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Solved: Error CLR20r3, rim.desktop.exe

Error CLR20r3 rim.desktop.exe

It looks like the whole BlackBerry community is faced with the error “CLR20r3” when using BlackBerry Desktop Manager version 6.  The same happened to me.  I was using BB DM6 just fine when one day, BAM!!! the error appeared.  I have posted a screenshot of the error as above. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat as me — or rather as was I.

After reading forums, scouring blog posts, testing and experimenting on my own, here are 2 methods you can adopt to resolve your BlackBerry Desktop Manager hang (or stop responding) error:

  1. First – uninstall version 6 and install version 5.  This method have been described as the most sensible thing to do in order to stop your hair loss.
  2. And second – live with the problem and use the workaround below.  This is what I experimented and it worked fine for me.  To me, this is a temporary annoyance until RIM releases the next version/patch.
  • Plug in your Blackberry using the USB cable
  • Start BlackBerry Desktop Manager (if it does not start automatically)
  • Your BB DM should prompt the fatal error. Close the error windows and don’t bother to send the report to Microsoft (not that it helps).
  • Pull out your USB cable and count from 1 to 5 slowly.
  • Take a deep breath and exhale slowly
  • Plug in the USB cable again
  • Start your BB DM again
  • And voila! Your synchronisation starts and you can use your DM again.

Let me know if this works for you in the comments section below. 🙂

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Technology Behind WWTBAM

If you are wondering what WWTBAM stands for, it is Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. WWTBAM is a television game show offering the smartest contestants a chance to be millionaire if anyone of them can answer 15 questions correctly in a row; failing which, they go home empty-handed. Each country plays it in their currency, so, contestants in the UK stand to win a million British Pounds while contestants in Malaysia stand to win a million Ringgit Malaysia; that’s equivalent to 143,000 British Pounds – puny.

If you have watched this game show before, you will notice that contestants are given a chance to ask the audience what the correct answer might be. Here you are, having a couple of hundred live audiences, all answering you at the same time. How do they collect and poll the answers? Well, I found out that there is actually a ready solution called the Audience Response System (ARS).


I never thought solutions such as ARS existed – all the while thinking that such technology is proprietary to WWTBAM. Friends, this technology is cool; too cool in fact. This is because with technology like ARS, you can now have interactive sessions with an audience. If you are one of those who frequently stand on stage, behind the podium and seeks live, real time feedback from your audience, this is the tool you will cherish.

Another instance where ARS is going to be useful is public voting. Remember how the last time you were asked to vote by raising your hands? Believe it or not, humans tend to follow majority. It’s simply psychology. Can you imagine if you were the odd one out? Everyone will be eyeballing you in no time. Can you see how ARS can help in obtaining the actual voters’ sentiments/preference? Cool tech, eh? 😉

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