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I’m a big fan of ebooks, eventually we’ll all be reading them in some way. The Sony e-ink Librie is the best device at the moment I think, hence my current obsession. But, that means there will be lots of how-tos and more here. This one is on English-izing the device since it’s in Japanse. The previous and latest version(s) of the Librie English GUI Firmware Patch includes a HOWTO TXT file, a few folks asked me for some help- so here’s the original how-to with my screenshots and comments…The previous and latest version(s) of the Librie English GUI Firmware Patch includes a HOWTO TXT file, a few folks asked me for some help- so here’s the original how-to with my screenshots and comments.

HOWTO – Librie English GUI Firmware Patch (FW 1.0.00.06160)
This HOWTO describes the patching of the japanese firmware for Sony’s ebook EBR-1000EP. After following steps the user interface will be in English.

The upgrade should possible with following original firmware versions:
1.0.00.04081
1.0.00.04201
1.0.00.06160
1.2.00.04120

Hardware requirements:
- PC with Windows 2000/XP
- Sony Librie EBR-1000EP
- Sony Librie USB cable
- Sony Librie AC adapter

Software requirements:
- Original Sony firmware package file “UPLIBRIE_06160.EXE”
- Patch program “bspatch.exe” (BSD and Linux versions available)
- Compress program “bzip2.exe” (BSD and Linux versions available)
- Firmware patch file “FW06160_RxEN.bspatch”

Programs/Patch at:
http://developer.berlios.de/projects/librietrans/
Orginal firmware package at:
http://www.aii.co.jp/contents/smojsdmk/LIBRIE/UPLIBRIE_06160.EXE

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Note: You make any changes to the firmware at your own risk and without any warranty!
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To patch the firmware, follow this step:

1. Run “UPLIBRIE_06160.EXE”, this will extract three files “UPLIBRIE.EXE”, “EBRCTR.dll” and “data.bin”.
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2. Rename “data.bin” to “data.bin.orig” (this file will be patched).

3. Copy “FW06160_RxEN.bspatch”, “bspatch.exe” and “bzip2.exe” to the directory where “data.bin.orig” is stored.
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4. Run “bspatch.exe data.bin.orig data.bin FW06160_RxEN.bspatch” in a command box/shell. This command will patch the “data.bin.orig” and stores the result to “data.bin”. It is recommended that you check the MD5 sum of the new (patched) “data.bin” (see below) with “md5sum.exe”.

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5. Connect the USB cable and AC adapter to Librie.
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6. Remove the Memory Stick.
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7. Reboot Librie and wait for the japanese USB message box.
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The next steps are the same as in Sony’s flash procedure.

8. Run “UPLIBRIE.EXE”
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9. Start the flash procedure.
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Hint: If the flash seems to be interrupted before the end is reached. Then wait five minutes, abort “UPLIBRIE.EXE”, start “UPLIBRIE.EXE” again and restart the flash procedure. Do not disconnect the USB cable or the AC adapter!

10. At the end of the flash procedure, disconnect the USB cable and AC adapter.

11. Librie should now have the English user interface.
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MD5 Hash:
f46a9ed289d8ba9223490762b85ff1b4 FW06160_R2EN.bspatch
7bd7e3a18c654584efc8b3a7fd2f7a29 data.bin (patched firmware)

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Please send hints, suggestions, bad formatting/translations and bug reports to: http://developer.berlios.de/projects/librietrans/

HOWTO_FW06160R2EN.txt (V1.0)

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. ehage says:

    I heard about this on Teleread.org. Thanks so much. I ordered a Librie last week and hopr to have it delivered soon. I had read the how to at the application site and felt a bit overwhelmed by it. I am comfotable with cmd lines (old DOS days), but I was afraid to try the the firmware patch. Now that I have visited your site, it seems doable now. Again thanks for your tutorial.

    Ellen

  2. pitcher23 says:

    I have purchased the Librie and am waiting arrival and have no experience with it, so the question I am asking may be naive, but in step 2 it says to rename “data.bin” to “data.bin.orig”.

    Shouldn’t that be “data.bin.org”? The only reason I ask is that I don’t see anything with the “orig” extension in any of the screen caps. Just “org”. Unless the two are interchangeable. Just hate to see anyone screw up their Librie if they are not.

  3. johnwise says:

    data.bin can be renamed to anything you’d like, as long as you specify the same filename on the command-line when applying the patch.

    e.g. “bspatch.exe data.bin.WHATEVER-EXTENSION-YOU-WANT data.bin FW06160_RxEN.bspatch”

  4. keithpajonas says:

    I performed these steps on a Librie that I bought in Tokyo (no warranty). The english OS worked for about an hour, and then I turned it off and changed the batteries. Now, when I turn on the Librie, the OS boots, throws an error and reboots.

    Any idea how to fix this? It was working fine until I applied the BerliOS english patch to the firmware. If connected to the PC via USB, it reboots before it will allow me to flash it again…

    I am very upset :0

  5. arivero says:

    A .DJVU browser tool for this patched firmware has born, finally. It is to be done in bash, so do you not need to have a cross compiler to modify it. First 0.1 version (only a forward key and a crop of margins) at http://dftuz.unizar.es/~rivero/lbdjvu.tgz today

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