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Old 04-25-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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Sony Reader hack: clock in status bar

User Shade from the-ebook.org has found a way to put a clock in the status bar of the Sony Reader. More (in Russian) can be found here:

http://www.the-ebook.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6448

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Old 04-25-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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Well...my Russian is a bit rusty. Anybody who can translate the idea? :P
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It is quite simple.

Step 1. You need Sony Reader with sw 1.0.00.21081 (not upgraded)

Step 2. Download file with new sw: http://rapidshare.com/files/27838275/opt-clock.zip.html

Step 3. Download sw loader: http://projects.mobileread.com/reade.../eBook_041.zip

Step 4. Unzip everything to C:/ebook/

Step 5. Execute upgrade:
C:\>cd ebook

C:\eBook>ebook ls /proc
Sony Reader utility 0.41 (c) 2006 Igor Skochinsky
/proc/:
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 1
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 121
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 123
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 125
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 126
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 127
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 128
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 130
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 131
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 133
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 134
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 2
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 29
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 3
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 31
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 4
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 47
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 49
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 5
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 6
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 7
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 bus
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 cmdline
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 cpu
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 cpuinfo
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 devices
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 dragonball_mx1
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 driver
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 e-ink
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 execdomains
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drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 fs
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 interrupts
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 iomem
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 ioports
-rw-rw-r-- 67112960 Aug 14 2004 13:49 kcore
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-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 loadavg
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drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 self
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drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 sys
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 sysvipc
drwxrwxr-x 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 tty
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 uptime
drwxrwxr-x 0 Jan 01 2006 00:00 usbtg
-rw-rw-r-- 0 Aug 14 2004 13:49 version

C:\eBook>ebook um recovery
Sony Reader utility 0.41 (c) 2006 Igor Skochinsky

C:\eBook>ebook pwrite "Fsk" opt.fs
Sony Reader utility 0.41 (c) 2006 Igor Skochinsky
UsbOnlyReqProc() Sequence Error [errorNo=-1, command=0x106, state=1]
Info for partition Fsk
Device: 1, start sector: 0x9e, image size: 0x700000
Ready to write 4415488 bytes to partition Fsk. Are you SURE you want to proceed?
[N]y

C:\eBook>ebook um normal
Sony Reader utility 0.41 (c) 2006 Igor Skochinsky
UsbOnlyReqProc() Sequence Error [errorNo=-1, command=0x106, state=1]

C:\eBook>

Done.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:29 PM   #4
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I ran it through BabelFish translation, but I couldn't really the translation very well.

I think the linked file (from Rapidshare) will do the change, but I don't know if it explains how to implement it, and any instructions would most likely also be Russian, as the alteration seems to build on the Russified Reader.

I find it terribly ironic that the origin of the first known mod to add the much requested feature of a clock on the Reader, is a place where you can't 'officially' get a Reader, and in a language the Reader doesn't 'officially' support.
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Old 04-25-2007, 06:12 PM   #5
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Well...my Russian is a bit rusty. Anybody who can translate the idea? :P
Alplus just has translated it, go there again.
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Thanks vvv. Too bad you need a Reader with the old firmware. Thanks to Alplus for translating.

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Old 04-25-2007, 07:05 PM   #7
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Too bad you need a Reader with the old firmware.
Some years ago, using Sony Clie, I have understood a simple thing: do not upgrade nothing from Sony.

Maybe Igorsk know how to install a clock for the new firmware, ask him.

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Old 04-25-2007, 08:15 PM   #8
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Man, this is awesome! I never upgrade f/w's for devices I get from Sony unless it adds something of value that I've been missing. This held true with the PSP and the whole homebrew scene. Now I'm glad that I didn't update my Reader yet, perhaps $ony will incorporate this into their next update?

vvv, Before I update my Reader with this cool utility, is there a way to backup my current f/w so I can restore it in the off chance I need to roll back to the original? I know Shade wrote it and there is a little English on the other forum, but thought I'd ask you . Thanks man!
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I'm usually pretty wary about upgrading firmware, but especially when you get what amouts to a pilot production version of a new product, you've got to know that the firmware is still in a state of flux. I updated my Reader firmware, and I've been happy with the results.

I hope Sony comes out with an update that improves navigation for large numbers of book files and also adds sorting for music files.

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But if it's possible to display a clock on the reader why can't the reader remember the right dates/time for the bookmarks?
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:35 AM   #11
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You need to connect the Reader to PC once after reset to synchronize the clock.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:57 AM   #12
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You need to connect the Reader to PC once after reset to synchronize the clock.
Thanks for the tip! It works! I am glad I didn't upgrade my firmware yet. Igorsk, any chance for those who have already upgraded to revert to the older firmware or to gain write access to root on the newer firmware?
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Yes, there is a way. I'm currently working on a more "user-friendly" version of my scripts.
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How does the clock work, refreshes when the page refreshes? I like the pictures, wish it had a little more spacing though, like right justified or even a | or - or something in between the page numbers and the clock.

If that guy can do it, why can't Sony? We've been asking for a clock since the thing came out.
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