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Old 01-04-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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KoboLauncher for standalone Qt apps

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Installation manual

Kobo Launcher applications

1. CoolReader
2. pbchess (chess training application)
3. checkers
4. reversi (othello)
5. sokoban
6. gomoku
7. notepad
8. calculator

All the programs work well with Kobo Touch, Glo, Mini and Aura.

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1. Power off
2. Reboot
3. Usb network + dropbear ssh server + sftp

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Installation manual

You can add another applications or remove existing ones to/from the KoboLauncher menu. Just edit KoboLauncher/KoboLauncher.ini.

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Instruction how to start usb network on Windows
Usbnet tips and troubleshooting
Usb network for Windows XP instruction
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Source code for KoboLauncher and Qt Kobo plugins
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Kobo new toolchain + Qt 4.8.4 build for kobo that used in KoboLauncher + apps

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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Hmm, nice!
Do you think it would be possible to make KoboLauncher like a plugin for Nickel?
So we don't have to use the plugin interface?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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Hmm, nice!
Do you think it would be possible to make KoboLauncher like a plugin for Nickel?
So we don't have to use the plugin interface?
I've spent a day yesterday for that... But we have following problems:

1. Touch input doesn't work in plugins
2. We should modify database for our plugin
3. And at last I don't see the way to obtain a file name of the file for that my plugin is started...

I think that in the future we can solve these problems.

koenieee

Now we can make the calculator

I also have ready virtual keyboard in pbchess. So we can make the text editor with formatting from Qt examples!

Like this or even this.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #4
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I'm wondering how ah- / ikarus9999 did the plugin thing, I haven't found a documentation for nickel. Maybe asking Kobo for some information..

Nice that calc!
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Unfortunately it does not work on mine (Touch 2.3.1). The launcher starts, but none of the games from there. The exit button works.
After several (about 30) random taps on the buttons the Chess started, the "please register" window appeared but I wasn't able to close it - it recognized the tap on the "OK" button (it "blinked"), but nothing happened.
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Unfortunately it does not work on mine (Touch 2.3.1). The launcher starts, but none of the games from there. The exit button works.
After several (about 30) random taps on the buttons the Chess started, the "please register" window appeared but I wasn't able to close it - it recognized the tap on the "OK" button (it "blinked"), but nothing happened.
Thanks, clsdclsd. Probably I've missed something. Can you start the launcher from telnet

(/mnt/onboard/.kobo/KoboLauncher/KoboLauncher.sh)

and check it's output?

P.S. Important! Any game should start after delay of about 3 sec after button press.

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... Can you start the launcher from telnet
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and check it's output?

P.S. Important! Any game should start after delay of about 3 sec after button press.
I've tried to enable telnet (following the instructions here: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kobo_Touch_Hacking) but after editing the etc/init.d/rcS file the touch did not booted, I had to do a factory reset.

I've been waiting for minutes to start a game, but 29 out of 30 times it didn't happen. Once it starts, I can't get rid of the popup window (however I'm able to move it, and the chess clock is ticking, so the game is running at the background)
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I've tried to enable telnet (following the instructions here: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kobo_Touch_Hacking) but after editing the etc/init.d/rcS file the touch did not booted, I had to do a factory reset.

I've been waiting for minutes to start a game, but 29 out of 30 times it didn't happen. Once it starts, I can't get rid of the popup window (however I'm able to move it, and the chess clock is ticking, so the game is running at the background)
Ok, I suspect that something wrong with KoboLauncher...

Can you change KoboLauncher.sh in order it start pbchess instead of KoboLauncher?

Please, try to start pbchess this way.

You need to change in KoboLauncher.sh:

$root/KoboLauncher -qws

to

/mnt/onboard/.kobo/pbchess-1.2.5/pbchess -qws

(use absolute path and don't touch $root)

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Ok, I suspect that something wrong with KoboLauncher...

Can you change KoboLauncher.sh in order it start pbchess instead of KoboLauncher?

Please, try to start pbchess this way.

You need to change in KoboLauncher.sh:

$root/KoboLauncher -qws

to

/mnt/onboard/.kobo/pbchess-1.2.5/pbchess -qws

(use absolute path and don't touch $root)
This way the chess starts immediately, but the OK button on the license window "blinks" only and the window remains, just like the previous attempts when I managed to start the game through the launcher.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:57 AM   #10
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This way the chess starts immediately, but the OK button on the license window "blinks" only and the window remains, just like the previous attempts when I managed to start the game through the launcher.
Thanks!

Are the same problem in other games? Can you try sokoban?

I'll try to make my own build of Qt next week. Probably Kobo spoiled something it Qt because these games work without problems on the different platforms (Kindle, PocketBook, Onyx).
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The problem is the same in every game. Do you think it worth a try with another firmware version? The libQtCore.so file seems different in almost every firmware upgrade package.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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The problem is the same in every game. Do you think it worth a try with another firmware version? The libQtCore.so file seems different in almost every firmware upgrade package.
No, I'll made my own Qt build in a few days (after Christmas). It will be Qt 4.8.4 (the latest official Qt). Kobo has Qt 4.8.0 patched by Kobo for their own needs. It can be the reason of problems. Qt libs can be freely distributed with KoboLauncher.

Android build of pbchess

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...soft.qtandroid

uses Qt 4.8.4.
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@clsdclsd, which firmware version do you use? Because a firmware lower then 2.x contains QT 4.6.2, not QT 4.8, so maybe thats the problem.
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Unfortunately it does not work on mine (Touch 2.3.1).
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