[wikireader] update experience

Alexander Lehner lehner at edv-buero-lehner.de
Sun Dec 26 14:09:19 CET 2010

On Sat, 25 Dec 2010, Jeff wrote:

> 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.

That's exactly what I'm missing. My first WR has the globe icon, the 
second doesn't.
But then, where can I download those two different images?

> Hope that helped.
> Jeff

Yes, a bit, thanks!
Do you have other pages of information than the github?


> 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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