Recently the Blackberry Playbook and Blackberry Z10 smartphone have both received firmware updates that give you error messages with loading BAR files. We have received thousands of emails and messages in the last few days about the problem. In this tutorial, we will outline how you fix these various errors.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have the latest version of Java 32 and Microsoft.Net installed on your computer. If you are having problems loading in any of our apps from the Good e-Reader Playbook and BB10 app store, you will have to use a different program.
We have discovered a new Google Chrome Extension that will allow you to install and uninstall BAR files on your Playbook and Z10. This is a confirmed working method that I recommend to everyone to use. You need to download the EXTENSION and then you simply enter the development password you have established. If you need help setting up developer mode on your device, watch our PLAYBOOK or Z10 setup videos, but only the first half is relevant to this tutorial
Once the extension is installed and you enter your developer IP and password, you click on “manage your device.” You will receive a certificate error message, which is normal. In essence, you are not connecting up to a remote server, but your own computer. Next, you will see a menu that shows you all of the apps on your Z10 or Playbook. Simply click on the menu item that says “install” and it opens up a file browser on your local computer. Select the BAR files you have downloaded from Good e-Reader and then click OPEN. It will begin to automatically install the apps. You can install more than one at a time, so you will not lose the bulk importing feature people loved about DDPB.
It should take a few minutes to load the apps on your device, and then you are good to go. Many people have verified this new method is working for them and I firmly advise everyone to use this extension in order to copy BAR files to your Z10 or Playbook.
Update: If you are using WINDOWS 8, which is causing some of the errors, we recommend to right click on the BAR files you download and click UNBLOCK. We have also heard reports of people uninstalling Blackberry Link, which is also causing issues.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.