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    All shortcuts and widgets disappear from home screen after 2.1 update

    Since I applied the 2.1 update (manually) I have had all icons and widgets disappear from my home screen 2 times. Each time it was after updating an app in the market (Easy Spirit Level, Bluetooth File Transfer, and Astro). I updated Easy Spirit Level first and while it was downloading and installing I set the phone aside. A couple of minutes later when I woke it up and hit Home I was left with nothing but a picture frame widget; all other icons and widgets were gone from all 3 home screens. I rebooted and all was well.

    Next I updated Astro and Bluetooth File Transfer and did the same thing, let the backlight time out. When I woke it back up and hit Home this time, everything was gone from all 3 home screens. Again I rebooted and all was well again.

    I tried installing a new app to see if I could replicate it that way but didn't have any trouble.

    I'm wondering if it has anything at all to do with the market or just coincidence. And if it is market related, is it exclusive to updates and not installs? And... if it is updates, does letting the phone go to sleep while downloading and installing have anything to do with it.

    So, anyone else experiencing anything along these lines? If so please give as much detail as possible so we can try to pinpoint the cause.
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    I had this problem sporadically on 2.01 and had it immediately after upgrading to 2.1 when switching from portrait to landscape. At this point I'd settle for a way to fix it without rebooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtherGnat View Post
    I had this problem sporadically on 2.01 and had it immediately after upgrading to 2.1 when switching from portrait to landscape. At this point I'd settle for a way to fix it without rebooting.
    I am still on 2.01. Over the past few days all of my desktop icons and widgets disappeared several times, requiring me to reboot the phone. Also the phone rebooted itself once. This problem only started a few days ago for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by EtherGnat View Post
    I had this problem sporadically on 2.01 and had it immediately after upgrading to 2.1 when switching from portrait to landscape. At this point I'd settle for a way to fix it without rebooting.
    I am still on 2.01. Over the past few days all of my desktop icons and widgets disappeared several times, requiring me to reboot the phone. Also the phone rebooted itself once. This problem only started a few days ago for me.
    Had to reboot my phone again today due to losing all my icons and widgets on the desktop. One thing I did notice is that after I rebooted, I had new updates available for download. I dont know if this is related or not.........hopefully the new 2.1.......which I havent received yet........will fix this crap. Anyone else having this issue?
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    I'm having the same problem losing all icons and widgets but only after taking my phone off the media dock station. I manually updated to 2.1 and I've never had this problem before the update. I hope they fix this issue, it's getting really annoying having to battery pull every time i take it off the media dock station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frod329 View Post
    I'm having the same problem losing all icons and widgets but only after taking my phone off the media dock station. I manually updated to 2.1 and I've never had this problem before the update. I hope they fix this issue, it's getting really annoying having to battery pull every time i take it off the media dock station.
    You have to pull the battery? You cant just power down the phone and power it back up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpencerC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by frod329 View Post
    I'm having the same problem losing all icons and widgets but only after taking my phone off the media dock station. I manually updated to 2.1 and I've never had this problem before the update. I hope they fix this issue, it's getting really annoying having to battery pull every time i take it off the media dock station.
    You have to pull the battery? You cant just power down the phone and power it back up?
    Nope if I do it that way I'm still left with no icons.
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    I had the same thing happen to me in 2.0.1 no icons or widgets. I rebooted deleted some apps to see if it was a memory problem but nothing. So after I tried everything I put everything back on my home screen manually. Then the next 2 days come and the widgets and icon s all came back but they were inserted behind the New widgets and icons I just put up!!! It actually looked pretty sick so I left it like that. It's still like that right now. I will post pics later
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    Unhappy frustrating

    so having all the icons disappear seems to be happening to many of us - yet no solution. That stinks. I'm in my first 30 days with DROID .. I'm thinking returning - and, waiting on the iPhone might not be a bad idea.
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    I just received my 2.1 update and was hoping this would fix the icons-disappearing problem, but alas it's not so. The problem usually happens after I've received a text message. Either reading the text message or replying to it, then returning to home screen, results in icons disappearing. I am using Handcent so I figured that must be the culprit so I uninstalled it, rebooted and used the stock messaging app for a few days, but the problem continued.

    One time in particular I pinpointed the problem to receiving an update for one of my apps (Alice gig guide) so I uninstalled Alice and rebooted, but the problem has continued even after that. The Market isn't a common factor for me as it happens plenty of times when I don't visit the Market for days. I know one person suggested it might be when there are updates available, but I have the notifications turned off for Market updates so I'm not sure if I'm a candidate for that theory.

    Very frustrating. I have a lot of apps installed, many that I use on a daily basis, so it would be a real nightmare to start junking apps to see if the problem continues; plus, since it doesn't happen every day, or every time I get a text message, I'd be unclear as to how long I would need to let it ride before determining whether the problem had resolved itself.

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one out there.
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