How to fix / repair a corrupt, nuked or crashed Blackberry Operating System Software (OS).

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A crashed , nuked or corrupt Blackberry operating system is nothing out of the blues so don’t panic if you find yourself in such a situation; afterall, its something you are
most likely to come across sooner or later as you use your Blackberry anyway. I, for one, have lost count of how many times i have had to re-install my nuked or crashed Blackberry OS. It
would either be that my Blackberry wont turn on , i would get a white blackberry screen with error codes (error 1xx, 2xx, 5xx, 6xx etc) or my Blackberry would freeze a lot or get annoyingly
slow. Good thing I used to regularly backup my blackberry contacts.

What is a Blackberry Operating System Software (OS)?

A Blackberry OS is a software which controls every hardware and software componenet of your Blackberry, and also how they communicate with each other and other devices you connect to,
either via your Blackberry cord, wifi, bluetooth, etc. Without the Backberry Operating System, your Blackberry can’t function because every thing your use on your Blackberry
is presented to you and controlled by the operating system. Blackberry operating systems usually come in versions like 4.x.x , 5.x.x , 6.x.x , and so naturally, an
OS 4.22.123 would be lower than 4.22.600 . In each upgrade, Blackberry corrects certain flaws in previous versions and integrates newer functionalities / features so
its a good idea you upgrade your Blackberry Operating System (OS) regularly.

What does it mean for a Blackberry Operating System Software (OS) to crash, get corrupt or nuked?

As the Blackberry operating system is a software, it has a good chance of encountering either a run-time error (an error encountered while executing a task) or other errors which could make it malfunction
or act in ways it was not intended to act. The term ‘crash’ , ‘corrupt’ or ‘nuke’ tells your that the error which the OS has encountered is rather serious and would
either have to be restarted in other to flush the errors ( as indicated in a freezing, hanging or a very slow Blackberry) , refreshed or replaced (as indicated in a white Blackberry screen).

What could cause a Blackberry Operating System Software (OS) to crash, get corrupt or nuked?

There are quite a number of reasons why a Blackberry OS could crash entirely ( white blackberry screen or not turning on ) or malfunction ( freezing or very slow Blackberry). Some common reasons are:

  • Unpluging or disconnecting your Blackberry during an OS upgrade or update: The Blackberry update / upgrade process isn’t exactly a transaction (all or none) process so if it
    gets interupted, your Blackberry OS might have been wiped or incompletely installed; resulting in a permanent booting cycle, a white Blackberry screen, your Blackberry not turning on or not booting into your home screen.
  • Installing too many heavy apps: A lot of Blackberry users are guilty or instaling too many heavy / unneeded apps. Such apps drain your Blackberry’s phone memory, puts a lot of load on your
    RAM and processor and could cause your Blackberry OS to eventually crash.
  • Installing incompatible apps: It is very important to check what versions of OS an app supports before you go ahead to install or upgrade it. Just a hadful of faulty processes or incompatible apps is enough to crash your Blackberry OS.
  • Downloading your Blackberry Operating System Software from suspicious sources: When you download Blackberry device software or Blackberry OS from pirated sources, you stand a good chance of encountering trouble because the Blackberry operating system software you have downloaded
    would most likely have been tampered with.

How do i know that a Blackberry Operating system software (OS) has crashed?

The most common things you would hear from people with crashed, nuked or corrupt Blackberry OSs are “My Blackberry wont turn on” or “How do i update my blackberry software”. A white Blackberry screen, a Blackberry not booting into the home screen or a freezing / very slow Blackberry are other signs of a crashed or corrupt Blackberry OS.

Can my important Blackberry contacts, files and other stuff be recovered after my Blackberry Operating system software (OS) has crashed?

Regardless of the type of Blackberry OS crash, your files on your SD card (memory card) will not be affected. Your Blackberry contacts, phone contacts and all other things stored on your phone memory; however, have a slim chance of being recovered if the crash is very serious ( as in the case of a white Blackberry screen). It is
advisable you regularly backup your blackberry contacts.

Will my Blackberry still function normally after I have fixed the crashed Blackberry OS issue?

Yes, your Blackberry should function normally if you follow the right steps while re-freshing or updating the OS.

What would i need to fix my crashed Blackberry OS?

How do i fix my crashed , corrupt or nuked Blackberry OS?

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There are two major approaches.

I guess what’s ringing at the back of your mind is ” how do i update my blackberry software”? “Maybe i should just find a way to download blackberry device software and blackberry desktop manager”. This might seem like a two in one solution ( fix and upgrade) but believe me when i tell
you that refreshing your OS is the more advisable method in fixing a crashed Blackberry OS because it is safer, easier and faster. If it fails, then you can push to upgrade or downgrade your Blackberry OS.

Here’s how to refresh your Blackberry Device Software (OS):

Using JL_Cmder

  • Download JL_Cmder
  • Extract the installer from the JL_CMDER zip file to your desktop if you downloaded it in a .zip or .rar format
  • Install JL_CMDER on your PC
  • Connect the Blackberry with a crashed / corrupt Blackberry software (OS) to the PC via its cord
  • Launch JL_CMDER from its shortcut icon on your desktop
  • You will be presented with the JL_CMDER home screen, press any key to continue
  • If your Blackberry is password protected, press Y then type your Blackberry password or type N if it is not password protected
  • Note that the process will fail if your Blackberry is password protected but you supply an incorrect password
  • Select what you want JL_Cmder to do; in this case, ‘reset to factory settings (5)’
  • Type blackberry to confirm your selection then press enter
  • Your Blackberry will flash a white screen then automatically boot into a refreshed state
  • Follow the Blackberry setup wizard after the process is complete as you did when you used the Blackberry for the first time

Using BBSAK

  • Download BBSAK
  • Extract the installer from the BBSAK zip file to your desktop if you downloaded it in a .zip or .rar format
  • Install BBSAK on your PC
  • Connect the Blackberry with a crashed / corrupt Blackberry software (OS) to the PC via its cord
  • Launch BBSAK from its shortcut icon on your desktop
  • You will be presented with the BBAK dashboard having a field for you to type a password.
  • If your Blackberry is password protected, then type your Blackberry password or just leave the field blank and click OK
  • Note that the process will fail if your Blackberry is password protected but you supply an incorrect password
  • From the dashboard, go to the ‘Misc’ tab
  • Click ‘Factory Reset’
  • Your Blackberry will flash a white screen then automatically boot into a refreshed state
  • Follow the Blackberry setup wizard after the process is complete as you did when you used the Blackberry for the first time

AFter my crashed Blackberry OS has been fixed, how can i avoid future occurence?

  • Avoid tampering with your phone during an upgrade / downgrade process so that the cord doesn’t get disconnected and the process, interrupted.
  • Do not install too many apps on your Blackberry; uninstall any unneeded app and install later when you need it.
  • Ensure to read the app developers note on the website before you install an app so you dont go installing an incompatible / corrupt app.
  • If any app is causing errors (freezing or error prompts) on your Blackberry, uninstall it asap then re-install it. If it still persists, then ask Hovatek for help at the Device Clinic and Solutions Zone .
  • Download your Blackberry OS software only from trusted websites.

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3 thoughts on “How to fix / repair a corrupt, nuked or crashed Blackberry Operating System Software (OS).”

  1. Hi
    I have a nuked bb 9230, and I forgot my password because its been a while since I used it, I can’t wipe nor install OS because. Bbsk and jl_cmd needs password to wipe
    Please help

    1. Simply keep entering incorrect passwords till you exceed the number of permitted trial attempts. Once you enter too many incorrect passwords, the Blackberry will auto-wipe itself and return to a passwordless factory state

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