Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rooting my KFire


I love my Kindle Fire. My husband got it for me a few years back for my birthday. It had my 300 books ready to load, my writing magazines, and internet access. I could also watch Amazon videos which was wonderful since we didn’t have BBC America and it was the only way I could watch the new Doctor Who episodes.
There is one major down side to the KFire. The OS (operating system) sucks!
This is an android device, but it hardly does half of what an android device should do, including the capability to use a keyboard. This is a big throw back for any writer. Sure I’m good with typing with my thumbs, in fact mixing it up a bit often helps with the ouchies, but it’s nice to have access to a keyboard for those fantastic sudden creative outbursts where those fingers must keep up with the words flowing from your mind.
A few months back I tried to root my Kfire, and failed miserably, turning my fire into a brick that wouldn’t load past the startup screen. After two months of fiddling with it in my spare time, I somehow managed to unbrick it. Don’t ask how, I have no clue. It was a complete fluke!
After getting it back in working order you would have thought I would leave well enough alone... Nope! I went right back into trying to root the darned thing. I read tons of how-tos, found the best OS Jellybean, The kindle fire Utility, TWRP, and went to work rooting my fire.
It took me an hour after I knew what I was doing, and I had to order an OTG cable from Amazon (2 bucks) and I can now use a keyboard with my Kfire!
I’m not an expert in roots by any means, so I won't sit here and try to show you how I did it, but I will provide you with the links I used to root my fire.
Rooting comes with a huge risk. If you do not follow steps, you chance turning your fire into a brick. I am not responsible if this happens. The people in my links are not responsible. You are responsible. If you brick it, Amazon will not help you. You are voiding the warranty by trying to replace the OS on this device. Consider yourself warned.
If your warranty is up, and you want to take the risk, I highly recommend rooting. I love it, and will never go back to that hideous OS my fire started out with.

Rooting:
Kindle Fire Utility: this is a must. I had some problems getting ADB to work with my vista but it worked perfectly on my Windows 7 laptop. You will need this to install TWRP, firefirefire, and SuperUser controls.
Jellybean: This is the OS I put on my fire
Lilputing: This is the post I followed to root my fire.


After superuser, firefirefire, and TWRP were installed I followed this video to install jellybean







Keyboard I ordered from Amazon


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=27637440

OTG cable: Basically, it makes the port read instead of charge.



As I said before, I'm no pro. I just know how to follow directions ;)

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