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Initial post: Jan 13, 2013 5:29:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 12:46:45 AM PST
Christian G says:
actully U CAN turn OFF the light completely.

Thanks to a bu..feature. ;o)

I now know thanks to Borrowman, that it works for more then just me so im rewriting from "it might work" to "it Does work".
I have also been tryig it many times now.

How to TURN OFF the light completely on Kindle Whitepaper:
1) connect your Kindle WP to your computer (I used Windows 7)
2) Eject the Kindle so it will leave USB-mode and only charge
3) Go to the main page on the device (maybe not important..)
4) Turn off your computer while the Kindle is still connected

What happens is.
At the same moment the computer is turning off its power, the Kindle will turn off its light. Im Skipping the technical reason why.

The SCREEN is awesome to read at whitout the backlight!
(yes we all know its a actually frontlight, i knew that before i bought it, But im used to write backlight and will prob do it when im not thinking about it. There should be more creative things to talk about)
But be free to complain if that make you happy.

!! There is something else you should know before you do this.!!
Another thing is that you can *not* put the device in standby mode when the backlight is off. But for many of us that is no problem with an e-ink display. Thats whats its for. If you want to save your battery as much as possible make sure to use Airplanemode.
Im sure you all know what that means with no forced standby. =o)

HOW TO get the light and Standby BACK ON:
Go to light settings and change it to something else and you will have light. But Still no Standby.
To enable both light and Standby plug in in to the USB and it will ALL go back to normal even standby.
(Its enough to plug in a charger and remove it)

I love debates when i have the time, as you can see in the thread =o), but for some reason this thread ended up with people defending the device that can NOT turn off the screen because the developer did a misstace. Then they later on changed the mauals from being able to turn it OFF to minimum..I completely understand that solution, its the cheapest fix! I would probably have done the same being in charge of the teams economy.

No one is saying that KWP is bad, we are unfortional users that want to be able to use the device as it was *designed* to be used ,
(To read on a screen with Zero usages of the battery for the screen. E-INK.)

There is no point trying to convincing us there is no need to turn it off, even when that is what Kindle was designed for.
It looks much better and cleaner with no light. and i can only say, please try it once and look for yourself to see the difference.
And there is no point for us trying to convince you that *you* must turn it off. If you want it on all the time when you read its up to you.

Some are also trying to convice that this might ruin the warranty.
What they are saying is that you, the users are not allowed to have the kindle plugged into the computer while you turn it off!
That means that the keyboard and mouse which also are pluged in to you computer as well have voided warranties? And the expensive Scanner..printer.
All you are doing is turning the computer off before leaving your home in the morning.
This is no jailbreaking, no rooting, no use off secret codes to unlock the hidden features in the KWP.

Im giving it a fare chanse by only posting it here on Amazone..

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 5:50:15 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I think that is a software glitch, related to the glitch that sometimes leaves the light on after the device has been put to sleep. A few weeks ago my PW light did not come on when I woke it. Did a restart and it came back on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 6:00:46 AM PST
saraf says:
What a convoluted giant pain in the butt that would be. And you can't put it in standby? I just don't get why people give a carp if the light is off. Just turn it down. The most awesome feature Amazon has ever added to a Kindle model and you're spending all that effort to disable it?

If you wanted a reader without the light (which is NOT a backlight, it's a FRONTLIGHT) why didn't you just buy a reader without the light? Boggles the mind.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 6:15:13 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
If your light is still on when the PW is asleep, do a reset. If the problem persists, your PW is defective and you should exchange it. It is normal for the light to continue to glow very faintly when set to "0" when the PW is awake, but it's supposed to go the rest of the way off when the PW goes to sleep.

This is not complicated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 6:15:54 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I agree with you. If I turn my computer off, it takes 5 to 10 minutes to get it turned back on and booted up LOL

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 6:23:23 AM PST
We never turn our computers off. Sorry, but this is a ridiculous thing to do. A properly functioning Paperwhite will turn the light off when the device is asleep. If that isn't happening, reboot it. In this day and age, there is no reason to turn off a computer, which for some components causes more wear & tear that can lead to other problems. Doing what is suggested has many possible ramifications, first of all issues with the USB ports on the computer. It's just silly as well.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 7:27:54 AM PST
Christian G says:
Jesus. =oD
This is just a first step in actually finding out why it turned off the light when the computer was turned off. And like i wrote, for now dont want too test more incase it was a onetime lucky shoot. This thread is to help someone else to figure out how to trigger this without actually turning of the computer. It could probably be done with a small program that send the correct USB command to tell a device to turn off.

Why would it be a loss not to be able to put Kindle in standy? Force me to see the commercial?..maybe. Save battery? maybe...but without constant use of the backlight and using the airplane mode it will not use to much battery to make it a pain in the ass.

Im confused..I assume you ended up in this thread.. because u searched for a solution HOW TO TURN OFF the light..? Most replies so far are more like WHY? IT SILLY! DONT BYE THIS IF U DONT WANT BACKLIGHT!

I bought KWP for the awesomoe screen and yes i DO like to be able to use backlight. BUT i also want to be able to turn it completely OFF. as so many thers do.
The only reason why Amazone...and their employee dont want that option is that it WILL NOT look as much as

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 7:30:44 AM PST
Christian G says:
.....much as white paper anymore. silly when it actually makes it look better in daylight.

Open a book and put it in standby and u will for a second see how nice it looks without the backlight..

If you dont want to turn off the computer i guess its enough to put put the computer in SLEEP sure u all use that? ;o)
what I actually did was HIBERNATE because i only had 3% battery left.

haha, how can turning off the power on the computer have ramifications, and issues with the USB? :o)
Its true servers is best left on. But turning off the laptop will not have so much impact during the 2 years its being used. Keeping it in a backback running around and holding it in one hand putting tension on the motherboard has probably more impact then the loss off power.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 7:31:47 AM PST
Mike says:
Sheesh! What's the point?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 7:33:28 AM PST
It's FRONTLIT not BACKLIT! Your first MISTAKE was in ASSUMING why people would END UP IN this THREAD! If you don't like the replies, MAYBE YOU should think about NOT ENDING UP here!

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 7:59:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013 8:00:24 AM PST
Christian G says:
Dittie, We all know the techinal solution is a frontlight layer. Many ppl are just used to use the word backlight including me.
Well how ppl ends up here is up to them. But I wouldnt search for threads when im not even interested in the solution itself. Just to write "whats the point?" and protect the original product.
No one is saying that the Kindle WP is bad, but ppl want a solution how to turn off the light to make it even better.

I have no complaints about disussions at all. I was just a surprice that people actually dont like to hear that you can turn off the light. Yes I know it is a pain in the ass to turn off the computer to do it. But as with everything, the first step is always not good enough.

The only purpose and reason with this thread is to share the knowledge so someone else can use this knowledge to make a better solution.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 8:04:40 AM PST
You're still ASSUMING that most people search ANYTHING here and THAT IT'S OKAY TO YELL AT ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH YOU! Get.Over.It.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 8:17:43 AM PST
saraf says:
I didn't search for your thread, or any thread at all. When I opened the forum this morning there it was on the front page. I read it. Just because I don't care about turning off the light on my paperwhite doesn't mean I can't read a thread posted to a PUBLIC forum about it. And have an opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 8:19:04 AM PST
saraf says:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 8:47:09 AM PST

AWESOME! This is EXACTLY what I've wanted to do since the first time I started reading on PW, turn off the light when I don't want or need it! For those wondering why I didn't "just get a Basic" I bought the PW over my kindle keyboard for the other new features, and especially the touch screen. The screen looks so much better in the ambient light I'm used to reading by. No more ads! Thank you so much for this solution! It works perfectly! After years of reading since the first Kindle came out, I can now enjoy the same beautiful screen I have been without that irritating light always being on!

I know the light doesn't affect everyone, and many come to this thread simply to defend Kindle, but for those here that find the light irritating (as I do), this works great. Whether power is saved or not, I still have to test, as it won't go into sleep mode once the light is off. For those wondering, yes, you can turn the light back on via the light settings, and if you desire to see ads or enable sleep mode, simply plug it back into the computer via usb to reset it. Works fine.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 9:10:38 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Using kludgy work-arounds is not a good idea. You can end up screwing up your devices this way.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 9:38:38 AM PST
Christian G says:
Thank you Borrowman!
This is exactly why i wrote this thread ! =o)
And thank you for testing more, now i know it was more then a lucky glitch.
What u descriped is exactly what i thought would happen. Now i can plug it in again knowing i can reproduce it.

There is no kludgy work-arounds here. All we are doing is turning of the computer before we go to bed. But I guess people at Amazone dont want users to power off their computers, already knowing about this feature. I understand that now...

If a Kindle CANT handle being connetced to a computer while it shutsdown. Its a really bad product that they should be suid for even relasing...?
I guess most folks in this thread want everyone to disconnect their Keyboard, Mouse, Scanner, speaker, headphones, Printers, wheels and bankID... from he USB and not only the Kindle before they turn off their computers.. oh... yes! sorry..why should anyone even turn off a computer..silly me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:41:27 AM PST
I guess you will be calling Amazon CS and screaming like a banshee when your Paperwhite is dead and the light is out forever, no?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:43:44 AM PST
No, most people here do not understand why you keep a product you are not happy with.

You could just wait until the next gen comes out if you are unhappy with the features.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:44:16 AM PST
You know it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:49:05 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
"But I guess people at Amazone dont want users to power off their computers, "

Amazon doesn't give a flip about when you power off your computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:53:28 AM PST
Every time you think you have finally seen the most absurd thing you could possibly imagine, you discover you are wrong.

Love my Paperwhites, by the way.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 9:54:45 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I laid in the bed and read last night with no lights on except for some battery operated candles. It was very relaxing. Love my Paperwhite.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 9:55:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2013 10:32:49 AM PST
I've just never understood all the angst about the light. If you are reading it during the daytime turning the light down to the lowest setting gives you a screen that looks just like that of the earlier models and provides the same reading experience. If it is dark and you want to read then you want the light even if at the lowest setting, even for those whose eyes are soooo sensitive. And really, if someone's eyes are that sensitive to light they won't be reading at night anyway, and when the PW is in sleep mode the light is off, so the problem is moot.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 9:57:43 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
This whole thing smacks of "gotta root it-itis." The compulsion that starts with kids taking clocks apart, and continues to the point where no electronic device is purchased without the thought of rooting it or changing/"improving" it in some way, just for the sake of being able to say they can, big whoopee. And of course, when they frick it up, whine about how the device was carp to start with, otherwise their brilliant dicking with it would have worked. No matter how old they get, they're still children.
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