Fixing my HTC 8125

image I’m going to post a few things here that the vast majority, if not entirety, of the readers of this blog will not care about.  Nevertheless, one the reasons I post to this thing is to document my adventures in technology.  As I often say to people when giving them computer advice or programming, I know enough to know what should be able to be done "under the hood" of your CPU but in most cases I don’t know exactly how to do it.  That’s where my buddy, my pal, Google steps in.  After all, I am a confirmed "Google Master" with mad orienteering skills.

Problem:  WiFi on my HTC (Cingular) 8125 phone stopped working.  When you enter the Comm Manager and attempted to activate the wireless, the "I’m thinking" icon would spin away for about 15 seconds and then the Wifi would remain disabled. 

Attempts at solving the problem:

  1. A number of soft resets were attempted, to no avail.
  2. Not recalling how to perform a hard reset, I attempted to remove the battery and plug it back in.  This is when I discovered a new problem: The battery panel would not come off.  Tugging, pulling, prying. It wouldn’t budge.  I managed at one point to get my thumbnail under the plastic edge, slicing through the skin connecting my nail to my thumb.  Finally, loosening the edge and peeling it back, it was free.  Some of the label of the batter had turned up and adhered to the back of the battery panel.  All that for nothing, because removing the battery did nothing.
  3. Under Settings, Clear Storage is an option to do a full reset of the phone, which I did.  This still did not help.

What to do, what to do?  Off to Google:

  1. I found one forum entry describing exactly my situation (http://www.htcwizardweb.net/node/2213) but there was not solution and in fact, the author decided he was ready to buy a new phone after several respondents were unable to help:
    POSTED BY ahniedc
  2. I had for a few months, my wifi up and running, and was able to connect to my home airport. one day, wifi disappeared. i go to comm manager and choose wifi, get the spinning circle, but it won’t turn on.

    ROM version 2.25.11.1 WWE
    ROM date 5/11/06
    Radio version 02.25.11
    Protocol version 4.1.13.12
    ExtROM version 2.25.11.102
    Windows Mobile 5, 5.1.195, build 14928.2.2.0

    Even going to Wifi Settings from comm manager doesn’t let me do a thing, and setting up my connections, can’t see wifi.

    I’ve done several soft resets, and with no luck, did a hard reset. I can activesynch to my exchange via GPRS fine.

    Also, have a 1 GB mini SD card, and phone won’t recognize its there. are the two related? is my phone end of life?

  3. I recalled using a registry editor to modify settings to disable GPRS permanently, since I had no use for it and it wouldn’t turn off with just software.  I figured there might be a setting I could use to bring the wifi back to life.  Alas, I got lucky and, this time, with no help from the web, I managed to get the wifi back up and working.

FINAL SOLUTION:
DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility for any "mess" created if someone uses the following steps to fix a similar problem. Anyway, this worked for me.

  • Download and run Mobile Registry Editor (make sure your phone is connected)
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Comm/TNETWLN1/Parms/
  • Change the DWord values for the following items all to 1:
    • HTCResumeWifiAfterReset
    • HTCPreloadWifi
    • HTCPreloadStatus
      (I’ll be honest, I don’t know which one fixed my problem but I’m not about to undo them now, in fear of breaking it again)
  • Ouila! 

NOTE: I also went back and disable GPRS as before.  Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Comm/ConnMgr/Providers/{7C4B7A38-5FF7-4bc1-80F6-5DA7870BB1AA}/Connections.  On both Cingular GPRS and My ISP GPRS, change Enabled to 0.

All I can say is WOOHOO!! (and my thumb still hurts)

5 thoughts on “Fixing my HTC 8125

  1. Interesting article. I however, still couldn’t get the Wifi turned on on my HTC 8125 after trying your final solution. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank You.

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