Hack Your Pandigital E-Reader Into an Android Tablet!




Introduction: Hack Your Pandigital E-Reader Into an Android Tablet!

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NOTICE 02/01/2013:
due to the nature of this instructable and the many failures that have been had by many fellow makers, i will no longer be providing support for you if you mess up your pandigital tablet. i have now in the last year alone not even have owned one of these silly things, so let it be made known, if you continue, your on your own!, so sucsess of failure will be determined on your comprehension and exact execution of these instructions.

so it occured to me yesterday that this stupid pandigital e-reader was actually a super locked down version of andriod that lacked the regular interface, i mean Heck, it said it ran on android right on the side of the box!  but since it was supposed to be a "e-reader" the manufacture locked down the front end of the system (not cool guys) so it would preform one task and one task only, but were gonna change that and this is how: 

btw: your gonna need a sd card:]

after a large community response to the flaws with pandigital's download site and their android open platform , and a desire to have the android market place, the ability to change the background, retain the ability to read E-books, and many other features its lacked, i have done extensive research into how to add this functionality back in, but in doing so i have discovered someone who has already done so, this individual goes by the name jackbox he is a member of the slatedroid forum he released 3 versions of his work all of which i have briefly tested and the best one is his second version which you can download from media fire here their is only one problem with it is that you still cant change the background easily but i found an app called AndroPaint Lite which can be installed by just copying it to the sd card and selecting it through the file browser to install it, this should give you the ability to change the background which you can download from this instructable. thanks goes out to slatedroid member jackbox!
due to users being fruskrated with thier device regardless what they try to do to it, i am including a list of urls that will tell how to restore the device back to factory settings so they can return it and get their money back cause ill admit it the pandigital novel is a complete piece of crap not worth the money.

WHERE TO GET FACTORY FIRMWARE AND HOW TO USE IT :http://www.pandigital.net/?PageID=391

Please note, this update is for Pandigital Novel 7" Color Multimedia eReaders only!!!!


so first you'll need the new firmware download it from this(( link: this is the crappy manufacturers version)) ((jackbox version much better))  this is the new firmware the manufacturer released once they discovered that people were doing bare installs of android without any difficulty trust me, its much better than a bare install. once you have downloaded the file, copy it to your sd card and then your almost half way now! 

Step 2: Prep the Tablet

now, power off your E-reader for the last time, then use a towel or something soft to rest it on, place the E-reader face down on the surface and use a credit card/library card/ piece of plastic and run it through the crease in the back of the E-reader to open the back panel

Step 3: Prep the Tablet Cont'

now take out the internal micro sd card by pushing the metal tab covering the micro sd card towards the top of the tablet and then lifting up the retainer and then remove the card 

Step 4: Install the Software !

now take the memory card you copied the file to and insert it into the tablet and now hold the volume + button and the power switch for 30 seconds then, let it do its thing, the entire install is automatic, so soon you should have a working tablet, once finished, you may install the internal memory card back in place if you wish

Step 5: Third Party Apps!

so once your finished you'll want to get some apps, at this point in time the best website ive found is this: http://www.freewarelovers.com/android normally you would use the android market, but ive yet to find the market app install so for now this is how we have to get apps. 

Step 6: Enjoy!

now your done! enjoy your new android tablet:]



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    274 Discussions

    Thanks Kyle, this worked just like you said it would.


    9 months ago

    i got it to work! thanks so much!

    here are some things that might help others:

    -its only for the white 7inch one. yes, the color does matter. the black ones wont take it.

    -you cant use the 1GB memory card that's already in the tablet. you need to use a bigger one

    -you cant use a memory card with too high of a capacity (for example, 64GB+) because the device can't read it

    -i used a 16GB card and it worked perfectly. literally just copied the ZIP to the 16GB card, inserted it, held power + volume up at the same time for 30 seconds, and it installed

    -don't unzip the files! leave them zipped.

    -just put the ZIP file in the base directory. dont put it in any subfolders.

    I downloaded the Jackbox version and all I get is a white box emptying towards teh android guy. It's been doing this for hours. Any suggestions?

    HEY!! If youre gonna do this, it has to be the white pandigital. I bricked my black one, and I am not angry, but you need to specify that.

    Hi, I got the same symbol this morning. I know I held it down for 30 seconds, but was wondering whether you were able to go past this point?

    He said in the reading that you have to hold it for 30 seconds

    I tried to install your firmware and during the installation, my pandigital gets a black screen, now my pandigital can't to start.
    I need your help, I want to works again.

    2 replies

    Does it matter? i have a black one and i did everything so far its working.........Its still in the download process.....it hasnt went black screen yet......

    Omg thank you so much ive been looking at videos on how to do this FOR A MONTH!!!!!! then i saw someone commented on one of the videos about this and it worked! OMG THANK YOU!!!!

    I have a huge problem! I tried everything you told me to do. i got to the part where it starts to download. it got to 25% then the whole system shut down. I can't turn it on anymore. it won't even charge! i clicked reset, power on an vol+ nothing!! I unplugged the battery an i finally got the ac cable charging light to come on but once I try an turn on the ereader the light goes off an the ereader still wouldn't come on! and i would have to do all the same process just to get the charging light to come on! idk if my pandigital is bricked or not but please help me fix it!

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    im not entirely shure if its bricked, I wish i could help but its been 3 yrs since i owned one of these, now i have a galaxy tab 3. chances are if you used a pin to hold the reset button down for 15 seconds it would probably default to factory firmware...

    Signed up just to say this firmware may not be compatible with your PDN unit, as it bricked mine. For anyone trying this, find out your firmware first and go to http://www.slatedroid.com/wiki/index.php?title=Introduction_to_the_Pandigital_Novel

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    Hello, this is my first comment, i dont know much english but i hope that you understand me.......

    i have the same problem that sqy21 (black screen) after update the firmware....

    i have to read much much and find the solution in other post, is the following_

    the problem is the kernel file and the recovery.img file.....therefore the system not recognized this files and the screen not function, but the pdn is on.......

    ok, you must download the sdk, kernel and recovery.img files

    see this post, there is part of the solution....

    there describes step by step the solution

    if to do this steps and the screen is on but the operative system no charge, you must installing the jackbox firmware or the original kit firmware again and the screen is black again...then....do the step ADB again and the pdn is on and funtinally.......

    if no undertand write me and try to solution both.......

    I've the same problem as PMoney1998 and rd_hoyt, after install the software, the display turn off or blank scrren, and now just de volumen beeps, Please help me!!!

    I'm with the same problem of thewritingpoet and lugnut1009. Please, help :(

    I did exactly what the information said to do, and now my screen will not work... what do i do?