Originally Posted by geekmaster
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.
Great stuff, even more concise! Now I know that my priority should definitely be getting the fastboot tool talking to my Kindle in fastboot mode. (currently can't do it because of that problem with it dropping out when unplugged)