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Old 01-15-2008, 05:28 PM   #31
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I'm a newbie to ebooks, having just gotten my Sony 505 for Christmas. I know about Kovid's converter but what enhancements has Igor provided (and where do you find them and learn about them)?
Igor has been working on opening up the 505 firmware. Unfortunately, in the progress, he bricked his device.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:00 PM   #32
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Can anyone tell me whether the improved adobe capability for the 505 will allow us to finally buy PDF books that have DRM and actually be able to read them on the 505? Otherwise, I still can't view a drm pdf format book (which are offered by the local library) and it becomes a nice, unusable feature. I still only view RTF, LRF and BBeB formats.
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I don't think there's been any word about DRMed PDFs with this feature.

I think our best hope on that is probably DE support. I don't know what it will bring, but rumor has it that it will support some sort of DRM. Salt to taste.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:26 AM   #34
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Basically, igorsk figured out how to replace the firmware, and the rudiments of what to replace it with. That started a flurry of hacking for various purposes (adding a clock display, for example. You can find the gritty details here and here, if you're interested.
I also did initial work on reversing the LRF format and PRS-500 USB protocol.
P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:37 AM   #35
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P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
Pleeeease!!!
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:26 AM   #36
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P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505
Glad to hear that - would be interested & intrigued to hear about how you managed it!
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:27 AM   #37
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I also did initial work on reversing the LRF format and PRS-500 USB protocol.
P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
How did you manage to unbrick your 505?
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:27 AM   #38
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P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
I looked at the other threads and admit to being impressed (and here I thought only my wife could impress me ). I hope this doesn't make me appear any more novice than I am, but when you do release an updated version, I, for one, would appreciate step-by-step instructions on how to implement the update. Tech-savvy I'm not, so I kinda like having my hand held in these things .

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Old 01-16-2008, 12:04 PM   #39
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I should also say that it was igor's ebook.py script for connecting to the PRS500 that got me started writing libprs500.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:20 PM   #40
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"Alphabetically grouped book listings" and "complete off option" are already there. Although it's nice to hear they're adding the delete feature.
That's exactly what I thought when I read the listing of what could be available. Maybe the completely off function won't be nested so deep in the menus? Who knows?
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I also did initial work on reversing the LRF format and PRS-500 USB protocol.
P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
Wow! I'm really curious as to how you accomplished that.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:48 AM   #42
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Good news on the firmware upgrade. I have a lot of manuals in PDF and it would be handy to keep them on my 505(and be able to read them without a magnifying glass). for field use .

I was wondering if the PC software will work for the upgrade if I am not in the USA ? Or is there likely to be a download package ?


Anyone have any idea ?

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Old 01-17-2008, 09:50 AM   #43
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Previous firmware upgrades have been done from the Connect software running on the PC. When you plug in the Sony, a message pops up and say "A firmware upgrade is available - would you like to install it?" That's how it was on the 500, anyway; I'd imagine it'll be done the same way on the 505.
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Good news on the firmware upgrade. I have a lot of manuals in PDF and it would be handy to keep them on my 505(and be able to read them without a magnifying glass). for field use .

I was wondering if the PC software will work for the upgrade if I am not in the USA ? Or is there likely to be a download package ?


Anyone have any idea ?

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I own a PRS-500, live in France and had no problem at all, updating the firmware.
It's exactly like HarryT said.
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:19 PM   #45
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P.S. I was able to unbrick my 505 so maybe I'll release updated Universal Flasher once I made it more robust...
Dear igorsk,

Can you share the method? pleeeeease!!!

Thank you very much!
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