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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

Charge Your BlackBerry Device via PC

November 15th, 2011 No comments

BlackBerry smartphones have become a part of our daily lives because it is an all-in-one package with its ability to access email, personal calendars, Internet and others, all in one go. However, these features can drain the battery faster, making it important for BlackBerry users to seek other means of charging their phones.

Although BlackBerry devices can use USB connection for charging, a BlackBerry driver is needed before USB charging can be used. Since this process cannot be done anywhere, downloading the necessary driver from RIM is slow with it’s 90+MB memory. But if you are planning to do it at a computer that you do not own (public, office use, etc), there is another easier and faster process. That is, to install only the USB driver, so that the computer will recognize your BlackBerry device correctly and charge it accordingly.

Once downloaded, follow the instructions below:

  • Make sure that your laptop or computer is fully charged or is directly connected to a power outlet since your BlackBerry device will draw power from your computer.
  • Get the compatible USB cord and fit it securely on your BlackBerry phone and computer USB port.
  • Install the device’s USB driver using Windows Update. To check, you can look in the ‘Device Manager’ option in the My Computer folder.
  • Choose the ‘Properties’ icon and click on the ‘Hardware Tab’. Locate the ‘Universal Serial Bus’ controllers option and check if the driver is already installed.
  • Plug in your BlackBerry device and wait for your computer to detect it. If the driver isn’t yet installed on your computer, it would prompt you to install the needed driver.
  • Complete any installation necessary and leave your device plugged in until your BlackBerry phone is fully charged.

Aside from downloading your BlackBerry device USB driver, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.


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