Palm Pre and Preware

My beloved Pre recently took a nosedive, and unfortunately, the only way to get it to boot was by restoring the firmware with WebOSDoctor. That wiped out all of my customizations, patches, homebrew apps, etc (maybe all that stuff contributed to my recent failure to boot).

So, I have to configure everything. I figured this time, I'd write it down.

To start with, I'm using a computer that I've previously configured to interact with the Pre. That's my starting point.

I'm going to use WebOSQuickInstall to install Preware on my phone. Once I've got Preware installed, I can do all the rest from the Pre itself.

  1. On the Pre, enter the Konami code, upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart, to enable developer mode
  2. On the PC, launch WebOSQuickInstall, and connect to the Pre with a USB cable.
  3. On the Pre, select "Just Charge" at the prompt.
  4. From WebOSQuickInstall launch the Ipkg Repository Viewer button (the little green arrow pointing at a hard drive).
  5. From the drop-down, choose the WebOS-Internals Feed (All), select the package manager service, and click download.
  6. In WebOSQuickInstall, click Install! to install this service to the Pre.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6, this time selecting Preware for installation.
  8. On the Pre's launcher, you should now have an icon to launch Preware. From there, it's simple to browse the available feeds of patches, themes, and homebrew applications.
My first change will be to install the "Limited Emergency Button" so I can quit calling the California Highway Patrol on myself when trying to unlock my phone. Then I'll remove the NFL, Nascar, Amazon, Sprint TV, and the other useless Sprint applications from the launcher.

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