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Old 02-02-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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K2 2.5.7 - Collections - registration/usbNetwork hack?

I got a lovely second hand Kindle2 for Christmas. YAY.
This is the first ebook reader I have ever had...


Looking like a TL;DR post - just jump to the bottom, the nutshell and question are there.


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But, the person that bought it for me didn't realize at the time that there was a difference between the Kindle US (B002) and international (B003) and bought me the B002 us only model. She's not a techy, so I can't really fault her.

Now, the ONE thing I want more than anything is to get the Kindle to register, and I will to why later.

Now, I've spent hours on the phone with Amazon techincal support and after many different phone calls, the agents basically said "Too bad, so sad. Your SOL."

So to the interweb I go, and I have spent DAYS trying to figure this out.

When I bought it, it had firmware 2.5.3 installed. I have no idea if it came pre-loaded with any hacks (I don't think so) but this being my first unit, I didn't even know you could hack it.

So once I got over the fact I could use the Wifi because I live outside the US, and finally tracked down a USB cable, I was finally able to start putting content on it and everything was good, if a little annoying.


During one of my phone calls with Amazon tech support, and trying to find a way to get the Wifi working, I noticed there was a firmware update available. 2.5.7

Upon reading the release notes and "what's new" I noticed it had "collections". OY! I REALLY want that feature as I have several hundereds files on my Kindle and it's a pain to sort through hem all... collections is exactly what I want.

So, I installed the 2.5.7 Firmware update. No problems.

Fire it up, only to discover the the "collections" feature is disabled...

Another phone call to Amazon tech support. APPARENTLY... this feature (and the sole reason for updating to this firmware to begin with) is only available to registered kindles. And since I can't connect to whispernet to register it because I am outside the US, they basically told me to bugger off.

WELL.

I began trying to figure out a way around this.

and after about 2 weeks of solid reading and trying many different things, I have little to NO success.

95% of the stuff I have read or tried is "out of date" or pre-2.5.7 so I don't know if it's not working because of the new firmware or if it's something I am doing wrong.

My "plan" was to get the usbNetwork system working, so that I can register it via the internet on my computer.

But since I have 2.5.7 installed... none of the hacks and tutorials and posts I have read seem to work.


I tried installing jailbreak for the 2.5.x firmware, but I get a U007 error when I try... and it doesn't work.

I tried to revert back to a previous firmware (2.5.3) but the system won't take it.... grrrrr


All I want is collections to work.



So here is my question


Kindle2 with 2.5.7 firmware running on a Windows 7 Home PC
Model B002 outside the US sprint Network.
reset to factory defaults
I have no idea if there any active hacks installed or how to tell so that I could remove them. (I don't think there is... but I have no idea if any that I tried took and are still installed)

How can I get this thing registered so I can use collections.

Registration hack?
usbNetwork Hack?
Jailbreak that will actually install?
Something else?
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
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My best suggestion is to sell the US Kindle on EBAY or somewhere and buy yourself an International model. You will be much happier with full functionality rather than trying to work around.

Last I looked they were fetching a fairly decent price because some people prefer the old wireless carrier in the US.

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If it comes down to that, I may have no choice... getting this thing registered has become something of a quest now...

if I knew for 100% that it couldn't be done, then fine... I would give up.

But from everything I have read, it SHOULD be possible, and everything I have done should work, but for some reason it's not.


Jailbreak gives me a U007 error when installing.
I can't seem to get the usbNetwork system to work, or anything other hack for that matter after installing 2.5.7
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Last I looked they were fetching a fairly decent price because some people prefer the old wireless carrier in the US.
That would be me! The new carrier's coverage is literally non-existent under my little rock. I hope my K2 US lasts forever.

If you're only concerned with getting a functional collections feature, I'd definitely give the registration hack a try.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...istration+hack

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:33 PM   #5
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If you're only concerned with getting a functional collections feature, I'd definitely give the registration hack a try.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...istration+hack
tried that, can't get the usbNetwork system operational. When I enable usbNetwork, my computer doesn't see the kindle as a network adapter, but the same mass storage device as like it normally does.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
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Hmmm. Are you using the latest Jailbreak and usbNetwork hacks from the Kindle Developer forum?

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88004
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Yes. those are the files I downloaded.

I just tried again a moment ago, the Jailbreak hack failed with a U007 error, however, this time the USBNetwork hack actually went in, but I have no idea if it's working... going to test now.
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I installed those hacks while my K2US was at 2.5.6 with no issues. I'm still at 2.5.6, but I can't believe that 2.5.7 would break things.

If you're trying to connect to a Windows machine, you may need to search the developer forum for how to manually install the right usb networking adaptor. Simply installing the Windows Mobile Device Center doesn't always seem to work for everyone.

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Whoah... I think I got it working....

wow.

THIS was very very hard.... and I am still not 100% sure how I did it, but it's registered using the tips from http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...istration+hack

once I got usbNetwork working, and I'm still not 100% sure how I did it, it went pretty simple from there.

Thanks everyone for the help
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What doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger. Glad everything worked out.
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