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Old 01-01-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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Amazon Kindle DX graphite - 2.5.8 restoration

Hi, people. I'm sorry for bringing this up, but I recently got a kindle DX graphite with free 3G and the last owner installed version 3.2.1. I figured this may well be the reason why the internet of the device doesn't work. I can't even browse the kindle store, so the thing 'works' only with very basic functions.

I have been able to find an update file for 2.5.8, but I can't simply "update" to an older version, it seems... Please help, if possible.
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:43 PM   #2
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It never ran 3.** firmware.

What happens if you reset it to factory specs?
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:14 PM   #3
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A factory reset doesn't affect the FW on Kindles .

Unless you have a full original matching image backup, you're fairly screwed, as Kubrick doesn't support the DX.

You're pretty much forced into going into even crazier territory, which'd be upgrading to 3.4.2, which I'm not sure anyone ever did, because the whole 3.x on a DX thing was a fairly terrible idea to begin with for roughly 99% of the population .

But to answer your question: yes, the outdated FW is why most SSL adjacent services are broken.

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Old 01-01-2019, 03:24 PM   #4
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I wasn't sure if a reset would work on a hacked device. I owned a DXG for a minute, back in 2010.
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I have a Kindle DX with 3G. The only site I can visit is Amazon. My understanding is that internet beyond Amazon is no longing provided for 2nd generation devices. My K3s can go anywhere still. I use them for email when I'm out of the city.
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A factory reset doesn't affect the FW on Kindles .
You're pretty much forced into going into even crazier territory, which'd be upgrading to 3.4.2, which I'm not sure anyone ever did, because the whole 3.x on a DX thing was a fairly terrible idea to begin with for roughly 99% of the population .
I didn't know there was 3.4.2, to begin with. Thanks for the detailed answer - at least I'm in picture of my "complicated" situation, now.

Unfortunately, it seems that Duokan can't be installed from 3.2.1 as well... did somebody try that before?
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I have a Kindle DX with 3G. The only site I can visit is Amazon. My understanding is that internet beyond Amazon is no longing provided for 2nd generation devices. My K3s can go anywhere still. I use them for email when I'm out of the city.
So what you're saying is that, even if I were to somehow restore it to 2.*.* it still wouldn't be able to do internet-things? In that case, at least I wouldn't have to worry any longer...

It's a shame that amazon discontinued the DX series, anyway.
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I'm not familiar with the "browsing" aspect of the issue and how/if Amazon nerfed the 3G access, but SSL support is definitely borked unless you're running the latest FW (so, even Amazon services would be affected in that scenario).

(To be exact, on 2.x, make that "the latest FW, plus the latest 'service update'" ).
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So what you're saying is that, even if I were to somehow restore it to 2.*.* it still wouldn't be able to do internet-things? In that case, at least I wouldn't have to worry any longer...

It's a shame that amazon discontinued the DX series, anyway.
On my DX 3G I can no longer visit Wikipedia or Google -- none of the bookmarks work. The only way to go to Amazon is through menu/shop in Kindle Store. Yes, Amazon has definitely limited internet on the DX and Kindle 2.

I'm waiting for the sad day when this happens with Kindle 3! There are quite a few still around, so I'm hoping Amazon will leave things as they are. On newer Kindles one can no longer receive and send email. This was a big plus for me, as I am often without an internet connection and I don't have a cell phone. I love Amazon for providing this!
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[QUOTE=montalex;3794022]On my DX 3G I can no longer visit Wikipedia or Google -- none of the bookmarks work. The only way to go to Amazon is through menu/shop in Kindle Store. Yes, Amazon has definitely limited internet on the DX and Kindle 2.
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I think the Kindle 2 (Sprint 3G) lost Amazon store access a few months ago.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:47 AM   #11
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I'm waiting for the sad day when this happens with Kindle 3! There are quite a few still around, so I'm hoping Amazon will leave things as they are.
Many telecoms operators are starting to decommission their 3G networks. That's something which is outside Amazon's control. (More modern Kindle can use 4G/LTE).
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When I got my Kindle DX Graphite last year, I updated it to the latest version that runs on it, and that was to 2.5.8.. I do not know how it could have 3.2.1. on it. On mine, using wireless uses up the battery really fast. I used wireless long enough to get it registered, but now I just sideload books to it. By going to "Your Content and Devices" on Amazon, you can download versions of your ebooks for any registered device you have. So, I just download them for the DX Graphite and copy them over. If you haven't registered your device yet, calling tech support at Amazon may help. That's what I did with mine.
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