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Bought a Nook Glowlight+ (BNRV510) from the thrift store for $5. How to bypass setup?
#1  TidusWulf 08-29-2020, 06:23 PM
It had an account on it when I bought it, but since I wanted to connect my own account, I erased and reformatted it. When I went thru the setup, it gets stuck after login. I called B&N and they said it's blacklisted and they won't undo it for me. I've tried several methods mentioned here to bypass setup, but I'm getting nowhere. It's definitely on the newest firmware because after the reset, it found and applied a firmware update after connecting to Wifi. However I don't know specifically what version number the firmware is.
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#2  ZodWallop 08-31-2020, 11:13 PM
Sorry I'm not helpful as far as bypassing registration. I've just never heard of a blacklisted Nook.
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#3  DNSB 09-01-2020, 12:39 AM
Quote ZodWallop
Sorry I'm not helpful as far as bypassing registration. I've just never heard of a blacklisted Nook.
That's been around for close to a decade that I know of. See Blacklisted on forum.xda-developers.com.
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#4  TidusWulf 09-01-2020, 10:42 PM
Quote ZodWallop
Sorry I'm not helpful as far as bypassing registration. I've just never heard of a blacklisted Nook.
My best guess is that if you call BN and report it lost/stolen they blacklist it and give you a discount on a replacement.
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#5  TidusWulf 09-03-2020, 05:00 PM
Good news! I got it all figured out, thanks to a user's assistance on xda-developers. https://forum.xda-developers.com/nook-touch/general/nook-glowlight-6-bnrv510-to-home-screen-t4155395/post83417161#post83417161

First, enter the easter egg. On the welcome screen, repeatedly tap the top left then right. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82527165&postcount=5

Press "Android Development Settings" and then Enable "USB Debugging". Plug into your computer and run "adb devices" from the command prompt.

Your device should show, but say "unauthorized". Press "allow debugging" on the nook. run "adb devices" again and you should get a better result.

find a launcher such as RelauncherX and push it to the Nook using "adb install RelauncherX.apk".

Root the device with this package: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=64191791

Disable the Boot animation because it's bugged and if you don't, you can't boot into anything. To do it, type these lines one at a time into the command prompt. When you type "su" you should get a prompt on the Nook to allow Superuser Access. Grant access permanently.

Code
adb shell
su
mount -o remount, rw /system
mv /system/bin/bootanimation /system/bin/bootanimation.bak
reboot
after the reboot, verify you still have root by typing "adb shell" and "su" again. You shouldn't get a prompt on the Nook, and you shouldn't get an error in the command prompt.

To disable the welcome screen and initial setup, you have to enter a few more codes.

Code
# pm disable com.nook.partner/.oobe.WelcomeScreenActivity
# pm disable com.nook.partner/.OobeLauncherActivity
Finally, when you Press Home, you will have a choice of Launchers. Nook or RelauncherX. Choose RelauncherX, then ALWAYS. That's it. You've bypassed registration completely. Unfortunately, the Nook Launcher is also the default E-reader. You need to use use "adb install" and install another ereader app to actually read books, because trying to launch the Nook app will put you back on the welcome screen. I recommend KoReader. https://github.com/koreader/koreader/releases The latest "android-arm" release works great on the Nook.
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#6  JSWolf 09-03-2020, 05:44 PM
So the short answer is it cannot be done. because you cannot use it to read eBooks using RMSDK.
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#7  TidusWulf 09-03-2020, 09:27 PM
Quote JSWolf
So the short answer is it cannot be done. because you cannot use it to read eBooks using RMSDK.
I'm not familiar with this term, RMSDK. What exactly am I missing out on? A Google Search gives a lot of results, but not really information relating to what you just said.
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#8  JSWolf 09-04-2020, 06:12 PM
Quote TidusWulf
I'm not familiar with this term, RMSDK. What exactly am I missing out on? A Google Search gives a lot of results, but not really information relating to what you just said.
RMSDK is the underlying software for ADE. It's the reading software that the nook uses.

Also, I think it's in bad form to keep a nook that you now it blacklisted and to try to use it. You should be trying to return it and get your money back. IT's immoral if not illegal to use it.
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#9  MGlitch 09-08-2020, 01:21 AM
Quote JSWolf
RMSDK is the underlying software for ADE. It's the reading software that the nook uses.

Also, I think it's in bad form to keep a nook that you now it blacklisted and to try to use it. You should be trying to return it and get your money back. IT's immoral if not illegal to use it.
There’s quite a bit of reasonable doubt about it being stolen. First and foremost it’s at a thrift store not a pawn shop especially as they’re currently listed on various sites for ~90USD. The person who gave it to the thrift shop would have received nothing for it which is a bit odd for a stolen device.

More likely it was lost and reported missing by the owner. BN would still blacklist the Nook. Then found by someone who dropped it off at the thrift store.

OP could try contacting BN to see if they’d send the nook to the original owner. Perhaps if they went in to a BN and found a well informed employee who knew how to look up serials to get the basic account information (email and maybe name, I don’t think it gave anything else) and assuming that system is even still available to booksellers OP could then email them.

But honestly I rather doubt either scenario would meet with any success. Mostly because of privacy concerns and none of the employees being paid anywhere near enough to try and work around the systems in place to get said systems to do things they weren’t intended for by the corporate offices.

Sure you can try returning it to the thrift store as stolen but I’d be doubtful that even if they are honest and make the same good attempts at getting it back to the original owner that they would have any more success.
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#10  issybird 09-08-2020, 12:01 PM
Quote MGlitch
Perhaps if they went in to a BN and found a well informed employee who knew how to look up serials to get the basic account information (email and maybe name, I don’t think it gave anything else) and assuming that system is even still available to booksellers OP could then email them.
Goodness, I hope not! An employee able to access a customer’s personal info at will, and then sharing said personal info with an anonymous caller? That is insanity.

Sometimes things aren’t worth the thought, much less the time and effort. The reader became a dead loss at some point and there’s a trivial sum involved for the purchaser. Move on.
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