Originally Posted by geekmaster
About needing to mount the USB drive yourself, you should try deleting /var/local/system/mntus.params, and then reboot. Perhaps it was corrupted by installing a hack intended for a kindle 4 (or by some other cause). Deleting it will make the startup scripts rebuild it. It contains information telling the system WHERE the usb drive is located and how to mount it.
Righto, I'll have a go at it before I break my wife's Kindle as well...then I'll be sleeping outside tonight... ;-)