[MASTER THREAD] Fire HD 8 (2017) (7th Generation)

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Supersonic27543

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@Supersonic27543 mtk-su has been patched in 5.6.4.0 so I think you can add a warning.

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[/COLOR @Supersonic27543 mtk-su has been patched in 5.6.4.0 so I think you can add a warning.


Done :( Does this mean the people who updated wouldn't be able to unlock their tablets as the unlock script requires root?
 

turbozapekanka

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Where do I report bugs?
Settings crash when go to About device -> Status

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Where do I report bugs?
Settings crash when go to About device -> Status
 
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Fire OS 5.6.7.0

My Fire HD8 2017 just did a System Update Fire OS 5.6.6.0 to 5.6.7.0 (657612420)

"Installed August 19, 2020, 6:09 PM EST"
 

Jemjen23

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Hi wheres the direct download link for the toolbox since I need to install Google play on my amazon fire 8 please?
 

G.O.B.

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Hi everyone,
Im trying to find out some information on converting a hd fire 8 7th gen from stock to lineage.
currently on 5.6.0.1. is it any better performance wise to stock? I saw the disclaimer with 5.6.4.0
so i might have some more to do first.
I just did it myself earlier this week--HD 8 (douglas) to Lineage 15.1. I forget what exact version of Fire OS I had installed but it was past 5.6.4.0 so I had to brick the bootloader first. I forget where in the thread but another user in the middle of the 15.1 thread did a good writeup of the steps involved. I did it from a Linux install in VirtualBox.

The performance is definitely better than FireOS which is just utter bloated trash. Lineage starts up faster and the performance when using apps is better. There's a ceiling on performance improvement because of the 1.5 GB of RAM but it's definitely more useable than when I had FireOS and it takes up less storage space. I was always on the cusp of tapping out on internal storage space but I still have 5-6 GB of free internal storage after reinstalling all the apps I had before. If you have an SD card it will need to be reformatted as Lineage will not be able to read the card formatted through FireOS. At least that was my experience.
 
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I just did it myself earlier this week--HD 8 (douglas) to Lineage 15.1. I forget what exact version of Fire OS I had installed but it was past 5.6.4.0 so I had to brick the bootloader first. I forget where in the thread but another user in the middle of the 15.1 thread did a good writeup of the steps involved. I did it from a Linux install in VirtualBox.

The performance is definitely better than FireOS which is just utter bloated trash. Lineage starts up faster and the performance when using apps is better. There's a ceiling on performance improvement because of the 1.5 GB of RAM but it's definitely more useable than when I had FireOS and it takes up less storage space. I was always on the cusp of tapping out on internal storage space but I still have 5-6 GB of free internal storage after reinstalling all the apps I had before. If you have an SD card it will need to be reformatted as Lineage will not be able to read the card formatted through FireOS. At least that was my experience.
thanks man!
offtopic - the search function on this site does not work at all for me, i dont understand

i managed to get to fastboot but its not writing to fastboot for some reason
i tried swapping out the cord, on a windows machine ( with WSL) and on a linux machine.
 

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Hey, I've not been here in a long time, firstly what an awesome tool and easy to use too including the extra steps for the bloatware issues too 👌 I'm having a couple issues though I'm unable to download Prime video off Google play and also if I use a referral link from my Gmail account it won't open the play store but instead asks to open the amazon app store is there any ways to get around this?
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    ROOT ACQUIRED! Fellas, I give to you the world's first fully rooted Fire HD 8 7th Gen! :) I will write instructions when I get some more time. Great work to everyone who made this possible!
    Check out my new launcher setup! I froze the old launcher (and most of the bloatware) with titanium.

    Also, I think I found a seemingly more reliable and much easier way to access the eMMC. It goes like this:

    - Start the tablet while holding volume down
    - Enter bootloader (fastboot)
    - Plug SD Card into reader

    And that's it. No handshake, no USB. It worked great for me, though I only did try it like once. I'll keep playing with it.

    Edit: Yep it's working MUCH more reliably than the handshake method. The trick is to put the SD card into the reader almost immediately after clicking the "Enter bootloader" menu option. Do it before "FASTBOOT Mode..." pops up. You have like a 1 second window.

    Sounds like we're are having progress.

    Some points:
    As mentioned the later supersu free versions don't prompt for root access; it's a pro feature ... see its log for evidence. Work around is set default to grant.
    Second, have you set the uid to root:root for the su binary? Use chown 0:0 <path to su> to do so

    1. Thanks, I did not know that!
    2. Yes but there is much more to it than setting the owner. There's also SELinux security extended attributes, and a whole lot of other files that SuperSU needs.
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    Hi,

    This is a list (incomplete) of all the ROMs, mods, hacks, guides, etc. available for the Fire HD 8 (2017).
    This was a root progress discussion thread, and I think there's too much valuable information here to just let it get buried. So, following @Rortiz2's suggestion this thread was transformed to a master thread with the aim of providing a complete guide for anyone wanting to mod their tablet.

    2017-06-07-product-2.jpg

    Device Codename: douglas
    Specifications:
    SoC: Mediatek MT8163
    CPU: Cortex-A53 (Quad Core 4x1.3Ghz)
    GPU: Mali 720
    RAM: 1.5GB
    Android: 5.1 (FireOS 5.x.x.x)
    Storage: 16/32GB
    Includes a MicroSD slot
    Battery: 3210mAh
    Display: 8"
    Front Camera: 2MP
    Rear Camera: 2MP


    The italicized text below are my comments/clarifications.

    The root method was patched in 5.6.4.0 (some versions of 5.6.4.0 still work so you could try) It is advisable to disable OTA updates or unlock the bootloader immediately. It is still possible to unlock by a different method, check the bootloader unlocking thread.

    Bootloader Unlock and TWRP:
    • [UNLOCK][ROOT][TWRP][UNBRICK] Fire HD 8 2017 (douglas)
      This is an excellent and complete guide which has everything you need for this. Requires Linux, so you'll have to either install it as dual-boot or use a live system if you are not using it already. You don't need to downgrade if you are on 5.6.4.0.

    Rooting:
    • You can flash Magisk using TWRP after bootloader unlock. Using Magisk is recommended because SuperSU is no longer supported, and Magisk has modules, Magisk Hide, and the root prompt is working (In SuperSU it's not working so you have to always grant root permissions which is a major security loophole)
    • Rapid Temporary Root for HD 8 & HD 10
      This is the first software root method discovered for this tablet and is a really easy and quick method of getting a root shell, and the link has a complete guide on it. Refer here for installing SuperSU for permanent root, and here for an automated script for Windows.
    • [ROOT] Hardmod Root Your Amazon Fire HD 8 (7th Gen)
      This is first root method ever discovered for this tablet and is a hardware root. This link has a complete step-by-step guide, assuming you have some soldering experience.

    ROMs:

    Miscellaneous:

    General Tips:
    • To return to stock or recover from a soft brick:
      (Don't use this if you have already unlocked your bootloader: if you want just stock FireOS flash it through TWRP, and if complete stock follow the guide in the unlock thread)
      (This assumes that you have ADB installed, I would not advise you on how here, there are numerous guides waiting for a Google search. This will erase your data.)
      1. Download your current FireOS or a later firmware version. You can find the latest over at Amazon's website.
      2. Boot to the recovery mode of your tablet, and use the volume and power buttons to select "Apply Update via ADB".
      3. Now connect the tablet to a PC with a USB cabke, open a command prompt or shell on the directory where you downloaded the firmware BIN, enter the command adb sideload X.bin (replace X with the name of the BIN) and wait until finished (DON'T disconnect your device from the PC)
      4. Now select "Wipe Data/Factory Reset" and "Yes" to wipe data (you can skip doing this if you want your data, but note that the tablet may bootloop or complain about corrupted data)
      5. Select "Reboot system now"
    • The firmware BINs are just renamed ZIP files: you can rename it from .bin to .zip and treat it as such.
    • Amazon employs an anti-rollback mechanism which could permanently brick your device if you flash an older version through adb sideload. If you really want an older FireOS, you can rename .bin to .zip and flash them through TWRP after unlocking.
    • The stock launcher AppID is com.amazon.firelauncher, the stock keyboard is com.amazon.redstone, and the OTA update apps are com.amazon.device.software.ota and com.amazon.kindle.otter.oobe.forced.ota.

    Again, this list is incomplete, so please suggest any additions in the comments! (don't hesitate to suggest your own work-the target of this thread to be a comprehensive and complete guide on everything about this tablet)

    Good luck modding this tablet! :)
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    I'm a genius. Amazon is not going to like me...not one bit. But you guys are going to love me. I got just about everything working...and I mean everything. I have a few more tweaks to go. I'm hoping I'll be able to disable signature verification in the package installer in NON rooted tablets.
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    I know people are eager to try this out so here is a quick guide on how to root this tablet: https://forum.xda-developers.com/hd...ot-hardmod-root-amazon-fire-hd-8-7th-t3851617

    Enjoy! :)
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    Who wants a fully working Linux distro installed on a non rooted HD 8? I DO! And my wish has come true. In a few days hopefully, you'll be able to install a fully operational Kali Linux distro on the non rooted HD 8s. The installation is a proot environment and done totally on the back end so not one bit of root is needed. I'm so psyched about this ???