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Appendix A: USB Debugging, Screenshots, And Rooting

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Amazon doesn't include drivers that support the native Android Debug Bridge for Android's SDK, which means you need to perform a manual modification for Windows to recognize the tablet (a necessary step if you want to take screen shots on it).

  1. Turn on "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources" and "Enable ADB"
  2. In Windows, put following device descriptions into the [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] sections of extrasgoogleusb_driverandroid_winusb.inf:
    ;Kindle Fire
    %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0006
    %CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01

    ;Kindle Fire HD
    %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0007
    %CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USBVID_1949&PID_0007&MI_01
  3. Add 0x1949 into the .android/adb_usb.ini file in the Home directory by using following command from the shell prompt.
    In Windows:
    echo 0x1949 >> %HOMEPATH%.androidadb_usb.ini
    In OS X:
    echo "0x1949" >> $HOME/.android/adb_usb.ini 
  4. In Windows: Restart. Plug in the tablet, and when driver installation fails, select "Have Disk" under "Device Manager." Select the driver named "Composite ADB Interface."

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