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Old 11-29-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Kindle 3 (Keyboard) battery dead?

I bought a Kindle 3 from shopgoodwill.com. It's in good physical condition, but came with the "Dead Battery" screen and won't boot.

I've been trying the "tricks" I've Googled (recharging, recharging again, recharging from a computer cable, holding the power button over for 20 and 40, seconds, then holding it for 20 seconds then the Home button for a minute, shorting the reset pins, etc.) but no luck yet.

So I have a couple questions. The light appears to be doing all that it's supposed to be doing. Hold it over, the green light comes on. Hold the key over for about 6 seconds and it double blinks like it's turning off. Hold it for over 20 seconds then let loose, and at about 15 seconds the green light comes on. Hold the power button over for 20 seconds and the Home key for a minute and the light comes on – so the light's reaction seems to be normal (according to what I've read) but nothing is happening on the screen.

So this would make me think that maybe the Kindle *is* working but it has a dead screen ... except I can't see the Kindle from my computer when the USB cable is plugged in. (The screen looks good and the connector that (apparently) can come loose from the main board is good and tight.)

When I charge with a power supply the orange light never goes off. When I charge from the computer it goes off after a couple hours, but I've never seen it green, just goes from orange to off (unless I've just missed the green light when not there). So could it just be a bad battery? Enough power to light the light and *try* to boot but not enough to actually get the job done? Is it possible to test the battery and what should I look for? The back is currently off (which is the way it'll stay until I either give up on it, or fix it).

At any rate, what have I missed? Does this sound like the symptom of a bad battery, or something else?

Thanks for any advice. (Next time I will *not* buy one from Goodwill that is displaying a "Dead Battery" screen. Pretty stupid of me.)

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