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Old 11-29-2007, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, great forum and great people offering great help. I'm a newbie lurking in this forum since last week after I got my 7100g. It's pretty nifty and I'm happy so far. I have a question about upgrading. Here it goes:

7100g came with 4.0 and the Service Provider support page had 4.1, so I upgraded. However I want to be able to transfer files back and forth and from what I understand it's possible after 4.2. The official BB page offers 4.3 for 7100g now but have this warning:
Note: If you did not purchase BlackBerry directly from Research In Motion (RIM), please contact your service provider to determine if this software has been authorized for use with your handheld.
My SP only has 4.1 for 7100g and I'm wondering if I do the "delete vendor.xml" trick and install the latest version from BB will it affect my BB in anyway? It's SIM locked and wecome screen and some of the settings come preloaded. I'm using my BB as a phone too sans BIS and I wouldn't want to end up with just PDA functions.

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Welcome to the BBForums, sokrat.

There is not 4.3 OS available for the 7100, yet. I believe you were looking at the download for the Desktop Manager.

You can upgrade your 7100g to ANY other carrier OS for a 7100g, or GSM network 7100. The latest version you can load is version 4.1.0.377. See what you have now at Options > About.
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Thanks for the quick reply. My 7100g has 4.1.0.292 (Platform 1.8.0.143). The BB support pages are pretty confusing, though. I was trying to find the device software and I must've ended up in desktop software. The reason why I want to do this is because the desktop software gave an error that said I had to have the same version on the phone to be able to do what I wanted which is to explore media files. Now I'm not even sure whether I can do that. I was just hoping to copy my pictures and ringtones to my BB since I don't have a data plan.
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You cant copy files back an forth like you want unless the device has OS 4.2 or higher. The 7100 does not have, and will never have OS 4.2. Sorry.
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To expand on that. The 7100's don't have enough memory to do everything that OS 4.2 or higher needs.
Pick up a GSM based 7130 and you can upgrade to 4.2 to add more functionality.

I think the 7130 series is based upon a scaled down 8700 series, it has a faster cpu and much more memory.
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