[wikireader] update experience

Jeff jcolbert at netins.net
Sun Dec 26 05:19:58 CET 2010

There are 2 different wikireaders available. One with a 2gb card and one 
with a 4+gb card. As I understand it, the 2gb only supports a single 
language, and the English version is a special one that will fit in 2gb. 
The 4+gb version will do multiple languages and other things. Since I am 
from the USA, I am a pin head and only speak one language ;) . I 
therefore have the full English wiki, along with wikiquotes and the 
wiktionary and no other languages.
The 4gb version supposedly can use micro-sd up 16gb.

Also, to make sure you are running the correct version of software, 
there should be a globe icon on the main screen. You use that to select 
other languages/wikis.

Hope that helped.

On 12/25/2010 3:53 PM, Alexander Lehner wrote:
> Sorry for posting this here, I don't know if there's already a list 
> for the WR.
> I've got a WikiReader now for some month and my 10y daughter 
> surprisingly likes it, so I finally decided to get one for my parents 
> as christmas gift.
> The one I've got came with english, german and netherlands wikis, so I 
> assumed the new one would do so, too. But it didn't, so I had to 
> update the german language package.
> The Update software so far is really easy and it recognizes the SD 
> card without choosing it from any USB device.
> It told my to update the base image and the german language, it took 
> about 3-4 hours to download the 1.7GB.
> After starting the WR again, even the english language was gone, only 
> an empty search window showed up.
> So I looked at the content of the SD card and still the timestamps of 
> the base files seemed wery old to me. The german language package 
> seemed ok.
> Then I downloaded the base image from the .torrent file, which seemed 
> to me the only up-to-date source I could get.
> It was quite a pain, because the only torrent client I had on my 
> parents computer was the torrent downloader from Opera, which is quite 
> slow compared to other torrent clients.
> After putting the new base files to the SD card, at least the german 
> language was there. I don't know what happened with the english.
> According to the docs there seems to be a single-language installation 
> (all lang files at root directory) and a multi-lang version with each 
> language in a subfolder. Obviously the do not co-exist.
> And the well-known problems: Touchscreen is hard to handle (but 
> learnable), backlight for people of higher age is really missing
> because of their eyes.
> At least the contrast setup (which seems only to appear if you boot 
> the device without sd card) could/should be part of the usual 
> sdcard-'OS'.
> (for example pressing the power button short instead of holding it for 
> power-down?).
> So far I'm now happy with it, I like the device, if my parents do - we 
> will see ;)
> Alex.
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