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Old 06-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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[SOLVED] Unable to upgrade Boox M92

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Recently I have been trying to update firmware on my Boox device from version 1.7.20120402 (stock one) to 1.7.20120607, which I would assume is the most up to date as of now. Having successfully uploaded the .zip archive on my SD card I rebooted M92 with the card inside while pressing the joystick, as said in the instructions. However, instead of starting the upgrade, Boox shows the default boot screen with a line at the bottom that reads: "Update request received. Searching for an upgrade..." for a few seconds and then boots the device as it normally would, with the loading bar at the bottom and all. I know there already is a similar thread here on the forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=175658), but my device, unlike the one described there, continues to boot. Should I return my Boox to the vendor right away, as recommended in a discussion under the above link?

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It came out to be plain and simple. I have to use firmware that is produced by the reseller of Boox in my country.

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
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Hello
Recently I have been trying to update firmware on my Boox device from version 1.7.20120402 (stock one) to 1.7.20120607, which I would assume is the most up to date as of now. Having successfully uploaded the .zip archive on my SD card I rebooted M92 with the card inside while pressing the joystick, as said in the instructions. However, instead of starting the upgrade, Boox shows the default boot screen with a line at the bottom that reads: "Update request received. Searching for an upgrade..." for a few seconds and then boots the device as it normally would, with the loading bar at the bottom and all. I know there already is a similar thread here on the forum (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=175658), but my device, unlike the one described there, continues to boot. Should I return my Boox to the vendor right away, as recommended in a discussion under the above link?

EDIT:
It came out to be plain and simple. I have to use firmware that is produced by the reseller of Boox in my country.
Hi,
I guess you bought your device by Arta Tech (onyx-boox.com) ?
They don't allow to install our free updates to their hardware (because of some licence agreements with IVONA), so you have to wait for their updates.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Ah, so looks it really matters where you buy your M92 from..

If I want the nice IVONA TTS voices, then I need to get it from onyx-boox.com website: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=180557
But then I can't update it myself with newer firmware (need to wait for reseller, if they even offer?).

Whereas no IVONA TTS from Booxtor (ereader-store.de), but allows you to update yourself. And also mentions here that he has a R&D/Dev team too (so faster updates with latest firmware?): http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=180382

Looks like it pays to read up first

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Old 06-20-2012, 03:46 AM   #4
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Ah, so looks it really matters where you buy your M92 from..

If I want the nice IVONA TTS voices, then I need to get it from onyx-boox.com website: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=180557
But then I can't update it myself with newer firmware (need to wait for reseller, if they even offer?).

Whereas no IVONA TTS from Booxtor (ereader-store.de), but allows you to update yourself. And also mentions here that he has a R&D/Dev team too (so faster updates with latest firmware?): http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=180382

Looks like it pays to read up first
Yes, you are right. And if you are able to live without TTS at the moment, you can save money since we sell the complete set (ereader + cover) cheaper and our shipping costs are lower too
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:32 AM   #5
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I was just having the same issue and it seems also due to having bought the reader in Poland. Frankly, I'm appalled. I'll never use the TTS and I only bought the thing in Poland because that's where I was at the time and it was cheaper to get it from a store directly

Is there any way to reformat the reader or do something to get rid of TTS and be able to update from here? Or is selling it and buying a new version from DE the only option?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:40 AM   #6
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See the Mixed Firmware for I62/I62e/I62HD/A62/A62s/M92/M92s ArtaTech devices.

Just from curiosity ... which IVONA TTS languages / voices did you get with your device?

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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So is this Mixed Firmware a combination of the original polish stuff with Booxtor version?

Where can I check which IVONA languages I have? (This is probably a dumb question but I didn't even touch any of the TTS application/folder/whatever it is)
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@noctifer, yup Mixed Fw is a combination of ArtaTech specific funcionality and the latest firmware from Booxtor.
This firmware is aimed for readers from onyx-boox.com distribution.
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Well, the easy way to get the list of available IVONA TTS languages / voices is ... open any book (a pdf file or an ebook), then click "Menu" -> "Tools" -> "Text To Speech".
Some seconds later, your device should start to read the displayed text.
Left-down on the screen, you should see now 4 additional icons -> a "speaking head", "|>|| ", a "loudspeaker", an "X".
Click the "speaking head" icon -> you will get a new window with a menu -> the first item called "Speaker" will show you available languages / voices.
Instead of clicking the "speaking head" icon, you can also press the "MENU" hardware button (the first from top on the left side of the body).

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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@seaniko7: cool, it worked, i hope it will be updated continuously!

@pepe: when i do this, it says "invalid TTS data!". i guess i broke something along the way..
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@pepe: when i do this, it says "invalid TTS data!". i guess i broke something along the way..
And that was it, when it comes to ArtaTech and the wonderful IVONA TTS.

Now, more seriously ... to the best of my knowledge ... the new ArtaTech firmware requires a NEW version of TTS 4. The only language / voice, that I have found, is the "Polish / Agnieszka". You need to unzip the provided file into the "Internal Storage" (i.e. the "boox" or "/media/flash" subdirectory) -> it will create a ".tts" subdirectory with all required files inside (afterwards, "reboot" / "power cycle" your device).

In another thread, somebody was claiming that ArtaTech devices should have come with "English Amy + one more licence that corresponds with the country of order or from preference of user (German, French, Spanish, Italian or Polish)". My device has not and I have found no place where I could download them (if you find any, please let me know -> I assume, everything one needs is the "proper" contents of the ".tts" subdirectory in the "Internal Storage" -> the IVONA certificate is kept in "/usr/share/tts/ivona_certificate_all.ca" and one does not need to modify it, I believe).

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:05 AM   #12
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Hello!I have a "Black Pearl" from Artatech and the voices are: Amy English Female and Giorgio Italian Male. About the Mixed Firmware I wanted to ask:
1) Do You have it installed on a "Black Pearl" from Artatech?
2) The installation procedure is the standard provided for in the manual?
3) If I wanted to keep the two voices do I have to save them on my PC and then copy them nell'M92?
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The procedure to upgrade to the "Mixed Firmware" is the same as the "standard" one.

Note, however, the new firmware needs new IVONA TTS 4. I do not know what version of TTS you have now. The only help I can provide is ... connect your device to a PC, zip the ".tts" folder from the "Internal Storage" and provide that file. I can try to unpack it on my device and test whether it works with the new firmware (which I use).
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