I just got a Blackberry 7290 (an extra my brother-in-law had lying around) but couldn’t do anything with it because it was stuck on a password screen. An my BIL couldn’t remember the password so I went a searchin’ for info on how to reset the thing and start over. I searched on:
‘Blackberry 7290, hard reset’
‘Blackberry 7290, handheld is locked’
‘Blackberry 7290, reset button’ (note to anyone else trying to find this — the 7290 doesn’t have one!)
‘Blackberry 7290, password protected’
‘Blackberry 7290, reset password’
None of the resulting pages had the right answer for me.
The solution? I decided to try and exceed the maximum password retries (in the case of my 7290, I had a max of 6 retries). Once I did this, it nuked all the data on the Blackberry and let me set it up from scratch. Perfect!