Instructions for installing on any 8703 from any carrier:
1. Download the above OS file to the PC then install it to the PC by running (double clicking) the file you downloaded.
2. Go to c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader and delete the file named "vendor.xml."
3. Plug in BB and double click on "Loader.exe." It's located in the same place as the above vendor.xml file.
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it's done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 20 minutes at a time while the DM says "waiting for initialization."
If, for some reason, you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to the PC again and run Loader.exe again and it should load the OS to the device.
Note: On my drive home today I noticed my BB 503'd. Hitting reset brought it back to life. I've recently installed a couple of new apps, so I've removed them, but I'm thinking the most likely culprit is my addition of the Today theme.
If anyone else updates and uses the today theme, let me know if you have any issues. I've done this on all previous releases of 4.2 for the 8703e and had no issues. So if you see a 503, let me know, and I'll dig up another version of the COD and update my original post.
If you don't add the Today theme and see 503s, that would be nice to know too, since that then it would be an app/OS issue.
I am just a novice compared to most people on this forum, but I went to the RIM page just now to dowload the latest Desktop manager and it is version 4.5, not 4.3 as mentioned in this post. Not a big deal, just thought I'd mention this.
* just fyi * I had no issues with the upgrade...today theme was fine -
Today Theme? I looked for one but could not find it. Are you talking about the third party app? I tried it but wasn't that crazy about it. I'm used to the today screen on my pearl. I haven't seen any real changes since I did the update this am. The 8703 is my wifes phone though, so I'm not sure how much playing with it I will be doing after today.
Is there anything else that has changed that people have noticed?
Does anyone know if this will work with an Alltel 8703e? I have the v18.104.22.168 now, is it worth the upgrade? I've got the white screen of death before so I'm just trying to be cautious this time around