Troubles with Ovi Store after upgrading N8 to Anna

I took some time yesterday to upgrade my beloved Nokia N8 to the new(ish) Symbian^3 Anna build and it wasn’t a smooth upgrade. Upgrading through the Ovi Suite went well enough but applications like the Ovi Store just wouldn’t work after the upgrade. The Ovi Store application would install and start but would sit on the splash screen showing the “Loading …” message. At this point I did a hard reset that did nothing.

After combing through a hand full of forum posts I ran across this one in the Nokia Europe discussion boards. Initially I had no idea what this guy was talking about. I guess I’m used to my phone being an appliance so downgrading packages seemed pretty crazy, especially since I had no idea where to obtain the packages (sis files) described in the post. A few web searches later and I ran across the “Fix Symbian” site. Pretty encouraging name all things considered. Anyways all I did was download the sis files from the post titled “S^3 QT 4.7.3 MOBILITY 1.1.3″ which downgrades a number of components in the ” Notifications Support Package Symbian3 v1.1.11120″ package. Once quick reboot and Ovi Store was back up and running.

So I guess the Anna upgrade that Nokia is shipping is broken? Pretty strange really but not something that can’t be worked around thanks to some contributions from the interwebs. Unfortunately the upgrade to Anna didn’t fix the problems I’ve had with my N8 and my wireless access point. I’ll debug this sooner or later, likely when I upgrade my home network with the ALIX boards I got in the mail last week.

ALIX3D2 Arrives

I’ve been hoping to upgrade my older ALIX2D3 router / firewall / wireless access point for a while now. While taking a few hours off from work over the holiday I surfed over to PCEngines and bought myself a Christmas present: a matching pair of ALIX3D2 boards and a Compex WLM200N5-23 MiniPCI card (802.11an) plus the necessary wires / cables / 5GHz antenna and enclosures etc.

Everything showed up in the mail today:

one board arrived with minor damage to the CF socket. Bent pins suck:

I’m waiting to hear back from the folks over at PCEngines to see how they want to handle a repair / return. I really want to just bend it back and hope it works but I’m worried if I break it off they won’t accept a return. Glad I bought two so I still have one to play with in the meantime.

My next post should be about me finally complete Masters project, but likely it’ll be about building OE for this device 🙂

PC Engines support was super quick to respond. They gave me permission to try to bend the pin back myself and ensured me that if my attempted repair failed they’d still replace the board. The pin bent back into place easily enough. I’m hoping to do an install tomorrow to be sure the CF slot is functional.