@Hawhill nice to see your progress. Keep it up please.
Others thanks for trying and suggesting. I'll continue following the thread.
I went from Win7-64 ringo to Win7-32 jungo, then to VBox/XP, then from ATK 1.66 to 1.67... alas, like may of you, I never got ATK to connect with my Kindle. I feel a bit foolish since my Kindle is fine and in no need to be recovered... yet. guess I'll wait for a fool proof procedure.
Ah well, this mumbo jumbo at least inspired me to update my profile details