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plongeur66

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Kindle Demos
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:28:51 AM »
Found a Kindle Paperwhite demo at one of my stops. Supposedly some are easy to return to full functionality by typing ";resell" (without the quotes) in the search box. No dice for my unit, still a demo.
Then I found this info online:
http://www.xodustech.com/guides/kindle-paperwhite-demo-unlock
Ordered a USB-to-serial adapter from China for a buck, hopefully gets here within a month. This should be any easy project, takes me back to my phone flashing and unlocking days about 15 years ago. People apparently have no problems registering the serial numbers on the river. They apparently expect refurbed/recycled units to come back online and don't blacklist them unless reported stolen. Demos selling for ~$25 on feebay, some people are buying in bulk to restore and resell.

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 09:57:30 PM »
That's pretty cool. Definitely keep us posted with photos of the process!

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 12:30:07 AM »
Interesting. If it works then it could be a big money maker.

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 07:49:34 PM »
How did you make out with your Kindle recovery?

I just picked up a Kindle 3 (D00901) with a busted screen. I'm trying to find a replacement screen that's reasonable but so far they're pretty pricey considering a replacement device is around $30-40.

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 08:42:27 AM »
The USB-to-serial converter has arrived, I haven't gotten around to using it. A project likely for early October, it's still outdoor (garage sale, car repair, etc.) season.

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2017, 08:19:27 AM »
That'll be interesting. I'd like to see how it's done.

The Kindle was totally dead. After fully charging, it comes to life and after updating the firmware, is able to take it online via its 3G modem that offers free internet for the life of the device. It's exceptionally slow and the browser is extremely limited because, well, it's an e-ink display with a processor powered by a hamster wheel. Still, it's a neat device for reading Wikipedia and the battery life with wireless off is absolutely stellar. I have a new screen coming in from China - I'll post some pics once it's arrived.

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »
I have no reason to believe that the fix won't work. Some people apparently like the e-ink displays, I've read posts of people repurposing them for thermometer readouts or whatever. My intent is just to flip for some quick cash. The USB-serial converter cost me $1, no way would I have spent $40 on a screen. Did you have an easy time opening yours? Just pry along the edges?

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Re: Kindle Demos
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 05:56:03 PM »
I found a cheap screen. I think e-ink looks great - it's so close to real paper. I'm looking forward to reading some books on mine.

Yeah it popped apart really easily. You shouldn't have any problems.