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Old 07-01-2017, 06:26 PM   #1
ajkessel
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Device: Kindle Paperwhite 3rd Generation
3rd Gen PW bricked after water damage; recoverable?

I have a Paperwhite 3/2015 (purchased November 2015) that was the victim of water damage. At first, the screen indicated the device needed repair. I put the device in rice for a week, then plugged it in. It appeared to reset successfully -- LED lit up, error message disappeared from screen, and it began to boot up. Shortly thereafter, however, it switched to an ad screen and it has been nonresponsive ever since. I have not been able to get the LED to turn on again, and nothing happens when I hold the power button for long periods of time.

I have some hope that it is not completely dead, however, since when I connect it to a Linux box there is USB activity:

Code:
kernel: usb 6-1: new low-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd
kernel: usb 6-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71
kernel: usb 6-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71
kernel: usb 6-1: new low-speed USB device number 3 using uhci_hcd
kernel: usb 6-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71
kernel: usb 6-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1949, idProduct=dead
kernel: usb 6-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=1, SerialNumber=0
kernel: usb 6-1: Product: USB Charger 
mtp-probe[891]: checking bus 6, device 3: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb6/6-1"
mtp-probe[891]: bus: 6, device: 3 was not an MTP device
kernel: input: USB Charger  as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb6/6-1/6-1:1.0/0003:1949:DEAD.0001/input/input12
kernel: hid-generic 0003:1949:DEAD.0001: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.11 Device [USB Charger ] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-1/input0
kernel: usb 6-1: USB disconnect, device number 3
The device does not, however, show up at all in Device Manager on any Windows box.

I tried the Kubrick Live CD and was never able to get it to see the device.

Physically, the device looks completely fine.

I am wondering what my chances are of getting it to work again -- I believe I have exhausted all the USB-based options for troubleshooting but if I am missing something, please point me in the right direction. I am willing to try a USB-tty rescue if it is likely to bear fruit, but I'd rather not buy the adapter and spend hours taking the device apart if in the end I just have a permanently broken Kindle.

Is there anything more I can do to figure out whether the device can be saved? Anyone have similar experience with water damage?
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