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Old 03-23-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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how to switch of page numbers in margin?

Hi,
I've just received my new H2O and I'm not able to uncheckt the page counter that rides on the right hand margin.
I know it's under "reading settings" and then there's a checkbox for Adobe Epub page counters or some such, but the checkbox cannot be unchecked.

Any ideas?

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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Being unable to uncheck this box is not something I've come across myself but something else you could try is to edit the Kobo config file directly rather than via the GUI:
  • Connect H2O to PC and navigate to the file .kobo/Kobo/Kobo eReader.conf
  • This is just a simple text file, so open it in your preferred text editor.
    NB it needs to be a text editor which understands Unix line endings. On Windows, the built-in Notepad is NOT suitable but the free Notepad++ is suitable.
  • Find the existing section with heading [Reading] and look for readingAdobeShowPageNumbers it should read
    Code:
    readingAdobeShowPageNumbers=false
    If you can't find it you'll need to add the line yourself.
  • Save and disconnect safely. I'm not sure whether a full power off/on is also necessary.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thank you Jackie!
That was very helpful and exactly what I was looking for.
The box in the prefs is now unchecked (and it cannot be checked manually, still)

Hint for Mac users stumbling upon this:
to see "hidden" items on your Kobo, start the "Terminal" app (it's hidden in your Programs -> Utilities folder).
then type (cut and paste the text in italics): defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1

Now you can see the hidden files.

Edit as described by Jackie, use the "TextEdit" app, also hidden in your program folder.

Once saved (make sure you check under the format menu the the text is without formatting), you can set your finder back to its default setting so the hidden files do not show up any more.

Cut and paste the italic text into the "Terminal" app window: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:49 PM   #4
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I don't have an H2O, but if I'm not mistaken the touch system is infrared, which means a bezel around the screen where crumbs, dust bunnies and other such monsters can lurk. You might try getting a soft brush and gently brush under the bezel, or use canned air and give it a good air cleaning under the bezel around the screen and see if that might not be the problem why you can't change that box.
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:38 PM   #5
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Glad you got it "fixed" but I might seriously think about signing out and back into your Kobo account. That will rebuild the database on your device and might save you grief down the road as your current problem might be a corrupted database. Note that you'll have to redownload your Kobo content (another reason to think about doing it now rather than later when you might have more to download).
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Hi Ripplinger - the Kobo ist brand new, just out of its box, and the checkboxes for othe roptions work just fine, so it's not that, I'm sure

@robko: I only "side-load" - have my entire library organized via Calibre, so I'm not sure how i can rebuild. I do use calibres function to update the device metadata, though.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:21 PM   #7
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Hi Ripplinger - the Kobo ist brand new, just out of its box, and the checkboxes for othe roptions work just fine, so it's not that, I'm sure
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Then there is something strange happening. I've toggled that box a few times since I've had my Aura H2O. Does the area where the check box is respond on other screens? If you tap that spot when reading does it turn the page? If it doesn't work, then check the bezel for anything that might be blocking the IR signal.

If it doesn't work in other places, than it might be faulty. But, I would suggest doing a factory reset first and retesting. That might solve it, but, if it doesn't, take it back and get a replacement.
@robko: I only "side-load" - have my entire library organized via Calibre, so I'm not sure how i can rebuild. I do use calibres function to update the device metadata, though.
The device processes any sideloaded books when it is disconnected. The processing adds details of the books into an internal database. This is what is used for the library list and to record things like the reading status. Unfortunately, the database can get corrupted. When this happens, the device can behave in some strange ways. Rebuilding the database can fix this. The simplest way to do this is to sign out of the Kobo account on the device. When you do that, it removes the database, reboots and takes you through the setup process. The advantage of doing this over a factory reset is that it doesn't wipe the partition with the sideloaded books and it takes less time. I don't think this will help with the option not working, but trying it only takes a bit of time.
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Old 03-24-2015, 06:23 AM   #8
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I don't have an H2O, but if I'm not mistaken the touch system is infrared, which means a bezel around the screen where crumbs, dust bunnies and other such monsters can lurk. You might try getting a soft brush and gently brush under the bezel, or use canned air and give it a good air cleaning under the bezel around the screen and see if that might not be the problem why you can't change that box.
There is no real 'under the bezel' with an H2O. Remember the thing is waterproof; the bezel is flush with the screen. The corners still capture some dust en small crumbs, though.

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Remember the thing is waterproof; the bezel is flush with the screen.
No, it's not.
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No, it's not.
<grabs H2O and presses nose to screen> You're actually right. there is a tiny space between the bezel and the screen. Still, I don't think that's where the IR LEDs are, so they shouldn't be blocked by dust that's caught there, if any. Although I might be wrong there as well
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<grabs H2O and presses nose to screen> You're actually right. there is a tiny space between the bezel and the screen. Still, I don't think that's where the IR LEDs are, so they shouldn't be blocked by dust that's caught there, if any. Although I might be wrong there as well
There's the same amount of space as on any other device that uses the IR touchscreen (and I've had several). Yes, that is where the IR sensors are.
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Link how IR touch screen works.
www.touchscreen.com.hk/dairexpl.htm
My old Kobo touch I could see square notches under bezel.
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These checkboxes are awfully small and you have to hit them exactly to register.

For me this means I have to tap slightly to the top-left of the box. Try to tap the checkbox and then tap all directions in a circle closely around the checkbox and see if any one of them registers.

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there is a tiny space between the bezel and the screen.
There shouldn't be a space. It's glued on, so if anything, there's a layer of glue. And that's the only thing holding any water back so ... I'd rather not put the waterproofness to the test, ever. Well, I can't anyway since I opened my device and even drilled a hole into it.

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I'd rather not put the waterproofness to the test, ever. Well, I can't anyway since I opened my device and even drilled a hole into it.
This brings to mind an old childhood phrase: a submarine with a screen door...
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