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New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-23-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Flashing Red LED

I just tried to update my 8800 to the 4.5 device software.  My 8300 updated fine and I was planning to update my 8700.  In the middle of the update, everything just froze. I unplugged the USB cable.  Now, the 8800 flashes twice, pauses, then repeats.  Is there anything I can do to resurrect my 8800? I had no SIM in the 8800, no media card, no Desktop manager.  Just the ApploaderWebSL-Upgrade.exe file that worked successfully on the 8300. The USB cable was plugged directly in the USB port - no hub used. And, the OS was restarted before attempting the upgrade.  Thank you for all your assistance.
Forums Veteran I
Posts: 2,036
Registered: ‎12-04-2008
My Device: 8900

Re: Flashing Red LED

I would wipe with this tool




And then reactivate with the desktop manager and your OS which you can find listed here




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New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-23-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Flashing Red LED

You have given me hope!  I will try that and advise you of the outcome.  Thank you!!
New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎01-23-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Flashing Red LED

After multiple attempts to get the first tool to work, it did not help.  I received a COM port error.


I had low bandwidth and was unable to complete the download of the desktop software after multiple tries.  I will try the second tool when I am in the mood to experiment more with the 8800.


This entire process has frustrated me, so I consider the 8800 a loss and will treat it as an experiment. 


I should have mentioned that I used a Windows XP SP2 machine to update the 8300.  I had no problems or concerns whatsoever with that update.  Everything went right the very first time I used the update, so when I learned that my 8700 and 8800 could accept the new device software, I decided to update all of my devices and give away the 8800.


I used Windows 7 Beta on an iMac via Boot Camp to update the 8800.  All the software ran as if I were on the XP machine.


The first time I ran the update on Win7, the software stalled when downloading the device software components. I attribute that to the bandwidth problem.  I clicked cancel several times, closed the program and reopened it.


When reopening the program, it would not identify the PIN.  I closed the program and reopened the program a few times.  Still no PIN, so I restarted the computer.  The PIN appeared.


During the second time I tried to update the 8800, the program stalled again, at a later point during the update this time.  I clicked cancel and restarted the computer.


On the third attempt to update the 8800, the program stalled again at a much later point, I believe during the ROM update.  This stall was much longer than the previous two, and longer than what I remembered with the 8300 update.  Clicking cancel would not work, so I pulled the USB cable from the 8800.  At that point, the update immediately reported that I had a fatal error and I saw the red flashing LED on the 8800.


I restarted the computer.  The PIN would not identify on the 8800. Fearing the worst, I tried the program with the 8300 and 8700.  The PIN was identified on both those units.  I went no further than that point with those units. 


The update kept hanging at certain points on the Win7 setup when things were smooth on the XP setup - I thought the problem was with Win7.


I never attempted to update the 8700, and after reading of all the problems others have had with their updates, I never will. 


I plan to purchase a dedicated WinXP box and experiment on the 8800. If I can get it to work, great.  If not, no biggie - it was the expendable BB. 


I will purchase an 8900 when it is available on T-Mobile.  It will take the place of the 8300.


I will not update the 8700.


Thank you for your help.  I hope this post helps others.

Forums Advisor III
Posts: 1,078
Registered: ‎05-26-2008
My Device: 8300

Re: Flashing Red LED



Pulling the USB cable in the middle of a ROM update WILL permenantly destroy the device...


Unfortunately the devcie is now permenantly destroyed.

Contact your carrier to organise a replacement. There may be out of warranty costs for it (if it is out of warranty!).


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