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Old 06-17-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Kindle Paperwhite Firmware 5.3.6 available

Just to let you know:

Change log:
Improvements when buying from a book sample
While reading a sample of a book, you can view the price of the full book and purchase from the reading toolbar with one tap.

Download:
Direct download is >>> here <<<

I don't know if OTA is already available.

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Old 06-17-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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I've been wanting that feature.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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After this update my PW started behaving pretty bad - responsiveness and screen refreshing speed dropped A LOT (like it does page refreshing in layers, with both old and new content being visible in one moment, also sometimes making the text uneven, like parts of it being pretty thin while other parts being bold), also doing a full page refresh upon each page turn (even though it`s disabled in reading settings)...

I tried to restart it, but to no avail. I`ll leave it for a while, maybe it is processing something...? (note - I only have a few books on it, so I`m not sure if any indexing could cause this, it didn`t happen with previous updates)

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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restart help with any problem in my case
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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I tried with "Restart" from the menu, and it didn`t help. I tried with hard reset (holding the power button for 20 seconds), and it didn`t help. I tried with downgrading ("upgrading" back) to 5.3.5, it didn`t help. I installed 5.3.6 back and tried "Reset Device" from the menu, and it didn`t help (and I still have 5.3.6 installed, shouldn`t it revert back to original firmware?)...

My PW became very sluggish, takes ages to respond to a command, and the screen transition is painful to the eyes - full page refresh each time, with clearly visible "stages" of switching, where in one moment you get to see both old and new page content at once, all mixed up.

Help...? I`ll try removing some of the folders from to device (like "documents") to see if the update to 3.5.6 didn`t make any problematic changes inside, causing the PW to behave weird (but it bugs me that even "Reset Device" didn`t fix the issue, yet it didn`t remove all the folders, either).
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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BugA, your Kindle might have became sluggish because it's re-indexing all the books.

BTW, My PW has been upgraded through OTA.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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LOL, I fixed the issue following this post. I`m not sure whether to laugh or cry... :/ I`ll try updating to 5.3.6 again to see what happens.

What concerns me, beside this being a clear bug, is that it looks like the "sleep" mode activated during the period of inactivity (with cover being open) and the one triggered by closing the cover are not the same, or else simple closing of the cover would fix the issue, too :/

It`s not just about the bug triggering a full screen refresh on each page turn, but it makes the device pretty slow and sluggish (as described in previous posts). Could it reduce the battery life, too (if it`s some stuck background worker application)?

p.s. As I saw that some related this behavior to room temperature, I don`t know if it worths to mention that we had a pretty hot last few days (~ 40°C)... though I didn`t notice the weird behavior until I updated the firmware to 5.3.6 last night, and now the mentioned "let is sleep naturally" fix solved the issue (for now) without any climate changes

edit: mfabry, I have no books on it, I deleted everything from the device just to be sure that it`s not the indexing issue. But as I managed to fix the problem, it`s all good now, thanks anyway

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Old 06-19-2013, 02:28 PM   #8
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Update to 5.3.6 introduced the "each page refresh" issue again (though PW didn`t seem so sluggish this time, yet it was a bit slower than usual), and the fix worked again

Final result - updated to 5.3.6 successfully, and done playing... for now :P

edit: I rushed to call it working, it went back to each page refresh, and now even letting it fall asleep by itself does not help (it helped once, but as soon as I closed and reopened the cover it was back to each page refresh)... Tried with both 3.5.5 and 3.5.6. Could it be the heat in the end? We`ll see once it get a bit colder (as AC didn`t change much so far) :P Phew...

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:21 PM   #9
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I installed 5.3.6 back and tried "Reset Device" from the menu, and it didn`t help (and I still have 5.3.6 installed, shouldn`t it revert back to original firmware?)...
No. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The little slot where the firmware goes totally replaces the original.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:28 AM   #10
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My first impression, apart from the time for index (they happens in all the firmware updates), it seems to me much faster than before, both in the page change, and in the dictionary search.
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Old 06-20-2013, 03:22 PM   #11
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@Fluribus: Ah, thanks for clarifying.

At the moment, it returned to normal for me (full page refresh after 6 pages or so). It was also normal this morning (yet not the night before), but after I came back from work this afternoon it was full refresh on each page turn (damn hot outside). After AC being on for a while, it went back to 6 page full refresh as it should.

If it`s really the heat bothering it that much, maybe it should be known about a bit more, like, officially? I don`t mind each page refreshing that much if it`s needed because of the current technology limits, but I really hate hidden "features", like overriding the page refresh option and defaulting it to each page full refresh if it`s a bit hot... :P
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #12
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The refresh-every-page-when-its-hot issue has been there since I got my PW. I've upgraded FW's from 5.3.1 to 5.3.3, 5.3.4 and 5.3.5 (I haven't upgraded to 5.3.6 yet) and it all behaved the same - under hot temperature (35C and up?) I get the every page refresh even if it's disabled. When Im in a cool, air conditioned room, it behaves normally - every 6 pages refresh. I've also heard the same cases from other PW users in my country (I'm from Asia).
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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No issues for me after upgrading
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:07 PM   #14
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I'll wait and let my PW update via WiFi.
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