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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 11:10:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2012 11:11:50 AM PDT
Rogue says:
Linda. If you have an Android phone try using your phone charger. If it works the problem is with your charger. Also try wiggling the connector and holding to see if lights come on. If you have a USB to micro USB cable try connecting to your PC through USB port. I had this problem about a month ago and it turned out to be the connector in the Fire itself. Called C/S at Amazon and had a replacement Fire the next day. Glenn.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 11:38:18 AM PDT
Mark Twain says:
I've found I need to unplug and replug sometimes. Also, be sure you're using charger that came with Fire. It needs more power than many of the android chargers I have lying around.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 11:39:49 AM PDT
Mark Twain says:
Hold down power button for 20/30 seconds till turns off by itself. This will reset.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 12:19:20 PM PDT
Nicole says:
I'm surprised no one has put out a Kindle Fire keyboard in the App Store yet. I want to try a different one. Like I have on my Smartphone. With my phone, there is about 10 different free keyboard apps to install and use. I am looking forward to that for the Kindle Fire but keep checking the App Store for one and nothing. Does anyone know of any that can be downloaded from a different source that will work with the Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 12:20:31 PM PDT
Can you tell me how to delete web from my carousel? I think I have everysingle thing open! Also Do you know how to delet books oof the Kindle?

Beth

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 12:21:56 PM PDT
Cream City says:
Glenn, I just went to my Amazon account for another reason (changing credit cards), under Manage Addresses and 1-Click Settings, and I see on the right a button labeled "Mobile 1-Click Kindle Fire" with "Turn Off 1-Click." I hope that helps on how to find this function.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 12:24:18 PM PDT
I need this too. Have you figured it out?
Beth

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 12:48:37 PM PDT
Cream City says:
Linda, Glenn has several good suggestions. As there are several, allow me to reiterate one that has been the cause of my KFire not charging a couple of times: I forgot to wiggle the connector when I put it in the port. (And then I forgot to double-check by watching for the light to come on, usually several seconds later.)

To others, is the looseness of the connection common in Kindles or just in mine? I never have had that problem with other USB port connectors. Mine also seems to need to be sort of forced sometimes, which makes me nervous that I'll wreck it, but it needs to be done or does not connect.

(I do wish that the connector would be like my IPad and IPhone connectors in not needing to go in only one way up, as it's hard to see the only-slightly-raised indicator of which way is up. Hmmm, I think that I need to get out some old nail polish or something to mark it?)

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 1:41:17 PM PDT
Does anyone know how to adjust the brightness to be able to read in the sun? I have tried the white on black abut that doesn't help. My glass surface acts like a mirror. I can only see myself and not the text in sunlight. I bought the kindle fire to be able to read at the beach. The older kindle was great at the beach. so far I love my fire except for the glare. Please help.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 2:46:15 PM PDT
@David: The Fire can never be as easy to read at the beach as the e-ink Kindles, unless you sit in the shade. It has a backlit LCD screen like a computer screen. Some people have tried anti-glare screen protectors with some success for them.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 2:52:49 PM PDT
Cream City says:
David K. Jordan, if you just bought the Kindle Fire without first researching its different screen, i.e., that it cannot be read in sunlight, you can return it. Call Amazon CS.

That is, unless you have a tree on that beach to try it in the shade.

Maybe a beach umbrella helps; I have yet to have had a trip back to a beach to try it. But the shade of my backyard tree helps somewhat.

(However, we just purchased a KTouch, too, which will give me better outdoor reading.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 2:56:29 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Cream City. My Fire started out with the connector not seating properly requiring me to wiggle and find just the right spot to connect. Things got progressively worse very rapidly from there. Within a few days I could not get the charging light to come on at all. I tried other cables and chargers form my Android phone and my Kindle Keyboard with no luck. I also tried tethering to my PC and was unable to establish a connection. Kindle Support overnighted me a replacement and were very adamant that I return my used charger along with my dead Fire. Seemed I was not among the first to experience connector problems. I agree the connector could perhaps be "beefed" up a little but in the interim I am using extra care when using the connector being sure not to not put any undo strain on the tab. Glenn

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 3:01:52 PM PDT
Rogue says:
David, If the ambient light is greater than the Fire's back lighting it will become unusable. This is true of any device using backlit screens. My wife's Ipad and my Droid phone suffer from this. I have a Kindle Keyboard which I will always keep to use when reading by the pool. Glenn

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 3:45:54 PM PDT
Nicole says:
I recently started having the same problem. I will plug my KF into the charger and the light does not go on. I check and nope its not charging. So I unplug it and plug it back in and still nothing. I wiggle it, nothing. Turn off my KF and plug it in again, finally it goes on. Weird cuz my KF never had this issue before until just recently. Its happened on 3 different occasions now but does not happen everytime I charge it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 3:48:02 PM PDT
Nicole says:
Thanks Glenn. I like Mizilla because I have always used it on my PC. I would love to give it a try on my KF.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 3:54:31 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Nicole. One problem I've come up with FF is Flashplayer doesn't work. The Maxthon free browser in the appstore actually is a decent browser. Been playing with it this afternoon. So far Dolphin HD 7.6 is still out front in my book. Glenn

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 4:12:50 PM PDT
Cream City says:
Oh, oh, Glenn -- about the connector, mine has worked most of the time for a few months now, since I got my KFire. I don't notice any decline in succesfully connecting, overall, although I will monitor this more closely. But if it's just an occasional poor connection, ought I just hang onto the Kindle Fire that I've got, do you think? Do you still occasionall have poor connections and wiggle the connector to make it work? Thanks for your thoughts on this, before I add even more apps and more to my KFire that I then would have to reload, if I returned it for a different one. (I know that the books could be reloaded from the Cloud, all at once, but I gather that is not necessarily so regarding all of my apps.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 4:42:20 PM PDT
I am having the same frustrating problem!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 4:55:55 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Cream City.If your connector is working than your fine at least for now. Just be gentle and avoid any undue stress on the connector. The connector tab in the Fire is apparently a potential area of concern so avoid pulling on the cable accidentally and be nice when unplugging. Don't just yank it out by the wire. It should last and feeling a little loose is normal. When or if it starts getting harder to make proper contact then you should be concerned. Your apps will be in your cloud as your books if it becomes necessary to replace. There are also some backup apps you can get as well to save browser bookmarks etc. Glenn

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 5:03:12 PM PDT
Cream City says:
Thanks, Glenn -- including for reminding me about those backup apps that I read you and others writing about here, I remember, and now I know why! And of course, doing so also would be wise because many other things can happen that would mean rebuilding my "bookshelves" on a new Kindle Fire. Just last week, my son had his cellphone stolen from his car, and in a busy week, he had to find time to restore a lot of apps on a new one . . . in addition to the time that it takes to deal with police reports, insurance reports, etc.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 7:48:02 PM PDT
Has anyone had a problem with the Kindle Fire battery not holding a charge? It works while connected to power source - but not when disconnected.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:03:40 PM PDT
@Mona: Try performing a hard reset on your Kindle Fire. Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds and then release. After the device has completely turned off, press the power button to restart your Kindle Fire.

You should try that with the Fire unplugged from all power sources, but if you feel that you can't do that, then try it while it is plugged into a power source.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012 8:30:06 PM PDT
Which Kindle has the read out loud feature for book pages?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 8:58:09 PM PDT
@H. William: All the e-ink Kindles have text-to-speech except the K4, the small non-touch one with no keyboard, plus the Kindle Fire does not have it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 10:09:52 PM PDT
Mark Twain says:
Mona, you might want to try one of the free battery apps like BatteryTimeLite that gives you detailed battery information like percentage and temperature.
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