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Old 04-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
markocosic
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Device: Kindle
Kindle "SE Blank Ringo" repair/hack

Hi all,


I have a Kindle Keyboard (WiFi and 3G) that's broken - it seems to think that it's a cabbage not a Kindle.


I bought it this way, with a very dead battery. (3.0V)

It would sit charging with the orange light on indefinitely, and reports itself to the PC as an "SE Blank Ringo" - the product description for the freescale processor used inside the Kindle. I switched this battery out for a fully charged one with the same result.


No amount of resetting appears to achieve anything:

Power on/off - nothing happens.

Hold the slider for 5 sec - nothing happens.

Hold for 12 secs or more and the orange light will go off, the device will disappear from my computer, then the light comes abck on/device reappears when you let go of the power switch.

Normally when you fit a battery to a kindle, both green lights come on then it boots up. In this case, nothing.


It's almost as if there is some low-level hardware functionality there, but there's no software on there. Being a curious type, I'd like to investigate.


Has anybody on here come across this before? (search for ringo didn't flag anything)

Any recommended reading?


The device is long out of warranty.


Thanks!

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