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Old 12-26-2012, 07:29 PM   #7
bobobo1618
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Join Date: Dec 2012
Device: Kobo Mini
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Originally Posted by jusmee View Post
Thanks. I'll probably need to open mine to find out. What's the best way to do that, avoiding damage? Does the back just pop off?
For my Mini, you just pull off the back cover (takes a bit of force but be careful) then unscrew the 6 screws behind that. Same deal with the second layer.

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Originally Posted by GeoffR View Post
Also, do you think there would be any noticable benefit from using a class 10 micro SD card? I saw in this thread that the Glo comes standard with a class 4 card: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=200669
Benefits from Class 10? Not really. I just happened to have one laying around (I'm like that). It'll make imaging go faster though.
And yeah, the Mini I bought came with a standard Sandisk 4GB Class 4 SDHC.

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Originally Posted by GeoffR View Post
Do you need to format the new partition? Or will the device do that itself when it finds the partition is unformatted?
The whole point of this method is that the partition remains formatted. This means that all your existing books and such remain intact It's complicated but the short of it is that we're only modifying the partition table, not the actual data on the partition.

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Originally Posted by jusmee View Post
heh... at first reading of your title, it sounded like you were putting a linux installation on the Kobo! I see you are just using linux as the system that transfers the SD card image to a new card.

So, a few questions. Do all Kobo devices use a removable SD card? Are there any downloadable images of the different Kobo SD cards in case of stuff-ups? Are there instructions for the different Kobo models on how to open the case without damaging it (mine is a KT) ?
Well the Kobo does actually run Linux :P I had a poke around the card. If you're a Linux person yourself, the first partition is simple EXT3 which you can mount through Nautilus or whatever. As for running third party software, I think that should actually be doable. The device uses a standard ARM Cortex A8 when you get down to it. As for useful software, I'm not too sure. SSH should probably run but you'd need to get a shell on there too. You definitely won't get Ubuntu or something running though.

As for the rest:
Removable SD card: Not sure. Look for the teardowns or open it up yourself.
Downloadable images: Nope. I recommend you simply keep the kobosd.img. Nothing before the stage where it's created can harm the device and that image can be used to restore it to what it was before you played with it. If someone wants to upload one, sure. I also noticed that the card had a second recovery partition. I imagine that can be used to factory reset if you're playing with the system itself.
How to open it: Once again, look for the teardowns. I found how to open the mini and create this guide using this: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=193321

Also, apparently I can't edit the first post of the thread...? Why? I just wanted to say what exactly it was that this does XD

Another edit: according to this, the back of the KT works just the same as the Mini.

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