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Old 02-22-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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PRS505 Update

So I got the PRS 505 for my wife (love my PRS500 better), got the 100 credits sorted out, installed the connect software for her then saw there was a firmware update for the 505, download that and run it only to get the message that the current firmware is D.E.M.O.10000 and the newest firmware will not install.

Now this was a model version from circuit city (that I got for less than $50 being that I work there and know who to talk to!), it seems to install books fine and pictures and reads them, holds a good battery charge (took tonnes of cleaning though it was jet black with years of hand dirt).

Is this firmware updated for anything other than ePUB support?
Is there a way to manually update it and get it away from the DEMO firmware version?

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Old 02-22-2009, 10:12 PM   #2
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Wow, lots of people buying demo versions lately. I think it has to get reflashed to wipe the slate, but don't hold me to that. Do a quick search here for demo 505, see how others fixed the problem.
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Wow, lots of people buying demo versions lately. I think it has to get reflashed to wipe the slate, but don't hold me to that. Do a quick search here for demo 505, see how others fixed the problem.
Quick search on Demo 505 brought up this thread that you might want to check out..

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...ht=demo+505%2C

if not, try a search again and read the threads.. good luck and let us know what happens

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Old 02-22-2009, 11:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, only really found one thread related to this issue.
I tried doing the reset button & power to soft reset but alas no firmware is still D.E.M.O.1.0000
The flash instructions seem to only work if you have an SD card in the reader, is that the only way to do a firmware flash to the first firmware version before I can get the newest firmware?
If so I guess I need to go out and buy an SD card
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:55 PM   #5
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Akumag2, oops

fixed the link in my answer...
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:56 AM   #6
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yeah thats the one I found, resetting didn't do anything, firmware was the same, there is a link on that thread to re-flash but it seems to require an SD card of which I do not have, I'll see if I can find a cheap one somewhere and give that a go.
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:47 AM   #7
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yeah thats the one I found, resetting didn't do anything, firmware was the same
There's a way around that, which is to tweak the standalone flasher such that it thinks it's got a different firmware version to install, so it'll reflash. (There's details in Appendix C of valloric's Font Replacement Guide).

Not sure if that'll then sort out the Demo issue, but it will sort out the reflasher thinking the target's at the same version & bailing out.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:50 PM   #8
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Use Universal Flasher to switch it to the firmware update mode, then the updater should work.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:40 PM   #9
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I have tried the apendix c for the font firmware flasher (though appendix c is for bricked readers) it did not do anything, the firmware is still D.E.M.O1.0000

What is this universal flasher?
I tried looking through the forum for it but keep coming back to the font flasher.
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:31 AM   #10
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HERE you can find the flasher.

Flash your reader and reconect to a pc to reinstall the latest firmware from sony.

Have done it a dozen times and it's easy as pancakes.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:34 AM   #11
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The "Universal Flasher" involves an SD-Card-based utility script to allow you to do various things with the device, but the main use of it involves creating an image by merging the device existing frmware with some tweaked files, then flashing the new image.

As Igorsk says, one of the other things it can do, is to set the device into a "Firmware Update" mode, after which the Sony Updater executable should be able to reflash the device to the V1.1 firmware.

If you've done both those two things, with no errors, and it's still showing 'Demo', then I'm not sure what the best approach might be as it'd probably need some form of 'custom' solution.

[Edit] You don't need a large SD card - You probably only actually need a few MBs, so I expect the smallest you can find these days would be ample!

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Old 02-28-2009, 10:35 PM   #12
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you guys are a god send, not that the reader was broken but I wanted my wife to have the latest and greatest (well yes i know that the prs 700 is out now, but the 505 is better than my 500 supposedly (I dont think so though)).
I put those files on an SD card flashed the reader then did the official update and presto she now nolonger has the D.E.M.O.1.0000 firmware.

Thank you so much

Now in a week when Circuit City lays us off we can go though the books on the forum and start reading a whole bunch
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:47 AM   #13
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Well done! Incidently, now you've done that, you might as well use the PRSCustomizer to create a custom firmware image & flash that. I find that the "Uniform Fonts" and the clock make it well worth it.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:24 AM   #14
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Ive never had any problem with the fonts on the PRS 500 and the text looks much clearer on the 505 it got my wife.
The clock though, doesn't that have to constantly update, and in doing so eat up the battery life?

I remember that topic coming up with the 500 came out, that and wireless and it was discussed that Sony didnt release them as they wanted the battery to last much longer?
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The "Uniform fonts" are just the menu font sizes. It'll currently use a bigger font for short titles than long titles & the tweak makes it use the smaller font for both. I think most people think it looks better that way. The clock only updates when you turn a page, so no difference on the battery life but that turns out to be often enough!
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