My Bionic Frustrations Solved!

Discussion in 'Droid Bionic Tech Support' started by draexo, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. draexo

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    After having the Bionic for 2 weeks, I have solved my troubles.
    The situation was this: data drops - both 3g and 4g (other Verizon phones around me were not having similar problems)
    battery life was horrible - 8 hours with it sitting on the desk all day with light use.


    I approached this problem by starting with Verizon Tech Support at my local store. Their solutions were to keep the phone for 6 hours and test the battery. They also installed a new SIM card and informed me that 8 hours battery life on a Bionic was "Great for a 4G phone". The battery tested out fine and the new SIM card did nothing. After a few more frustrating days, I went back to my Droid X until I could get back to the store. Meanwhile I bricked the phone by mistake and learned all sorts of stuff about FXZ files and why RSD Lite loves my Droid X but not my Bionic. I eventually restored my phone and I received authorization by Verizon to FedEx my Bionic back and was waiting on a return label when I read about the .901 radio update. I went back to Verizon Store and got a new SIM card and re-activated the phone. As expected, as I drove around town and came home, I experienced the usual data drops.
    I then followed the steps to install the .901 radio update.
    Viola!
    All is good now. Battery made it 14 hours in mostly standby and was at 20% when I finally plugged it in. Data drops are history as well. This is all with the stock rom.

    So for all you frustrated Bionic users, I suggest you try the .901 update as it has made a HUGE difference for me.
     
  2. smalltowngirl13

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    Congrats and thanks for posting up the info!
     
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    I think I may have to try this...
     
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    Verizon Wireless is sending me out a Bionic to replace my Thunderbolt, how do it get the 901 build, do I need to be rooted. Oh and did I trade trouble for trouble.

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    Really? .901 actually corrects data connectivity issues? Why hasn't it been released to everyone?
     
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    How do I get a ligit .901 update?

    I have a bionic that is presently at 5.5.893 (OTA upgraded from 5.5.886). There was talk of leaked updates that disabled the ability to update to stock .893. My fear is if I Cheesecake to .901, I'll miss ICS from Motorola/Verizon.
     
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    .901 isn't a cheescake it was pushed to some of us disgruntled Bionic users by Verizon Wireless.

    DROID Bionic Receiving Mysterious 5.9.901 Update? – Droid Life

    You must be completely stock to install. If you are rooted you must Forever Root to maintain it. Install via Stock Recovery.
     
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    I keep seeing this term "cheesecake"? What does it mean? 9.01 is an official update pushed by error to a few phones. You can install it through boot recovery. No root needed. In fact you have to be stock with latest ota update 8.93 to install it. My phone works much better with it. No guarantees about staying on upgrade path...motorola has acknowledge the update and hopefully will support it.
     
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    I am on 901 and I NEVER drop 4g anymore. 3g will still drop once or twice a day. Battery life is much improved and have not had any bsod issues since updating. Highly recommend updating your phone to this build.

    Sent from my DROID BIONIC
     
  10. tjk629

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    Lucky.

    I'm on 901 and still drop data.

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    so how do I get the .901 update? my phone system says it is up to date. I'm having the same problems. Never had any problems with my droid X
     
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    DROID Life has the file somewhere on their site.

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