January 06, 2013

RIP

My Kindle Fire is dead. It won't turn on. I think I may have broken the connector.

When I push the power button, it turns green for a moment, and the display backlight turns on, and then a couple of seconds later it turns back off again. Pushing and holding the power button has no useful effect.

I guess this is an excuse for me to buy a Fire HD, isn't it?

UPDATE: By the way, no suggestions or advice are needed.

UPDATE: Actually, this is how it acts when the battery is run down. I had it plugged in to recharge overnight but the light was still amber, not green, when I looked at it this morning. I was using a USB cable, and it doesn't seem to have worked.

I just plugged it into its power brick, and we'll see if that does any better.

UPDATE: And so I walked to Fred Meyers and bought an 8.9" HD. The display is gorgeous, and for my old eyes it's a lot easier to read the text, though I wish there were other sans choices besides Helvetica and Lucida.

It didn't come with a brick. The only charging cable is a USB connection.

They've made some changes to the UI; I had to hunt a bit to find functions I needed to use.

The photo viewing app is still disappointing. I copied a couple of pictures which were 4000*3000, and it won't let me zoom all the way in.

By the way, this is the longest walk yet. My legs were sore when I got back, but I made it!

UPDATE: I just did some searching, and apparently Adobe has abandoned Flash support for all mobile devices.

I still think it would have been nice for Amazon to give us the last version that did exist for Android.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 09:02 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I think Techies have a built in advantage with their toys.  "Oh, drat, it busted.  Time for an upgrade!".   I know I've done that myself a number of times.  Haha

Posted by: sqa at January 06, 2013 09:49 AM (iCuS2)

2 That is interesting. I can do coments with the Fire HD. But it doesn't do flash. I wonder if there's a plugin I can install?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 06, 2013 05:36 PM (+rSRq)

3 Congratulations on your achievement. BTW, a thought crossed my mind yesterday that it might be useful to teach you to fly an airplane, because if forces various motoric functions. But then I relized that a phisioterapist can probably offer excercises that accomplish the same thing at a fraction of the cost.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at January 06, 2013 06:31 PM (RqRa5)

4 Walking is good enough for me.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 06, 2013 06:37 PM (+rSRq)

5 I just lost my old kindle-style kindle to a bad charge cable/charging receptacle. I hope you're using a new cable with the new unit.

Posted by: pgfraering at January 07, 2013 08:59 AM (BIJKO)

6 Also, Pete, civil pilots must pass a medical exam, and the examining doctor might be twitchy about certifying someone that was recently hospitalized for a very serious illness.

I'm not surprised the new Kindle is charged with a micro-USB; the EU forced that as a standard on cell-phone makers, and a lot of other electronic devices followed suit. It's wonderful, because it means that one power brick and one cable can charge any new device I own.

(Caveat- I don't think the EU forced that specific choice, so much as said "come up with a standard or we'll come up with one for you.")

Posted by: Boviate at January 07, 2013 10:39 AM (v5nUi)

7 It actually has a micro-USB and a mini-USB. They included a micro-USB cable, but not the other one. I have no idea why they did that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 07, 2013 10:47 AM (+rSRq)

8 I think that other port is micro-HDMI, so that Fire HD can drive a TV. There is only one USB port with type B micro-USB receptacle. My own (small) HD is like that and the Amazon's website says so as well:
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers

I made sure it's on the page for the big 8.9" unit.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at January 07, 2013 10:57 AM (RqRa5)

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