Android: Upgrade Downgrade Kindle Fire Firmware Bug

If you use a Amazon Kindle Fire 2015 (45$) Generation „Ford“ or other Android Tablets,Smartphones you must know some MAJOR Informations about the Firmware Handling.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2015 Ford

  • If you were asked by the Fire OS or Android to „Upgrade“ the Firmware OS, DON’T PUSH YES it without READING DETAILS! I prefer ALWAYS NO FIRST!
  • Use ALWAYS a SDCARD to hold the MAJOR Data of your Tablet, cause if bricked or damaged you can’t pull off the DATA!!!
  • Android Firmware Images INCLUDE not only the OS, it includes DRIVERS, and the MAJOR BOOTLOADER!! Cause Android Devices use no real BIOS!!
  • If you Upgrade, you can RUN into BIG TROUBLE! Broken Drivers like no WIFI connect, freezing Screens on Boot, or BRICKS like the „BLACK SCREEN of DEATH“ which destory the Tablets cause you can’t reach the BOOTLOADER for RECOVERY MODE and SITELOAD the FIRMWARE again!
  • UPGRADES to bigger Version Releases like 5.1 to 5.3.X CAN’T be DOWNGRADED! Cause the DOWNGRADE don’t force overwrite correctly the BOOTLOADER, or leave the NEW BOOTLOADER untouched which can’t find the old KERNELS Names!
  • As MAJOR INFO you should know that the „adb shell tool“ is a DEVELOPER TOOL which doesn’t ASK anything to confirm, if the Firmware File is wrong or damaged! It flashes without any testing and any protection check! YOU have to KNOW what you ENTER!
  • You can’t reach anything, if the Tablet is BRICKED and you can’t reach the RESCUE MENU MODE! Cause NAND Chips need a connect from adb shell tool to USB then to EEPROM Chip!
  • To be sure prevent the Tablet from reaching the Amazon Update Servers by blocking the Domains on a Blacklist at the Home Router
  • A pulling out the Battery, does often NOT HELP on Tablet! You often don’t need to open the Case for this try!
  • If you can, buy Tablets, without Bloatware, but with SDCARD Connector, with a more basic Android called „Stock“ OS (have seen this on cheap No Name China Tablets)
  • Check the Internet Media for Hardware Infos which Hardware allow easy root access, some Manufacter allow this like Fairphones with special opened OS.
  • For Kids usage purge the Amazon Account on the Tablet, this prevent unallowed Setups
  • Android Firmware EEPROM Chips mostly glued onto the Mainboard, if the Firmware writing fails the device is a toaster.. no normal User can plug out the EEPROM Chips to flash them outside!
  • Opened Tablets can be seen here 

.. never change a running System.. if you MUST not..

Remarks:

  • If someone find a Solution to flash the NAND chips without the Recovery Mode then mail me please!
  • This Firmware Handling is the SAME on all Android or Embedded Devices like Openmips, Openwrt Routers ..

Ubuntu: Release Change

If you use Ubuntu on your Systems, you perhaps read last weeks about a new Release Version.

I am often asked, must i upgrade now?

My answere at first is not really, cause the new Versions are not cleaned up by all bugs and the User or Admin must recheck against the new advantages of the new Releases for production usage. I prefer to wait 3 Month after a Release by Ubuntu is published. But if you setup a very new Hardware your are often forced to take the LAST Release Version, cause it supports newest Hardware Chips by the latest Kernel (for example Laptop mixed Chips Wifi/Bluetooth/USB3.0).

Remark: You should read the „release notes“ of the Versions, cause this can prevent you from running into trouble or „black screens“.  DONT forget to Backup the old OS if you try to start the Upgrade. Fresh Setup’s are often smaller and more free of Bugs as „upgraded Systems“! Cause sometimes the old Configs are not all updated or replaced! (User-Homes). New Releases can allocate MORE Disk Space and offer new Call Home Sniffing Tools, RECHECK open Ports, running Processes and Privacy Settings!

On Companies you must always setup a „Lab PC“ for Testing the new Releases before rolling out the OS.

Print this Release Timeline out to be updated daily..

ubuntu releases timeline
ubuntu releases timeline

Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

It’s always the same problem with upgrade, cause deep changes
it is recommend to make a clean fresh setup of your PC with
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

Steps:
– backup Home files to a USB Disk / Stick without hidden folders!!
– format PC with Ubuntu Install Disk and make a fresh setup (Professionals take alternate disk!!)
– at Laptops with encrypted Disk make /var at same partition as root (/)!!
– change wanted settings like wireless/lan/speech
– update Ubuntu with Update-Manager!!!! and reboot!!!
– copy back Home Files to /home without Setting files and old cache(.*-Files)
– now test your PC

You should never use old hidden files (Settings+Cache) cause it can make
trouble with updated Programs

..enjoy nice Ubuntu 10.04..