Prefetch Exception and Abort Exception


PDA street forums - error. Just got this horrible error on my brand new replacement blackberry. Unlike the fellow I haven't installed any software.
Frankly, it sounds like a hardware problem. The Blackberry boots into a single message that is variously:
Prefetch Exception Reset
Abort Exception Reset
Error 365 Reset
Sigh. I'm never going to get my mail!
On the Blackberry site, it says that for "Abort Exception": you should connect the handheld to the crable, open the desktop manager and click Applications Loader and select the optoin to erate all existing data and appliations. Kind of sad to see this is the resolution.