Update: Thanks to @duggalsunil for bringing this new post in reference of the issue in my notice. Its seems that N8 Hard Reset issue is a non-issue now and after hard reset/ 3 finger reset, one can easily restore Ovi Store etc by just checking into SW Update. If one gonna try the same, then please update me with your experience.
Qt while being core of upcoming awesomeness on Symbian, been a problem for it at the same time due the transition/development phase of tech as of now and one of the biggest issue been Nokia N8 Hard Reset. Let’s share my own experience about the same and the easiest solution around the same issue with official means.
After getting assurance from a few of blogs and official words, a few of us started getting convinced that Symbian^3 PR1.1 finally came to resolved the infamous Nokia N8 Hard Reset bug, but still many like me didn’t went for trying the same myself and last night it came out to be that we were right.
While common sense said that if in place of going through the unofficial three finger hard reset, if one goes through the official factory reset (I added Delete data and restore), then it should not brick the phone, but thanks to transition phase and under development Qt, common sense doesn’t apply here.
I did choose the second path and ended with around 193mb+ free space in my C: drive (too good), around 14gb+ in mass storage. Happy bunny!!! but then I was greeted with few of the following symptoms …
Just an Ovi Store link than the app and the downloaded sis fails to install
All the premium contents like pre-loaded videos are no more available (I backed them up already)
Ovi Maps Check-In resulting in System Error
It didn’t took second to me for understanding that this is the classic case of what we Nokia N8 owners were already aware of, but I was intentionally doing so ….
The issue was … missing Qt runtime and solution was already available from official source betalabs (Bubblelock section), downloading and installing QtDowngrade.sis and installing the same on c:\
A simple restart and I was able to install Ovi Store now as the sis file did restored the Qt version to the last stable version as came with PR1.1. But there was still something left … Ovi Maps checkin, which was still giving System Error. Solution was again a simple one, downloading the latest beta from Ovi Betalabs and install the same to overwrite the current version in phone as of now, but don’t forget to get a GPS lock via the old maps for once to get the folder structure ready for upgrade.
The final step in my case was downloading the maps data for India (around 252 mb) on phone and my Nokia N8 was again like a new one.
And yes! at the end, uninstall Qtdowngrade from Application Manager.
Did I wrote some long list of steps? Does it look like some lengthy solution?
Obviously this method became a possibility after initiative from awesome Betalabs developers only, but this effectively removes the scare from those phonix methods or reflashing the devices. I am sure, many might wanna try this with their N8 now. I will suggest you to take full backup of each and everything from your phone and only then going for it.
Note that this method is still for only those people, who know their stuff or those who are already left with a bricked phone or a phone with very less phone memory. Try at your own risk.
I cooked my “Ice-cream” in “Oven 3.000.97.2”.. buttery smooth water on the floor now. Last time, when I fried “pastry” on “red burner 2.96.007” then still there were issues related with Voo Doo magic. But no more…. :)
We all slowly getting used of reading such tweets on twitter now days with rising love for fruits all over and in the same time, we were blaming the “dead” symbian (with millions sold devices in last few months only) for the infamous Nokia N8 Hard Reset bug. Grow up! its just like any other platform … you have a simple cure now.