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Old 11-30-2015, 04:54 PM   #1
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Kobo-how to install koreader

hello everybody,
I got a Kobo aura h2o, and I am not satisfied with the default pdf reader, after some digging I came to the conclusion to install the Koreader, I want to use it to read mostly Programming books. I already made my way through many posts here , and now my question:
which way is the less invasive to install it ? someone could also say the cleanest way.The only functionality I want to have is to start koreader from an icon on the home screen, and I have no interest to install anything else.
it would be great if a connoisseur will help me do that.
(Actually my Kobo is running fw 3.17.0 )
and thanks in advance.

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Old 12-01-2015, 11:21 AM   #2
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What you ask should be possible with Files Monitor (be careful, that may not be compatible with firmware 3.17), but I'd recommend Kobo Start Menu instead. See https://github.com/koreader/koreader...n-Kobo-devices for more information.
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thanks for your answer,
I looked inside KSM, but there is a bunch of stuff what I do not need, I guess from all binaries and scripts there maybe one or two things will do the trick for me, I will not use wifi, and do not want my kobo to download anything from the kobo server either on behalf of me etc..., so my usage will be to stuck a mSD card with some pdfs or epubs and read them, and KSM has too many features and too cluttered for my personal usage.
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I basically just use KSM for starting KOReader and USB transfers. I find it less cluttered than Nickel, but I suppose that's personal.
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To use files monitor do I have to patch fw 3.17 or do I have to upgrade to 3.18 ?
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Presumably the lower the better for support, but I don't know anything about that route.
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Perhaps this is still working, as I understand it the startup/rcS file has remained much the same since 3.11. This approach gives you a start up menu to select launching Nickel or KOReader, and that is all.

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Thanks for your help, I think advboot is the way for me to go,
but
I made a mistake when I said that my aura h2o has fw 3.17.0
as it's only fw 3.7.0 so now I guess I must upgrade?, what's the most stable fw actually out there, with really usefull features? what do you advice me to install? to register I have followed the precedure described here adding a sql record manually, and want to also manually upgrade the firmware.
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For custom mods a lower firmware version is more likely to be properly supported than a higher firmware version. As for stability I don't think there's such a thing as one that's unstable. I'm pretty sure that all versions use what amounts to the same Linux kernel regardless and that it's only the Nickel software which differs. For features, you'd have to ask someone who uses Nickel.
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They tried to introduce a "feature" in 3.17.x that was trouble and had to drop it in 3.18, I would avoid 3.17 anyway. The advboot download at the link I posted should work with your device on 3.7.0. (I don't use Nickel for reading so I haven't "updated" the Kobo firmware past 3.5.0.)

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is there any changelog to each release by kobo?
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Kobo do not release a detailed release log. There should be a list of major changes available on the device after the upgrade.
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After reading the discussions for fw 3.15 and 3.16 and 3.17 I am confused and can not decide what release to install.
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After reading the discussions for fw 3.15 and 3.16 and 3.17 I am confused and can not decide what release to install.
If you did not find any advantage that you want to enjoy or any disadvantage that you want to avoid at any costs in the discussions of these firmwares, I would say go with the most recent one (3.18.0). You did not mention the discussions about 3.18.0. Maybe you want to read them too.
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After reading the discussions for fw 3.15 and 3.16 and 3.17 I am confused and can not decide what release to install.
Firstly, DO NOT use either 3.16.10 or 3.17.0.

3.18.0 is good except some extra flashing when using the unsupported full screen mode and at a new chapter in kepubs. These weren't to bad to my mind.

There will be a new firmware released in the next week or two if you want to wait.
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