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Old 10-12-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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PRC Files suddenly have Invalid Kindle PID

Just tried checking out books from the public library. The PID and Igors scripts have worked fine in the past but as of today kindlefix is telling me the PID is in the wrong format. I checked my library account and the PID looks fine (asterisk and all). I tried downloading two different books and both have the same message (as I said, its worked fine in the past).

Is it possible that they are stripping the asterisk behind the scenes or doing something so it won't create a Kindle PID properly?

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Old 10-12-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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Oddly enough, I just downloaded mobidedrm and it works when I specifiy my PID...so it seems the PID in the download is correct but Igors scripts don't think so??
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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When I run kindlefix I now get this message......

traceback (most recent call last)

File "C:\Python25\Tools\Scripts\kindlefix.py", line 1 in <module> import prc, sys. struct
Import Error no module named prc

any thoughts? Thanks........
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When I run kindlefix I now get this message......

traceback (most recent call last)

File "C:\Python25\Tools\Scripts\kindlefix.py", line 1 in <module> import prc, sys. struct
Import Error no module named prc

any thoughts? Thanks........
Make sure you have the prc.py scripts in the Scripts directory as well.

Still stumped as to why igor's kindlefix script (which worked fine before) suddenly thinks I have a bad PID but mobidedrm can find it fine

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Old 10-12-2008, 05:23 PM   #5
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Make sure you have the prc.py scripts in the Scripts directory as well.

Still stumped as to why igor's kindlefix script (which worked fine before) suddenly thinks I have a bad PID but mobidedrm can find it fine
I can't help yo with Igor's script, but maybe if you PM'd him?

And as for the prc.py script......

where do I go to make sure its there? would it be under the environmental tab, under pathex?

Just tell me where to go.........(please be kind)......
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And as for the prc.py script......where do I go to make sure its there? would it be under the environmental tab, under pathex?

Just tell me where to go.........(please be kind)......
The prc.py script should be in the same folder as the kindlefix.py script.... or in your path. This would allow python to find it.

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all right then. Went to 'downloads' file, opened Kindlefix file and this is what it showed.......

Kindlepid python file 2kb

prc python file 14 kb

Is that what it should say?
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all right then. Went to 'downloads' file, opened Kindlefix file and this is what it showed.......

Kindlepid python file 2kb

prc python file 14 kb

Is that what it should say?
Sounds right. What is the current directory when you run the program? Is the folder that your files are in in the path.

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Old 10-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #9
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all right then. Went to 'downloads' file, opened Kindlefix file and this is what it showed.......

Kindlepid python file 2kb

prc python file 14 kb

Is that what it should say?
According to your earlier post, you are running Kindlefix out of c:\Python25\Tools\Scripts. You need to copy the Prc.Py file into the same directory (as Kindlefix). The file you are converting should also reside there.

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Old 10-12-2008, 06:32 PM   #10
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Sounds like Boston and pilotbob are saying basically the same thing.

Wish I knew what it was.

when I run mobi2mobi, THAT file is in the same folder I have my 'to change' books in, on my desktop.

Thats not what you mean here, is it?

I know this should be such a simple fix. Its just understanding the language you speak. Not english, computer-eze.
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Do you have Windows XP?

From Windows, select Start-->Run
In the "Open" box, type: Command
Press: OK

This will open up a Dos command screen
Type: cd\
Press: <Enter>
Type: cd\Python25\Tools\Scripts (based on your message, I assume this is where you have the kindlefix script)
Press: <Enter>
Type: dir
Press: <Enter>

Do you see all of the following listed:
kindlefix.py
Kindlepid.py
prc.py
and the file you are trying to convert (ending with .prc)?

If not, you try moving all of these files into that folder and you can run your scripts from there. (To close the command windows, type: Exit and press <enter>

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Sounds like Boston and pilotbob are saying basically the same thing.

Wish I knew what it was.
If you have some time tomorrow I can webex into your PC and check out what you are doing. PM me if you want to do that to set up a time. BTW: "webex" if you don't know is software that is used for one person to see and be able to control another persons PC via remote control.

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Do you have Windows XP?

From Windows, select Start-->Run
In the "Open" box, type: Command
Press: OK

This will open up a Dos command screen
Type: cd\
Press: <Enter>
Type: cd\Python25\Tools\Scripts (based on your message, I assume this is where you have the kindlefix script)
Press: <Enter>
Type: dir
Press: <Enter>

Do you see all of the following listed:
kindlefix.py
Kindlepid.py
prc.py
and the file you are trying to convert (ending with .prc)?

If not, you try moving all of these files into that folder and you can run your scripts from there. (To close the command windows, type: Exit and press <enter>
So, I uninstalled and re-installed and now they are all there.......command line works EXCEPT its not recognizing my PID either. Says it should be all letters ('cept for star), but mine has a number as 5th character....have pm'd Igor.....hopefully both our problems will be solved!
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So, I uninstalled and re-installed and now they are all there.......command line works EXCEPT its not recognizing my PID either. Says it should be all letters ('cept for star), but mine has a number as 5th character....have pm'd Igor.....hopefully both our problems will be solved!
What says the PID should be all letters? I've never heard that. My kindle pid has a numeral in the second position.

Are you sure you have the correct PID? What I do is cut and past my Kindles S/N from the amazon web site so I don't have to worry about typos.

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What says the PID should be all letters? I've never heard that. My kindle pid has a numeral in the second position.

Are you sure you have the correct PID? What I do is cut and past my Kindles S/N from the amazon web site so I don't have to worry about typos.

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riiight......since the command said it should AAAAAAA*DD

I took it to mean all letters, numbers. Guess that isn't the problem. And I did double check the serial number even with a magnifiying glass. The only thing I"m not completely sure about are the first two 'zeros'....I"m sure they aren't "o"s..........and of course there is nothing to compare them to.. They are elongated....so used them as 'zeros'....going to Amazon now.
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