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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-.

Contact me via email or twitter for support

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

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Hi! My name is Michael. Like the others, I'm also a Student, living here in Sydney. 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. Currently sporting N9 & Lumia 820, with other Nokia devices in my posession. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, Google Plus or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at]outlook.com or tips[at]mynokiablog.com
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