old amazon kindle registration issues…

We recently received a generation 3 kindle from my family. I did a factory reset, connected to wifi, and tried to register the device, but received an error about being unable to connect the device. Something like this:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.

Apparently, without a certain amazon update, older kindles can’t connect to the internet. To manually install this update:

  1. Find out what kindle you have
  2. Download the appropriate update file with a computer
  3. Manually install software updates

After installing the update, I was able to register the device using my amazon user/pass.

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