07-10-2012 04:53 AM
Hello, I just got a BB Bold 9700 with OS5 and I was wondering if I upgraded to OS6. Can I do it on this phone? Did anyone had problems? Does it run well?
I just want to be sure to do it and that everything will work as well as it is doing now on OS5, Thanks!
07-10-2012 10:29 AM
Reports vary widely about how "good" moving to OS6 is for models that were released during the life of OS5. Devices designed during the life of OS5 had a smaller amount of maximum AppMemory, which is the most critical portion of all memory on a BB. Some folks report that, moving to OS6, they have much less room in AppMemory for their preferred add-on apps. The big challenge is that a configuration that is "good" for one person may be horrible for another person...each person has their own unique set of needs and desires.
Further consideration you must make is in regards to the significant GUI change from OS5 to OS6...it is very different, with almost everything changed as far as how you find it.
Another consideration is your preferred add-on apps -- every app must be specifically ported to every model number BB and OS level combination. So, if you have apps you like that the developer has not chosen to port to OS6, then you will lose those apps if you migrate up to OS6.
All of those considerations aside, if you wish to proceed, the simplest way is to, on a PC (you cannot do this on MAC):
1) Uninstall, from your PC, any BB OS packages
2) Make sure you have the BB Desktop Software already installed
3) Download and install, to your PC, the BB OS package you desire:
4) If that OS package is from a carrier other than the carrier for which your BB was originally manufactured, then delete, on your PC, all copies of VENDOR.XML (there will be at least one, perhaps 2)
5) Launch the Desktop Software and connect your BB...the software should offer you the OS package you installed to your PC. If, during the process, your BB presents a "507" error, simply unplug the USB cord from the BB and re-insert it...don't do anything else...this should allow the install to continue.
Don't forget to backup.
If you are on MAC, you are limited to only your carriers sanctioned OS packages...but can still use any levels that they currently sanction. See this procedure:
Good luck and let us know!