The CyanogenMod team showed off a near-complete version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad earlier this week, and now you can try it out on your own hardware. CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 is ready to download and install via RootzWiki (currently experiencing uptime issues), though at this point it’s far from finished. While the basics are in place, including Android 4.0’s much-improved tablet interface, a host of early bugs will discourage all but the most dedicated of modders.

What bugs? At this point video support is extremely limited – anything other than low-resolution YouTube videos are unplayable. That includes services like Netflix and HBO GO. The camera and microphone are currently non-functional, and issues with the Android market are keeping the virtual DPI settings in the ROM artificially low – i.e., everything looks bigger than it should. These problems mirror some of the issues had with early Gingerbread builds for the HP TouchPad. The CyanogenMod team is working diligently to sort them out, and in that, you can help them by flashing the ROM and reporting your progress back in the main RootzWiki thread.

You can flash the new ROM by using the standard ClockworkMod recovery method – if you’re already using the Gingerbread alpha, you’ve almost certainly got the custom recovery installed already. Just copy the ZIP file into a location on the TouchPad’s internal storage, then flash it in the usual way. As always, make a Nandroid backup before trying out anything new – TouchPads are becoming increasingly rare, and you’d hate to brick your sad, lonely piece of tech history, wouldn’t you.

[via android central]