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About 3 weeks ago, I bricked my Kindle Fire. It was a "spare" that I had, so I started messing around with it. Got TWRP installed, downloaded a couple of ROMS, and attempted to install them. (fortunately, I made a backup of my base Amazon 6.2)

To make a long story short, the fire got stuck. I was able to adb and various other things on this forum to keep things going, but after a while, Kindle Fire Utility (adb, nothing) could see the device. I thought for sure I had an expensive paper weight.

Enter the factory cable. Because SkOrPn was in the middle of a move, my cable didn't get here right away. Then there were some issues with my PayPal address, which SkOrPn went out of his way to fix. Today, I got the cable at my office.

Looked at the cable. Thought I had been send an unmodified cable. Saw no evidence that anything had been done to the cable. An absolutely perfect professional job.

Couldn't wait to get home. Got home. Plugged cable in Fire, then in Laptop. Nothing. Now what? I thought it was supposed to boot the bootloader? adb didn't see the device. Drivers good, it sees my other Fire. I guess I was one of those 1% that hard brick the fire with no chance of getting it back.

Did a few searched on the forum. Found how to install TWRP on my device. I thought I had it already? Ran the commands. Nothing. Switched to regular cable. Nothing. I figured I was screwed. I unplugged the Fire. connected the factory cable. Ran the command. THEN hooked up the cable. JOY JOY JOY!! i GOT TWRP loaded!!!!

Restored my previously saved image, and now I have a working Kindle Fire. NOW i'm going to install some other ROM on it.

The moral is, never give up. Buy a factory cable!!! One of the things I've ever spent $15 or so on. And I recommend SkOrPn as your source. Quality work, great customer service!!!

Step-by-step
1) Make sure you have some charge left in your bricked Kindle. (one of my mistakes
2) Download "Kindle Fire Utility" or other utility that has the fastboot.exe command available.
3) Download twrp-blaze-2.0.0RC0.img (just google it)
4) Without connecting anything, run the command:
fastboot.exe -i 0x1949 boot twrp-blaze-2.0.0RC0.img
5) Connect the factory cable to your Kindle Fire
6) Connect the factory cable to you PC
7) Wait about 10 seconds.
8) DONE!!!!

Sorry for the long post. My wife doesn't understand why this would make me so excited. But you all would, I'm sure.

SteveM
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a very nice post for people who have bricked their kindles and need a factory cable!
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Thanks for the kind words Steve. I hope this cable gives you confidence in flashing your Kindle long into the future. Glad it worked out for you.

Oh, and you did not see any evidence of modification because I do not modify the cable, I just cut off the original micro connector and install my own, already modified of course with a resistor and all I have to do is re-solder the 4 wires back onto their original pins and then fill the entire casing with 400 degree SureBonder PDR Hot Glue (the worlds strongest known hot glue, according to them anyway lol)... That way it looks and feels like a true manufactured store bought cable. However, doing it my way is still in fact more work, but the end result clearly justifies it.

Anyway, again glad I could be of service to you and my fellow XDA friends.

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Where do I run the command from?
 
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About 3 weeks ago, I bricked my Kindle Fire. It was a "spare" that I had, so I started messing around with it. Got TWRP installed, downloaded a couple of ROMS, and attempted to install them. (fortunately, I made a backup of my base Amazon 6.2)

To make a long story short, the fire got stuck. I was able to adb and various other things on this forum to keep things going, but after a while, Kindle Fire Utility (adb, nothing) could see the device. I thought for sure I had an expensive paper weight.

Enter the factory cable. Because SkOrPn was in the middle of a move, my cable didn't get here right away. Then there were some issues with my PayPal address, which SkOrPn went out of his way to fix. Today, I got the cable at my office.

Looked at the cable. Thought I had been send an unmodified cable. Saw no evidence that anything had been done to the cable. An absolutely perfect professional job.

Couldn't wait to get home. Got home. Plugged cable in Fire, then in Laptop. Nothing. Now what? I thought it was supposed to boot the bootloader? adb didn't see the device. Drivers good, it sees my other Fire. I guess I was one of those 1% that hard brick the fire with no chance of getting it back.

Did a few searched on the forum. Found how to install TWRP on my device. I thought I had it already? Ran the commands. Nothing. Switched to regular cable. Nothing. I figured I was screwed. I unplugged the Fire. connected the factory cable. Ran the command. THEN hooked up the cable. JOY JOY JOY!! i GOT TWRP loaded!!!!

Restored my previously saved image, and now I have a working Kindle Fire. NOW i'm going to install some other ROM on it.

The moral is, never give up. Buy a factory cable!!! One of the things I've ever spent $15 or so on. And I recommend SkOrPn as your source. Quality work, great customer service!!!

Step-by-step
1) Make sure you have some charge left in your bricked Kindle. (one of my mistakes
2) Download "Kindle Fire Utility" or other utility that has the fastboot.exe command available.
3) Download twrp-blaze-2.0.0RC0.img (just google it)
4) Without connecting anything, run the command:
fastboot.exe -i 0x1949 boot twrp-blaze-2.0.0RC0.img
5) Connect the factory cable to your Kindle Fire
6) Connect the factory cable to you PC
7) Wait about 10 seconds.
8) DONE!!!!

Sorry for the long post. My wife doesn't understand why this would make me so excited. But you all would, I'm sure.

SteveM
Hi there,

Where should I run that command from??

Hereīs my case, I hope you could help me..

I need urgent help. Just got my kindle todasy and went through tutorial to use the rooting utitily. My kindle got stuck at loading screen and wouldnīt shut shutdown. I waited until the battery ran out. Waited for few more minutes and plugged in the data cable. The kindle now wonīt stop blinking and does not get reckgonized by the pc. I did waited for the battery goes dead again, recharged then for about 30 min and nothing has changed. The loading screen keeps blinking and nothing seems to be happening. Please advise!!
 
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Hi there,

Where should I run that command from??

Hereīs my case, I hope you could help me..

I need urgent help. Just got my kindle todasy and went through tutorial to use the rooting utitily. My kindle got stuck at loading screen and wouldnīt shut shutdown. I waited until the battery ran out. Waited for few more minutes and plugged in the data cable. The kindle now wonīt stop blinking and does not get reckgonized by the pc. I did waited for the battery goes dead again, recharged then for about 30 min and nothing has changed. The loading screen keeps blinking and nothing seems to be happening. Please advise!!
Oh boy... I'm going to hope that it was a timing issue and our posts got crossed, because I answered your question for another user just above your post.

Regardless, the answer to that question isn't going to help you. You need this...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1621146

Never let your battery die like you did. You can always force a shutdown by keeping the power button pressed down for 20-30 seconds.

EDIT: I'd been meaning to post this guide for a while...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1623244

and I missed the part of your post about being "stuck at loading screen" the first time I read it. I suggest you read this guide...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1552547

make sure the device drivers are working (part 2) and learn some fastboot commands (part 3) so you can reset the bootmode on your device back to normal and reboot it.
 
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Oh boy... I'm going to hope that it was a timing issue and our posts got crossed, because I answered your question for another user just above your post.

Regardless, the answer to that question isn't going to help you. You need this...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1621146

Never let your battery die like you did. You can always force a shutdown by keeping the power button pressed down for 20-30 seconds.

EDIT: I'd been meaning to post this guide for a while...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1623244

and I missed the part of your post about being "stuck at loading screen" the first time I read it. I suggest you read this guide...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1552547

make sure the device drivers are working (part 2) and learn some fastboot commands (part 3) so you can reset the bootmode on your device back to normal and reboot it.


Thanks for your help. I tried to run a fastboot command and get msg: īcannot run, adbwin.dll missingī... Now Iīm really not sure what itīs missing anymore..
Iīm going also leave it charging for longer and it seems to be a known issue, right?

My kindle continues not being reckognized and keeps on flashing the kindle Fire/Android Logo. When I unplug it it stops flashing and I wonīt get any sigh of life, even after pressing the button for longer than 30s.

I managed to find the driver on device manager and uninstalled it, thinking that maybe it would help finding the device again, but it didnīt...

Recomendations please?
 
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Thanks for your help. I tried to run a fastboot command and get msg: īcannot run, adbwin.dll missingī... Now Iīm really not sure what itīs missing anymore..
Iīm going also leave it charging for longer and it seems to be a known issue, right?

My kindle continues not being reckognized and keeps on flashing the kindle Fire/Android Logo. When I unplug it it stops flashing and I wonīt get any sigh of life, even after pressing the button for longer than 30s.

I managed to find the driver on device manager and uninstalled it, thinking that maybe it would help finding the device again, but it didnīt...

Recomendations please?
Unfortunately, if the device isn't booting up, it won't charge. Like the guide I posted above says, the device needs to load up a ramdisk before it will charge. If all you see is that KF/Android logo, then it's still in the bootloader and it's not charging your battery.

First, you'll have to get your drivers in order so you can send the device fastboot commands. I suggest you disconnect the KF from your computer and make sure it's turned off. Use the KFU driver install file and get it to install the drivers again onto your machine. I'm not sure if it will help, but it wouldn't hurt to reboot your computer after that. When it's back up and running again, open up the device manager. When you connect the KF back up to your computer, it should automatically power up again... look at what device comes up as it boots. The first thing you see (hopefully) is "Android Phone -> Android ADB Interface" appear. If you see that, you can be reasonably sure you can send it fastboot commands.

You'll have to issue the "fastboot oem idme bootmode 4000" on the command line. It will tell you that it's waiting for device... The next time it loops back around in its boot up process, it will send the command and hopefully get the bootmode back to normal. Then hook it up to your stock AC wall charger and if you are lucky it should continue to boot and charge your battery.

There's a lot of "hopefully" things that have to go right for this to work. You've got a few compounded issues that are giving you problems and all of them have to get fixed for the battery to start charging again.
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Thanks for your help. I tried to run a fastboot command and get msg: īcannot run, adbwin.dll missingī... Now Iīm really not sure what itīs missing anymore..
Iīm going also leave it charging for longer and it seems to be a known issue, right?

My kindle continues not being reckognized and keeps on flashing the kindle Fire/Android Logo. When I unplug it it stops flashing and I wonīt get any sigh of life, even after pressing the button for longer than 30s.

I managed to find the driver on device manager and uninstalled it, thinking that maybe it would help finding the device again, but it didnīt...

Recomendations please?
To fix the "cannot run, adbwin.dll missing", shift + right click on the folder containing adb.exe and select something like "Run as Command"

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