No one wants to see an error screen on their BlackBerry. Coincidentally, the week we made three posts regarding common error scenarios, I myself encountered an Error 507, which, because of circumstances that might or might not have been my fault, resulted in a wiped BlackBerry. Thankfully I had done a backup just before this happened, so I only lost my third-party apps. The damage could have been much worse, of course. Thankfully, after spending time writing about the errors I was able to quickly fix mine. Today I’d like to do a roundup of sorts, so that you can refer back here if you run into error problems on your BlackBerry. The biggest thing to remember is that when you see a JVM Error, it usually relates to the device software. This means, thankfully, that if all else fails you can usually fix the error by reloading the OS. It might be an incredible pain, and you might lose tons of information if you haven’t backed up recently. But it’s better than having to buy a new device, right? Some errors, on the other hand, are hardware related. We often get questions about these from people who have tried all the software paths. It’s unfortunate, and it might require you to get a new device. If you see the following errors and your device is under warranty, consider taking it back to your provider for a replacement. If you’re not under warranty you might want to see if you can finagle an upgrade, because it appears that your device is toast.
- JVM Error 501: During memory management, freeing of resources from memory failed as a result of possible corruption
- JVM Error 517: The BlackBerry Device Software encountered unexpected data in a memory location which is used for normal operations
- JVM Error 535: Interaction with the file system has experienced a catastrophic failure
- JVM Error 547: While writing data to the file system, a failure was detected
- JVM Error 548: While erasing data from the file system, a failure was detected
Even if you do see one of these errors, try the software method. It’s worth a shot at least. If I found a BlackBerry error on my device, these are the steps I would take to remedy it. 1. Pull the battery. There’s no reason not to try the solution to every BlackBerry problem. You never know if it might just solve your problem. 2. Hold the End button while rebooting. If you have OS 4.6 or above, you can reboot in Safe Mode by holding the End button after you replace the battery. This won’t work for all errors — if you have an error involving a cod file you might not get Safe Mode to work. But it’s always worth a try. If you get it in safe mode, I’d recommend deleting recently added themes and apps. 3. Reload the OS. If you keep restarting your device and get the error message, it’s time to try a reloading method. You’ll need to:
- Make sure you have downloaded and installed BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
- Download the latest version of your device’s OS.
- Run the OS .exe file.
- Delete the vendor.xml file from the OS package.
- Connect your BlackBerry to your computer and run App Loader, either from Desktop Manager or the standalone app.
- When it prompts you to reload the OS choose the one you just downloaded.
- Play the waiting game.
4. Connect your BlackBerry with the battery removed. Connecting with your battery removed can open up new paths to recovery. 5. Use the Java Development Kit. It’s for advanced users, but if you think you have the chops try downloading a development kit and wiping your device that way. If none of these work for you, you should try to see what your wireless carrier can do for you. When my BlackBerry kept giving me a 532 error, which is software related, I still got a trade-in because it was under warranty. That’s something to consider if all else fails.