My neighbor gave me a Kindle Fire Demo. He had purchased it not realizing that only the demonstration program on it would run.
The first order of business was charging it. We have several of the micro B usb chargers for cell phones. They fit and after consulting the manual on the Kindle and an overnight plug-in, the tablet was fully charged.
I hooked a usb cable to my computer, a removable volume appeared, but no data was visible.
I spent several days reading about rooting a kindle, but all of the menus needed to get started were unavailable.
I downloaded and installed the Android Device Bridge Software Development Kit. ADB-SDK for short.
After fighting with the device drivers, and reading the instructions for commands, I connected to the Kindle via usb and tried a few things.
I saw a Linux operating system structure residing on the Kindle, being no stranger to Linux. I did more reading and more studying.
I pulled the music and books out of the Kindle and archived them.
I used the One Button Root Kit to gain root access to the Kindle. I stopped using the SDK completely.
I installed the TWRP recovery program using Kindle fire Utilities and downloaded the latest Kindle Fire image from Amazon.
I transferred the image to the Kindle SD drive using the TWRP Program and then flashed the Kindle. I decided not to wipe the machine.
That was a big mistake. The flash never completed, although I waited about a half hour before rebooting it.
I did not realize that the flash had failed.
A reboot and I had a BRICK.
Nothing other than the Kindle Fire Logo. No connection via the ADB, and no apparent way to reload it.
I found out about a special cable called the "Factory Cable" I researched the wiring and built one.
I started the Kindle Fire Utility, plugged in the cable and tried the USB TWRP boot menu item.
I was able to load the utility via the USB cable.
I then wiped the machine, transferred the image renamed to update.zip and installed the file.
About 5 minutes later, a screen asking me to register popped up.
Now successfully un-bricked!
It's great to have a new Kindle Fire.
There comes a time that every technician looks forwards to - or dreads, depending on the mood - updating the family PC.
New technology, more speed more technology, more storage, and new challenges are waiting for you.
I had a single CPU core AMD 3500 Sempron Based PC with one Gigabyte of Ram, a TNT-64 AGP4x Nvdia based graphics card, and 500 Gigabytes of data storage.
So what I had was a machine that choked on Facebook games. Yep, like most machines, the Flash games soon outstripped the capacity of the machine.. Anime shows from Japan had to be downloaded at 480 pixel density format to play smoothly, and 720 was the standard.
I exchanged an old Dell classic Pentium II for a new motherboard, RAM and CPU. Not top of the line, but definitely a step up.
Funny, being a packrat has its benefits.
The ASUS P8 H67 motherboard supported no floppy, (Darn) No IDE Drives (Darn again), and a staggering 14 USB slots (yeah!) and 6 SATA ports.
I bought a USED Antec case for $10 and put the machine together. I bought a massive 2 TB Seagate Drive to hold the data.
Now what? How to get the data on the machine. This is the main issue. I had a valid XP serial number on the case. I did not want to upgrade. The OS would cost as much (or more) than the machine.
Luckily, I had access to an Acronis Backup and Recovery boot disk. Not installed, but part of my recovery tools bag of tricks.
I first booted Acronis and backed up the entire machine to an external hard drive.(Total of 160 Gigabytes.) On USB 2.0, it took about an hour to complete the backup.
Well, that was the easy part. I set the machine to one side and booted the same CD on the new machine into recovery mode.
Time for a little pause. My old machine had actually two hard drives. A laughable 6G drive and a massive 500 G drive.
I decided to combine the partitions on the single drive.
I restored C, from the first drive, then D from the second drive on the new SATA-600 drive.
Followed by logical partition E.
System was on F. I restored it. I didn't realize at the time that the Universal Recovery was further down the menu, so I used the standard recovery. I recovered the Master Boot Record to the new drive.
Tried to boot to the drive. A few lines and CRASH.
Undaunted, I changed the Boot.ini file on the C partition: that made it worse.
I fiddled with a technique called a Recovery install. That resulted in a new install with no programs and the needed documents in inaccessible directories.
Finally, I reloaded Acronis and found the Universal Recovery Option (I think that it is only available on Professional Licenses)
Reloaded F partition, and went back to the C partition and restored the Master Boot Record and the boot.ini .
Another reboot without the CD and the machine started XP.
A lot of missing drivers, but the machine was running!
Insert the Motherboard CD and start installing drivers.
About 30 minutes later, and I am on the Internet.
I look at the system layout on Windows Disk Manager, and I am informed that my Partitions are not aligned.
This is a recent phenomenon on drives at the Terabyte and above capacity, where the physical partitions do not line up cleanly to the logical boundaries. This causes a major performance hit, as the system has to locate where the data actually is through some programming gymnastics.
I had a copy of Western Digital's Drive Align, and it refused to act on a Seagate Drive. Seagate recommended a firmware update. No thanks. maybe later.
I remembered that GPARTED (www.gparted.org) would align the partitions, so I spent about 3 hours carefully moving and resizing partitions from back to front. But the C Drive refused to align. Finally, in frustration, I deleted C and re-created it with GPARTED. A quick restore from Acronis (the backup was still there) and I was done.
In retrospect, I should have laid out the partitions with GPARTED LIVE boot CD and then restored the data.
I had one game that refused to run due to a licensing issue, but a Google search of the problem quickly resolved that.
Windows XP Professional didn't even hiccup about the license.
The hard drive benchmarked at 159 Megabytes/Sec. (Si Sandra) 92.5 percentile.
A Blu-Ray Quality video ran beautifully. All of the old files and programs worked faster than the older machine, and all of the existing accounts and folders were still present, And the old machine in the corner was still available in the event of a disaster.
A current backup of the data was available and I had learned a new skill.