Nintendo 3DS struck by black screen of death

On March 29, 2011, in Gaming, Geeky, by Mike Jefferson

Screens of death have long been present on Microsoft’s products for a while, but after blue screen of death on Windows and red ring of death on the Xbox360, for the first time, we’ve seen screen of death on a Nintendo console.

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This seemed odd but hardly surprising, its become apparent that the popular free email service Hotmail or aka Windows Live Hotmail went down

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I never thought of this, but it seems some iPhone users update / upgrade their iPhone’s firmware in airplane mode in order to avoid phone calls coming in and disrupting the update process. However it seems the latest iPhone firmware update version 2.2.1 doesn’t like this (it appears that the update requires cell phone signal?). What would or could happen is your iPhone will appear to be stuck or frozen for some time, subsequently a message reporting lost of connection would appear, causing the update to fail completely.

By the way, this applies to those updating directly via iTunes, so no matter whether or not you decide to jailbreak your firmware 2.2.1 after the firmware update, you need to update to 2.2.1 using iTunes anyway first. So it’s wise to be aware of your airplane mode and turn it off to avoid potentially wasting hours of sitting and waiting!

Incase you do run into the situation where you get a completely frozen or bricked iPhone because you left airplane mode on purposely for the update like you usually do, here’s the fix and how to get your iPhone unbricked and working again:

“To turn off Airplane Mode on your seemingly “bricked” iPhone, disconnect the USB cable (or undock), then slide the Emergency Call switch to reach the emergency call phone. You’ll be prompted to disable Airplane Mode. Tap “Disable”. Then press the Home button, reconnect the phone, and watch iTunes recognize/reactivate your iPhone.”

Thanks to Victor from TUAW for pointing this out over at Apple discussions board

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Windows Vista is always in the news on the blogosphere about how effective it performs. No matter what version of Vista you may be running, it’s possible that you may have already seen these error messages more than once and may well probably be fed up with them!

(I have no idea how the above pic came about, but you’ve been encouraged!)

More following the jump…

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