How To: Speed Up the HP TouchPad

Filed under Guides by Adam on August 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM
HP Touchpad

HP Touchpad

Did you grab one of those $99 Touchpads from HP’s fire sale? Are you disappointed with the lag or eager for more speed? We’ve got you covered. This guide will serve as a complete instruction manual for new and old webOS users looking to increase the performance on the HP Touchpad. The instructions are lengthy, but simple enough. Overall performance gains are very impressive.

Disclaimer: Remember that all modifications made to your HP Touchpad are done at your own risk. BriefMobile will not be held responsible for broken devices. Overclocking your device, modifying its system, and installing third party software can damage your hardware and software permanently.

Having said that, let’s get right to the instructions. Make sure to follow each step precisely and accurately for the intended results. Click after the break to begin.

How To: Speed Up the HP Touchpad

  1. Update webOS to Version 3.0.2
  2. Set Logging to Minimal
  3. Enter Developer Mode
  4. Install HP webOS Quick Install
  5. Install Preware
  6. Patch the operating system
  7. Overclock the Touchpad
System Update

System Update

Update WebOS to Version 3.0.2

  1. Navigate to the “Settings” tab of your application tray
  2. Click the present icon labeled “System Updates”
  3. Click to update your Touchpad to 3.0.2. If you read “Your device is up to date,” then you can skip to the next step.

Set Logging to Minimal

  1. Run the “Phone & Video Calls” application on your HP Touchpad
  2. Click on the upper left “Dialpad” tab within the application
  3. Dial “##5647#” (##LOGS$)
  4. Press the call button
  5. Click “Clear Logs”
  6. Click “Change Logging Levels…”
  7. Click “Set Logging to Minimal”
Set Logging to Minimal

Set Logging to Minimal

Enter Developer Mode

  1. Connect the HP Touchpad to your computer via the USB cable from the box.
    • For best results, use the USB ports on the backside of the computer. Front ports often neglect power standards that affect performance.
    • When the “USB Drive” menu pops up, click “Close.” Do not enter “USB Drive” mode.
    • If you are on “USB Drive” mode and/or see a large USB icon on the Touchpad screen, dismount the HP Touchpad via your computer. Navigate to your drives display on the computer, right click, and left click “Eject.”
  2. Click the “Just type…” box at the top of the home screen.

    Developer Mode

    Launch Dev Mode

  3. Type the following phrase exactly:
    • webos20090606
  4. Click to launch “Developer Mode”
  5. In the “Developer Mode” window, toggle the switch in the upper right corner from “OFF” to “ON.”
  6. Do not enter a password on the “Developer Mode Password” screen. Instead, leave the form blank and press “Submit.”
Developer Mode

Developer Mode

Install HP webOS Quick Install

  1. Install Java or verify installation
    • You may already have Java installed. Simply click the link above to verify the installation.
  2. Download HP webOS Quick Install (v4.2.3) (more)
  3. Install HP webOS Quick Install
    • Open the .jar with Java
  4. The program will prompt you to install the Novacom driver, follow the installation until it is successful.
  5. You should now see “HP Touchpad” in the “Device” drop down at the top right of WebOS Quick Install
    • If your “HP Touchpad” doesn’t show up on Quick Install, restart your computer, ensure you are not in USB Drive mode, and try alternate USB ports.
WebOS Quick Install

WebOS Quick Install

Install Preware

  1. Click the globe icon under the plus and minus in Quick Install.
  2. Under the Applications tab, click in the search box and type: Preware
  3. Then press enter and click the “Install” button.
  4. Your Touchpad will now install Preware.


Patch the Operating System

  1. Run the Preware application on your HP Touchpad.
  2. Read the tips and then click “Ok, I’ve read this. Let’s continue…”
  3. You can click “Yes” on the FileType Association prompt if you’d like to associate Preware with .ipk files.
  4. Click the “Preware” with the down arrow at the top left of the Touchpad
  5. Press “Manage Feeds”
  6. Scroll to the bottom under “New Feed” and add the following feeds (leave “Is Compressed” as “Yes”):
    • Name: webos-testing-all
    • Name: webos-testing-armv7
    • Name: webos-kernels-testing

      Preware: Add Feeds

      Preware: Add Feeds

  7. Restart the device
    • Hold down the power button, then click “Shut Down”
    • Wait for the device to power off
    • Press and hold the power button until you see the HP logo
  8. Run the Preware application on your HP Touchpad
  9. Click the “Preware” with the down arrow at the top left of the Touchpad
  10. Click “Update Feeds”
  11. Click “Available Packages”
  12. Click “Patch”
  13. Click “All”
  14. Available Packages

    Available Packages

    To install a patch, click it, then click “Install”

    • The device may prompt you to restart Luna. You can click “Later” each time and then finally click “Okay” to restart on the last installation.
  15. Install the following patches as you feel fit:
    • Advanced Reset Options
    • Faster Card Animations Hyper Version
    • Increase Touch Sensitivity and Smoothness 10
    • Muffle System Logging
    • Removed Dropped Packet Logging
    • Unset CFQ IO Scheduler
    • Unthrottle Download Manager
  16. Press the back button and navigate to “Utilities” in Preware.
  17. Install the following utility:
    • EOM Overlord Monitoring

Overclock the Touchpad

  1. Run the Preware application on your HP Touchpad
  2. Click “Available Packages”
  3. Click “Kernel”
  4. Click “Experimental”
  5. Before moving on, read the rules for using experimental kernels (click here)
  6. Click “F15C Eagle (TouchPad)”
  7. Click “Install”
  8. Press “OK” to restart your device. Do not leave this task until later. You must immediately restart.

Use Govnah to Configure the Overclock

  1. Run the Preware application on your HP Touchpad
  2. Click “Available Packages”
  3. Click “Applications”
  4. Click “System Utilities”
  5. Install “Govnah”
  6. Launch “Govnah”
  7. Click “Ok, I’ve read this. Let’s continue…”
  8. You can modify the CPU overclock settings in this application.
    • If you aren’t an expert, do not mess with overclock settings.
    • Unsafe settings can permanently damage your hardware.

Congratulations! Your HP Touchpad is blazing fast now. Make sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more great HP Touchpad guides. Navigate to our Hulu modification guide to enable Hulu on the Touchpad.

9 responses to “How To: Speed Up the HP TouchPad”

  1. nice Ken.. now if only I had one to play with

    • Good luck finding one!

      • Yalain says:

        Here in China it’s $250 for the 16GB version and it’s already sold-out.
        At that price point, there’s some serious consideration to be done until
        the next step. At $100 it’s a no brainer but $250 is more difficult to
        swallow. Anyway, how’s your experience so far with the device? With such
        a big user-base, I certainly expect the device to get some serious
        traction within the community.

  2. It gave me errors when I tried to update preware, I double checked the string and they appear correct

    I guess I should say it happened during the patching process

  3. Tan teng Heng says:

    1. To launch dev mode, the numbers provided is wrong.  It should be 20060909 instead of 20090606.  That is confirmed if you click on the image file above.

  4. Tan Teng Heng says:

    I’m unable to set logging to minimal.  Following the instructions, I can’t see the “the upper left “Dialpad” tab within the application”.

    • skylights says:

      You can do it by going to launcher, settings, device info, custom application, and entering the same code.