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Old 03-28-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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Kobo Touch N905 stuck in "powered off"

My kobo Touch is stuck at the "powered off" screen.
When I power it on I get a green flashing light for a few minutes, then nothing.
I have tried all the usual suggestions: 24-hr charging, home+power reset, paperclip reset etc etc but nothing rouses the beast. Sometimes I get a blue flashing light instead of the green one but nothing else changes.
Before I trot off down the shops and get a new one, I'm thinking that it might be worth flashing the internal sd card. After all, at this point I have nothing to lose.

I'm a complete novice at this with kobo, although I did do it with my phone a few years ago! Could someone please help me through this?

The Kobo is 15 months old bought Dec 2013, and the box says its model N905-KJP-S. I don't know where to find the serial number or IC or FCC (do I need these things?).
I have figured out how to open it and remove the SD card!
I have access to a linux box (linuxMint) and a Windows box.
Please can someone send me an image and some instructions on what to do next?

Thanks very much
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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Do you see an internal uSD card? As I understand it, that model doesn't have one. If not, purchasing a new reader is your most rewarding choice.

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Old 03-28-2015, 05:23 PM   #3
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It does indeed have a uSD card. Sandisk 2GB with a white spot.

Edit: just to make it clear, the uSD card sits in an internal slot that requires the back off to see, not the slot at the side that is externally accessible.

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Old 03-28-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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Ken was commenting on your report of having an "N905" Touch. There are three versions of the touch with the model numbers N905, N905B and N905C. The N905 doesn't have a removable SD card. The others do. They use different images, so we need the full model number. This is printed on the end of the Touch with the USB port.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:49 AM   #5
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Many apologies, I hadn't understood where to find the numbers properly and was just reading the box! With the help of my son's "Where's Wally" magnifying glass, I see that its actually a N905C.
FCC ID NOIKBN905C
IC 8857A-KBN905C.
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:02 AM   #6
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:58 AM   #7
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Thanks very much for the image David. I tried it today. Using LinuxMint it's simply a matter of extracting the image, then double-click on the .img and Mint knows exactly what to do with it.

I installed the uSD and gave the kobo some hours to charge, then tried to turn it on.

Unfortunately I am still getting exactly the same flashing lights as I did with the old SD card, so the kobo is probably toast. If anyone has any other suggestions before I put it in the bin, please let me know.
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Using LinuxMint it's simply a matter of extracting the image, then double-click on the .img and Mint knows exactly what to do with it.
I think that would frighten me. And what did it with it?
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