09-22-2008 12:23 PM
We are seeing a problem with our Blackberry application on one of our internal testing devices where somewhere within a long set of network operations done by our Blackberry Java application, the device loses connectivity until a hard reset is done. The phone works, but nothing network-related does. It is intermittently reproducible, and we have only seen it on one particular device, but would like to dig further into the issue in order to confirm whether it is a problem with our application or not.
The device is an 8800, OS version 184.108.40.206. The behavior the application is performing before/during this behavior is that the application is attempting to make an http request, the request appears to timeout (there’s a two minute socket timeout), and as such the application tries to create a connection to that server and send another request. Our application attempts to retry every two minutes for the period of up to an hour – if the connection still fails at that time, the operation is failed and nothing more happens. We know that while this is happening, the network connectivity is lost by the device – we know this because the user has a scheduled email that comes down every hour – the 1 hour update window, where the application updates the data, goes from 3-4 am, and the user has a scheduled email sent to them every hour – the 3:02am email reached the device, but the next one an hour later did not.
Note that one of the times this issue occurred, we saw the following error in the event log about 30 seconds before the connection stopped working:
Time: Sep 16, 2008 03:03:24
In this case, we had a request succeed at 3:03:27-3:03:37, but the next request at 3:03:37 timed out, and all subsequent requests timed out after that point, so this could be related to the failure.
The issue goes away via a hard reboot (i.e. pull the battery), and the device then works fine. When the device is in this semi-disconnected state, whenever a direct(non-MDS) network operation is attempted, or whenever the radio is toggled off then on, the following error shows up in the device event log:
GUID: <omitted by me – I hand-copied this from the log>
Time: Sep 15, 2008 14:57:13
STcr – 00000021
And the direct connection operation fails with an IOException. MDS operations generally just time out and cause no obvious errors in the log.
In addition, in the Network Status screen (accessed from the “Manage Connections” application), I see the following:
Voice Services: Available
Connection: Mobile Network
Blackberry Internet Service
Connection: Not connected
Blackberry Enterprise Server
Connection: Not Connected
Mobile Network edge
Mobile Provider T-Mobile
Normally both the internet service and the BES lines in this dialog say Connection: Mobile Network We have several questions:
Finally, note that so far we have only reproduced this on one device – there are two other 88xx devices we used to attempt to reproduce it that have not yet seen the issue, nor have we heard of this issue from anyone else using the app. This might indicate it’s some kind of OS issue we are aggrevating, but obviously this is just wild speculation. I checked the BES’s logs, and nothing unusual shows up there for this device.
Any suggestions/information/speculation would be appreciated.
09-22-2008 05:58 PM - edited 09-22-2008 06:01 PM
When the BlackBerry is in this state, do you see EDGE or edge on the home screen? Are the other test BlackBerry handhelds running the same BlackBerry handheld software version?
If so I recommend you reload the BlackBerry handheld software on the problem device. When using the Application Loader wizard click on the Advanced button and uncheck the box that backs up and restores data (note that this will remove all data from the BlackBerry).
09-23-2008 11:49 AM
The three test devices are significantly different versions of the OS - they are all 88xx devices, but the device where we can reproduce the issue is an 8800, and the other two are an 8820 and another 88xx which is neither 8800 nor 8820 (which I don't have access to right now) - they all have different OS versions, and I think are all different mobile providers.
It will take me a little time to reproduce the issue - once it reproduces again, I will let you know whether we see EDGE or edge on the home screen. I know that when the device is working correctly, the device says EDGE. What is the significance of the home screen saying "EDGE" vs "edge"?
Re: reloading the blackberry handheld software on the device, I am not familiar with that option in the Application Loader - does that do a wipe of the whole device? Is this any different than wiping the blackberry via Security Settings > General > Wipe Blackberry on the device?
We will try wiping the blackberry and reinstalling the application after gathering the information about the EDGE/edge when the network stops working.
09-23-2008 02:33 PM
EDGE means that the BlackBerry has Edge coverage and is connected to the BlackBerry Network (BlackBerry data service available). edge means that the has Edge coverage but is not connected to the BlackBerry Network (BlackBerry data service not available).
This Application Loader option is similar to doing a security wipe, with the exception that the application files are also reloaded.
09-25-2008 05:57 PM
We reproduced the issue again today, and confirmed that it says EDGE (capital letters)when the device is in the disconnected state. We will perform the wipe as our next step, then reinstall the application and attempt to reproduce the issue again.