Reviving a dead Nexus One

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Well that was a pretty tense weekend! I’m harmlessly using my Nexus One and suddenly the screen goes blank and it won’t turn back on. I start to worry it’s a broken power button (again!) but when I plus it into the charger there’s no light. Nothing.

Mortified, I spent the next hour taking the battery out and replacing it, both with and without the charging cable plugged in, and holding down the power for different lengths of time before starting the routine all over again.

It was then I realised the device had flat-lined 🙁

Now I get the shakes if I go a day without my smartphone so I instantly buried my grief and got on with searched for a new and improved model. After a few searches and some tweets (I’m a model digital consumer!) I settled on the Galaxy S II: partly through it’s spec; partly because Amazon could deliver one to the office Monday morning.

Out of pocket, but gradually over my loss, I got on with the rest of my weekend.

…but on Sunday I unplugged the phone from the charger, where I’d left it the day before, and there was a flicker of light on the screen.

I jumped back on the forums and found that it appeared that a hard reset and a memory wipe would resolve things:

Hard resetting the Nexus One with the Hard button factory data reset. (volume down and power button)
The device must be powered OFF to perform this reset. If the device is on, turn it off. (If the device is not responsive and does not turn off, remove the battery and re-insert it.)
While holding down the volume button on the side of the N1, press the power button briefly while maintaining the volume button pressed in for around 5-10 seconds.
You should be presented with a menu that allows for: Fastbook, Recovery, Clear Storage, and Simlock. You can release the volume button at this time.
Select Clear storage with the volume button up and down, then press and release the power button to make the selection.
It will ask you to confirm this decision. Press the yes button using the volume up

Low and behold the Nexus One gradually started up again and the backup from my Google Account brought back some, but not all, of my settings and apps.

It was at this point I learnt:

  1. Android Market only keeps a backup of your purchased apps so you have to remember which free apps you downloaded and install them again.
  2. Remembering which apps you had is hard
  3. Finding and downloading them takes ages – but you can speed things up by looking in you “My Market Account” on the Android Market via a desktop PC – why can’t you do that from the phone???
  4. I didn’t need the expensive smartphone I’d ordered off Amazon.

Hopefully I won’t have to go through that ordeal again for a while! cheap air max 90 mens

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