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Old 05-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Unbrick your Kindle 3 - Video

Here's a small video tutorial about unbricking K3, as I promised.
For now it's "quick&dirty", but I'm planning to make a better one.

So...please enjoy and ask questions if you have some



edit :

Sorry for little typos in vid... -_-

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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How did you mount the root file system over usb in the start? Also, where'd you get the serial connector?

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Old 05-26-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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Xqtftqx I've used serial line, just to brick kindle for this tutorial.
You can order cable on FTDI web site ( they have stores in many countries ).
I bought mine at : http://apple.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ftdichip

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Old 05-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #5
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Many people are going to wonder how you found the USB export password. Also I want to know how to build that plug thingy into the kindle.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:22 PM   #6
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Xqtftqx I've used serial line, just to brick kindle for this tutorial.
You can order cable on FTDI web site ( they have stores in many countries ).
I bought mine at : http://apple.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ftdichip
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Great tutorial!

I searched FTDI for kindle - got nothing.
I thought, any USB-to-TTL adapter will do (google for ca-42 cable)
Not clear who sells this piece:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99177
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:39 AM   #7
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@yifanlu, it's not a secret. See my how to: http://www.the-ebook.org/forum/viewt...=577761#577761
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:39 AM   #8
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@seaniko7, Cool tutorial!
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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@yifanlu, it's not a secret. See my how to: http://www.the-ebook.org/forum/viewt...=577761#577761
Someone named "David West" emailed me this. It's to find your password using the serial number. I don't know if he minds me posting it, but he does, contact me and I'll remove it.

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I've been studying the recovery-util with objdump, hoping to find a backdoor way to enable full MMC0 usb export without having to go through the serial port. I didn't find such a way, but, I think I've got a working command line to generate a password from a serial number:

$ python -c 'import hashlib,sys;print "fiona%s" % hashlib.md5("%s\n" % sys.argv[1]).hexdigest()[7:11]' B00XXXXXXXXXXXXX
fiona828b

Can you confirm if this method works for you? (I don't yet have a k3w or serial adapter with which to try yet.)
I also believe that the following MAY be the root password on linux:

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python -c 'import hashlib,sys;print "fiona%s" % hashlib.md5("%s\n" % sys.argv[1]).hexdigest()[7:10]' B00XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Again, I would like to get my hands on one of those serial plugs for the Kindle. Any details, OP?

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Old 05-27-2011, 08:05 AM   #10
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This is very cool. Enjoyable video, too. I liked the style, music.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:37 AM   #11
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@yifanlu, Yes, I have this serial gen, but I think it's bad idea to public it!
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:00 AM   #12
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@yifanlu, Yes, I have this serial gen, but I think it's bad idea to public it!
Why? I'll take it down if it's bad or something.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:02 AM   #13
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I've made serial plug by myself, using blkhawk instructions mentioned at :

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99177
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:28 PM   #14
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Update : I've managed to connect to serial line by using usb cable and loading "g_serial" module. I can post instructions here if someone is interested. : )

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Old 05-29-2011, 05:13 PM   #15
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Update : I've managed to connect to serial line by using usb cable and loading "g_serial" module. I can post instructions here if someone is interested. : )
I know you can do that in SSH, but did you manage to do it before boot?
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