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Old 09-22-2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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Kindle 3 died

My Kindle went dead this morning. I live in India. It is out of warranty. Initially the slide to switch did not respond. The screen was stuck at screensaver. PC did not detect it either. I removed the back cover. Took out the battery. Replaced it. Put the back cover. Now the PC detects it. Screen is totally blank. When I try to restart it by holding the switch for 20 seconds, after 7-8 seconds the green light flashes three times. Nothing happens. Is my battery dead? I bought it in August 2011 through a middleman shopyourworld.com


Suggest me some more troubleshooting.


I am considering replacing its battery. It'll cost me about 35$ and still would not guarantee if it will work.


Is there any way to detect if my battery has died or the something's wrong with the display.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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Did you try charging it for several hours? Better to charge on a wall outlet than a computer. Then try again. It does sound like the battery is dead. Whether it is just drained, or completely non-functional is the question.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:23 AM   #3
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If it has a little hole in the back stick a paperclip in the hole until you hear a click. This is how the Kobo did a hard reset.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:58 AM   #4
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Our Kindle died from sunstroke - I think the ink boiled.
Amazon replaced it for 40GBP as it was out of warranty, after we went through the remote diagnosis with them to prove it was dead.
Try this:
Plug in and charge for several hours.
With it still plugged in, press and hold startup slider for more than 30 seconds, much longer than it says in the manual. You should see the screen react and the device will hard reboot.
Wait many minutes for the reboot to take place. See the screen changing as it progresses.
If successfull you will see your list of books empty to start with then populating.
Another thing to try if your pc detects the device is to download the latest version of the device software and try to install from the pc - not always possible as usually you drag the download onto your Kindle and load it from there. Not much use if you can't see that screen.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:11 AM   #5
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Did you try charging it for several hours? Better to charge on a wall outlet than a computer. Then try again. It does sound like the battery is dead. Whether it is just drained, or completely non-functional is the question.
Yup charged for several hours till the light turned green. No Luck.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:53 AM   #6
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Well, it seems you'll need a new one.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:20 AM   #7
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Yup charged for several hours till the light turned green. No Luck.
If you can see it from the PC, perhaps this thread will help: Simple debricking method for K5-Touch, K4-Mini, & K3-Keyboard
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:10 AM   #8
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I recommend a call or email to batteries plus before you spend any dollars on the issue. They seem to be the batteries expert, there web site is batteriesplus.com as obviously as it seems.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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What does the twice blinking of green light after 7-8 seconds of holding it to restart indicates?

Can I use some sort of testing device to see if the battery is dead?


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Your problem sounds very similar to what I experienced recently and posted about here. There were some good advice both there and in this thread. In the end it didn't help me, but maybe one of those tips might debrick your Kindle? It's definitely worth a try!

(I second 'charge for a long time'. That was definitely one of my problems, but in the end not the ultimate cause. And long in this case means 'several days'. The SoC can get into a funny state where it pretty much just trickle-charges the battery, which can literally take several days.)

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The green LED can behave in weird ways. I never quite figured out what it means. I did see the 'green flashes' (two or three times) that you describe, and I also went through a phase of very slow flashing (5s on, 5s off, repeat).

Is the LED behaviour documented anywhere?
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:10 AM   #11
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Again the Kindle has gone to the No response at all state. :/

The Power switch does not respond and there is no green or yellow light.


I was going to proceed with the debricking and was very hopeful. Can someone please help me to get it back to some state where I can proceed with De-Bricking.


I tried taking out the battery and putting it again. Did not work.


As of now, putting it to charge.
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