Install Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on TouchPad

[UPDATED 3/19/12] - Add link to Alpha 2 - replace all references to Alpha 0.5 with Alpha 2 to install the newest version of CyanogenMod

[UPDATED 7/14/12] - Add link to nightlies  of CyanogenMod - replace all references to Alpha 0.5 with the latest nightly build of CyanogenMod

These are instructions for the CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.5. If you have any questions, just ask me in the comments.

Download all necessary files

Install Palm Novacom Drivers

  1. Make sure you have Java (JRE) if you don't download here:
  2. Run the jar file and Install Novacom

Prepare for Installation

  1. Copy ACMEInstall2 to "C:Program FilesPalm, Inc"
  2. Connect HP TouchPad and enable USB Drive mode
  3. Create "cminstall" folder on TouchPad drive
  4. Copy the following file to the "cminstall" folder:
  • gApps 4.0.3
  1. Reboot your TouchPad into Recovery
    1. Go to the Settings tab
    2. Choose Device Info
    3. Select "Reset Options" button
    4. Tab restart
    5. Once the screen goes black, press and hold the volume up button until the big USB icon appears


  1. Open command prompt
  2. Type and enter
    cd "C:Program FilesPalm, Inc"
  3. Type and enter
    novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2
  • This can take a few minutes (lines of commands should be scrolling on the TouchPad, if this is not happening the Novacom drivers didn't properly install)

Installation of ICS is completed but missing Google apps.

Install Gapps

  1. Use volume keys to select ClockworkMod (select by hitting home button)
  2. Use volume keys to select "install a zip from SDcard"
  3. Select "choose zip from sdcard"
  4. Select "cminstall"
  5. Select "Gapps ICS 4.0.3"
  6. Select "Yes - Install Gapps ICS 4.0.4"


Select "reboot system now"

It'll automatically boot into ICS without any selection.

9 thoughts on “Install Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on TouchPad”

  1. Joe,
    I've made all preparations as indicatedBut after restart in USB mode and running novacom.exe (file ACMEInstaller2 in the Palm folder) I get the the message: Failed to connect to server.
    Please advise me.

    1. You can also install the novacom drivers through the WebOS sdk. You can find the SDK here:

      1. Joe,
        I've done it all over again.
        Fresh download of all files.
        Fresh upload to folder 'cminstall' on HPTP.
        Other computer with Novacom driver.
        And at sudden after some time waiting in recovery mode and watching meriads of lines popping up the job was done.
        Android is working fine
        Only thing is, the camera doesn't work.
        I'll have to dig in that.
        Many thanks for your advises.
        Have a nice day.
        Jan G.M. Meijer.

  2. Joe see below the results of your advises:

    I uninstalled the novacom driver with revo uninstall.I checked and renewed Java v 6u31I did a fresh novacom driver install with: UniversalNovacomInstaller.jarACMEInstaller2 in c:Program FilesPalm, Inc where is novacom.exeCmd prompt command:C:Program FilesPalm, Inc>novacom.exe boot mem:// novacom.exe boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2This results in this error message:Thu Apr 05 13:55:48 2012novacomd socket was closed prematurelynovacom: unexpected EOF from serverI did check the USB cable and exchanged it with another one and took another USB port on my PC. Later on I'll give it a try on one of my other pc's.Thanks for your support Joe.

  3. I did go through the process but when I clicked "Yes - Install Gapps ICS 4.0.4", it says it can't open the zip file and says installation aborted. How am I gonna fix it?

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