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Old 11-09-2013, 07:13 PM   #64
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Device: Kobo Glo
Finally got mine working, if you also had trouble, here's an idiots guide as I found working from Google translated German pages wasn't as straightforward as I hoped.

You need:

2x Micro SD cards (one internal to install the Tolino firmware at least 4GB, one to root it)

The ALLESebook.de_tolino_shine_root.zip file from:

http://allesebook.de/firmware-softwa...le-play-32350/

The backup_internal_sd_shine_after_sys_recover.img.gz file from:

http://naberius.de/

Insert the card that will become the internal SD into a card reader and into your PC.

Extract the backup_internal_sd_shine_after_sys_recover.img.gz file to give you an ISO file.

Write the ISO file to the first SD card (Mac users can use Disk Utility, Unix can dd, Windows can use http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ or similar

Power off the Kobo, open the case according to:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=209122

Remove the Kobo internal (and external if present) SD card

Insert the card, replacing the Kobo firmware SD card and power on the Kobo

The Tolino software will start (if you wrote the image properly)

Take your second SD card (can be the Kobo card if you don't have a spare, just ensure it has 268.4MB free) and copy the recovery.img file from the extracted ALLESebook.de_tolino_shine_root.zip to the root of the second SD card.

Insert this card into the Kobo/Shine and WAIT until the Kobo shuts itself down (should only take 2-3 minutes) If it takes longer than that then reboot the Kobo by holding the power slider and choosing "Neu Starten" and wait until the Kobo has shut down before proceeding.

Hold the light button down then slide the power switch until the Tolino logo appears. Release the light button and slider.

When the recovery screen appears, do nothing on the Kobo other than plug it into your computer.

On your computer go to Control Panel and Devices (or however it's named on your version of Windows) and find the Tolino entry.

Right click on it and choose Update Drivers

Do not let it search, choose Let Me Choose then scroll to the end and choose Have Disk

Point it at the ALLESebook.de_tolino_shine_root folder, go to 2_USB_Driver and click on the android_winusb.inf file. This will present you with 3 options, choose the last one (Android Composite ADB Interface)

Run the 3_install_su.bat file, press "J" (for Yes) and hopefully watch the scripts install everything. If it didn't work, then you need to re-do the recovery.img file as ADB didn't get installed.

Eventually you will get to the good old Android home screen, but there's a problem...

If you set Android to English then you get force closes. This is caused by the Button Savior app that was installed with the regular launcher and the Play Store.

Uninstall it then go to:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=865525

And download the SWkey62.apk file.

With the Play Store, install ES File Explorer

Once installed copy the SWkey62.apk to your Kobo (any folder) and find it with ES then install it. You may need to enable "Unknown Sources" before doing this.

That is the combination I used to get it working. I recommend a different launcher though, I am using Launcher7, which is a Windows Phone 7 clone, but the large tiles work well on this.
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