New firmware out for Pandigital Novel

Pandigital uploaded a new firmware in Monday. Unfortunatley i returned my Novel before I heard about the update, so I can't give a first hand account. But I've been following a discussion thread over at Slate Droid, and here are some of the changes some people reported:

  • keyboard is more responsive and more accurate; I typed several urls with zero typos, a first on this thing
  • in 3 tests where I woke the PDN from sleep, it found the Wi-Fi network within 25-45 seconds (I feel like I need to test this a dozen more times to feel confident about it, however)
  • page swipes might be a little faster and smoother
  • The firmware update WILL wipe the internal memory. Looks like all the Android apps I installed are gone, which I half-expected.
  • The Volume bottom hacks and Panda Home hack work, with this firmware. Whew!
  • I did some very quick tests with the WiFi, and so far no change. Confirmed working, then put it to sleep, turned it back on and my WAP wasn't showing up (a problem I had with the old firmware, as well).
  • I am now able to connect to wifi. I wasn't on 7-4 version.

You can download the firmware from Pandigital.

P.S. I wasn't planning to report on why I had returned the Novel. I feel that I've covered this one tablet too much, and it was time to take a step back. But to be perfectly honest, I was never happy with the hardware.

15 thoughts on “New firmware out for Pandigital Novel

      1. Dear nate,

        I tried your way to hack the Novel, but it doesn’t work. My PC installed the file I got from you in a few minutes, but there was no sign about
        ‘install volume hack’ on the Novel. It just was connected with the PC.
        First today I firmware upgraded the Novel from the homepage. So the
        newest firmware may not let the novel hacked.
        Second, after installation PC should be restarted, so I did. Maybe that is the problem.

        I really hope to hack it. Please give me a tip. I will really appreciate it.

  1. Some of those comments were mine. :-) I am planning to keep the Novel for now, as there’s quite frankly nothing out there with the same capabilities (when hacked) at this price point. When better Android 2.x tablets are released later this year, I will probably upgrade and sell this Novel on fleaBay.

  2. When you had your Novel, did it come with a mini or micro USB slot? I ask because regardless of the keyboard responsiveness, I’d like to know if the Novel would support a bluetooth adapter. Any thoughts? I have no clue because I’ve heard different things about Android and bluetooth support.

    1. The external card slot was a full size SD. The internal one is a microSDHC (up to 16GB test successfully).

      Actually, the external could have been SDHC, but I never tested it myself.

      If you want to put the Bluetooth in the microSDHC slot, then it can’t be bigger than the actual card size. It can’t stick out because there’s no extra room.

  3. installed the new firmware last night. still lovin’ the PDN; even more with the improved wifi and now a game (solitaire) or two. a great resistive screen, B&N e-reader, but then again, lovin’ B&N too: especially the free B&N classics giveawa w/ extra info/intro to each book. i figure by the time the summer giveaway series of classics is over, i’ll have the same books that kobo places on their ereader for free, plus the extra B&N commentary. sweet. B&N app on my computer and HD2 also. four B&N readers: two windows based; two android based (fourth is the nook). no need for the kindle 3 here!

    love this blog also; kudos and congrats on reaching six months with lots o’ hits!

  4. Dear nate,

    I tried your way to hack the Novel, but it doesn’t work. My PC installed the file I got from you in a few minutes, but there was no sign about
    ‘install volume hack’ on the Novel. It just was connected with the PC.
    First today I firmware upgraded the Novel from the homepage. So the
    newest firmware may not let the novel hacked.
    Second, after installation PC should be restarted, so I did. Maybe that is the problem.

    I really hope to hack it. Please give me a tip. I will really appreciate it.

  5. Pandigital released another firmware update in August, I think this last Friday 8/13/2010. The customer support guy I spoke with said it fixes all the major issues.

  6. I’m overseas and US standard wifi won ‘t work. So far I can download free books via PC, but purchases won’t open in the reader since you have to enter a final name/credit card security check, which can’t connect. So it’s ok for samples but no luck fo whol ebook purchases. Any ideas/solutions?

    1. You should be able to authorize the Novel with Adobe DE (which runs on your computer). Download the ebooks to your computer and then transfer them to the Novel.

      It’s an extra step, I know. But it’s better than nothing.

  7. Nate
    I fully hacked the Novel White and added internal Memory (8 gig) and external (16 gig).
    The question I have is: The hack I used from your site is ot amdrpod 2.1 and will you use 2.2 in the future? I and others want to do flash items and so far we can’t?

  8. The new firmware SH20_20110114_K_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP.zip for PD white has a major problem – it cuts the internal memory in half. Iy you have not replaced internal 1GB that is not much lost. but I have prplaced with a 8gb card now half of it is unused.
    When you refesh back with older 09-04-11 firmware which can be downloaded from here:
    “http://pandigital.magiclamp.net/Downloads”
    and in PC using Acronis diskdirector or other disk tools and the windows itself’s disk administration tools to restore the capacity of the card and format it to fat32.
    – Intresting, Pandigital has more than one site, It has a FTP site you can download any of the firmwares: http://mirror.support.pandigital.net:8080/Support/FW/Novel/SH20_B_PD_INX7E_ENG_6410POP/

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