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Information request: tips and tricks for the Story HD
#1  Isles8008 12-08-2012, 04:33 PM
Hello all. I just purchased an iRiver Story HD wifi from eBay, and I was wondering if anyone could offer me a few tips or tricks that will make my use of this device more interesting. Links to mods, firmware downloads, and how-to instructions would be greatly appreciated.

I have scanned through these threads and, aside from a few mentions of firmware updates and mods, I haven't found any posts like this about the Story HD. I realize that this is a discontinued device, and maybe it hasn't gotten much attention from hackers, but perhaps I am missing something?

Anyway, if you can help me out with a few links, or some more information on this device, I would be grateful.

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#2  frostschutz 12-08-2012, 05:32 PM
1) Do firmware updates through WiFi only. It's easy to brick with the downloads from iriver (or downloads from anywhere else for that matter).

2) Put books on SD card only. There's at least one known, unfixed bug which makes it go into infinite loop and the device would end up being bricked if it was in internal memory. With SD card you can recover by taking out the SD card.

3) Mods are all available here in this forum. Search for threads with Story HD Mod in the title.

Have fun with the device.
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#3  Isles8008 12-08-2012, 09:02 PM
Wow, that is some important advice. I see that there appears to be quite a few people who have had freeze issues on this forum.

Do you have a specific firmware number to recommend, or should I just go with the latest one? Also, do I have to initiate the firmware updates or will they come automatically over wifi? Again, I appreciate your help.
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#4  frostschutz 12-09-2012, 07:17 AM
There should be an update wizard thing in the setting menu somewhere.

With the Wifi you don't really have a choice of version number, I think. It might update you to the latest version directly, if you're not already running it. Do you still have little page numbers on the right side of a book? Those were removed in later firmware, and a progress bar added at the bottom. It's hard to tell what to prefer... personally I hate the progress bar and modded it away as much as possible (unfortunately not entirely).
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#5  Isles8008 12-09-2012, 07:54 AM
Quote frostschutz
There should be an update wizard thing in the setting menu somewhere.

With the Wifi you don't really have a choice of version number, I think. It might update you to the latest version directly, if you're not already running it. Do you still have little page numbers on the right side of a book? Those were removed in later firmware, and a progress bar added at the bottom.
Okay, thanks. I don't actually have the device in hand yet, but it will arrive in the next two days. I will initiate firmware updates over wifi.

My microSD card is prepared with about 100 eBooks. Have you had any issues with microSD overload? Does too many eBooks on a card cause it to freeze?

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#6  frostschutz 12-09-2012, 08:09 AM
It freezes when the path name is >200 characters or something long.

Also the Story HD has a regular SD card slot. With microSD you'd need an microSD to SD adapter.
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#7  Isles8008 12-11-2012, 02:35 PM
Okay, I have my device! I went through the start up wizard and set everything up (except for my Google account). I am downloading the latest firmware right now.

Should I not connect this with my Google account. I think I remember hearing somewhere that Google eBooks no longer works.

Any other sage words of advice?

Oh and I went ahead and bought a regular SD card. I have an adapter, but in my experience, using it with my Sony Reader PRS-950 caused it to freeze and I had to do a hard reset (how do I do that on the Story HD?).

Again, thanks for your help.
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#8  frostschutz 12-11-2012, 03:12 PM
hard reset on the story hd: hold the power button for a while (15 seconds?)

never used Google account as the german device is bound to a local bookstore instead of Google - can't help you there
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#9  Isles8008 12-11-2012, 03:58 PM
Is there a way to eject the SD card, or should I just power off the device and remove the card then? Nothing is mentioned about safe ejecting in the manual.
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#10  frostschutz 12-11-2012, 04:07 PM
It only reads from the SD card (unless you use some of my mods which also write to it), so normally, it's quite safe to just take it out whenever you feel like it. If you take it out while reading a book it will kick you back to the main menu though.
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