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Old 07-22-2012, 02:43 AM   #3
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Join Date: Jan 2012
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Device: Kobo: Not just an eReader, it's an adventure!
Installation Instructions for Direct Zip Files

You can also grab a copy while the Kobo Desktop is downloading it.

On Windows 7, it downloads the firmware update zip file to :

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition
and it is mirrored in:
C:\Users\<user>\Local Settings\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition

This file is deleted when the eReader is finished being updated, so if you want a copy of it, copy the zip file while it is updating the eReader.

In fact, make a few copies while it is being downloaded from Kobo, to ensure that the zip file is completely downloaded.

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Installation Instructions for Direct Zip Files
  1. Get a zip file.
  2. Unzip the zip file. This may not be necessary on more modern versions of Windows, as you can access the contents of a zip file without unzipping it.
  3. If going to a previous version, you may want to do a Factory Reset.
  4. If you have any patches installed, you may want to uninstall them. Please refer to any documentation for the patch for more information.
  5. Connect your device to the computer and select Connect on the device (if asked). Make sure that the Kobo Desktop is not running.
  6. Copy the entire contents of the zip file to the .kobo directory on the device. Do not copy the original zip file itself to the device.
  7. Disconnect the device.
  8. The device will now install the new software.

The zip file contains the following:
  • \Upgrade directory and subdirectories - Linux boot and kernel
  • manifest.md5sum - md5 hashes for the \Upgrade directory
  • KoboRoot.tgz - this is the firmware

Last edited by murg; 07-27-2014 at 05:25 PM. Reason: Minor fixes, add comment about patches
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