Kobo firmware 3.19.5761 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)

Since 3.18.0 there have been two new firmwares for the Kobo eInk devices. For the very recently released firmware release 3.19.5761 I have updated my collection of patches and features. As with previous mega-package, I prepared updates for all three hardwares, Mark4 (Glo), Mark5 (Aura), and Mark6 (GloHD), but only the one for Mark6 is tested by myself.

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Changes since last release:

  • KSM updated to v8
  • koreader updated to v2015.11-stable
  • update pbchess package to 2015.07
  • (that was actually in the last one already, but I mention it again, just to be sure) customdict scripting update via run.sh was removed – for those who need it there is a patch that works better in the Metazoa patches, but I did not activate it for the public release.

Included patches from the Metazoa firmware patches: Custom reading footer style, My 15 line spacing values, Custom left & right margins, Brightness fine control, Search in Library by default, Custom page refresh options (1,2,3,…,12), Fix three KePub fullScreenReading bugs, Always display chapter name on navigation menu. Other things that are included are as usual: koreader, pbchess, coolreader, the ssh part of kobohack, and some side-loaded fonts. For details on the respective parts please see the previous post

Download

Mark6 – Kobo GloHD

firmware: Kobo 3.19.5761 for GloHD

Mega update: Kobo-3.19.5761-combined/Mark6/KoboRoot.tgz

Mark5 – Aura

firmware: Kobo 3.19.5761 for Aura

Mega update: Kobo-3.19.5761-combined/Mark5/KoboRoot.tgz

Mark4 – Kobo Glo, Aura HD

firmware: Kobo 3.19.5761 for Glo and AuraHD

Mega update: Kobo-3.19.5761-combined/Mark4/KoboRoot.tgz

Enjoy.

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37 thoughts on “Kobo firmware 3.19.5761 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)

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      • If there were a version for the Kobo Touch, I certainly would try it. I don’t know enough about the differences between Kobo Touch and Glo. It looks like they use the same CPU, only with different frequencies (800 MHz vs 1 GHz). Memory and display resolution seem to be the same, too.

  2. Thanks for this! Appears to be working fine on my Aura, and everything feels more smooth.

  3. Dear Norbert,

    Is there any slim chance that you could create a mega update for a Kobo Aura H2O? Or (perhaps much more reasonable to ask…) could you please point me in the right direction as to how one can apply all these patches manually to get the mega update functionality on this device?

    Many-many thanks in advance!
    Peter

    • … sorry just realised that you included a link to each element under your post for the 3.17 firmware. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get through it on my own.

      Thank you for the great work!
      Peter

      • Yes, it works flawlessly. Thank you once again. I find it so bizarre, that Kobo couldn’t design a decent piece of software for their otherwise ahead-of-the-game hardware. Which is even more bizare, that Koreader is the best ereader application on the market, in my opinion. There’s no other ereader with matching pdf reading capabilities.

  4. Sorry, but how do I uninstall this patch? It gave me some weird issues and I wanted to uninstall it without factory resetting everything.

    • That involves a few steps, depending on what you want to remove. If you want to remove the firmware modifications, simply put an original firmware into three .kobo for and it will be flashed. That will not delete your books or reading data and should suffice in practically all cases. If there are still problems you might need to remove tracts of the KSM08, too.

      • I had a quick look at this patch and might return to it. But meantime after I uninstalled per your instructions (plus also user script delete_ksm.sh) and I am now back on the stock firmware, I still have zero margins while reading a purchased kobo epub. With one or two pixels disappearing under the left hand bezel.
        Is this something from the mega patch I still need to remove in some way?

  5. A small question. How to install this firmware on Kobo Glo (current version 3.8.0) ?

    In “Instructions for patching firmware 3.19.5761”
    they say “Make sure your Kobo ereader is already running firmware version 3.19.5761”

    What is “Mega update” ?

    Thanks

  6. Please, automate disabling telnet&ssh by placing appropriate script in KSM: most users are not familiar with vi.

      • I am unable to Telnet my Aura HD, could you help me with some more detailed instructions? I used correct IP, but is port 23 suitable to Telnet? If not, which then?

        Also after this patch, I am having issues with installing kobo-nightmode, by GitHub, by ordinary way. Why is that?

        Please help, and also thanks for patch.

          • Hi, I did solve night mode. There is a script that has to be run via “nickelpreload”.

            Anyway, I did install the package and reboot.. have no clue why I can not make telnet connection. I should be inside nickel, when doing this, and click “connect to computer”, right? Is there any other way to do the same thing?

            One more question: how to activate libadobe.so.patch functions: patch_name = `Remove PDF page turn arrows at left and right edges of page`, patch_name = `Preserve PDF pan position across page turns`, and patch_name = `Remove PDF map widget shown during panning`
            …since I already installed your update

          • Please just reply how to patch libadobe.so.patch after installing mega update!

          • You need to do the normal patching routine as described in the mobileread thread I linked to. Then you can select which patches you want and which not. Patching on the machine is not supported.

  7. Hey guys

    Just got the Kobo HD Glo running 3.19.5761.
    What are the benefits of flashing the firmware with the custom Mega update: Kobo-3.19.5761-combined/Mark6/KoboRoot.tgz

    Im curious to know what exactly this firmware corrects, and what i would experience from updating the kobo with this

    I noticed on the previous thread that updating seems like a simple process of putting the tgz in the .kobo folder

    If i went ahead do i need to follow the steps in the previous update under warnings?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Peter,
      as I mentioned in the post, please see this post for details. What you get in principle is:

      • the set of my preferred Metazoa patches
      • Kobo Start Menu KSM version 0.8
      • additional programs: koreader, pbchess, coolreader (accessible from KSM)
      • ssh access (needs configuration!)
      • support for custom dictionaries
      • some extra side-loaded fonts

      Details to all the items are included in the link above.

      Hope that helps

      Norbert

      • Still a little confused to the benefits of Koreader and some of the other additions. I’ll will google them to see what they do better over the stock reader.

        Also confused about the steps in the warning with connecting to the device with telnet. Is that necessary on the latest update you have?

        • Hi Peter,
          no need to googling, visit the link I provided to the old article, where there are in turn links to all the pages of the respective additions.

          If you don’t need them, then don’t bother with my upgrade pack.

          The telnet is a security measure, otherwise someone could log onto your device while you are online and do whatever he wants there.

          • Hey mate.
            Thanks for the reply.
            I’ll have a good read over everything tonight.
            The custom firmware interests me. If only to see that changes and options it includes.

            What are the chances that someone would actually log into my device when I’m using it?

          • What are the chances? I don’t know, I only know that I have seen people hacking into my iPhone after I opened the ssh port and before I changed the password. But then, Kobo eReaders are not that powerful or of interest, and the internet connection will anyway be cut rather soon. Still, I don’t know.

  8. I have a question.
    It is necessary to install de Firmware and the Mega Update pack in this sequence?

    Thanks

  9. Hi.
    Please is any of this firmwares compatible with Kobo Aura One?
    And if its not compatible would you made firmware for KA1?
    Many thanks

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