WARNING! Only the older 2GB NOOK GlowLights (BNVR350) can be rooted with RASI. The new 4GB NOOK GlowLights (BNRV500) cannot because they do not have an SD card slot.
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Although the NST uses the Android operating system, it has been 'closed' so that 3rd party applications can't be run on it. B&N does this to drive eBook sales to themselves, and to reduce customer service calls ("Why can't I play Angry Birds on my Simple Touch?!? It runs Android, right?"). And while it's a very capable e-reader, as handheld tablets go, it's somewhat limited. Nonetheless, because of its cost, very sunlight readable screen, and phenominal battery life, it's just about perfect for use with PractiScore.
Root'n-Score-It (or 'RASI') is a bootable SD card image that enables the NST to run 3rd-party applications (called 'rooting'), installs PractiScore, and tunes a number of configuration options to make the user experience more pleasant. Plus, "Root'n-Score-It" is just fun to say.
Unlike the previous NST rooting processes (TouchNooter and NookManager), which were somewhat complex and required knowing things the average user shouldn't need to worry about, RASI does nearly everything for you. There's three little things RASI can't do for you, but it'll take just a few seconds to do it. Then, *boom*, you're PractiScoring!
This website is intended to help every level of user, from "I just bought some NOOKs and want to run PractiScore" to "How does this work, and what's it *really* doing?". Hopefully we've covered all the bases, but if not, we're always open to suggestions. If you think there's something that could be improved, drop a note at the email address below.
|I'm Done!||You got all the way through the installation, and the very last page told you to come here for some final notes. You're also a Taurus, and darn good looking.|
|HELLLLLP!||You picked one of the options below, and something went horribly, horribly, wrong. We'll try to help you, but your mileage may vary, results not guaranteed, consult your doctor before taking Viagra, and keep your hands inside the ride at all times.|
|FAQ!||You have a question, and it's about RASI. If it's not about RASI, then you'll need to check with Google, Siri, Jeeves, your rabbi, or even ask at the help desk.|
|Express||You have a fresh out-the-box NST, or an NST that's been used only as an e-reader. Don't use this if you have an NST that's been previously rooted, one you bought used from eBay, or someone gave you one and you don't really know where it's been.|
|Tourist Class||You have an NST you bought from eBay, one you found in a parking lot, or a unit that's been previously rooted. You can still use this if you have a brandy-new NST, but you'll be performing an extra step that's completely unnecessary.|
|Too Sexy For My Shirt||You want some options that lesser mortals fear, such as creating or restoring a back-up of the NST, and the (not so) forbidden knowledge of WHY you might want to do this. This can be used with NSTs of known or unknown origins.|
|l33t h4x0r||You're really, Really, REALLY confident that you won't brick the NST (well, fairly sure, anyway), and want to play with ADB, WiFi, flash block devices, and kinda know how all this works. Secrets revealed!|
This is actually the most powerful option, and suitable for all users, from complete novice to super-dooper user.
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