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My main firmware hacking experience is with Sony Ericsson and Nokia phones, and it was always a minefield of "which firmware would allow what hack," "never install this update," "change this setting so the cell phone company can't update you over the air," etc.Anyway, it seems that Android would be (hopefully) be different and easier to work with, but I'm still paranoid.Is it recommended to update the firmware to the newest version through the official channels first? (Install vanilla drivers/Windows app/whatever) Or should I take it out of the box and immediately hack it?I've been looking around for hours and, while there's some great, easy-to-understand info here, I haven't seen anything about hacking the Novel straight out of the box vs. updating it to the newest vanilla firmware.I'm planning on hitting a Bed Bath and Beyond after work and hacking the hell out of this. Thanks to everyone who cracked this thing open.
 

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To date, whenever you install an official Pandigital firmware release, it will wipe out any modifications that you have made. Whether or not the Pandigital folks modify that modus operandi remains to be seen.If you hack "out of the box" first, then I'd recommend finding and installing Blazingwolf's modified 07_24 PDN firmware, which will not wipe out any modifications that have been made to the unit.
 

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Good to know, thank you. I suppose Blazingwolf's version also wouldn't hamper the hacking process in any way if I updated it to that modified firmware first. I'll try and track down that update then. But I'll probably just hack it straight out of the box.
 

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The importance of updating the firmware depends on what FW level your PDN comes with. The older firmwares from early July or before... were quite buggy and slow. I would recommend at least being on the July 18.. I have been using the July 24 version..The first "hacks" were done by a guy meth who only did 2 things.. Remapped the volume buttons so you could use menu and back... and changed the homescreen to Panda. I don't think you'll get very far unless you at least do the button thing.. Happy Hacking!!
 

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if they open the zip file in the referenced thread.. they may still think that. Have you checked it lately?;)
 

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Mark Adams;36320]You know said:
http://www.slatedroid.com/pandigital-novel-firmware-development/3760-altered-07-24-firmware-created-market-volume-hack-built.html[/url]Just saying...
Not quite. Blazingwolf created a "no wipe" version of 7/24, which is basically the stock firmware except skipping the step where it wipes all your data as part of the upgrade. (Very convenient since so little changes that there is no point to blowing away all the data)Roebeet compiled a whole new firmware with stuff built it, and also implemented the "no wipe" feature.
 

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Ahhhh, now it makes sense. Thanx ClockworxThat thing made a believer out of me, and I'm probably going to use it again on the new one since it includes your button hack -- without which nobody would like this thing anywhere near as much. Props dude.
 

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Yes, it is nice, especially for people not to deal with adb. I'm hoping that after some testing my new market fix can be included, since that's another adb-based headache that tends to cause issues for people.
 

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That's a must. I was just wishing for that on another thread.
 
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