Want a faster TouchPad? It's pretty easy to do; all you need to do is tone down the error logging. HP's even made it so you've got your choice of ways to do it.
One of the most common criticisms of HP's now-dead-but-seemingly-staying-alive-as-a-zombie TouchPad tablet was that for a unit packing a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, it was surprisingly slow at times. With the remaining stock having flown out the door at bargain prices on Monday, you might think that if you did pick one up, you'd be stuck with slow forever.
You'd be wrong. It turns out that a large part of the sluggishness of the TouchPad comes down to the error logging code, which is set by default to quite high. Over at ZDNet there's a guide to cracking your TouchPad. Normally jailbreaking a Tablet can be a rather painstaking affair, but toning down the error logging is as simple as going into the dialler and punching in ##5647#.
That's it. Job done.
Update: As commenters have pointed out, this isn't the only way to lower the error logging on the Touchpad. Those who like official looking menus rather than phone codes can use the menu. With thanks to Klaw81, simply:
1. Open the Device Info applet on the Settings page of the launcher. 2. Select Diagnostics in the menu at the top left. 3. Select Collect Logs from the menu at the top left. 4. Tap Change Logging Levels… 5. Tap Set Logging To Minimal
Alternatively (with thanks to Crumpy), if you're a fan of old school retro gaming, typing the Konami code (that's "upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart" if you never had a mis-spent youth the way I did) apparently also allows you to lower the error reporting as well. It's almost as though HP wanted the TouchPad hacked.
ZDNet's guide also follows installing what amounts to — or will probably be as close as we ever get to — custom WebOS ROMS, if further hackery entices you. Even if it doesn't the idea of speeding up your tablet via a phone call? That's truly wacky, but brilliantly easy.. [ZDNet]