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Old 03-08-2017, 09:42 PM   #1
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Firmware 4.3.8945

Just rec'd FW 4.3.8945
  • Glo HD
  • No New Home Screen (still tiled)
  • Need to check "Attempt To Support Newer Firmware" in Calibre for driver to work
  • Release Notes Say: Improve Stability, Various Bug Fixes
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:34 PM   #2
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Two step update?

I hadn't updated my GloHD or Original Touch since 4.2.8432 so decided to go ahead and try this new FW. One odd thing about the update is that it did a two step update on both devices, first it downloaded and installed 4.3.8842 and then on restart it immediately downloaded and installed 4.3.8945.

I can't recall ever having any of my Kobo's do a two step update before but I usually update as soon as a new FW comes out so perhaps this is normal behavior, just something I have never seen before.
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I can't recall ever having any of my Kobo's do a two step update before but I usually update as soon as a new FW comes out so perhaps this is normal behavior, just something I have never seen before.
Can't say. Mine went from 8842 to 8945 directly (it skipped 8871 and 8929 entirely). Maybe there was some "mandatory" base code in 8842 that was required.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:57 PM   #4
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My old Touch (original version) doesn't seem to like 4.3.8945, getting some strange screen corruption at the bottom of the home screen when doing a sync. Seems to be okay when reading a book though so it doesn't appear to be a problem with the screen itself.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:29 PM   #5
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A few of us on the beta program have reported that very issue to Kobo.
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Old 03-08-2017, 11:52 PM   #6
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For those who are interested, the download links for 4.3.8945 are:

Mark 3
http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...e-4.3.8945.zip

Mark 4
http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...e-4.3.8945.zip

Mark 5
http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...e-4.3.8945.zip

Mark 6
http://download.kobobooks.com/firmwa...e-4.3.8945.zip

And for those who use the nightmode patch from this link: https://github.com/gtalusan/kobo-nig...r/KoboRoot.tgz, it still works on this release (tested on Aura using light switch or brightness level to toggle, Aura One using editing nightmode.ini to toggle).

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Old 03-09-2017, 12:09 AM   #7
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I love Kobo that I am still getting bug fixes and stability improvements and other enhancements, pevious update , just before, this one even though my device is an older model.

Everything , seems to work fine with these updates on my Kobo Aura HD.

I think I noticed at least one bug improvement.

Sometimes, if I would search for a word, in a book, I just opened, I had to do it twice, as the first time I opened it --it would look in the previous book I had open.

I am not sure if this update fixed it or the previous update, which were close together.

Kindles can be nice but Kobo's higher end devices are like the Rolls Royce for hardcore geek readers. Definitely my favourite company since Sony stopped making their eReader line.

P.S. it did it in one shot, not two, on my device.

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  • Need to check "Attempt To Support Newer Firmware" in Calibre for driver to work
What version of calibre do you have? The update to support the 4.3.x firmware was in calibre 2.80.
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What version of calibre do you have? The update to support the 4.3.x firmware was in calibre 2.80.
After turning off attempt to support newer firmware, Calibre 2.80 give the following:

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calibre, version 2.80.0
WARNING: Failed: Kobo database version unsupported - See details

Your Kobo is running an updated firmware/database version.
As calibre does not know about this updated firmware,
database editing is disabled, to prevent corruption. You
can still send books to your Kobo with calibre,  but deleting
books and managing collections is disabled. If you are willing
to experiment and know how to reset your Kobo to Factory
defaults, you can override this check by right clicking the device
icon in calibre and selecting "Configure this device" and then the
"Attempt to support newer firmware" option. Doing so may require
you to perform a factory reset of your Kobo.
Device database version: 137.
Device firmware version: (4, 3, 8945)
Another day, another database version...

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I hadn't updated my GloHD or Original Touch since 4.2.8432 so decided to go ahead and try this new FW. One odd thing about the update is that it did a two step update on both devices, first it downloaded and installed 4.3.8842 and then on restart it immediately downloaded and installed 4.3.8945.

I can't recall ever having any of my Kobo's do a two step update before but I usually update as soon as a new FW comes out so perhaps this is normal behavior, just something I have never seen before.
Not a two step process, just bad timing. Kobo have released a few hotfix firmware versions recently. In fact, they released two today. You must have timed the updates to download between turning the first one off and turning the second one on! But, I am surprised it was 4.3.8842 and not 4.3.8871.
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Calibre 2.80 give the following:

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calibre, version 2.80.0
WARNING: Failed: Kobo database version unsupported - See details

Your Kobo is running an updated firmware/database version.
As calibre does not know about this updated firmware,
database editing is disabled, to prevent corruption. You
can still send books to your Kobo with calibre,  but deleting
books and managing collections is disabled. If you are willing
to experiment and know how to reset your Kobo to Factory
defaults, you can override this check by right clicking the device
icon in calibre and selecting "Configure this device" and then the
"Attempt to support newer firmware" option. Doing so may require
you to perform a factory reset of your Kobo.
Device database version: 137.
Device firmware version: (4, 3, 8945)
Another day, another database version...
They upped the database version between 4.3.8929 and 4.3.8945. I'll update calibre tonight.
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what affiliate gives that update ? Mine is set on Kobo as I don't want the FNAC logo on sleeping. I didn't even get the one that was released at the beginning of the month.
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I manually upgraded my Glo from 4.3.8871 to 4.3.8945, but I don't think there was any point really, the problems with sync and reading stats haven't been fixed.

I think I am going to turn off wi-fi and just wait until they have fixed all the problems introduced since 3.19.5761, I feel more like an unpaid software tester than a customer at the moment.

Edit: The UI is getting very ghosty, it is okay when actually reading a book, but the (old) home screen and menus ghost up very quickly now.

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I manually upgraded my Glo from 4.3.8871 to 4.3.8945, but I don't think there was any point really, the problems with sync and reading stats haven't been fixed.

I think I am going to turn off wi-fi and just wait until they have fixed all the problems introduced since 3.19.5761, I feel more like an unpaid software tester than a customer at the moment.

Edit: The UI is getting very ghosty, it is okay when actually reading a book, but the (old) home screen and menus ghost up very quickly now.
This. I stop using mine till this silliness is done with. I've gone back to reading on my Fire Phone. Doesn't Kobo have a test team? Did something happen to it?

Geoff how hard is it to downgrade back to 3.19?

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Lol, You didn't mention all time you spend on making FW patching.
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