Like the title says, here's a FW 5.0.x
The payload is based on yifanlu's jailbreak
, with a few tweaks to make it more Touch/PaperWhite centric,
and a fantastic new delivery method discovered by yossarian17
. So, as always, thanks to everyone involved in Touch & PaperWhite hacking, particularly yifanlu, ixtab, geekmaster, eureka & yossarian17
In addition, this is also the home of the K5 (Touch/PaperWhite) port of the USBNetwork
What Does It Do?:
Latest Updates (11/25/2014):
The JailBreak opens the door to pretty much everything you'll find on this forum
As for USBNetwork, besides bundling a couple of useful tools, it will grant you remote shell access to your Kindle, be it over USB or WiFi.
IMPORTANT notice to FW >= 5.4.5 users:
JailBreak v1.13.N (Rescued by a Wizard!), USBNetwork v0.18.N (Updated binaries, wizardry!).
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT notice regarding FW >= 5.6.0:
This will NOT
work on FW >= 5.4.5!
Currently, it does survive an update
to >= 5.4.5 though, provided you've never reset your device to factory defaults, so, if you intend to update to 5.4.5, JailBreak your device first (if it's at all doable for your specific device. KT2 & KV users, you're out of luck for now)
. If you're unsure of having ever done a factory reset or a registration switch, and/or you want to make absolutely sure you won't get screwed, install the bridge first (it's the Update_jailbreak_bridge_*_install.bin file in the JailBreak package, see the relevant section in #2
for more details).
If your PW2
shipped on 5.4.5 or newer, all is not lost, you should be able to downgrade to 18.104.22.168
with a bit of trickery.
Obviously, the JailBreak won't work on these new versions. And while it does
survive an update
to >= 5.6.0 (on currently jailbroken devices
you upgrade the JB to >= 1.13.N before
applying the official update), you will NOT
be able to downgrade your device once 5.6.x has been installed (even on devices where this was previously possible), and, more importantly, you will NOT
be able to install custom update packages through usual means, no matter the state of your JailBreak. Fortunately, the MR Package Installer will
help with that last fact
Moreover, this FW introduces some significant changes which may
break some custom code.
For more details on the initial (hence their pessimistic nature) findings: here & there.
: If you do intend to update, you absolutely MUST
update your JailBreak or Bridge to >= 1.13.N BEFORE
applying the official update! The same comments about factory resets as in the previous notice applies here
Download the attached kindle-jailbreak-1.13.N.zip file, and unpack it. In here, you'll find a few files.
Unzip the contents
of the kindle-5.4-jailbreak.zip
archive to the root directory of your Kindle.
Now, eject & unplug your Kindle, and go to [HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Update Your Kindle
. The updater won't actually ever run, this is normal
. After a few seconds, the words **** JAILBREAK ****
will appear at the bottom of your screen to confirm that the device is jailbroken
. You won't see this message again, it's simply a confirmation message.
And that's it, your Kindle is now ready to install custom hacks!
If you need to use something MKK
, be aware that MKK will only be active on the next
boot. Installing another package through the Update mechanism will do the trick, or you can manually trigger a device restart ([HOME] -> [MENU] > Settings -> [MENU] > Restart
. Hmm, I have a PW2, and the Update Your Kindle
link stays grayed out, how come?
. If you can't find your specific model in the current list of Kindle models
, please reply to this thread with: the exact model of your device (WiFi/3G), the country it was bought in/shipped to, and finally, and most importantly, the first four characters of its serial number (Settings -> Device Info
If you *do* find your model in that list, see the next answer
. I can't figure out why the Update Your Kindle
link stays grayed out (bis)?
. First, read the instructions again, and make sure you followed them exactly. A common oversight is to upload the zip file itself, instead of what's *in* the zip file after it's been unpacked
If you think you did that right, don't worry, there's a known (upstream) issue that might cause the OTA updater to crash and fail to pick up new update files. If you still have the jailbreak files on the root of your device, remove them, and make sure you don't have any other .bin files laying around in there.
Restart your device, and try the installation procedure again.
(If this happens for any other hack, and you have a shell access, a restart otaupd usually puts things to right).
. My hacks suddenly failed to work properly, how come? (aka. What happens if I get an OTA update?)
. Since FW 5.3.x, official updates (OTA or not, actually) are complete updates, overwriting the complete main system. This has the side effect of breaking a lot of custom hacks. For instance, you'll have to reinstall MKK for sure, along with most full hacks that touch the system, whereas simple KUAL extensions should survive the process
On a sidenote, FW updates are usually a game of cat and mouse, so do make sure you check the forums to see if the hacks you care about will actually *work* on a new FW version before updating
. What's this 'MKK' (Mobileread Kindlet Kit) thing? Do I need it?
. Short answer: most likely, yes. See the MKK
thread for more details
Long anwser: you'll need it to run custom Kindlets, like KUAL
or Collections Manager
. What's this 'AcXE' thingy? Do I need it?
. If you intend to run custom ACXs
, then, yes, you need it.
Check the dedicated thread
for more details
. What's this 'Rescue Pack' thingy? Do I need it?
. If you like having your back covered, and especially if you intend to do any sort of development on your device at all, yes, probably.
Check the dedicated thread
, and its companion
for more details
And see here
for an all-in-one package