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Version 4.5

Application Details:

Version: 4.5
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-rc6-staging

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What works


What does not

Launching the software. It doesn't come up while writing many not-implemented errors in ntoskernel.exe to the console output. A wine crash report window doesn't show up.


What was not tested

Everything else, because the program refuses to start.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowFedora 29 x86_64Jan 20 20194.0-rc6-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesSilverAndy 
ShowUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 10 20184.0-rc1-stagingNo, but has workaround Yes YesGoldRaffaele Mancuso 
ShowUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Dec 27 20183.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldLennart 
ShowSlackware -currentMar 23 20183.4Yes Yes YesGoldGeremia 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Feb 19 20183.2No, but has workaround Yes YesGoldZhaofeng Li 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
46332 Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 crashes on downloading a book UNCONFIRMED View

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delete registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adept
by Geremia on Friday January 18th 2019, 15:29
I had to delete the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adept with regedit
RE: delete registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adept
by Andy on Sunday January 20th 2019, 17:39
Thanks for the tip Geremia, but what was the issue you solved by doing so?
RE: delete registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adept
by Geremia on Monday January 21st 2019, 15:31
In fixed the "Error! Check Activation." issue when I open an *.acsm file.
"Error! Check Activation."
by Geremia on Friday January 18th 2019, 15:23
When opening an *.acsm file, I get: "Error! Check Activation."

WINE 4.0-rc6
Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.126523
Connecting an e-book reader
by Lennart on Friday December 28th 2018, 14:08
1. Mount e-book reader and note the mount point (In my case '/media/user/KOBOeReader')

2. Open winecfg

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine32" winecfg

3. Switch to the Drivers tab

4. Click on the letter with the drive mapping that was noted before (In my case, it's letter E:)

5. Click the Show Advanced button

6. Choose Floppy disk in the Type drop-down menu

7. Click OK

by Josh L on Saturday November 3rd 2018, 17:19
ADE crashed until I installed samba (Arch Linux).
Works on 32 bit
by J on Thursday August 9th 2018, 12:57
This worked well for me, but only on a 32 bit prefix. I was not able to enter the commands verbatim, because my wine installation still tried to use the 64 bit prefix, causing the .NET installation to fail.

Here's what I did:

WINEPREFIX="$HOME/.wine32" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot

winetricks corefonts dotnet40

wine ADE_4.5_Installer.exe # Note that you need the old installer linked in the AppDB description for this to work, the winetricks package fails to install. The new installer from Adobe's website will also fail.

Upon installation Adobe Digital Editions offers you an upgrade. Attempting to upgrade will crash the program with the "already running" error. Decline the upgrade and enjoy your ebooks.
Workaround to make work ADE v. 4.5.8
by Rafael J. García Perdigón on Tuesday June 5th 2018, 6:16
As a prerequisite, we install an older version of ADE, secondly we unzip ADE_4.5.8 , thirdly we have to substitute three files, from the installer unzipped, into the installed version on .wine...

This 3 files are:



RE: Workaround to make work ADE v. 4.5.8
by Mentol on Wednesday July 25th 2018, 5:52
Thank you, works perfect in Ubuntu 18.04 if you have installed before ADE 4.0.
RE: Workaround to make work ADE v. 4.5.8
by J on Monday August 20th 2018, 9:21
This worked for me. Unzip wouldn't operate on the exe file though, so I had to use 7zip.
RE: Workaround to make work ADE v. 4.5.8
by Lennart on Friday December 28th 2018, 14:16
This also works for ADE 4.5.9.
RE: Workaround to make work ADE v. 4.5.x
by RK on Monday June 24th 2019, 1:01
I also encountered the "Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running" problem with installers after 4.5.6. However, I've been able to update (actually to 4.5.10) by "unzipping" newer installers (thnx for the hint to Rafael) using 7z.
1. Go to your program directory;
cd ~/.wine/dosdevices/c\:/Program\ Files/
2. make a directory for the new version
mkdir ADE_45x
cd ADE_45x
3. Unpack the installer.exe to the new directory:
7z x ADE_4.5.x_Installer.exe
4. You'll see 5 subdirectories with strange names like '???' so move files out of these and remove them
mv */* .
rmdir *
5. Now you have all the files you need in the new directory and you can symlink it to the name of the original installation directory (in my case ADE_45). By symlinking you can easily archive old versions and switch between them later on if necessary):
cd ..
ln -s ADE_45x ADE_45

I also had trouble with menus not showing properly up which could be solved by "winetricks ddr=gdi".
Same problem
by Dennis on Wednesday April 4th 2018, 7:30
I have exatly the same problem.

winarch=win32 winprefix=wine32
Debian Buster: kernel 4.15.1
Wine 3.0
winetricks 20180217
RE: Same problem
by Dennis on Wednesday April 4th 2018, 7:32
"Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running"
RE: Same problem
by Fabio Mazza on Saturday April 21st 2018, 7:29
This happens to me also. Just removed everything and started with a clean prefix, following the instructions from the page (install coremsfonts, dontnet40 before running).

using winetricks 20180217
System information:
Wine build: wine-3.5
Platform: i386
Version: Windows 5.1 (0)
Host system: Linux
Host version: 4.15.15-1-ARCH
0061:fixme:rpc:NdrAsyncServerCall unimplemented, 0x144198
by Geremia on Tuesday March 27th 2018, 11:04
ADE 4.5.0 was working with Wine 3.4 when I filed my test, but now it hangs, when downloading books from ACSM files, at:

0061:fixme:rpc:NdrAsyncServerCall unimplemented, 0x144198
RE: 0061:fixme:rpc:NdrAsyncServerCall unimplemented, 0x144198
by Geremia on Tuesday March 27th 2018, 11:05
This appears to be normal, as it eventually begins the download.
Display bugs even with virtual desktop
by Christian Mauderer on Saturday March 17th 2018, 16:33
I had a lot of bugs that the window of the application became black, partially black or just distorted. That happened especially when I returned from a book to the library.

The problem occurred on two PCs. One with an Intel graphics card, the other with an AMD.

Solution on both has been to use
> winetricks ddr=gdi
RE: Display bugs even with virtual desktop
by Vincent on Wednesday August 1st 2018, 12:06
I also have a black windows as soon as the ADE program starts. The "winetricks ddr=gdi" does not solve anything.

However, when I desactivate my external monitor on my laptop and only use the attached monitor (LVDS), then the wine window correctly displayed.
Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running
by Yingtong Li on Monday August 14th 2017, 8:47
Had the same issue as other posters with the "Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running" error on install. This was an issue with the Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.6 installer from the Adobe website. I was able to avoid the problem by downgrading to the 4.5.0 installer from which did not suffer from this issue.
Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running
by Charles on Thursday July 13th 2017, 1:13
Same problem. Diagnostic info:
System information:
Wine build: wine-2.0.1
Platform: i386 (WOW64)
Version: Windows 7
Host system: Linux
Host version: 4.4.0-83-generic

Have not filed a full bug report ~ should I? this seems to be a common problem

RE: Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running
by Geremia on Tuesday July 25th 2017, 12:31
Yes, report it. I get this issue, too, on Wine 2.13, when installing ADE with "winetricks adobe_diged4" on a clean wine prefix.

I also noticed that at least Wine 2.12 and 2.13, ADE 4.5 said that it was not connected to the internet. It was working on previous versions of Wine.
RE: Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running
by Charles on Thursday November 9th 2017, 23:12
Ok, after much messing around, I fully removed any and all WINE related from PC.
Reinstalled wine from (NB enable 32 bit architecture ~ I done this previously)
Reinstalled Winetricks from Software Centre
When Winetricks has finished installing it comes up with an options page ~ select install an app
Select Adobe Digital editions
Click OK .....
..... and it just worked fine :)
So I have no idea what I did wrong previously, or specifically what I did right this time to fix it.
RE: Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running
by Charles on Friday November 10th 2017, 22:31
Ooops - I spoke too soon. Yes it install ADE, but version 1.x which is incompatible with my library source which requires at least V3.x

Any ideas?
Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running.
by Jay Fault on Thursday July 6th 2017, 16:22
Corefonts is installed, dotnet40 is installed, 32 bit wineprefix on 64 bit host

I get the error when installing saying "Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running. Please close Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 and try again"
RE: Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 is already running.
by Dave Updegraff on Tuesday July 11th 2017, 10:13
Same here; wine 2.11, Fedora 25 as well as Fedora 26. This results when attempting just 'wine ADE_4.5_Installer.exe'.

If instead, use the suggested ' winetricks adobe_diged4' blows up with a box titled "Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Setup" saying that "..Same or higher version of .NET Framework has already been installed you your computer", hence installation will not occur. That in turn ends the session, with wine spitting out the epitaph :
Executing winetricks_early_wine regedit C:\windows\Temp\_dotnet40\set-winver.reg
dotnet40 install completed, but installed file /home/dave/.wine/dosdevices/c:/windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v4.0.30319/ngen.exe not found

which is a bit odd, cuz....

$ ls -la /home/dave/.wine/drive_c/windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v4.0.30319/ngen.exe
-rwxrwxr-x. 1 dave dave 1032 Jul 8 06:40 /home/dave/.wine/drive_c/windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v4.0.30319/ngen.exe

In both cases, the suggested workaround of using winecfg to set 'Emulate a virtual desktop' is in force.

So either way, never get out of the starting blocks at all.
Black screen unless you run it in emulated virtual desktop.
by Zootal on Sunday April 2nd 2017, 0:43
If you do not run this in an emulated virtual desktop, you might get a black screen and be unable to use the application. You must run winecfg and set it to Emulate a virtual desktop, found on the graphics tab. I selected 1440x900, and it works fine.
Ade 4.5 does work in Mint 18.1 with some fine tuning
by Peter Domjan on Tuesday January 31st 2017, 21:06
Using notes supplied by Kimme Utsi for Mint 17 as a basis and also from installed wine version 1.8.6 from ppa:jonathanf/wine and wintricks version 20170101 and finally wine32
Created a clean 32bit environment and installed ADE_4.5 as downloaded from web site. I declined the offer of Norton anti virus . Started ade from icon and authorized as usual then happily dowloaded epub books from local library
All this was done after a clean install of Linux Mint 18.1
by Lee Kierstead on Saturday June 25th 2016, 13:47
If my device is mounted beforehand it can take over 20 seconds for ADE to load. Your mileage may vary.