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#411  JSWolf 06-18-2020, 03:30 PM
Quote mirage
On the initial signup for a new device, Kobo offers Walmart (even though I didn't buy from them), Facebook, Google, Kobo, or a list of other accounts. But they don't offer me to use an email address from outside any of those services, be it Yahoo or whatever other provider, or my own domain. Is there no way around that?

If I want to buy Kobo books that sync with the device, must the device use a Kobo account that I've initiated the device with?

People here have mentioned burner accounts, which I probably won't end up using, but how can one do that if there's no way to bypass the domains the device's OS gives us to choose from? Hopefully, I'm missing something.
A burner account is only for those who are paranoid. There's no reason to be paranoid of Kobo. I've had an account for probably 6 years.

Just setup a valid account at Kobo and use that to register your Reader. It's the easiest solution. Also if you want to purchase any eBooks or use Overdrive (on the Kobo if the Kobo you have supports Overdrive), you can.
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#412  mirage 06-18-2020, 03:40 PM
Quote JSWolf
A burner account is only for those who are paranoid. There's no reason to be paranoid of Kobo. I've had an account for probably 6 years.

Just setup a valid account at Kobo and use that to register your Reader. It's the easiest solution. Also if you want to purchase any eBooks or use Overdrive (on the Kobo if the Kobo you have supports Overdrive), you can.
That wasn't exactly my question, but thanks for taking the time. I was thinking that there was no way to use an email address from outside any of the account domains Kobo presents upon initializing the device. But I see that I can create a Kobo account using any address I want, which I did. You'll be happy to know that it's a real address.
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#413  davidfor 06-18-2020, 10:42 PM
Quote mirage
On the initial signup for a new device, Kobo offers Walmart (even though I didn't buy from them), Facebook, Google, Kobo, or a list of other accounts. But they don't offer me to use an email address from outside any of those services, be it Yahoo or whatever other provider, or my own domain. Is there no way around that?

If I want to buy Kobo books that sync with the device, must the device use a Kobo account that I've initiated the device with?

People here have mentioned burner accounts, which I probably won't end up using, but how can one do that if there's no way to bypass the domains the device's OS gives us to choose from? Hopefully, I'm missing something.

EDIT: It may be that I can tap Kobo and enter whatever email address I choose there to create a new Kobo account. So it appears. Would that then work as the account that I'd buy books with if I so choose?

I'm a tinkerer, but don't want to permanently force myself down a road that I'd ultimately not want to be on, so I'm asking for that reason.
If you use "Kobo", then you get to set whatever email address you want. Using any of the others will require using the account details from those. If the other account is a book store (not counting Google), it should be setting the affiliate. That is basically who gets a kickback when you buy a book from Kobo. With Walmart and FNAC, they also change some things displayed on the device.
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#414  mirage 06-18-2020, 11:19 PM
Quote davidfor
If you use "Kobo", then you get to set whatever email address you want. Using any of the others will require using the account details from those. If the other account is a book store (not counting Google), it should be setting the affiliate. That is basically who gets a kickback when you buy a book from Kobo. With Walmart and FNAC, they also change some things displayed on the device.
Thanks. I figured it out quickly enough.
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#415  Rusty100 09-28-2020, 10:38 PM
I have an Aura HD that I rather like. Recently I have sometimes found icons difficult to activate - having to touch them multiple times in various ways.

Firmware is up to date. A couple of years ago my Kobo was immersed in a bucket of water but I poured into it pure alcohol and then water dispersant and after a couple of hours in the sun it worked fine . So I don't think that is the problem.

Could the touch screen be becoming less sensitive?

Any thoughts? Any work arounds?

Cheers
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#416  davidfor 09-29-2020, 02:06 AM
Quote Rusty100
I have an Aura HD that I rather like. Recently I have sometimes found icons difficult to activate - having to touch them multiple times in various ways.

Firmware is up to date. A couple of years ago my Kobo was immersed in a bucket of water but I poured into it pure alcohol and then water dispersant and after a couple of hours in the sun it worked fine . So I don't think that is the problem.

Could the touch screen be becoming less sensitive?

Any thoughts? Any work arounds?
The touch on an Aura HD is IR based. There are IR emitters and sensors around the screen. Blocking the IR beam is what activates the touch.

It could be dirt under the bezel. That can block the beams. If you clean under the bezel, it will probably help.

The only other thing I can think of is the internal SD card failing. That can cause slowdown for various actions. Replacing that and reimaging the card can give these devices a new lease on life.


There is of course another answer:


The device is toast and you cannot do anything about it. The only thing you can do is buy a new ereader. The Libra H2O would be a good replacement. Though the Forma is great if you want a larger device.


You can use that answer if you need to justify to someone buying a new device. We know you want to
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#417  Rusty100 09-29-2020, 05:36 AM
Quote davidfor
The touch on an Aura HD is IR based. There are IR emitters and sensors around the screen. Blocking the IR beam is what activates the touch.

It could be dirt under the bezel. That can block the beams. If you clean under the bezel, it will probably help.
You may well be right. The reader is in a homemade cover that does shed a little leather dust. I will clean the screen.

Thanks
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#418  menneske 12-06-2020, 01:47 PM
Will somebody pass on some good advice?

The Kobo Glo HD is my second Kobo.
Installing koreader on the older one was not exactly painless, but it resolved eventually. Software was 4.2.xxx I believe.

This one is refusing all advances. The trigger-files do not work. I have reset it 11 times now and used both the recent and authoritative "way"- https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki/Installation-on-Kobo-devices#important-notes - and older methods, in that order - but only when I copied a saved copy of the installation from the old Kobo was there a glimpse of koreader folders, but it was instantly replaced by a demand to correspond the email address on the kobo to my new account, which causes the deletion of the koreader installation... (can only use the new email now).

NickelMenu is in the bottom right corner - from the first attempts, but it supposedly should not work below FW 4.6... - and it says config error, when touched. And NickelMenu lingers through the factory reset?!

I am out of ways to try the install.

Could I somehow clear out the whole content via USB or some other way, and Really start over?
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#419  DNSB 12-06-2020, 02:29 PM
Quote menneske
Will somebody pass on some good advice?

The Kobo Glo HD is my second Kobo.
Installing koreader on the older one was not exactly painless, but it resolved eventually. Software was 4.2.xxx I believe.

This one is refusing all advances. The trigger-files do not work. I have reset it 11 times now and used both the recent and authoritative "way"- https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki/Installation-on-Kobo-devices#important-notes - and older methods, in that order - but only when I copied a saved copy of the installation from the old Kobo was there a glimpse of koreader folders, but it was instantly replaced by a demand to correspond the email address on the kobo to my new account, which causes the deletion of the koreader installation... (can only use the new email now).

NickelMenu is in the bottom right corner - from the first attempts, but it supposedly should not work below FW 4.6... - and it says config error, when touched. And NickelMenu lingers through the factory reset?!

I am out of ways to try the install.

Could I somehow clear out the whole content via USB or some other way, and Really start over?
I take it that you used the One-Click Install Packages for KOReader & Plato? The One-Click install using KFMON/NickelMenu works but KSM does not work on 4.25 firmware.

If you are using the One-Click install method, are you following the instructions in the second message in the thread?
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