1. justs4yin's Avatar
    First off, when I bought my playbook I knew it was still a very experimental device.. but in the year I have owned it one problem has finally terminated my device.

    I am surfing the net on my playbook (like I do everyday for the last year), but then it freezes momentarily and goes into this black screen: where static is showing on it like little stars. When this happens, I usually can reset it by doing the three finger Vulcan grip to get it to reboot. Or plug it into a wall socket.

    Not this time. It would not respond to me trying to reboot it.. And it stayed on the black screen for 10 hours; when it finally died, I tried my hardest with every Vulcan grip you could think of, plugged it in and all.. and no lights. A week of trying and it is gone. I will buy another playbook.. But whatever this glitch is.. fix it please on the playbook 2.
    08-10-12 09:26 PM
  2. RoseBud68's Avatar
    How was the battery before it died, was it half or close to empty?
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    08-10-12 10:12 PM
  3. justs4yin's Avatar
    It is very upsetting lol.. I mean I am on my laptop now.. I have not used this thing in ages.. how archaic..all my music videos pictures and movies are on my blackbook! It is like my walkman/diary.. can't live without it dude.. It was at 80% power. The battery's health was at 86%.. and it always functioned perfectly aside from certain times on the internet.
    08-11-12 01:22 AM
  4. madman0141's Avatar
    Sorry for your loss, at least it wasn't an ipad because you wouldn't even notice it was gone.
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    08-11-12 05:27 AM
  5. justs4yin's Avatar
    Ipads are nice but it isn't a viable option (for me) because it does not have flash, and it does not have the gestures, portability, the speakers and sound are not as good.. I could go on, and on. QNX runs circles around IOS.
    08-11-12 06:17 AM
  6. Chaddface's Avatar
    Call RIM. They have been known to fix PB's past the one year warranty. It's worth a shot.
    08-11-12 07:12 AM
  7. FF22's Avatar
    Okay, try any and all of the various methods, including just holding the power button in for 30-40 seconds. Also go into a dark closet and make sure the screen is really black/off and not a lit up gray.

    I was told about "stack" charging, 6 cycles of charge no charge, for 2 minutes each, charging for never more than 2 minutes.


    Plug the PB in with the factory charging cable (red light comes on for a several seconds, then goes off). Wait about 10 more seconds. Unplug PB for about 30 seconds.

    Repeat n times.

    n == 6 for me. Finally my PB light switched to green, then began to oscillate, signalling charging. After a few more minutes my PB came back to life.

    You might want to UNplug/Replug at the wall/socket end to avoid using or damaging the weaker usb port on the pb itself.


    Just talked to tech support, because i'm impatient sometimes. Here is the initial process they gave me to try.

    Plug in the charger for 2 mins, unplug for 10 sec -> Repeat 6 to 8 times

    Then while unplugged perform the Hard reset (POWER, VOL + and - at the same time) . **When the red light comes on PLUG IN THE CHARGER**

    The playbook is supposed to then start charging/boot.
    ...........................
    Along the same lines as just above, someone posted:

    FOUND A QUICK FIX HOPE IT HELPS

    WOW, i tried EVERY SINGLE Step out there and the one step that worked ... was HOLDING down the power key for 20 seconds, after 20 Seconds do not let go of the power button and plug in the wall charger, and then let go... should get a steady red light for about 10 seconds, then the battery icon with lightning bolt should appear.. the it will charge with just a flashing green..... lol wasted 4 hrs for nothing hope this works for everyone else


    .................
    Some have now found a shorter sequence works:

    Oh man I fixed it. I stack charged it! But not for 2 minutes.

    Every time my PB red signal goes off I removed the connection from the wall charger and placed it back within a second. I repeated it for almost 25-30 times and all in the sudden a big charger button showed up on the screen and a green light on the charging LED. I left th e power connection for 2 more hrs and started using it.
    ................
    And another posting that might help....

    There are a few solutions and some are mentioned above. SO try the things I am mentioning below.... Let me know if it works .

    Problem Scenario: 1. Blackberry wont boot or turn on, on pressing the power button, the red light stays for a few seconds and does not turn on 2. Sometimes you will see the red light followed by a green/ yellow light that blinks 5 times and does not turn on.

    Reason: The main reason why both of the above things happen is because the battery is completely drained out, you could call it " Flat out". The problem with playbook is that the playbook wont charge if the playbook is Flat out drained. whereas other tablets or cellphones does....Playbook has to fix that issue. Meanwhile we do have a solution to go around that problem and that requires some patience. Some of the solutions mentioned in the previous comments indicate to charge it via computer.... "It doesn`t work" not if the battery is drained out flat.... so dont even bother trying it if u see the above mentioned problem.

    Solution: try this step by step and this are 3 different solutions so one of this would definitely work. 1. Press the Power button and you will see the Playbook Logo ( chances for this are low ) 2. Press the power button and the volume together, if there is 1 % charge left there is a chance that it would boot on, when you see the logo, immediately charge the playbook ( chances are medium ) 3. This solution requires patience. plug the charger into the socket and plug the USB into the playbook, the red light stays for 8-10 secs. Remove the USb from the playbook wait for 2 to 5 sec and replug the usb back to the charger and wait till that red light comes and goes again. repeat this step atleast 20-30 times. you might be asking why? the only power that the playbook gets is when that red light is on when plugging the usb into the playbook, once that light goes the playbook is not charging.. so what you are doing here is forcing the playbook to get charged for 8 sec every time u plug it to the playbook....this way the playbook gets that power needed to boot. Once the Playbook has that power to boot. The red light stays and changes to green but this time it blinks slowly and keeps blinking. you would also see the playbook logo return.... this green light keeps blinking until there is enough charge for the playbook to stand on its own and then changes to a solid red until it gets fully charged.

    Knowledge Base Article

    KB27705-BlackBerry PlayBook Power - Battery charge and discharge characteristics
    08-11-12 08:59 AM
  8. esk369's Avatar
    First off, when I bought my playbook I knew it was still a very experimental device.. but in the year I have owned it one problem has finally terminated my device.

    I am surfing the net on my playbook (like I do everyday for the last year), but then it freezes momentarily and goes into this black screen: where static is showing on it like little stars. When this happens, I usually can reset it by doing the three finger Vulcan grip to get it to reboot. Or plug it into a wall socket.

    Not this time. It would not respond to me trying to reboot it.. And it stayed on the black screen for 10 hours; when it finally died, I tried my hardest with every Vulcan grip you could think of, plugged it in and all.. and no lights. A week of trying and it is gone. I will buy another playbook.. But whatever this glitch is.. fix it please on the playbook 2.
    hope you can bring it back to life.
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    08-11-12 12:06 PM
  9. danwebb955's Avatar
    I am very, very sorry for your lose dude. I hope you get sorted out with a new PlayBook or get it fixed. But in my opinion about the playbook 2 rim has to make the wifi playboy and the 4g playbook better before they can start thinking about making a new PlayBook tablet.
    justs4yin likes this.
    08-11-12 06:43 PM
  10. justs4yin's Avatar
    Thankyou! <3
    08-11-12 09:47 PM
  11. nite732's Avatar
    I sent mine in to rim. They took care of it for free took about three weeks turn around time.
    08-12-12 07:50 AM
  12. bambinoitaliano's Avatar
    Okay, try any and all of the various methods, including just holding the power button in for 30-40 seconds. Also go into a dark closet and make sure the screen is really black/off and not a lit up gray.

    I was told about "stack" charging, 6 cycles of charge no charge, for 2 minutes each, charging for never more than 2 minutes.


    Plug the PB in with the factory charging cable (red light comes on for a several seconds, then goes off). Wait about 10 more seconds. Unplug PB for about 30 seconds.

    Repeat n times.

    n == 6 for me. Finally my PB light switched to green, then began to oscillate, signalling charging. After a few more minutes my PB came back to life.

    You might want to UNplug/Replug at the wall/socket end to avoid using or damaging the weaker usb port on the pb itself.


    Just talked to tech support, because i'm impatient sometimes. Here is the initial process they gave me to try.

    Plug in the charger for 2 mins, unplug for 10 sec -> Repeat 6 to 8 times

    Then while unplugged perform the Hard reset (POWER, VOL + and - at the same time) . **When the red light comes on PLUG IN THE CHARGER**

    The playbook is supposed to then start charging/boot.
    ...........................
    Along the same lines as just above, someone posted:

    FOUND A QUICK FIX HOPE IT HELPS

    WOW, i tried EVERY SINGLE Step out there and the one step that worked ... was HOLDING down the power key for 20 seconds, after 20 Seconds do not let go of the power button and plug in the wall charger, and then let go... should get a steady red light for about 10 seconds, then the battery icon with lightning bolt should appear.. the it will charge with just a flashing green..... lol wasted 4 hrs for nothing hope this works for everyone else


    .................
    Some have now found a shorter sequence works:

    Oh man I fixed it. I stack charged it! But not for 2 minutes.

    Every time my PB red signal goes off I removed the connection from the wall charger and placed it back within a second. I repeated it for almost 25-30 times and all in the sudden a big charger button showed up on the screen and a green light on the charging LED. I left th e power connection for 2 more hrs and started using it.
    ................
    And another posting that might help....

    There are a few solutions and some are mentioned above. SO try the things I am mentioning below.... Let me know if it works .

    Problem Scenario: 1. Blackberry wont boot or turn on, on pressing the power button, the red light stays for a few seconds and does not turn on 2. Sometimes you will see the red light followed by a green/ yellow light that blinks 5 times and does not turn on.

    Reason: The main reason why both of the above things happen is because the battery is completely drained out, you could call it " Flat out". The problem with playbook is that the playbook wont charge if the playbook is Flat out drained. whereas other tablets or cellphones does....Playbook has to fix that issue. Meanwhile we do have a solution to go around that problem and that requires some patience. Some of the solutions mentioned in the previous comments indicate to charge it via computer.... "It doesn`t work" not if the battery is drained out flat.... so dont even bother trying it if u see the above mentioned problem.

    Solution: try this step by step and this are 3 different solutions so one of this would definitely work. 1. Press the Power button and you will see the Playbook Logo ( chances for this are low ) 2. Press the power button and the volume together, if there is 1 % charge left there is a chance that it would boot on, when you see the logo, immediately charge the playbook ( chances are medium ) 3. This solution requires patience. plug the charger into the socket and plug the USB into the playbook, the red light stays for 8-10 secs. Remove the USb from the playbook wait for 2 to 5 sec and replug the usb back to the charger and wait till that red light comes and goes again. repeat this step atleast 20-30 times. you might be asking why? the only power that the playbook gets is when that red light is on when plugging the usb into the playbook, once that light goes the playbook is not charging.. so what you are doing here is forcing the playbook to get charged for 8 sec every time u plug it to the playbook....this way the playbook gets that power needed to boot. Once the Playbook has that power to boot. The red light stays and changes to green but this time it blinks slowly and keeps blinking. you would also see the playbook logo return.... this green light keeps blinking until there is enough charge for the playbook to stand on its own and then changes to a solid red until it gets fully charged.

    Knowledge Base Article

    KB27705-BlackBerry PlayBook Power - Battery charge and discharge characteristics
    I know I will be desperately searching for these instructions in the future. It would be nice if I can save it under my own profile for a quick search should I need it.
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    08-12-12 08:09 AM
  13. justs4yin's Avatar
    Hey F2,
    Thankyou sooo much. I tried your suggestion of plugging the playbook in for two minutes; unplugging it, pressing the power button (two times) and the red light came on.. THANK GOODNESS.

    It has been a hard week without my blackbook.. using my laptop drew me to NEAR tears in boredom. I can't believe how fast and amazing my playbook is.. Great job RIM.. I will buy one of your Berry 10 phones!
    08-16-12 11:18 PM
  14. FF22's Avatar
    Hey F2,
    Thankyou sooo much. I tried your suggestion of plugging the playbook in for two minutes; unplugging it, pressing the power button (two times) and the red light came on.. THANK GOODNESS.

    It has been a hard week without my blackbook.. using my laptop drew me to NEAR tears in boredom. I can't believe how fast and amazing my playbook is.. Great job RIM.. I will buy one of your Berry 10 phones!
    Glad to hear you got it going. There are a lot of "silent partners" in that advice who I did not cite unfortunately.
    08-17-12 12:12 AM
  15. KarlosSpicyWienr's Avatar
    Congrats on getting it working again. Those tips should be stickied if they aren't already.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9810 using Tapatalk
    08-17-12 02:38 AM
  16. beavertail2's Avatar
    So nice to have a happy ending to this story.

    I followed the link and hoping for a good ending and it did. Phew.
    08-17-12 08:03 AM
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