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Old 04-05-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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FGA - Frequently Given Answers

  • My Kindle seems to be broke:
    • Re-charge the battery.
  • My Kindle is in some way non-responsive:
  • My Kindle is responsive, but very sluggish:
    • How hot is it? The Kindle will slow its operation to prevent over-heating.
  • The Update_<whatever>.bin file does nothing and then disappears.
  • My Kindle has some sort of connection problem:
    • Disable Network Manager if running Linux on your PC.
  • I was not able to find ... :
    • While logged in, leave top right search box empty, press 'search' button.
  • What is the thread prefix for my Paperwhite Gen-1?
    • The PW1 is under the K5 prefix, the PW2 is under the PW2 prefix (different SoC).
  • There are so many threads here, I can't find something on <topic>
  • Should I upgrade my PW2?

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:24 AM   #4
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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  • I wanted to restore my device to its default state, so I did a Factory Reset, was that enough?:
    • No. A factory reset only actually resets your settings (including account information), and the content of the userstore (ie. what you see when the Kindle is plugged over USB). If the intent was to get rid of hacks, it will only succeed in preventing them to work, but part of them will still be installed. Always use the uninstall method recommended by the author of a hack.
      For completeness' sake, I will simply add that a full official update [ie. anything >= 5.3] (or a recovery full update) in conjunction with a factory reset will mostly restore your device to its vanilla state.


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Old 11-17-2014, 05:12 AM   #6
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I have an overpowering urge to do something to my PW2

First: , then ...

Tread carefully, there be dragons lurking in this forest.
  • Protect yourself from OTA updates
  • Turn Airplane Mode ON
    Do it now!
  • Do you have KUAL installed already?
    • Yes
      Install the backdoor lock and lock it.
    • No
      • If you're already Jailbroken, consider installing KUAL along with the Backdoor lock and lock it.
      • If you're not Jailbroken yet, either install the following manual OTA rename or Jailbreak now and then revisit this post.
  • Do you have the manual OTA rename installed already?
    • Yes
      Good! Leave it! It does not interfere with the KUAL / Backdoor lock above.
    • No
      Either install it or install the KUAL / Backdoor lock and lock the back door.
      Installation of the manual OTA rename does not require the device to be Jailbroken first.
  • Note: You may use both, the Backdoor lock and the manual OTA rename.
  • Your current PW2 firmware version is:
    • 5.4.0 or older:
      • 5.4.0 is the most recent firmware that provides decent support for our Collections Manager.
      • If our collection manager is important to you, stay with this version.
      • If Amazon's cloud collections manager is important to you **and nothing else** proceed to installing version 5.6.1 of the firmware **AFTER** installing the most recent jailbreak.
    • 5.4.3.2 or older:
      These are the most recent firmware versions that can be Jailbroken.
      Is your device Jailbroken?
      • Yes
        Continue with this selection matrix, the JB will survive (if most recent version).
      • No
        Jailbreak your device now, then re-visit this selection matrix.
    • 5.4.5 or older:
      If also more recent that 5.4.3.2, the device can be jailbroken by downgrading to an older version firmware.
      Is your device Jailbroken?
      • Yes
        Continue with this selection matrix, the JB will survive (if most recent version).
      • No
        • Downgrade to version 5.4.3.2 or older.
        • Re-visit this selection matrix.
    • 5.6.0 or newer:
      Hope you enjoy adding and using a serial port, because other than that, you're screwed (unless previously jailbroken).
      Of course, people are working to change that.
  • References:

Hard to believe, but it took me over two hours to write this little post.

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Added reference link to 2013-PW2 (prior to firmware 5.6.1) debricking post.
Note: Not yet confirmed on devices running the 5.6.1 firmware version.
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