Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item – Nook Color Error
Solving the Error – Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item
“Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item” is just about the most frustrating error I’ve seen on my Nook Color, mostly because it’s so vague. If you want to skip to the solution and avoid the history, I’ve published it here. Read on for how I tracked down the issue and solved it. [EDIT: If you're running your Nook Color off a microSD card, these directions might not work. I am currently exploring why and expect to post another fix asap. Leave a comment on this post so I can let you know when it's ready.]
I found plenty of people claiming the “Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item” error related to recent changes at the Android Market and a screen resolution check, but their solutions involved programs that were unavailable or received the same error I was trying to solve. I didn’t want an ADB solution as that is out of the reach of many users, or at least more complicated than they want.
When you go to a number of apps in the Android Market you receive the errorÂ ”Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item.” I found it on apps that were already installed on my phones and even apps that wereÂ installed on my Nook Color previously. Astro File Manager was a particular one, and the one I’ve offered as my example in the solution.
Once I discovered that the error relatedÂ to a need for changing the resolution, I felt I was in the clear. The Nook Color default resolution, at least when running CyanogenMod, is 161. The Android Market seems to reject non-standard resolutions for your device type, and in this case it wanted a resolution of 160.
The next challenge was finding a compatible app in the Android Market that would allow me to mount the system directory as read / write and change file permissions for build.prop. After a number of tries, I found File Expert was compatible and worked fine. I then tried a few different text editorsÂ untilÂ I settled on Text Edit. Links to both of these are in the solution. I have to give some credit to the blog post that helped me out with the app selection.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the “Your Device Isnt Compatible With This Item”Â error is showing up for other devices, especially those that didn’t initially launch with support for the Android Market. If you’ve managed to strong-arm your tablet into market support, try exploring this resolution fix. Though I do expect you’ll need to do some research for what your device resolution should be.
I’m sure I’ll be presented with other challenges on the Nook Color, and that’s quite alright. I still enjoy using it as a tablet and see no reason to replace it. If you’ve bumped into something on yours that is driving you crazy, please contact me and I’ll see if I can help.