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World First! My N9 multiboots Harmattan, Nemo and Nitdroid (How-To)

| March 22, 2012 | 68 Replies

Obviously Nemo and Mango are different, but you get the point

That’s right folks, I have successfully booted all three OSes on my device. Not really a use for it, but the fact I did is really cool in itself.

I’m not sure how many people want to know how to do it, or not, but it is good to share knowledge. I will divide this up into installing Nitdroid and Nemo. Sadly, I have only tested a tethered boot into the Moslo Bootloader for Nemo.

I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR DEVICE. THIS IS DONE SOLELY AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

Nitdroid

1. Install dual-boot kernel as described here: http://forum.nitdroid.com/index.php?topic=90.0

2. Install sillyboot. Details: http://forum.nitdroid.com/index.php?topic=91.0

3.
a. Download tarball from here: http://depositfiles.com/files/ue9wxpz49
b. copy the archive to your Nokia N9.

c. execute “as root” command

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tar xjvf /path_to_archive/nninedroid_ics_alpha1.tar.bz2 -C /home/

Nemo

Assuming use of Linux Host and Harmattan Flasher installed

  1. Create a folder on your desktop eg NemoN9
  2. Download this http://repo.pub.meego.com/home:/marquiz:/n950/CE_Adaptation_N950-armv7hl/armv7hl/moslo-0.0.13.1-7.1.Nemo.Adaptation.N950.N9.armv7hl.rpm to that folder
  3. Using the terminal enter

    cd /file/path/to/that/folder/

    rpm2cpio moslo-n9-*.armv7hl.rpm | cpio -vidu
  4. Once completed, enter
    sudo flasher -k usr/share/moslo-n9/zImage-moslo -n usr/share/moslo-n9/initrd-moslo -l -b
  5. Your N9 should then boot to a screen with green text. Wait until it says alternate rootfs exported via usb
  6. Your pc should auto mount. (If not, run dmesg and look for sdx where x is a letter or number, eg sdb. Then run mount /dev/sdb /media/Alt_OS or you can unplug/replug USB and repeat step three until N9 is automounted)
  7. Once mounted, run
    sudo tar --numeric-owner -xf nemo-handset-armv7hl-n950-*.tar.bz2 -C /media/Alt_OS/
  8. When extraction is complete, unmount the device
    umount /media/Alt_OS

Unplug the usb and you should get an option to boot Harmattan (Vol+) and Alt OS (Vol-). Alt OS boots Nemo. Continue through to Harmattan where you will be prompted to boot an Alt OS again (Nitdroid) by pressing Vol+. If you wish to go to Harmattan. Do nothing. To get to the screen to boot nemo, you must repeat step 4 only. Once these screen says “alt rootfs exported” unplug USB and press Vol-.

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Category: Android, How to:, MeeGo, N9 Hacks

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Hi! My name is Michael. I currently live in Sydney, working on all things Digital Marketing. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at]outlook.com or tips[at]mynokiablog.com