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Old 03-05-2009, 09:43 AM   #41
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Location: Greenwood, SC
Device: Kindle 2
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Well, I've fixed it to allow it to work for all versions. I also found out that if you installed the first one, then you were at version 2.0, and it will interfere with the 2.0.1 update. This is easily remedied: use the new "Update_kindle2_restore_default_screen_savers. bin" (attached) to remove the mod, update to version 2.0.1 (either manually or by waiting) and then (if you want) apply the new "Update_kindle2_user_screen_savers.bin"

This does seem like a bummer though, that you might have to uninstall and re-install every time a new K2 update comes out.

I'm still searching the java GUI for signs that there's an easier way.

Code:
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WARNING: Use at your own risk!  This is an UNOFFICIAL update to allow custom
Kindle2 Screen Savers.  This file is NOT from Amazon.com and any harm it
causes your Kindle2 will be your own fault.
==============================================================================

Instructions for use:
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1) Plug your Kindle2 into your computer.
2) Copy "Update_kindle2_user_screen_savers.bin" to the root of your Kindle2.
3) Change directories to the "system" folder.
4) Create a new folder called "screen_saver"
5) Place any 600x800 PNG image files into the system\screen_saver folder that
   you just created.
6) Unplug your Kindle2
7) Press the "Menu" button on your Kindle2 and select "Settings."
8) At the Settings page press "Menu" again and select "Update Your Kindle."
9) When the "update" is done your Kindle2 will reboot and you are done.


To go back to the default Kindle2 screen savers:
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1) Plug your Kindle2 into your computer.
2) Copy "Update_kindle2_restore_default_screen_savers.bin" to the root of your
   Kindle2.
3) Unplug your Kindle2
4) Press the "Menu" button on your Kindle2 and select "Settings."
5) At the Settings page press "Menu" again and select "Update Your Kindle."
6) When the "update" is done your Kindle2 will reboot and you are done.


More Information:
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You can change images at any time, but you must reset your kindle for them to
appear (press and hold the slider for 15 seconds).  If there are no images 
then a blank screen will be shown when you go into sleep mode.

After further research, it appears JPEG files work as well as PNG, and they
do not have to be 600x800.

After the update, the update bin will be gone, but there will be two new
files in the root of your kindle: "framework.mario.conf.orig" and
"framework.mario.conf.new"  You can delete these if you want, they are
simply copies of the config file (before and after) the screen saver
directory was changed in it.

The "src.0.2.tar.gz" has the code (modified from Igor Skochinsky's code) to
generate the update bins yourself.  You can see that all the update really
does is a single sed(1) command to change the path of the SCREEN_SAVER_DIR
variable.

Any official kindle2 updates that patch the framework.mario.conf file will
fail if this is installed (ie. 2.0 to 2.0.1).  Use the remove procedure,
to restore the default screen savers, then apply the official update, and
all will be well.
Attached Files
File Type: zip kindle2_screen_saver_hack-0.2.zip (5.6 KB, 928 views)

Last edited by clarknova; 03-05-2009 at 11:57 AM.
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