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Old 07-24-2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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Universal Flasher 2.1 with PRS-505 support

Version 2.1, 2008/11/20

Changes from 2.0:
Support for PRS-505 UK firmware (1.2.00.18050).
Updated maximum image size for PRS-505.
Fixed issue: repeated reflashing of custom image could fail.

Included xmls are modified with the clock script.
originals.zip has the original unedited xml files for reference (should be useful for hack developers).
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Thank you so much. Now the thing to do is to figure out the other hacks and apply them to the new firmware once I install the new firmware. The only hack I can see maybe not working is the icons.
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Will there be an option for Cyrillic fonts in the new flasher? (Please?)

JS, why do you think the modified icons might not work?
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:31 PM   #4
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Will there be an option for Cyrillic fonts in the new flasher? (Please?)

JS, why do you think the modified icons might not work?
Without having yet flashed my 505 to the new firmware, I'm guessing that there might be new icon(s) to go along with the new firmware. And this the original modified icons would need to be recreated. So until someone who can figure this out does so, I'm not risking it.
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Old 07-24-2008, 09:50 PM   #5
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Will there be an option for Cyrillic fonts in the new flasher? (Please?)
Why not! If you remember how the universal flasher works, all you need to do is put those Cyrillic fonts into the FONT subdirectory, and ride. There is a ready-made image with Cyrillic fonts already built-in (can be burned with the method described on the-ebook.org site, just rename to new_opt.img, or with the Universal Flasher).
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:00 PM   #6
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Why not! If you remember how the universal flasher works, all you need to do is put those Cyrillic fonts into the FONT subdirectory, and ride. There is a ready-made image with Cyrillic fonts already built-in (can be burned with the method described on the-ebook.org site, just rename to new_opt.img, or with the Universal Flasher).
This image file, what hacks does it make besides a Russian font? And are you 100% sure it works with the new firmware version 1.1.00.18040?
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This image file, what hacks does it make besides a Russian font? And are you 100% sure it works with the new firmware version 1.1.00.18040?
This image only has Russian fonts, nothing else. I am 100% sure it works on 1.1.00.18040.

Having said that, I am also 100% sure that all the old hacks will work with the new FW. Perhaps not all of them will be needed though. One should not however take the hacked XML files from the previous versions of Firmware, and put them directly into this version, without careful diffing and merging. The modded icons will need one more icon (for trash can).

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:07 PM   #8
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This image only has Russian fonts, nothing else. I am 100% sure it works on 1.1.00.18040.
Thank you for clarifying. I'm just trying to make sure of what hacks work on the new firmware and what don't.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:57 AM   #9
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Just wondering, is there a size limit to the img files? I tried adding chinese unicode fonts to the img and it came up to approx 8mb, after which i got prompted with an error:

"Error creating new cramfs image. Not enough space?"

edit: found the code refering to the optimg size. Is the size a hard limit?
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:00 AM   #10
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Yes, the size of the Fsk partition is limited. I don't remember the exact size on 505. I guess you could resize it by making some other partition smaller but that's rather complicated and risky.
However, in your case it could be the size of /tmp directory. You could try remeding it by replacing all instances of /tmp to /Data/tmp (both in .sh scripts and autorun.js).
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You could try remeding it by replacing all instances of /tmp to /Data/tmp (both in .sh scripts and autorun.js).
Igor, I don't think you can. After running mkdosfs /Data no longer supports symbolic links, so rebuilding the image in there is not going to be possible. You should stick with /tmp.
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Old 07-25-2008, 07:52 AM   #12
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Hello,

I am a little at a loss here.

What hacks go in the universal flasher?

If I want to add "futura mt light" I just need to rename it to one of the three in the readme file? How should I proceed then when producing my lrfs?

Are the extra buttons there or the universal flasher works like an OS for future hacks?

I know nothing about all this since I only used Wolf's hack. I'd appreciate some guidance or a redirection to somewhere I can read about all this.

Thanks guys, you sure are fast.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:59 AM   #13
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The attachment contains three fonts with Cyrillic support. They are somehow different from the package used in the-ebook.org builds. tt0419m_.ttf is the same font but the name is renamed from "Courier10 Win95BT" to standard "Courier10 BT", tt0003m_.ttf leaved intact and tt0011m_.ttf contains “Constantia” Vista font as a replacement for “Times New Roman”.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:36 AM   #14
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Thanks so much for this, the readme helps a lot for those with questions. Going to flash with the new fonts when i get home and then get all comfy for the weekend
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:01 AM   #15
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Wonderful, thanks!

Just out of curiousity, could the flasher replace the reader application with another? For instance FBreader ported to the 505 instead of the Sony reader.
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