Vox Kobo Vox memory card image - Fix tablet upgrade error and more
#1  pcampbell 02-10-2012, 02:33 PM

I got 4 Kobo Vox tablets for family for Christmas. 3 didn't work, 1 did. 2 had the tablet upgrade error, and 1 kept saying card is full. NONE were able to do a factory reset (vol+ power), also formatting the user partition did nothing.

So the one that worked, did a factory restore from settings, downloaded the updates, then before finishing first setup turned it off. So when turn on it just asks for Timezone ect...

Then using dd created a copy of the memory card, flashing it to the memory cards of the other 3 tablets. All worked. So tested working fix.

This is not an beginners task, say intermediate. I created a torrent for the image (2.5gb) and will seed long as I can from my work at 20Kb/s. If anyone can please help out with the seeding and hosting the .torrent file would be appreciated.

NOTE: Requires Linux (I use Linux Mint here at work), for beginners Ubuntu would make life a bit easier. Also install Gdiskdump to make it easier.


1) download the image from dropbox direct link (this one is slowwww, but steady)

2) Take apart your Kobo Vox and remove the memory card. Its easy, take off back cover, remove screws, unplug battery, carefully seperate plastic housing, memory card is on top edge. (this is the not so beginner part)

3) Use a memory card reader and connect to your computer

4) Load up Gdiskdump (Recommend for ease of use, command line dd is my choice)

5) First screen (source) choose "File" from the drop down

6) Second screen (destination) choose "Harddrive", choose your memory card, should show as 7.05gb disk

7) Click go and take a coffee/smoke/tea break.....

8) Put it all back together

9) Turn on and should just ask to connect to wifi, check for updates fast fast then go straight to the timezone selection


Thank you DrunkMonk for this following guide for Windows users!
Alright, update and alternative solution for those non-linux individuals like myself and those having write access issues.

After getting the .img.gz file I tried, tried and tried again to install on existing SD card. What I found out is that my vox's 8gb card was not allowing write access no matter what I did. I tried everything I could think of and decided I'm done with the card! I bought a new card for $15 bucks and downloaded WinImage here.

If you don't want to use linux use this program. The steps to reflash are as follows:

1. First thing you will have to format and partition the new sd card using cmd prompt. Search youtube if you don't know how.

2. Extract the .img file from the .gz file.

3. Open WinImage. Under the "Disk" tab select "restore Virtual Hard Disk" . Then select your SD card and hit ok. In the popup select filetype in the bottom right and select "all files". Find and select your kobovox.img file. Select ok again to start.

4. Pop back sd card into your vox once re-imaging is complete and follow the setup. Good to go without using linux.

*As a note, it may just be that my cardreader wasn't accessing the microsd from the vox appropriately. This might happen to you. I'd suggest just buying a combo SD card/adapter that's 8gb and doing it my way. It's less than 20 bucks and it will save you the headache of trying to get the internal sd to write. Plus it will save you working in linux if you aren't very knowledgeable of it.

Hope this helps someone else!!!

Have fun, hope it helps

UPDATE: Added new download link that won't be going down... Well, not till boss finds out

UPDATE 2: Added dropbox link thanks to Lanord!

UPDATE 3: Added windows guide thanks drunkmonk!

#2  suedenim 02-10-2012, 05:07 PM
Does your "good" Vox have the sleep of death problem?

#3  Kboland 02-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Not sure if it's just me, but I get an error when uTorrent opens your linked file. Anyone else able to successfully get it to download and open?

#4  mr_nobody 02-10-2012, 05:47 PM
Quote suedenim
Does your "good" Vox have the sleep of death problem?
Ha, ha! Great question!

#5  pcampbell 02-10-2012, 06:59 PM
As far as I've seen no "sleep of death", atleast my son hasn't mentioned it. I'll steal it from him tonight and poke it.

The torrent file seems messed up... hmm... in the morning I will fix it. Sorry about that. Created it with kTorrent as Transmission 2.31 has issues making torrents with udp announce urls.

Trying to share my victory after several weeks of fighting with it. Its actualy a pretty nice tablet/reader for the price... got them $119.99 CAD on sale.

#6  Kboland 02-11-2012, 05:58 AM
Quote pcampbell

The torrent file seems messed up... hmm... in the morning I will fix it. them $119.99 CAD on sale.
No problem about the torrent, really cool of you to upload it either way

And where did you grab them for $119? Wow that's low!


#7  pcampbell 02-11-2012, 01:30 PM
Ok, having issues with trackers here at work (nothing but problems with Linksys router since they bought it). So, uploading it direct to my development server. Will update the original post with a direct link to the image file when its done.

2.8gb at 130KB/s ... about 5 hours to go.

"And where did you grab them for $119? Wow that's low!"

Small electronics store in Montreal during Boxing Week, price was $134.99 but since I bought 4 at once, he dropped it to $119.99 each.

I do most of Christmas shopping during Boxing Week, save ALOT of money

#8  pcampbell 02-12-2012, 11:41 AM
Ok, doing my best to share this

Came into work this morning and see this:

Command: STOR kobovox.img.gz
Response: 552 Quota exceeded: [kobovox.img.gz] won't be saved
Error: Critical file transfer error
Status: Disconnected from server

Feel like banging my head into the wall. Sorry folks I'll have to figure something out


Ok, got something to work, its odd but hey. Try

If someone can test be appreciated. Please and thank you!

#9  PeterT 02-12-2012, 02:00 PM
Quote pcampbell
Ok, got something to work, its odd but hey. Try

If someone can test be appreciated. Please and thank you!
Link working

#10  pcampbell 02-12-2012, 06:09 PM
Awesome, its going to be slow to start but as more download it, faster it will go.

I'll let it run as long as possible here, I'm off for the next 3 days so leaving it run on my computer here at work. Hope nobody sees it and turns it off :/

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