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Tutorial FW >= 5.11 Factory JailBreak (i.e., KT4)
#1  NiLuJe 06-04-2019, 02:23 PM
This is yet another entry in a long line of so-called "Factory" JailBreaks .
This short set of instructions is intended to be used in conjunction with the JailBreak Index thread, which should put this in context .

What Does It Do?:

This is the initial step in being able to run custom stuff on your device.

Latest Updates (06/04/2019):

v1.3, with FW >= 5.11 support (i.e., KT4).

PSA: All downloads have been moved to the Snapshots thread!

INSTALL:

JailBreak:
Spoiler Warning below







This assumes you are *already* running a *factory* firmware version. Refer to the JailBreak Index for more details.

First, download the K5 Factory JailBreak package from the Snapshots thread, then unpack it.

The instructions are then mildly different depending on the exact version of said factory FW.
Although, fun fact, the >= 5.11 variant also works on earlier FW versions.

Do note that some specific FW versions may have plugged this hole (f.g., 5.10.3 on the PW4).

If it's >= 5.11:

Copy the Merchant.zip file as-is (i.e., don't unpack it) to the top level of the visible USB storage, and then eject & unplug your Kindle.
In the search bar, type ;merchant and press return.
The device will then appear to hang for a while (let's say between 30s to a minute).
When the screen finally refreshes, a You are Jailbroken document will appear if the process was successful.
If everything went according to plan, you can now safely delete both that document and the Merchant.zip file, and follow the rest of the directions from the JailBreak Index.

If it's < 5.11:

Copy the main-htmlviewer.tar.gz file as-is (i.e., don't unpack it) to the top level of the visible USB storage, and then eject & unplug your Kindle.
In the search bar, type ;installHtml and press return.
The device should then reboot automatically.
A You are Jailbroken document will appear if the process was successful.
If everything went according to plan, you can now safely delete both that document and the main-htmlviewer.tar.gz file, and follow the rest of the directions from the JailBreak Index.



Last Updated: $Id: FJB_MR_THREAD 16030 2019-06-06 18:20:32Z NiLuJe $
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#2  ilovejedd 06-04-2019, 03:33 PM
Lol, had a look at following factory firmware versions:

PW3 5.8.9.0.1
PW3 5.9.6.1

PW4 5.10.0.1
PW4 5.10.0.2
PW4 5.10.1.3

KT4 5.11.0

All of them had the ;merchant command. I wonder how long that's been there.

Anyway, awesome work!
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#3  hius07 06-04-2019, 03:48 PM
The next one to check is PW4 5.10.3.
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#4  NiLuJe 06-04-2019, 03:52 PM
@ilovejedd: Probably very.

I had an eery dejà-vu feeling during the whole process yesterday, so I'm fairly sure this was also there in my original PW2 factory image -_-".

EDIT: Yuuup. .
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#5  ilovejedd 06-04-2019, 04:26 PM
Quote NiLuJe
@ilovejedd: Probably very.

I had an eery dejà-vu feeling during the whole process yesterday, so I'm fairly sure this was also there in my original PW2 factory image -_-".

EDIT: Yuuup. .
Lol, so pretty much any device with factory firmware can use the new method?

Comment on the ;merchant thing, it doesn’t actually reboot the device. It just looks like it’s hanged for a few minutes and then it returns to the previous screen. Unlike ;installHtml, ;merchant only does “restart framework” vs “restart appmgrd, restart x, restart framework”

Lol, I actually manually added “/mnt/us/You are Jailbroken.txt” into the Merchant.zip you PMed me. Just as I was getting reading to brute force restart the KT4, it kinda started functioning normally again and I saw the “You are Jailbroken” document.
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#6  NiLuJe 06-04-2019, 05:03 PM
Oh, yeah, I thought that was enough to include the progress bar (which most people assume means "reboot", hence the simplification), but it doesn't, that only happens when you restart lab126_gui or x .

(IIRC, a framework restart takes something between 30 to 50s, right? At least that's how I remember it from a PW2 on a release FW, so, eh, might take longer here ;p)

I'll amend that, thanks .
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#7  ilovejedd 06-04-2019, 06:07 PM
Quote NiLuJe
(IIRC, a framework restart takes something between 30 to 50s, right? At least that's how I remember it from a PW2 on a release FW, so, eh, might take longer here ;p)
Probably.

I was just staring at it for a long time waiting for it to restart the GUI like with ;installHtml. I think I had accidentally tapped on the display when I was reaching for the power button to force restart and lo and behold it was actually working normally. When I went to the home screen, the "You are Jailbroken" document was there (so at least I knew it did *something*). Device was probably back to normal way before I accidentally tapped on it.

I did glance at the script for ;merchant before I ran it on my KT4 but kinda stopped reading after the unzip -q ... line. Of course, it didn't occur to me to compare it with the ;installHtml script until after it "hanged" then started working again.
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#8  Au3C2 06-08-2019, 11:22 PM
I tried on my PW4 5.10.3, when I typed ";installHtml" and press return,nothing happended.
Did it mean that it dosent's work on PW4 5.10.3?
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#9  Au3C2 06-08-2019, 11:33 PM
So if I upgrade my PW4 to a higher version (like 5.11.2), is this method works??
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#10  ilovejedd 06-08-2019, 11:57 PM
Unfortunately, your Kindle is too new. There is currently no jailbreak available for PW4 on 5.10.3 or higher.
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