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Doing A Factory Reset On Your BlackBerry PlayBook

February 13th, 2012 No comments

There are many reasons why you need to regularly update your BlackBerry PlayBook’s driver, as well as do a factory reset on it. This includes preparing your device for rooting, downgrading or upgrading its OS, or even for fixing a nuked or bricked tablet. You will know that it will need resetting when it continuously reboots and the LED keeps on blinking even when it’s turned off. The good thing is, you can still fix such problems and you can start by doing a factory reset on your device.

Before beginning the process, keep in mind that doing a factory reset on your device will completely wipe off all information and data stored on your BlackBerry PlayBook. if you have any plans on downgrading/upgrading your OS or rooting your device, make sure that you make a backup of its data so that you can install them again after successfully finishing the process. When it is bricked however, there is no way that you can recover any of its data after doing a factory reset on it.

How to reset your PlayBook

When resetting your PlayBook, make sure that your drivers are updated as well as the latest version of the BlackBerry Desktop Software is installed.

  • Start the Desktop Software on your computer
  • Turn off your PlayBook
  • Connect your device to the computer via USB connection
  • After receiving the error message stating that the Desktop Software is unable to connect to your PlayBook, click the Update button and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Wait until the Desktop Software is finished downloading and installing the updated OS
  • After finishing with the update, choose the language, edit the time and sign in on your device using your BlackBerry ID.

Update Your BlackBerry Device Driver Manually

February 13th, 2012 No comments

BlackBerry is one of the most popular phones nowadays and with the number of new models released for the past few months, it is important for any BlackBerry owners to update drivers on their computer so that they can update their device’s OS or charge it via USB connection.

The BlackBerry USB drivers are available for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Servers 2000 to 2008. These drivers are readily available on the Windows Update site and by downloading them, you can charge your BlackBerry smartphone on your computer, even if you do not have the BlackBerry Desktop Manager installed.

Those who own older versions of the BlackBerry USB driver and has it installed on their computer, can go to the Windows Update site to download a driver update.

Why an update is important

An error message would appear every time a BlackBerry smartphone is connected via USB to a computer that does not have an updated driver installed on it.

Keep in mind that the BlackBerry Device Manager is will not be updated or installed when installing or upgrading the BlackBerry USB driver from the official Windows Update site.. Instead, it will be automatically installed with any third-party software or the BlackBerry device itself, which will require the BlackBerry Device Manager to operate.

How to update the driver

  1. Right-click My Computer and then select Properties.
  2. Choose the Hardware Tab and click the Device Manager option.
  3. Click the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand the available options.
  4. Right-click the BlackBerry Device and select its Properties.
  5. Choose the Update Driver Option.
  6. Select Install from a list or a specific location before clicking on Next.
  7. Uncheck the Search Removable media option
  8. Click the Include this location in the search option
  9. Select Browse and go the folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\USB Drivers and click OK
  10. Click Finish

Updating and Rooting Your Motorola To Android 4.0

February 12th, 2012 No comments

Apple is threatened by the increasing popularity of Android devices and with the continuous updates being released by Android, it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of consumers prefer buying Android smart phones over iPhones.

To make the most out of your Android device, you could root it so that you can install more apps, or you can update it to the latest Android 4.0 software version. If you own a Motorola smartphone, you will be happy to know that developers in the CyanogenMod community have made it possible for you to update it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although this is still in beta mode and there are bugs that should be fixed, updating your device’s software can do a lot, especially since Motorola uses old hardware.

Just like in updating your computer’s drivers, updating your phone’s software will give you a loft of freedom to do more on your phone.

Pre-requisites

Before proceeding with the rooting and update process, keep in mind that the process enumerated below is not applicable to phones that are locked to certain network carriers. If you force to do it on a network-locked phone, you may just do more damage to your device. Before updating your Motorola handset to the latest Android 4.0 software, make sure that you have successfully rooted it first and downloaded Google Apps on the device.

Instructions

  • Make sure that you have installed the correct driver so that your computer will recognize the device once plugged in via USB cable. Copy the downloaded ZIP files on your phone’s memory card.
  • Disconnect the phone from the computer
  • Enable USB debugging by going to Settings. Click Applications > Development >USB Debugging.
  • Turn off your phone.
  • Boot your phone into recovery by pressing and holding the X button, and by pressing the power button afterwards.
  • Go into the recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume UP button, and by pressing the Camera button.
  • Clear the storage of your device to clear out any data from your phone’s previous ROM
  • Select Install ZIP from SD Card, and choose the CyanogenMod file. The installation process may take from five to ten minutes.
  • Reboot your phone’s system to finish the installation process.

Since the Android 4.0 Software Update is not an official release nor it is supported by Motorola, make sure that you copy instructions carefully to avoid any problems.

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Updating Your Driver To Jailbreak Your iPod Touch 4

February 7th, 2012 No comments

Apple released its most recent OS update, which is the iOS 5.0.1 back in December 2011. The update included fixes for bugs that back then, were affecting Apple devices’ battery life.

If you have already upgraded you device to iOS 5.0.1, make sure that you also updated your computer’s drivers so that you can jailbreak your device without any problem. Before deciding to jailbreak your iPod Touch device, do keep in mind that doing so will void its warranty. Another important note worth remembering would be to not only update your drivers before jailbreaking your device, but also to back up your iPod’s data before proceeding with the process.

Why the need to jailbreak your iPod

There are many reasons why it would be beneficial to jailbreak your iPod because aside from being able to personalize your device the way you want it to be, you can also download apps that are not available in the iTunes App Store. Since Apple does not permit third party developers, jailbreaking your device will give you a wider range of options for apps to download.  You can even download YouTube videos on the internet and save it on your iPod.

What are the downsides

One of the downsides of jailbreaking your Apple device would be voiding its warranty with the company. However, if there’s any need for you to send it over for repair while it is still officially under warranty, you can always restore it to its original form via iTunes.

If one of your worries would be a quick draining of the battery after jailbreaking your iPod, you will be more than happy to know that only a few apps will do this to your device and third party apps only consume five to ten percent of your battery’s life.

If you have any plans of jailbreaking your iPod touch, make sure that your iTunes is updated to the latest version. You would also need to download a software program that would jailbreak your iPod for you.

What You Need To Remember When Updating Your Samsung Galaxy SL I9003 Firmware

February 6th, 2012 No comments

If you already have a Samsung Galaxy SL I9003, it will be a good idea to update it with an Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDKP1 or DDKP2 firmware to make the most out of your device. By rooting your phone, you can use third party apps, as well as allow it to access your system files. This will allow you to customize your phone and download apps that usually require root access to your device. Although this will void your Samsung Galaxy’s warranty, you can still restore it to its factory settings to reset the device.

What you need to know about rooting

Updating the firmware of your phone will not root it thus, will not void the warranty in any way. If however you have previously rooted the phone, updating its firmware will revoke the root access and the voided warranty will be reclaimed.

Special instructions to keep in mind

If you are currently using a custom ROM firmware, one of the first things that you need to do is turn off your device and set it to its recovery mode. This can be done by pressing both the Volume UP key + OK buttons simultaneously, together with the Power Button.

In the phone’s recovery mode, select the factory reset option or the Wipe Cache partition before finally rebooting your device.

 

Driver Update For Your Microphone

February 6th, 2012 No comments

The hardware devices of a computer that’s running on a Windows OS need a specific driver for them to work properly. With the correct driver, hardware devices such as the microphone, graphics card and sounds card, can communicate with the the computer’s other components, as well as the motherboard and processor. If you experience any problems and malfunctions on your device, one of the most probable reasons would be an outdated driver. By updating and installing the latest driver, you can fix the problem in no time.

Why update your driver

One of the reasons why you need to update your microphone driver is to make it compatible with your updated operating system. If you have an outdated driver in your system, chances are it will not function the way it was designed to. Once you update your microphone driver, Microsoft will automatically search for the most recent updates on the World Wide Web, and install them automatically on your computer.

Step by step instructions

If you want to update the microphone of your computer, below is a step by step instruction to do so.

1. Click the My Computer icon on the desktop. On the menu, click Properties for the system properties window to open.

2. Click the tab named ‘Hardware’ on the system properties window, and click on the Device Manager window. This will show different categories of available hardware devices on  your computer.

3. Choose the Sound, Video and Game Controllers option to open a menu of available devices. Double click the microphone to load the driver. This will open a device properties window.

4. Click the Driver tab and click the update driver button to initiate the driver update wizard.

5. Choose the Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software for Windows to locate updated drivers on the World Wide Web. Once it has successfully located one, it will install automatically.