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kinfauns

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I'm a little surprised nobody has mentioned the factory cable in the accessories section. For anybody doing anything more than using the Kindle Fire in the stock configuration, I think the factory cable is a must-have accessory. It makes so many tasks so much simpler to perform. Getting out of bootloops, flashing a ROM for the first time, or unbricking... they all get reduced to at most 2 or 3 steps... all without any need to troubleshoot. If everybody had a factory cable (and knew how to use it) before they started tinkering with their device, the general section wouldn't be packed full of help requests.

For those who are unfamiliar with the factory cable, it's a special USB cable that will put the Kindle Fire directly into fastboot mode when it starts up. This is important because the hardest part of fixing most problems on the Kindle Fire is first getting the device into fastboot mode. Even in the worst bricking incidents... if you have any working bootloader, use the factory cable to get into fastboot, flash a new bootloader/recovery/ROM, reboot and the thing is fixed. The less familiar you are with how all of this stuff works, the more useful the factory cable will be in your toolbox.

You can make your own from a generic USB cable if you have a soldering iron and some time. I personally could have gone the DIY route, but I decided to purchase one from a fellow XDA member. He makes them himself and really takes pride in the quality of his products.

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It's saved me once and been a great timesaver in many other instances.
 
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kinfauns

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aww really? i was just going to PM him and buy one! He is selling out fast!

He said he ran out of parts to produce more and was waiting on supplies. He also said in a different thread that he was in the middle of a move, so I guess he's trying to get everything in order before starting up again. No reason you couldn't send him a PM anyway and get in line.. I'm sure it will be anytime now.
 

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heh yea.. i Pmed him i think....I send the pms but I don't think they are going through. kinda weird because when i check my inbox. it doesn't even show sent messages. so i dunno.
 

kinfauns

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heh yea.. i Pmed him i think....I send the pms but I don't think they are going through. kinda weird because when i check my inbox. it doesn't even show sent messages. so i dunno.

By default, outgoing PMs are not saved to the sent box. You either have to check the box down at the bottom for every message you send, or there's a setting you can change somewhere in your profile.
 

kinfauns

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Why wait? They sell the same cable for 6 dollars cheaper on ebay.

I'm not trying to be a cheerleader for SkOrPn's products, but for one thing, the eBay listing quotes 20-25 days before delivery. Even with SkOrPn's production delays, I'm guessing you'd get his before you get that delivery from Hong Kong.

However, the more important point here is that numerous XDA members have vouched for his product quality and customer service. If for some reason that cable from China doesn't work out, you'd be sitting on your hands waiting for it to get shipped back (likely at your expense) before they'd send you a replacement, or fronting another $9 in the hopes that the next one works. I had a similar experience with another gadget I ordered from China and not having it work. Other users in the KF forums have noted that SkOrPn has gone out of his way to make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Of course, how you spend your money is entirely up to you, but if I was in the market for one and I was given the choice, I think I would choose to spend the extra $6 for the peace of mind and insurance against potential frustration... to each his own.
 
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I'm not trying to be a cheerleader for SkOrPn's products, but for one thing, the eBay listing quotes 20-25 days before delivery. Even with SkOrPn's production delays, I'm guessing you'd get his before you get that delivery from Hong Kong.

However, the more important point here is that numerous XDA members have vouched for his product quality and customer service. If for some reason that cable from China doesn't work out, you'd be sitting on your hands waiting for it to get shipped back (likely at your expense) before they'd send you a replacement, or fronting another $9 in the hopes that the next one works. I had a similar experience with another gadget I ordered from China and not having it work. Other users in the KF forums have noted that SkOrPn has gone out of his way to make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Of course, how you spend your money is entirely up to you, but if I was in the market for one and I was given the choice, I think I would choose to spend the extra $6 for the peace of mind and insurance against potential frustration... to each his own.


Received my cable yesterday (ordered it when I made that post on the 11th of April). Works perfectly well.
 

akalostangel

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Thank you for starting this post. I've been seeing "factory cable" everywhere on this forum and didn't have a clue what they were talking about. I just figured it meant I had to buy a cable - not that what the cable itself does is special!

Glad I used the search feature, finally, to find this out.
 

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I'm not trying to be a cheerleader for SkOrPn's products, but for one thing, the eBay listing quotes 20-25 days before delivery. Even with SkOrPn's production delays, I'm guessing you'd get his before you get that delivery from Hong Kong.

However, the more important point here is that numerous XDA members have vouched for his product quality and customer service. If for some reason that cable from China doesn't work out, you'd be sitting on your hands waiting for it to get shipped back (likely at your expense) before they'd send you a replacement, or fronting another $9 in the hopes that the next one works. I had a similar experience with another gadget I ordered from China and not having it work. Other users in the KF forums have noted that SkOrPn has gone out of his way to make sure you are happy with your purchase.

Of course, how you spend your money is entirely up to you, but if I was in the market for one and I was given the choice, I think I would choose to spend the extra $6 for the peace of mind and insurance against potential frustration... to each his own.

I highly recommend buying the cable from SkOrPn. I bricked my KF and was too impatient to wait for the cable from China off of ebay, so when I ran across these forums I immediately ordered one from him. Ordered on Monday and had it by Thursday. It doesnt look homemade and worked great. Thanks SkOrpN!
 

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I also bricked my Kindle during rooting. Using TWRP I accidentally wiped the system after I installed stock firmware so there was only stock bootloader. I had a cable that I purchased form DealExtreme it turned out that the plug can be easily opened so one can solder the 4-th pin to +5V.
If someone is willing to wait few weeks for the delivery this is the link for a cheap cable that can be easly modded to be a factory cable.
I can't post a link but do to deal extreme and search for sku 48924
 

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Yup, I just ordered one, 9.99$, 1.50$ shipping to Canada. It may take a while but it's cheap. Cheap enough to take the risk. The alternative is 47$ for the 3ft cable. The ebay one is only 2.5 ft, but that's better then the 1.5ft one.
Who in the heck is selling them for $47? Wow thats insanely expensive for a limited use cable.

I highly recommend buying the cable from SkOrPn. I bricked my KF and was too impatient to wait for the cable from China off of ebay, so when I ran across these forums I immediately ordered one from him. Ordered on Monday and had it by Thursday. It doesn't look homemade and worked great. Thanks SkOrPn!
Your very much welcome.... The ONLY real difference between mine and the ones from China is I actually test mine (three times during build) and the chinese slave labor do not bother testing because they know there is only a 10% chance of shipping a bad one. Why spend money on testing equipment and more slaves?
 

Zachintosh

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USB booting is easier than going and buying a factory cable IMO. I did it yesterday and it was much better than buying a cable and waiting for it to come in the mail.

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kinfauns

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USB booting is easier than going and buying a factory cable IMO. I did it yesterday and it was much better than buying a cable and waiting for it to come in the mail.

Sent from my Amazon Kindle Fire using xda app-developers app

Well, you're certainly entitled to that opinion, but from what I've seen on this forum, it's not one that's likely to be shared by most users. For most people, having to open up the case, risk damage to the device, and violate the terms of warranty is going to be beyond their comfort level. Besides, my suggestion is to have one around in case something goes bad, not order one after the fact. Just as people use a case to protect it before accidents occur, having a factory cable shouldn't be all that different. If you had one around, you would never consider USB boot to get into fastboot mode except as a last resort.
 
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    I'm a little surprised nobody has mentioned the factory cable in the accessories section. For anybody doing anything more than using the Kindle Fire in the stock configuration, I think the factory cable is a must-have accessory. It makes so many tasks so much simpler to perform. Getting out of bootloops, flashing a ROM for the first time, or unbricking... they all get reduced to at most 2 or 3 steps... all without any need to troubleshoot. If everybody had a factory cable (and knew how to use it) before they started tinkering with their device, the general section wouldn't be packed full of help requests.

    For those who are unfamiliar with the factory cable, it's a special USB cable that will put the Kindle Fire directly into fastboot mode when it starts up. This is important because the hardest part of fixing most problems on the Kindle Fire is first getting the device into fastboot mode. Even in the worst bricking incidents... if you have any working bootloader, use the factory cable to get into fastboot, flash a new bootloader/recovery/ROM, reboot and the thing is fixed. The less familiar you are with how all of this stuff works, the more useful the factory cable will be in your toolbox.

    You can make your own from a generic USB cable if you have a soldering iron and some time. I personally could have gone the DIY route, but I decided to purchase one from a fellow XDA member. He makes them himself and really takes pride in the quality of his products.

    Product Information

    It's saved me once and been a great timesaver in many other instances.
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    Thanx so very much for making that clear. +1
    I was a bit confused as in my profession anything with the word "factory" in the name is an OEM item.
    So by that standard, if it came from Amazon then it would be a "factory" cable.
    But of course, thats not the case here as the word "factory" implies a function and not the manufacturer, and I can see where providing a "factory" cable with the KF could cause many issues for the general public.
    Thanx again. :good:
    Exactly, Factory cables were never meant to be discovered by the public. But thats what devs and reverse engineers do with their free time, lol... Factory refers to the place where the device was initially flashed with its first ROM (I guess some call that the Factory). I think a more appropriate name would have been "Dangerously shorted Manufacturers Fastboot cable", lol...
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    SkOrPn, I note on the order page that the cable isn't compatible with the 8.9 model. Pardon my ignorance, but is that because there's a fundamental hardware difference? In other words, do you foresee adapting your cables to be compatible with both at some point, or will it be necessary for me to buy one for my 7" kindle and another for my wife's 8.9? And on that note -- anyone know where I can find reliable cables for the 8.9" model?

    There is no telling what it is stopping the 8.9" from working. All we know is that if you short pins 1 and 4 the KF will automatically go into fastboot mode, obviously designed to do so for initial factory flashing and NOT designed for the public to be messing with (but we do anyway lol). However, for what ever reason I am told that the 8.9" kfhd does NOT seem to respond to a Factory Cable. Now, with that said I do not know if people have tried a direct short or used some resistance. I use 1K ohm on my cable in the hopes it will protect any device that was not designed for it (if you accidentally connect it to a Samsung device).

    Since I do not have any of these devices to work with, I do not have the means to test theories. The Tablet community will have to figure it out and then relay the info to me so I can make a cable for it, assuming its even possible (may not have a hardware launched fastboot mode).

    To answer your question, I have no plans to try and figure it out for the simple reason of being to poor to buy hardware just for these purposes. However, if you figure it out please let me know and I will make one for you...

    Thanks again
    SkOrPn
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    aww really? i was just going to PM him and buy one! He is selling out fast!

    He said he ran out of parts to produce more and was waiting on supplies. He also said in a different thread that he was in the middle of a move, so I guess he's trying to get everything in order before starting up again. No reason you couldn't send him a PM anyway and get in line.. I'm sure it will be anytime now.
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    Yup, I just ordered one, 9.99$, 1.50$ shipping to Canada. It may take a while but it's cheap. Cheap enough to take the risk. The alternative is 47$ for the 3ft cable. The ebay one is only 2.5 ft, but that's better then the 1.5ft one.
    Who in the heck is selling them for $47? Wow thats insanely expensive for a limited use cable.

    I highly recommend buying the cable from SkOrPn. I bricked my KF and was too impatient to wait for the cable from China off of ebay, so when I ran across these forums I immediately ordered one from him. Ordered on Monday and had it by Thursday. It doesn't look homemade and worked great. Thanks SkOrPn!
    Your very much welcome.... The ONLY real difference between mine and the ones from China is I actually test mine (three times during build) and the chinese slave labor do not bother testing because they know there is only a 10% chance of shipping a bad one. Why spend money on testing equipment and more slaves?