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Old 02-08-2019, 03:49 AM   #1
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Kobo Forma: how to reset?

Does anybody know how to (properly) reset the Kobo Forma? I don't mean a factory reset, just a restart.

It's not that I haven't managed to do so. But the how remains opaque to me, weirdly. What I've done is just pressed the on/off button for an unconscionable amount of time. Usually nothing happens. Then I release it, and press it again... and usually it will then restart.
But that's a little haphazard. What's the proper procedure?
As far as I can see, the Kobo online help pages only provide explanation about a basic reset for other moddels (with a hole you can press a paperclip iin) and for a factory reset (which is not what I want). Or did I overlook a help page?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:27 AM   #2
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Holding the power button down for five seconds or so should trigger a shutdown. When that happens it will display the powered off screen. If the device has hung, holding it down for longer than that, will force a power off. I'm not sure how long is needed, but, I always say 20 seconds in the factory reset instructions. When you do this, the screen doesn't change.

And the manual I found on the Kobo support site, has instructions for turning the device off on page 59. The manual is at https://kbdownload1-a.akamaihd.net/m...erGuide-EN.pdf.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:02 AM   #3
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Thanks, that's useful.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link. It's very helpful. It's way better than the tiny little bit of paper Kobo ships with the device.
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:58 AM   #5
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The manuals are available on the devices. They are under the help item in the main menu. And they do get updated with the firmware. Probably not as often as they should, but the version on my Glo HD seems to be cover changes made since it was released.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:37 AM   #6
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Too bad the manual doesn't mention the little detail that holding the power button on a frozen Kobo for several seconds will force a shutdown. The only way to know you've successfully shutdown is to press and hold the power button again for 2 - 3 seconds, and the screen should finally change to the boot squares.

My Forma is, sadly, less than perfectly stable and I've become very familiar with this process. I need it roughly every 2 weeks.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:35 PM   #7
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Thanks again, davidfor. Wow that's frequent, rashkae.

My forma froze and I pressed and held the power button a few different times and for various durations and the device stubbornly remained frozen. Eventually I had to hold both the power button and the next page button simultaneously and after a few seconds it went into factory reset.

It wasn't ideal, but it go things going again. I had to leave my WiFi on for about a half hou or more to allow things to reinstall. Many books I had been reading had to be re-downloade - that was a nuisance.

Well, life goes on.
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