So, when manually up or downgrading the firmware, how to know if you need the Glo or the Touch firmware for your Kobo Touch? There's currently an elaborate way to find out through a factory reset and file size comparisons (see here; thanks DNSB
). But, there must be an easier way. Maybe even as easy as a serial number?
Would people who know
which firmware version their Touch needs care to share some information?
1. I use the Touch
2. PID: 4163
3. rev: 326
4. model: N905 (next to µUSB socket)
5. SN: KG31B1500609E (in settings/Device info; or see below)
Some helpful steps to help you find your info, taken from here; thanks Peakcrew
For Windows users
For Mac users
For Linux users:
How to get this info without Calibre on Windows (thanks to murg for this):
1) plug the Touch into the USB cable and connect.
2) bring up the Device Manager
2a) Windows 7 : Start/Control Panel/Device Manager
2b) Windows XP : Start/Control Panel/System/<one one of the tabs> (this is from memory)
3) under Disk Drives, find Kobo eReader USB Device
4) right click on this and select Properties.
5) select Details tab.
6) change Property dropdown to Device Instance Path
7) the value contains the Revision
8) change Property dropdown to Parent
9) the value contains the PID
10) note that you also get the Touch's serial number
device instance path: USBSTOR\DISK&VEN_KOBO&PROD_EREADER&REV_YYYY\KG1111111111B&0
3) the Touch will also show up under Universal Serial Bus Controllers as USB Mass Storage Device.
Note: There may be more than one USB Mass Storage Device.
6) change Property dropdown to Hardware IDs
7) the value contains the PID and revision
skip 8) 9) and 10)
Hardware Ids: USB\VID_2237&PID_XXXX&REV_YYYY
With Calibre (thanks to davidfor for this):
1. Open Calibre.
2. In the top bar, click on Preferences.
3. Click on Miscellaneous (middle of the bottom row).
4. On the screen that comes up, locate the "Debug device detection" button, but don't press it yet. Connect the KT with a usb cable, and then allow it to connect to the computer.
5. Now, timing is a bit tricky. If you have autorun turned on, click the Debug button just after the box (or boxes if you have an SD card) have opened. If not, probably counting slowly to five would do it.
6. What you should see is a box that says "Getting debug information, please wait ...", and then produces a list of all the usb devices connected to your computer. Run down the list until you find "Looking for devices..." The line below will look like:
u'usb\\vid_2237&pid_XXXX&rev_YYYY' (italics will be numbers)
Detected possible device KoboTouch
The device ID/version are the two four-digit numbers after "pid" (those in italics above).
If you are Windows user, and don't have Calibre, please see murg's post (#6) below.
– need more data to confirm
- SN = KG31: Touch
- SN = KG32: Touch firmware (uncertain)
- SN = N905B: Touch
- SN = N905C: Touch firmware (uncertain)
- SN = N905J: Glo
- SN = N905K: Glo
Warning! SN = beginning of serial number, not to be confused with model number, which all start with N905