Tip: Get the latest BlackBerry Pearl firmware

May 27, 2007 | By | 15 Comments

Do you have a BlackBerry Pearl containing software 4.2.0.54/4.2.0.64 or older? If so your Pearl may have a few minor problems that are fixable with a simple software upgrade from RIM. The new software version fixes the following issues:

  • Memory leak issue
  • Disappearing emails
  • Call logs that are being erased
  • Delay in answering phone call
  • Slow media access time
  • Slow reset time

For instructions on how to upgrade the software click read more.

Found over at HowardForums

Instructions to do upgrade:

  1. Download software update
  2. Run and install the newly downloaded program.
  3. Do not mark the option to open Desktop Manager when finalizing the install.
  4. Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader and delete Vendor.xml
  5. Connect BlackBerry to USB
  6. Open Desktop Manager

You should be prompted for the update at this point. (If not select Application Loader) and you’ll get the prompt for the update.

You may also want to do a backup for your BlackBerry before doing the upgrade. Updating your firmware will not debrand your phone – you will still have the phone’s original carrier logo on there. It also will not void your warranty, nor will void your contract with your service provider.

Thanks to the folks over at HowardForums for originally posting this.  

Filed in: BlackBerry, BlackBerry OS, Pearl 8100 Series, Tips n' Tricks

  • tenferre

    my BB Pearl is Sprint and is the 8130 (not listed on software downloads for AT&T

  • tenferre
  • KJacRap

    Ha!  What a joke!  This software upgrade did NOTHING to fix memory leak problem.  I have version 4.3.0.97 and the memory problems are AWFUL.  It’s ONLY 8100’s & 8800’s.  Not any of the other Blackberry models.  Why does RIM continue to sell a product that has a KNOW defect?  Seems very underhanded to me.  I did not know about this problem when I bought my phone last year and I have another year to go before my upgrade.  I take mine in to Verizon every time I go to the mall.  It’s always the same.  “They” are working on a patch.  Right. The solution is to take the battery out constantly to try to stay ahead of the leak?  Am I the only one that thinks that is a ridiculous thing to have to do, in order to get the device that I paid $300 for to work like it is SUPPOSED to?  How about a RECALL since you can’t fix it, RIM?

  • Jooch

    do you know whats the lastest firmware for pearl 8110 mexico telcel?

  • Cindy

    I followed the exact steps described but when I tried to upgrade, the DM tells me that there is no upgrade required for my BB. Can somebody please please tell me why? I am desperate to upgrade to firmware 4.5 for my pearl 8100 to get the support for A2DP. Many many thanks to anyone who can email me with an answer.

  • igna

    did youfollow this step?
    “4.Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader and delete Vendor.xml”
    first time i didnt and the update didn’t promp automaticly. Erase that file and i supose it will be fine .

    by the way i see no email to answer you (emails are requiered to reply to the comment but it is not published along with your comment)

  • LA Tony

    how do I change carrier from Sprint to verizonon phone?

  • alex

    can someone help me i am trying to upgrade my bb 8100 to the operating system 4.5, but it wont let me i earased the vendor file and still it wont let me.. why is this??

  • http://www.etc.org.ro Mihai

    It happened to me as it did to Alex, but I erased the vendor file in the first time. What should I do?

    Thx in advance!

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