OS2007 Hacker Edition – Is That An N800 I See Before Me?

Nokia 770 as a Nokia 800

Nope – its still the 770, but this morning I followed a link out of Paul Browne’s post on upgrading the N770 to an N800 (OS2007) and presto, you’re looking at a new interface. Called the ‘hackers’ edition of OS2007 you’ll need to input your 770’s WLAN code here in order to get the upgrade. The binary is hosted by Nokia so I can’t imagine there’s too much to worry about in the security of the download (or at least I didn’t worry anyway).

So, what do you do?

  1. Back up everything on your N770 as the update will restore the tablet to Nokia 800 factory settings
  2. Downlad and install the Nokia Internet Tablet Software Update Wizard
  3. Download the binary for the OS2007 Hackers Edition for the N770 (the .bin file once you’ve clicked through the hackers edition link and entered your serial) and save it to a location on your computer.
  4. Run the install wizard and change the path to the binary to your local copy of the hackers edition.
  5. Continue and follow instructions when prompted on inserting USB cable / powering on and off device.

That is pretty much it. The whole install itself should take less than two minutes and the device will reset itself on completion. When you boot up the next time you’ll notice a brand new Nokia N800 interface and the tablet identifying itself as an 800 model.

Things to note…

  • No problem in pairing up with bluetooth devices again (spotted my K800i straight away)
  • No problem connecting via WiFi again (simply re-entered my wireless key)
  • Some flash renders but you won’t be watching YouTube videos straight off the bat
  • Noted that the grazr seen here on Eirepreneur renders well and works lovely on the new Firefox based browser.
  • Could be me but text input seems faster. Application switching speed shows no notable increase
  • gMail appears to be fine and smooth (bar missing contacts); Google Reader doesn’t like me and Google Calendar is a disaster…

If I spot anything during the course of the day I’ll be sure and update…


  1. James Corbett August 6, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Grazr works?!? Woah… excellente! And gMail? Now I’m sold. I can make do with the mobile versions of gReader and gCal. Pleeeeease tell me there’s some left on Expansys……

  2. Ken McGuire August 6, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Was hoping to get video of it earlier but stuck for time (and still out). Grazr from your food blogs post zipped in and out in slider mode while sending of emails via gMail (and button functionality – reply, forward etc.) all working out fine. Nice to get proper gmail use on the go.

    Plus, for the contacts list you can add your gmail address / jabber address to inbuilt contacts / chat / IM service, pull all your google contacts down and use Google Talk standalone.

  3. James Corbett August 6, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Cheers Ken. You know you guys should all be on a hefty commission from Nokia ! 😉

  4. Ken McGuire August 7, 2007 at 9:11 am

    That’d certainly be nice anyway. I’ve no problem taking a commission from them… or a free N95 to review and *cough* keep *cough*.

  5. Paul Browne August 7, 2007 at 9:39 am

    You got firefox to work out of the box (or is that now the default browser with the N800)?


  6. Ken McGuire August 7, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Paul – must correct that. Was convinced Nokia 800 update was a Firefox based browser, Statcounter showing Opera 8.02. Currently looking at getting Mozilla based browser onto the tablet, based on Firefox 3 rendering engine.

    See http://browser.garage.maemo.org

  7. Dillon Carter August 17, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Hello, I could not get the setup wizard to run

    it said there was an application error

    any ideas on a fix?

    get back to me

  8. Ken McGuire August 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

    No suggestions at present Dillon, have you tried any Nokia 770 user forums? I had no problems at all with the installation having followed the install guide step for step.

    Do watch for the step to initiate USB mode (for updating) when you need to hold the home key on the front and switch on the device (on the top).

  9. helper August 23, 2007 at 3:53 am

    dillon, you’ll need to have microsoft net 2.0 framework installed on the windows machine… free from ms webpage. then it installs fine.

  10. Marek August 23, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Sounds pretty cool. Does the “Hackers Edition” work with the bora repositories?

    Just wondering if I’ll lose eVince and other installed software if I try to upgrade.

    Any idea if the installed PDF viewer works any quicker than the mistral version?

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