1. Rebooting, hitting F8 and selecting to not check signed drivers got me past the first step.
2. I downloaded only the 4.0.0 kernels from http://pastebin.com/Wdw4L7yT
posted on the main thread.
3. I downloaded Kindle Select Boot from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/att...6&d=1329798296
. Kindle Select Boot provides a utility called mfgtool which seems to be used to upload a diagnostic utility or a kindle flash utility onto the kindle so that the kindle can run diagnostic tests or have the firmware or kernel replaced even if the device has been bricked. It is similar to using a linux live cd to test a pc or wipe the hd and replace it with a different OS.
4. To use the mfgtool correctly, you have to switch the kindle to usb recovery mode while plugged in, which is accomblished by holding down the power key until the led switches off, and WHILE HOLDING DOWN ON THE POWER KEY, push on the down button the 5-way controller. Then you let go of the power key. Windows will download and install generic HID drivers for the kindle in this mode and voila mfgtools will recognize the kindle. If you select kindle diag and then start the diagnostic firmware is uploaded and the kindle starts with those options.
5. Fastboot appears to be the utility that allows you to flash firmware and kernels into the kindle. Fastboot can be downloaded from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/att...7&d=1331579769
6. In order for fastboot to work properly with the kindle, windows needs additional library sources, called libusb-win32-bin-184.108.40.206 despite being 32 bit drivers, they are supposed to work with 64 bit Windows (in fact anything past 1.2.0 works with 64 win 7). Download link is here: http://www.mediafire.com/?yb8fbasxw002arj
. Following the instructions here I managed to install the filter drivers which allowed me to run fastboot (with no options) without any errors:http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/libusb-win32/wiki
. I don't have the device drivers installed yet but the instructions are there.
To proceed forward???:
a. Generate an inf file, using some kind of wizard or use http://www.mediafire.com/?t8myi35pk6323h2
but edit it to replace it with my device id which can be found from the filter device install mentioned above. The inf file I believe is just a script telling where to install libraries for the driver files to work as part of Windows.
b. Once again use mfgtools to start up kindle fastboot, and then from a dos prompt use fastboot to flash the kindle with the 4.0.0 image.
Mfgtools can boot up the kindle into a diagnostic utilities. If you can use that to dump and run a shell script as the select boot thread suggests, shouldn't you be able to do one that flashes the firmware onto the kindle? Does such a script already exist?
Where do I go from here?