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Old 01-03-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Hey all,

So I desperately needed help figuring out how to gain root access on my Paperwhite to replace some screensavers. I asked a lot of people, but they seemed to direct me back to the readme files which were -- in honesty -- confusing. So, I decided just to go ahead and try it my own way. Luckily, it all worked out. For those confused by the whole process, hopefully this helps you. I was using a Mac, and a Paperwhite on 5.3.1 firmware.

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1. First, you'll need to jailbreak your Paperwhite. You can grab the jailbreak, and the instructions for it, right here. Follow it through.

2. Next we have to install USBnetwork. Get it here. Plug your Kindle into your Mac, and drag and drop "update_usbnet_0.6.N_install.bin" to the root directory. Now on your Kindle go to [Menu] -> Settings -> [Menu] -> Update Your Kindle. Once done, eject and unplug your Paperwhite.

3. Now we need to test if it's installed correctly. On your Paperwhite, tap the search icon at the top. Type in ";un" without the quotations. It'll go back to the home screen thereafter. Now plug your Kindle into your Mac. If it doesn't show up as a device like it normally does, it's worked!

4. What it is now is a network device of sorts. Head to System Preferences, and you should see it listed as a RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget. Now, on this click on advanced > Configure IPv4 > Manually. In "IPv4 Address", use: 192.168.15.1. Leave everything else as it is. Click ok, and then apply.

5. Now we should make sure your Mac can "see" your Kindle. I advise at this point to turn off the Kindle's WiFi. Go to Terminal, and type ping 192.168.15.244. If you start seeing numbers with ms after them, it's all good. Nearly there. Close Terminal.

6. Now it's finally time to gain root access. For this, you'll need an FTP client. Transmit is a good one, and it has a free trial. Grab it here. Once opened, click SFTP at the top. Now the following: Server = 192.168.15.244 Username = root Password = *leave blank* Initial Path = /

7. Click connect, and you should be in!


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Old 01-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #2
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Leave the terminal open and use ssh to have a shell on the kindle.

The ssh client is pre-installed in your Mac if running OSx.

In a terminal:
man ssh

will open the manual.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:06 AM   #3
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Hello,

I wonder if you can help. I've installed the jailbreak - which is fine and the USB network 0.7 version, which also seems fine.

From here i'm stuck . Following the instructions, basically when I re-connect the Kindle it still shows up as a normal device- therefore preventing me accessing via system preferences or 'transmit.'

Any help gratefully appreciated

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:11 AM   #4
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you dont say WHAT device you have,

"Kindle" is not enough info...

I'm just gonna guess at PW and say type ;un into the search bar on your home screen and try again...

its in the README I believe
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Hi Two Bob,

Sorry, it is a PW. I've tried the 'un' thing, I did follow the description from jforner and his PW as above. i've got the same problem - Waterstones screen saver when I'd rather have other's like my on my old JB Kindle.

I was hoping they might have an idea or two on what I could try. I can follow the instructions, I think but don't have the tech knowledge to troubleshoot it. I get to 3 and it basically fails the has it installed correctly. I don't suppose it's the 0.7 version rather than the described 0.6 affecting the 5.3.1 PW Kindle?

The root directory now contains the linkss, python and usbnet folders, but otherwise all seems as before.

Thanks for replying though. I'll keep trying.

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:16 AM   #6
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indeed. My point was simply that it needs "turning on" to do anything.

that is the command on a PW
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;un
hope that helps

The semicolon is not an accident btw - it is part of the command.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
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OK,.... I did wink when I said I can follow instructions. I thought the colon was a spacer thing. Got it now! I'll keep going - Thanks a lot - that's good of you to take the time.

Fantastic work/info by everyone - made my day to sort this. Thanks jforner and Twobob.

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