In all the excitement to simply use the new 8900 and install my favorites apps, I had totally forgotten about the vendor themes that ship with the firmware, normally hidden because of your vendorID. While using my old 8300, I had gotten used to editing blackberry.alx, and either adding "100" (for T-Mobile) to the vendorID lines that determine which themes are loaded.
Now - with the 8900 - I thought to check out the same possibility. Seems that, as with all prior BB's, there are a number of vendor-based themes that ship with the firmware. Most are not loaded, because they specify vendor ID's other than 100. Here's where my memory of the process fails me:
1) As I reported earlier, for some reason, I was able to load the beta .152 OS, production .152 OS and new production .168 OS into my 8900, all without ever having deleted my vendor.xml -- weird, huh? Something is a bit different here...
2) I just went to edit blackberry.alx, and I first tried ADDING vendor ID = 100 to all the lines that control theme file loading. I saved and closed the file, fired up BB Desktop and the app loader, and after scanning my machine and the available software, determined that there's nothing new to load.
3) I edited blackberry.alx once again, this time REMOVING the vendorID line for the theme loading code blocks (another trick that always worked before). I fired up BB Desktop and app loader again -- and got the same results (nothing).
I'd love to see the 8900 themes for the other vendors, and I know it should be possible. What step am I missing here?