I just want to give a big
to all involved in Kindle unbricking/development here! I successfully unbricked my Kindle Touch last night after a month of bricked-ness by following the instructions here. I wanted to share my story and the issues I ran into in case it might help someone else along their way.
Here's what caused the problem:
An update was available for my modded Kindle (5.0.3), but the update wouldn't complete successfully. I tried to un-mod my Kindle so that I could get my update to no avail, so I resorted to restoring from backup files. Unfortunately, I didn't backup mmcblk0p1 as an image -- I just had backups of /bin, /lib, etc., so I tried to restore them over ssh. Kindle bricked as soon as I did "sudo rm -r /bin
" (stupidest move ever, I know
). And then
I broke the diags with fastboot. I know, I'm not worthy of sudo.
Here's How I Fixed It (Running Ubuntu 12.04)
Small debricking guide for “noobs” (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=180789
) (skipped the Windows drivers stuff - fastboot from Linux)
-and- This thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=170929
- Boot to fastboot with MfgTool (through Windows XP VM)
- Flash diags, diags_kernel, and kernel with fastboot (through Linux)
- Boot to diags with MfgTool (could also be done with fastboot)
- Enable USB drive: Transfer mmcblk0p1.img
- Enable USB networking: Use ssh to dd mmcblk0p1.img to partition
- Disable diags through diags menu
- Success! I now have a fully functional Kindle (5.0.0) again! (Also, updated to 5.1.0 and then 5.1.2 with no problems).
Issues Along the Way
Couldn't get MfgTool running (needed Windows).
Running Windows XP on VirtualBox (sudo apt-get install virtualbox).
The only additional VirtualBox configuration needed was enabling USB and file-sharing:
- Install Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack (search Google, Oracle website)
- Add <user> to vboxusers group (sudo usermod -aG vboxusers <user>
) (relogin or restart Ubuntu after)
- Add filter for Kindle in Recovery Mode in VM USB settings so that VM can see it
- Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on VM (not necessary, but nice to transfer files to/from VM)
Had to find fastboot.
gitbrew website (stores many images) is down.
Other links on the threads that I used for instructions.
Diags_kernel, diags (+ssh) partition: Mediafire links from the "Small debricking guide for “noobs”".
kernel (main), system (main partition): Geekmaster's first post on this thread: "Download Mirror (all relevant K5 images)" - 5.0.0 images
Broke diags with fastboot (didn't realize images were in archives. Yes, another dumb move on my part).
Extract image files from the archives before flashing with "sudo ./fastboot flash <partition> <image>
USB networking configuration does not persist on Ubuntu (probably some DHCP daemon or similar resetting it).
Once "sudo ifconfig usb0 192.168.15.201
" is run, use the connection as a template to create a saved wired network connection.
I used these settings:
After I got USB networking set up, I followed the "Small debricking guide for “noobs”" instructions, starting from step 6 (ssh), and after the reset my Kindle was successfully unbricked. Thanks again!