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Old 06-23-2008, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Latest OS: 8703 4.2.1.201/4.2.1.119 (CDMA)

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The 4.2 device update is out for Sprint (4.2.1.119). This will work on any carrier's CDMA 8703 Handheld device.

Pkg Ver: 4.2.1.201
App Ver: 4.2.1.119
Plt Ver: 2.3.0.25

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads...BB765225CE8C0E

Instructions for installing on any 8703 from any carrier:

1. Download the above OS file to the PC then install it to the PC by running (double clicking) the file you downloaded.
2. Go to c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader and delete the file named "vendor.xml."
3. Plug in BB and double click on "Loader.exe." It's located in the same place as the above vendor.xml file.

The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it's done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 20 minutes at a time while the DM says "waiting for initialization."
If, for some reason, you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to the PC again and run Loader.exe again and it should load the OS to the device.

Previous latest OS thread: http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...-110-cdma.html

This OS is still missing the Today theme files -- I've created and attached the COD & ALX you will need to load on your device for Today themes to work.
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Note: On my drive home today I noticed my BB 503'd. Hitting reset brought it back to life. I've recently installed a couple of new apps, so I've removed them, but I'm thinking the most likely culprit is my addition of the Today theme.

If anyone else updates and uses the today theme, let me know if you have any issues. I've done this on all previous releases of 4.2 for the 8703e and had no issues. So if you see a 503, let me know, and I'll dig up another version of the COD and update my original post.

If you don't add the Today theme and see 503s, that would be nice to know too, since that then it would be an app/OS issue.

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Old 06-23-2008, 07:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Newest Desktop manager is 4.5, rather than 4.3

I am just a novice compared to most people on this forum, but I went to the RIM page just now to dowload the latest Desktop manager and it is version 4.5, not 4.3 as mentioned in this post. Not a big deal, just thought I'd mention this.
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep - forgot 4.5 was officially released last week. I'll update the original post ;)

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Old 06-24-2008, 09:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The 4.2 device update is out for Sprint (4.2.1.119). This will work on any carrier's CDMA 8703 Handheld device.

Pkg Ver: 4.2.1.201
App Ver: 4.2.1.119
Plt Ver: 2.3.0.25

This OS is still missing the Today theme files -- I've created and attached the COD & ALX you will need to load on your device for Today themes to work.
The Vodaphone Today theme IS included in this release, file name "net_rim_theme_120_today_320x240_w.cod".
I just had to delete the vendor.xml file, then edit BlackBerry.alx to include it.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep -- that's the COD I included above. I don't know why this file has been missing from 4.2 CDMA releases.

I thought it would be easier for most users to just add it in afterwards with the app loader than editing the blackberry.alx file

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The previous latest OS thread listed the improvements. Any noticeable changes between 4.2.1.110 and 4.2.1.119?
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Does anything happen if you don't delete the vendor.xml file?
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luvmousie, if your BB is a Sprint-branded device, and this OS is a Sprint release, there is no need to remove the vendor.xml file.

If you do remove it, still, there is nothing that will happen, no change occurs in any file in the OS upgrade.
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Does anyone know what was changed in this version? And How do I add the today theme to my handheld? When I click on the Today Theme should I open or save?
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I don't know the changes.

Is the Today theme loaded in your Options > Themes? If so, click on it, and close the screen that theme should be active.
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Its not in my option/themes
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Does anyone know what was changed in this version? And How do I add the today theme to my handheld? When I click on the Today Theme should I open or save?
It's in the original post -- download the attached ALX/COD and load it in the Application Loader.

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It's in the original post -- download the attached ALX/COD and load it in the Application Loader.

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What are you talking about? The original post was for a differant version? If your talking about the fist post in this thread then read it and you mistaken
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:42 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The previous latest OS thread listed the improvements. Any noticeable changes between 4.2.1.110 and 4.2.1.119?
Not sure on this either - I just upgraded last nite - everything seems the same but slightly smoother - still going thru everything - if anyone notices anything please post -

luvmousie...I believe the vendor file needs to be deleted if you are not a sprint customer in order to see the upgraded software on the DM.

* just fyi * I had no issues with the upgrade...today theme was fine -

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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will this os work in a 8700 as well?
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No. 8700 needs an 8700 OS. 8703 won't work on an 8700.
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* just fyi * I had no issues with the upgrade...today theme was fine -
Today Theme? I looked for one but could not find it. Are you talking about the third party app? I tried it but wasn't that crazy about it. I'm used to the today screen on my pearl. I haven't seen any real changes since I did the update this am. The 8703 is my wifes phone though, so I'm not sure how much playing with it I will be doing after today.

Is there anything else that has changed that people have noticed?
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Does anyone know if this will work with an Alltel 8703e? I have the v4.2.1.110 now, is it worth the upgrade? I've got the white screen of death before so I'm just trying to be cautious this time around
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Hi All,

Can someone please let me know what fields need to be edited or added in the blackberry.alx file specifically for the "today" theme to load properly?

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