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Old 04-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Unhappy KT "Ghost covers/files" again at 670 books, "stale" image entries in firmware

Hi!

Awhile back I posted a question about how many covers the KT can store - I was at about 1300+ books on my micro sd. I added more, those books showed up in the library without covers. When I deleted those books, they still showed up in my library, despite being of my Micro Sd card. If I selected one of those books, it gave me the "Oops! There is a problem with this file" message. If I selected the file, brought up the little menu on the side of the title ("Read", "add to Shorlist" "delete") and selected delete, it deleted it from the library. It took about 3 titles before it would go through and delete *all* the "ghosted" entries at once.

After reformatting the KT twice, installing firmware .16, I only added about 435 books. It was fine, no real problems. Over the past couple of months, while still being selective, I was up to 485 books on the micro sd card, even with removing those I read and would not read again.

Yesterday, I decided to add the Complete Doctor Who Target Book collection (yes, I'm a geek ), which is 153-157 books, dragging and dropping through the laptop, not using Calibre or other file management tool. Figuring I had enough wiggle room as I was nowhere near 1000 books, I added them *all* at one time, in a folder. Well, it locked up the firmware, at least it cause it to run really slowly. I was only at maybe 650 sideloaded books. So I deleted the whole DW collection off the SD card, when the KT rebooted all the covers were still there, despite the books being gone. They were the picture covers, not blank covers.

Again I deleted the files, I had to delete 4 manually before it would delete the collection completely.

Today, I added 60 of the novels, same thing happened - slow response, removed the files, ghost entries, deleted entries manually 4 times before it removed the entire collection.

Just for the hell of it it, I went into the KT firmware through the laptop, into the images folder and found many, many, MANY entries for books I no longer had on the reader or for books that had been moved to other folders but the original folder entry was still there along with the new folder entry. However, some books I removed from the micro SD card did not show up, those that I deleted alone. Not as a group or a folder, but as an individual file and only deleting that one file during that KT/laptop connection.

I deleted the "stale" image files, it didn't seem to cause any problems to do that. I can't tell if the reader is running any faster, although it did process faster.

Questions:
1) Is this a "normal/common" issue? I frequently read "I'm not having that problem, it's just YOU" on forums, which is never good.
2) Does the firmware hold onto removed file covers normally or is there something wrong with my firmware - again?
3) What can cause the "ghost entries" in the library?
4) WHY would the firmware run slowly at 635 books when it can supposedly deal with 32G worth of data (if you believe the advertising)? The .12 firmware I had only started acting up at 1300 books.
5) Is there a limit to how many books you should stick on the reader at one go? I haven't had a problem before with adding 60+ files at one time.

I know I'm asking many, many questions, maybe some of which are unanswerable. I just want to love my KT again, like I did when I first got it back last August, but it's difficult when it keeps acting up. I *have* to love my kids, despite their behaviour, I don't have to love my KT.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

- Virgogirl
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