Alias1024
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Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:22 am

There seem to be a number of phone savvy people on here, so I thought maybe someone would know the answer to my question.

Why the hell does it take so long to do an update?

A new update came out today, and after downloading it informed me that it would need TWO HOURS to update and that it would be totally useless during that time. It then asked whether I wanted to schedule the update now, or for a more convenient time to have my phone be an overpriced paperweight. My computer only takes a couple of minutes, so why does a phone need hours?
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bill142
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:36 am

Sounds about right. BB OS upgrades can take their time. I've never had one take longer than 30 minutes however.
 
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:43 am

I once had to have my 8830 wiped clean, and start from scratch, but it only took maybe an hour. It almost sounds to me like you have some spyware or something on your computer that's slowing the whole thing down...
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:25 pm

Quoting Alias1024 (Thread starter):
My computer only takes a couple of minutes, so why does a phone need hours?

It's not the update itself, it's the backing up the device data and restoring it that takes the most time.

For over-the-air updates, the device information has to be copied to the flash memory, the core OS wiped, the new OS unpacked and configured, then the data restored and corrected... all that takes time because there is only so much memory bus available on the device to handle all those read/write commands.

Just remember your home PC has at least a 10x processing power advantage over a Blackberry or any other mobile device.
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:32 pm

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 3):
For over-the-air updates, the device information has to be copied to the flash memory, the core OS wiped, the new OS unpacked and configured, then the data restored and corrected... all that takes time because there is only so much memory bus available on the device to handle all those read/write commands.

That makes sense.

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 2):
It almost sounds to me like you have some spyware or something on your computer that's slowing the whole thing down...

Spyware on my blackberry?
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:46 pm

where does one get a software update, if available? I use a BB Tour for work
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RE: Blackberry Question

Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:00 pm

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 5):
where does one get a software update, if available? I use a BB Tour for work

My phone alerts me when one is available.
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