As everybody knows by now, the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS is – well – still under active development. And even if RIM advertises their QNX based OS as un-crashable. (“It is even used in Nuclear Power Plants”).
Yeah, it can crash too….
So what do you? Removing the battery like you do with your BlackBerry smartphone is no longer an option.
If your BlackBerry won’t charge, check out the following:
Make sure you have installed the BlackBerry Desktop Manager on you computer (especially the BlackBerry USB driver which is included). Otherwise the BlackBerry will be recognized as an unknown USB device and won’t charge. If you do not want to install the complete Desktop Manager, do the following:
1. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog (http://catalog.update.microsoft.com)
2. Search for “Research in Motion BlackBerry”
3. Click “Add” and “Got to Download Basket”
4. Save the driver and unpack it.
5. Connect the BlackBerry and follow the instruction to install the driver from the location where you unpacked it.
If you are charging via your computer, make sure you have an external-powered USB hub. Otherwise there might not be enough power on the USB port, especially if you are using other USB devices as well.
Check the 5 Gold Pins where you insert the charger. They might have bent and prevent successful charging.
Try to replace your USB cable.
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In China and Hong Kong some providers offer to route a phone call through an IP network if you dial a special prefix before the actual phone number. As the routing through an IP network is cheaper, the rates for a call is in most cases way cheaper than a regular call. It is however very inconvenient as you have to initiate each call by typing the prefix and number instead of just selecting a contact from the address book. I figured out that it is possible to use the application BerryDialer, which is originally intended to use callingcards, for this purpose.
China Mobile IP Prefix (domestic long distance calls): 17951 (Note: to use this prefix, phone numbers must be stored without country code as China Mobile does not like a county code in domestic ip calls. The BerryDialer support told me they will add a feature to ommit country codes in a free update version soon.)
China Mobile IP Prefix (international calls): 12593 (You have to register for international calls first)
How to configure BerryDialer for this:
Now you can enjoy cheap IP phone rates without losing the comfort of easy dialing through your address book. BerryDialer is available for $19.99 at MobileSoftMarket.
Note: This is only an example for China and Hong Kong providers. Such a “cheap call-prefix” will most probably also be available in other courntires / with other providers. If you know, please leave a comment.
This program is still in the beta stage but the only GPS application for the BlackBerry which provides topographic on-device-maps without the need of any cell signal.
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Seriously – do you guys know about the name origin of your beloved device?
RIM settled on the name “BlackBerry” only after weeks of work by Lexicon Branding Inc., the Sausalito, California-based firm that named Intel Corp.’s Pentium microprocessor and Apple’s PowerBook. One of the naming experts at Lexicon thought the miniature buttons on RIM’s product looked “like the tiny seeds in a strawberry,” Lexicon founder David Placek says. “A linguist at the firm thought straw was too slow sounding. Someone else suggested blackberry. RIM went for it.” Previously the device was called LeapFrog, alluding to the technology leaping over the current competition, and its placeholder name during brainstorm was the PocketLink. The plural form of “BlackBerry” is “BlackBerrys.”