Kindle 1 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).

Based on a post by MobileRead member phuocle (don't know the original source)

Kindle 1 Screen Saver Hack Discussion Thread

If you would like to mix some of the original Kindle Screen saver images with your own, you can find them at the links below.

Kindle 1 Original Screen Savers
Kindle 2 Original Screen Savers


[edit] To add your custom screen savers

Kindle 1 screen saver.jpg

  1. Attach the Kindle to a computer using the USB cord.
  2. Using Windows Explorer (or whatever you use to see individual files/folders) , you should see a new drive called Kindle under My Computer. Go to that drive. (Or if you have an SD card in your Kindle, you can go to the SD drive.)
  3. Create a new folder called “pictures” and a subfolder called “screensavers” (or "screen_saver" as you see in the image sample) under it. Make sure both folder names are all lowercase.
  4. Copy your image files into the screensavers folder. Your pictures should be 600×800 pixels and black & white. I’ve only used .jpg files. (Note: I've used .png files as well)
  5. After copying is complete & it is safe, remove the Kindle from the USB connection.
  6. Go to your Home menu and press alt-z. This will create a new book called “screensavers”. Open it. You’ll see each of your pictures. You can advance through them with the prev. page and next page buttons. (Note: The new book will appear at the END of your book list)
  7. While viewing your pictures, look at the bottom of the Kindle screen. If you see your battery indicator & Menu prompt, press alt-F to go into Full Screen mode.
  8. On each photo, press alt-shift-0 (i.e., alt-shift-zero) . After a brief delay, you’ll get a message that your picture has been exported as screensaver. Click Close on the message.
  9. Navigate to each of the pictures you want to use and repeat the above step.
  10. When you’ve got all your pictures loaded, test them by going into & out of sleep mode. Alt-aA (i.e., alt-font size button) puts it to sleep & wakes it up again. Each time it sleeps, it should use a different image. If you see the same image all the time, relook at Step 3.

[edit] To remove your custom screen savers and restore the originals

  1. Attach the Kindle to a computer using the USB cord.
  2. Using Windows Explorer (or whatever you use to see individual files/folders) , go to your Kindle drive under My Computer.
  3. If you see a folder called system, skip this step. If you don’t see the system folder, click on the Tools menu & then Folder Options. Go to the View tab, and look at the Advanced Settings. Under Hidden Files and Folders, select Show Hidden Files and Folders. Click Apply, then OK. You should now see a system folder.
  4. Under the system folder, you’ll see a screen_saver folder. Delete all the files that are in that folder.
  5. After you disconnect from the USB, you may see your last custom screensaver one more time, but after that it will revert back to the pre-loaded Kindle screensaver images.
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