Finally getting around to the Palm Pre’s webOS 1.4.5 update

Posted By on August 25, 2010

A couple day’s before our vacation, Sprint pushed out the webOS 1.4.5 update to Palm webOS phones. palmwebos1.4.5updatesmI resisted the urge to update prior to leaving (thankfully), as I had some concern that the Pre Backup Utility wouldn’t be sufficient to restore the ‘homebrew’ apps, patches and tweaks I installed over the past year, an assumption was correct in my case.


The actually update pushed overnight and was no problem, but attempting to restore the customization to the phone was a complete failure. The “restore” feature from the Pre Backup Utility whirled endlessly and by morning after a reboot had restored my phone to factory specs and no personal data whatsoever. The balance of the morning was spent synchronizing data via “the cloud” so I could at least have my contacts and calendar functioning again.

govnah_2010-24-08_153228 Back to tinkering again this afternoon after finally giving up on restoring my tweaks and patches using the Pre Backup Utility – a waste. Hopefully over time I’ll have everything back to the way I like it. For now, I’ve got UberKernel and Govnah running again in order to bump chip speed up to 800 MHz from the stock 500. It ran fine on the previous OS so I’m hoping the same for webOS 1.4.5.

From memory I’ve used Preware to install most of the patches and some of the programs that I use regularly. After flushing the text messages it looks as if that is back to normal … but my contacts are jumbled, I’ve lost speed dials and a few ‘homebrew’ programs.

Other than that, the phone is running again but seems to be draining the battery even faster than before??? Since I’m traveling Wednesday, I’ll give the new webOS a more appropriate test.


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