryl
        September 19, 2012 at 12:07 am

        This is the first time I ever mod any of my devices. This installation went well and the instructions were Excellent! I was an early adapter and sometimes regret it when the Touchpad would act dysfunctional. I am now enjoying ICS on my old dull HP TouchPad.

        Thanks so much!!!!

  56. William Mackinnon
    September 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    What can I say? Very, very early days yet but initial signs look AWESOME! Thank you very, very much to the author of this guide for putting together a clear, step-by-step set of instructions. Many thanks! p.s. Oh, and thanks to the Cyanogen mod team, you guys deserve a VERY large pat on the back!

  57. Mohit
    September 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Hi Christian,

    I did everything as you instructed and successfully got moboot 0.3.5 screen with giving all options : web OS, cynogenmod...
    But, while going in to cynogenmod, screen comes with Cynogenmode Loading... and thats it... It does not go further and keep go back to moboot 0.3.5 screen giving all options..!
    I have no idea what to do?
    Please guide me.

    • Christian Cawley
      September 17, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Hi Mohit

      If the tablet gets stuck in this cycle you will need to restart the process from scratch. It happens from time to time. You might also consider using the webOS doctor software for recovery if necessary

  58. alberto
    September 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    thank you so much. i can finally make use of my touchpad

  59. Ram
    September 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Very Clear Instructions and worked perfectly. Thank You

    • JC
      September 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      THANK YOU!
      That is all that I really really really wanted to say!
      My touchpad was collecting dust and this was a little-to-no-glitch, no-fuss, no-hassle install for me.
      Will follow this article to see if there will be an update for the camera and mic so I can use my skype on the touchpad.
      Thanks again!

  60. James Nygaard
    September 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I have tried to install the novacom 5 times, tried the webosdoctor file for my hp tablet and it always goes into a zip file. I extract it and there is alway 3 folders inside it and it wont let me select the folders cause there is not the right file in them. Its a 32 bit system when I start novacom. What the heck am I doing wrong,please help!!!

    • Christian Cawley
      September 17, 2012 at 6:32 am

      Hi James
      I don't think the webosdoctor file is a zip file - do you have your Windows file associations set correctly? (It should be a JAR)

  61. Ben
    September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks, only guide so far that was complete and easy to understand..

  62. Steve Craig
    September 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Suddenly my touchpad is useful again. Thanks for the simple steps Christian. Like a few others, mine hung initializing during install driver. But I just followed your advice and downloaded the driver from webOS doctor directly. As you foretold, I then had issues with the USB but, as you suggested, I restarted the touchpad and all worked.
    Thank you!

  63. moe
    September 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Dear Christian Cawley,
    It is a great help to convert hp tp android system.But i have one problem if you can help
    after doing it peryou instruction it is telling me that can not find device.
    If you can help.Please let me know what I an doing wrong

    • Christian Cawley
      September 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Hello Moe

      What stage of the process have you reached? Are you trying to copy the data or run the command line instruction?

      • moe
        September 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Hi,I did everything per instruction but at the end where it says use the volume hi to send it in recovery mode , but it is just turning it off.and it gives me an error device not it does not put in to recovery mode.
        please help.

        • Christian Cawley
          September 17, 2012 at 6:33 am

          Hi Moe

          If you can't get into recovery mode, the process won't work. Does the volume button work usually?

  64. Amina Khan
    September 8, 2012 at 6:45 am

    i just intalled android successfully. everything works very fast.. except the wi-fi feature. it takes forever to connect to my home router, and if it connects it says connected for like only couple of minutes..and then its just lost . sometimes it says connected but the browser doesnt do anything and says no internet connection... have to keep doing this if i want to read the news or something in the browser... or a game would install in two or 3 attemps... this never happened with web OS....
    any suggestions what i should do?
    my internet connection is fine.. as can browse the internet via laptop, phone etc. just fine. plus netflix is also working...
    just the touchpad is giving hard time!
    anyone also has this problem?
    plz help!

  65. Amina Khan
    September 8, 2012 at 6:39 am

    connection... have to keep doing this if i want to read the news or something in the browser... or a game would install in two or 3 attemps... this never happened with web OS....
    any suggestions what i should do?
    my internet connection is fine.. as can browse the internet via laptop, phone etc. just fine. plus netflix is also working...
    just the touchpad is giving hard time!
    anyone also has this problem?
    plz help!

  66. mieko
    September 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I got it and I am SOOOOOO SOOOOOO Happy : ) Thank you : )

  67. Matt
    September 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I am having a problem being able to follow the instructions. When I click the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar, the first dialog box comes up, I click Install and the second box comes up that says "Installing driver...". The problem is the progress bar says "Initializing" and never changes. I updated Java just before running.

    Any ideas?


    • Chris Slaw
      September 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Ditto here on my WinXP-sp3 machine at work, everything is updated including Java 7, and the ACME driver installer just hangs every time. I don't have trouble with any other driver download situation, but I tried turning off all security just in case. No luck, driver installer still freezes.

      I doubt this issue we are having will be addressed any time soon.... maybe I'll try again on my Win7 machine later today and get back to you if i have any luck.

    • Chris Slaw
      September 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Solution: download and install the appropriate file for your system:

      [Broken URL Removed]

      The .tgz files contain a .tar file, which in turn contains a .msi installer file. It might hang momentarily before finishing.

  68. Mieko .Morita
    September 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    when I install, final command ... novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
    The message came back as " Unable to find device" ...
    What can I do??? Help.... : (

  69. Larry
    September 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I am not getting the drivers .It just hangs up. When I do the wifi webos it just takes me back to my info being added to the pad. What am not doing right

    • Christian Cawley
      September 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Larry

      Your reply isn't very clear - I don't know what "the wifi webos" is and I'm not sure anyone else does.

      Have you used this link for the drivers? follow the instructions elsewhere in the comments for full details

  70. Karthik
    September 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for the detailed how to, running ICS on my friend's touchpad. The only glitch so far other than camera, the device is no longer detected by my pc or on Mac, do I need any specific drivers to fix this ?

  71. Jason
    September 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I keep getting the error message once I click "Install Novacom". It prompts me for "webosdoctor". I don't have that currently on my computer so I click "download", and it sticks in "Initializing" for hours without and progress. I then downloaded a webosdoctor, and choose "select file" and pointed it to webosdoctor. Its stuck on "Initializing" again. I'll go to bed and see what it looks like in the morning.

  72. alex
    August 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm


    Followed the walkthrough

    Tablet displays the boot menu, then the cyanogen logo 'loading' for 15 seconds the reboots back to boot menu.

    What have i missed?

    also on first boot win 7 prof 32bit, popped up a device error 'driver not found

    • Christian Cawley
      September 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Difficult to say if you;ve "missed" anything - if you got the cyanogen logo then you've done the tricky bit - I would suggest repeating, possibly with the help of webOS doctor (see above) to restore your tablet to factory settings/format the storage before proceeding.

  73. john win
    August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Nevermind I got it thanks !!!

  74. john win
    August 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I am having problems getting novacomd to install. get stuck at initializing screen, tried to download the other file webos-internalorg... that failed at the please connect device to PC screen. I need help. thanks

  75. john win
    August 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I am having problems getting novacomd to install.
    get stuck at initializing screen, tried to download the other file webos-internalorg... that failed at the please connect device to PC screen. I need help.


  76. navdeep
    August 30, 2012 at 2:16 am

    i cant find palm, inc in my c: drive. can u help plz.

  77. patrick
    August 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks Christen. You give a new life for my touchpad which sat collecting dust on my desk. The instruction is so clear and simple.It help to read all the questions & answers to cover all different installation situation. Please post when new version is available for the camera and mic.

  78. Savan
    August 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Amazing.. Worked on first try.. Thank you very much for the post !!
    Much appreciated !!!!

  79. R Patel
    August 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Fantastic instructions.Took me 30 minutes but works well.
    Really hope the camera is fixed at some stage by Android

  80. trevor
    August 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just installed Android on my touch pad yesterday and it is awesome. The only problem I am encountering is flash player. Any idea why this isn't working? I loaded the netflix app and it loads fine but when i play the movie i get sound and a black screen. Is there a fix or download for this?

  81. Sidney
    August 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    After having android for several days, I am impressed except for one serious flaw. It does not install apps from Google Play Store, is it worth the effort to uninstall and reinstall?

    • Sidney
      August 25, 2012 at 4:04 am

      I went ahead with the reinstall using ASMEUninstaller and then webOSdoctor. There is trouble getting the latest drivers if you get them through UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar. However if you use "download the .jar file from Google Code", they install with no trouble. The result was a sensational improvement over my first install, everything works beautifully.

  82. Colin Weaving
    August 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Just installed Android on my Touchpad. Its cool. Had trouble finding the Palm folder but found it eventually. Thank you for a very easy to understand tutorial from a 70 year old would be Geek. August 24th 2012.


  83. michelle
    August 23, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I followed all instructions, and once I got to the instruction that said to "switch to Settings > Device Info > Reset Options and tap Restart. As the device shuts down, watch for the spinning circle emblem, and when this appears hold the volume up button on the side of the TouchPad until you hear the Windows connect/disconnect audio alert and the USB symbol is displayed on the tablet screen – you’re now in Recovery Mode" my touchpad turned off without displaying the USB symbol and now it will not turn back on. Can you help me? how do I get it back on?

    • Sidney
      August 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

      it's sounds like my trouble. Pick stop, not reset and detach cable from computer.

  84. SidneyB
    August 22, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I learned how to get a terminal in Windows Vista and tried to complete the installation. However every time that I reached "reset" the TouchPad froze. As described in the article, when when the spinning circle appeared, I pressed the volume button and then the TouchPad froze. You can recover the Touchpad by pressing the power button and the button at the bottom of the screen together until hp appears on the screen. Unless I am misundertanding the instructions I shall give up on the installation.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Hi SidneyB - it appears you're getting it right until the point that you hold down volume button in at the spinning circle. Note that you keep the button depressed until the recovery screen appears.

      If this is not happening for you then there must be an issue with the TouchPad - I suggest you use webOSdoctor to fix this before considering any further attempts.

      • Sidney
        August 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

        In order to get webOSdoctor I need Java. When I try to download Java, I get "cannot open MIME type".

        • Christian Cawley
          August 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

          Java is something that you should have on your PC already in many cases.

          If there are problems downloading/installing the issue might be with the Sun website or with your computer's ability to open the Java installer.

        • Sidney
          August 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

          I was trying to get it for the HP TouchPad. Is that impossible?

        • Christian Cawley
          August 22, 2012 at 11:48 am

          No, you need Java on your PC in order to both install ICS and to use webosdoctor

        • Sidney
          August 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          From your TouchPad manual: "To switch to Update Mode on a responsive HP TouchPad, first connect the device to the charger and plug this into
          a nearby mains electric outlet. Next, open Launcher > Settings > Device Info and select Reset Options > Shut
          Down. As the device switches off, hold the Volume Up button, and connect your tablet to your computer using the
          USB cable. When the full-screen USB symbol appears, you can release the volume button."

          How do you connect two USB cables to the TouchPad assuming that you have two?

        • Christian Cawley
          August 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          The fact that no one else has asked this question should make it clear that you're running up a blind alley with this one, Sidney!

          There is no mention of 2 USB cables. A single USB cable is mentioned twice, once for charging, once for connecting to your PC. Entering recovery mode should be done when connected to the mains - if I didn't advise it in this way, then hundreds of readers would be at risk of damaging their HPTP

        • Sidney
          August 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

          I guess that I am missing something. I use my single USB cable to connect my TouchPad to the charger. You do not indicate when it is be removed from the charger. Is it while shutting down? It must be available to connect to the computer after that. I don't like to assume with things like this because we are always threatened with permanent damage if we do things wrong.

      • Sidney
        August 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        This whole effort has become a comedy of errors. I decided to try HP's recommended way to get webOSdoctor. First I got into "USB update mode" with no trouble. Then I tried to download and install the program from their website. Everything started well until it told me that it could not see Java on my computer. I then went to which confirmed that I had version 7.4 on my computer. I went back to the webOS website and told the download program to continue. When it was to actually start downloading, it didn't. I called webOS technical support and was told that the trouble was that I was using Firefox and was assured that it work with Internet Explorer. It did the same thing in Internet Explorer that it did with Firefox, nothing. I then called technical support again and started the whole download again for the new man. This time, it told me that it had to charge my battery and was supposed to do so but didn't. I then put the Touchpad back on its own charger. Although the program is supposed to download with a 30% charge or more, when it said that I needed a charge I had a 70% charge. Does anything work with HP?

      • Sidney
        August 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        I have installed ice cream sandwich. There was a mistake in my installation procedure. After creating the cminstall directory, I used the Eject command on the TouchPad icon on the Windows "my computer" page, but I did not physically detach the USB cable from the computer. When I did, the installation went smoothly.

        Thanks for you help and patience.

  85. Sidney
    August 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I have gotten myself into a real mess and my Touchpad is now frozen. First I tried to install ice cream using windows and at "Install Novacom", I clicked "Download" and it did not download even though I waited a long time.

    Then I decided to try it using pclinuxos and got as far as ACMEInstaller2. My computer refused to execute it. My Touchpad has been reset and now I cannot even turn it off.

    What do I do next?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Sidney. A quick browse through the other comments will reveal this solution:

      Use this link: to download the current version of novacom drivers. Choose the option that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This will be about 223 MB

      Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

      You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

      And stay away from Linux - a quite different solution is required for running this process on that OS

      • Sidney
        August 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        I carried out all the steps in your reply. However when I reach the stage "You can connect your HP to your computer via USB" the computer does not see the TouchPad. Apparently the reset that I described before has frozen the TouchPad. I cannot turn it off and the screen displays the USB connection symbol.

        • Christian Cawley
          August 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Sidney, use the webOS doctor for this:

        • Sidney
          August 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

          Thanks to you Christian, my TouchPad is unfrozen. I am ready for "Installing Android on the HP TouchPad". However it requires a terminal which I do not know how to find in Windows Vista. I do not know what "Press Start" means.

  86. tchadow
    August 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I ran into a few problems but your responses in the comments were spot on - GREAT JOB!

  87. Jim
    August 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I couldn't get the Novacom driver to initialize and install. Therefore, no Ice Cream Sandwich. I have a 64 bit edition of Windows Vista Home Edition. Do you think that may be the problem?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 19, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Have you used this link: to download the current version of novacom drivers? Choose the option that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This will be about 223 MB

      Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

      You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

  88. Arun
    August 17, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Hi Chris,

    I have been following allthe instructions and trouble shotting everything as mentioned is where it fails!

    "Once this has been done, close the HP TouchPad window and use the Eject command to detach it safely from your computer. These files do not need to be unzipped."

    I tired to eject from the computer (the right way) and it says that it has ejected but the TP only shows the DIM USB sign...

    It does go to any screen even when the launcher button is hit, I tired to fool the system but nothing is working, now I am stuck! Please help

    • Christian Cawley
      August 19, 2012 at 7:01 am

      You might get away with simply pulling the cable out and replacing, but failing this a new USB cable may be required

      If you're using a USB hub, remove this from the equation. Use your rear USB ports. Failing this, employ a new USB cable.

  89. FP
    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I followed the instructions and got to the point where the text started scrolling onto the touchpad. It scrolled to a point, and then stopped. The last line of the text said something to the effect of it not being able to download the install image file, and that I should go to some website, download it, and put it in a particular folder in the partition. The name of the folder it said would start with cm- and end in zip. I can't transcribe exactly what the text was, because it suddenly became garbled.

    When I originally copied the install files to the touchpad, I unzipped them first. I thought that's what the instructions said, but now I'm thinking that I should have left them zipped. Is that true?

    • FP
      August 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

      Specifically, it says:

      "Initial install files not found
      Please download it from
      and put in sminstall folder on media partition
      the name should start with update-cm and end with .zip"

      Any thoughts? I thought I already transferred that file to the touchpad, albeit in unzipped form.

      • FP
        August 16, 2012 at 4:10 am

        OK, disregard. I redid with the .zip files and it worked well.

      • heather
        September 30, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        how did you replace the .zip file when the touchpad is in linux mode?

  90. bsam
    August 16, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I did an update using Clockworkmod to the latest nightly version.It went through fine
    but I noticed it erased all my previous android apps that I installed from Google play store and my earlier settings.Is there any way to keep those apps and settings when you update your ROM? I did Wipe data/cache and delvik cache after upgrading

    Does ROMmanager app which I did'nt use allow you to keep the apps and settings when you upgrade?

  91. Vickie
    August 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I installed CM7 on my HP Touchpad, then upgraded to CM9. The only problem I am having is that when in android it does not recognize my memory as an sd card. I did the same install on my husbands touchpad yet his recognizes the internal as an sd card. what can I do to correct this problem. I had to use the "How to install for Dummies video" to do this since I am not a person with a lot of computer savy. Please help.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      As the CM7 and CM9 are not finished products, quirks like this tend to occur from time to time, sadly Vickie.

      I would suggest using the guide here to start from scratch on the troublesome device - I've never seen any SD card problems using this version

  92. Jez
    August 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    forgot to mention that if i look up my USB devices, palm is mentioned, so my drivers seem to be in order. If I try to eject it whilst performing the cmd part, it won't as it states the palm is in use by another program. So it's definitely being seen, just not rolling ICS through.
    Not sure where to go from here as I can't install anything on it anymore, not even Kindle, via tucker box. Just states that it is no longer a valid HP webos app.
    Loosk like it might go on ebay soon....

    • bsam
      August 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Check this link out.I installed my novacom drivers from here.
      Read all the posts.They tell you where to get the drivers

      Don't use any USB hubs.Connect directly to USB port.Disconnect all the other USB devices from the PC to avoid address conflicts.Reboot your PC with only the touchpad connected

      • bsam
        August 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        The site to download webos doctor is on post#4.Instruction how to use it is in post 2 in the rootzwiki link I just gave above.People who are getting stuck with novacom can try this.

  93. Jez
    August 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I keep trying this and I can't get it to install.
    2 areas that seem to hang is the Novacom Installing drivers just hangs. The initializing bar just remains stationary.
    If it does update, then I get to the USB symbol on my tablet,go through the cmd part and nothing happens.
    Help I've been trying for ages now

  94. Chris
    August 14, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I've ran into a major problem at the point where you try to restart the device while plugged into the computer. It was stuck on the USB symbol and I couldn't get the launcher button to react so I tried unplugging it to get to the settings menu then plugging it back in and resetting it after. I saw the spinning circle and held the volume up button, my computer made the connect/disconnect noise but now the tablet wont turn on at all. I've plugged it into my computer and wall outlet, held down the power button and nothing happens. Please help.

  95. mike
    August 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I am having a problem when getting to the command screen. I am able to put the TouchPad in recovery mode showing the usb symbol, when I type in the command novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 it switches to the HP logo usually seen on start up and nothing else happens. The usb cable is fine since my computer recognizes the TouchPad, I have the usb plugged directly in the back of my computer and I have restarted the computer and tried again with the same result. I have WebOS 3.0.5 installed and am using a 32 bit XP system. Any thoughts?

  96. getjasonlee
    August 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I get all the way to the CMD part and type the command and upon clicking enter nothing happens. Touchpad is in Recovery Mode, novacom drivers are installed. No penguins or text filling the touchpad screen....only the USB symbol when in recovery mode. USB cable is plugged in rear-side, too.

    Any ideas?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Hey - confirm your computer is USB 2.0, check your lead too. If you're not using the original HP cable, make sure you are

      Other than that, try a different cable or restart your computer.

      I know some users have had problems with Windows 7 64-bit (not me personally, it works fine for me) so it might be worth trying on XP if possible.

      • bsam
        August 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        I got it installed successfully yesterday with the latest Aug 11 tenderloin nightly version.Everything runs smooth.But the mic is still not working They got it fixed in June. Don't the new versions have the mic fix?
        Thanks for the great instructions.

        • Christian Cawley
          August 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

          Hi bsam

          New versions do have the mic fix, although you're not the only person to notice that it doesn't always work.

          First thing to check is that you have definitely upgraded to the version you think you have, best done by deleting any ROMs on your device and then reinstalling.

          I'm looking into a new article on installing a mic driver, so look out for that.

      • getjasonlee
        August 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        OK. Bought a new cable and still no dice on my Win 7 64-bit. However, I did perform the steps on a Win Vista 32-bit and had zero problems except for the Novacom drivers. I used your suggestion above to DL the WebOS doctor file for my wifi touchpad and BAM!!!

        All is well. It is like having a brand new tablet. is like having a brand new USABLE tablet. Thanks for all that you do.

  97. bsam
    August 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Those of you having problems with Novacom drivers in Step1 here is
    an easier way.This how I fixed the problem.

  98. Thea W
    August 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I have had my touchpad since the fire sale and was scared to switch it to the Android, however, with your instructions I DID IT!!! I have one problem... I made the switch yesterday and everything worked fine didnt understand why people were saying they were having wifi issues... today my touchpad is not connecting... I have switched it back to WebOs and the wifi worked fine... can you please tell me what I need to do to get it back working? I turn on the wifi and it says it is connected but then tells me to retry when I try to get on fb or google store. I have turned the touchpad off and on rebooted it... nothing works.. Help ... yesterday I was so proud of myself... today I having my doubts!!! Help!

    • bsam
      August 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Try changing your wireless network to WPA 2 (AES).You have to change this in your router

    • bsam
      August 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Also upgrade to latest nightly version (Aug 11 2012).The version given in the instruction was created in March 2012

    • Christian Cawley
      August 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Thea!

      Wi-Fi issues are tricky, moreso because I haven't encountered them myself and cannot speak from experience. The best thing I can suggest (beyond following bsam's guidance) is to repeat the installation procedure, ensuring that Wi-Fi is disabled in webOS.

      I don't think you have done anything wrong, so don't worry about that. You might also try using a different ROM to the one linked to - you can upgrade using the instructions here // or repeat the entire install - find an alternative ROM ( [Broken Link Removed] ) and save this to the cminstall folder, replacing the original zip file.

      Upgrading is the best option - if you have wi-fi issues download the upgrade file on your computer and copy it to your device.

  99. Eric
    August 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I've tried downloading on three different Windows computers (all running Windows 7 64 bit) and had no luck getting past Step 1. I click 'Install Novacom' and computer freezes or it sits on 'Installing Driver: Initializing' for 5+ hours. I've read through all the comments and no one has had any issue with this. Is it because I'm on 64 bit OS?

    • Ethan
      August 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Actually I had the same problem. If u download webOS doctor it installs novacom for u. Good luck!

    • Christian Cawley
      August 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Eric:

      As explained above:

      "you should use this link: and download the current version that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This will be about 223 MB

      Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete."

      This should fix it for you, if not reply to this message!

      • Bob Allard
        August 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        Chris, great instructions.. however when I perform the step the Restart, "hear the Windows connect/disconnect audio alert and the USB symbol is displayed on the tablet screen – you’re now in Recovery Mode.", I hear the audio alerts but the USB symbol doesn't appear, it just comes back up to normal wallpaper as if I had restarted. In short, I can't get it into Recovery mode.

        • Bob Allard
          August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

          Chris.. nevermind!! I didn't hold down the volume up button down during restart. I thought you had put that in there so we could hear the audio.. LOL..

        • Christian Cawley
          August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          No problem Bob - Recovery Mode is built in to these devices, and only accessible from that button, so I kind of guessed that would be the problem

          Not sure how I would have broken the news to you though!

  100. Ethan
    August 12, 2012 at 1:21 am

    New minor problem... I installed android but my pc wont recognize it because the driver software won't install. I've attempted to install it several times but it says that the installation "failed". I have looked at some troubleshooting on this issue (its a code 10 error) but no luck. any ideas?

  101. Ethan
    August 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I'm having a problem with the first part... For some reason when i try to install novacom it won't work. I click on "install novacom" then "download" but the dialog box stays at "initializing" forever, and wont actually install. Any suggestions?

    • Ethan
      August 12, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Nevermind, I downloaded webOS doctor and that fixed the problem...

  102. Sam B
    August 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hi Christian
    I am doing a fresh installation of Android ICS on my touchpad.You had mentioned the following in your instructions:

    "Click New Folder and name the directory cminstall (all lower case characters). Open this and copy the following unzipped files into the folder: moboot_0.3.5"

    The latest nightly version as of today Aug 10 is:

    I want to install this latest version. Can I copy this zip file to cminstall directory
    instead of update-cm-9-20120329-NIGHTLY you had mentioned, other files remaining exactly the same. Or do I need to update the other files also in order to install the latest Nightly?

    Or I will install same files you had mentioned and perform the nightly update later.
    Suggestions? Thanks for the easy instructions

    • Christian Cawley
      August 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Hi Sam B

      You certainly can do that! In fact, you may not even need to use the cminstall directory at all, if that makes it easier - simply tap the downloaded file in the notification area, which will launch Rom Manager. Just make sure you use the two clear cache options when you update.

      • Sam B
        August 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

        Thanks for the easier way but I want to follow your earlier instruction word by word so I don't get into any installation problem.The only change I want to make is :

        Copy the latest nightly:
        to cmistall directory in place of "update-cm-9-20120329-NIGHTLY"
        your other files remaining exactly the same. Is this fine?

        • Christian Cawley
          August 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

          should be fine :)

  103. Sam B
    August 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Click New Folder and name the directory cminstall (all lower case characters). Open this and copy the following unzipped files into the folder:

  104. Ernie
    August 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Am running ICS on my touchpad. Could you tell me how to remove the non-English keyboards? I have two which look like Chinese, or Japanese, and I keep getting a pop up that says: "unfortunately----------------has stopped working"
    (the lines are all in the foreign language)
    This popup happens every minute or two and freezes everything until I click on the OK button, but it comes back again after a minute or two

    • Christian Cawley
      August 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Ernie

      I'm afraid I can't help you there - I would suggest reinstalling.

      • Ernie
        August 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        Can I reinstall over the existing ICS? If not, how do I uninstall the existing one?

  105. Steve
    August 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I did this on my computer and touchpad and with a few hiccups it worked great. I told my brother how well this worked and how easy it was and he tried it. He tried it and had the same hiccup as me, but I walked him through how i got around and it worked. He got to the point of recovery mode and the cmd prompt and he got a failed to connect to server message. We walked backed through exactly and got the same error. He is on Win XP with fully updated java. Any ideas??

  106. Ray
    August 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I could not find the Palm, Inc in the Program file. So I copied the TouchPad Instaler into the Program file and now my Touchpad is in recovery mode, but my computer will not recognize the novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2. What should I do? Thanks!

    • Christian Cawley
      August 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Ray. What error message is displayed?

  107. Raj
    August 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    First, Thanks Christian for an excellent guide..
    Secondly: my wifi does suck big time... I installed the build you have referred here and then flashed with today's nightly [08/08]... and when all went well I realized the net doesnt work, its always saying connected but.... no fast enough for signing in into the Google Play too... signal is full though... any suggestions?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Raj - you should revert to the build linked to here. I chose that particular build for its stability!

  108. Matt
    August 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

    You are a total "rock star" to us non-hacker types. you made this so easy i feel like i can actually brag to my computer savvy friends that i did this and never called them once....Rock on!!!!

    • Christian Cawley
      August 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Matt, I'm happy to help - I always wanted to be a rock star!

  109. vishva
    August 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Can I use a mac instead of the PC for the install?

    • Christian Cawley
      August 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

      You can use a Mac, but these instructions and software links are specifically for Windows. I'm afraid I can't give you any assistance in performing this task on Mac OS X.

  110. Roger
    August 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Why didn't you mention how much space is needed? Apparently I didn't have enough so it's stuck in the installer and I can't even reboot.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      hi Roger. Fair point, although I would have thought that "you will notice that there is less storage space available after you have used Android for a short time, mainly due to the fact that you have two operating systems and some shared tasks – email, for instance – will take up space" would have been enough to set alarm bells ringing and for you to make some checks.

      However, all you need to do is hold the power button and lozenge to reboot your tab, preferably with the power cable connected. If this doesn't work, see webOS doctor //

  111. Sharon
    August 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Fantastic instructions! thank you.
    it is automatically syncing with a mysterious gmail account. How do I get rid of it/them ( there are actually 2)?
    i see how to add in mine, but would like to clean up a bit, before I do.

  112. ludite
    August 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This was an easy step by step process even for a novice. Up and running. Works great.

  113. ludite
    August 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Wow. I am a novice and this was a fairly easy step by step process. Up and running working great.

  114. Batman2012
    August 4, 2012 at 3:21 am

    This worked flawlessly!! You are Awesome!
    Lovin cyanogen!

  115. Mike
    August 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the instructions. Very easy to follow....Can someone try the Watch ESPN app after loading ICS? I installed it and when I try to login after choosing my provider it does not display the keyboard. The weird thing is that if I tap where the keyboard should be then click the button to take me back to the Android Home screen, the letters that I clicked appear when I go back into the Watch ESPN app.

  116. kent
    August 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Sorry that I have to move my question from your other side to here since I did not get the answer from your expertee.

    In ROM manager, Christian, you showed us to choose ClockworkMode 2.x rather than ClockworkMode 3.x when select flash ClockworkMode Recovery. When are we starting to use version 3?
    I am a little confused.

  117. Jamie
    August 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Holy crap! It worked!!

    Christian, your work is awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you. If a noob tool like me can do it, FREAKIN' ANYONE CAN.

    You were correct that I had a problem with file type association. I simply took the shortcut of changing the extension to .jar when I saved the file, and the rest of the process went beautifully.

    Rock on!

  118. Jamie
    August 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit).

    When I download the zipped file from WebOS_Doctor, I end up with a zipped file. When I extract, I end up with a folder, not a .jar file. Inside the folder, which is titled webosdoctorp305hostnhwifi, there are three more folders, but no .jar files. Nor are there .jar files in those three folders. I'm flummoxed.

    • Jamie
      August 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      And yes, I'm seeing the browse box like your example, but there's no .jar apparent.

      • Christian Cawley
        August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        I don't understand how you got a ZIP file - all of the files on the linked page are JAR files.

        You should have selected this option:

        • Jamie
          August 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          Yes, that's the file I'm selecting. When I click on that link, I'm given the options to Open, Save or Save As. And when I save, it downloads and saves as a compressed .zip

          I apologize if I'm being obtuse. Thank you for your assistance and patience.

  119. Scott
    August 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    First and foremost thanks for the precise guide to install ICS . The installation was flawless however, I have lost the use of the keyboard as it always goes into 'Mic" mode.
    Please advise how I may reset it to keyboard as I understand Mic on HPTP does not work.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Scott.

      In recent versions of the ICS for HPTP the mic works, with only the cam still to resolve/ However I'm baffled by how you could have lost the use of the keyboard! Have you tried restoring the keyboard as your input method choice in Settings > Language & Input?

      If this doesn't work, re-installing the ICS ROM is your best choice

  120. cettown6511
    July 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    tried to install ICS to Touchpad this evening UniversalNovacomInstaller dosent seem to want to install. running java 7.50 any ideas have tried re downloading zip file unpacking again etc. how long does novacom take to install drivers waited 30min no movment.

    • Christian Cawley
      August 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

      As explained above, you should use this link: and download the current version that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This will be about 223 MB

      Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

      You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

      • Jamie
        August 2, 2012 at 2:05 am

        I'm at the Web OS doctor website, and there are three versions of wifi available for download: 3.0.0, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.5. Any guidance on which to use?

        • Jamie
          August 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

          Ok, I arbitrarily chose version 3.0.5. Proceeded to run UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar, and opted to Select File. However, when I navigate to the location where I downloaded the WebOS_Doctor, all I find are empty folders, no .jar files. What am I doing wrong?

          Thanks for your guidance on this process. I'm sooooo looking forward to a re-created HPT.

        • Christian Cawley
          August 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

          version 3.0.5 is the right one. Are you performing this process on Windows?

          you should see a browse box like this when you click Select file:

  121. Juan Hernandez
    July 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I successfully have loaded everything and now that school is approaching I would like to use a keyboard to take notes, do you know what is compatible with a touch pad running Android? Any keyboard that's not large will do but I'm really interestedin laser keyboards.

    Thanks in advance

  122. John
    July 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    hi. i have tried for days to load navacom on an XP and 2007 PC. it just hangs in initiaizing driving me crazy want to load andriod on my HP TP thanks turned off firewall and anti virus etc...

    • cettown6511
      July 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      same here john except running vista.

    • JW
      July 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Me too. It just hangs and I can't get it to initialize. Did you have any luck?

  123. super boy12345
    July 28, 2012 at 3:48 am

    my volume up button is not working can i push volume down button

  124. Laxminarain
    July 27, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Hey Christian, thx a lot for the detailed procedure. Got ICS installed and excited to use my touchpad again after months..

  125. Basil
    July 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Dear Mr. Cawley,

    You are awesome!

    The only difficulty I had was with the file "UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar"

    I ultimately followed the workaround on this site ( and got back on track with your step-by-step instructions through to the end.

    You added about $400 of value to my $100 HP Touchpad. Can't thank you enough!

  126. Will
    July 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I have the latest version on JAVA installed and yet when I try to install WebOS Doctor it says it can't read JAVA....why?

  127. Will
    July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I have the latest version of Java and yet when I try to install WebOS Doctor it says Java not detected

  128. tOM
    July 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    In Canada the number is 1-866-219-7445.

  129. Dan
    July 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    So far so good, but on my windows xp computer, the universalnnovacominstaller.jar file appears to have frozen while installing drivers while the bar is still at the very begininning of the load bar. Has it frozen or is it just a very slow process and should I attempt to force close it and try again?

    • george Thai
      July 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Same issue for me. But I ran on WIndows 7 64bits

  130. Annie
    July 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I am having problems getting the driver to install on my computer. I made sure my computer is updated and the java. I restarted my computer afterwards. Still it won't download. I left it be for about 8 hours and nothing.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Annie

      Please use JDurrani's solution above to resolve your probem.

      • Dan
        July 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Sorry but I am a total beginner...
        I do not understand what I have to do if the novacom installer thing doesn't work...?

        • Christian Cawley
          July 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

          Not a problem Dan.

          Use this link: and download the current version that matches your HP TouchPad (probably "wifi"). This will be about 223 MB

          Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file... or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

          You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

        • Dan
          July 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

          ok thanks :-) I will try it out and see if it works ;-)

        • Dan
          July 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          Oh sorry, one more thing. how do I know whether it is wifi version 3.0.0,3.0.2...3.0.5...etc? I have only recently acquired the tablet and am not sure about versions.

        • Dan
          July 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

          AAhhh...Finally got it to work and I am so pleased with the result, really fits in with my nexus s now :)
          Thanks loads for this tutorial and extra help :D

  131. Lloyd
    July 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm


    I am trying to install it now but the "Novacom Install" seems to be stuck.. After I've clicked "download" it's been on "Installing driver..." for about half an hour now.. I was wondering if it is supposed to be that long or if I need to do something else.. thank you guys.

    Love & Peace

    • Juan
      July 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I've come to the conclusion that either links are broken or sites down. Unable to get past the novacom installer, regardless of site. The standalone rar doesn't open either. WIN Vista, 32bit. Checked multiple google searches and just can't find a usable novacom driver source.

    • JDurrani
      July 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I had same issue, I download WebOS Doctor separately and select it through Novacom Install. try that it works for me I hope it'll work for you as well.

      • Christian Cawley
        July 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

        That's a good tip, JDurrani, thanks for suggesting.

        Apologies to anyone still having problems with novacom - there seems to be some sort of issue with it affect some but not others. I would use the link above regardless of this, just in case.

  132. Lisa
    July 22, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Thanks for the instructions! My 12 yr old son is SUPER happy that he now has access to the world of Apps! Looking forward to the camera fix for skype.

    Thanks again!

    • nancygraz
      August 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Same here... Would love to be able to video chat with Skype... but for now, I have a new toy to play with!

  133. Wojtek
    July 21, 2012 at 2:48 am

    When I typing "novacom boot mem::// < ACMEInstaller2 " i getting response
    Unable to find device.
    Any help please.

    • Lloyd
      July 23, 2012 at 4:10 am

      connect the usb cord and try again..

  134. Meeka
    July 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Hi Christian,

    Awesome, awesome, awesome...just finished the install with the novacom-win-64.tgz for x64WIN7, using your instructions and the link that Jack Saltiel added:

    The instructions were perfect. No issues installing on Win7 x64. The total installation time was no more than 15 minutes.

    Thanks are the MAN!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chaz
      July 21, 2012 at 12:09 am

      When the novacom-win-64.tgz is downloaded, it is a tgz file. Am I suppose to open it with adobe reader because "it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged?" Ive been reading all the comments to make sure I am not repeating anyone elses comments

      • Lloyd
        July 23, 2012 at 4:13 am

        no not adobe reader.. select the option that tells you to browse the internet to find the adequate program to open the file. There, you'll have 3 choices I believe. I picked Winzip...

  135. Robert
    July 18, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Hello! I would like to say thank you for the ICS port! I am having one issue, though. It is rebooting constantly? What can I do to stop this from happening? And, if I need to remove everything from the tablet and reinstall, how do I remove everything?

  136. Tammy
    July 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    •I am stuck on downloading novacom drivers.. initializing help....

    • Christian Cawley
      July 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Hi Tammy - keep trying, they should download eventually.

  137. Tammy
    July 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I am stuck on downloading novacom drivers.. initializing

  138. Kent
    July 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Excellent instruction. Man! you help me got my TouchPad alive. It's been put aside for months until last night when i follow your instructions to make my DROID touchPAd.

  139. Jack Saltiel
    July 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Great job. I had a problem with the drivers on my x64 Win 7 Pro but found drivers that work. If you need them google "novacom-win-64.tgz". My questions are:

    1. How do I update this build? If I want to use the 7/15/12 nightly build do I just prepend "update-" to it, put it in the cm directory and run ACMEInstaller2 again?

    2. How do I wipe out WEB OS for good and take over the whole device??

    Thanks for your help!!

    • Jack Saltiel
      July 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Duh ... nonsensical. I see your update/upgrade instructions.

      By the way for people having trouble getting the drivers (especially the 64 bits ones) today, go here:
      Go down about 4 comments and the links are there.

      My problem/question remains - how do I blow web OS completely away and take over the whole touchpad for Android??


      • Christian Cawley
        July 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

        At present there is no way to remove webOS completely - the OS is required to connect with the main recovery tool, webOS Doctor, which is required in a wide selection of situations including recovery from Android ICS related issues.

  140. drkasal
    July 15, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Great directions. A couple of issues with novacom; the palm/cdnet links can't be found, and files that are found in other locations don't pass initializing stage; but the files in the palm folder get installed with WebOS doctor which can be found on HP website.
    One error in the directions:
    first directions refer to UNZIPPED FILES:
    "Click New Folder and name the directory cminstall (all lower case characters). Open this and copy the following UNZIPPED files into the folder:"
    Then the directions say that the files don't have to be unzipped:

    " Once this has been done, close the HP TouchPad window and use the Eject command to detach it safely from your computer. These files do not need to be unzipped."

    The directions work perfectly without unzipping.
    TouchPad is functioning beautifully in ICS.

    Question: I am not sure what the "nightlies" are that are referred to in the discussion, and what to do with them. Can someone explain please?

  141. Jayesh Kamdar
    July 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I upgraded but but it seems flaky. When I boot, I see an option to select Web Os but I can select it ends up booting to Android.

    Two questions:
    1. How can I fix so I can boot to WebOS
    2. If I can fix it, I might have to remove IceCream ...(This is my wife touchpad and she is not happy). How can I do remove and get back to original Web OS?

    • Ryan
      July 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Did you try using the up/down volume buttons to select which OS you want to boot into?

      • Jayesh Kamdar
        July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        Thanks Ryan ...I figured after few attempts that part doesn't work with touch screen :-) Now my wife is happy, while I figure out some issues, one being, if I am playing a music on one site but when open a new tab, it stops. Maybe that's the way it works :-(

  142. Steve Nixon
    July 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Just did this on my TouchPad, it seriously could not have been easier.

    • Bigtime
      July 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Did you have any problems downloading Novacom drivers? When did you do it as it seems cdnetworks is down for the past day or two??

      • Vinay
        July 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        I ran in to same issue with being down but Iwasn’t ready to give here one another way to get novacom. Download the HP_webOS_SDK-Win-3.0.5-676-x86.exe you would have the novacom in C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc…. I am installing ICS on touch pad right now…

      • Steve Nixon
        July 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        I started the download then got distracted. By the time I got back (about 2 hours) it had completed, so I can't really say how long it too, sorry.

  143. Duane
    July 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Website appears to be down. I wasn't able to access it yesterday or today. I believe that is causing the issue with Novacom just sitting on initializing. Does anyone know of another site that the Novacom installer can be downloaded from?

    • timmo
      July 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      thanks duane - tried running this on three machines (xp, vista, w7) and was about to commence banging head against the wall as getting nowhere - will try again tomorrow

      • Vinay
        July 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        I ran in to same issue with being down but Iwasn't ready to give here one another way to get novacom. Download the HP_webOS_SDK-Win-3.0.5-676-x86.exe you would have the novacom in C:\Program Files\Palm, Inc.... I am installing ICS on touch pad right now...

        • MarkC
          July 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm


          I finally found the HP_webOS_SDK-Win-3.0.5-676-x86.exe you mentioned to download It creates a folder on desktop but I'm not clear what needs to be done. There are no Palm Folders in C:\Program - what needs to be done after downloading HP_webOS_SDK-Win-3.0.5-676-x86.exe ?


        • Duane
          July 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm


          Use folder c:\program files (x86)\hp webos\sdk\bin instead.

        • MarkC
          July 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

          I found that directory and dont know where to go from here. Which file do I need to initiate? I tried the novacom and it flashed for a quick second but I couldn't make out what it did or had flashed.

        • Duane
          July 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm


          Copy the files ACMEInstaller2 and ACMEUninstaller into c:\program files (x86)\hp webos\sdk\bin. Once the HP Touchpad is connected in recovery mode then open a command prompt and do a 'cd \program files (x86)\hp webos\sdk\bin'. Now you should be able to run command 'novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2'

        • MarkC
          July 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

          Duane, thx, worked up to a certain point. We'll I got further using the HP WebOS directory and copied the ACME files as you suggested. Then the brakes were put on again.
          I ran the command into the directory under bin and I ran into error: error msg: unable to find device. The PC was unable to find device and was trying to search for the USB driver prior to me running command.

        • Duane
          July 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

          Your Touchpad is not connected to the PC when in recovery mode. I had this same problem with Windows 7 but it worked with Vista.

        • MarkC
          July 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          Duane, Jack - thanks! I finally loaded Android early morning hrs. The 64 Bit Installer was the winner!

          Jack's post had a link to the 32 & 64 Bit downloads.

          Rebooting all on it's own happened after installed and continued to reboot until I shut it down. I'll check on it this evening.

        • Duane
          July 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          Thanks Vinay...I found HP_webOS_SDK-Win-3.0.5-676-x64.exe and installed it on a Windows 7 system. I then couldn't get the Touchpad to reconnect to the Windows 7 system when in recovery mode. Tried all kinds of stuff and nothing worked. I finally installed it on my Windows Vista laptop. It worked perfect. I am now running ICS on the Touchpad!

    • Bigtime
      July 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks, I am in the same boat - Novaco stalling at initializing state.

      • MarkC
        July 15, 2012 at 12:11 am

        Having issues NovacomInstaller. Since I have 2 machines with
        Vista 64Bit, I cant get passed the NovacomInstaller stating its initializing download. Tried disabling Virus and running in safemode, with no success to get the NovacomInstaller to download.
        Is there a place to get the NovacomInstaller 64 bit file?

        • MarkC
          July 16, 2012 at 4:55 am


          The 64 bit novacom is zipped, and I used winzip to unzip the file.

          Finally, using the 64 bit novacom installer did the trick to allow install to work.

          Tablet is booting by itself into CyanogenMod and then loops into reboot over and over.
          How do I fix this issue?


      • MarkC
        July 15, 2012 at 12:55 am

        Having issues NovacomInstaller. Since I have 2 machines with
        Vista 64Bit, I cant get passed the NovacomInstaller stating its initializing download. Tried disabling Virus and running in safemode, with no success to get the NovacomInstaller to download.
        Is there a place to get the NovacomInstaller 64 bit file?

        • Christian Cawley
          July 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

          Hi MarkC

          Please check the various suggestions in this thread for dealing with issues with the novacom installer. Failing this, I would recommend using a 32 bit OS

        • MarkC
          July 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          Hi - Thx for the quick response
          Is there a link to download the 64 bit version of Novacom installer?

        • MarkC
          July 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          I went to use my XP system which 32 Bit
          I ran the universal installer and again just stays in initializing mode
          Here's my XP Comp Specs

          OS Microsoft Windows XP Professional
          Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
          OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
          System Manufacturer MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD
          System Model MS-7345
          System Type X86-based PC
          Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11 GenuineIntel ~2671 Mhz
          BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. V1.7, 12/24/2007
          SMBIOS Version 2.5
          Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
          System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
          Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
          Locale United States
          Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
          Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
          Available Physical Memory 1.12 GB
          Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
          Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

        • Jack Saltiel
          July 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

          Here's a link that works for the 64 bit installer.
          worked for me today. 32 bit one is there also.

        • Jack Saltiel
          July 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

          Just look down a few comments from the top.

        • MarkC
          July 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

          Finally have the ICS OS installed.
          I keep getting reboot whenever I try to install an app or just visit the android app download site
          I never cleared data or removed apps from the HP TP.


  144. Alexis
    July 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    When im about to install Novacom the status bar stays at initializing and it just stays there it doesnt intstall , what should i do?

  145. Ray
    July 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I can't play the SpeedMoto because the accelerometer is not working.
    Can I run the ACMEUninstaller to remove the ICS? Thanks!

  146. Moedeb
    July 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I have installed ICS on my TP and it all ran through fin with no issues on the install or booting into ICS, however I cannot stay connected to WiFi, tried all the things I could find on here, wipped the system back to default, deleted the connection, turned off and back on, re connected, rebooted - everything I can think of.

    It connects intially and I can browse the net, however after only a min or so it stops working although the WiFi connection still shows as connect, but it drops the IP address.

    Any ideas on fixing this would be very much appriciated.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I would recommend updating the ROM to deal with WiFi issues - //

    • otg
      July 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      The resolution for me was to down load an app that allowed me to shorten my host name. Look at your router and see if the host name for your device is longer that 16 characters.

  147. Rick Groves
    July 12, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I followed all the directions and when it comes time to run novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 in the cmd prompt it says unable to find device. I have the latest java, I installed the novacom drivers successfully and still no luck. Any Ideas what I am doing wrong?

    • Todd
      July 12, 2012 at 2:14 am

      You need to be in recovery mode. When the touchpad reboots and you see the icon pulsating hold the volume up button down until you see the usb logo cover the whole screen. You should be good to go after that.

      With that said, this OS is nice but is still very limited. Any video I try to play with high resolution just goes blank or flat out tells me it doesn't support this type of video. Any ideas?

    • Todd
      July 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

      Also, the resolution is not to great and the reason for that is this thing was designed for a phone. Don't get me wrong, I like the OS and it's functionality but this screen looks like SD programming compared to the HD look it had before.

      • Christian Cawley
        July 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Not sure what you mean about being designed for a phone - ICS is designed for all Android devices with the necessary hardware, regardless of form factor.

  148. Josh B.
    July 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I am having an issue of the computer not seeing the device once I start it up in recovery mode. When I put the command prompt in, it says cannot find drive. Any ideas?

    • Todd
      July 12, 2012 at 1:27 am

      I had no idea OS was created for a phone. The only reason this bugs me is because it can't play vevo videos (not that I really care, but what else can't it do?).

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

      eliminate USB problems first of all - don't use a hub, connect to the ports at the back of your computer and employ the cable that shipped with your touchpad.

      Failing this, reboot your PC into safe mode and try again.

  149. Leo Milano
    July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hi All, I found an easy way to keep these nightly rom's upgraded
    In a nutshell, all you do is download the GooManager app, and follow the instructions. The video gives you a lot of useful info, to know better what you are doing. This is the app:
    [Broken Link Removed]

  150. Mike
    July 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Please help! I read somewhere that Android won't install if you use windows xp - can anyone verify this? I've watched umpteen guides and downloaded different versions of android, all with the same result. When I get to the stage where you type in novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 my touchpad just continues to show the USB symbol and does nothing. Have tried reinstalling novacom drivers and all the other files, all to no avail. I presume there's nothing wrong with the cable as it connects in USB mode to let me set up the cminstall folder. One thing I have noticed is my touchpad doesn't show that it's charging when connected to my pc? Is there a chance that something I've downloaded from preware is causing the problem? Any advice greatly appreciated, thanks.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Connect your tablet to a rear-side USB port rather than a front port/USB hub to overcome this issue.

      Windows XP should be fine for this process.

  151. Chris
    July 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    It installed easily for me but I am running into a problem. Has anyone seen that when you choose an item on the screen for android that it chooses like 5 things at 1 time. Also when I try to type something in, if I hit 1 letter then it chooses like 5 letters. Also, say I try to touch settings on the screen, it shows like i pressed somewhere else on the screen and chooses something completely different.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I haven't heard of this; it is possible the drivers for the display/interface haven't installed correctly. Your best bet is to start again

  152. Jason
    July 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    HELP! I got to the step where you press the volume buttom and the touchpad made click noise through the speakers and turned off. Now it won't turn back on, nothing just dead....

    • Jason
      July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      rebooted and did this again, now once I put the final command in (touchpad is in USB mode) the screen goes to the HP logo and just sits there, it doesn't move to the two penguins.......

      • Christian Cawley
        July 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

        "Two penguins"...?

        Not sure what you mean by that. Does the boot menu appear?

  153. Lynn
    July 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Everything worked great except for one thing...I went from having about 11 GB available to about 2 GB. I knew that the install would take up a couple, but I am wondering where the other 9 may have gone and how to get them back. Whether I am in Android or WebOS, it still shows the same available space. If I mount the drive to see what it taking up the space it is very strange...the properties show that there is 11 GB total and only 2 GB available also, but when you go into the contents of the device, there are no files larger than a couple hundred MB. Any ideas what I should do? Should I uninstall and restore everything back to new and then try the mod again? Thanks!

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Hi Lynn

      I would recommend reinstalling - I've got a 16 GB device with a good 10 GB to play with.

      Check Settings > Storage and wait a few moments. You should see the storage split into internal and SD card (virtual - it doesn't physically exist).

      If this is not the case then I would restart the process, as perhaps the storage hasn't been partitioned correctly.

  154. kenoath
    July 6, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Gooday from Alice Springs. Followed your instructions, everything worked perfectly, now have a fast HP Touch with Android 4.0 . . . Fantastic! Thanks for all the info!

  155. msillssr
    July 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Hey Christian , What would prevent Netflicks and You tube from streaming. Both seem to start with sound but no picture ans after say 10 secs they stop

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Usually only your wireless network would cause problems here - I've experienced no problems with either.

  156. Jim Ibsen
    July 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Had local computer store install Android (not your instructions).
    Will not load Android apps on touchpad. However, when I try to d/l
    to touchpad, app installs on my nexus phone. Any thoughts?


    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

      sounds like an ID issue with your phone and tablet. Are you able to install apps from third party locations?

  157. KSR
    July 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Thanks a lot. I just installed Android on my HP TP. The camera doesnt work as informed, but rest of all I am very excited to see the results.
    Cool. Cheers :-)
    MUO ...awesome u guys.

  158. Phani Kemisetti
    July 2, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Thank you so much for posting this. You have helped many ppl setup android on their touchpads with your detailed and easy to understand Installation instructions. Appreciate your effort and time.
    I am having a great time with Android.

    Also, Can we follow the same process to install the latest CM9 nightly build?

  159. Brian
    July 2, 2012 at 2:25 am

    GREAT!!!! Easy to do mod to HP Touchpad!!! If you have an HP Touchpad, I would HIGHLY recomend installing this app!
    Although, the only thing I am concerned about is.... If I wanted to remove the Android app, can it be done? (not that I would want to...)
    Thanks for the info! Now my wife can play "Angry Birds Space"!

  160. Mike B
    July 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks Christian, installation went as described. Looking forward to your note on how to upgrade. Anyone having a problem with compass or GPS apps?

    • Khan
      October 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Yes I do, is there any resolution for that?

      • Christian Cawley
        October 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        There is no GPS built into the HP TouchPad, so you would need to use a Bluetooth GPS device for this to work.

  161. Michael
    June 30, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I keep getting "server error" message when I try to access Google play. I've tried clearing cache and davlik and flashing gapps zip files, but nothing is working. Please help.

    • Christian Cawley
      July 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Hi Michael. Are you still experiencing this problem?

  162. Shih Tsai
    June 29, 2012 at 3:08 am

    When I type
    novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
    on the CMD window it says
    Unknown command

    • Christian Cawley
      June 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Try copying and pasting it from the line in the instructions; it's possible you're missing a space somewhere. Failing this, update Java and install novacom again.

      • Shih Tsai
        June 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        Restart again and it works!
        Thank you so much!
        Now I can enjoy more my Hp TouchPad.

      • Jason
        July 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        HELP! I got to the part where you press the volume button and the touchpad made a click sound and turned off. Now it won't do anything, won't even turn back on

        • Christian Cawley
          July 15, 2012 at 8:54 am

          HOld the power button and the lozenge button at the side of the screen together, while the device is connected to the power outlet. The tablet should soon start up.

  163. Bill
    June 29, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Sweet install, flawless directions, pulled all the apps from my phone directly in... now to explore! :)

  164. 4ec42687aa45aa7e8580221b179d4cf9
    June 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Christian - just like to give you a big thankyou for your excellent tutorial!

    I've recently installed ICS on my daughter's TP and apart from a slight hiccup during the installation, ICS has turned her TP into an amazing piece of kit. I'm that impressed with the OS and the wealth of apps available - I've bought a TP for myself too!

    Hopefully once the camera issue is sorted (crossed fingers), the TP will be pretty much perfect.

    Big thanks to all the software developers too for making all of this possible.

  165. Jim I
    June 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I installed the ICS on my touchpad. Except that novacom would not install on a 64 bit version of Windows-7 and I had to use another PC with Win-XP to get it to work, all went well.

    I am trying to set up a static IP address for my work network. It allows me to set everything up, but the "SAVE" button it not active, so I can't save the settings. And without the static IP settings, it never connects.

    Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?



    • Christian Cawley
      June 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Jim

      This is a common issue with ICS.

      You need to complete all fields yourself on the connection screen, even those that Android offers suggestions for. This should result in the Save button becoming active

      • Jim I
        June 26, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        I tried that - no difference. I turned off the wi-fi, turned it back on, told the system to forget the wireless connection, did a re-scan, and then re-entered all the static IP data for my work wireless net. No difference. It will not let me save that info, and therefore not let me connect.

        Any other thoughts?

        Could it be the version of ICS I installed? It is from the link you provided above - 9-20120329-NIGHTLY-tenderloin. Do you think a newer version might help?

        A set of instruction to move to a newer version would really be helpful.

        And I really wanted to say "Thank You!" for all your help.


        • Christian Cawley
          June 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          My pleasure :)

          Check out [Broken Link Removed] for a newer version, as it might indeed be your chosen ROM (I've since upgraded)

        • Jim I
          June 27, 2012 at 12:31 am

          OK, that looks good.

          But what do I need to know to install it over the current version of what is on my Touchpad? I am old to computers and unix, but fairly new to Android.....

        • Jim I
          June 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

          It looks like several of us are stuck until you give us some direction on how to overlay a new version of a NIGHTLY on to an existing build. Any word on when that might happen? As always your help is really appreciated! Thanks.

        • Christian Cawley
          June 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

          Hi Jim

          Said article should be live in a couple of weeks (we have a long turnaround for content on MUO).

        • Jim I
          June 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm


          That is fair enough. Now we at least have some idea of what to expect! And by then there will probably be some new NIGHTLIES to choose from.... :)

        • Christian Cawley
          July 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
        • Jim I
          July 26, 2012 at 4:59 am

          Thanks - Looks Good!!!

          I will try it tomorrow.

          Is there a list anywhere to tell us what the new nightlies fix or add?

          Thanks again.

  166. Ben
    June 25, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I have the same problem as some before about the cyanogenmod constantly rebooting, thinking that it may be the same issue as Steve having a corrupt version of android i ran the acme unistaller the same way to remove android from the TP and got another one of the nightly builds, ran the installation again and in the moboot it didn't list the cyanogenmod option to boot into, so i ran the unistaller again to start over, renamed the new nightly that I tried with the updated- prefix and ran the installer again, now in moboot the cyanogenmod shows up and will boot into, but during the setup it reboots and goes back into the rebooting loop, what is causing this or should I try another build of cyanogenMod to find one that doesn't have a bug? Steve, which version or build did you get and where did it come from to get a stable booting version of cyanogenmod?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

      The following builds are considered stable: [Broken Link Removed]

      • Ben
        September 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

        Sorry it's been so long, I've messed around with it some more, tried more versions of the tenderloin from the downloads and it sill does the rebooting cycle, has anyone else had this problem as well, or am I just doing something completely wrong, and how can i just wipe everything webos, android, cyanogenmod, everything and start from scratch and try doing it from the beginning again?

  167. Matt Mullis
    June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am


    I'm running into a major problem and it seems to be much sooner than everyone else. I follow the steps EXACTLY but I'm unable to find any folder on my pc labeled "c:\Program Files\Palm, Inc. There is no Palm folder anywhere on my system. I can't seem to move forward until I get this resolved.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Christian Cawley
      June 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Hi Matt

      Running the novacom.exe should create the c:\Program Files\Palm, Inc on your system.

      If this isn't happening, probably the best thing to do is run novacom.exe as administrator (right click > Run as administrator).

      Let me know how you get on.

  168. Tyler Parker
    June 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    So I love ice cream sandwich, but has anyone else encountered an inability to slide unlock the device? Any ideas?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

      I'd have to throw this one open to the other commenters, I haven't found that this is a problem. Could be the touch driver lagging, which would probably point at having to re-do the installation.

  169. Jeff S
    June 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Can not connect to WiFi with Cyanogen. Connection still OK when using webOS. Download/install seemed to go smoothly but no internet. Tablet scans and finds several networks but can't get past " Obtaining IP address..." I have home network with Belkin router that works fine with 5 computers around my house using XP, Vista, Win7 and Ubuntu. Tried turning wifi off and on, rebooting , still no luck. " Saved. Secured with WEP" will flash for a second but no connect. Then "Avoided poor Internet connection". Signal is strong.Please don't tell me to start over.

    • Christian Cawley
      June 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Jeff S

      I won't tell you to start over. However I would point out that these are nightly builds, so being aware of the potential shortcomings of this beta stage build is key to getting the best results.

      Of course, once you're clear on this, downloading a new build and starting over is your best bet.

      • Leo Milano
        June 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

        Christian, did you figure out an update/upgrade path, particularly to a stable release, whenever that might be out?

        Many thanks for all the info!

        • Christian Cawley
          June 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

          Hi Leo, indeed I did. Not entirely sure whether a full article is required or not, to be honest as it can be quite detailed.

          I'll get back to you as soon as I can :)

  170. Leo Milano
    June 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    In case it helps, I added instructions to run the install from Linux. I am using Kubuntu 12.04

  171. Wali
    June 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Hi! Thank you for posting this information, it was a tremendous help! I followed the directions exactly as illustrated, however, that said, I am unable to access the market. In the app section on my touchpad, I have an app that reads "Play Store" and when I tap on the app I continually get a "Server error" message. Is there a fix for this? I was reading some other forums and some people have indicated that there was a need to install Google apps. I have no idea if this is true or not. Please help. Thank you!

    • Christian Cawley
      June 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Hi Wali

      Google apps depends on the build, as I understand it.

      As with many issues in this process, the secret of success is to use a good nightly build. The problem there, of course, is that it is impossible to tell until after installation if the build is a good one or not.

      As long as your tablet is online and you are already signed into Google on your TouchPad (check by setting up Gmail, for instance) then Google Play should work. Otherwise it's a case of downloading a new build and trying again

  172. Nathan
    June 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Your instructions worked flawlessly. I ran into one minor hiccup - I couldn't use the task bar icon to eject my Touchpad but had to eject it from My Computer. Other than that, installation was easy even for a technological neophyte like me.

    Thank you so much for breaking this process down for me.

  173. Jeff
    June 19, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Great install, worked just as it said it would, love the ability to boot webos if I want too, but rarely wood, as the android o/s is just what this tablet needed. Thank you so very much.

  174. Nick
    June 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Browsing is super fast, range of apps great, but battery lasts more than 3 times longer on webos. Why would that be?

  175. Egon
    June 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Hello Christian,
    Sandeep ask how to get the nightly update, and install it, this is a question I would also like an answer to.
    THANKS for your help.

    • Christian Cawley
      June 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Please see my response to Sandeep

      • egontoast
        June 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Great, thanks.

  176. Renee LS
    June 15, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for the great instructions - after several tries (due to a corrupted zip folder) the install went great. But, how can I upload image and music files, now that neither my PC or Mac can recognize the tablet?

  177. Charlie
    June 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I have put Android on my TouchPad and I love it and it works very well, except for one critical issue. For some reason after a period of time when I have to unlock my tablet to get access, the unlock entry is dead. The display is on the screen but the keys are totally non responsive, meaning I cannot unlock and gain access. I have to do a hard reboot (hold down power and menu buttons). Then I can reboot back to android and it works fine and then freezes again. If I can not resolve this, I will have to back off of Android until this can be fixed. Sure would love to use Android on my Touchpad.

    Anything you can recommend

    • Christian Cawley
      June 15, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Hmm, having not come across this, I would recommend re-doing the process with a system wipe and downloading another nightly build.

    • Tyler Parker
      June 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Mine is doing the exact same thing, its so obnoxious...

  178. Sandeep
    June 14, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I owe you a beer buddy :) Installed as instructed and works like a charm! Wifi going strong too, sound works as well. Touchpad rediscovered! Good stable release of Android. A question - How do we upgrade the installed version of Android? I believe nightly releases are available?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I'll need to come back to you later today with this, just testing on my own device :)

      • Leo
        June 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        I would also love to hear about that, thanks, Christian! In particular, it would be nice to only upgrade to stable, as opposed to nightly, releases (won't fix it if it ain't broke).

  179. Anna
    June 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    When I get to the point where I have to type novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2, my command prompt shows "Access Denied." How do I fix that?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      This usually only occurs if the drivers are not installed or the device isn't in recovery mode. Check your USB cable, and make sure it is connected to the rear ports on your computer rather than front ports - also, don't use a USB hub

      • Anna
        June 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Got it, thanks for the great tutorial.

      • David
        June 26, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        I have a similar problem... I get to the step to enter the command: novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
        and am told 'device not found'. I have tried several cables. I am plugged directly into the usb port on the computer (tried each of them). I am running Win7 Ultimate and am using the Adminstrator Command Prompt.
        Any idea of how to overcome this problem?

        • Todd
          July 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

          I'm having this same problem. Any help?

        • David
          July 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          I had to just keep trying until I could get the Novocom drivers installed, after trying about 20 times, it finally worked and the rest was a peice of cake. At least that was what my problem was

  180. tw
    June 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I have not done anything to the touchpad yet. But if I also want to overclock it, do I overclock it prior or after this ICS installation?

    Or installing this adroid would obliterate the need to overclock?


  181. Nick
    June 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Works pretty much flawlessly, camera and mic excluded obviously.Don't have issues with wifi' in fact it's faster browsing than webos. One feature missing from android that webos had was printing direct to a printer. Otherwise I recommend it. What are you waiting for?

  182. Egon
    June 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Over the last 6 months I have googled numerous instructions for loading Android onto my touchpad, all were too complicated, then I read yours, followed them, and hay presto, everything works. A BIG THANK YOU, from scotland.

  183. Andrew
    June 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Thanks! Great step by step instructions. I first found a couple of other sites where I was having issues trying to install ICS. But your instructions were great! Just now setting up my account. Can only imagine this will be 1000x better than WebOS.

  184. Greg
    June 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I currently have Android 2.3 on my touchpad. Will these instructions remove the previous Android, or will I have a triple boot (WebOS, Android 2.3, Android 4.0)?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      You won't get a triple boot using this method as partitioning the two Androids would be required.

      You're best off wiping the device then installing ICS.

  185. Arun
    June 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Anybody having issues charging the touchpad post loading android? I had a mighty scare yesterday when it wouldn't charge in android mode and the battery levels were down to zero. Managed to boot in webos finally, but not really sure of leaving it in android before i resolve this. Any suggestions?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      I haven't experienced problems charging, but there is certainly a decrease in battery efficiency under Android.

      Using a different nightly release might give better results for your battery use.

      • Arun
        June 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Thank you very much Christian. I am new to the whole android scheme of things and was skeptical about going through the process of installing by myself. But it was really a breeze following your article here.

        I am currently recharging it the moment it hits 20% just to avoid the nightmare I had the first time around. I surely notice it taking a longer time to charge fully.

        I see that nightly releases as recent as "update-cm-9-20120605-NIGHTLY-tenderloin" are available on the cm site. So do I just go ahead and 'flash' one of these builds over the existing one following instructions on the cm mod wiki page? Thanks in advance.

        • Robert
          August 29, 2012 at 3:44 am

          I installed and have been running smooth until I went to recharge it. Stuck at the landing page in android and says 0% charge after 3 hours on the charger. If I try to reboot into webos it just gives me the red bar battery icon. Any suggestions?

        • Christian Cawley
          August 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

          Hi Robert

          Are you using the mains adaptor or charging through your PC?

  186. Clint
    June 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    install went as expected except upon completion I go to click on the android guy and continue to get a message "Unfortunately, Setup Wizard has stopped." my only option is the OK button.

    I am able to configure all the settings windows, but just not start using android; anyone else come across this?

    • Clint
      June 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      I was able to delete all the files from webOS and start over; problem solved, appeared to be a bad copy of the Google Apps pack since the setup process never began

  187. Barry Brown
    June 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I just got my Touchpad Thursday and couldn't wait to dual-boot it! When I saw your article last night I saved it in Evernote, got up today and went right to it. I did have a glitch or two, but after reading through some of the posts I was able to get everything working (blank screen until I held the power button and the home button down). Now it's been working all afternoon, and thanks so much for such a great post!

  188. Tim
    June 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I did this install and have gotten stuck at the point where you hold in the volume button. The USB symbol never comes up on the TouchPad but it goes dark and I can't get it back on. Also on my laptop it is indicating an unknown device and asking to find the driver for it so it can install it.

    Any suggestions?

  189. FRANK
    June 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Followed instructions (only difference I have the installer and novacom in a desktop folder named "Android" When I run install novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
    I get a msg "Failed to connect to server" Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Frank

      That would appear to be a connectivity isssue. You're best advised to follow the instructions exactly.

  190. Haggar
    May 31, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Thank You..Simple instructions, and ICE runs great. But I can't switch back to WEBOS. On startup "Boot Cyanogen Mod" is highlighted and the Touchpad will not respond to any change at this point and boots ICE.
    I did have a problem ejecting the USB, the computer said that Novacom was still connected to the TP and would not close it or eject. At this point I removed the USB (the TP gave an Ouch message) and turned the TP off via the power button. On power up DOS was up as per your tutorial and I reconnected the USB and proceeded.... As I said ICE runs great. Any tips on opening WEBOS?

    • Haggar
      May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Edit: ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich ) not ICE ..

      • Haggar
        June 1, 2012 at 1:50 am

        Edit: Got it- it was too simple.
        It's the volume rocked MOE!

        Again, simple, straightforward, effective tutorial. THANKS!

  191. Ed
    May 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This may be a dumb question, but would these install steps also work on a Pre? I early loved WebOS, but made the change to Android due to lack of apps. Now I'm hooked on Android. Would love to use my old Pre hardware. Thanks for the install instructions. I'm now off to install on my Touchpad.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

      I believe there is a different version of Android available for the Pre, Ed.

  192. BGadds
    May 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    worked like a charm. wanted to do this ever since i bought it

  193. Kitty
    May 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I tried this and now my HP tablet wont power up. Any ideas on how to fix that?

    • Christian Cawley
      May 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Hi Kitty

      As with any booting issue on the HP TouchPad, if there is a problem use the Home button/lozenge and power button together, with the tablet plugged into the mains if you suspect low battery, and hold them down until the HP emblem appears.

  194. Kitty
    May 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks - now I have an HP Tablet that won't power up. Very frustrating as I like this thing. Any ideas on how to fix it?

  195. Aaron Enfield
    May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I put my sister in law's family's three HP TP's on some version of Android (non-ICS- I think GB) months and months ago. I would like to get this ICS build on there. I don't have the TPs handy at the moment, but are there any special instructions for replacing the existing Android sw instead of just adding this new ICS build? Should I just do as one of the commenters pointed out at reset the whole TP to factory first?


    • Christian Cawley
      May 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Yes it is an excellent suggestion and makes the whole process run a lot more smoothly.

  196. Steve
    May 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Works great! I installed and it took less than 45 min. Loving all the apps! Please let us know when a updated version is available in which the mic and camera work.

    • Dave M
      May 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

      1. Thank you for not only this article but your TouchPad manual both have been very helpful!
      2. Ok... I know this is my fault.. and I'm so sorry to bug you or anyone about this because I should be smart enough to figure this out--your directions ARE/SHOULD BE deadly simple... but I'm afraid that I'm even more "simple."
      Ok... I get the folders set up. I get the folder onto the TouchPad
      Things seem to go wrong when I uninstall the touchpad from the computer but leave it plugged in. --when I try to hit the "Launch" button. Nothing happens. Nos spinning, no penguins... nada. I do have the usb screen on the touchpad but when I enter the novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 it says "unable to find device"

      Ideas on how I've screwed this up and how to unscrew it? The machine does not appear to be bricked. Thank you for any assistance you might provide.


    • Dave M
      May 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      1. Thank you for not only this article but your TouchPad manual both have been very helpful!
      2. Ok… I know this is my fault.. and I’m so sorry to bug you or anyone about this because I should be smart enough to figure this out–your directions ARE/SHOULD BE deadly simple… but I’m afraid that I’m even more “simple.”
      Ok… I get the folders set up. I get the folder onto the TouchPad
      Things seem to go wrong when I uninstall the touchpad from the computer but leave it plugged in. –when I try to hit the “Launch” button. Nothing happens. Nos spinning, no penguins… nada. I do have the usb screen on the touchpad but when I enter the novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 it says "unable to find device"

      Ideas on how I've screwed this up and how to unscrew it? The machine does not appear to be bricked. Thank you for any assistance you might provide.


      • Christian Cawley
        May 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

        Hi Dave M

        If the USB screen is showing the best thing is to try a different USB cable. Cancel out all hubs, even front-side ports on your PC and us the read-side USB ports. This is a tricky one to fix, as it works for some and not for others. But if you have put the HPT into recovery mode then this should work.

        • It worked!
          August 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

          I had similar issue and did the following to get it in recovery mode and it worked. Unplug USB from computer and shut down the Touchpad by holding down the power button and select Shut Down. Then restart Touchpad while holding down the power and volume up buttons until the USB symbol appears on the TouchPad's screen. Plug the USB cable back into the TouchPad and your computer.

  197. abhi
    May 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    awesome .. easy to do..... thanks a lot.....

  198. HP
    May 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Impressive work and tp is smoother than all the ics tabs out there.

    No wifi issues, YouTube works great. All and all a great stable build with some straightforward instructions.

    No need to wait for beta build...get this one now...and enjoy the ICS!

  199. CAS
    May 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm


    Android ICS runs great, much faster than WebOS.

    I did have to disconnect the USB cable from my PC to get into Settings>Device>Info>Reset Options>Restart. Once there I plugged the USB back into the PC and proceeded with the instructions. Worked great!

    Thanks for the great "How TO."

  200. steve
    May 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    how long does it take to dl the Novacom drivers? I'm at 20 minutes and still "initializing".

    • Christian Cawley
      May 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Shouldn't take that long. Couple of minutes at the most.

      Any security software involved?

      • steve
        May 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        nope. but I found it at another site and used theirs. no probs. I am up and running!

        • Ben
          June 25, 2012 at 7:12 am

          Steve, which build did you find from elsewhere that didn't cause the android cyanogenmod to do the reboot loop?

        • steve
          June 26, 2012 at 2:49 am

          Wish I could remember. I Googled it and used the first one I think. Sorry, I know that doesn'thelp much

      • bj
        May 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

        Hey I'm stuck at the "Initializing" of the universal Novacom installer. I need help. I tunred off my firewall thinking that could be the problem. No joy. I let it sit for well over an hour and no progress. Any idea what I could be doing wrong. And steve if you found something that worked for you, could you tell me what it is?

        • Christian Cawley
          May 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

          Often the initializing issue can be down to specific Java apps (apparently unrelated) being blocked by a firewall, but if you have disabled your firewall the best thing to do is probably check you have Java updated and restart in safe mode and try again.

          Let me know what happens!

        • BJ
          May 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

          I fixed it. Unconventionally I suppose but it appeared to work. I didn't use the universal installer. I went to this page instead
          I downloaded the one for my operating system. I then installed the pakage right for my system. Bear in mind that 7zip may be required to open everything but the good news is 7zip is free.

  201. steve
    May 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    how long does it take to download the novacom drivers? I'm at 20 minutes and the dialog box still says 'initializing'.

  202. Scott
    May 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Thank you!!!! followed guide,no issues, my touchpad now has a new life.

  203. David
    May 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Followed instructions to the letter and now have a dual booting android tablet. No wifi issues -picks up my signal very quickly on booting up. Have downloaded lots of apps (just what the webos lacks really). Have had a few hangs of a couple of seconds each but it then got going again.
    Touch seems more responsive and it "seems" to be working faster than the webOS version. Biggest win for me? I can now read pdf magazines with crystal sharp text - compare that to the webos where pdfs are effectively unreadable at normal size. I'm really pleased, and very grateful to Christian for these clear and concise instructions - I've never done anything like this before!

  204. Maz
    May 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I Did all as instructed above, When it comes to restart i select Boot CyanogenMod , Tablet goes into Cyanogen loading and then restarts again .... Android doesnt load :(
    Can anybody help


    • Christian Cawley
      May 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Maz, can you boot into webOS still?

      • johnson
        May 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

        I have the same issue. Cyanogen loading and then restarts again and again....Also, there is showing "timeout in 5" in red text color when Boot CyanogenMod is selected. I can still boot webOS without any problem. Please help....Thanks!

        • Christian Cawley
          May 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

          Probably the best thing to do here is boot into webOS, perform a factory restore, then go through the ICS installation again.

          Let me know how you get on.

        • johnson
          May 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          I did a factory restore, uninstall ICS and reinstall again. But still doesn't work. Cyanogen is restarting and loading again and again.

        • Christian Cawley
          May 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

          Hmm. I haven't come across this before.

          Are you able to boot into webOS?

        • johnson
          May 30, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          yes...I can boot into webOS.

        • Christian Cawley
          May 31, 2012 at 7:40 am

          Okay, when you uninstalled ICS did you delete the files from your tablet?

          I think the best way to proceed here is to start from scratch, which includes deleting the files on your tablet and on your PC. I'm talking specifically about the Novacom installer and the files it creates when you run it.

          So: remove ICS completely, delete those files, restart your computer and then start again.

          Incidentally, what desktop OS are you using ?

        • johnson
          May 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Yes, I deleted every things from my table when I uninstall ICS. Also, I have downloaded webOS doctor and run a recovery on my table.

          I have deleted all the files from my PC and table. Install it again but still no lucky. Is that possible there are some missing files in ICS installer package? Because I saw something like "cannot access files" on table while installing ICS.

          I use 32 bits windows vista and 64 bits windows 7 also.

        • Christian Cawley
          June 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          It is possible that there are missing files, but in my experience the nightly builds are complete, so I don't see how this would happen.

        • Rustyguy
          June 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          I ran into the "timeout in 5" message as well and it was driving me crazy because I couldn't figure out how to select "webos". I finally discovered that if you use the volume up / down button you can navigate to the OS you want to boot and the message goes away.

        • Steve
          June 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          My first install a month ago did the reboot loop. I discovered the Android file I used was corrupt. Used a different build and it has run great since.


        • ArmandoV
          September 16, 2012 at 1:46 am

          I am stuck on the screen where you chose the boot WebOs or boot CyanagenMod. I can move up and down but can not press enter or choose the boot WebOS or any other option. Please help. What do you press after the volume up or down to choose the operating OS?

        • ArmandoV
          September 16, 2012 at 1:47 am

          I am stuck on the screen where you chose the boot WebOs or boot CyanagenMod. I can move up and down but can not press enter or choose the boot WebOS or any other option. Please help. What do you press after the volume up or down to choose the operating OS?

  205. Ethan
    May 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! Had been avoiding upgrading to ICS because every instructional video/article was from honeycomb to ICS.

    Used this to put it on my and two other friends' touchpads and all went without a hitch or hiccup.

    It's like I got a new tablet - so nice having all my google stuff synced!

  206. fuzzytiger
    May 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This was stupidly easy and simple to follow. Other than the camera, mic not working and "cyanogen trebuchet" error once in a while (stopped after auto-restore was done), everything runs smooth. Thank you! :)

    BTW I would recommend to people to NOT do auto restore from Google if you have an Android phone with a ton of stuff on it.. It'll take a while to restore your apps and such to the tablet whether you want or not. I made that mistake.

    • fuzzytiger
      May 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      I am experiencing an issue...
      Whenever the tablet is playing music and it goes into standby (screen goes out), the music cuts in and out statically. Once I hit a button to bring the screen back up (even in lock screen) it plays smoothly again. Is anyone else experiencing this?

      • Christian Cawley
        June 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Hi Fuzzytiger

        I find that it doesn't always happen, although I haven't worked out a pattern as yet. Have you?

        • Jeff
          August 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

          I downloaded the preware program that makes your speakers louder. It always blacked out and shut down when I had it on high volume. I restored my touch pad to factory settings undoing all preware I had. It hasn't done it since

  207. pradeep
    May 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I am also facing problem with wifi. After disabling it once, I am not able to enable it. Though it shows connecting but nothing happens. Not sure what to do...seems restart is the only option left

  208. Michael Hammel
    May 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Everytime I put my touchpad into recovery mode it will not talk to the computerm so I am not able to load the files for ICS. Please advise.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      If the drivers have been installed, the problem is likely either the USB cable or the USB port on the PC. I would recommend using a USB 2.0 interface on the computer itself - cancel out any hubs that you might be using.

      • Michael Hammel
        May 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        According to HP, there are no drivers for the device.

        • Christian Cawley
          May 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

          Hi Michael

          I suggest you re-read the guide, where you will find reference to the required drivers.

        • Michael Hammel
          May 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

          It you are refering to the guide to install ICS, I hace followed it to the letter. If not which guide are you refering to.

        • Christian Cawley
          May 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

          Michael, the guide above, as you can see from the other responses, explains everything, from installing Android adb on your PC to installing Android on your TouchPad.

          If you cannot get the TouchPad to respond when in recovery mode then, based on the information you have given, the issue must be the USB cable, the USB on your computer or worse-case scenario, your TouchPad.

          UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar enables Windows to communicate with the TouchPad, so for the purposes of this process is a driver.

        • Michael
          May 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          I just read your last post and realized that it must be the usb cable. The touch pad doesn't even want to charge on the cable that came with the unit. Will buy a new one, then try again.

        • Picture Ladi
          June 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

          If your tablet is less than a year old call 1-877-426-7771. They will send you a new USB cable.

        • tOM
          July 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          The phone number is actually 877-426-3777 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. PT
          Mon. – Fri.

      • Ken Octon
        October 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        Hi Christian,
        I have been following your instructions, came unstuck a couple of times but found answers in these comments. However I have got really stuck now at the stage of installing Android on the TP. "hit the Launcher button" is impossible because the TP when in USB mode just shows a USB symbol on screen and neither the power button or screen change button helped, so I had to disconnect it from the PC to get to the Settings and run the Restart, then reconnect it (again in USB mode) to the PC. When I then tried to run the "novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2" command it said "unable to find device". After numerous attempts and references to the comments I tried using a different USB cable and Restart produced nothing i.e. the TP is not working at all! Dead as a Dodo.
        Any helpful hints would be most welcome.

        • Christian Cawley
          October 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

          Hi Ken - find references to webOS Doctor in this thread, and use that to restore your TouchPad.

        • Sunil
          October 15, 2012 at 12:22 am

          I am having the same issues as Ken. I can just see a USB ICON on the screen even after ejecting the device. After hitting the launcher button nothing happens, it just stays with the USB icon. Any suggestions ? Thanking you in advance.

        • Sunil
          October 15, 2012 at 2:25 am

          It works like Charm.. thx Christian !!

  209. David
    May 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This has given me the confidence boost to give this a go. Thanks for such a clearly written article. HP is charging as we speak!

  210. Steve
    May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Easy to follow instructions; thanks for helping bring new life to my TouchPad!

  211. GrAmHero
    May 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Installed the 5/9/2012 CM Nightly over the weekend, and I must say I am very impressed. My TouchPad works better than before. I haven't tried the mic or the camera, since I don' t usually use either, it likely won't bother me if they don't work.

    I just have 2 questions...

    1) Is there a place that lists the "Changelog" for the CM 9 Tenderloin Nightlies?

    2) If my device is running great (in my opinion), is there any reason for me to upgrade to the latest Nightly? If so, how can you tell how often to upgrade it?


    • Christian Cawley
      May 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

      1) You should find all you need via this link to XDA:

      2) I personally wouldn't upgrade to the latest unless you had the misfortune of downloading a ROM that wasn't the best. If all is running great, unless you want to be on the bleeding edge, nightlies aren't necessary. However staying up to date with the changelog will beneficial

  212. sastry
    May 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the article. I did exactly as per the article and could install ICS on my HP TAB. I am facing a small problem. How to transfer files from HP Tab and my windows / Linux PC. Its not showing any USB connected drives either in Windows or in Linux. Even I tried to use the HP TAB in USB mode as per the above article, still it is not recognized. Can you suggest a solution ?

    Many thanks.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Just clarify a couple of points - you have the tablet running Android but cannot see it as a USB drive on your PC, right?

      If this is the case, you will need to switch Android to USB drive mode.

      • sastry
        May 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Thanks for the reply. I will check it out.

      • Renee
        June 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

        How do I switch my TP now running Android Ice Cream Sandwich (thanks to this install) to USB mode? I want to upload some MP3 and JPG files.

        • Christian Cawley
          June 15, 2012 at 7:35 am

          THis can be done by opening settings > storage then use the menu in the top-right to open the USB Computer Connection screen. Here check the options to activate as a storage device. There is no old-style Android "USB Mode"

        • Renee
          June 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

          Wanted to also mention that if you've made a lot of Preware changes on your TP, you might want to wipe it first with the WebOS Doctor application. That fixed my installation issues.

        • Dave
          July 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm


          I'm having the same problem of my PC not recognising the device. In settings > storage, the icon in the top right to open the USB Computer Connection screen is not there for me. Why would this be?

          Many Thanks

        • Christian Cawley
          July 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          Hi Dave

          I'm baffled as to why you wouldnt see this - the menu icon is a small tower of three blocks. I've found no other cases of this not appearing, and it isn't contextual either - it appears whether a USB connection is available or not.

  213. george
    May 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

    these instructions worked easy.

  214. YS
    May 12, 2012 at 4:31 am

    The installation procedure was very clear, hence it installed perfectly. Perhaps, need to warn folks of the time to wait for the boot menu to come on, as I was worried something was wrong, as it took a rather "long" time. Most of the apps work, except for some. I think apps that needed the camera can't work eg. Bar code reader etc...But I am very happy to have 2 OS within one TouchPad.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

      That's interesting, mine didn't (and hasn't subsequently) take long to appear. Thanks for highlighting this

  215. James J Beuerlein
    May 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I followed these instructions last night and installed ICS on my Touchpad. It really works just follow the steps verbatim. The only two things that don't work is the camera and the mic neither of which are a deal breakers for me. I finally get to use my Netflix account on my Touchpad which is why I bought the Touchpad in the first place.

    I just wish I new what ICS build I installed. Seems everyone has their own build. How do you know which one is best? I can definetly say that the one that is linked to this article works though. I'm just hoping for mic and camera drivers so I have a 100% fully functional device. If it doesn't happen for another year I'll still be just as happy with my Touchpad the way it is.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

      As soon as the camera is available i'll add a comment to this post as it is something I'm desperate to use for Skype!

      I don't mind as you can still switch to webOS but obvously it's more convenient all in one OS :)

      • Mehuil K Bhuva
        July 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

        Hi Christian,

        Great blog post, I did it step-by-step and could see Android load up on my HP Touch Pad without issues.

        Camera and Microphone does not seem to work here. Do we have a fix for it yet? Can you also write a post on updating the Android nightly builds. Does the file contain a fix to the Camera and Microphone issue?

      • Thebuilderdd
        September 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Waiting for Skype? Just boot up WebOS and use the built in Messaging app!

  216. Gary Shouldis
    May 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Worded perfectly....this is why I love MUO so much. Cheers

  217. Phil Fot
    May 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Hi Christian,

    Are you also getting dodgy wifi? I'm using the 07 May nightly and still have problems connecting and then problems with phantom connected states.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Hi Phil

      So far I haven't had any real problems with wifi other than a minute or so wait, certainly nothing to the extent of some stories I've heard.

      Saying that I have only used the device at home so far.

      • Christian Cawley
        June 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Just to update this, I have connected to various wifi devices with my chosen nightly and use my Windows Phone in mifi mode with good results.

        • george Thai
          July 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          I am start to upgrade my HP TouchPad to CM9, when I try the first step running UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar, it stuck at initializing during install driver, I am running it on Windows 7 with 64 bits and also with 32 bits; I have java 64 and 32 respectively on each PC. Any idea?

        • Christian Cawley
          July 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          Use this link: and download the current version that matches your HP TouchPad (probably “wifi”). This will be about 223 MB

          Once completed, run the UniversalNovacomInstaller.jar and click Install Novacom. You will then have the choice of Download, Select file… or Cancel. Choose Select file and browse for the file you just downloaded, click Select and wait for the process to complete.

          You should then be able to pass this stage of the process.

        • Mark LaJeunesse
          August 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

          So I have the same problem. I have downloaded the file you suggested and attempt to go through the process to select the file. None of them are .jar files, they are all class files. There are multiple folders/files that download but I can't seem to find the correct file. Any guidance?

          Thank you,


        • Mark LaJeunesse
          August 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

          And of course once I posted this I repeated the process and it only downloaded a single file and I'm proceeding! Thank you!


        • Mpushpala
          August 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          the link does not work. I get a 503 service unavailable. Can you suggest an alternative. place to download this.

        • Christian Cawley
          August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

          This link works fine: this link: follow the instructions above for full details.

        • Mpushpala
          August 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

          I get the following error Chirs. Is there a way you can share the webosdoctorp305hstnhwifi.jar to my email. This would be a great help.

          Server error
          The webpage at [Broken URL Removed] is currently unavailable. It may be overloaded or down for maintenance.
          Here are some suggestions:
          Reload this webpage later.

        • Christian Cawley
          August 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

          Mpushpala - you should follow the suggestion in the error you report, and wait, then try again later. The website is not down, so perhaps the issue is closer to home.

  218. EternalCharax
    May 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I ran into major, major problems trying to install ICS over CM7, but once I wiped the device, reset the partitions and installed ICS from scratch everything was fine.

    and I do mean everything. My wifi never drops, apparently the camera has issues but given that on release the Touchpad WebOS didn't even have a camera app, that's not a huge loss. Sound is almost flawless, speed on almost everything is great.

    CM9 is my go-to OS on every device that can handle it, even my Galaxy S is on the CM9 nightlies and going well.

  219. spacyzuma
    May 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I bought my Touchpad in February, and quickly got tired of it within 3 weeks. Lack of apps, and I could only get free apps in my country.

    I installed Android 4.0 [ICS], an alpha2 build, about 3 weeks ago, and since then I've had so much functionality on the Touchpad.

    My major gripe with it is that the wifi behaves crazy. Sometimes, it connects swiftly to my hotspot without problems. Sometimes, it takes days before it decides to connect to the same wifi hotspot.

  220. Toby
    May 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Good read. Always interested in reading anything android related