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Old 12-06-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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[New FIRMWARE] Kindle Paperwhite 5.3.1

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Kindle Paperwhite Software Update 5.3.1

We have a new, free software update available for Kindle Paperwhite. The software update will be delivered wirelessly and includes optimizations for your Kindle’s performance, including fixes for Wi-Fi connectivity. This update automatically downloads and installs for most Kindle Paperwhite customers; however, you can also manually download the software and update your device via USB cable.

Download Version 5.3.1
Here's how to download the Kindle software update version 5.3.1 and transfer it to your Kindle via USB:

Determine your software version: From Home, tap Menu, then Settings. From Settings, tap Menu, then Device Info. If you have the latest update, it should look like this:



If you see an earlier version, please proceed with the steps below to update your Kindle to the latest software.

Download your software: Click the link below to download the software update file directly to your computer:
Download Software Update 5.3.1

Transfer software to your Kindle: Turn your Kindle on and connect it to your computer using the USB cable. Drag and drop the new update file from your computer onto the Kindle drive. Do not drop the file into one of the folders within the Kindle drive.

Monitor file transfer and disconnect: Check your file transfer progress to ensure file transfer to your Kindle is complete before disconnecting. After the file has transferred successfully, eject the Kindle to safely disconnect your Kindle from your computer. Disconnect the USB cable from your Kindle and your computer.

Start the software update: From Home, tap Menu, then Settings. Tap Menu, then Update Your Kindle. (This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.) Tap Ok if you want to perform an update. You will see Your Kindle is Updating.

Once the update is complete: Your Kindle will automatically restart. From Device Info, you will see Firmware Version: Kindle 5.3.1.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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163 MB. I guess it again flashes whole rootfs. It's a warning sign about possible attempt to prevent recent jailbreak (but maybe it's a false alarm, I don't know ATM).
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Updating now. However this is a minor update, which I believe had not much purpose other than preventing jailbreaks. All companies do this and Amazon is no exception.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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It really flashes whole rootfs, but quick look at new rootfs showed that signs of "sweet puppy certificate" installing vector are still there and "sweet puppy certificate" "bridge" should work also.

In simple words, jailbreak should still work. I didn't test it on practice, though, as I don't own PW.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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Probably too much to hope that this will reduce battery drain when wireless is on.

Amazon seems to be in some flurry of update activity (PW, Fire HD, Fire 2g, iOS, Android). It would be nice if Kindle Touch and Fire 1g got some update love also.

KT still needs:
- whispersync for voice support
- kf8 fixed layout support
- fix line spacing issues

They should port some of the features of Fire 2g to Fire 1g, also, since they're so similar.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:06 PM   #7
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Has anyone seen a specific list of the included
"optimizations"? I do not see one on the site
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #8
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Has anyone seen a specific list of the included
"optimizations"? I do not see one on the site
Because they "optimized" it out...
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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My PW updated as soon as the file was loaded and I disconnected from my PC. I did not have to go to the Menu.

However, my one defect of not being able to run Active Content when Special Offers are disabled is still not fixed. I just called it in to Amazon CS for forwarding to the PW Development Team a few days ago. Maybe the next update will fix it.

In the meantime my KFHD7-32 apps more than compensate for no AC on the PW.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:48 AM   #10
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:23 AM   #11
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How do I initiate a download of the new firmware with Wi-Fi without using a computer or a USB cable?
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:09 AM   #12
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I'd say by waiting :-)
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:21 AM   #13
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If you go into settings and then press the button on the top right again, there should be an option to update your kindle.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:56 AM   #14
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As there is now a new jailbreak for this release, thanks to ixtab, here
I just updated my PW, by downloading the file to my PC first.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:46 AM   #15
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WiFi connectivity with 5.3.1 for Paperwhite

Received the 5.3.1 firmware update for Kindle Paperwhite automatically today.

Thought I had a scoop after checking some of my favorite Kindle blogs but of course this was old news on MobileReads...I have been remiss in not checking MobileReads for some time. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

For just the last couple of days I noticed that the WiFi scan was not picking up my router. Sometimes a rescan didn't improve the result. Eventually, after several tries my router was detected.

With admittedly limited testing after the firmware upgrade when I turn on WiFi the Kindle Paperwhite very quickly detects my router.

So, I'm simply asserting that whatever other purposes the upgrade may have served it appears that it did, in fact, do something to improve WiFi connectivity.
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