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Old 12-13-2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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Creating a SD Card using a Bootable Ubuntu Linux USB drive

For the Linux Challenged:

Requires:
  1. a bootable USB stick with Ubuntu Installed
  2. Computer capable of USB booting with a SD Card Reader

Note that I don't have a lot of time to troubleshoot but will answer questions as I get time. If this looks too complicated it probably is ;-)

Put the firmware on the USB Stick

1. Download the beta from the link provided
2. Create a folder named Kobo on the USB key
3. Copy the downloaded firmware file to the Kobo folder on the USB stick
4. Safetly Eject the drive

Boot Ubuntu from the USB stick

1. Insert the USB stick in the laptop
2. restart the laptop
3. If it does not prompt to start Ubuntu you will need to look in the BIOS for boot order options (with the USB stick plugged in)
4. Select Default from the Unetbootin menu

Format the SD Card

1. Insert the SD Card
2. Wait for the Folder to open
3. Close the folder
4. Right Click on the SD Card Icon on the desktop
5. Click Unmount
6. Select System
7. Select Administration
8. Select Disk Utility
9. Locate the SD Card (It should say Secure Digital Drive and the size)
10. Make sure it is the correct drive as you will format it.
11. Click the Format Drive button
12. Accept the master Boot Record and Click Format
13. Click Format if you are sure
14. Click the Create Partition (Green Plus Sign)
15. Select Ext3 as the Type
16. Accept the rest of the defaults and click Create
17. Wait for the spinning wheel to stop
18. Close the Disk Utility
19. Remove the SD card (it was safely unmounted earlier)

Transfer the Firmware to the SD Card

1. Insert the SD Card
2. Hover you mouse over the SD Card in Places (The file Browser that opened)
3. Note the name of the directory (/media/New Volume in my case)
4. Click Applications
5. Click Accessories
6. Click Terminal
7. type: cd /media/New\ Volume
8. Note the \ above was required because of the space in the name)
9. type: sudo tar xvzf /cdrom/Kobo/kobo-1.8-full-dec6-11am.tgz
10. If the folder is still open you will see files getting created
11. type: exit
12. Unmount the SD Card by right clicking on the icon and selecting unmount

Test the SD Card
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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There are instructions on how to make a bootable USB drive with ubuntu here.

It may seem daunting, but it really isn't much harder than burning a program to a cd.

Last edited by michael_h; 12-14-2010 at 10:11 AM. Reason: The instructions on the ubuntu site are much clearer to use
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:46 AM   #3
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A quick question: Why?

The Kobo firmware can be updated by holding down "menu" and pressing power, keeping on holding "menu" until it displays a message saying it's "initializing USB firmware partition". At this point you can plug it in to a PC, copy the firmware to the FAT32 USB mass storage disk it exposes, then eject and unplug the Kobo. It'll reflash its self using the firmware file on the partition. This is the method used by Kobo Desktop to update the Kobo.

Why suffer through doing it with an SD card?
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:12 AM   #4
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Have you tried this on a PC running Windows, rather than Linux?
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Old 01-23-2011, 03:17 AM   #5
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Futher reading suggests that one reason you might want to do this is to boot a custom firmware directly off the SD card. The Kobo can run from the external SD card instead of the internal MicroSD, which was no doubt an important feature during development and testing. See: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=20 http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...3&postcount=30 http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...0&postcount=37
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:36 AM   #6
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ringerc good point, that's really interesting.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:08 PM   #7
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Does booting off the SD card work on the Kobo Touch as well?
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #8
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Where is the link for the firmware?

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For the Linux Challenged:
1. Download the beta from the link provided
Where is the link?
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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thanks for te tutorial but don't works with kobo touch ^^'
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thanks for te tutorial but don't works with kobo touch ^^'
This is an OLD thread and was written for an earlier version of the Kobo.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #11
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I guess it should be unpinned by now -,-
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