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Old 09-29-2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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Welcome back - small(?) Problem

Hi All,

a few years back when Irex was in the process of starting up I took part in the forum, but susequently got out of it as the reader itself was too expensive and I didnt want any other and so on.

Now after Irex in its old form shut down I am back

And I have just recently bought an Iliad Book Edition for a reasonable price (I thought). Now to my problem. I try to carge the device since yesterday, but it always shows an empty symbol. The red light (the charge indicator) is switching off after a 1 / 2 Minutes and no charging is happening. I was able to aparently fill up the battery accidentially (it seems) - the Iliad started from battery and I was using it for a few minutes. But then it got worse, the battery symbol is now geyed out. And resets and switch on/off did not help.

Software Version is 2.12.1, shell-access is switched on, geyed symbol with and without CF card inserted.

Any suggestions from anybody what can be done?

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Old 09-29-2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Someone should step in soon with suggestions.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:35 AM   #4
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dead battery?
Hopefully not...

Could it be something different - worse? Like, broken load circuit on board or broken travel hub?

Otherwise, if the battery is broken, can it be replaced by the methods described here in the forum? Is the battery type available in Germany?

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dead battery?
That would be my first guess. Does it run OK as long as it's plugged in (besides having a greyed out battery icon)?
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:08 PM   #6
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Could it be something different - worse? Like, broken load circuit on board or broken travel hub?
It could be, but I think as long as it can run fine while plugged in, that should mean that the board and hub are OK. That would be something to check.
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I've found that quite often the battery icon is greyed out for quite some time after booting up.

My iliad charges up in only a few hours, I've not actually timed it, but it seems quite rapid, but certainly not minutes. But your battery may be full, and the iliad software hasn't yet realised it, whereas the hardware does and doesn't charge it up.
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I've found that quite often the battery icon is greyed out for quite some time after booting up.
Unfortunately with their forum gone I can't go look things up anymore, but there was some discussion about that way back. I'm not 100% sure, but something in my mind says it's related to also having a CF card installed. The basic gist of it was that there was something that interfered with the ability of the OS to pull valid battery information from the IC immediately after a boot. At one point people were noticing that the battery levels were incorrect during this time, so iRex made an update that greyed out the icon to prevent the impression of false readings. It's been a while since I booted mine, but I seem to remember that the icon is greyed out for about 30 seconds after a boot, or something like that. I don't usually have any cards in it though, so it may be longer for others.

This goes back quite a while, and my memory is kind of hazy, but I think that's the general idea.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for your answers!

The device is functioning well when attaced to the power supply => neiter charger nor board should be fried then.

I have a CF card inserted, but tried it with and without card, with and without parallel PC connection - nothing to gain...

And anybody near a battery for iliad book edition?

BTW, what about warranty? The device is just under 2 Years and was bought by justread (which is obviously quite known in this board).

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BTW, what about warranty?
The company went Bankrupt, so warranties are all nullified. The iLiad warranty was only for 1 year anyway.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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That is for sure, but the european(?, at least german) law gives a two year warranty (not Guarantee form the manufactorer but so called Gewährleistung from the seller). If the Object was used properly, and the fault is not related to misuse, the seller has to give this warranty.

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I guess the seller could refund the purchase. There's really nowhere that you can get it repaired (unless you can do it yourself).
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Hmm, but where in Germany to get a battery?

The battery hacks are all for the iliad v2 if I remember, or is a forum discussion about changing the battery fro the book edition somewhere (searched for, but found only the V2-Discussion)?

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Hmm, but where in Germany to get a battery?

The battery hacks are all for the iliad v2 if I remember, or is a forum discussion about changing the battery fro the book edition somewhere (searched for, but found only the V2-Discussion)?

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The same procedure should work. The iLiad v1, v2, and book edition are all identical as far as the battery hack goes. Internally they're all basically the same device, identical firmware, etc. The v2 came with a slightly larger battery than the v1, but most people who do the hack upgrade to an even larger battery anyway. The book edition is the same as a v2, just without the wifi and a different color case.
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Ah ok, thanks - good to know.

So - just where to get a battery - I have only found something in the US. But anyway, will have a look and read again the Battery upgrade hack carefully.

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