How to Install CyanogenMod on the Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi) ("wingray")

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This guide will walk you through the process of taking the Xoom (Wi-Fi) from stock to having a custom recovery image and the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod.

Note: DISCLAIMER

Modifying or replacing your device's software may void your device's warranty, lead to data loss, hair loss, financial loss, privacy loss, security breaches, or other damage, and therefore must be done entirely at your own risk. No one affiliated with the CyanogenMod project is responsible for your actions. Good luck.


Important Notes

The first Android Honeycomb-based tablet, manufactured by Motorola. As a Google Experience Device, the Xoom served as Google's reference tablet until the expansion of the Nexus line to include tablets. The Wi-Fi only Xoom was launched one month after the Verizon Xoom.


Unlocking the device

  1. Configure your computer for fastboot.
  2. Enable USB debugging on the device.
  3. Connect the device to the computer through USB.
  4. From a terminal on a computer, type the following to boot the device into fastboot mode:
    $ adb reboot bootloader
  5. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC sees the device by typing fastboot devices
    • If you don't see your device serial number, and instead see "<waiting for device>", fastboot is not configured properly on your machine. See fastboot documentation for more info.
    • If you see "no permissions fastboot", try running fastboot as root.
  6. From the same terminal, type the following command to unlock the bootloader:
    $ fastboot oem unlock
  7. A disclaimer will display on the device that must be accepted. Use the volume keys to cycle through the options. Pressing the power button should confirm your selection.
  8. If the device doesn't automatically reboot, reboot it from the menu. It should now be unlocked.
  9. Since the device resets completely, you will need to re-enable USB debugging on the device to continue.


Installing recovery using fastboot

You can use fastboot to install your recovery image to the device.

Installing ClockworkMod Recovery on the Xoom (Wi-Fi)

  1. Download koush's ClockworkMod Recovery. You can directly download the recovery image using the link below, or visit clockworkmod.com/rommanager to check for the latest version (if your device can be found there). Be careful to select the right image!
  2. Connect the Xoom (Wi-Fi) to the computer via USB.
  3. Make sure the fastboot binary is in your PATH or that you place the downloaded image in the same directory as fastboot.
  4. Open a terminal on your PC and reboot the device into fastboot mode by typing adb reboot bootloader or by using the hardware key combination.
  5. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC sees the device by typing fastboot devices
    • If you don't see your device serial number, and instead see "<waiting for device>", fastboot is not configured properly on your machine. See fastboot documentation for more info.
    • If you see "no permissions fastboot", try running fastboot as root.
  6. Flash ClockworkMod Recovery onto your device by entering the following command: fastboot flash recovery your_recovery_image.img where the latter part is the name of the file you downloaded.
  7. Once the flash completes successfully, reboot the device into recovery to verify the installation. Boot to recovery instructions: Vol Down repeatedly during boot until recovery is selected, Vol Up to confirm.
    • Note: Some ROMs overwrite recovery at boot time so if you do not plan to immediately boot into recovery to install CyanogenMod, please be aware that this may overwrite your custom recovery with the stock one.



Installing CyanogenMod from recovery

Note:

Some devices do not have removable SD cards. Regardless, there should still be a partition on the device named "/sdcard" that can be used for flashing purposes, even though the contents of /sdcard may actually be in internal storage.

  1. Download the prebuilt release of CyanogenMod you wish to install. (Or if you've built CM yourself, look in the $OUT directory for the .zip.)
    Optional: Download any supplemental 3rd-party applications packages for the device you wish to use.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod rom .zip file on the root of the SD card using adb:
    • Transfer your file(s): adb push YOURROMZIP.zip /sdcard/
      • If you boot directly to recovery and have an internal sdcard, you may need to run adb shell mount /sdcard or mount data through the recovery menu before transferring.
      • If you see "error: device not found" there is likely a driver issue on the PC.
      • If you see "error: insufficient permissions for device", try "adb kill-server" and then run "adb devices" to see if the device is attached.
      • On some devices, the zip file can be copied to the device using standard USB Mass Storage or MTP support. Boot the device normally and transfer the file to it.
    Optional: Place any supplemental packages (e.g. Google Apps[1] or kernel) .zip file(s) on the root of the SD card.
  3. Boot to recovery mode on the device by holding Vol Down repeatedly during boot until recovery is selected, Vol Up to confirm..
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the physical volume buttons to move up and down. On most devices, the power button is used to confirm your selection, although for some devices the power button is used as a "back" button to go up one level, in which case the home button is used to confirm the selection.
    Optional/Recommended: Select backup and restore to create a backup of the current installation on the device. If this option is missing, it's likely because the stock ROM has overwritten your custom recovery on boot.
  5. Select the option to wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Select install zip from sdcard.
  7. Select choose zip from sdcard.
  8. Select the CyanogenMod file you placed on the sdcard. You will then need to then confirm that you do wish to flash this file.
    Optional: Install any additional packages you wish using the same method.
  9. Once the installation has finished, return back to the main menu, and select the reboot system now option. The device should now boot into CyanogenMod.

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Note:

Some MZ603 & MZ604 owners will experience an issue with the official ClockworkMod Recovery v5.8.3.1, with the error message "Error mounting /sdcard". Similarly, the "mount USB storage" menu item will show the error "E:Unable to open ums lunfile (No such file or directory)". (The absence or presence of a MicroSD card in the external slot does not make any difference with this error.) If you run into this error, you may be able to mount a card in the external MicroSD slot instead, by using an alternate recovery image first or by plugging a USB drive into your device and mounting "sdcard" (recovery will mount the USB as an sdcard"). You can also mount the sdcard manually using the command adb shell mount -o bind /data/media /sdcard. If that fails, try adb shell mount /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 /sdcard/