My Playbook (16 GB model) has been bricked ever since April 2013 (or 2014, can't remember). I tried to hard reset my device after it hung up on the 'Restoring' screen during a software downgrade process. I used BlackBerry Desktop Manager to connect the device and downgrade to an older version. I've been posting on several forums for a while now, but I haven't found any solution yet. However, I recently found out what that red LED blinking sequence code means every time I turn on my Playbook or plug in the charger. I read on one forum that code 101111 means "Flash Write Failure -- Try Replacing Flash". Code 10111 is very similar to this one, which means "Flash Initialization Problem -- Try Replacing Flash". Basically, the visual sequence of red blinking LED lights is one blink, then a short pause, then four blinks, and a long pause, then repeat.
I saw this video a while ago. I am currently trying your stack charging method to see if the voltage increases and my LEDs change to another colour. By the way, a few months ago, I had reached the part where my Playbook would start booting up with a black screen and then show me the dead battery indicator. So, I am positive that this may work for me.
Any suggestions or advice to help me with this problem?
Joey Knelsen: I hope it works.
cloyd lim: nice job!it really works
Roger Avila: When will I count, After the red LED blinks?
Haitham Ejjam: Thanks David for good advice appreciate
DJ Giorgio T (Geo Toskas): Hi David. Top vid and very clear instructions! It's helped fix lots of faulty playbooks. :)
I too have the dreaded playbook problem. Mine was at 86% battery on the wall charger one morning, left it on the charger, went to work, came home, found pb turned off while still on charger. Mine does the ususal cycle, gets to the playbook bubble screen for a few minutes then switches off. Back screen stays lit though. If i unplug charger unit switchess off completely. I'm sure my battery wasn't drained. I believe it's either a faulty battery or the power charging circuit is faulty. Battery can be replaced. However if it's the charging cuircuit that is faulty my question is, can the charging cuircuit be repaired/replaced by a repair shop in your opinion, or is the pb now junk?
Tariq Ali: Hi David. I am having the same problem. I tried stack charging. It did not work so I decided to open it up. I raised the battery with the yellow strip across it and accidentally cut the strip. Is there anything I can do about that?
Nocna Dostava: Whats up, The best guide that I have read was on Volt daddy (i did a google) Gotta be the most helpful info on batteries and this same gear that have found.
Jaytee Mall: Hey, Great job explaining everything. The battery on my device is at 1.6 volts. But I accidentally pulled it out too far and ripped the red strip that runs along the top. can you tell me how that'll affect everything and if there is a fix? Appreciate it.
TheHoffer30: I left my playbook in my car glove box for a couple days last summer and had the A/C going. When I took it out it was cold and wouldn't start. I figured I chilled the battery and brought the charge below critical since it didn't have a full charge when I put it there. I finally got to taking it apart and found the battery has a charge of 3.7v! I checked the terminals on the ribbon at the board and its showing 2.67v. I have tried USB charger, 3 prong fast charger and hard reboot but nothing turns it on. Any ideas @davidsunshine?
Monica Barbara (Mobil04): Hi buddy, you really saved my life, I mean, my BB.... Thanks a lot for this clear crystal class... This work guys!!!!!
davis graham: hey the battery was drained and wouldn't work being plugged in . this thing sat for a year so I tore it down today and charged it from 1.9 v to 3.7 just like your video . everything went smooth until it still does nothing . even without it plugged in to charge port shouldn't it do something if it is actually at 3.7 v ? and do you know what pins to check for out of battery at main board ? weird it only says 1.35 v where I'm checking .thanks man
davis graham: hey great video . my battery charged to 3.7 v but still won't come on . connect charger and absolutely nothing comes on . when I check voltage at the battery at motherboard only reading 1.35 v not exactly sure I'm checking the right pins ? or my battery is pooched. ?
drake0766: You are the man!!! Worked like a charm!!! THX
DAMIEN_ RULES_2: Could this work for tablet pc when you leave it for 2 years when It has 0% -dead??????
David Tuerk: I should be safe with charging it with a little 3.7V quadcopter charger? The charger only has a positive and a negative wire and it has a LED that changed color when the charge is complete.
jalend hardy: okay thanks anyways
Cristiano Silva: Hello, i rarely comment youtube videos. But your was great. It worked! at 5th time i think. thanks for the great explanation.
David Sunshine: Jalend, I've seen this before. I charged the battery directly and even though it was at 100%, the playbook read 0%, and turned off when you unplugged the cable. I think that the power control circuits are fried. This could happen if an unstable source were connected, or if a surge came in on the utility and spiked the DC bus voltage. I'm afraid there might be no way to easily fix it. You could try a new battery if that's an option, but it may not work, as the power control IC on the main board might be faulty.
jalend hardy: I meant to say that it wont charge its stays at 0% then it turns off,please help me.
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