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Old 03-06-2009, 09:10 PM   #106
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I did try that, did not work. Only when I paste it as one line and then hit enter.. but whatever way works... just so happy to have my own Sceensavers! (One of the 13 I loaded below!)

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and everyone else for helping my blonde, mac ass figure it out
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:50 PM   #107
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I didn't want to do that because it doubles the complexity of the mod (quite literally, now we have to edit two files ).

However, you raise valid points, and God (Ken Thompson) created regular expressions for a reason. So I've gone ahead and done this. The big concern was that every change that's made has to be able to be revoked or else official updates will fail when they can't get the correct checksums on the files. So I had to do some testing to make sure everything was kosher.

Ok, now I've really got to get back to work.
Karma comin' at ya! I feel so much better with my own images on my K2. Your process is easier than the process for K1, IMO.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:09 AM   #108
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Would it be possible to do the following rather than hack the file (removing the dependancy on removing before updating) - or are does it run into permission errors?

- create /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/
- cp <current screensaver dir>/* /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/
- rm <current screensaver dir>
- ln -s /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/ <current screensaver dir>
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #109
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Would it be possible to do the following rather than hack the file (removing the dependancy on removing before updating) - or are does it run into permission errors?

- create /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/
- cp <current screensaver dir>/* /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/
- rm <current screensaver dir>
- ln -s /mnt/us/system/screen_saver/ <current screensaver dir>
You can for sure (afterall it's UNIX, and there's several ways to accomplish a task), but I wouldn't because it makes it harder to restore the K2 to a factory state. If you delete those images and don't save them, then you're SOL unless you can get someone else to get you a copy of them.

If you're sure you'll never sell yours or need customer support, then go for it, you're probably right about never having to undo it--unless the updates include patches for the screen savers, in which case you better have a copy of the originals. Though this does seem unlikely (unlikely that they would update the images, and unlikely that if they did they would do so with a patch instead of a replace.)
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:47 AM   #110
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Forgive me for being dense, but I just want to clarify a few things before I proceed with trying this...

- This has to be removed before the Kindle will receive any updates from Amazon?
- This will remove the default screen savers and replace them with ones of my choosing?

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Old 03-08-2009, 10:00 AM   #111
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- This has to be removed before the Kindle will receive any updates from Amazon?
We don't know. Depends on how picky Amazon is with their update routines. It *might* block future updates from Amazon. In any case, the patch would have to be *re-applied* after an update from Amazon.

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- This will remove the default screen savers and replace them with ones of my choosing?
It won't *remove* them, just disable them and allow you to use your own. You can always go back and re-enable the old default screen savers by removing the patch.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:05 AM   #112
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We don't know. Depends on how picky Amazon is with their update routines. It *might* block future updates from Amazon. In any case, the patch would have to be *re-applied* after an update from Amazon.



It won't *remove* them, just disable them and allow you to use your own. You can always go back and re-enable the old default screen savers by removing the patch.
Thanks so much! That's all I needed to know. I'll give it a whirl.

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Old 03-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #113
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We don't know. Depends on how picky Amazon is with their update routines. It *might* block future updates from Amazon. In any case, the patch would have to be *re-applied* after an update from Amazon.



It won't *remove* them, just disable them and allow you to use your own. You can always go back and re-enable the old default screen savers by removing the patch.

My personal screen savers did not block my K1 from upgrading to 1.2.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:12 AM   #114
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My personal screen savers did not block my K1 from upgrading to 1.2.
That's not the issue. For Kindle 2 you have to hack the software to do personal screen savers.
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Old 03-08-2009, 02:40 PM   #115
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I appreciate your hack to use personal screen savers. I only like about 2 of amazons, and have replaced them with images that contain my contact information in case my kindle turns up missing (heaven forbid).

I have however requested Amazon that there be a way to either turn off screen savers, or have your own custom ones. My response email included:
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I have sent your feedback about the screen saver in kindle to kindle team.
Personally I wish there were more customization options on the kindle, such as allowing greater use of the screen for text, and a way to edit tags on your books, but those other issues.

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Old 03-08-2009, 04:08 PM   #116
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As far as I can tell, the screen saver patch did indeed block the update to 2.0.1. I removed the patch and the update went through just fine. I had to restart a couple times before I could get the screen saver patch reapplied to the new version.

Current version string is: Kindle 2.0.1 (303870012) + Screen Saver Hack 0.3

Hopefully this helps someone.
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Thanks for this hack! It went off without a hitch.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:38 PM   #118
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Allen, What program did you use to personalize that photo in your screensaver "Allen's Kindle" ?
It looks terrific.
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Allen, What program did you use to personalize that photo in your screensaver "Allen's Kindle" ?
It looks terrific.
Thanks! I used Photoshop to put the "label" on the image. I think the font is really what makes it look nice (Academy Engraved LET).

The images are from Kunstformen der Natur by Ernst Haeckel. A collection of the illustrations can be found here. Some of them are really bizarre/beautiful.
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Thanks! I used Photoshop to put the "label" on the image. I think the font is really what makes it look nice (Academy Engraved LET).

The images are from Kunstformen der Natur by Ernst Haeckel. A collection of the illustrations can be found here. Some of them are really bizarre/beautiful.
These are spectacular--thanks for the link!
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