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Old 05-21-2010, 08:37 AM   #1
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Calibre not detecting device prs500

Hi,
Am new to e- readers and have been atempting to use Calibre with my prs-500 but no joy. Every time I try to transfer Calibre says device not detected. I have run a debug and this is what it says:

Version: 0.6.53
USB devices on system:
[u'usb\\root_hub&vid8086&pid27c8&rev0002',
u'usb\\root_hub&vid8086&pid27ca&rev0002',
u'usb\\root_hub&vid8086&pid27c9&rev0002',
u'usb\\root_hub20&vid8086&pid27cc&rev0002',
u'usb\\vid_054c&pid_029b&rev_0100']
Drives detected:
{}
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Looking for PRS500
u'usb\\vid_054c&pid_029b&rev_0100'
Looking for PRS505
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Devices possibly connected: PRS-500 Device Interface,
Trying to open PRS-500 Device Interface ... failed
Opening of the following devices failed
<calibre.devices.prs500.driver.PRS500 object at 0x03D0A170>
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "site-packages\calibre\devices\__init__.py", line 86, in debug
File "site-packages\calibre\devices\prs500\driver.py", line 210, in reset
File "site-packages\calibre\devices\libusb.py", line 349, in get_device_by_id
File "site-packages\calibre\devices\libusb.py", line 333, in busses
Error: Could not find libusb.


I have tried uninstalling and various versions of Calibre but still no joy.
Any suggestions please?

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Old 05-21-2010, 11:24 AM   #2
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support for the un upgraded prs500 has been dropped. You may be able to get it to work by finding the prs500.inf file in the calibre install folder and right clicking on it and selecting install

But seriously send in your reader to sony for a free upgrade.
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:13 PM   #3
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We can't upgrade the reader - we live in an unsuppoorted area of the world
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:50 PM   #4
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In that case stick with old releases of calibre
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:35 AM   #5
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Specifically, try to use 0.6.29 - I believe that is the last version that correctly handled the 500. You can find it HERE.
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We can't upgrade the reader - we live in an unsuppoorted area of the world
Where on Earth do you live? Iran?
I got mine upgraded and I live in Australia!
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Specifically, try to use 0.6.29 - I believe that is the last version that correctly handled the 500. You can find it HERE.
If they are using a Mac then 0.6.29 was the most recent to support the 500 but I believe Windows after installing prs500.inf worked until the last 0.6.xx version.
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Where on Earth do you live? Iran?
I got mine upgraded and I live in Australia!
How did you do it - the last I read said that New Zealand wasn't supported. And in fact I can't use the online Sony update request forms because they don't allow our ZIP codes
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How did you do it - the last I read said that New Zealand wasn't supported. And in fact I can't use the online Sony update request forms because they don't allow our ZIP codes
OK: how to get your PRS-500 upgraded:
1) Examine this website and take the appropriate phone number from there: https://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...2&N=4294953907 - hint: 866-962-7669;
2) Ring that number - it is a US toll-free phone number, so you can use Skype to ring them for free;
3) Request the firmware upgrade, give your details (check repeatedly to make sure they got it right - they still have my surname wrong!), volunteer vocally to pay the cost of shipping it to the US;
4) They'll give you an address to ship it to in Laredo, Texas in the US and a job number;
5) Entrust your PRS-500 to NZ Post assuming they're still in business as we speak;
6) ????
7) PROFIT!

Here is the beginning of my tale - they're a bit better at handling international calls now! http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62348

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If they are using a Mac then 0.6.29 was the most recent to support the 500 but I believe Windows after installing prs500.inf worked until the last 0.6.xx version.
That's interesting, just goes to show that I learn something new everyday. I didn't realize that the windows build supported it longer.
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That's interesting, just goes to show that I learn something new everyday. I didn't realize that the windows build supported it longer.
I didn't realize it either and gave out bad advice from 0.6.31 to 0.6.40 until Kovid corrected me.
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