I upgraded my Samsung n135 netbook to Ubuntu 11.10 today and encountered some … issues:
The upgrade process didn’t disable the powersave schedule, which suspended my computer and the ongoing upgrade
After the upgrade (which took hours to complete), the screen flicker problem I already knew proved to have become worse, to the extend it rendered my system unusable. A blunt “rmmod samsung_laptop” stopped the flicker (actually powersaving trying to change the screen brightness).
Maybe this is on the edge of what is ethical, because we’re actually faking an official browser-message, trying to trick users in clicking that link. And maybe they can’t install IE7 or 8 (or another browser) because they don’t have administrator-rights.
But if users aren’t aware of the problem their ancient browser creates, they won’t bug their IT-staff now will they?
These are the steps I followed to flash my Nokia with the correct firmware (only possible under MS Windows XP or Vista afaik);
Backup your phone‘s data using e.g. the Nokia PC suite (this will not back the old firmware, only your data)
Press *#0000# on your phone and write down the firmware info you see, in my case this was:
Check the product code of your phone (underneath the battery) and write that down. In my case this was “0542890”
Go to this page to find alternative product codes for your phone, crosschecking with the info from (2) and (3). I decided I needed “0538563 EURO A Mocha/Silver” (which has QWERTY) instead of the current “0542890 EURO D French Mocha/Silver” (which has AZERTY)
Think twice before proceeding, the steps below may cause permanent damage to your phone and may void your warranty! You have been warned!
So you’re sure you want to proceed? OK;
Make sure the USB connection between your PC and phone can remain in place for the next 30 minutes or so (no cats or children that might want to play with that USB-cable). The USB-connection is your phone’s lifeline, if it gets cut during the upgrade, your phone dies (well, kinda).
Fire up Nemesis:
click on the right top button (with the magnifying glass) to scan for a new device
click on the 2nd icon labeled “Phone Info“
in the “Production data edit” pane check the box next to “product code” and press “read“. The value there should match the product code you wrote down earlier
replace the product code with the one you think you need (cfr. step 4) and press “write” (and do a “read” again to make sure the value is correct).
Start Nokia Software Updater (can be done from within the PC Suite).
NSU actually is a pretty straightforward wizard that will guide you through the upgrade process. You will be warned several times about the dangers of flashing your phone, but by this step you should know what you are doing, no?
During the upgrade, your phone will restart several times, you’ll hear Windows play the sound to indicate USB-devices are plugged out/in. Don’t worry, this is normal.
Close NSU when it says it’s ready
Disconnect the USB-cable
Check your phone’s firmware information by pressing *#0000# again. In my case this was
So there you have it, not only was my keyboard mapping problem solved, I also got a free upgrade to the latest Nokia firmware. Qnd there zqs much rejoicing! ;-)