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Old 09-03-2010, 02:16 AM   #1
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Changing Kindle 3 Screensaver

Hey guys, I'm completely new to the Kindle scene and was wondering if there is a way to change the K3's screensaver. I see there was a way to do it on the K2 but does that method work on the K3?
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Old 09-03-2010, 02:21 AM   #2
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No, so far no-one has been able to jaibreak the k3.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:29 AM   #3
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I can't believe Amazon doesn't let us customize the screensavers without hacking it. Rediculous. All they'd have to do is make a root folder called screensavers, and we would place our images there. Then we wouldn't have to look at the dead poets society all the time.
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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just wait, I'm sure there will be a way....
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:29 AM   #5
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On the Kindle 1, they used to allow setting the screensaver image when viewing images with the (hidden) image viewer feature by pressing ALT-SHIFT-0. Did someone try this to be sure they didn't add it back?
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:34 AM   #6
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Too bad there's no "0" key on the new Kindle. I did try the combination, though, using the on-screen-keyboard 0, and it didn't do anything.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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I sent this to them two days ago. Their response was quick, if not what I wanted to hear. Perhaps if we get thousands of people to request the feature... it is certainly more likely than them providing the root password or someone brute forcing it.

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Since your screensaver said it wanted to hear my thoughts:
This is my second Kindle. The K2US was given to my wife once the K3 wifi
arrived. I love the device, but the screensavers have to be the more
horrendous images devised. They are a huge negative. It is an easy software
update to allow the user to add or delete images for screensavers. PLEASE
add this to the next firmware upgrade.

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Thanks for writing about having an option to add and remove the screen savers on your Kindle.

I've sent your comments to the Kindle team. They're always looking for ways to improve our Kindle offerings and may be able to make these features available in the future.

Strong customer feedback like yours helps us continue to improve the service we provide, and we're glad you took time to write to us.

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:19 AM   #8
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I'm fine with the Kindle screensaver pictures apart from the Emily Dickinson one. That one looks oddly creepy for some reason It would be nice to have the ability to change them though. The older Kindles could be modified to do so but the new Kindle 3 seems to have blocked all of those methods.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:46 AM   #9
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I would prefer to see the cover of the book I am currently reading.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:57 AM   #10
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I think they ought to give a few options:

1. The cover what you are reading (or perhaps what you were last reading since you could be reading multiple items)

2. A specific image rather than the random image (either user uploaded or from what was already provided). Afterall, I actually find some of the images cool.

-- As a subnote, I think it would be nice if you could remove images you don't like.

3. Any image a user provides (randomly or not).

My wife and I both received Kindle 3, and without covers, yet, it is difficult for us to know which one is which since the screensaver images are random from the same set. Right now our only solution is to turn one Kindle completely off so there is no image on one. Of course, once we have a cover on each (different colors), this issue will be gone.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:54 AM   #11
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Once the K3 is in the hands of the Hacking Kings, we'll get new screensaver and font hacks (and more!). A lot of folks don't have the K3 yet, so give it a month or so for the "important" people to get theirs and start tweaking the hacks.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:31 PM   #12
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Daffy4u, it appears that amazon has locked down this version further removing the exploits previously used. Unless another weakness is found, or the root password is brute forced, there is little hope.

There are those that will keep at it, hopefully we will get lucky.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:41 PM   #13
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Daffy4u, it appears that amazon has locked down this version further removing the exploits previously used. Unless another weakness is found, or the root password is brute forced, there is little hope.

There are those that will keep at it, hopefully we will get lucky.
Thanks karthwyne for the additional information. I have faith in the Hacking Kings. Given enough time, nearly every obstacle with previous Kindles has been overcome. DRM removal for .azw and the trickier Topaz files, screensaver and font hacks, usb networking even ePub on the Kindle (though the developer seems to have stopped updating that hack).

If it can be built, someone else can tear it apart and rebuild it.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:07 PM   #14
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Thanks karthwyne for the additional information. I have faith in the Hacking Kings. Given enough time, nearly every obstacle with previous Kindles has been overcome. DRM removal for .azw and the trickier Topaz files, screensaver and font hacks, usb networking even ePub on the Kindle (though the developer seems to have stopped updating that hack).

If it can be built, someone else can tear it apart and rebuild it.
The issue is that the Kindle now checks to see if it is an official Kindle update before applying it and faking the signatures is to all practical purposes impossible. It won't be quite as easy as before where you could just drop any update or patch onto the Kindle drive and then let it run.

That said, there is always the possibility of a flaw in the update process which allows a custom update to be crafted but there are no guarantees. It may end up that you need to connect to the debugging port on the side of the Kindle 3 which means needing the adapter hardware.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:42 PM   #15
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The issue is that the Kindle now checks to see if it is an official Kindle update before applying it and faking the signatures is to all practical purposes impossible. It won't be quite as easy as before where you could just drop any update or patch onto the Kindle drive and then let it run.
I see. A much more difficult hurdle to overcome but I still have faith.
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