N80 firmware

posted by Mike Brocklehurst on Friday, August 25, 2006

N80s with firmware version 3.0617.0.6 may experience occasional Bluetooth connection losses. New firmware, v4.0623.0.41, was released in the middle of August 2006 which appears to fix this problem. The new firmware can be obtained from Nokia service centres. You can find your nearest service centre using this page www.nokia.co.uk/nokia/0,,77483,00.html, but do check before going there because some service centres are not equipped to upgrade this type of handset.

*** Update - you can now update your handset yourself from the Nokia web site - go to http://www.nokia.co.uk/nokia/0,,95599,00.html?N80

Dial *#0000# to see your firmware version.

Firmware version 3.0614.0.3 was not affected by this problem, and not all handets with 3.0617.0.6 show the problem (the type of GPS may be a factor), so if you are not experiencing the problem you can ignore this advice.

The forums at sites like www.allaboutsymbian.com/forum and discussions.nokia.co.uk
contain lots of discussions about this firmware if you want to know more.

Software updates

posted by Mike Brocklehurst on Monday, August 07, 2006

Since ViewRanger 2 was released a small number of problems have been found and fixed. Most of these changes are specific to particular handsets, operators or GPS devices.

You can check the version of ViewRanger installed on your phone by going to Options > About. For S60 2nd edition phones the recommended version is 2.0.16 and for 3rd edition phones the recommended version is 2.1.3, but see below for the optional changes and updates available.

If you would like a copy of a new ViewRanger version, please send a brief e-mail, stating your phone model, to
support@viewranger.com. Please use or state the e-mail address you used when you registered your copy of ViewRanger.

S60 2nd Edition Phones
E.g. 6630, 6680, N70, N90

The recommended ViewRanger version for 2nd edition phones is 2.0.16. It contains the folllowing changes:

  • Image submission improved, better scaling and more reliable
  • Deleting points in routes during navigation safe
  • Cache folder changed so that thumbnails do not show up in the gallery
  • Early 2nd edition phones such as 3230 now supported
  • GPS improvements to support specific GPS units
  • Optional GPS logging

Three other versions are available, which you only need if you are affected by the problem they solve:

GPS configuration to ensure correct NMEA is output. Only needed if you have a problem with GPS location or satellites display.

Accessing ViewRanger server using O2 via certain access points.

Display of lists on N70/N90 when the current theme uses white text.

S60 3rd Edition Phones
E.g. 3250, N80, N91

The recommended ViewRanger version for 3nd edition phones is 2.1.3. The changes it contains compared to earlier versions are:

  • GPS improvements to support specific GPS devices
  • Deleting points in routes during navigation is safe
  • Blank areas in manual location panel have been eliminated.

Update 25 Aug 06: Versions 2.1.5 and 2.1.6 of ViewRanger contained changes to workround a problem in the N80 firmware, see a later post for details of this.

If you have any questions about ViewRanger, please don't hesitate to e-mail support@viewranger.com