Originally Posted by Poetcop
Amazing work! I wish I'd waited for this, I'll bet it would have fixed mine up in its earlier, non-black-screen-of-death state immediately!
You should be able to recover from that "black death" by using MfgTool to get to fastboot mode, then using fastboot to flash mmcblk0p2_ssh.img to the diags partition, then booting diags and exporting the USB drive to copy mmcblk0p1 on it, then starting an SSH shell and using dd to copy the /mnt/us/mmcblk0p1.img to /dev/mmcblk0p1, then finally by running the factory_restore script.
I pretty much described the entire recovery process for even a severely bricked kindle in that one sentence. It takes a little linux knowledge to fill in the missing details.