Life with a Kindle Fire
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Sometimes for some exceptionally unlucky individuals like yours truly, a bricked kindle fire may stop being accepted as valid USB device making windows show the “USB device not recognized” message, a message one may associate with bad USB flash drives. Unless you manage to get your kindle fire recognized again, there will be no ADB, no Kindle fire utility, and no unbricking tools for you.

In my case, and this worked a couple of times. Turning your kindle fire off while it is connected to USB by holding the power button for up to 20 seconds, then turning  it back on while it is still connected solved the problem.

When the kindle fire starts, in will be recognized as a “Kindle” device without a valid driver, that’s your opening, don’t miss it. Know that if you disconnect & connect you will be back to the usb device not recognized message.

Once you have the kindle device, right click it and install a driver manually for it. if you don’t have the driver, you can find it with any kindle fire utility.

Note that this may not work on a first try, you may want to try it on a different computer, if you can’t get  the kindle fire to recognize. a 32bit windows XP maybe is your best bet.

 

Wish this was helpful, I know how frustrating a bricked kindle fire can be. Good luck!

 

PSX gamex on Kindle Fire

for those who doesn’t know the first Playstation, PSX, or PsOne, the first Sony gaming console, a console that paved the way for all of todays gaming systems. The machine that was blessed with some of the games that I still call “the best games ever”, (Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, Metal gear solid 1, Resident evil 3, Dino Crysis, Silent Hill) . All of these are now back to meet you on your Kindle Fire, for many hours of Neo Retro fun.

PSX gamex on Kindle Fire

 

Kindle Fire, being an Android based device with enough horsepower, will bring you a relatively nice & smooth experience  with most of the Playstation games.

There are two playstation emulators that I know of for android. FPSe & PSx4android. The latter is a free emulator, but unfortunately it didn’t work on my Kindle Fire, at least not the current version on 6.2.2 or 6.2.1 .

FPSe for android on the other hand works just fine on kindle Fire, all you need to do is get yourself a copy of it (Android market 4.24 USD), it will need another file called a BIOS, it will instruct you on how to get it when you install it .

Once you’re all set, undust your old PSX cds, convert them to ISOs, copy them to your kindle Fire and fire them up with FPSe for android.

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Unfortunately Kindle Fire doesn’t have Bluetooth (or does it?), if it did (would), we’ll be able to use Bluetooth game controllers  to control the games, but so far we’ll have to stick with the overlay controls.

what’s the best PSX game you got running on the Kindle Fire? for me it was Parasite Eve 2

 

 

Kindle Fire app store getjar

Getjar, probably one of the oldest websites to offer mobile apps have got their own app store for android. Thousands of free (and paid) apps to pick from, and best of all, it is fully compatible with your Kindle Fire, and rooting is not even required.

The getjar app store has a great feature called GetJar Gold Apps, which will allow you to download a selection of paid apps for free during a certain period. somthing that unrooted kindle fire owners will enjoy the most.

Kindle Fire app store getjar

To install GetJar on your kindle fire, just enable “Allow installation of applications  from unknown sources” under the device tab in your kindle fire settings. Thento m.getjar.com on your kindle fire browser and enter the code 16914.

The apk will be downloaded, install it, then open the app to enjoy your new source of apps for your kindle fire

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Amazon has released a new update for our beloved Kindle Fire, The have annoounced multiple bug fixes and improvements, with the addition of a full screen mode for the Silk browser.

Jcase from XDA developers has already updated his BurritoRoot2 to root this new version that has killed the superuser app on rooted devices.  The steps to reroot are here quoted from Xda-developers

 

Download

http://download.cunninglogic.com/BurritoRoot2.bin

http://download.cunninglogic.com/su

http://download.cunninglogic.com/Superuser.apk

adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/
adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin
adb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.bin
adb root
adb shell id
<if uid = 0 continue, if not start over>
adb remount
adb push su /system/xbin/su
adb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/su
adb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/su
adb remount
adb install Superuser.apk (skip this step if its already installed)

you will need to have ADB up and running by installing the driver correctly , you may use my root kindle fire post to get some tips on how to do so.

Amazon once again fails to save its baby app store from the jaws of  Google’s.

 

 

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There are many reasons to root kindle fire, more than there is for any other android device. The most obvious one is to get to install the real android market.

For those who do not know, Rooting an android device (kindle fire here) allows you and your apps to gain root privileges on the device, and that means the ability to read and write from the system and other protected folder, by having this ability you will be able to modify core elements in your device, tweak it, get the most of it. At the same time, rooting can be risky, because it will allow you or one of your apps to mess the kindle fire`s system and boot files, which may lead a bricked kindle fire.

This simple guide will show you how to root kindle fire easily and safely, just follow the steps, don`t improvise, and you will have a rooted kindle fire in like 5 minutes. This method has been tested up to 6.2.1

5 Steps to Root kindle fire:

1. Download this file and extract it. it contains the Kindle fire Utility. a  software brought to you by the guys at XDA Developers. (see the credits there and if you can donate to them, please do).

2. plug in you kindle fire via USB, on your computer, go to the device manager(right click my computer, manage, then device manager) , if you see an “android composite ADB” under android phone, then skip this step. if you see a mis-installed   “kindle” device, right click it, click update driver software select browse computer for driver, then select let me pick from a list, then “have disk” . browse to the drivers  folder in the Kindle fire utility that you extracted and select android_winusb.inf. if you are given a red warning message, click install anyway.

kindle fire root driver

Dont continue unless your kindle fire is shown as   “android composite ADB Interface”

3. Open the file called run.bat, then select install permanent root with superuser by typing  it’s number (3) then hitting enter. If you have a message like <waiting for device> it means that you didn’t install the driver correctly, get back to step 2.

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4. wait until the process is finished, hit enter until the Kindle fire utility is closed.

5. That’s it! your kindle fire should be rooted now.

You may want to confirm that your successfully rooted your kindle fire, you may do so by installing the root checker or activating the following options in your ES file explorer

 

 

 

Now that you have rooted your kindle fire, you may want to install the Go luncher EX, android market place, and other Google apps.

 

Please let me know if you run into any trouble