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Install CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6 ICS on HP TouchPad

February 15, 2012

Even the HP Touchpad gets a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich, thanks to CyanogenMod 9. Though still in the Alpha stage, an updated release, Alpha 0.6, includes a number of stability and user interface additions, such as:

  • Touchscreen fixes.
  • Ability to hide the combined bar (navigation buttons and clock) for full screen. This uses ICS api so it will require api support but not all apps have been updated. This is an option under Settings > Interface > System > Combined Bar.
  • Scrollable quick settings.
  • Reboot to recovery works via the power menu but sometimes the tablet will shut down rather than reboot.
  • Preliminary support for ROM Manager.  (You’ll need ROM Manager Premium to run this, as it is not official yet. In order to use it, you’ll need to execute “Flash ClockworkMod Recovery” in ROM Manager. Confirm that the model is cm_tenderloin, say yes that you have installed manually, and check ClockworkMod Recovery 3.x. Now you can use the ROM Manager to flash update zips. Official support should come soon.)

Because this build of CM9 is still in the alpha stage, there are a few bugs that need to be worked out. According to the CyanogenMod team, the zero in 0.6 means “zero hardware-accelerated video, zero camera, and zero support”. Here’s a more detailed list of some of the bugs in CM9 Alpha 0.6 for the HP TouchPad:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). Netflix does not work. YouTube works only in non-HD videos. Use tools like MXPlayer and SW Codecs for your local media.
  • Microphone and camera do not work.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed. This can be partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings (120, 160, 240).
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 Alpha build.
  • GApps intended for the CM7/Gingerbread will not work on CM9/ICS. You will need an updated compilation if you choose to install GApps.
  • USB File Transfers use MTP or PTP in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. Traditional storage mounting is not supported in the TouchPad build.

If that list of bugs hasn’t deterred you, and you’re itching to get your hands on the CM9 Alpha 0.6 for the HP TouchPad, you can do so by following the instructions in this guide.

Take note that this update should not be applied to other devices. There is no telling what consequences this can produce. You can check your device’s model through Settings > About device.


You’ll need a few things before you can proceed to the installation process:

  • CM9 Alpha 0.6 for the HP Touchpad | Mirror
  • LCD Density Updates: 120 dpi | 160 dpi
  • Google Apps package.  This is optional, but if you want to flash it, you can get the gApps package here.
  • ClockworkMod Recovery — This is optional, but if you want to flash it anyway (especially if you have an older version).  Get it here.
  • moboot package.  This is also optional if you already have this installed.  Otherwise, download the package from here.  This application allows you to select which OS to boot into upon starting up your device.
  • Make sure your HP TouchPad has a full battery to prevent it from shutting off in the middle of the update process.
  • Back up the important data on your HP TouchPad as this may be deleted during the update process.

Once you’ve got everything, you may now begin installing the CM9 Alpha 0.6 on the HP TouchPad. There are two ways to install this: using ACMEInstaller2 and through ClockworkMod Recovery.

Install CM9 Alpha 0.6 Using ACMEInstaller2

Use these instructions only if you’ve previously upgraded your HP TouchPad to CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 or Alpha 0.5, or if you’ve upgraded your HP TouchPad from CyanogenMod 7 to CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.5.  These guides may be of help:

Both instructional guides will set up the required environment for you to be able to safely upgrade your HP TouchPad to CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6.  So, it is suggested that you upgrade/update by following those guides first, then come back to this article for the instructions on upgrading to CyanogenMod Alpha 0.6.

The instructions below will only work if ACMEInstaller2 has been properly installed on your computer.

  1. Download all the update ZIP files onto your computer.  The download links are in the “Requirements” section.
  2. Copy all of the update ZIP files into the “cminstall” folder in the root of your device’s SD card.
  3. Reboot your tablet. As it is powering down, hold the Volume Up button until a USB icon is shown on the tablet’s screen.
  4. Open a command prompt on your computer. For Windows users, you can find this through the Start button. If you are on Vista, type “Command Prompt” in the Search box. If you are on XP, select “Run”.
  5. Change directory to where “novacom.exe” and ACMEInstaller2 are located.
  6. Run ACMEInstaller2 by issuing the following command at the command prompt:
    • novacom.exe boot mem:// <ACMEInstaller2
  7. ACMEInstaller2 will begin to install the zip files for you.
  8. Your system will automatically reboot afterwards
  9. If gApps did not successfully install, you may manually flash it using ClockworkMod Recovery.

Once your device has rebooted, your HP TouchPad will now be running on CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6.

Install CM9 Alpha 0.6 Using ClockworkMod Recovery

Devs do not recommend this method for installing CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6 on your HP TouchPad as it will completely wipe your data.  The ACMEInstaller2 method above is recommended instead, but the instructions for the CWM method is made available here just in case you prefer this to the other method.

  1. Download all the update ZIP files onto your computer.
  2. Connect your HP TouchPad to your computer.
  3. Copy the update ZIP files into the root of your device’s SD card.
  4. Reboot your tablet into ClockworkMod Recovery.
  5. Navigate to “Install ZIP from SD Card”. Select the CM9 Alpha 0.6 zip file and confirm that you want to install the update.  Repeat this step for each of the other ZIP files.
  6. Once you are done, select “Go Back”.
  7. Choose to “Reboot System Now”.

Congratulations!  You’ve successfully updated your HP TouchPad to CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.6 with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.