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I thought my Kobo Touch was a bit broken but actually…

I just wanted to share this in case anyone is having the same issues as me.

YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING THE FOLLOWING…

PROBLEM 1: Main page remains static – doesn’t update the top page with the books you are currently reading.

SOLUTION: Update your date and time!

Yes I had this too. And for ages I thought, well it doesn’t matter I can just find the book in my library. Turns out all it needed was for me to update the date and time! I had previously reset my Kobo and because I never use it to check the time so it never occured to me. But when I checked it was set to something ridiculous like 1890.

So yes,

Main Menu > Settings > Date and Time > change > SORTED! 

PROBLEM 2: You just tried to connect your Kobo to your PC/Mac/other device and it hasn’t been recognised.

SOLUTION: Try a newer USB cable!

Yes I had this problem too. And again I thought, perhaps my Kobo is just too old to handle this… it doesn’t matter, there are still loads of books on my Kobo. But then It connected first time when I used a newer cable. I personally used the one for charging my bluetooth headphones, but I would try any newer cable that’s micro USB to USB.

PROBLEM 3: You just tried to add a bunch of ebooks and they just don’t show up. And yes, of course you tried more than once.

SOLUTION: Try the tips below!

Yes I had this problem too. And you know the drill…  I think I tried about 5 or 6 times before I started trying different ways. It turns out there are a few work arounds you can use to get your ebooks across. These are the things that work for me.

*Tip 1: If you find your books aren’t transferring, try using Calibre.

*Tip 2: Check your file size. If your books are more than 10mb each try adding them separately. I would try to add batches that are no more than 15mb total.

*Tip 3: REMEMBER TO EJECT YOUR KOBO! And don’t eject your Kobo straight after the transfer, give it time to process. If my book is more than 15mb I tend to transfer the book, go away and make a cup of tea, come back, and then eject the Kobo.

*Tip 4: Don’t unplug your cable straight away. Wait in case your Kobo is still processing. Even a few minutes can help with large files.

*Tip 5: After the transfer just leave your Kobo to do its thing. Don’t try to use it straight after transfering. And don’t worry if it seems to be unresponsive at first – it’s usually still updating the library. The updating can take ages to start and ages to process. Just leave it and go make a sandwich or watch some youtube videos.

*Tip 6: Try smaller batches. It’s possible that one of your ebooks is corrupt or badly formatted causing the whole transfer to fail. Try just transferring 5 books at a time (as in transfer ebooks, eject, unplug, wait for system update, check books have successfully transferred) or make sure you don’t transfer more than 15mb at once. The fewer books you do at a time the easier it is to pinpoint that problem ebook.

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Solutions for: I downloaded the Wacom bundle for OS X but now I have Windows! Help!

I started writing this in response to someone asking for help with this, but my reply got so long I thought I’d just make it a post.

The Problem.

  • You downloaded the Wacom tablet bundle which was appropriate to your system at the time.
  • Your system crashed/broke/failed, essentially just died a horrible death.
  • You bought a new system but now your old downloads are not compatible with your new system.

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Bad News first…

I am sorry to be the bearer of ill news, but you can’t switch between dmg and exe downloads.  The choice you made on your first download is fixed and permanent.  The reason being (apologies if this is obvious) that the software is provided by separate companies (not Wacom) and therefore the license agreements are for one piece of software. It would be like buying Adobe Photoshop Elements for OS X and expecting Adobe to send you a Windows version when you get a new PC.
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The Good News.

So that option is not open to you. However, I do have some advice as to what I would do in your situation. These are my solutions in order of preference (^-^)
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1. Set up OS X on an external drive
External drives are really cheap now. I have a backup clone of my system on one of mine. The drive is about 1TB cost me £60-70 and that was a few years ago. I think the OS X partition is about half that…
I personally would just buy a copy of OS X from Apple (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion are only £14 now). I would recommend Snow Leopard as it is widely considered the most stable of all the OS X systems and it takes up the least install space. However, you should buy what is best for you. But there is a link below just for reference.
http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
You can find tons of tutorials about how to install OS X on to an external drive.
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2. Try using a virtual machine
I have used VMware on my Mac to successfully run several virtual Windows systems (obviously my tablet worked fine too) so I would recommend it (although I haven’t tried running OS X on a Windows system). But I know there are many different virtual machines for Windows you can try for free. VirtualBox is one I have heard good things about but I’m afraid I’ve never tried it personally.  Nevertheless, you would (again) be able to find tons of info on the internet about setting up an OS X system using Virtual Box. You would again need to purchase the OS X system, but what is £14 in the grand scheme of things?
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Note. An alternative to buying OS X, if you know someone with a Mac…
If you have owned a mac which died/stopped working, you legally own a copy of OS X, which through no fault of your own you now cannot use.  Therefore, if know someone with a working Mac you could just ask them to download the newest OS X (currently Yosemite) on to a USB for you, as technically it would be available to you if your mac was working. It is free after all. I think it is about 16GB (or possibly more) so you would need a suitable USB stick (or external drive partition). You would need to format the USB first, but that can all be done using Disk Utility. As ever, there are loads of walkthroughs on how to do this. In fact, it would be easiest to actually install OS X on the external drive using the Mac too, by booting into the Boot Manager (hold down Option when you hear the chime). Just remember NOT to click install straight after you have downloaded the installer as this would probably wipe the Mac you are using!

Once you have one of these up and running, simply redownload the bundled programs and install (of course you’ll need to install your tablet drivers etc).  It should all work fine.
Both these solutions would also work the other way (although you would have to buy Windows unless you have an install disc lying around. I have an old XP disc. Classic!). As I say, I have used VMware on my Macbook to run Windows and used my tablet (yes, with pressure sensitivity) so I know that it can be done.

But yes, that’s all from me. Hope this helps. Any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I do try and get back to people eventually…
Good Luck (^-^)b

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How to Sync your iPhone to a new Mac without Erasing your Data (a complete step-by-step guide)

My Macbook Pro hard-drive failed recently.  It was only about a year and a half old and it just went down without warning.  No slowing of the system, no problems, no crashes.  It just died suddenly. 

Anyway, I had Apple Care so I got it fixed for free with a shiny new HD.  However, I lost all my settings including the data relating to my iPhone to iTunes sync.  I spent the last 3 months trying to get my iPhone and the new HD to talk to each other.  But every single thing I tried didn’t stop me getting the unbelievably irritating message:

iphone erase and restore

But my persistence has finally paid off and I have actually successfully synced my iPhone to my new HD.  And, I have of course beaten (and beaten deep into the ground) the stupid stupid annoying irritating erase and sync message. This fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

While I was trying and failing to fix the problem I read many many different solutions and also many different ideas about which software to use and so on.  I also read countless times that it was not fixable and that I had to erase my iPhone.  Or that I had to jailbreak it.  In any case I did not find one clear cohesive step by step to solving this problem.

So I would like to share my solution in the hope that it will help other people get themselves out of this ridiculous situation.  This is my own complete and extremely detailed step by step guide to syncing an iPhone with a second/new Mac without losing/deleting/erasing any data. 

This solution does not require jailbreaking or anything of that nature, nor does it require you to erase anything from your iPhone.

And yes, this is EXACTLY what I did to get my iPhone to sync with my new HD and iTunes. Continue reading

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Free eReader Software: Calibre

My Kobo Touch did come with the designated Kobo software – Kobo Desktop. It wasn’t particularly bad software, but I prefer to use something which has a few more features.  Plus a few of the free ebooks I downloaded from non Kobo sites like Gutenberg were rejected by it.  So I use an excellent free alternative – Calibre.

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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

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Calibre is a bit like a library for your e-Books.  You can enter various information about them, including, author, title, rating, your description, etc. and sort accordingly.  You can move your e-books to and from your e-Reader to your computer.  I prefer to edit all the information about my eBooks using Caibre rather than editing them on my Kobo.  It is also much faster to edit in bulk , for example, as you can see below, some Sherlock Holmes eBooks list the author as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some as just Arthur Conan Doyle.  Calibre allows you to edit them all to have the same author name which makes them easier to locate on your Kobo. Continue reading

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