[1st Gen] Rooting My Kindle Fire

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  1. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    I am working on rooting my Kindle Fire. I have followed the instructions at Android Authority based on a reference from someone that performed a Kindle Fire root successfully.

    I followed the instructions, my computer sees my Kindle and I was able to see it from my command prompt.

    Once I run SuperOneClick, it runs to "Shell rooting device...-Step #7 and stops. I cannot tell if the SuperOneClick is complete or not.

    Any thoughts on this issue?


  2. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    I should mention a few things:

    I am running Windows XP and using SuperOneClick

    Everything finally worked up to this point, just couldn't finish it.
  3. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    We talking about a 1st gen KF here?
    Easiest was to root it is with the Kindle Fire Utility
  4. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    How do I know if my Kindle is first generation?
  5. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    When did you get it? and what OS version is it running?
  6. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    I bought it new in February 2012. I want to say it is 6.3.1, but I will check this evening.
  7. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    it's 1st gen then
  8. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    So I need to try the Kindle Fire Utility. So once I use that tool, how will I know that the Kindle is rooted?
  9. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Drogyn, I have downloaded, unzipped and followed the YouTube instructions for the Kindle Fire Utility. I unzipped the file, double click install_drivers.bat and it says it finished.

    Next I select run.bat and the Kindle Fire Utility runs. However after it initiates, it shows offline rather than online.

    I have tried to reboot the kindle and the computer several times, try to reinstall the drivers, and it still shows offline.

    Any help on that?
  10. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    Which version of KFU did you get?
    The latest one : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1399889
    Should install all necessary drivers for you automatically.
    If you still have problems, turn off the kindle before you plug it into your computer, and make sure that KFU is running first, in my experience that never fails.
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  11. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Ok, so to be clear on what I will do.

    I downloaded the latest version from the above link.
    Unzip the file
    Double Click and follow install_drivers.bat
    Double click Run.bat
    Let this startup
    Turn off kindle and plug into computer
    Then select 0 to check that it sees the Kindle

    Then what do I do to root it?
  12. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Drogyn, it shows online. YEAH!!!

    Now what?
  13. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Ok, I went ahead without instruction...that may not have been a good idea.

    It showed online, I selected "Install Permanent Root with Superuser". It ran through, said there was a problem and "The recovery downloaded is not correct"

    When I "press any key to continue", it closes the KFU.

    And my Kindle is stuck on Kindle Fire screen

    I am able to hold the power button for 10+ seconds and it will shutoff, but when I turn it back on it locks up on the kindle fire display. If I leave it powered off and then plug in with the KFU running, it is not recognized (shows offline), but in device manager it sees "android adb interface" under android phone. If I select the eject function, it shows "Eject Kindle".

    I am totally lost.
  14. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Ok, busy day trying to tear this thing up. I did a little reading here in the forum, tried a combination of things that I read, and was able to install latest TWRP and the Kindle is back up.

    Now, to root should I "Install permanent root with Superuser"?

  15. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    How has it been 2 days since I was last on here? I'm sure I was on just yesterday...

    Yes you want to install permanent root with superuser.

    Once it's done if your kindle doesn't seem to want to start up turn it off, start KFU and go to boot mode and select normal boot or system boot which ever it is to start normally.
    Plug your kindle in and as it starts KFU will automatically detect it and then set it to boot in it's usual manner
  16. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Busy weekend away from everything for me. I just followed your directions and it seems to have worked.

    I was expecting something with android OS, so I don't know what to do with this.

    What has this given me?
  17. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    You should be able to install the google play store now and get apps from there.
    Also you can now, should you wish, flash a rom to your kindle and change the OS from Amazon's boxed in gingerbread 2.3 based system to Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, effectively making your kindle a stock android tablet.
    This is what I did with mine and I never looked back.
  18. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    That is what I want to do to it. I will do some reading on how to flash a ROM. The guy I got the idea of rooting the Kindle from put Ice Cream Sandwich on his. I liked the way that worked. It was very slick.

    I really appreciate all your help Drogyn.
  19. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    Flashing a rom is super simple, just make sure you start your kindle in recovery mode and make a back up or it BEFORE you flash anything, that way you can get it back to stock if you need to
  20. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    My Kindle is pure stock, no apps or anything on it right now.

    Do you have a link for how to flash the ROM? I really like the idea of a Android tablet.
  21. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member


    It's really as simple as finding the rom you want, downloading the zip, putting it on your kindle fire, the CWM folder is a good place to put it.
    Then start in recovery mode, select flash rom, it will then bring up an explorer so you can go to where it is. select the zip, click flash or ok which ever it is. then once it's done that you wipe your cache and your dalvic cache and reboot into normal system and it will load in the new OS.

    Just remember... back up first!
  22. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Thanks man! I will do all this. I don't know how to back it up, but I will figure that out. I appreciate all your help.

    My screen name says it all when it comes to electronics. I'm a mechanical engineer and work on rotating equipment. Mechanically I can handle anything, electronically I have to learn it.
  23. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    When you start it in recovery mode there is an option in CWM (which will have been installed when you rooted it with KFU) that says "Backup"
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  24. JustDumbGuy

    JustDumbGuy Active Member

    Ok, so these are my steps?

    1. Download zip of ROM such as Jelly Bean on laptop.
    2. Start KFU
    3. Select 1 for Bootmode Menu
    4. Plug in Kindle Fire
    5. Select Recovery mode on KFU
    6. Select backup
    7. Go to recovery mode again
    8. Select flash ROM
    9. Go to path with saved ROM zip
    10. Flash or OK for ROM

    And this should make it run through the paces and startup with the new OS?

    I've read about a file called gapps, do I need this also?
  25. Drogyn

    Drogyn Well-Known Member

    Yes you should get gapps too, you can tell the kindle to flash both files, together, just make sure that the ROM is flashed first

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