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Old 04-22-2020, 04:19 AM   #721
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Indeed, after wiping my mimas notes export works alright. And quality is same as it was in 1.x
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Old 04-22-2020, 05:06 PM   #722
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When you take an OTA (over the air update) it replaces the OLD OS files that it modifies in the system partition as the new OTA'd ones. So factory reset just wipes user data (depending on the device) and resets all system settings and accounts to a blank OBE (out of the box experience) state. The OTA is not the full System image though and so if you were to say go into the recovery and wipe system and not just factory reset it would be a blank device and you would need a firmware dump that some have done with the rktool.
Thank you, I didn't know any of that. Although the upgrade I applied before I did the factory reset was not OTA, and I think was supposed to be the full image. I got it from this post: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...&postcount=690
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Boyue made the firmware FW-V2.3.2 update available (https://twitter.com/BoyueTechnology/...359203331?s=20) for download by Mega (https://t.co/ikSclpqQsh?amp=1). It's a full (not incremental) update so you can update from any previous version.
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This is why it's bad that Boyue does not release anywhere the full system image when they make an OTA in case you get a corrupt OTA and then try to factory reset thinking it will fix it and then have a fully botched OS. It has been shown on the Mars at many times in this forum that if the device is dead for a long time and you go to boot it can mess up the OS (can be due to many factors) and all those devices would have been warranty issued or just bricked without the helpful people dumping their own Firmware's for them to use as a full refresh to flash to the device to make it OBE again.
Was that Twitter link in the post above not the full system image? Or perhaps just a rare occasion when it actually was made available? I am pretty clueless about this stuff and saved that download thinking I could just put it on my Mimas as update.zip at any point and it would update to that firmware, even if it's a reversion. Am I misunderstanding any of that?

Thank you for taking the time to clarify these things for me. I really appreciate it.

For anybody reading this thread and wondering about the latest firmware, I would like to add that the April 17th, 2020 update has been fantastic for me so far. Everything seems to be working great, and I love the new features - especially the new ZReader app which is so much nicer than the original built-in reading software.

I appreciate that Boyue has continued to update even the older models.
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Old 04-22-2020, 05:20 PM   #723
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Thank you, I didn't know any of that. Although the upgrade I applied before I did the factory reset was not OTA, and I think was supposed to be the full image. I got it from this post: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...&postcount=690
Was that Twitter link in the post above not the full system image? Or perhaps just a rare occasion when it actually was made available? I am pretty clueless about this stuff and saved that download thinking I could just put it on my Mimas as update.zip at any point and it would update to that firmware, even if it's a reversion. Am I misunderstanding any of that?

Thank you for taking the time to clarify these things for me. I really appreciate it.

For anybody reading this thread and wondering about the latest firmware, I would like to add that the April 17th, 2020 update has been fantastic for me so far. Everything seems to be working great, and I love the new features - especially the new ZReader app which is so much nicer than the original built-in reading software.

I appreciate that Boyue has continued to update even the older models.
No the Twitter link was the file your device would download before they had some server snaffu. The updates disappeared for awhile and durring that time frame just put them up locally. Now the ota works again. A full image is about 1GB. If you backup the device with rktool it takes over 1GB as it takes it all (full firmware) minus the user data.

If they ever give us a oreo build its ota will be big and probably a full image for some radio and bootloader updates I would assume.
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Old 04-22-2020, 05:27 PM   #724
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especially the new ZReader app which is so much nicer than the original built-in reading software.
Hey, is the ZReader app pre-installed with the new update? I don't see it on my device. It doesn't seem available on Boyue or Google app stores either.
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Hey, is the ZReader app pre-installed with the new update? I don't see it on my device. It doesn't seem available on Boyue or Google app stores either.
It's hidden pretty deep.
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It's hidden pretty deep.
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No the Twitter link was the file your device would download before they had some server snaffu. The updates disappeared for awhile and durring that time frame just put them up locally. Now the ota works again. A full image is about 1GB. If you backup the device with rktool it takes over 1GB as it takes it all (full firmware) minus the user data.

If they ever give us a oreo build its ota will be big and probably a full image for some radio and bootloader updates I would assume.
Interesting. I have an update I saved from last year and it's only 22.9 MB!

On the other hand... the April 17th update I downloaded (BYRead-V2.3.3-2020041717) is 717 MB. Is that still too small for the full update?
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Interesting. I have an update I saved from last year and it's only 22.9 MB!

On the other hand... the April 17th update I downloaded (BYRead-V2.3.3-2020041717) is 717 MB. Is that still too small for the full update?
They are just zips without extensions on them just put them on your computer and add the .zip and you can see the differences in them some folders will be missing ect. I do not believe the latest one is a Full ROM though. The firmware and the ROM are not the same thing too. The ROM is the OS (like windows) the Firmware is your like BIOS and drivers to an extent plus a ROM so it has a OS. The ROM is one part.

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They are just zips without extensions on them just put them on your computer and add the .zip and you can see the differences in them some folders will be missing ect. I do not believe the latest one is a Full ROM though. The firmware and the ROM are not the same thing too. The ROM is the OS (like windows) the Firmware is your like BIOS and drivers to an extent plus a ROM so it has a OS. The ROM is one part.

Here is a pic of an old firmware dump from my mimas before the UI change.
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Interesting! Here is a screencap of what's in the 717 MB zip:
It's possible but someone with more knowledge would need to look at it. It may be the full ROM but that's not enough to fix a brick for instance. A semi brick maybe, the biggest issue is that if you are semi bricked you normally can only flash the firmware img format stuff to the device through it's bootloader and a pc.

EDIT: actually we do have an sdcard slot so perhaps it can be updated off that in a semi if you had the file already.
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How did you get that zreader option? I don't have any
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How did you get that zreader option? I don't have any
In your mimas settings at the top what firmware you on?

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In your mimas settings at the top what firmware you on?

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Last one from 17th of April. Okay then... Strange
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How did you get that zreader option? I don't have any
This option is not available in pdf. Have you tried to open an epub?
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This option is not available in pdf. Have you tried to open an epub?
Ah, i suspected that this depends on file type because i tried fb2 and pdf. epub is alright, thanks for clarification
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