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Old 12-08-2015, 09:35 AM   #16
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No, Manually installing effectively bricks your device (Untill you go through the normal setup, or a new workaround is found.)
I don't really understand what the big deal is about having a Kobo account anyways. Are you paranoid? Just cause you have one, doesn't mean you have to give them money or add a credit card. I find it very handy when using https://www.bookbub.com which sends me emails everyday for new free books within my selected genres. I simply click on them in the email and add to them to my kobo library and sync my kobo. So far I've collected 52 books that I would of never thought to go download the epubs for.

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Old 12-08-2015, 09:45 AM   #17
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The new firmware does not work with self-registered database... (The error you get is "Critical Error, Your eReader hasn't synchronized with the server yet. Any highlights, notes, or reading progress you've made on the device will be lost.".. the only option is a "Sign out" button that deletes the database.


I've had enough of Kobo for this year.. discuss amongst yourselves, back to Kindle for me.
Kobo readers require a Kobo account. Any other ways to use the features that require that are hacks.

And you are bashing Kobo for not supporting an unofficial hack. There is a problem here.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:48 AM   #18
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This fw version looks solid, hopefully GeoffR will release his patch soon (not pushing him, just saying im looking forward to it). GeoffR is a boss
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #19
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Installed it manually with a non registered kobo aura hd works without any problem here...
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:02 AM   #20
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No, Manually installing effectively bricks your device (Untill you go through the normal setup, or a new workaround is found.)
Thanks for the heads-up. I made a complete backup before updating.

I've had this issue for a while now, but ... I get random USB bus resets with the Kobo H2O connected to Linux PC. This caused read errors while making the backup (and device redetected under a different name). So I had to re-mount and re-run the backup. And this happened again after copying the update data on and umounting the device. So I had to mount again and verify the update files were correct.

That aside the update itself went without a hitch. Although it turns out the Kobo was registered properly at the time I tried it. I forgot to unregister it after testing my autoshelf shelf sync behaviour some time ago.

So I can't say whether it would brick when not properly registered... but the USB resets worry me.

Emptying registration after the update: device itself works, but when trying to go to settings->account, nickel hangs with 100% CPU usage. So it definitely doesn't seem to like something about it...

Putting crap in the fields instead of leaving them empty '' raises the "critical error" you mentioned. So it seems you can still use fake registration if you stick to empty fields and avoid the "accounts" dialog in the setting.

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Old 12-08-2015, 10:18 AM   #21
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No, Manually installing effectively bricks your device (Untill you go through the normal setup, or a new workaround is found.)
What do you mean by manually installing?

Cause if you mean manually copying the update to .kobo and letting it do the update that way, it just worked for me.

Or do you mean another way?
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:19 AM   #22
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I don't really understand what the big deal is about having a Kobo account anyways. Are you paranoid? Just cause you have one, doesn't mean you have to give them money or add a credit card. I find it very handy when using https://www.bookbub.com which sends me emails everyday for new free books within my selected genres. I simply click on them in the email and add to them to my kobo library and sync my kobo. So far I've collected 52 books that I would of never thought to go download the epubs for.
Same here.

Particularly when there are other readers available that are plug and go.

Perhaps I'm just old ;-)
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:42 AM   #23
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I don't really understand what the big deal is about having a Kobo account anyways. Are you paranoid? Just cause you have one, doesn't mean you have to give them money or add a credit card. I find it very handy when using https://www.bookbub.com which sends me emails everyday for new free books within my selected genres. I simply click on them in the email and add to them to my kobo library and sync my kobo. So far I've collected 52 books that I would of never thought to go download the epubs for.
I have at least 5 (loose count after a while)..

The irritation of the device deleting my database and shutting itself down until I go through another dance with them was the straw that broke the cammels back.

I've gone way out of my way, and expense, to support Kobo because "They are not amazon." ( and I don't much like amazon attitude either, but at least they don't regularly show imcompetence.),, but i expect to be met half way.

To be clear, I already own Kindles, so I'm just shelving the Kobo until I feel some irrational desire to play with it again. And if I don't buy the few drm free books available on Kobo anymore, that just means I'll now pay at least 13% less for them. (Thanks to our wonderful government policies, that's the best Kobo can ever achieve on competitive pricing for books, 13% more than the competition eating their lunch.)

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Old 12-08-2015, 11:10 AM   #24
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The light control via the left bezel is still very slow. Back to 3.16 for me.
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Perfect for me, thanks for the heads up.

I might just see the need to patch in order to get rid of the 'search shop' thing but then again, I might not (until i find a bug that matters to me, that is the last such bug was the one where you weren't able to turn off pinch to zoom)
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Pinch to adjust font size on epubs has finally been fixed. unchecking it accually disables it now
Aura now refreshes every every chapter again
Awesome! These were the two fixes I was waiting for. Looks like it's finally time to update from 3.12.1.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:46 PM   #27
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No, Manually installing effectively bricks your device (Untill you go through the normal setup, or a new workaround is found.)
Please explain this, it is confusing,manually install the firmware (by copy it to the Kobo directory) isn't brick anything.
So what do you mean,you don't want to make a kobo account and just put this firmware on it and then without the account settings it would brick ??
I think it just want you to do the setup again,not bricking it ??

If the only problem is gernerating an account then whats the problem with that, use 10 minute mail account, if needed use a proxy and simply not sync ?
Maybe all stupid things/questions but I don't understand it,and the "brick warning" can confuse a lot of people..
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The new firmware does not work with self-registered database... (The error you get is "Critical Error, Your eReader hasn't synchronized with the server yet. Any highlights, notes, or reading progress you've made on the device will be lost.".. the only option is a "Sign out" button that deletes the database.


I've had enough of Kobo for this year.. discuss amongst yourselves, back to Kindle for me.
You are using a hack to bypass the registration. You cannot expect Kobo to comply with a hack they didn't authorize. I've registered my H2O and I see nothing at all wrong with that.

As for Kindle, you HAVE to register in order to be able to use collections. This is no different than registering your Kobo.

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Old 12-08-2015, 12:53 PM   #29
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3.19.5613 looks like a good improvement on 3.18.0 to me, the unofficial FullScreenReading feature is fully functional again, which was the only major problem I had with 3.18.0.

A couple of other minor bug-fixes I noticed:

* The help pages for the Glo now show the correct instructions (single-finger swipe) for changing the brightness level (they used to show the two-finger swipe used by the Aura, which doesn't work on the Glo.)

* The Reading Settings menu now shows the correct options for the Glo (it used to show the Aura's pinch/zoom options, which don't apply to the Glo.)

Other changes:

The old Gothic and Ryumin fonts were in OTF format, the new replacements are in TTF format. I don't know what differences there are, but the ryumin replacement is a lot larger.

Edit: Not fixed:

The TOC/Navigation problems in those ePubs where the publisher has put multiple chapters in one internal file are still present: The tick mark stays beside the first chapter in the file instead of advancing to the current chapter in the file; and the chapter-back << and chapter forward >> buttons do not work properly when the relevant chapter is not the first in the file.

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I'm waiting for the patches before I install. This one I'm not going to wait on. Once the patches are out, I'll configure the patches and update.

GeoffR, I'm not trying to rush you. I can easily wait for this.
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