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By kanderson88, Member on 8th February 2016, 02:03 AM
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Please Read: I am making this post to help my fellow hd 8 & hd 10 kindle users out with things I have found working and useful to me that I got working with my kindle. Please remember that doing this stuff can be dangerous unless you know what you're doing. Enjoy my findings!

Ready to ROOT your device?!

Follow these step's and I'll try making this as simple as possible.
Step 1. First we're going to install adb and get shell command working. This youtube video is probably the best visual way of getting it done. Only watch 3 minutes and 37 seconds of it, Skip the rest of the video. Click HERE. (give him a thumbs up for making the video).
Now open up Command prompt and type
Code:
adb devices
It should show a 16 digit serial key with "device" to the right. SUCCESS!

Step 2. Now let's run RootJunky's script. Download and extract the files, Click HERE. Run "1-Install-Play-Store.bat" file and let it load. It should list your device serial key and load up to the main menu page. Follow the order on the menu from 1 to 4. Now this was made for the fire hd 7" tablets but some of it works and some might not, I had a problem with ads loading up on lockscreen but found another way to disable them which is under "Disabling Amazon Services" down below.

Step 3. Let's get ROOT! We are going to install KingRoot and run it, kingroot will also install purify which is a nice handy program but you can remove it if you want later on. Now once you run KingRoot its going to search for the best possible method to root your device, it may or may not find a way but there should be a second option to install root. Do it. Some people have found that you may have to try multiple times to root to get a success or try updating the google framework through the play store. (My google framework is V4.4.4-1227136)
I have attached the kingroot apk down below or you can download kingroot from there website. Click HERE. (If you have any problems please post it and we may be able to help.)

Now let's disable some thing's we may find useless..

Disable the lockscreen

Open up command prompt. Type in "adb shell", Then type in "su"
Then copy this into command prompt.
Code:
sqlite3 /data/system/locksettings.db "UPDATE locksettings SET value = '1' WHERE name = 'lockscreen.disabled'"
You will not get a confirmation, now type "exit", then type "reboot".
Let the device reboot and enjoy! Now install a new lockscreen.
Want it back?
Code:
sqlite3 /data/system/locksettings.db "UPDATE locksettings SET value = '0' WHERE name = 'lockscreen.disabled'"
*This is messing with the sqlite in the actual android system files, please becareful and don't go around changing values in system files.

Disable Amazon's FireLauncher and replace it with Google Now Launcher

Note:
Load up ES Explorer, make sure it has root enabled in settings.
Before you run this command please download a new launcher and either install it normally or you can copy the apk file into the "system/app" folder and chmod the app to "-rw -r -r" in properties. Once the apk file is in the "system/app" folder, you can either install it from that location or disable Fire Launcher, reboot, and the app should auto install and load.

*Installing Google Now Launcher requires Google app from marketplace(Link below). Now Launcher allows you to use widgets. If you use Google now launcher please keep a back up launcher like nova launcher just in case until you get now launcher working. Google now launcher is tricky.

Open Command Prompt.
Type in "adb shell". Then type in "su".
Then type into command prompt,
Code:
pm disable com.amazon.firelauncher

After reboot if you get no launcher don't worry. Just enable firelauncher and install a new launcher(IE nova launcher) and then disable firelauncher. (Try updating the google framework.)
*To Re-enable, replace disable with enable.
*Don't forget to type in "exit" into command prompt twice when you are done and or before unplugging your usb.

Disable Amazon's OTA(over the air) updates

Go in to ES Explorer(set root access).
Now in ES Explorer go to system/etc/security
locate "otacerts.zip" and I made a copy of it and renamed it to "otacerts.zip.backup" just in case i needed it.
AND..
Now in Command Prompt, type "adb shell", type "su".
Then type into command prompt,
Code:
Pm disable com.amazon.device.software.ota
Pm disable com.amazon.settings.systemupdates
Hopefully this disables all the updates! Enjoy!

Google Play Store not working?

Solution 1. (¿GotJazz?)
Open up Kingroot's Purify app.
Try putting Google Account Manager and Google Services Framework on the Purify Whitelist.

Solution 2.
Load up Command Prompt.
Then type in "adb shell". Then "su".
Code:
pm grant com.google.android.gms android.permission.INTERACT_ACROSS_USERS
You will not get a notification that it worked but it does.
Open Google Play or Reboot device. If that doesn't work, read on..

Solution 3.
Re-install Google applications
Go into system settings >> apps & games >> manage all applications
I then went into every google application(this will help remove any settings saved and email addresses) and cleared the data and cache of each app.
After that was done, I then uninstalled each of these apps,
"Google Account Manager, Google Play Services, Google Play Store, and Google Services Framework".

After uninstalling those, run the rootjunky's script(link located below) and install the play store which is option 2 I believe.
Also remember to turn off google play store auto updates!

Disabling Amazon Services

Start up Command Prompt.
Type in "adb shell". Then "su".
Then type into command prompt.
Code:
pm disable (app name(IE. com.amazon.ags.app))
*To Re-enable, replace disable with enable.
List of Amazon apps that are okay to remove.
Code:
com.amazon.ags.app
com.amazon.cloud9
com.amazon.cloud9.kids
com.amazon.dp.contacts
com.amazon.dp.fbcontacts
com.amazon.firelauncher
com.amazon.geo.client.maps
com.amazon.geo.mapsv2
com.amazon.geo.mapsv2.services
com.amazon.kcp.tutorial
com.amazon.kindle
com.amazon.kindle.kso
com.amazon.kor.demo
com.amazon.parentalcontrols
com.amazon.photos
com.amazon.photos.importer
com.amazon.tahoe
com.amazon.unifiedshare.actionchooser
com.amazon.unifiedsharefacebook
com.amazon.unifiedsharegoodreads
com.amazon.unifiedsharesinaweibo
com.amazon.unifiedsharetwitter
com.amazon.webapp
com.amazon.webview
com.amazon.windowshop
com.amazon.pm
com.amazon.recess
com.amazon.socialplatform
com.amazon.zico
com.audible.application.kindle
com.audible.application.store
com.goodreads.kindle
Optional
Don't have prime? Please continue + more.
Code:
com.amazon.mp3 -amazon music player
com.amazon.mw -removes the firefly cam app
com.amazon.mw.sdk -part of the firefly app?
com.amazon.avod -amazon video app, i don't have prime, useless to me..
com.amazon.kindle.personal_video -the amazon/system video app, I replaced this with mx player.
com.amazon.csapp -amazon help app
com.amazon.application.compatibility.enforcer -not sure what this does
com.amazon.android.marketplace -amazon marketplace
com.amazon.camera -stock camera app, install a new one from play store
com.amazon.dynamicupdationservice -not sure what this is or if this is part of amazon updates
com.amazon.platform.fdrw -part of amazon app & services?
com.android.contacts -remove, no reason for contacts, up to you
com.android.calendar -android calender
com.android.deskclock -remove if you don't need alarms/clocks/timers/etc
com.kingsoft.office.amz -not sure what this is yet but im sure its useless
com.nuance.swype.input -yup, unless you like swype
jp.co.omronsoft.iwnnime.mlaz -not sure what this does?
*Don't forget to type in "exit" into command prompt twice when you are done and or before unplugging your usb.


Links:
Changing the DPI(HERE).
Google App v5.9.27.19.arm(300600996)(HERE).
Replace KingRoot with SuperSU(HERE).
Rootjunky's install play store script(HERE).

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madsc13n41s4, sd_shadow, Selexo
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Downloaded kingroot apk, installed, tried root twice, confirmed via superuser from chainsDD, backed up special offers from titanium backup, uninstalled special offers, great fully rid of ads on my lockscreen.
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Downloaded kingroot apk, installed, tried root twice, confirmed via superuser from chainsDD, backed up special offers from titanium backup, uninstalled special offers, great fully rid of ads on my lockscreen.

Does your wallpaper on the lockscreen change? I have yet to look into getting it changed, about to look in to a new lock screen as well. Also don't forget to stop ota updates from amazon.

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Does your wallpaper on the lockscreen change? I have yet to look into getting it changed, about to look in to a new lock screen as well. Also don't forget to stop ota updates from amazon.

Yeah, its not the default wallpaper, and changes on its own with generic backgrounds. Did forget about ota, powering off until I have the time, I'm elbows deep in a Ford Probe project for the time being. Thanks so much for finding this, hopefully I get time to really contribute soon. Glad to confirm
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Yeah, its not the default wallpaper, and changes on its own with generic backgrounds. Did forget about ota, powering off until I have the time, I'm elbows deep in a Ford Probe project for the time being. Thanks so much for finding this, hopefully I get time to really contribute soon. Glad to confirm

You're very welcome sir. So happy I found out that kingroot worked. I am currently looking into getting a new lock screen and once I post my findings I'll let y'all see as well as changing the lock screen wallpaper. As well for the fixing google play store I am still currently having problems after that adb command, it worked for a good minute longer than usual.
9th February 2016, 02:31 AM |#6  
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You're very welcome sir. So happy I found out that kingroot worked(credit). Anyways I am currently looking into getting a new lock screen and once I post my findings I'll let y'all see as well as changing the lock screen wallpaper. As well for the fixing google play store I am still currently having problems after that adb command, it worked for a good minute longer than usual.

I would install an opengapps.org package with FlashFire (Arm, 5.1.1, nano or pico)
Flashfire will install Google framework and extra support files, that should allow playstore to work better.
should work fine, but no guarantees
How to Use FlashFire App

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I would install an opengapps.org package with FlashFire (Arm, 5.1.1, nano or pico)
Flashfire will install Google framework and extra support files, that should allow playstore to work better.
should work fine, but no guarantees
How to Use FlashFire App

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Yeh I need to look into flashfire, I used rootjunky's script to install it. Thanks for the idea, I'm gonna check it out.
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I don't think I am going to use flashfire. Seems really risky of bricking me device. I'm going to try installing the apps manually or through adb. I'll keep doing some research on flashfire though. Thanks
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You're very welcome sir. So happy I found out that kingroot worked(credit). Anyways I am currently looking into getting a new lock screen and once I post my findings I'll let y'all see as well as changing the lock screen wallpaper. As well for the fixing google play store I am still currently having problems after that adb command, it worked for a good minute longer than usual.

Yeah, I had to cobble together my own Play Store solution. The differences in the versions of the apks used together really matters it seems. Luckily, I haven't had any issues since I got it running. I would highly recommend turning off Play Store automatic updates as App Store versions of certain apps are intentionally out of date as per compatibility. Eg, Facebook.
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Holy crap opening up TB I can not wait until someone comes up with a list of **** thats safe to freeze/remove, so much amazon crap on this thing!
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Yeah, I had to cobble together my own Play Store solution. The differences in the versions of the apks used together really matters it seems. Luckily, I haven't had any issues since I got it running. I would highly recommend turning off Play Store automatic updates as App Store versions of certain apps are intentionally out of date as per compatibility. Eg, Facebook.

Thanks didnt think about stopping the auto updates.
Smart move. Thanks.
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