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Old 10-19-2009, 03:12 PM   #16
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Okay, after a week of frustration with the auto-launching/auto-install partition, I sat here and figured out how to disable this read-only partition. I don't have the Sony software installed, as I use Calibre exclusively.

This does not require disabling a drive letter.

I'm using Vista Ultimate 64-Bit, and I own the PRS-300.

First, open "Computer", and then right-click your reader's drive letter. Left-click "properties". You're presented with a series of tabs. Click the "Hardware" tab. Choose "Sony PRS-XXX Launcher USB Device", then click the "Properties" button. This opens a new window, with a new series of tabs. Click the "Driver" tab, and finally click the "Disable" button. Finally, you will be required to reboot your computer. This disables only the Launcher partition driver, and does not interfere with normal USB operation of the device.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:23 PM   #17
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The easiest solution (one I used) is to type msconfig in the "Run" dialog in Windows, and then go to the "Startup" tab and uncheck the box for the Sony Reader software. That should stop the software loading up everytime you plug the reader in.
thank you ! that's good to know.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:26 PM   #18
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Okay, after a week of frustration with the auto-launching/auto-install partition, I sat here and figured out how to disable this read-only partition. I don't have the Sony software installed, as I use Calibre exclusively.

This does not require disabling a drive letter.

I'm using Vista Ultimate 64-Bit, and I own the PRS-300.

First, open "Computer", and then right-click your reader's drive letter. Left-click "properties". You're presented with a series of tabs. Click the "Hardware" tab. Choose "Sony PRS-XXX Launcher USB Device", then click the "Properties" button. This opens a new window, with a new series of tabs. Click the "Driver" tab, and finally click the "Disable" button. Finally, you will be required to reboot your computer. This disables only the Launcher partition driver, and does not interfere with normal USB operation of the device.
ruka, i think you'll make a lot of people happy with that solution. can i ask you to repost it in a thread about the usb launcher as well ? that will make it easier to find. this one, for instance : http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56148

thank you !
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:41 PM   #19
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No problem! I apologize for posting it in your thread, when it wasn't really what you were looking for.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:42 PM   #20
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No problem! I apologize for posting it in your thread, when it wasn't really what you were looking for.
please don't apologise ! it's very useful information and the two topics are close enough that people could easily find this thread when looking for your solution. thank you for also posting in the other thread so more people will find the solution.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #21
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What Orion said.
Everytime I install something I check MSCONFIG; seems every programmer thinks his or her program is so important it should always run on startup; I selden agree, mainly a virusscanner and perhaps a mousedriver is often enough.
I've seen PCs that autostarted over 40 programs, usually owned by people who complained their PC was so sluggish lately.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #22
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What Orion said.
Everytime I install something I check MSCONFIG;
Startup Guard plugin for Total Commander is much more convenient than msconfig.
It is my favourite tool for speeding up other peoples PCs. (I jealously guard mine and kill immediately any auto-loading piece of software)
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:16 AM   #23
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Use msconfig since 98 Absolutely love it.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:26 AM   #24
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Okay, after a week of frustration with the auto-launching/auto-install partition, I sat here and figured out how to disable this read-only partition. I don't have the Sony software installed, as I use Calibre exclusively.

This does not require disabling a drive letter.

I'm using Vista Ultimate 64-Bit, and I own the PRS-300.

First, open "Computer", and then right-click your reader's drive letter. Left-click "properties". You're presented with a series of tabs. Click the "Hardware" tab. Choose "Sony PRS-XXX Launcher USB Device", then click the "Properties" button. This opens a new window, with a new series of tabs. Click the "Driver" tab, and finally click the "Disable" button. Finally, you will be required to reboot your computer. This disables only the Launcher partition driver, and does not interfere with normal USB operation of the device.
Ruka - thank you so much for this solution.
I have been pulling my hair out for weeks trying to find a neat work around for this problem. It worked great in Vista Home Premium 32-bit.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:37 PM   #25
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2 ways to go about disabling the eBook Library Launcher:

1. Start -> Run "msconfig", select Startup tab, uncheck eBook Library Launcher. Apply. Close. Exit without restart. Open Task Manager and kill the Launcher process.

2. CAVEAT EMPTOR: Requires editing the registry. BACKUP, etc. You've been warned...
Start -> Run "regedit", navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Cur rentVersion\Run", select "eBook Library Launcher" key, right-click, select delete. Open Task Manager and kill the Launcher process.

HTH.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:11 AM   #26
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They've done the same on OSX. There's an app "eBook Library Launcher". If you kill it it relaunches itself, and it's not in any of the StartupItems folder.

Sony have installed it as a system level driver.. and they've borked even that up - they put spaces in its label so you can't control it with launchctl.

To remove the parasite, type:

sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.sony.eBookLibrary.eBLLauncher.plist

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Old 12-18-2009, 05:22 AM   #27
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so simple !!! thanks kovid, i feel a bit stupid now not to have thought of that myself. i changed C:\Program Files\Sony\Reader\Data\bin\eBook Library.exe to C:\Program Files\Sony\Reader\Data\bin\_eBook Library.exe and now i get an error message saying that windows can't find C:\Program Files\Sony\Reader\Data\bin\eBook Library.exe which i have to clear but that's preferable to the app launching, and if i launch it manually it still works fine.

i also noticed that in C:\Program Files\Sony\Reader\Data\bin\ there is a repertory called "launcher" containing "eBook Library Launcher.exe" (which i have renamed to "_eBook Library Launcher.exe_" just to be sure). i am not sure what it is exactly but somehow i suspect it's involved , and i think both of them are sollicited by the reader when you plug it in, as i did get 2 error messages about unfound ressources.
Thanks for this detailed guide, you have just saved my sanity. I tried the other methods without success but this works perfectly.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:28 PM   #28
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i installed sony's ebooklibrary software v. 3 today. now every time i plug in my 600 the software starts automatically. since i don't use it i don't want this. i thought i saw a post explaining how to disable the software autorun but when i searched for it i only found posts about disabling autorun in windows registry for all usb devices (not what i'm looking for). anybody know what thread i'm talking about (or did i dream that) ? is it possible to disable that somehow so the ebl will run only if i launch it manually ? should i go back to the previous version ?
This is of interest to me too Zelda.
When I connect my PRS-500 to my laptop several things happen:
- It tries to mount all three partitions offered by the PRS-500.
- It launches Reader Store software.
- The Sony photo software (for my Sony camera, funnily enough) detects my PRS-500's memory stick, which also bears photos, and runs the Import wizard.
I'd be nice if Calibre could at least suspend the Reader software from running - because once the Reader software kicks in, calibre doesn't mount the Reader!
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:29 PM   #29
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Thanks for this detailed guide, you have just saved my sanity. I tried the other methods without success but this works perfectly.
i'm glad you got it sorted. in the end i managed to disable it using Code Stuff Starter, so you could try that as well if necessary.
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:31 PM   #30
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This is of interest to me too Zelda.
When I connect my PRS-500 to my laptop several things happen:
- It tries to mount all three partitions offered by the PRS-500.
- It launches Reader Store software.
- The Sony photo software (for my Sony camera, funnily enough) detects my PRS-500's memory stick, which also bears photos, and runs the Import wizard.
I'd be nice if Calibre could at least suspend the Reader software from running - because once the Reader software kicks in, calibre doesn't mount the Reader!
the solution which worked for me was to disable the autorun using Code Stuff Starter (utility app) and kill the process (it won't come back). you can also disable the usb launch using ruka's solution in post 16. no worries at all now. i have noticed that sometimes if calibre was running for some time when i plug in the sony, i have to restart it or it won't detect the device, but that is a minor detail and possibly unrelated.
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