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Aug. 6th, 2010 @ 09:21 pm Nokia firmware upgrade - an experience (to loath for this time)!
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I recently was served a lot of love by my Nokia E63 while trying to upgrade its firmware. Just documenting it here, it will help somebody someday. Do read this article in full before attempting anything written here. Anything not mentioned as safe is destructive by default. When in doubt, don't try! You are responsible for your actions. You are warned.

What you will need:


  • A nudge tweet from initrd indicating a new firmware is available, actually no, you can do without. You can look it up yourselves here .

  • Some lethargy, actually no, you can do without.

  • Put necessary things in place like, 'fully charged phone'. See below list.

  • Data cable.

  • Time to back-up.

  • Upgraded Nokia PC-Suite.

  • Upgraded Nokia Ovi Suite.

  • Fully charged phone.

  • Memory card with enough space for data backup.

  • Accessibility to Google.

  • Decent bandwidth to download updates. They are big by the standards of your phone memory size. 100MB on an average.

  • Redundant powered / laptop running Windows.



What you need to do:


  • Choose a convenient time ( a few hours, in case things go bad like it did with me), 45 mins for smooth upgrades.

  • Before the time arrives, read about backing up.

  • Before the time arrives, restoring the backup.

  • Before the time arrives, charge the phone in full.

  • Before the time arrives, use code *#0000# on the phone to see the firmware details and write it down.

  • Before the time arrives, charge the laptop / UPS in full.

  • Before the time arrives, backup the card, first.

  • Before the time arrives, backup the phone to the card. Delete some data if you need more space. Don't ignore this! Hint: go for MP3s first.

  • Before the time arrives, backup to laptop first.

  • Before the time arrives, upgrade PC Suite to the latest.

  • Before the time arrives, upgrade Ovi Suite to the latest.

  • Times have changed you need to upgrade the phone firmware using Ovi Suite. Fire up the Ovi suite.

  • Before you start with the process please, remove the memory card so that nothing overwrites on that for any reason.

  • Go to menu Tools > Software updates.

  • Follow the flow. Conect the phone, mouse clicks as appropriate ...

  • It will download the Nokia phone Software updater. Then the firmware itself. Then write it to phone.

  • Simply put as a process. It will 'update the firmware'. This is a 'one-flow-process'. No part processes. No disconnecting on the phone.

  • If 'all iz well' then you should be stopping about here and use the Ovi suite to restore your backup. Will not be writing about restoration.

  • Before you restore use code *#0000# on the phone to see the upgraded firmware details.



If you are reading further probably something did go wrong! Sorry for you. :-( Read-on.

Ideas to try when things go bad:


  • You might have partial issues where the basic phone works but other essential (like: GPRS / wifi) / fancy or trivial (like: camera, date, timezone) will be behaving like nuts.

  • For trivial / fancy issues do Google around first before tinkering. Search for the problems faced. Forums will be loud with those if it is a widespread / known issue.

  • For essential stuff you will need to try your hand.

  • Try the upgrading process again a couple of times. It may work.

  • Try restoring backup maybe a couple of times. It may work.

  • Try soft reset by keying in, *#7370#, before you try to restore backup, check to see if your essential part works now, example wifi. Restore backup from laptop.

  • Try hard reset by keying in, *#7780#, before you try to restore backup, check to see if your essential part works now, example wifi. Restore backup from laptop.

  • Try soft reset by keying in, *#7370#, before you try to restore backup, check to see if your essential part works now, example wifi. Restore backup from memory card.

  • Try hard reset by keying in, *#7780#, before you try to restore backup, check to see if your essential part works now, example wifi. Restore backup from memory card.

  • If you reached here, then a visit to a Nokia Care center is recommended.

  • All the best.



Some link I found useful:

http://www.master-reset.com


Ah! Done.

Wanted to write this so so so much. Nice to find myself at the end of this article.

Do let me know what you feel about this. Have something easier, hints, ideas, lemme know by commenting. Also, let me know if this post helped you.

-V
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