How to Access BlackBerry Engineering Screens


Those who are curious and brave enough to dive deep into the BlackBerry operating system’s guts will be interested in hearing about this tool for accessing hidden engineering screens. It’s a pretty simple process.

  1. From the homescreen, hit Alt + Shift + H (or Alt + EACE on SureType devices like the Pearl, or Escape + tap top-left three times followed by once on the top-right on SurePress BlackBerrys). This should bring up an extended Help Me! screen.
  2. Take the values shown there (App Version including the bracketed value, PIN number, uptime since your last reboot, and how long you want your Help Me! screen replaced by engineering screens) and type them in the corresponding fields in the Thyth-o-matic Engineering Screen Unlock Code Generator. Do not close the Help Me! screen, since the code generated is specific to the uptime shown there.
  3. Type in the unlock code provided and voila, your Help Me! screen accessed via Shift + Alt + H (or otherwise) will be switched to Engineering Screens for the duration you chose.

Unless you know what you’re doing, you don’t want to mess around with what’s in here since there are some relatively low-level functions here that could seriously mess up your BlackBerry. However, it’s worth enabling out of idle interest or technical utility, as the case may be. You can see the internal temperature of the battery, check internal logs, memory usage, all sorts of stuff.

For those who are really hardcore techies, check out the algorithm used to generate this code, since the automated generator probably won’t last long online after RIM legal gets its rage on. Big ups to Thyth for putting this together.

[via BerryReview]

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