A safe upgrade to Diablo

At the end, Maemo Diablo release for N810 is out. But if you have valuable information, programs or configuration on it maybe you’re worried about what you’ll loose in a reflashing. In fact, if you’ve done the upgrade yet you’ll notice that the main part of the apps from Extras repository are missing in Diablo for the moment. Fortunately, there’s a way to install the apps from the old Chinook repository.

Here are six simple steps to perform the upgrade process and restore all your current applications:

  1. Backup your /home/user to a safe place by hand. Standard backup tool won’t
    backup every file you’ve at home and maybe you could need them later…
  2. Do a backup using the backup tool.
  3. Reflash the device with the new image using the flasher tool according to the reflashing instructions
  4. Restore the backup. Some old apps will remain grayshaded because the backup
    tool can’t find them in the now current Diablo repository.
  5. Open Application Manager. Menu, tools, application catalog. Maemo Extras,
    edit. Distribution: chinook, uncheck the “disabled” checkbox, Accept. Close.
  6. Menu, tools, restore applications. Accept.

That’s all. Enjoy your updated device!