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Old 11-16-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Windows will not recognize Kobo

Hello from Winnipeg..

Brand new Kobo, just bought from Chapters (Canada). Per the instructions in the quick-start guide, I plugged it into a PC (Vista). Windows did not detect the Kobo. I tried a different USB port on the computer, tried a different cable, and no luck. I connected my digital camera to the same computer using the same cable, and windows detected the camera immediately. When the Kobo is connected to the PC, the red charge light on the Kobo does come on.

I tried it on a second PC (Vista), with the identical results. Windows did not detect the Kobo. Assuming that the Kobo was defective, I exchanged it for a new one at Chapters. The new one is doing exactly the same thing as the old one.

Any suggestions? Do I actually have to do a software upgrade on a brand new Kobo to get it to work?

Thanks for any help.

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Sorry I can't help. I just wanted to say that I have Windows Vista and my (original) Kobo has always been recognized, even with un-upgraded software.
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If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:19 PM   #4
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I know this one!

If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
THANK YOU!! I spoke with Kobo customer support last night; they were pleasant, but they had no answers. They suggest I return it and get another one (a THIRD one). So back I went to Chapters today, and got a third one. Back home, charge for three hours, and Windows still doesn't recognize. Now I read your post, try your suggestion, and Voila! It works! Thank you so much.

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I'm glad it worked!

Maybe Kobo should let their customer support staff know about this. It seems silly that they're telling people to return the devices when the fix is a simple one.
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If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
Thank you!!! This worked for me
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If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.

Thanks so much for posting this!!! I just picked up my Kobo yesterday and was so disappointed when my computer wouldn't recognize it (thinking I had a lemon and would have to return it). I am going to try this as soon as I get home from work . Thanks again!!!
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I know this one!

If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
Thank you Sao!
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:19 PM   #10
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Thanks so much! Why don't they just say this in the instructions! Got it working now.
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If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
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I understand that the on screen display is not clear enough for everybody, if so many people do not understand that an action is required on their part to get going. So my suggestion would be not only to update on support, but also the included documentation (obviously they all support people thought the on screen instructions were sufficient _and_ followed).
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:37 PM   #12
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just to prove old "threads" are not forgotten - your advice still stands today ( Dec 2011). Had the same issue and found your reply and PC now sees my Kobo.........THANX
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This has almost always been the case, only in the first firmware in the K1 did it connect automatically.
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just to prove old "threads" are not forgotten - your advice still stands today ( Dec 2011). Had the same issue and found your reply and PC now sees my Kobo.........THANX
I'm glad I could be of help.

If people are still having this problem, something should be done to make it clear.
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Thank you. This advice is still relevant (May 2012). I was trying for ages to solve this problem and it was only finding this thread that saved me from melt down
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