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Bricked Kobo Glo - how to put image on SD card?
#1  jamawg 11-09-2013, 11:31 PM
When my Kobo Glo resumed from sleep it seemed like it went into factory reset. I was faced with the initial screen I had back when I first took it from the box.

When I get to the part about connecting to the PC, the Kobo desktop program will not connect; it does not see the Kobo and loops forever.

All that I can think of is reloading the image file to the internal micro SD card.

If anyone has a better suggestion, I would be very happy to hear it (e.g rest to factory defaults without reloading the SD card).

I can download the latest image file from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=185660 but I am unsure how to copy it to the micro SD card. The card is unreadable by Windows, but I am afraid to format it.

If I could see it in Windows, I could figure out, but right now I am stumped.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance

[Update] I just found this thread which indicates 3 partitions. Since I currently run Windows, it looks like live Linux CD would help. But how to proceed after that?
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#2  Ken Maltby 11-10-2013, 01:21 AM
There is a thread here about upgrading the internal uSD card on the Glo, it includes links to a set of tools that do the job in windows.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=209122

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

http://www.vconsole.com/client/?page=page&id=29

http://www.vconsole.com/client/?page=page&id=28

Or you can find others that create and write img files.

Luck;
Ken
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#3  jamawg 11-10-2013, 02:10 AM
Thanks very much for the swift reply, Ken.

I gogoled before posting, of course, and I did find that one. It deals with inserting a larger capacity micro SD card. 1) backup you existing card, 2) format a larger card, 3) copy back.

Unfortunately, I can't get past step 1) as Windows won't recognize my micro SD card (I am currently burning a bootable Linux to see if that helps).

I can D/L the latest s/w from the link I gave, but your recommended link doesn't help me because it loads an .IMG file to the SD card and the downloaded s/w is not in .IMG format.

Any ideas? (thanks again for posting)
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#4  davidfor 11-10-2013, 02:20 AM
The .IMG format file mentioned is not the firmware file you can download. It is an disk image. It gets written to the SD card and replaces all partitions on the card. To do this, you don't mount the partitions under the OS.

I'll send you a PM with the location of the image to use.
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#5  Ken Maltby 11-10-2013, 02:35 AM
Quote jamawg
Thanks very much for the swift reply, Ken.

I gogoled before posting, of course, and I did find that one. It deals with inserting a larger capacity micro SD card. 1) backup you existing card, 2) format a larger card, 3) copy back.

Unfortunately, I can't get past step 1) as Windows won't recognize my micro SD card (I am currently burning a bootable Linux to see if that helps).

I can D/L the latest s/w from the link I gave, but your recommended link doesn't help me because it loads an .IMG file to the SD card and the downloaded s/w is not in .IMG format.

Any ideas? (thanks again for posting)
Ignore the windows warning offer to format, the programs will see the uSD card just fine.

I just noticed your link is to firmware upgrades which are just KoboRoot.tgz files that you
put into your .kobo directory.

Luck;
Ken
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#6  PeterT 11-10-2013, 08:45 AM
@Jamawg: You need to OPEN the Kobo Glo, extract the SD card and place the SD card in a reader attached to your PC.

Then you use a tool that will read the IMG file and write it to the SD card.

Then the SD card is replaced in your Glo and it should work,
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#7  tshering 11-10-2013, 03:23 PM
Quote jamawg
If anyone has a better suggestion, I would be very happy to hear it (e.g rest to factory defaults without reloading the SD card).
Right! Why not trying a factory reset?

1) Hold the power slider in the off positon for about 20 seconds to make sure the device is off.
2) Hold down the light button and power the device on while keeping the light button held down. If the led starts blinking you can release the slider and button. This should force a factory reset.
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#8  KevinShort 11-10-2013, 03:55 PM
Yeah, first try a factory reset like tshering said. Make sure your Glo has a charge, as well. If the battery's dead you won't be able to do a factory reset.
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#9  jamawg 11-10-2013, 11:44 PM
[Update] I could not power off; the device was locked on the screen where it tries to connect to the Kobo desktop (which did not recognize the device) - even when I disconnected it, it was stuck on that screen.

However, I _could_ perform a factory rest.

Eventually, Kobo desktop recognizes the device and then immediately gives ae an "oops! something unexpected happened" message, followed by "let's try that again" - at which point, it hangs.

So, I guess I need to try the image file...
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#10  meeera 11-10-2013, 11:52 PM
Quote jamawg
[Update] I could not power off; the device was locked on the screen where it tries to connect to the Kobo desktop (which did not recognize the device) - even when I disconnected it, it was stuck on that screen.

However, I _could_ perform a factory rest.

Eventually, Kobo desktop recognizes the device and then immediately gives ae an "oops! something unexpected happened" message, followed by "let's try that again" - at which point, it hangs.

So, I guess I need to try the image file...
Do you need the Kobo Desktop programme? Were you able to load books onto the device, read them, sync etc without it? It's pretty much superfluous these days, I reckon.
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