Kindle 3 broken E ink screen replacement tutorial

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My 4-year old Kindle 3’s E ink screen started to freeze and the usual slide and hold method ceased to work. One of the worse days of my life. Hours of stalking forums for solutions could not help resuscitate my precious Kindle. As the Kindle withdrawal effects start taking place, I started rolling on the floor, screaming NOOOOOOOOOO! I lacked audience. I needed some disapproving eye rolling feedback so I Skype my S/O and continued my annoying act. He hung up.

A week of dramatic cries and a dozen of burgers later, I decided to seek other solutions. Things started to look up and I had lesser breakdowns. Terrible me stopped kidnapping my neighbour’s dog and attempt to feed him expired catnip. I have to thank my long time confidant, Google for this.

I usually prefer repairing instead of binning things over a minor damage and it was one of my earliest gift from my S/O too. More reason to get it fixed. I got my Kindle 3 replacement E ink screen online for USD $20. IKR?! It’s only $20 thus it was worth a try =)

In a nutshell

  • All you need is just a Phillips screwdriver.
  • Watch the Kindle screen replacement video before you begin.
  • Remove all screws at sight. There are like a dozen or more of them.
  • Remove battery
  • Unlock all four cables
  • Lift it up and you’ll see your screen
  • My screen is secured with light adhesive (no screws involved)

Bob the builder! Can we fix it?

Tip: Take photos as you go. With so many screws and a few parts to keep track off, the photo will be your reference to get things back where it should be.

Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

My S/O didn’t think I could do it (terrible bugger) so I was really happy when I saw this screen. Phew!

broken Kindle 3 screen

The culprit!

broken Kindle 3 screen

It is not as scary as it looks. I let the Youtube step by step video run as I work on mine.

broken Kindle 3 E ink screen

Drum rolling…

And its alive!

It’s a fairly easy and straightforward process and it cost me only $20 to get my beloved Kindle 3 up and running again. My Kindle 3 and I lived happily ever after. And my S/O is temporarily relieved of my cray cray antics until am up to something random again. His eardrums deserve that 8 hours of sound rest.


PS: Hope you enjoyed my fiction. It’s for amusement purposes only. My tutorial seemed a little too short for my liking so I decided to torment my readers with some my usual lame style of bantering.

PPS: My S/O does not hang up on me IRL for he knows I’ll turn into a Gojira if that ever happens =) The technical part of this entry are as real as my dead cactus shown above =)





Try a bug or two

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Try Thailand’s edible insects before you write it off. The silk worms are actually not that bad. Scorpio are a nay for me due to their sharp & hard exoskeleton. If you’re keen on exploring more exotic street food, do give Philippines’s balut a try, Taiwan pig’s blood cake or Google for a list of unusual Asia dish. My list is definitely a work in progress =)

Travel by train

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Do it at least once for the old-fashioned charm this rail transport carries. My friend and I decided to go all out Hobo on our trip. We slept at ferry stations, took trains and buses. Busk at random public areas with numbers from John Lennon and The Beatles.

Spotify’s Musical Map

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After exploring the map for an hour, I’ve discovered quite a few pieces which I would not have stumbled upon by myself nor by browsing through mainstream charts that I’ve begun to doubt its creditability in this age of fragmented consumption. This is furthermore evident from the playlist that I’ve pulled out from what each locale deemed popular.

I have always been a fan of geographic information system (GIS). Spewing data into my favourite form of perspective: geo visual.

Had a good time laughing (how quirky of me) and discovering the fascinating differences that Spotify have compiled for our muse based on their data of almost 20 billion songs. This is definitely an interesting way to travel between cities and it didn’t cost me any extra pretty penny aside from my current subscription.

The link will take you to your web-based Spotify.


Updates: A music lover friend of mine, Jason suggested using this map to explore good music by following places where music festivals are held. Think Red Rocks and Coachella. That’s definitely another interesting way to utilize this map which I would not have thought of. And naturally, New Orleans for Jazz. Gotta love ‘Louisiana Fairytale’.


Volunteering with EPIC Homes

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Something about honest hard work in my six days stint with social enterprise Epic Homes felt rewarding. I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to return for my second build. The phrase ‘help yourself by helping others’ pretty much sums up what I had experienced in Kelantan. I have accumulated innumerable of positive experiences from this project that I could not possibly list them all down. Sometimes when we get lost in our quotidian chores and responsibilities, we tend to get disconnect with the community. We take simple pleasures for granted or is aware that there’s more to life than just Starbucks and Facebook. EPIC Homes help bridge that gap by providing inexperienced volunteers an opportunity to build homes for the rural dwellers.

One of a kind ride

One of a kind ride

The project I’ve signed up for is located in Kampung Serasa, Kelantan. Eight hours of bus ride from KL and 45min of rocky lorry commute into a secluded area, we found ourselves in a small quiet village. A village that will have 14 new flood resistant homes to replace the ones that was washed away by last year’s flood.

Using their feet to straighten the wood while the others secure it down with nails

To be a part of an awesome community project and witness a house being erected from the ground up – priceless. For both builds, I got to work with floor team. Being in a team consisting majority of women, I had no issue getting all fussy about the planks. Every time we lay a plank down and assess its finishing, we would discuss as a team if we were happy with it or opt for a better plank. We fought with tooth and nail to get these wood align the best we can. These girls had no clue how overjoyed they made me when they cared and played along with me when it came to giving the best we can. As a result, we could not be any happier with ourselves at the final product. Once that is complete, we started working on the foyer, stairs and walls, sequentially.

EPIC did a splendid job churning out good master builder and supervisors. They knew how to guide, facilitate and split the work among teammates. Good leaders naturally result in high morale teams. For the floor team, we had Uncle Boey, a funny retiree that was easy to work with. We were given space to make mistakes instead of fearing of making any. A huge chunk of the volunteers were first timers, and making mistake was the fastest track one could hop on to master anything quickly. The rule of thumb is to look at the mistakes as lessons and learn from them. A piece of advice I constantly dish out to my fellow teammates in my second EPIC stint.

Wood flooring

I will not lie, it’s labour work under the hot sun, but we are allowed rest as and when we require it. It’s not a boot camp as the organizer regularly remind us. To me, it’s a fun kind of labour work, as you get to make awesome new friends, learn how to use various type of power tools and learn how to solve problems on the fly. I had an enjoyable time trying out various power tools ranging from jig saw, drop saw, impact drivers and circular saws. My fear of heights was constantly being tested as well as I had to work on bare steel structure and move between floors via the scaffoldings.

The facilities and food sponsored by Prudential – surpassed anyone’s expectation when it came to living it rough. It felt more like glam camp than it was camping to me. We had constant access to water, cool drinks, snacks and food. Sleeping arrangement was comfortable and spacious. We have mobile lavatory equipped with sink and mirrors, much like the ones you would see in a mall. By dusk, we have various sort of entertainment along with those brought by the volunteers.

All in all, I have definitely enjoyed myself and would return back again.