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Old 04-09-2012, 04:39 AM   #1
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Screensaver Hack

(NOT FOR KSO)
  • there is no need for jailbreak. If you have a RUNME.done file on your kindle, you need to delete it.
    • if you used geekmaster's data.tar.gz before, just copy attached RUNME.sh to Kindle then restart
    • if you did not use geekmaster's data.tar.gz before, then
  • if you notice that a folder with name: screensaver is created, then the process is completed

Then
  • Copy screensavers to the Kindle/screensaver folder ( A restart after a change in screensaver folder may be necessary also.)
  • You can erase the RUNME.sh, RUNME.done and RUNME.out from your Kindle.
images should be in png format and probably needed to be in size 600*800. if there is a problem you should see the original thread for other details

...And here there is a list of links where you can find screensavers.

BTW: There is no need to say that all credit goes to geekmaster and ixtab.(related thread )
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File Type: zip RUNME.zip (456 Bytes, 1699 views)

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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This looks simple enough. I looked at your RUNME.sh script, and it looks like it should work.

I was hoping people would add status messages to the eink display WHILE their RUNME.sh scripts are running (to provide feedback to the user that he did it right). This s WHY I published that particular demo RUNME.sh script that does the pretty pattern and text. I did the "eips -p" to display the pretty pattern, just to make it *obvious* that the RUNME.sh really did run.

You can copy and change stuff from my RUNME.sh (which you can download where you got my data.tar.gz), and add eink display messages to your RUNME.sh script. I suggest adding messages for "Already installed" and for "Now copy screensaver images to /mnt/us/screensavers" (or whatever works for you).


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You can ... add eink display messages to your RUNME.sh script....
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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eips only does 40 lines (0-39) of 50 characters (0-49). One of your lines is longer than 50 characters, and it starts at position 11 (the 12th column) on that line. You should split long messages to multiple lines. Also, there is no need to display blank lines where you already displayed blank lines earlier. The reason I did those blank areas around the text was to create a white border around the text on the background pattern (which you are not using here). Good start, but needs a little work (and testing) ...
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eips only does 40 lines (0-39) of 50 characters (0-49). One of your lines is longer than 50 characters, and it starts at position 11 (the 12th column) on that line.
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You should split long messages to multiple lines. Also, there is no need to display blank lines where you already displayed blank lines earlier. The reason I did those blank areas around the text was to create a white border around the text on the background pattern (which you are not using here). Good start, but needs a little work (and testing) ...
I'm learning

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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Changed accordingly.

I'm learning

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That looks good. And we are all learning here.
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This all sounds great. Exactly what I am looking for, and easy, too. Unfortunately, it is not working for me. As simple as they seem to be, perhaps I am misunderstanding the instructions?

I have no RUNME.done file in any of the directories of my Kindle.

I now do have the data.tar.gz and RUNME.sh files in the root directory of my Kindle.

I've restarted many times, but no "screensaver" folder has appeared.

It is a 4.0 NT.

Any idea what might be wrong? Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-23-2012, 09:29 PM   #9
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This script is tested (at least twice.), and it successfully creates screensaver folder and even a folder with name SCREEN~1 as a bonus ( don't know why)

after the first restart data.tar.gz should dissappear.
after the second restart RUNME.sh should be executed and folder screensaver and file RUNME.done should be created.

May try with using only the RUNME.sh .
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Are you using the settings menu to restart? Using a power switch long hold does not reliably extract data.tar.gz.

Also, for this RUNME.sh, be sure that you do NOT have an ENABLE_DIAGS file on your usb drive.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
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wow. this is brilliant!!! just did it in 3 minutes on my kindle non touch w/o special offers. works like a charm. thank you for such a great workaround. tried it on my k3 to no success but there is another way i'm sure. regardless, awesome!!!!
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Are the original screensavers preserved when running this hack (and put in the screensavers folder)? I don't mind them, I'd just like to be able to add some of my own.
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Are the original screensavers preserved when running this hack (and put in the screensavers folder)? I don't mind them, I'd just like to be able to add some of my own.
yes, in this folder: /opt/amazon/screen_saver/600x800_
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Thanks! Fantastic!

[QUOTE=geekmaster;2091231]Are you using the settings menu to restart? Using a power switch long hold does not reliably extract data.tar.gz.

That was it. Thanks a million. Great piece of work!

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Just Displays One Photo

Feel like a complete newbie leaching off you guys, but here goes again:

So, I got it all done, the folder (screensaver) was created, but when I put photos in it (pngs, b&w, 600*800) only the first one shows. (Don't know if the Kindle screen actually burns in, but that would be a screen burner, rather than a screen saver.) Any ideas why this might be?

Other random details which may or may not be relevant:

A "RUNME.done" and a "RUNME.out" file also appeared in the root directory of the Kindle. There is no " /opt/amazon/screen_saver/600x800_" folder with the original photos.

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