CyanogenMod 7 Alpha 3.5 is ready for the HP TouchPad: Here’s how to install it

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The CyanogenMod has released an updated version of Google Android for the HP TouchPad. No, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t ready for prime time yet, but CyanogenMod 7 Alpha 3.5 brings a few improvements to Google Android 2.3.7.
Specifically, the team says they’ve improved video playback and 3D graphics speed and gaming compatibility. They’ve also made some changes to the WiFi settings, but it’s not yet clear if this will fix the problems with WiFi that some users have been experiencing.
If you’ve already installed an earlier version of CyanogenMod, updating to Alpha 3.5 is extraordinarily easy:
  1. Download “” or CM7:
    Alpha3.5 file following the latest below
  2. If you’ve downloaded it using you TouchPad, just make a note of which folder it’s in. If you’ve used your computer, copy the file to your TouchPad’s storage.
  3. While running Android on the TouchPad, press-and-hold the power button.
  4. Choose “reboot.”
  5. Select “Recovery” and then tap the OK box.
  6. This will bring you to ClockworkMod. You can navigate through menus by using the volume buttons to move up and down and the home button to select an option.
  7. (Optional, but recommended): Scroll down to the option that says “wipe cache partition” and choose it by tapping the home button.
  8. (Optional) From the following screen, scroll down to the option that says “Yes – Wipe Cache” and choose it.
  9. (Optional) When that’s done you’ll be back at the first screen.
  10. Scroll down to the option that says “install zip from sdcard” and choose it.
  11. Select “choose zip from sdcard.”
  12. Navigate to the folder where is stored and select it.
  13. From the following menu scroll down to the option that says “Yes – Install update…” and choose it.
  14. You should see a progress bar on your screen for a few minutes. When it’s finished you’ll be dumped back out to the previous menu.
  15. Choose “Go Back.”
  16. From the main ClockworkMod menu choose the option to “reboot system now.”

You may install new updates using either ClockworkMod Recovery or ACME Installer. See below for more information.

(AKA things we hope we fixed)

* Video playback improvements
* UI Composition improvements(nothing major)
* 3D speed improvements in some circumstances
* 3D game compatibility improvements(Shadowrun tested, but other games may work better as well)
* Some changes to wpa_supplicant, remains to be seen whether it makes any difference

* Last prominent form of "sleep of death" fixed
* Webkit backing store(smoother scrolling)
* Minor improvements to 2D/3D performance in some apps
* Bluetooth DPad/arrows do not rotate with screen
* Battery stats now available to Android
* Serial# now populated
* Shorter hostname as a result of serial#
* General wifi fixes
* Preliminary Touchpad 4G support(no radio)
* Status bar should take less resources after an app goes full screen
* Possible fix for A2DP and wifi interference
* Possible fix for SD card not mounting
* Camera FPS improved but still nearly nonfunctional

* Plugging headphones in should now shut off speaker volume
* Battery drain issues have been (partially) addressed
* More apps now available in market (thanks to Flemmard)
* Temporarily removed suspect fsck_msdos to fix random folder deletion on media/sdcard.
* At least one type of "sleep of death" (TP won't wake up) has been fixed
* Wifi should no longer hang in sleep
* Vibrator no longer disappears
* Touchscreen no longer unresponsive after sleep
* cifs support added
* Touchstone should now charge better
* fixed broken links resulting from first version of installer (mount now works)
* pptp vpn now works
* OpenVPN TUN support added
* USB mounting in vold added
* Misc. fixes to ACME Installer (more graceful exits, nonstandard LVM media location handling, etc.)
* fixes to surfaceflinger to improve performance
* upstream cm7 changes added


Source code can be found at
As of alpha 1 the kernel source is open. The rest of the source will be opened
as soon as some code can be merged into mainline CM7. This expected to happen
very soon.

Initial install will require multiple files to download. Download the installer README first
and be sure you understand the directions.
Note: Please do not link directly to files. Link only to this thread. 

Note: Alpha3 is still a fairly rough build. You should expect some things to not work yet.

Before Installing watch this video for an overview of the process for the initial install:

README and Installer:
md5: 8c140a93e4451977174aa896e5c8bdf4

md5: a08ba78a39b0a0d1efe745e2c74aca20

md5: d8861571b7e0d72ad00dfc017da589ec

Other mirror to come...
md5: 3b7d774ae2833722c9883e77a0e86024

md5: 43e811fc10da37696a6fce20d6118bb2

md5: 2d3a4f1984c025a07f7cff0d43b3aae1

Clockwork Recovery:
md5: 1308300f38685d44afde730efd9132cc

Moboot(bootloader menu)

  RootzWiki forum thread.


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