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Upgrade Instructions

This update package is intended only for the ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR with an operating system version 38 or later. If your device has an earlier version of the operating system, you must send it to the Ectaco service center to flash the new version.

How to check your version of the ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR?

  • In the Main Menu, select Settings.
  • In the Settings section, tap on Device Info and then find Firmware Version.
  • The first digits before the dot correspond to the operating system version.

Before Updating your jetBook® COLOR

  1. Backup ALL the files on your device to your computer as they may get deleted in the update process you will be able to reload all the files after the update is complete. For example, copy your e-books, music files and pictures that you put into the ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR to your PC.
  2. Fully charge the device.
  3. Prepare a microSD card which has a capacity no less than 2 GB. The card must be formatted using the FAT32 file system.
  4. Deauthorize the device. In the Main Menu, select Settings. In the Settings section, tap on Deauthorize the device.
  5. Make sure that there is over 40 MB of free space on your device.
    In order to check this information, please go to Settings -> Device Info -> Memory capacity. If needed, delete unnecessary files or move them to your PC.

NOTE: For the devices with operating system versions 48 and earlier, the update is performed in two steps. For the devices with operating system version 49, the update is performed in one step.

Step 1

If your ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR operating system version is:
  1. 49 step 1 is not required, just go to step 2.
  2. 43 to 48 (inclusive) download the v49for43.zip archive to your computer and then unpack it;
  3. 38 to 42 (inclusive) download the v49for38-42.zip archive to your computer and then unpack it;
  4. 38 or earlier send the device to the Ectaco service center to flash the new version.

  1. Copy the extracted file jbcupdate.bin to a microSD-card using a card reader or the SD/microSD card port in your computer. The card should not include any 3rd party files or folders.
  2. Insert the microSD-card into the device (pins up).
  3. In order to avoid disruptions during the update, connect the ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR to the charger.
  4. Press the RESET button and hold it for 5 seconds. The update process will begin. The screen will display a progress bar. The system update process can take up to 510 minutes, so stay patient until the update is finished.

If you have performed an update from versions 38 thru 48 (inclusive), make sure that your device is running the operating system version 49 and then perform step 2.

Step 2

  1. Download the self-extracting archive JBC_12_10_12_SPANISH.exe and then unpack it.
  2. Copy the extracted files jbc1-r1818-Spanish.bin and jbc2-OSv53.bin to a microSD-card using a card reader or the SD/microSD card port in your computer. The card should not include any 3rd party files or folders.
  3. Insert the microSD-card into the device (pins up).
  4. In order to avoid disruptions during the upgrade, connect your ECTACO® jetBook® COLOR to a charger.
  5. Press the RESET button and hold it for 5 seconds. The update process will begin. The screen will display a progress bar. The firmware update process can take up to 30 minutes, so stay patient until the update is finished.
  6. Before you start using the new version, please reboot the device. Press the RESET button and hold it for 5 seconds.

Upon successful completion the screen will show the Main Menu corresponding to the new version. A complete description of the new features can be found here.

Click here to get the detailed instructions for the Russian version download in Russian.

Click here to get the detailed instructions for the German version download in German.

If you have any problems with the update, contact technical support at support@ectaco.com. Describe the problem and be sure to indicate the serial number of your device. It can be found in the Settings -> Device Info area.

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