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Kindle 3 Crash

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Published on Sep 9, 2010

My second Amazon Kindle 3 crash out of the three I've had so far. Eventually I persuaded it to come back to life, but it was more through luck than judgement. At the time I was staying in a hotel after my cousin's wedding, and I didn't have the paper instructions with me, or any access to the internet.

Amazon has now released updated Kindle software that some people are reporting has fixed the problem. If you're still running the software that shipped with the Kindle, version 3.0.0, see if the "Update Your Kindle" option is enabled (Menu->Settings, then hit "Menu" again.) If it is, it might well be worth trying the update. The upgrade takes 5-10 minutes.

More information in the Amazon discussion threads: http://amzn.to/aPyaz9

EDIT: In the end, it turned out to be Amazon's own leather case that was causing my problems. The basic case (the one without the reading light) has now been recalled. See here for a story on the problem: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-2...

Amazon replaced mine with the more expensive case with reading light, for free, and my Kindle hasn't crashed since.

Incidentally, if you're having problems rebooting /powering off a hung Kindle, just keep the switch held over to the "on" position for a *long* time -- longer than you might expect.

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