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Kindle Touch dead power button - funny workaround...

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Offline xpressoz
09 Jul 2014, 09:13 AM | Post: #1

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Kindle Touch dead power button - funny workaround...

I have a KindleTouch that after a while stop working, i could activate it only by conecting it to a usb and for a while was working after i repeted push the power button and last push was longer then stop working again even with this method, then not wakeup even when i connect it to USB. After 6 month + when he sit in a drawer someone told me that might work if i blow some air in the button and clear the dust that might gather under it.

And now starts the funny part. It seems that the battery was totaly depleted and after a long charge the Kindle touch started to wake up when connected to USB. I say, ok how can blow some air under the button, not haveing some air spray or something like that i blow it with my mouth (jokes on me [Image: smile.gif] ) and after two long blows the button started to work normaly, for a while.

And the strange part, after a day i tried the button again and was dead. Blow it again and didnt work imediatley, only a couple of minutes after, again, worked like new. Let it to enter in standby mode and some times wasnt wakeup only after i blew it again.

What i think is that the air having umidity too is creating condensed on the surface of the button and can make normal contact again. Dont know, but is reminding me of those remote control buttons that has the metal dust clean off from the plastic membrane and couldnt make a bridge between the metal lines on the circuit board.

Anybody knows what kind of button it has in there? part number/ type or something.

Let me know if this stupid method (Thank you Amazon!) works for you too or what could be that this method triger the button to work normally.

Thank you.
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Offline cazandra Reading
21 Jul 2014, 11:17 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Kindle Touch dead power button - funny workaround...

haha .. funny thing blowing it really works ..
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Offline lsdstoned
12 Mar 2016, 08:35 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Kindle Touch dead power button - funny workaround...

SOLUTION for power button not working,
Take apart your Kindle by watching this video (or another one if you have different model): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpdMFIs0TFY
Clean and brush thoroughly metal components around and behind the power button, as well as related parts on the motherboard. Put it back together. 

If this doesn't help, you can just turn off your screensaver, so you won't need your power button:
Get out of sleep mode by removing your battery, or by connecting your Kindle to computer by USB cable.
On Kindle 3, go to the home screen, press Del Sym, type ";debugon" and press enter. You will now be in debug mode.
Again, press Del Sym and then type "~disableScreensaver". You now have disabled screensaver. To enable it again, you will need to press Del Sym and then type "~resumeScreensaver". To get out of debug mode, type ";debugoff". 
NOTE: you do not enter the quotation marks!
On Kindle Touch, just enter "~ds" in a search box, you don't have to get into debug mode. You are disabling screensaver and sleep mode by doing this, your power button will stop working as well. To enable it, restart your Kindle by using Menu. I don't know the command.

P.S. Note that disabling sleep mode will cause more battery drain.

I hope it helps.
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