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Master Geek

# 18512 13-Jan-2008 11:06
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Greetings to all,

Well I'm now a proud owner of a N95 "Classic"; I purchased it last thursday morning. It is certainly a heavenly device, but it fell from grace on saturday morning.

On saturday morning I was experimenting with the uPNP feature along with my wireless router and WMP11 (all upnp enabled) to establish a connection, which I did (eventually). It was during another set up, this time 'Show media files stored in your device' (user manual, p.59) the media gallery carousel froze just as i started to browse the media I wanted to share. The gallery carousel had been fine up until then. I may have selected 'Share images and video' in the home network setup. Anyway, from then every time I went to gallery and then on to the image carousel, it froze and didn't show any thumbnails.

As I felt a hard reset was looming, so I dutifuly made a backup (and potentially made a backup of what ever may have been causing this). I performed a hard reset using the *#7370# as read from other topics here. I restored my data to the phone. The problem happened again, which lead me to believe one of my videos or jpegs were corrupt. Whilst in this state, I connected it to the computer as a 'mass storage' device and progressivly deleted all my images and videos untill I got to the one which couldn't be deleted as an 'application was using it'. Bingo! I'd found the corrupt jpeg! It was a jpeg taken from my old V3x. The strange thing is that when I restarted the gallery carousel, it worked fine, but it didn't show any thumbnails from my V3x pictures (showed a tiny icon of a boat with a black bar through it i.e. corrupt/wrong file type), but they did display when I viewed them in full screen!?!

Saturday afternoon .... After semi-solving the image (i.e only have pictures taken by the n95),

I'll cut to the chase, It's frozen up so badly that even the power switch would barely work! It did this three times as on the fourth I had to remove the battery!!!

Sunday morning. After playing with the GPS and other things, all seems good. But (there's always a but) then I decided to make a muvee. During the saving process (to memory card, which had been formatted since saturdays fiasco), the application froze and then the screen went blank. When I say blank I mean you see then background theme and the backlight is on

... And the backlight is still on as I'm writting this as I don't want to risk any damage by removing the battery again.

I'm resigned to the fact that I'm taking my N95 back to the shop, but if the N95 'comes right' I'll use it without the memory card as It seems to be a common factor.

This my be another N95 horror story, but I still want the N95 as I've seen enough to warrant keeping it.


P.s. Yes it is a Vodafone branded handset, V12 firmware.

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  # 104502 13-Jan-2008 12:09
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I recommend that you update the firmware of the phone using Nokia Software Updater.  It should resolve a lot of the issues you are experiencing. 

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Master Geek

  # 104520 13-Jan-2008 14:52
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Changing the firmware is definitely on the cards!

I'm using the n95 without the supplied 1GB card and all seems well. All the issues I've had relate back to retrieval of information from the card (ironically the phone did crash when I tried the alternate VF theme stored in the phone, figures!). I'm wondering if Nokia have unwittingly distributed a batch of dodgy micro sd cards? It would certainly account for alot random crashes and performance issues. Who would suspect a faulty sd card whilst their hoping against hope that their $900+ phone is damaged! Then again, it's possibly (and probably) that the paging of the cards isn't as great as it could be. Now I've come full circle to updating the firmware! ha

Anyway I'll hold off on updating the firmware untill %100 happy about the sd card problems, besides I'm still learning how the software works/installs/backs up and file structure etc before I wade in to firmware flashing.



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  # 104571 13-Jan-2008 19:54
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Don't worry too much about flashing etc, once you've done it you'll realise its no biggie. Here are some places to get some help with it tutorial one and tutorial 2

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  # 104603 13-Jan-2008 21:08
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what branding you guys all ussing?

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Master Geek

# 104650 14-Jan-2008 01:32
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Awesome! thanks for that NZtechfreak!
I've installed all the apps needed and I've had a peek at my N95 using NSS. I've followed the tutorial instructions so far where I could verifiy my IMEI code.

I also verified that V12 is the only firmware available for my VF N95.

So now all the pieces are in place, i'll flash it tommorrow! (plus charge the phone up overnight!)


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