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| | 07-19-12, 04:49 PM Thread Author #1
How to install BB10 to your BlackBerry PlayBook
I posted this over on OpenSourceBB at How to Run #BB10 on your BlackBerry #PlayBook ← Open Source BlackBerry – OSBB but figured some people here might not visit OSBB and decided to post it here.
These instructions will show you how to install the BlackBerry 10 OS for the Dev Alpha on to your PlayBook
Before beginning, let me say that doing this probably voids your PlayBook Warrenty. Further, it could potentially ruin your PlayBook, your computer, and numerous small animals which might be in the vicinity. While this process has not resulted in any problems on my personal PlayBook, that doesn't mean it can't cause problems for you. I and OSBB assume no responsibility for your actions (unless you win a crapload of money, in which case I claim full responsibility and request a large portion of the winnings).
With that out of the way, here's how to install BB10 on your PlayBook:
0. Ebable Developer mode and wifi file sharing on your PlayBook. Also, make sure that your PlayBook is charged to at least 25%.
1. Download Dingleberry. It is still available from Dingleberry jailbreak
2. Download the BB1o Developer Alpha OS. You can choose either of these versions:
10.0.4.197: 10.0.4.197.zip - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com
10.0.6.386: Has not been confirmed to work, but can be downloaded from: 10.0.6.386.zip - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com
3. Open the zip file and extract the qcfm.image.com.qnx.coreos.qcfm.os.sdk.desktop.xxxx xxxxxxxx.signed.bar (the other bar seems to be a wireless radio that is not compatible with the PlayBook). The bar you want is the larger of the two.
4. Place the qcfm.image.com.qnx.coreos.qcfm.os.sdk.desktop.BB10 _0_04.197.196525.signed.bar in the \Firmware\Custom folder of the Dingleberry folder. If this directory does not exist, create it.
5. Run Dingleberry and select Firmware. Select custom, and click update. Your firmware should update.
Note that the update may fail a few times, but it will eventually load, and you'll be running BB10 on your PlayBook.
Now, the current version of BB10 is very crippled. It lacks many features that will be contained in BB10. App World doesn't work, nor does Docs To Go, and many other apps. To be honest, at this point there's no practical reason to install BB10 on your PlayBook... other than to have BB10 on your PlayBook.
That being said, RIM should be pushing out an update to the Dev Alpha this week RIM JUST pushed out an update to the BB10 Dev Alpha. Hopefully this procedure will work with that OS as well (the OSBB Team will make sure to make that OS available if possible) and we might be running a fully featured BB10 on our PlayBooks!
To return to OS 2.0.1 or OS 2.1, you can just load the QCFM from either of those OSes, or do a security wipe (I prefer just using Dingleberry to downgrade to 2.1, because that doesn't require reinstalling all your apps).