Updating w810i mobile

29 Apr

The next screen is the program proper; you’re greeted with a big Sony Ericsson logo and a nice, flashing progress bar of the kind that tells you nothing about how much time has elapsed or how much remains – just that something is happening. It flashes in a nice way, and within seconds you know for certain that the nice flashing isn’t connected to what’s actually going on in any way.It could go on forever, but hopefully it will stop soon. At this stage, I started to realise that I was about to flash my mobile phone with a Flash-based application.Unfortunately, I got the same result – the program searched for my phone, to no avail. When the driver was installed, I restarted the Update Service, and happily, after pressing C and inserting the cable, the program told me it would now update my phone’s software and that I should not touch it.My flatmate Eivind pointed out that doing this on a Saturday was a bad idea, as far as Sony Ericsson workshops and working hours are concerned. I was already holding it in my hand, so I held it gingerly for quite a while, before daring to put it down on the coach.Note to new readers: This post is from March 2006, when I was using a SE W800i phone.Today I am using a Nokia N82, and I haven’t used my W800i for about a year.The disclaimer starts out by saying “The use of this area is at your own risk.” (my emphasis). Unfortunately the program drops you back to the handy “Start” / “Quit” screen before you manage to get halfway through. The PDF explained that the “new hardware” dialogue was in fact supposed to come up, and that you needed that new driver install to flash the phone.

In another few seconds (thank God I’m doing this on a speedy machine) the program tells me, in a nice font, “Update your phone and get the latest software”, and lets me choose between “Start” and “Quit”. Unfortunately, dear reader, I can’t remember the exact sequence of events that followed, but all the ingredients are included here. Then, Windows reported that it had found a new device. I’ve installed drivers for this phone already”, so I pressed “Cancel” in the window that popped up.

The only feedback that tells you that the device is actually entering the “on” state is observing that the device actually is entering the “on” state. I’m sure you can understand that panic was mounting at this point. Well, I’m a Windows user, and Windows users know that if you’ve got a problem, the most reliable way of solving it is to clean out the dirt (meaning your entire current Windows installation) and start from scratch. I could exploit the nice “every USB port must have a separate driver installation” feature of Windows XP?

When it doesn’t enter the “on” state, you will experience (if you, like me, are fond of your gadgets) a very uncomfortable, uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. I wasn’t quite at that point yet (although my phone was), so I was content with rebooting and starting the procedure from the beginning. It was worth trying, so I inserted the cable in a different USB port and started from scratch.

I took the only natural course of action – I decided that enough was enough and unplugged my phone.

“Soft” and “hard” power buttons Hopefully you, dear reader, will never experience the trauma of pressing a “soft” power button and receive no response from the device in question. A “hard” power button has an explicit setting “on” and an explicit setting “off”.