Originally Posted by tlrowley
Warning - you'll lose everything if you do a firmware reset - this should be an option of last resort.
To reset the firmware, you do a pinhole reset and immediately hold down the home key. You'll be presented with a screen with three options, one of which is reset the firmware. It took me three tries to get the timing right for the new menu to appear, I guess I wasn't pressing/holding the home key quickly enough after the reset. I don't remember the othe options on the screen (I was too worried about the firmware reset), perhaps tsgreer's memory is better than mine!
Once I reset the firmware, my Kindle started behaving itself again - I think that somehow (firmare upgrade, me messing around, act-of-G*d) my filesystem had been corrupted (the missing 90K I mentioned earlied, which was not just in a simple trash file) and the firmware reset rebuilt the filesystem. It's been running great for a week, so there are no terrible problems inherent in the 1.0.4 firmware, but the upgrade process might be a tad bit buggy.
I didn't have to push the pinhole. I was told to make sure wireless was off. Press "Alt-Shift-R." Same thing as pushing the pinhole, but you don't have to remove the Kindle from it's case.
Right as the screen went blank and before it restarts, I had to push the "home" key and hold down for a few seconds until a single page with three options printed at the bottom showed up.
After doing this ad the bottom of the screen are these options: 1. Firmware Update. 2. Firmware Reset. 3. Exit.
And yes, like you, I lost of my info from the kindle, but not the SD card that was installed. Also I will have to re-register my Kindle because I just noticed that it's not "Travis's Kindle" anymore, so now we know an easy way to reset the device before you sell it. (Re-registering can be done from the Kindle, under settings. Type in your email that's associated with your amazon account and password and it's all done. Takes less than a minute.)
But I'm glad I did it. It acts normal now and the upgrade remained intact. Most of my books were on my SD card anyway, so not a big deal and I back up pretty regular.
I say it acts normal now, but that's for only the last 20 minutes or so, so I can't for certain say that it's totally fixed. Seems to be acting much more healthy now though!
By the way, I didn't remember either, like you I was just concentrating on not doing anything wrong. But I just did it again just now so I could see that happened.