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Old 07-06-2018, 01:19 AM   #1
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Instructions for patching firmware 4.9.11314

This firmware version is only available for mark 4/5 devices, for mark 6/7 devices see the thread for firmware 4.9.11311 instead.

BEWARE: The filename for this firmware archive is kobo-update-4.9.11311.zip but the firmware inside the archive is actually version 4.9.11314, so you will need to change the filename to kobo-update-4.9.11314.zip to work with the instructions below.

See the Firmware 4.9.11311 discussion thread for information about what has changed in this firmware version.

See the Index to the Metazoa firmware patches thread for a description of what some of these patches do.


Before starting:

1. Check Settings > Device information to make sure your Kobo ereader is already running firmware version 4.9.11314 (8c2fd38797). If not, then you need to upgrade before applying this patch.

2. Check that your battery is well charged.


Patching from Windows, Linux (i386/x86_64/ARM), or Mac (OS X 10.8-10.9, i386/x86_64):

1. Download and extract patch_kobo_40911314.zip (attached).

2. Download the Kobo firmware archive version 4.9.11314 for your device (See this post for links), rename the file from kobo-update-4.9.11311.zip to kobo-update-4.9.11314.zip, and copy it into the 4.9.11314_source/ subdirectory that was created in step 1. (Don't unzip the firmware archive.)

3. Read and edit all the *.patch files in the 4.9.11314_source/ subdirectory in order to: choose which patches to enable (patch_enable=`yes`) or disable (patch_enable=`no`); and to change some of the replacement values to suit your device and preferences.

4. In Windows run 4.9.11314.bat (double-click); For Linux/Mac run 4.9.11314.sh (double-click, or right-click + run, or execute 4.9.11314.sh from the command line, or drag 4.9.11314.sh into Terminal, depending on your particular OS/desktop.)

5. If there were no errors, a new 4.9.11314_target/ subdirectory will be created. Copy the KoboRoot.tgz file from this subdirectory to the .kobo directory on your ereader.

6. Safely eject and unplug the device, which will then update and restart.


To return your ereader to its original unpatched state:

1. Edit all the 4.9.11314_source/*.patch files to disable all patches (i.e. set patch_enable = `no` for every patch).

2. Repeat steps 4-6 of the procedure above.
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:20 AM   #2
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Alternative instructions using new patching tools

See the kobopatch - An improved patching system thread for more details.

This firmware version is only available for mark 4/5 devices, for mark 6/7 devices see the thread for firmware 4.9.11311 instead.

BEWARE: The filename for this firmware archive is kobo-update-4.9.11311.zip but the firmware inside the archive is actually version 4.9.11314, so you will need to change the filename to kobo-update-4.9.11314.zip to work with the instructions below.
  1. Download kobopatch_4.9.11314.zip from here.
  2. Download the firmware from here to the src folder. The zip should be renamed to kobo-update-4.9.11314.zip.
  3. Install the firmware on your kobo BEFORE proceeding with the next steps.
  4. Enable patches in the files in the src folder (or use the overrides in kobopatch.yaml to keep your options separate).
  5. Run kobopatch.bat on Windows, or kobopatch.sh on Linux.
  6. If the patching succeeded, a file named KoboRoot.tgz will be created in the out folder. Copy it to the .kobo folder of your device.

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Old 07-06-2018, 01:22 AM   #3
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Notes and other patches

Notes:

None of the patches are enabled by default.

If you want to disable the QuickTurn feature, add the following line to the [Reading] section of the device's configuration file:
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disableQuickTurn=true

The two patches `Changing the info panel in full size screensaver (lower left corner)` / (upper left corner) are not included in the attachment to post #1, see oren64's post for a replacement.

The two patches `Wikipedia Search Language` and `Show games on Beta Features` are now included in the attachment to post #1.


Other patches:

`Changing the info panel in full size screensaver- beta 1`

tshering's BAD EYES adaptation (PROGRESIVE)

If you know of any other patches for firmware 4.9.11314, post them in this thread and I'll add a link above.

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Old 07-06-2018, 02:38 AM   #4
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firmware 4.9.11314, entered disableQuickTurn = true,
but it did not help, how else you can turn off the fonction, help
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firmware 4.9.11314, entered disableQuickTurn = true,
but it did not help, how else you can turn off the fonction, help
It work to turn quick turn off here on my Glo. You need it in the correct section of the file. It has to be in the one of the lines after "[Reading]" and before the next section header. The case of the both the key and value is important, so you should have exactly what GeoffR posted.
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To check the version of a firmware zip if you are unsure, I have written a tool to extract it from the update zip, KoboRoot.tgz, or libnickel.so. https://github.com/geek1011/koboutils/releases/latest . On Windows, just drag the file onto kobo-versionextract.exe.
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reserved for alternative instructions using new patching tools
I've updated kobopatch to the latest patch zips: https://github.com/geek1011/kobopatch/releases/latest . There is a README in the zip, and it is pretty straightforward to use. The linked zips still use the patch32lsb format, but once I sort out some issues with converting the binary patches in my new conversion tool, I'll release a version converted to my new format. Users can keep their patch choices between formats and versions if they use the Overrides option in kobopatch.yaml.

Also, would anyone be interested in an option to automatically copy the patched KoboRoot.tgz to a connected Kobo?

As for progress on the zlib patching, I'm almost finished, but I need to figure out some implementation differences between go's zlib library and python's zlib library. The dictionaries used for compression seem different. See this issue for the details. I'd appreciate some help if anyone knows more about zlib.

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I've updated kobopatch to the latest patch zips: https://github.com/geek1011/kobopatch/releases/latest . There is a README in the zip, and it is pretty straightforward to use. The linked zips still use the patch32lsb format, but once I sort out some issues with converting the binary patches in my new conversion tool, I'll release a version converted to my new format. Users can keep their patch choices between formats and versions if they use the Overrides option in kobopatch.yaml.

Also, would anyone be interested in an option to automatically copy the patched KoboRoot.tgz to a connected Kobo?

As for progress on the zlib patching, I'm almost finished, but I need to figure out some implementation differences between go's zlib library and python's zlib library. The dictionaries used for compression seem different. See this issue for the details. I'd appreciate some help if anyone knows more about zlib.
Thank you, to keep the file between releases will be a big help. Not interested in copying, anyway... and waiting for your zlib (and my poor translations, if you're able to include them ). Thanks a lot for this.
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Thank you, to keep the file between releases will be a big help. Not interested in copying, anyway... and waiting for your zlib (and my poor translations, if you're able to include them ). Thanks a lot for this.
Also see the new Tips and Tricks section at the beginning of the kobopatch thread. I've added a howto for making it even easier for updating by separating custom and built-in patches into different files. If you use that and overrides, you should be able to just extract the new kobopatch (minus kobopatch.yaml) over top of the old patch files without losing any changes (unless you modified the built-in patches).

As for your translations, I'll add it today. First, can I clarify one thing? Is all kobopatch needs to do is add files from a folder into /usr/local/Kobo/translations?
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Also see the new Tips and Tricks section at the beginning of the kobopatch thread. I've added a howto for making it even easier for updating by separating custom and built-in patches into different files. If you use that and overrides, you should be able to just extract the new kobopatch (minus kobopatch.yaml) over top of the old patch files without losing any changes (unless you modified the built-in patches).
Thank you, it will be useful for some patches.

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As for your translations, I'll add it today. First, can I clarify one thing? Is all kobopatch needs to do is add files from a folder into /usr/local/Kobo/translations?
No, it need to execute some programs for converting ts to qm (I think I attached the bat at the original thread, I can attach it again if you like). Of course, I'm responsible to be sure that binary and libs are in the proper directory, I don't expect them to be included too.
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No, it need to execute some programs for converting ts to qm (I think I attached the bat at the original thread, I can attach it again if you like). Of course, I'm responsible to be sure that binary and libs are in the proper directory, I don't expect them to be included too.
I've finished translations support! Please test it (as I don't use translations myself), and tell me if it works fine in the kobopatch thread.
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