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Old 04-24-2009, 03:10 AM   #1
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USB networking disabled on Kindle firmware 2.0.3

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Last night I upgraded my K2 to 2.0.3, and now I can't turn on USB networking. I get to debug mode just fine (typing `help shows all the commands, including `usbNetwork and `usbQa), however typing those seems to do nothing.

Did anyone else experience this?
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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do you mean the kindle wont go into USB mode and connect to the computer?
or do u mean it wont go in to debug mode so it can connect to the internet... because if it is not connecting to the computer, then it might be a hardware issue
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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do you mean the kindle wont go into USB mode and connect to the computer?
or do u mean it wont go in to debug mode so it can connect to the internet... because if it is not connecting to the computer, then it might be a hardware issue
USB connectivity can also be disabled in the firmware.
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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Confirmed. Amazon have disabled USB Networking with a stock OS image on 2.0.3.
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:56 AM   #5
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Is it possible to safely downgrade the firmware? I haven't tried it yet myself...
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So is there any way to bring that back? I am currently still on 2.0.2 because I don't want to loose functionalities...
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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Confirmed. Amazon have disabled USB Networking with a stock OS image on 2.0.3.
I'm sorry, I just want to make sure I really do understand; do you mean that with 2.0.3 you can't connect to your computer via the USB cord to transfer files to the Kindle anymore?

Because that would be um, a serious problem. In my opinion, anyway.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:56 AM   #8
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I'm sorry, I just want to make sure I really do understand; do you mean that with 2.0.3 you can't connect to your computer via the USB cord to transfer files to the Kindle anymore?

Because that would be um, a serious problem. In my opinion, anyway.
No, the USB connection works fine. The disabled feature has to do with allowing the Kindle to be seen as a computer on the network, to which you can connect via telnet. This facilitates all kinds of fun stuff. Guess Amazon is afraid we just may have too much fun.

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:05 PM   #9
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...allowing the Kindle to be seen as a computer on the network, to which you can connect via telnet.
I wish it was only that. Unfortunately for people who live outside the US, who don't have Whispernet, it's the only way of connecting the Kindle to the internet (using internet connection sharing on the PC). In my particular situation, upgrading the firmware to 2.0.3 reset the internal clock to Jan 01, 1970. Since the only way to set the clock is via Whispernet which I don't have, this presents a bug, for instance, where my recently read books always go to the end of the list instead of the beginning.

At this moment I can't really do anything about this situation. I can't rollback the firmware to 2.0.2, can't activate USB networking to connect it to the internet, can't access the terminal (in hopes to set the clock manually via 'time' command), and of course, can't turn on Whispernet. So everything works but with the huge annoyance to always look for my recently read books at the last page on the home screen.

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Old 04-28-2009, 01:23 PM   #10
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I wish it was only that. Unfortunately for people who leave outside the US, who don't have Whispernet, it's the only way of connecting the Kindle to the internet (using internet connection sharing on the PC). In my particular situation, upgrading the firmware to 2.0.3 reset the internal clock to Jan 01, 1970. Since the only way to set the clock is via Whispernet which I don't have, this presents a bug, for instance, where my recently read books always go to the end of the list instead of the beginning.

At this moment I can't really do anything about this situation. I can't rollback the firmware to 2.0.2, can't activate USB networking to connect it to the internet, can't access the terminal (in hopes to set the clock manually via 'time' command), and of course, can't turn on Whispernet. So everything works but with the huge annoyance to always look for my recently read books at the last page on the home screen.
My memory may be failing, but I thought there was a way to access the command prompt - did it require connecting the Kindle to a PC or could it be done on the Kindle itself? That would let you use the Linux command to reset the time.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:29 PM   #11
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My memory may be failing, but I thought there was a way to access the command prompt - did it require connecting the Kindle to a PC or could it be done on the Kindle itself? That would let you use the Linux command to reset the time.
Recovery Mode, perhaps?
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:51 PM   #12
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:05 PM   #13
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I suggest someone in the USA call Amazon CS and say that you are planning to go out of the country for a while and mention these issues and ask how to work around them.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:16 PM   #14
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You think Amazon has any clue how to work around then? Hah!

hmemcpy, have you considered resetting to factory defaults? I always thought that reset the firmware to someone original version stored somewhere in the system.
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My memory may be failing, but I thought there was a way to access the command prompt - did it require connecting the Kindle to a PC or could it be done on the Kindle itself? That would let you use the Linux command to reset the time.
One of the debug commands is 'terminal', typing it, however, seems to do nothing (well, it makes the Kindle freeze for a few moments, and then does nothing). Again, maybe only in 2.0.3.

I haven't been able to do anything in the recovery mode (well, except reboot).

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hmemcpy, have you considered resetting to factory defaults? I always thought that reset the firmware to someone original version stored somewhere in the system.
I did, I selected "Reset to factory defaults", but it didn't rollback the firmware.
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