Originally Posted by zkat
That would explain it. I was having issues with virtualbox and usb, so I was rebooting from my windows partition to my linux one, and that was probably knocking it out. I just fixed the usb issues and have ssh access. Everything looks in order, just gonna dd mmcblk0p1.img and hopefully I'm set.
Thank you for your patience, and all the help when it first bricked. Awesome work!
I run winxp inside virtualbox, which is installed on my linux host PC.
In virtualbox, you can view the VID/PID without attaching to it, by hovering over it in the virtualbox menu: Devices / USB Devices / (whatever the kindle IDs as). You get a popup box after a second or so with the VID/PID and other info in it.
I like to make MfgTool stop scanning for devices (red stop button) as soon as it completes downloading to the kindle. I have had it hang my VM. To recover, I need to close VirtualBox (saving the VM state), then restart VirtualBox and the VM, then MfgTool is "unhung" when the USB port "disappears". I try to prevent that by closing MfgTool as soon as I am done with it.