Laptops are more expen$ive than ereaders, so if you're going to throw one
out, don't be so hasty. Especially as the ereader is the source of your
frustration. Be aware that Digital Editions does not support certain types
of ereaders. The name of the ereader you give is not on the list of
supported devices found
so it's possible that it's not going to work with Digital Editions.
However, let me go through the process and you can try it before you give
up if you want to.
As with many electronic devices, you should follow a particular sequence in
getting these things running. You did nothing to solve your issue by
reinstalling Digital Editions.
Let me assume a Windows environment for the rest of this post. I'll assume
also that you got an Adobe ID when you registered with them before you
downloaded and installed Digital Editions.
To begin the process, you will need to charge the ereader. Once it's
charged fully, then you should be able to unplug it, then plug it into your
laptop and the laptop should recognise it as an external hard drive. If
this does not happen (which is apparently what's happened at this point),
then the ereader may be faulty.
Assuming that the ereader does get recognised once it's charged, then you
will need to go to the website for it and register it properly. Use your
Adobe ID to do this - it makes things so much easier down the line. The
registration process should create a small identity file on your ereader,
which Digital Editions needs to see in order to recognise it. Watch the
screen on the ereader - it should show completion of this process - and
then you can disconnect it from your computer.
When the registration process is complete, you're ready to try to connect
to Digital Editions. Reconnect the ereader to your computer and wait for a
moment to see that it tells you it's connected, and that Windows does too.
Then, start Digital Editions. If Digital Editions sees the ereader, it
will show up on the bookshelf in Library view (left hand side) with its
name. If this happens, Digital Editions will work with your ereader
regardless of whether it's on the supported list, and you can drag and drop
ebooks from Digital Editions onto your ereader.
When you are done, you should close Digital Editions. Watch the ereader's
screen to make sure that it finishes processing the content, and then you
can pull the plug and enjoy your ebooks.
To be fair, there are other things to consider regarding the ebooks
themselves. Digital Editions will tell you if it cannot copy the ebook to
your ereader due to digital rights assigned to it by the publisher,
distributor or library. That can be frustrating, but it's not a problem
with Digital Editions. If you get other error messages, check the Digital
Editions FAQ's that you can find in the Help section (F1 key from Library
or Reading view). There's also a ton of other information in the Help
Hope this helps!