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    Short list of all things new KF owners should do

    I know my GF all to well and even though Im over joyed with my China tablet, I know all I would of heard about is how cheap it was. Reguardless of how great mine runs.

    So I had to get her the name brand yuppie tablet for book readers ;)
     

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    I've had a cheap China tab and a I have a KF, they are two very different beasts. My KF runs much better than the other tab ever did, not to mention it comes with a warranty that you usually don't get on China tabs and more support from the Android community.

    To each his own, you are happy with your China tab, many KF owners are happy with their KFs.
     
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    Root / sideload Go Launcher & Play Store. You'll have a lot more apps available and you can easily customize the overall interface
     
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    Can you install play store without root? Just bought it last night and I'm brimming with questions.
     
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    I think the question's off. I'm not sure identifying all one can do with a KF is really useful, so much as identifying what one *wants* to do with a KF. Once I did that, the KF became the useful toy it is, without any delusions of having a tablet. I don't have a tablet. I have a toy that allows me to download games I like, read books, see movies and listen to music, as well as catch up on tweets and e-mail. It's not a computer, it's an entertainment adjunct for me.
    If, on the other hand, you're not satisfied with the Amazon eco-system (and I could see many reasons why it might not satisfy entirely), and you want to have a tablet to give you the open-source flexibility (which, for me, requires more work than I have patience or time for), or potentially a replacement for your laptop, you don't want a KF. Invest in a refurbished top-of-the line tablet with more muscle than the KF, and optimize/configure it as you see fit.

    Anyhow - after owning and returning an iPad, which I deemed useless for the price, and borrowing a Toshiba Android tablet for a few weeks (nicer, but still - for the price), I realized the limited use I really wanted out of a tablet and the KF fit right in to my specs.

    I have a beast of a smart phone (Galaxy S2), which can do all the photography, updates, calculations, etc etc I might get out of a more expensive tablet, and the KF, which is an easy to use toy.
     
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    You need to be rooted to do that since you have to add the google services framework to make it work.
     
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    No, I don't think that is possible. If you want to root, here is a good primer:
    Kindle Fire 6.3 root and tweak

    There is also plenty of good info here on Android Forums and at the XDA forums:
    Kindle Fire General - xda-developers
     
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    Thanks for the help and links. From what I can see in the forums on XDA, there are a plethora of people getting stuck in fastboot while using KFU. Sounds like it's definitely a driver issue, but not sure if it's a legit issue or mainly user error. Still reading.

    Long time, frequent poster in the Evo forum (and got green status there :D) so I hope this community is as awesome as the Evo community.
     
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    I never had the stuck/fastboot issue. For me it was the "device not recognized" issue from adb. If you get that, let me know
     
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    I think that was my struggle too. ;)

    But overall it wasn't very hard to get it all setup.


    I will try to add some more information to the ATR guide tonight (maybe tomorrow, it's been a crazy evening so far) and hopefully that will help.
     
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    What does your driver show in device manager? Adb or adb composite?
     
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    Mine only shows the last one. What version of the stock software are you running?
     
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    I got the $139 refurb special just before Mother's Day last month on Amazon. It came with 6.3.1 stock. I rooted with the KFU utility but had loads of problems with the drivers.

    There was a conflict with the existing Samsung drivers that were already installed on my laptop so I uninstalled all of that. Still no luck. It was the help on this page that finally got it all working for me:

    windows - Where is debugging mode on Kindle Fire? - Android Enthusiasts
     
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    Was your issue with the fastboot driver or the adb driver?
     
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    Even though I manually edited the .ini file(s) according to all instructions it didn't work. The adb driver could not see the Kindle until I did this from command line:

    echo 0x1949 >> "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini
     
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    Are all 5 of your posts about that bluetooth audio transmitter??

    I think I've seen it at least 3 times on here already..
     

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