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What is firmware version and How to check your firmware version?

A "Firmware" is the phone's operating system stored in internal Flash memory of the device (disk Z.
Manufacturers release new firmware versions containing bug fixes, improvements and - sometimes - offering new functions.
Firmware upgrade can only be made in authorized Nokia service centre (point).
To check your current firmware version simply type *#0000# on main Phone screen.

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Shuts down 3 or more times a day. Have to take apart / take battery out and restart after putting phone back together.

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Updating the software or firmware on your mobile phone can fix some unstable problems with cell phones.
Cell Phone Firmware Flashing
Cell phone firmware flashing is the process by which a user upgrades a phone's mobile operating system or internal memory applications.

Flashing can provide a brand-new version of a mobile OS or simply provide bug fixes when phones are having specific issues.
Types of Upgrades

Upgrading an operating system, such as moving from Google Android 2.0 to Google Android 2.1, is the first function of firmware updates. Installing better-performing software is the second type of upgrade.
New mobile operating systems typically offer advanced features and better-performing systems (faster, more streamlined functions).
Software updates often fix hardware and software issues, such as increasing the strength of a phone's GPS or increasing cell phone reception and email capabilities, among other new features

Misconceptions Flashing a phone will not "unlock" your phone.
It will also not remove carrier restrictions placed on the phone.
Flashing a phone will also not turn your phone from CDMA to GSM or vice versa, since this requires hardware modifications.


Be sure to flash your phone on a full battery.
A partial flash when a phone turns off can lead to phone "bricking," in which the phone will stop operating completely.
In most cases you can simply reflash the device; in others, you will have to send the phone in for repair.

Illegal Uses

In order to perform a cell phone unlock on some carrier-specific devices, you will be required to perform a firmware flash.
This "flashing procedure" is most often seen with various iPhone "jailbreaking" methods.
Typically, this type of flashing is not allowed by the manufacturer and is considered a "hack."
By replacing the manufacturer's OS with a hacked OS, it becomes possible to unlock the phone.


Aug 14, 2013 | Cell Phones

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how do i download missing firmware for ubuntu

Loading Missing Firmware As described in the section called "Devices Requiring Firmware", some devices require firmware to be loaded. In most cases the device will not work at all if the firmware is not available; sometimes basic functionality is not impaired if it is missing and the firmware is only needed to enable additional features.
If a device driver requests firmware that is not available, debian-installer will display a dialog offering to load the missing firmware. If this option is selected, debian-installer will scan available devices for either loose firmware files or packages containing firmware. If found, the firmware will be copied to the correct location (/lib/firmware) and the driver module will be reloaded.
note.png Which devices are scanned and which file systems are supported depends on the architecture, the installation method and the stage of the installation. Especially during the early stages of the installation, loading the firmware is most likely to succeed from a FAT-formatted floppy disk or USB stick.
Note that it is possible to skip loading the firmware if you know the device will also function without it, or if the device is not needed during the installation.
warning.png Support for loading firmware is still relatively basic and is likely to be improved in future releases of the installer. Currently debian-installer will for example not display any warning if you choose to load missing firmware, but the requested firmware is not found. Please report any issues you encounter by filing an installation report (see the section called "Submitting Installation Reports").
Preparing a medium Although in some cases the firmware can also be loaded from a partition on a hard disk, the most common method to load firmware will be from some removable medium such as a floppy disk or a USB stick. The firmware files or packages must be placed in either the root directory or a directory named /firmware of the file system on the medium. The recommended file system to use is FAT as that is most certain to be supported during the early stages of the installation.
Tarballs containing current packages for the most common firmware are available from:
Just download the tarball for the correct release and unpack it to the file system on the medium.
If the firmware you need is not included in the tarball, you can also download specific firmware packages from the (non-free section of the) archive. The following overview should list most available firmware packages but is not guaranteed to be complete and may also contain non-firmware packages:

It is also possible to copy individual firmware files to the medium. Loose firmware could be obtained for example from an already installed system or from a hardware vendor.
Firmware and the Installed System Any firmware loaded during the installation will be copied automatically to the installed system. In most cases this will ensure that the device that requires the firmware will also work correctly after the system is rebooted into the installed system. However, if the installed system runs a different kernel version from the installer there is a slight chance that the firmware cannot be loaded due to version skew.
If the firmware was loaded from a firmware package, debian-installer will also install this package for the installed system and will automatically add the non-free section of the package archive in APT's sources.list. This has the advantage that the firmware should be updated automatically if a new version becomes available.
If loading the firmware was skipped during the installation, the relevant device will probably not work with the installed system until the firmware (package) is installed manually.
note.png If the firmware was loaded from loose firmware files, the firmware copied to the installed system will not be automatically updated unless the corresponding firmware package (if available) is installed after the installation is completed.

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Jul 17, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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what is the meaning and procedure to re flash a phone?

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To 'flash a phone' is merely the jargon of the trade. From time to time, the hardware manufacturer makes changes to the equipment as opposed to software changes. These changes are in the form of rewritable data. Replacing the old data is known as 'flashing'. This data is known as firmware. It's nothing more than an update to be added to your phone. Instructions on installing firmware come with the download and it's imperative that you follow them carefully.

Wikipedia states: "In electronic systems and computing, firmware is a term often used to denote the fixed, usually rather small, programs and/or data structures that internally control various electronic devices. Typical examples of devices containing firmware range from end-user products such as remote controls or calculators, through computer parts and devices like hard disks, keyboards, TFT screens or memory cards, all the way to scientific instrumentation and industrial robotics. Also more complex consumer devices, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, synthesizers, etc., contain firmware to enable the device's basic operation as well as implementing higher-level functions.

Hopefully, my explanation was easier to understand.


Aug 23, 2011 | Nokia N73 Cellular Phone

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I guess that you are referring to the internal memory and not the internal 32gb disk drive or a microSD card and that your model does have the 32gb internal disk drive, I don't know if all versions have the extra 32gb drive. If you don't have the 32gb internal drive than you should buy a microSD card.
If you haven't already updated the firmware, you should go to Nokia's site and download either the update or the Ovi Suite. The suite will allow you to back up your phone before you try to update your phone. After updating the firmware, run the update that moves some of the system files from the internal memory to the internal 32gb drive, I remember it having memory in the update name form when I ran it last year. Also move any files you have stored on the internal memory (pictures, videos, and music files for example) to the internal 32gb drive and using the settings options for text messages and the camera point the storage to the internal 32gb drive. This is where the suite comes in handy for moving the old text messages to the new location.

Nov 28, 2010 | Nokia N97 Cell Phone

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Need install disk for ifp-890

no problem try this link it is the firmware for the device just make sure it works (compatible) with your new operating system
http://local.iriver.com/usa/lounge/loungeList.asp?selectPart=cateCode&findWord=01 there is options for drivers and firmware but as you can see it has evolved so match your model with firmware and operating system (version of Windows) you are using so it will work properly.
Download the correct driver, save it to your desktop and when you connect your device and you're asked to install driver click on browse and direct it to the file on your desktop, click next, continue or install and that will load the driver for the device.
firmware= software on mp3 device driver=software on computer
sometimes when you upgrade the firmware on device you can flash it>>> it means you can erase everything and make it unusable so be carefull
if it works don't forget to rate me

Apr 28, 2010 | iRiver iFP-890 MP3 Player

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