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  1. AladarMezga's Avatar
    Hey

    I would like to share the solution which worked for me. Unfortunately the solution requires sideload using 3rd party application. Steps are pretty simple and whole process take no longer than 10 minutes.

    1. Plug wiped Playbook to PC via USB.

    2. In Chrome browser install extension 'Playbook app manager'

    3. Download the video chat app bar file https://app.box.com/s/8wnenoxdmtils54kiqeddjjdhk32​4k0p

    4. Set Playbook to Development Mode with a password

    5. Set new device in Chrome/Playbook app manager using IP address as stated on Playbook in development mode

    6. Click manage my device and press Install button and locate the downloaded bar file.

    7. After installation is complete the videochat icon should be visible on playbook

    8. Turn off Development mode on playbook

    9. You can start using video chat. Works great to Playbook to Playbook and also Q10 to Playbook and vice versa.

    Hope this helps


    (Bold9870 -> Bold 9900 -> Q10 )
    sejogue likes this.
    10-23-17 04:56 AM
  2. EFats's Avatar
    Thank you! I will give it a shot and see how it goes.
    A couple of things:
    The BAR link is broken, though the text is correct: https://app.box.com/s/8wnenoxdmtils54kiqeddjjdhk324k0p
    I grabbed the Chrome extension from here : https://www.gridbook.org/pb-app-mgr/
    and installed into Vivaldi browser, that part seems to work ok sofar.
    10-24-17 12:19 AM
  3. EFats's Avatar
    Ok so that seemed to work nicely. I just had to make sure that autologin from the Chrome plugin was enabled and/or Link was not running.

    I could call my Passport just fine.
    The video is a bit odd as it really wants the Playbook to be portrait mode else the image appears sideways on my Passport.
    Also (I'm using 2 different BBID) I can only call from PlayBook to Passport. No way to add my Playbook PIN to contacts on the Passport and opening the video call log in the Hub to try and call back always results in failure.

    However that's fine for now. The Playbook gets a 2nd life as a dedicated video terminal for home to call me.
    10-25-17 02:28 AM
  4. Zildjian71's Avatar
    Still using the PlayBook with Today's Alarm Clock (announces time, date, weather at alarm event) with Battery Guru and the native weather app. Today's Alarm Clock is a very powerful alarm app that I wish was available on Android to run on an Android Tablet as my PlayBook's battery health is at about 45%.
    rayporsche likes this.
    10-30-17 05:55 PM
  5. Zildjian71's Avatar
    That's just too cool!, Thanks.
    10-30-17 06:55 PM
  6. ots1960's Avatar
    It's nice to see there are others still getting use out of this great device. I may not use mine as I did when new but when I do I am immediately reminded of the great build quality. I have Android, windows and other BlackBerry devices of which all I have thought of parting with. But when it comes to the PlayBook the thought never crossed my mind unless it completely stops working. I have been enjoying it since it's release in my area in 2011.

    Posted Via my Great Z30
    11-03-17 11:27 AM
  7. London_Call_Me's Avatar
    Still working as one of my email clients, native client GMAIL still works, but now yahoo mail does not.

    Posted via CB10
    11-04-17 02:55 PM
  8. Ken Kline's Avatar
    I use my 64gig PB + my 32gig 4G LTE ( so much faster) more than ever. When I play You Tube videos, the screen is so sharp, even the speakers are satisfactory but much better with earphones. With the Dolphin Browser, I am able to access most things Google. GMail works perfectly with the native email app, even my contacts from my desktop iMac are now on my PB. I have about 40-50 apps on my PB, most of which I never use ( so much for having more apps). Along with my KB with convertible case, bluetooth stereo speaker + rapid charger, I am not missing a thing. The best part is that I never paid more than 10% of the original price.
    AladarMezga and TOphotog like this.
    11-05-17 12:20 PM
  9. ots1960's Avatar
    I use my 64gig PB + my 32gig 4G LTE ( so much faster) more than ever. When I play You Tube videos, the screen is so sharp, even the speakers are satisfactory but much better with earphones. With the Dolphin Browser, I am able to access most things Google. GMail works perfectly with the native email app, even my contacts from my desktop iMac are now on my PB. I have about 40-50 apps on my PB, most of which I never use ( so much for having more apps). Along with my KB with convertible case, bluetooth stereo speaker + rapid charger, I am not missing a thing. The best part is that I never paid more than 10% of the original price.
    Yes a good set of headphones or external speakers and you tube the sound quality is great.

    Posted Via my Great Z30
    11-12-17 02:33 PM
  10. Ken Kline's Avatar
    It's the combo of the screen quality + great earphones that's quite spectacular with the PB, then connect it with the HDMI cable to a TV, takes the PB to another level.
    ots1960 likes this.
    11-14-17 05:59 AM
  11. normanwiebe's Avatar
    I have a few playbooks, and have loaded them up with movies and music for the kids. Great for when we're travelling and my kids can hook up the magnetic charger without breaking anything (they are young). I do miss the video chat app as we used to be able to connect with family half way around the world. Now my wife uses her android tablet or phone for for that. I still use my 64gb playbook for plenty of things as well, mostly movies and music too. Whenever I attend meetings and need documentation to refer to, I'll load it up on my PB. I can use my Blackberry DTek60, but the screen on my PB is so much bigger and it stands up nicely on the table. Kind of miss using my Z10 and Z30 though, the OS10 was so nice to use for those years, and the link/tethering for the phone was cool... but now I'm trying to get used to android. I'm still hoping to find more ideas here for more practical Playbook uses though as I hope to keep using mine for a few more years.
    11-16-17 06:50 PM
  12. IvanTheTolerable's Avatar


    Mine has never failed to wake me up. It's my personal alarm clock.
    11-20-17 09:12 PM
  13. editor0400's Avatar
    I use it everyday as a white noise machine in my newborn's bedroom. nothing else.

    I stopped using it a few years ago. I found websites and pdfs were getting rendered incorrectly - tables won't load, graphics not loading, etc. I had an issue when my work email was sunc to it using Exchange, things would keep re-sending from my outbox on a constant loop. I can only assume this bug was eventually fixed?

    It is a solid piece of hardware and I feel like I didn't get return on investment. It would be nice if I could just install Android on it and use it as a media player or something.
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