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    Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

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    Since the original instructions thread is getting extremely long and hard to read. I have created a straight line list of the steps required to activate hidden Vendor themes. As I can’t test this on the 8130 and there have been reports of errors being generated when the original instructions are followed, be carefull about using this one on the 8130.
    Here is the legend for the
    • A = HandHeld VendorID
    • B = Platform Version Number
    • C = Application Version Number
    • D = Release Package Number
    • E = HandHeld Device Model Number.


    1. Determine your Vendor ID and Operating System Version
      1. On your BB, Open the Help Me Screen, (Press and Hold the ALT key while typing EACE
      2. Record the Vendor Id, and Version informaton (Items marked A, B, C, and D in Figure 1)
        Figure 1.
    2. Connect your BB to your PCOpen your Desktop Manager (DM), select BackUp and Restore
    3. Select Backup and complete the process.
    4. Disconnect your BB from the PC, but be sure the backup has finished.
    5. Now Open the DM Help/Device Software Screen and verify that there is an entry in the list where B and C as indicated in figure 2 below, match B and C above (figure 1) and E matches your BB Device Type.
      Figure 2.

      1. If you don’t have a listing for your current device, or the listing in figure 2 is a lower version (B and C) than the one(s) from Figure 1., Download the appropriate file from the RIM Downloads pages, BlackBerry Desktop and Device Software Download Sites and install it by executing the downloaded file.
      2. The File to download should have a filename similar to this format,
        EM_PBr4.2.2_relD_PLB_AC_AT&T.exe , where E, B, C, and D match those shown in figures 1. and 2. There may be other items in your filename, just make sure the Device type and version numberes match.
    6. Use Windows Explorer to find the folder indicated in figure 3 below, again match B, C and E, to the ones above.
    7. Edit the file named blackberry.alx using a text editor to add your vendor code to the list of numbers following the themes your want. If you use Word or other wordprocessor progagam, be sure to save the file in text format after editing.
      • Figure 4 illustrates how to add the number. This particular example is the O2 320x240 device Today Theme. You want to add your Vendor ID (A) followed by the “|” character to the front of the list. It is not necessary to add to the list if it is already included.

        Figure 4.
    8. Again use Windows Explorer to find the folder containing the vendor.xml file.
      C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader and delete or remove the file from the folder. It should be the last file in the list if it is sorted by filename assending.
    9. Next, Return to Desktop manager and close the Help Page.
    10. Connect your BB to your desktop, once it is connected, if you have done everything listed above, Desktop Manager should let you know that updated versions for your BlackBerry X.x Core Applicatons are available.
    11. Click Update Now and complete the installation.


    Note: if in the second to last step, you don't get the warning, just proceed to open Application Loader and continue with the update.

    And do be patient when the Blackberry is rebooting. It can take several minutes, up to 20 or more, depending so don't panic.

    Post here if you have problems using this process

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Nice instructions... this should make it easier for those who got confused by the previous thread!

    /~*brooke



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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    I do have one question... After you edit the blackberry.alx file, do you save it back as an .alx file in addition to the .txt. file or just save it as .txt file?

    Thanks for the detailed instructions. It made it so much easier for people like me.

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    If you use a text editor, it should save it as blackberry.alx in text format, unless you intentionally change the format. Just don't save it in any other format than text. If you open it in word, sometimes it will add the Word Document formatting and save that with the file without changing the file name. It should be saved as blackberry.alx, I don't believe I said anything about changing the extension to .txt.
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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    I used this. Found it a lot easier than the last one. Actually worked for me.

    Thanks Rcbjr.

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Glad we finally got you going.

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Very simple and easy to follow. I'll have to try it out.

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Very strange finding. When I go to the appropriate file in Windows Explorer, I only get a java file that contains the PTT extensions that I altered to remove it from my phone. I can't locate any other files in there (blackberry.alx or otherwise). I searched the C: drive for the blackberry.alx and only found the one I DL'ed a while back for the other hidden theme unlock method, but I never used it.

    Any ideas where my other files might have gone?

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    If you open the DM/Help/About DM/Device software, what is listed? Are you looking in this folder?

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader?

    What folders are listed when you go to this folder
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files?

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    If you open the DM/Help/About DM/Device software, what is listed?
    It just says Software, with and w/o BB connected.

    Are you looking in this folder? nope, I was looking in the one just below:

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader?
    CE.dll
    device
    loader
    loaderres1028.dll and others w/ different #'s
    mailservermapi.dll
    mailservernotes.dll
    rimprogram.dll

    What folders are listed when you go to this folder
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files?
    8100-v4.2.1.96_P2.3.0.78
    - Java
    -- net_rim_bb_phone_ptt_app.old (I changed .cod to .old to remove PTT)
    -- all the various languages associated w/ PTT

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Open the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files\8100-v4.2.1.96_P2.3.0.78. Do you not see the blackberry.alx file?

    If you open the DM/Help/About DM/Device software, what is listed?
    It just says Software, with and w/o BB connected.

    It doesn't show the v4.2.1.96 (Platform 2.3.0.78) Software for the Blackberry 8100 . . .?

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcbjr View Post
    Open the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files\8100-v4.2.1.96_P2.3.0.78. Do you not see the blackberry.alx file?

    If you open the DM/Help/About DM/Device software, what is listed?
    It just says Software, with and w/o BB connected.

    It doesn't show the v4.2.1.96 (Platform 2.3.0.78) Software for the Blackberry 8100 . . .?

    Richard
    No blackberry.alx file, just the Java folder containing the PTT .cod files I altered. Nothing else.

    DM/help/about DM/device software just says Software. No version number.

    I had been using DM 4.2.2 and upgraded this morning to 4.3 in the hope that the missing items would return. This may or may not be related, but ever since I upgraded to 4.2.2 back in September I lost the ability to view all pre-installed applications when using App Loader. All that shows up are apps I added myself.

    Now I am wondering if the "missing" info somehow got deleted when I upgraded to 4.2.2. The phone itself works fine, and I can add and delete apps w/o issue, as long as they aren't factory-installed things. Would reinstalling the OS bring back the missing info?

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    I suggest you use the control panel Add/Remove programs to remove the handheld software from your PC, and reinstall it. Apparently you missed step 5A in the process above.

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    Re: Straight line instructions to activate Vendor Themes (Except 8130)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcbjr View Post
    I suggest you use the control panel Add/Remove programs to remove the handheld software from your PC, and reinstall it. Apparently you missed step 5A in the process above.

    Richard
    Apparently I don't have a handheld OS installed. Nothing listed in the Add/Remove Programs list. Guess I can start from scratch and upload a new OS.

    Thanks for your assistance.

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~great idea guys. Thanks for the heads up.

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