Incredible: ALL apps force close on startup

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    My phone was working fine. Turned it off properly. Switched battery. Turned back on.

    I was at the keyboards setup screen. I pressed skip or next or something and all applications I had download that were running quit one by one. I had a whole stack of "force close" notifications.

    Then all my widgests said "Problem Loading Gadget" on my screens.
    If I open any non original application, it immediately closes.

    I haven't installed any new applications in maybe a couple weeks. I haven't downloaded anything to my phone. Last thing I was doing was on the Verizon wirelss site from my phone browser and text messaging.

    Any ideas?
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    Update. Much earlier today I was using a Stewie Soundboard application (sound files from Family Guy TV show). I've used it before...and probably the last app I downloaded. No problems when I used it before.

    The only strange thing is, now I can't find the application at all. I looked in my apps list. In my Manage program app. It's like it's as if I had uninstalled it. Kind of worried it might have been a virus app?

    Oh and some non original apps are working...but most are not.
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    if you have antivirus or an app killer uninstall it, since theres been issues with them and its shown they dont work, no matter what
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    Well uninstalled Lookout AntiVirus but no change. Some programs that keep specifically quitting are ColorNote, Taskos, Pandora, and Find My Phone and the Power Controls widget that came with the phone.

    Noticed that if I uninstall then re-install programs they start working normally. But this is treating the symptoms not cause.

    Any ideas on what made these programs which never ever gave me issues suddenly go suicidal on me? All recent installs have been uninstalled.
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    I don't think Lookout Mobile will be the issue. Sounds like you have an app that is not playing nice.

    I am going to ask that this thread be moved to the Incredible Rescue Squad section for further assistance.
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    Any thoughts....
    How do I find this offending app?
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    same issue, no TK or anti virus at all.

    What caused it? Obviously i have to reload everything.

    Some apps are even gone altogether! Like Angry Birds ... which pissed me off because i got pretty far.

    Was driving and rebooted phone, turned back on and got a bunch of FC's. Reinstalled SmartKeyboard and that works fine now, but didnt have time to try others.

    Any feedback?
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    Additionally my battery has been dying like crazy. All the usual settings are off like GPS and auto refresh just like before the issue occurred. Says battery is being used by standby and idle.
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    So end of the line huh....
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    I have the EXACT same issue and it just started today. I had been using my Incredible just fine. Turned it off before I went to sleep last night and now this morning when I turned it on, I am getting TONS of force closes and my Launcher Pro no longer starts (it defaulted back to Sense). Nothing that was on the SD card works and most of my custom settings are wiped out. Just like that...no explanation at all.

    It seems also that the Incredible no longer sees ANYTHING that is installed on the SD card (even though everything is there!).

    If I were to guess, it would seem like the main settings for the phone got totally corrupted somehow and now it doesn't know what's on the SD card at all, nor does it remember the main phone settings.

    This is a complete DISASTER!

    Anthony, wondering if you ever found a solution to this? I don't know what to do at this point besides a factory reset...
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    This happened to me a few weeks ago. I determined it was that my Seidio slim extended battery had gone bad. Only fix was a hard reset and reinstall everything and stop using the battery (warranty replacement on the way). Luckily I am rooted so I had a recent nandroid backup so I got back to normal fairly quickly).

    Alan
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    I had to do a factory reset. I bought My Backup Pro before I did it..backup up data only (not programs). Working fine now. Kind of ridiculous though...3rd wipe I've had to do...
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    With the others that have had this happen, did it also occur when you changed batteries, and do you use the Seidio slim extended or standard? More detail on mine. The device was very hot since I had been using navigation, and the Seidio was in my pocket, and also quite warm. I changed batteries and when the phone came up, it was stuck on the Droid eye for like 10 minutes. I did a battery pull, and when it came back up, it had lost its mind. no apps installed on the SD card would work, and no paid apps would work and email would not sync. All force closed on open. I did a nandroid restore, and all was well except it was about a week out of date, but the mail synced right up to date.

    Later. I charged up the Seidio, switched back to the regular battery and charged it, and then two days later, virtually the same thing happened when I put the Seidio in. Again, the device was warm, but the battery was stone cold. However, I was getting the battery error flashing LED, and when I went into Battery Monitor widget (think that is the name) it showed the battery unhealthy and overheated, but the temperature as -54f.

    I am pretty sure there is a short in the battery, as it was in my pocket and feels a little flexible, where the HTC battery is very solid.

    I bought another HTC and stopped using the Seidio and everything has been fine for two weeks.

    Alan
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    I have 3 different batteries I cycle... I don't think they all would have gone bad at the same time. Trying to think if maybe one worked better. I don't have a phone charger, just battery charger.

    My problem was also very specific. Specific apps would not open (immediate force close) no matter what, others would. But always the same ones like Taskos and ColorNote and FindMyPhone...but as I re-installed each one they would work totally fine again. The short battery life was something I noticed as a secondary effect.
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    For what it's worth, I also had been using the Seidio extended slim battery (1750) though I didn't notice any particular issues with respect to overheating or anything.

    As I said, for me, it was just a regular night where I turned my phone off at night and plugged it in to charge. When I woke up the next morning to turn it on, everything was broken.

    Since this happened, I backed up all my SD card contents that I wanted to keep onto my desktop computer and then had to do a hard reset. I pretty much reinstalled all my apps (Appbrain made it a bit faster, thankfully!). Since I was rooted, I took a bunch of screenshots of my phone so I could remember how everything was laid out on my screens and which apps I had installed.

    Do we really think it could be the Seidio battery causing this issue or have others had this happen with the stock battery as well???? Ugh, did I seriously just waste $50 on this Seidio battery? :-(

    Since I reinstalled and finally got everything back the way it was, I've done a nandroid backup (and may now do this every WEEK!) just in case. As a side note, is there a way to have your SD card apps backed up as well through nandroid? Or is there a better backup method that gets both settings & apps on the internal memory and apps on the SD card?
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    Well first off is it the same exact problem that I'm having?

    Mine happened while rotating through stock battery and 2 very cheap batteries I bought from Hong Kong a few months ago when I FIRST bought the phone.

    Is the problem still happening after wiping the phone? Wouldn't that be your answer ?
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    I think it was my Seidio, but I don't think that is the only possible issue. I think it is because the Seidio was being carried unprotected in my pocket and because it is not quite as "tightly" put together as the stock battery it may have gotten flexed a bit and caused a short.

    Take a look at Titan Backup (need to be rooted, but since you mentioned Nandroid, you are). It will backup apps that are installed on the SD as well, and the paid version will save the backup to Dropbox so if you lose the phone you can still restore (to a replacement).

    Alan
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    It seems I am having the exact same problem as Anthony. I powered down the phone, removed the battery, replaced with a new one and booted up. MOST non-stock apps are either just immediately closing or forcing closed and asking that I report them. Phone is running very slow and has had a hard time finding a signal for voice or data networks in places I know there should be good signal.

    NOTE: I am switching between two stock HTC batteries. Not Seidio. My DH has the Seidio which is how I have two stock HTC.

    Unfortunately, other than the backup assistant provided by Verizon to backup contacts I do not have a formal backup of my phone information. I have connected it to my PC and downloaded all the folders from the phone storage and my SD card as a precaution. I tried to do an app list backup with various programs which claim to successfully install on the phone, but then force closed like everything else. Some close immediately and others close when I try to access the phones information in any way - backup, restore, copy, etc.
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    I think the only way to clear the errors safely is a hard reset, and then re-install everything. A real pain, but it is the safest. Contacts will automatically resync from Google.

    Some apps automatically back up data or configurations to the SD card or have manual backups if they are apps you can get running before you reset. Try and look through the apps that will run and see if you have a way to back up their data if it is not easily re-produced (things like Note Everything, Various list and task management programs, etc...).

    Then the first thing I would do is look into backup apps. The best ones (Nandroid and Titanium) require root. I found Sprite to be useless (worked great on my Windows Mobile, but only restored a few settings when I tried on the incredible).

    Alan

    Alan
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    just had the EXACT same problem as Anthony not 30 minutes ago with my Incredible: most apps force closing on startup, Angry Birds uninstalled, note and to-do apps empty, most apps force close when trying to open them. the last app i installed was Sound Hound last night. uninstalled it this morning, still having the problem after a couple reboots and battery removals.

    this is with the stock battery. no heat issues.

    not happy.
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