syafeerul: Omnia tweaking

it has been ages since i made any changes on my omnia. i did the firmware update. then the PointUI shells my omnia after slide-to-unlock with S2U2. i installed PHM RegEdit to make registry changes. then there is my favourite game on omnia – Sudoku in which i chose to use Su Doku v5.5. the only registry change i made was to make the slider larger for easier finger scrolling. there’s a post on that earlier. dig up if u wanna know abou that.

for the past two weeks i’ve been lurking on the net, looking on how to make my omnia looks better. despite being a year old phone, im quite impressed as there is still lots of supports from all over the net. google it and you can never have enough. this time around, my omnia make a huge jump from its previous state. way different..

before i went on blabbering on my omnia tweaks.. allow me to define some terms that u might came across in this post. some of us might not know what certain terms meant. i had some difficulty in understanding this in the first place..

what is shell? its like a theme that is somewhat like your Omnia theme on front screen when you first bought it. shell covers from how ur front screen looks, how your contacts are seen and arranged, where softkeys are placed.. it is a shell that envelops your software. got it?
skin? for every shell, you’ll have a skin on it whether u know it or u don’t. this skin is actually how your shell would look. it could be black with some fancy fonts, or maybe chrome with a tahoma type of font. skin is how ur shell would look.

i use PointUI as my shell. didn’t make any skin change from day 1. i use the black skin which looks cool enough for me. i tried SPB Mobile Shell 2 previously but it was too complicated. but recently i came about the latest version of SPB Mobile Shell 3 (MS3). it looks really attractive and super-cool. so i downloaded that and am currently using it now. there are a number of skins available for free on the net nut i still prefer the original one with some small tweak. first, edit layout with the built in Edit Layout function. change widgets from Add Widget function. then i used Shell Extension to link contact straight to contact carousel. made some changes on pages to be displayed – lifestye home, launcher, agenda, contacts, task manager and time.

with PointUI, the shell covers the whole screen, hence the Windows Mobile 6 (WM6) taskbar on top was hidden underneath. however with MS3, the taskbar is visible. and i really don’t like how it looks. so search on and found Wisbar Advance. with that installed, my WM6 taskbar looks way better! for this, i used the black theme which was awesome!

to make my omnia runs slightly faster, and to make some of the programs work, i downloaded Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistrutable. intalled that through ActiveSync. however this does not work on the fly. u need to make some registry changes to make it work.

  1. open registry editor – in my case i use PHM RegEdit.
  2. go to: HKLM/Software/Microsoft/.NETCompactFramework
  3. there will be two items here,
    2.0.7045.00 Vaue data = 1
    3.5.7283.00 Value data = 0
  4. change to this:
    2.0.7045.00 Vaue data = 0
  5. 3.5.7283.00 Value data = 1

this is to enable 3.5 instead of 2.0.

next to solve my small problem with GPRS usage. i wanted to avoid connecting to GPRS coz that requires me to pay extra bills. downloaded this and my problems are solved! – NoData from Modaco.

then i came across one nice software while searching on getting qiblah direction – Pocket Islam. best software available for muslims especially. there’s Quran recitation as well as Athan according to your place of living.

and now my omnia looks much better than it was before..

2.0.7045.00 Vaue data = 0 (originally 1.change it to 0)

3.5.7283.00 Value data = (originally 0. Change it to 1 in order for the 3.5 version to be used)

Take Care Of Your Li-On Battery

Lithium-Ion batteries have a finite life, they slowly degrade from the day they are first made. The life of the battery will depend upon how you charge and discharge the battery and the temperature at which the battery is kept. A manufacturer will rate a Notebook battery to the point where it holds 50% of its original capacity. At this point you should consider replacing the battery.

Li-ion batteries are not as durable as nickel metal hybride or nickel-cadmium designs and can be extremely dangerous if mistreated. They are usually more expensive.

Lithium ion batteries can be formed into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so as to efficiently fill available space in the devices they power, but li-ion batteries are lighter than other equivalent secondary batteries.

The energy is stored in these batteries through the movement of lithium ions. Lithium is the third lightest element, giving a substantial saving in weight compared to batteries using much heavier metals. However, the bulk of the electrodes are effectively “housing” for the ions and add weight, and in addition “dead weight” from the electrolyte, current collectors, casing, electronics and conductivity additives reduce the charge per unit mass to little more than that of other rechargeable batteries. The forte of the Li-ion chemistry is the high open circuit voltage in comparison to aqueous batteries (such as lead acid, nickel metal hybride and nickel cadmium).

One important thing li-ion batteries do not suffer from the memory effect. They also have a low self-discharge rate of approximately 5% per month, compared with over 30% per month in nickel metal hydride batteries and 10% per month in nickel cadmium batteries.

Here is a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts for the care of your Li-On batteries :

Do’s

  1. When you receive a new NoteBook or Tablet PC, leave the battery to fully charge overnight.
  2. Condition a new battery by using it until it is fully discharged, and then re-charge it fully. Doing this once a month will help to accurately calibrate your battery.
  3. Always ensure the battery is recharged as soon as possible after it becomes fully discharged. A battery will be permanently damaged if left for an extended length of time in a fully discharged state.
  4. Remember that a Lithium-Ion battery will slowly deteriorate; a new battery will always perform better than one that is 6-months old.
  5. Remember that the battery half-life is rated for a certain total number of charge/discharge cycles (see your User Manual or Quick Start Guide for the rating). For example, a battery that is rated for 3 hours and 500 charge/discharge cycles, will still be considered as within specification, even if it only lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes after 500 charge/discharge cycles.
  6. Heat is the worst enemy of a battery. Allow plenty of air to circulate around the Notebook/Tablet PC, so that the battery is kept as cool as possible when charging and also when in use. If provided, use the integrated ‘legs’ under the Notebook to raise the notebook and improve air circulation.
  7. Remove the battery if storing for several months (the battery should be at approximately 50% charge or higher).
  8. If you use a NoteBus or if charging your Notebooks or Tablet PCs in a confined space, allow for adequate ventilation in order to keep the batteries as cool as possible.

Don’ts

  1. Do Not – Expose the battery to excessive heat or cold (i.e. outside the range of 10-35 degrees Centigrade ambient).
  2. Do Not – Store the battery in a fully charged state (store batteries with about 50% charge).
  3. Do Not – Allow a nearly flat battery to be unused for more than a month or so. The battery will slowly discharge until it becomes fully discharged and this will permanently damage the battery cells.
  4. Do Not – Charge your Notebook/Tablet PC inside a carry case – the battery may overheat.
  5. Do Not – Charge your Notebook/Tablet PC when stacked on top of each other – the battery may overheat.

Remember : Your battery is slowly degrading all the time, even if it is not used. Keeping your battery as cool as possible will slow down this degradation considerably.


i didn’t realize its different in handling Li-On batteries. i’ve been handling my Omnia and Sixaxis batteries in the old concept. full discharge and full charge at most of the times.. huhu.. changing the ways of doing it now.. thanks Ezine.

How To Install Garmin Mobile XT for Windows Mobile Phone

Garmin Mobile XT is one of wonderful handy application to GPS enabled mobile phone, especially for Symbian 60 series and Windows Mobile. When I first get my Samsung Omnia phone, it was nothing than only with a small bunch of basic Windows Mobile application. So I decide to install this one, Garmin Mobile XT since I really need this to travel up down left and right. The best part is, it’s FREE and no data consumption.

Have no intention of sending the phone to phone shop for GPS installation, I decided to try on my own. Here are steps what I did and posted here will maybe be my reference in future time. At first, let’s have a look on what we can do with Garmin Mobile XT:

Listed here are what needed to install Garmin Mobile XT to Windows Mobile Phone:

  • GPS Navigation Enabled Phone, in my case, I’m using Samsung Omnia.
  • A Windows computer with Microsoft ActiveSync installed (Download ActiveSynce if you don’t have one).
  • USB Cable to connect phone with the computer
  • Garmin Mobile XT application (available to download at Garmin site)

Installing Garmin Mobile XT

First off, there are three (3) main downloads needed to perform the operation. Download all these application.

Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable. Make sure that you are connected via Microsoft ActiveSync. Download all the above files to your computer, double click the file, install, and choose the installation location to your mobile phone. In my case, I choose to install to “My Storage”, and the installation directory will look like this:

My Storage\Garmin\

Finish up the installation. Install all three Garmin Mobile XT, Support files and Free basemap one by one with the same procedure. Disconnect your mobile phone from the PC and see your mobile phone for new application installation process.

Adding GPS Map files to your Garmin Mobile XT

Now that we’re all set with the application, it’s time to install GPS map files to your mobile phone. In my case, I use MalsingMaps Malaysia and Singapore map. You need to download the installer files to your PC first, and it is available here:

  • MalsingMaps Malaysia and Singapore map (MFM) : Download (at the moment: MFM v1.60)
  • MelsingMaps Malaysia and Singapore Topo map (MFM-SRTM) : Download (at the moment:  MFM-SRTM v1.02)

Now that you’ve downloaded both these files. Reconnect your mobile phone back to your PC with USB cable. This time, I will not going to connect my phone via ‘ActiveSync’, but connect via ‘Mass Storage’. On your mobile phone, go ‘Start > Settings > Connection > USB connection’ and choose ‘Mass Storage’. Now connect it to the computer.

Open up the downloaded files on your PC by double clicking the MFM map installer file. Follow the installation guide here. Repeat the installation process to MFM-SRTM topo map.

Now that all set and you are ready to go!

Additional For Testing Purpose : Keygen

Garmin Mobile XT is not free, it comes with 15 days trial. There is a keygen available by searching to Google, Aand here’s how to crack them up. Take note that please support the original one, since updates will becoming more handy.

  1. Upon exploring ‘File Explorer’ at your mobile phone, go to the partition you’ve installed Garmin Mobile XT, and you’ll find the folder “2577″. Delete Download the folder.
  2. Run you Garmin Mobile XT application, go to ” Tools > Settings > About “.
  3. Copy all the information, ID numbers anywhere on a paper.
  4. Run IMEI to UnitID Converter v1.0, Use CardID as your IMEI if you are using Windows Mobile phone. Find your IMEI and use it.
  5. Generate your UnitID
  6. Run Garmin Keygen 1.5 , paste out the UnitID there and click ‘generate’.
  7. You will be given a software unlock code. Copy the code number.
  8. Run notepad, paste down the code, and save the file as SW.UNL (not SW.UNL.txt)
  9. Connect your PC with your mobile phone and copy the SW.UNL file to root directory where you install Garmin. In my case, ‘ “My Storage”/ ‘
  10. Restart your Garmin Mobile XT. Done.

Garmin Mobile XT Keygen June 5, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Dude, here are keygen Download Link:

Note: For test only. Please buy the original one. You can find lot original license selling at cheap price.

ivan lim June 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm

i hv install GarminMobileXTforSymbianS603rdEdition_50050 into my nokia 5800, but still cant to view malaysia’s map. how to genarate the product key? where can get the id? please help me.. if can please gv me the wedside to download.. thanks..

Hanep June 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

@ivan lim : the method is just the same with mine. only the software of Garmin Mobile XT is different. Yours is Garmin Mobile XT for Symbian.

Download : http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=010-11034-00

The installation is just the same like what i did.
Another guide you can refer: http://www.kimberlycun.com/2008/11/09/installing-garmin-mobile-xt-on-nokia-n96/

leong June 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

can i install garmin xt 50020 to my chinese gps “igo g6 navigator?my navigator is window ce v5

Hanep June 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

@leong : Refer here : http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=010-11034-00 for supported device with Garmin Mobile XT.

leong June 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

i can’t see my unit id.i just got device id.my device sn 1608081100007344 butthe converter just 15 no only.i am using garmin mobile xt 50020wp.what can i do now.i am try many version mobile xt but same dervice id:17826272.

Hanep June 18, 2009 at 11:06 pm

@leong : try using your IMEI number. Insert the code starting the first one until the is no much space have.

harou June 27, 2009 at 3:21 am

hi bro, i really need help, my IMEI to UnitID Converter v1.0 is not working, it keep saying that i enter a invalid imei….. which i already tried using my card id and my imei id but it still fails to work….i am using a hp ipaq 612c with windows mobile 6.1

Hanep June 28, 2009 at 11:36 am

It’s working. Try to find your IMEI by *#06# (if avail) and use it to generate UnitID. Remove 2 unit at the last of the number if your IMEI got more number that what requested, and just try to get the UnitID.

miri June 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

hi, i have installed garmin mobile xt but on front page its no signal?

Hanep June 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

It’s normal. Your either in poor satellite reception or still waiting for the satellite to reach you. Have a wait for some time, or go outside from your house to get better signal

ong June 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Hanep,

you wrote : Upon exploring ‘File Explorer’ at your mobile phone, go to the partition you’ve installed Garmin Mobile XT, and you’ll find the folder “2577″. Download the folder.

i went ot 2577 folder but then dunno what to do with it
what do u mean by download the folder?

Hanep June 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

My typo mistake. Not download, but DELETE. Thanks :)

great guide on how to install Garmin Mobile XT on our Windows Mobile phones. i decided to include some of the comments as they might be useful to some of us. article stolen from Hanep.org.

Omnia Tips and Tricks

 

While you may have purchased an 8GB or 16GB Samsung Omnia, you may not know that there are actually two internal storage spaces in your device with the primary storage space having only 90MB in memory. By default, any files that you have downloaded or received from a friend will be automatically stored in the “My Document” folder that is on your internal storage.

There is a way to set that default location to your SD card by disguising the “My Document” folder. For this procedure, you will need a Registry editor to make some basic changes to the registry. Now here are the steps to accomplish the disguise:

  1. On your registry editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\StorageManager\Profiles\SDMemory
  2. Under the Value Name ‘Folder’, change the key to ‘My Documents’
  3. Now go to your File Explorer and rename your ‘My Document’ to something else (i.e.  Omnia’s Document)
  4. Disguise is done! Now you can reset your device.
  5. Finally, re-sync your Samsung Omnia.
  6. Open up File Explorer and look for the folder ‘My Document’. You should see a SD Card icon next to the folder.

From now on, everything you download or receive (i.e. through Bluetooth) will be stored in the ‘My Document’ folder in your SD Card. Enjoy the wide open space! 

 

one of the best tips i found.. but i have yet to do anything on my beloved omnia.. still slowly learning. i will start modification once i know inside out of my phone.. got this from CareAce again.
for more tips, do take a look at this blog.. it compiles a lot about omnia.. see
Omnia/GPS/XBOX360 Fanboy Manila.

Decoding Symbols of Windows Mobile Devices

 

While working on your Windows Mobile device, a strange symbol that you have never seen before suddenly popped up on your screen. What does that pointy triangle even mean? Or the capital letter E. And the manual is nowhere near my house, it’s probably in a landfill somewhere afar.

Symbol Icons Description

Omnia Status Icons

Symbol Icons Description

Omnia Network Status Icons

Do not panick, CareAce is here to care for your Samsung WM needs! And that is not just a cheesy comment. We have compiled a couple of charts with both the symbols and it’s descriptions nicely arranged in a table, just for moments like this. Here goes:
There are also some questions regarding the 4 most common letter that appear in a WM device’s Taskbar: “H”, “3G”, “E” and “G”. Some are explained in the chart above. Here’s the break down:

  • H – 3.5G Network
  • 3G – 3G Network (3.5G allows speed up to 3.5MB but usually average around 1MB~1.5MB.
  • E – Edge Network
  • G – GPRS Network

 

 

here begins the journey with my brand new samsung i900 omnia. here’s the symbol that encountered when using this omnia. there’s a lot more i believe. these are general Windows Mobile symbols. got this from CareAce.

Samsung i900 Omnia

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SEOUL, KOREA – June 9 2008: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of Samsung OMNIA (model name: SGH-i900). It brings together high performance business content, top of the range style and a fun, dynamic multi-media experience, to ensure consumers are always connected both at home and at work. OMNIA, meaning ‘everything’ in Latin and ‘wish’ in Arabic, goes beyond the current top-of-the-line features available in today’s mobile phones. The OMNIA will be available to the market from June 2008. Bringing a PC environment to Mobile The new Samsung OMNIA allows users to switch seamlessly between Microsoft Outlook email and productivity applications that replicate the look and feel of their PC – with a stroke of their finger. Based on the most up to date Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, Samsung OMNIA gives users a mobile extension to their PC experience, with access to MS Office documents such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Users can also send and receive email and manage their appointments in Outlook while on the go. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system means users can download additional programs as they would on their PC and customize it for their individual needs. For ease of navigation an optical mouse similar to those on laptop computers offers improved usability and one-handed control. Vivid, lively multimedia experience Samsung OMNIA delivers the ultimate in digital entertainment thanks to a wide 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD screen for viewing videos and slide shows in high-resolution and advanced audio capabilities. MultiCodec support for DivX, Xvid and other video formats eliminates the hassle of file format conversions. Users also have the assurance of a long-life detachable battery for extended playback. Samsung OMNIA also comes with a five-megapixel CMOS camera with the latest value-added features, which include auto-focus (AF), face and smile detection and auto-panorama shot. The handset’s generous internal memory (available in 8GB or 16 GB capacity options and extendable slot for additions) ensures ample storage space for digital assets. Rounding out the fully comprehensive feature set, Samsung OMNIA also offers GPS, including navigation and geo-tagging capabilities, so users can get their bearings wherever work or life takes them. The One and Only mobile with everything in touch Samsung’s patented TouchWiz user interface makes entering data and text simple. With unique widgets, users can customise and personalise the way they use their phone. The Samsung OMNIA’s high resolution touch-sensitive screen uses intuitive tap, sweep, drag and drop operations as well as an on-screen qwerty keyboard. It also facilitates easy and convenient calling and texting with a dedicated dome key for controlling communications. Samsung’s pursuit for design perfection The Samsung OMNIA presents Samsung’s leadership in design. With maxi-phone capabilities, it boasts a slender, chic form, so users can step out in style. It features an ultra-slim 12.5-mm profile and a platinum-look finish that fits snugly in the palm of the user’s hand. The elegant hairline patterns on the back of the phone bring the perfection in style. Geesung Choi, President of Samsung Telecommunication Business, said: “I am very excited to introduce Samsung OMNIA, a mobile device that truly delivers the best possible features for today’s busy, connected consumer. Samsung OMNIA demonstrates our vision for the Samsung mobile business, which is to provide premium phones for users who desire functionality, style, usability and entertainment in one innovative device. The OMNIA mobile range will help users to be at the forefront of work and play and at the same time, to stay connected anytime, anywhere.” The Samsung OMNIA will be unveiled at CommunicAsia, Singapore from June 17 to 20 and commercially launched in the Southeast Asian market starting from the same week. The phone will be available in the European market from July. About Samsung Electronics Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$103.4 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of four main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, and Telecommunication Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com.

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My new handphone. Still learning what can be done with this phone. i was considering either tablet pc or smartphone. i wasn’t comparing apple to apple. but i need the functions of both device. both are most similar in input method in which – handwriting recognition capability. at the end i choose this phone!


further updates on why, how and whats of these phone.. article pasted from Samsung.