KindleDX Screen Saver Hack

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Note: Amazon does not support 3rd party hacks and may void your warranty should anything go wrong. Exercise caution and use at your own risk. Only the user will be responsible for the results (good or bad).

*** DEPRECATED ***

Please see Kindle Screen Saver Hack for all 2.x, 3.x & 4.x Kindles instead.

From MobileRead member clarknova with legwork from sirbruce.

Kindle DX Screen Saver Hack v0.1

WARNING: Use at your own risk!  This is an UNOFFICIAL update to allow custom
Kindle DX Screen Savers.  This file is NOT from Amazon.com and any harm it
causes your Kindle will be your own fault.

[edit] Instructions for use:

1) Plug your Kindle DX into your computer.

2) Copy "update_DX_screensaverhack-install.bin" to the root of your Kindle DX.

3) Optional Steps:

 3a) Change directories to the "system" folder.
 3b) Create a new folder called "screen_saver"
 3c) Place any 824x1200 PNG image files into the system\screen_saver folder
     that you just created.

6) Unplug your Kindle DX.

7) Press the "Menu" button on your Kindle DX and select "Settings."

8) At the Settings page press "Menu" again and select "Update Your Kindle."

9) When the "update" is done your Kindle DX will reboot and you are done.

If you choose not to do step 3, the system will create the system\screen_saver folder for you and place the default screen savers in it. You can then remove or replace these, or mix them with your own -- it's up to you.


[edit] To go back to the default Kindle DX screen savers:

1) Plug your Kindle DX into your computer.

2) Copy "update_DX_screensaverhack-uninstall.bin" to the root of your Kindle DX.

3) Unplug your Kindle DX.

4) Press the "Menu" button on your Kindle DX and select "Settings."

5) At the Settings page press "Menu" again and select "Update Your Kindle."

6) When the "update" is done your Kindle DX will reboot and you are done.

[edit] More Information:

You can change images at any time, but you must reset your kindle for them to appear (press and hold the slider for 15 seconds). If there are no images then a blank screen will be shown when you go into sleep mode.

As with the K2, JPG/PNG/GIF files all work -- From sirbruce: "...you can use JPG, PNG, GIF, any size, although obviously 824x1200 works best. Smaller images are anchored in the upper left corner."

If you would like to restore the original screen savers without removing the hack, simply delete the screen_saver folder and reset your kindle, and the folder will be recreated with the original images in it.

Any official kindle DX updates that patch the file will fail (gracefully) if this is installed (ie. 2.1 to 2.1.1). Use the remove procedure, to restore the default screen savers, then apply the official update, and all will be well.

Many thanks to the MobileRead forum members: igorsk for doing everything, porkupan for updating igorsk's update maker tool to work for the DX, and sirbruce for doing all the legwork (this hack is mainly his doing).

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