Saturday, 30 July 2011

webOS Profile Device Options

Looks like my attempt to restore my Profile is not possible and will have to press on with the Device Options in webOS Profile.

You will be able to see 2 options:
- I lost my Phone
- Remove from my account
- Get webOS Doctor

This is for "I lost my Phone":

This is for "Remove from my account":

I will proceed to try "Remove from my account" since it is what I want to achieve. Tried doing this couple of times but it came back. Tried doctoring the Pre 2 and still did not work!

After all this failed attempt (not able to sign-on using my original profile), I switched off the phone as I have given up hope on it as I will never be able to use the Apps Catalog.

Doctor back to original Pre 2.0 ROM

Unfortunately, the doctoring of my Pre 2 didn't work as specified here.

I have been using a non-activated Pre 2 for the last 1 week. This means that the Apps Catalog is beyond my reach.

The adventure starts here, I went over to webOS Internal to grab the ROM which is officially from HP/Palm. I have downloaded the following ROM in case I need them:
- webOS 2.0.0
- webOS 2.0.1
- webOS 2.1.0

What I am going to do next is to doctor it back to the original ROM which is webOS 2.0.0 first. Then will try to login once more using my webOS Profile. Hope this works and once logged in, I will then disable my Backup as I am not bother with that anymore as all my contacts and emails are already in Google Mail. As for the apps, I can always download them from HP Apps Catalog and since New Zealand is not part of the released country, I can only see free apps, so not a concern to me.

The steps are exactly the same as my other blog. The Pre 2 reboot and asking for Sign-On. Unfortunately, this is still not possible! Looks like will need to try webOS 2.0.1. Tried using 2.0.1, still no success.

Looks like will need to try the final 2.1.0.

Friday, 29 July 2011

TouchPad arriving in New Zealand

The TouchPad has finally made its way to New Zealand. You can get it in your local store.

This pricing is for the wifi version:
16GB - NZ$799
32GB - NZ$949

Monday, 25 July 2011

Continue to doctor my Pre 2

First of all, went over to HP Palm Profile and sign-in using my Profile.

Upon signing-in, it will show me my Profile with my handset detail:

I then moved on to select "Get webOS Doctor" which leads me to Get webOS Doctor. You will need to have Java 1.5 or later. Click on "Continue" to proceed with downloading of webOS wrapper (webosdoctorp103ueuna-wr.jnlp) which in turn will download webosdoctorp103ueuna-wr.jar. I have decided to download the ROM myself through webOS-Internal. Locate your own ROM as mine is an Unlocked Pre 2 for Europe network. Make sure you are downloading the latest version which is version 2.1.0.

Once downloaded webosdoctorp103ueuna-wr.jar (Pre 2.1.0 ROM for Unlocked UMTS/GSM), you will need to remove the original battery from Pre 2. If you are using a non-original battery, unfortunately, you must change it back to the original battery. I suspect that this is a precaution from HP so that those dodgy battery will not damage your Pre 2.

Run the .jar file and you will see the following. Select your Country, Language and Accept Licence Agreement

There is a slight bug in this installer whereby "Next" maybe enabled upon reaching this screen. No worries, let it fail.

At this point, make sure you do not have the original battery in Pre 2. Press and Hold the Volume Up rocker and connect the USB cable. You will see the following in your Pre 2:

You will then see webOS Doctor will enable the "Next" button.

At this point, you will see webOS Doctor is writing to your Pre 2 and you will see something like a big arrow going into a ROM.

Finally, you will see the following signalling an end to doctoring your Pre 2.

Your Pre 2 will then reboot and come out with a screen asking for Country and Language. In my case, I have selected "English" and "United Kingdom". Next, you will see the "Terms & Conditions for Palm webOS Services" which you will need to click on "Accept".

You will be prompted the following options under the Palm Profile:
- Sign In To My Profile
- Create New Profile
- Tell Me More (more like a Help screen)

I have tried "Sign In To My Profile" couple of times, unfortunately, I am not able to sign-in which I may need to ask HP to reset my Profile.

Anyway, for the sake of documenting my experience, I am selecting "Sign In To My Profile". Entered my Email Address and Password. Clicked "Sign-In" and wait for it to connect to internet. It is best that you have enabled data connection for this otherwise you may end up paying heaps for this. You will see "Signing In..." and the scrum will be scrolling.

In my case, I have "Sign-In Failed". It says, "This may be due to low network coverage or the phone settings on your SIM card need to be entered manually". You are given 2 buttons - "Try Again" and "Enter Phone Settings". I have chosen "Enter Phone Settings" and entered my phone provider preferences. I have entered my provider's Internet APN. You may also need to enter the "Username" and "Password" should your provider needs them. Click on "Change Settings" button. It will try to connect and sign-in once more.

Next, since my Profile already exists, I have the following message - "Profile Already Active". It says, "You're already signed in to a Palm profile with email address .... on another phone. Before continuing sign-in, copy any data you wish to keep from the other phone's USB drive to your computer. Make sure the data is backed up by selecting Back up Now from the Back-up preference. You are given 2 buttons - "Back" and "Finish Sign-in". In my case, since I am doctoring it, I don't care of backing up anymore., so selected "Finish Sign-In" button. It will try to connect and sign-in once more.

Next, I have this error message - "Data Not Restored". It further says, "We were unable to restore your data. Please wait a few minutes and try again. If you need help, visit". You will see the "Try Again" button. In my case, I have clicked on the "Try Again" button to give it another shot.

It brings me back to the original "Sign-In" screen prompting for my "Email Address" and "Password. Since the logon information is correct, I have clicked on "Sign-In" button instead of the "Forgot Password" button. It will try to connect and sign-in once more. Unfortunately, mine didn't and went back to "Data Not Restored".

Look for my next action in the next blog.

Using HP webOS Doctor 2.1

After using my Pre 2 for 7 months, upgraded from 2.0 to 2.0.1 and finally to 2.1. Somehow my Pre 2 seems to be behaving weirdly, could be due to some patches. Therefore, it is time for me to do a fresh wipe to factory-mode except I will be using 2.1 ROM.

Things to take note, if you are not using an original HP/Palm battery, you will not be able to go into webOS Doctor mode. I have spent 2 hours+ with HP/Palm Support Care.

At the end of the 2.5 hours session, my Profile was not able to be restored as it requires a Specialist to do so. Looks like a callback is required to solve this issue.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Installing Enyo Framework on Debian

After deliberating on the tools - Enyo/Eclipse, PhoneGap, NetBean, I have decided to move with Enyo/Eclipse.

After downloading the following, I have installed all of these via GDebi Package Installer
- Oracle VirtualBox 4.0.12 (since no report of issue on this version of VB)
- Oracle Java Runtime Engine 6
- Novacom

Then run palm-emulator at the command-prompt, a new Virtual environment is produced. Now I am a proud owner of a virtual TouchPad.

TouchPad emulator running under VirtualBox 4.0.12 with scale mode set.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Where Am I app has reaches 1,258 downloads

Pretty awesome, Where Am I has 1,258 downloads. How I wish this is a $1 for each download. It is time to do app that will earn some dollars.

You can get Where Am I from HP App Catalog