Please refer to my previous post on Kobo Aura hacks for even more informations.
Set up the XCSoar on Kobo Aura is a quick process:
– download XCSoar 6.7.4 for Kobo from the project site (this is not specific for Aura but for Mini/Glo)
– connect the Kobo to the PC and copy the downloaded file to “./kobo” folder (TODO insert link to How-to backup memory content )
– disconnect the Kobo from PC and reboot it
REMOVE BACK COVER
To access the onboard peripherals the back cover of the Kobo Aura has to be removed. This is tricky, more than with previous Kobo because there are no screws and the grooves that keep the back cover and the front panel together are fairly tight.
The back cover can be popped out proceeding on the 4 sides of the cover with a very thin tool used as a lever to loosen the grooves one by one.
NOTE – There is a high probability to end up with a bit scratched cover. Also the edges of the cover could result a little deformed because they are very thin.
CONNECT AN EXTERNAL DEVICE
XCSoar needs data coming from a GPS module to work properly. Here a GPS module by DIYDrones (carry the Mediatek MTK3329 ) is used.
The GPS module is power at 3.7V and takes it directly from the COM port; the onboard serial COM port (bottom one) is used (see figures).
In XCSoar the external device is configured from the Config ( 2/3 ) > Device menu as follow: “Generic”, “/dev/ttymxc0”, “38400”
– LED backlight is not working in XCSoar
– the battery level measurement has to be tested