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Old 04-28-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Kindle 3 freeze

Hi, my Kindle 3 froze while I was using it.
The screen has been stuck on the home page for a week.
I tried :
  • holding the power switch for 30 sec (obviously many times after each step)
  • let it charge for a day on USB
  • open, remove the battery and put it back
  • let it charge for a day on wall charger
  • kubrick : everything ok until the "flashing main partition" which lasts only a second.
Any ideas?
I'm afraid it's dead after a meager 20 months of service.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:37 PM   #2
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It could be a simple as a dead battery, but I wouldn't spend $30 on a new battery just to find out it was something less fixable. Based on what you've already tried, I'll go with dead. It might be worth the time to call Kindle customer service and see if you can get a sympathetic ear who might send a refurb, or at least comp you a few bucks on a new unit.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Ok thanks.
Well, I think I'll make a point not to buy again after this. Planned obsolescence of 20 months for 191$ is not enough for me. I'll go see somewhere else.
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Ok thanks.
Well, I think I'll make a point not to buy again after this. Planned obsolescence of 20 months for 191$ is not enough for me. I'll go see somewhere else.
It's not planned obsolesence. It's hardware failure. None of my Kindles have died in less than two years. The only Kindle I have had that has failed was a Kindle on which my husband broke the screen.

It's a shame that you won't try calling Amazon, there have been multiple instances of them replacing out of warranty units.

Good luck with other brands. The technology is all the same, and is made in the same factories.

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Old 04-29-2013, 02:24 AM   #5
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Ok thanks.
Well, I think I'll make a point not to buy again after this. Planned obsolescence of 20 months for 191$ is not enough for me. I'll go see somewhere else.
What on Earth are you talking about? There is no "planned obsolescence". Many people here have Kindles that are many years old and are still working perfectly. Please provide evidence to support your claim.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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I have the exact same experience as "gladsteinfr".

Amazon has offered a paltry $20 dollar discount on a reconditioned kindle ( with a fairly comprehensive range of choices). My sister's bought kindles at around the same time and theirs have also died. I have an ipod touch purchased at aroond the same time that is actually my ereader of choice. It is alive and well. I also feel that there is some kind of planned obsolesence.

I was planning ( with great dread) on trying to manually brick as suggested in opening screen of KUBRICK but if the battery is most likely the problem.....

BTW- mine unfreezes with a window of opportunity of about 2 minutes - I went into the files and confirmed that all my books were indeed deleted and ran KUBRICK again. And, I did get the battery indicator to turn green in charger after a couple of days.

And, just as a point of information- I used the technique in this link as a quasi successful initial effort to unfreeze - for my kindle it actually worked as well as the KUBRICK.

http://www.frankcoles.com/journalism.../#.UX4GR9c5udl
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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Guys, let's agree to disagree. They designed the device so it's not repairable, impossible to diagnose (hats off to the courageous guys like you on this forum who disrupt this a bit). No repair service offered. Knowing the parts lifespan, it's easy for them to compute how many devices will die, how many users will want to replace, with the right incentive. This is all a very sane and respectable business strategy, no problem with that!
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:20 AM   #8
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That's why there are things like Square Trade "extended warranties" available for people like yourself who would rather have their device replaced than buy a replacement. You knew when you bought it that Amazon gave you a 12-month warranty on it. It's a little unreasonable to complain about it failing outside the warranty period.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:19 AM   #9
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Ok I'll grant you I'm a little unreasonable.
I was expecting either a replacement solution from Amazon directly (note: I'm not in the US) or a way to diagnose the problem myself and just buy the failed component. Because I always did that on my desktops/laptops, I don't see why we have to completely lose this ability with these new devices. At least a BIOS will tell me something...
But hey I'm just venting, knew these things from the start.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:49 PM   #10
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Oh and by the way they're offering me a refurb Kindle Touch for $71+$21 shipping (not in the US). Princely.
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Oh and by the way they're offering me a refurb Kindle Touch for $71+$21 shipping (not in the US). Princely.
It's out of warranty. Yes, it sucks that it quit working after only 20 months, but this happens to everybody with some doodad or other. My stuff invariably quits working a week after the warranty is up.
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Oh and by the way they're offering me a refurb Kindle Touch for $71+$21 shipping (not in the US). Princely.
Considering the fact that they're under no obligation whatsoever to give you a penny off a replacement for a device that's out of warranty, that seems like a damn good deal to me.
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not to beat a dead topic even deader- but we called Amazon, asked for a supervisor and were given a $70 credit. The life expectancy of the device is 3-4 years. Figuring it at 3.5 years and considering I got a bit more than 2 years use - I feel at this point the offer is very fair. I am a very heavy user and certainly got my reading time.
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Glad you got sorted to your satisfaction einkerem. Amazon are to be commended on offering discounts after the initial warranty expires, but I wish people didn't have to haggle with them to get it!
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