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Old 02-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
eyecikjou567
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Rescue a bricked Kobo Touch

In this tutorial I will tell you how to prepare for and
eventual brick and how to restore your kobo.


!!! PREWARNING !!!
No warranty that the images or kobos are working AFTER all steps are done.
When the image of another Kobo is incompatible with yours it will not work,
check that by swapping the µSD of you kobo with the one of the other.
You WILL lose all books and the respective progress when restoring.
!!! PREWARNING !!!




Part I : Preperation

If you read this part your kobo is STILL working.

1. Open your Kobo with a screwdriver (DO NOT BREAK THE CASE)
2. Remove the µSD-Card (normally it has a red dot)
3. Insert it into your USB-Reader for PC
4. Boot up a ubuntu or linux on the pc
5. Use this script to make a copy of the sd.

Code:
dd if=/dev/sdx of=/home/koboalive.img
Replace /dev/sdx with the filename of the sdcard (sdb, sdc, ...).
You now have a working copy of your firmware. It includes fonts, books and anything stored on the INTERNAL sdcard.
(You may need root or su rights to execute)

6. Copy the koboalive.img to a usb-stick and keep it safe
7. Reassemble your Kobo

When you have a bricked Kobo get the SAME kobo from a friend, brother, sister, etc. and do the steps 1 - 7.

Part II : Restore a image

When your kobo is bricked (means it cannot boot anymore or does not work)
you can restore it using a image that you made before or made from a friends kobo.

1. Find your "koboalive.img"
2. Insert the µSD from your bricked Kobo in your pc following the steps 1 - 3 from Part I
3. Execute the following script:

Code:
dd if=/path/to/your/koboalive.img of=/dev/sdx
Replace "sdx" with the right device name and insert the right path to your "koboalive.img"
(You may need root or su rights to execute)

4. Insert the SD into the bricked Kobo
5. Press the reset button in the Kobo 5 times
6. Reassemble the Kobo
7. Boot the Kobo up
8. Maybe do an update (except that caused your problem)
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:43 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, I bricked my kobo touch without making a backup of my internal SD card.
I'm really disappointed !!
Could someone give me such image which includes all three partitions ?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2013, 05:54 AM   #3
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You could ask some friends if they have a kobo
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