"Application Error 205" appears on the BlackBerry smartphone

Article ID: KB17024

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 12-15-2011


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Curve 8300 Series
  • BlackBerry® Desktop Manager
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 Series

The BlackBerry® Curve™ 8300 Series smartphone stops responding and one of the following error messages appears:

Application Error 205


The smartphone encountered a Java® Virtual Machine (JVM®) application related problem and is unable to continue running.


Ensure that the smartphone is running the most current version of BlackBerry Device Software. For more information on this procedure, see KB16068.

If the error message persists, or if the smartphone is already running the most current version of BlackBerry Device Software, further investigation might be required. To help further diagnose the cause, contact your wireless service provider or BlackBerry® Technical Support Services for further review and support.


Perform a hard reset by removing the battery from the smartphone and reinserting it. For more information on this procedure, see KB02141.

If the error message persists, perform a reload or upgrade the BlackBerry Device Software. For more information on this procedure, see KB10144.

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Note: To assist in capturing the error details, contact support while the error is still displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone.  If possible, do not reset the smartphone or attempt to reload the BlackBerry Device Software until enough information is captured for a full investigation into the cause of the error.

To assist with diagnosing these types of issues, provide as many of the following details as possible:

  • What is the frequency of the issue?
  • Is the issue easily reproduced or does it occur at random?
  • If the issue is able to be reproduced, make note of the steps to take to reproduce the issue.
  • Is there a specific application or function being used when the issue occurs?
  • Have you experienced any issues with the smartphone as a result of the error message, such as being unable to use the browser?
  • Have you recently updated the BlackBerry Device Software or other applications?
  • When was the last backup performed of the data on the BlackBerry smartphone?


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