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Old 08/01/2012, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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During the various times I reset my TouchPad, I have not found any way to skip the First Use app. Unlike what HP says there is no Phone app available during First Use, and no full Device Info app to enter the custom app code in. Here's a way you can bypass First Use by adapting the old activation bypass tool.

You'll need:
Procedure:
  1. Install Novacom if you haven't already (run webOS Doctor, but don't attach your TouchPad)
  2. Open the webOS Doctor .jar with your archiver.
  3. Navigate to the "resources" folder, and open "webOS.tar"
  4. Extract "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage"
  5. Open devicetool.jar
  6. Navigate to "com/palm/webos/devicetool/images/"
  7. Add the extracted "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage" to this folder, and save
  8. Turn off your TouchPad
  9. Hold Vol+ and Power on your TouchPad until the big USB logo is displayed
  10. Plug in your TouchPad to your computer with the USB cable
  11. Open up a command prompt/terminal
  12. Type
    Code:
    java -jar path/to/devicetool.jar
    where "path/to/devicetool.jar" is where you downloaded devicetool.jar to
  13. Wait until the tool displays "Device is ready.", and then you can disconnect your TouchPad. Your TouchPad can now be used and connected to with Novacom

Sample tool output:
Code:
C:\>java -jar devicetool.jar
Found device: topaz-bootie
Copying ram disk.................
Rebooting device...
Configuring device...
  Reading all physical volumes.  This may take a while...
  Found volume group "store" using metadata type lvm2
  8 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
  0 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
Rebooting device...
Device is ready.
When you're ready to properly set up your TouchPad, delete "/var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created" on your TouchPad and reboot.
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Old 01/20/2013, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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During the various times I reset my TouchPad, I have not found any way to skip the First Use app. Unlike what HP says there is no Phone app available during First Use, and no full Device Info app to enter the custom app code in. Here's a way you can bypass First Use by adapting the old activation bypass tool.

You'll need:
Procedure:
  1. Install Novacom if you haven't already (run webOS Doctor, but don't attach your TouchPad)
  2. Open the webOS Doctor .jar with your archiver.
  3. Navigate to the "resources" folder, and open "webOS.tar"
  4. Extract "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage"
  5. Open devicetool.jar
  6. Navigate to "com/palm/webos/devicetool/images/"
  7. Add the extracted "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage" to this folder, and save
  8. Turn off your TouchPad
  9. Hold Vol+ and Power on your TouchPad until the big USB logo is displayed
  10. Plug in your TouchPad to your computer with the USB cable
  11. Open up a command prompt/terminal
  12. Type
    Code:
    java -jar path/to/devicetool.jar
    where "path/to/devicetool.jar" is where you downloaded devicetool.jar to
  13. Wait until the tool displays "Device is ready.", and then you can disconnect your TouchPad. Your TouchPad can now be used and connected to with Novacom

Sample tool output:
Code:
C:\>java -jar devicetool.jar
Found device: topaz-bootie
Copying ram disk.................
Rebooting device...
Configuring device...
  Reading all physical volumes.  This may take a while...
  Found volume group "store" using metadata type lvm2
  8 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
  0 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
Rebooting device...
Device is ready.
When you're ready to properly set up your TouchPad, delete "/var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created" on your TouchPad and reboot.
thanks, i get this, its nice that we have people like you
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Old 04/10/2013, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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During the various times I reset my TouchPad, I have not found any way to skip the First Use app. Unlike what HP says there is no Phone app available during First Use, and no full Device Info app to enter the custom app code in. Here's a way you can bypass First Use by adapting the old activation bypass tool.

You'll need:
Procedure:
  1. Install Novacom if you haven't already (run webOS Doctor, but don't attach your TouchPad)
  2. Open the webOS Doctor .jar with your archiver.
  3. Navigate to the "resources" folder, and open "webOS.tar"
  4. Extract "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage"
  5. Open devicetool.jar
  6. Navigate to "com/palm/webos/devicetool/images/"
  7. Add the extracted "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage" to this folder, and save
  8. Turn off your TouchPad
  9. Hold Vol+ and Power on your TouchPad until the big USB logo is displayed
  10. Plug in your TouchPad to your computer with the USB cable
  11. Open up a command prompt/terminal
  12. Type
    Code:
    java -jar path/to/devicetool.jar
    where "path/to/devicetool.jar" is where you downloaded devicetool.jar to
  13. Wait until the tool displays "Device is ready.", and then you can disconnect your TouchPad. Your TouchPad can now be used and connected to with Novacom

Sample tool output:
Code:
C:\>java -jar devicetool.jar
Found device: topaz-bootie
Copying ram disk.................
Rebooting device...
Configuring device...
  Reading all physical volumes.  This may take a while...
  Found volume group "store" using metadata type lvm2
  8 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
  0 logical volume(s) in volume group "store" now active
Rebooting device...
Device is ready.
When you're ready to properly set up your TouchPad, delete "/var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created" on your TouchPad and reboot.
I tried doing the bypass on a touchpad we forgot the password to unlock it. When I run java -jar devicetool.jar it tells me no device found and tells me to pull the battery. No way I can do that!
I've tried running webos doctor but the touchpad asks for the password, which is why I tried the bypass. When I plug in the touchpad, Windows sees it, thought it asks for sofware. I'm sure I have everything loaded that I need.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04/11/2013, 12:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If forgot the password for developer mode. Try this...(HP's guy told me and never try it).
1. type in 123456 and repeat it 3 times
2.novacom -t open tty:// -r 123456 -c login
3.rm/var/novacom/passwd
4. Done and Work.

Hope can work....
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Old 04/11/2013, 10:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If forgot the password for developer mode. Try this...(HP's guy told me and never try it).
1. type in 123456 and repeat it 3 times
2.novacom -t open tty:// -r 123456 -c login
3.rm/var/novacom/passwd
4. Done and Work.

Hope can work....
Sorry, I don't know enough about the thing to follow your directions. Where do I type the 123456 3 times? It certainly doesn't work on the device itself.
I was able though to find the device. I put the nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage in the images folder of the devicetool.jar but upon running it tells me it can't find the file. I thought I was almost there when it said it found topaz-bootie. Help!
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Old 04/12/2013, 12:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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1. You need to have Novacom installed.
2. Boot into USB Recovery mode.
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Old 04/12/2013, 01:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I tried doing the bypass on a touchpad we forgot the password to unlock it. When I run java -jar devicetool.jar it tells me no device found and tells me to pull the battery. No way I can do that!
I've tried running webos doctor but the touchpad asks for the password, which is why I tried the bypass. When I plug in the touchpad, Windows sees it, thought it asks for sofware. I'm sure I have everything loaded that I need.
Any help would be appreciated.
1.Just type: webos20090606-----Developer mode.....type in 6 digi number like 123456 .. ..submit(Of cause it desn't work but doesn't matter). repeat it three times
2. Use Novacom with above command .
3. Or hardset the device (Open the back cover.push the hard set bottom on the mainboard. Or try to disconnect the battery directly......).
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Old 04/12/2013, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1. You need to have Novacom installed.
2. Boot into USB Recovery mode.
I'll probaby try skyping you later tonight. In the meantime, your instructions say to run webos Doctor to get Novacom. What I don't understand is, the instructions for getting the nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage says to pull it out of the webos Doctor archive. When I downloaded webos Doctor, it doesn't download an archive, just a java script that appears to run the program from an external source. Nothing downloads on my machine that I can see. Did I miss a folder someplace? I downloaded the nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage itself from the web. Also, I did boot into USB recovery mode. Thanks.
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Old 04/12/2013, 10:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't know what happened. I started everything up to give it another shot and this time webos doctor saw the pad and did it's job. It's back and running. Thanks for your efforts.
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Old 04/13/2013, 12:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Huh, you Doctored the device instead of removing the passcode? The actual Doctor file link is available from the WebOS Internals website.
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Old 10/29/2014, 04:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Procedure:

7. Add the extracted "nova-installer-image-topaz.uImage" to this folder, and save
Thanks - but what is a good tool to do step 7 on Win7.
I tried zip7 on Win7 - but I could not add anything to the "webOS.tar".
- Do I need to unpack the whole tar; add the file and then tar it again ??? (What tar options to use?)
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Old 12/22/2014, 04:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks - but what is a good tool to do step 7 on Win7.
I tried zip7 on Win7 - but I could not add anything to the "webOS.tar".
- Do I need to unpack the whole tar; add the file and then tar it again ??? (What tar options to use?)
My above questions remain open ..

In addition for me at least the referenced devicetool.jar is no longer downloadable from the location that HP is still publishing: http://cdn.downloads.palm.com/sdkdow...devicetool.jar - any alternative location to download this tool?

And one clarification please: Do I need to modify the "webOS.tar" or modify the "devicetool.jar" ?
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Old 12/22/2014, 04:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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My above questions remain open ..

In addition for me at least the referenced devicetool.jar is no longer downloadable from the location that HP is still publishing: http://cdn.downloads.palm.com/sdkdow...devicetool.jar - any alternative location to download this tool?

And one clarification please: Do I need to modify the "webOS.tar" or modify the "devicetool.jar" ?
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My above questions remain open ..

In addition for me at least the referenced devicetool.jar is no longer downloadable from the location that HP is still publishing: http://cdn.downloads.palm.com/sdkdow...devicetool.jar - any alternative location to download this tool?

And one clarification please: Do I need to modify the "webOS.tar" or modify the "devicetool.jar" ?
Total Commander - home Total Commader this one has built in ZIP

rename devicetool.jar to devicetool.zip and than you can open it easy, when you finish adding files, just rename it back to jar

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Thanks - but what is a good tool to do step 7 on Win7.
I tried zip7 on Win7 - but I could not add anything to the "webOS.tar".
- Do I need to unpack the whole tar; add the file and then tar it again ??? (What tar options to use?)
Try dragging & dropping the file into the open (devicetool.jar) file using 7zip.
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Old 12/23/2014, 09:11 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Try dragging & dropping the file into the open (devicetool.jar) file using 7zip.
I think I have tried this before and it did not work for me.

However meanwhile I got many help here and in private mails.

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Old 12/23/2014, 09:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Can someone share a copy of the Activation By-Pass Tool?

We - my husband and I - just resurrected a bricked TouchPad & reset with secure erase/restore. Now it is just like new, factory fresh & ready to use. I would like to bypass the HP WebOS account login to see how it's done before the servers shut down in January. That way I know how to do it so if I need to Dr, reinstall, or reset another TP in the future the process is not foreign to me. Of course I did not think about this until AFTER HP pulled all the web pages & files, so I can't use the palm.com link in the first post.

As I am about to head to work, I will check back later tonight. Thank you!!


12/24 8:45am - Thanks for the help - the tool worked great on the TouchPad (32gb v3.0.5) and I was done in a matter of minutes!

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Old 12/23/2014, 06:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I tried this today and was able to bypass activation. However, even after I deleted the above file, the TP wouldn't go through the First Use application.

There was also a file in the /var/luna/preferences folder called "ran-first-use." I had to delete that as well to get the First Use app to run. Did I get this because I powered up the TP once before I was able to apply the devicetool.jar for the bypass and First Use ran then? I didn't put in anything. The battery was run down and I had to charge it up by cable before it would power up at all.

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Old 12/24/2014, 04:40 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I tried this today and was able to bypass activation. However, even after I deleted the above file, the TP wouldn't go through the First Use application.

There was also a file in the /var/luna/preferences folder called "ran-first-use." I had to delete that as well to get the First Use app to run. Did I get this because I powered up the TP once before I was able to apply the devicetool.jar for the bypass and First Use ran then? I didn't put in anything. The battery was run down and I had to charge it up by cable before it would power up at all.
I am using this method quite often, even if device is bypassed you can still run the firstuse by typing this in to terminal
luna-send -n 1 palm://com.palm.applicationManager/launch '{"id":"com.palm.app.firstuse"}'
First use application will popup and you can register your device as usuall, at the end it will not close and complete, but account will be registered and created. Than just close the card.
I guess deleting /var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created will do the trick as described in the first post, but I have never used it.

There is more here Change profile from Dr. Skipped Firstuse
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Old 12/26/2014, 03:27 PM   #20 (permalink)
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When you're ready to properly set up your TouchPad, delete "/var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created" on your TouchPad and reboot.
Now - I finally used this devicetool to activate a brand new TP (64GB Panda version). Thanks.

Not sure I understand why I should delete this "/var/luna/preferences/first-use-profile-created" file ? I plan to use this TP without any webos profile (for which the remaining HP services are going away soon anyhow).

I found this TP is still on webos version 3.0.2 as delivered in 2011. Without hp profile will it still catch up the latest OTA upgrade to 3.0.5 version ? Will connecting to Wifi enough to upgrade after some time?
Or would I need to doctor to 3.0.5 version myself?

And then would I need the devicetool for activation again after doctoring?

EDIT: I'm running the Systemupdate app (with active Wifi) - but it seems to search for OS updates for ever ..
Not sure, if HP services are not available or it just cannot work w/o HP profile.

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Sorry - I never really understood what the first-use-profile / process is good for ? anything else then linking the device to your webos profile ?

Last edited by MartinH@webos; 12/26/2014 at 04:58 PM. Reason: manually running the Systemupdate app
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