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Old 10-11-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Battery experience with firmware v4.1.7729

I'm starting a new thread because the old thread on the battery issue of the Aura One is too long to wade through to find where messages for this firmware start.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
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I have applied the patches for the last firmware to this one and all seem to work as before.

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Old 10-12-2016, 03:55 AM   #3
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Ok, it lost 27% in 4 hours and a half, which is much worse than with previous FW.

This is ridiculous. Some folks at Kobo should be put out to grass.

This is after restart AFTER update, so no lurking process in the background, not turning on wifi, etc. This is grotesque.

Off to eBay it goes, and back to Kindle I go, since, in their infinite wisdom, Kobo killed the only other model that could eventually interest me, the Glo HD.

A month and a half for THAT? Someone's got to be kidding me here. What a joke.
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If poor firmware was causing the battery issue, surely everyone, or at least most people with that firmware would be experiencing the same issue?

The same hardware, the same software and the same ebook file formats. I would leaning towards a hardware/ corrupt file issue if my KA1 battery was still draining fast now, which it isn't.
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Is there a way to download the file and put it onto the Kobo reader just like a Kindle, or do we have to wait until someone sniffs the link and then use the patching tools to create the KoboRoot.tgz file?
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Is there a way to download the file and put it onto the Kobo reader just like a Kindle, or do we have to wait until someone sniffs the link and then use the patching tools to create the KoboRoot.tgz file?
It has been posted here.
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If poor firmware was causing the battery issue, surely everyone, or at least most people with that firmware would be experiencing the same issue?

The same hardware, the same software and the same ebook file formats. I would leaning towards a hardware/ corrupt file issue if my KA1 battery was still draining fast now, which it isn't.
That doesn't explain why it was working much better (within reason) with the previous FW.
If it was a hardware issue, it would have shown. And the fact is, with previous FW at least, for days it was working as it should, and suddenly started dropping % on the battery for no good reason.

At any rate this thing wasn't ready for prime time, and still isn't. Off it goes.

EDIT: I plugged it in to charge like 20 minutes ago, and it jumped from 13% to 69%. This is all over the place. So yeah, it is at least as buggy as before, and probably more.

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Old 10-12-2016, 05:22 AM   #8
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Is there a way to download the file and put it onto the Kobo reader just like a Kindle, or do we have to wait until someone sniffs the link and then use the patching tools to create the KoboRoot.tgz file?
Do you mean the firmware upgrade? If you want to manually upgrade without having to sync via wifi or use the Desktop App, you can grab the firmware here, unzip it and put all the contents in the .kobo folder of your device (i.e. not just the KoboRoot.tgz file). It should then reboot when you disconnect it from your computer and start the upgrade process.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:34 AM   #9
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Do you mean the firmware upgrade? If you want to manually upgrade without having to sync via wifi or use the Desktop App, you can grab the firmware here, unzip it and put all the contents in the .kobo folder of your device (i.e. not just the KoboRoot.tgz file). It should then reboot when you disconnect it from your computer and start the upgrade process.
But unzipped....
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That doesn't explain why it was working much better (within reason) with the previous FW.
If it was a hardware issue, it would have shown. And the fact is, with previous FW at least, for days it was working as it should, and suddenly started dropping % on the battery for no good reason.

At any rate this thing wasn't ready for prime time, and still isn't. Off it goes.

EDIT: I plugged it in to charge like 20 minutes ago, and it jumped from 13% to 69%. This is all over the place. So yeah, it is at least as buggy as before, and probably more.
Send it back. My KA1 is fine since the updated firmware soon after release. I wouldn't persist with something that is obviously faulty.
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Is there a way to download the file and put it onto the Kobo reader just like a Kindle, or do we have to wait until someone sniffs the link and then use the patching tools to create the KoboRoot.tgz file?
BTW, you cannot do that. You have to install the firmware BEFORE the patches.
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BTW, you cannot do that. You have to install the firmware BEFORE the patches.
That isn't what I meant. I have installed one patch (Font Freedom). Can I just upgrade by downloading the firmware file, and then putting it onto the reader, or do I need to unzip things first as said in a previous post? In some posts it's said only KoboRoot.zip should be put onto the device, other posts say everything in the ZIP-file should be used.

I don't mind losing the patch, as it has turned out that I don't need it.

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That isn't what I meant. I have installed one patch (Font Freedom). Can I just upgrade by downloading the firmware file, and then putting it onto the reader, or do I need to unzip things first as said in a previous post? In some posts it's said only KoboRoot.zip should be put onto the device, other posts say everything in the ZIP-file should be used.

I don't mind losing the patch, as it has turned out that I don't need it.
You can do that, but you'll lose your patches since it'll overwrite the patched files with the stock firmware files. But there's no need to uninstall your patches first; you can just upgrade directly. I did so and it works fine.

As it stands right now, some of the 4.0 patches work with the 4.1 firmware (mostly those that are labeled as being multi firmware), while others do not. Unfortunately, the Font Freedom patch is one of them. It'll take some time for the rest of them to be migrated over.
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That isn't what I meant. I have installed one patch (Font Freedom). Can I just upgrade by downloading the firmware file, and then putting it onto the reader, or do I need to unzip things first as said in a previous post?
ALWAYS unzipped (the zip file you download, no KoboRoot.tgz). Later, you can put the three ones or one, I believe (I've only used the tgz file).

Sorry for not explaining myself, as I associate unzip with a zip file and extract/decompress with a tgz file.
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First night of usage with the new firmware. I had the device set to autosync during the night with Wi-Fi on - as I could always do without a problem on my H2O - and there was no drain, so I hope it'll stay that way.

By the way, someone mentioned earlier that they had a drop of 27% within 4.5 hours. What I've noticed with *both* the KA1 and the H2O is that in certain percentage ranges the battery seems to be dropping significantly faster than at other points, which makes me wonder if it's perhaps more of a battery *indicator* issue than an issue with the charge itself. Could be the battery needs more training to give a reliable indication of the amount of charge that is being used.
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