Posts Tagged ‘Samsung i900’

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Basic Plain Old Phone Ring Tone

16/04/2009

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Omnia to Oblivia (and back)

05/04/2009

Having spent a good part of the last couple of days doing some housekeeping and updating on my Samsung Omnia I had a bit of an issue late last night.  The Omnia is aimed at doing everything (hence the name), but last night I owned an Oblivia.  I’m not sure quite what happened but I think a disagreement between Windows Vista and my Omnia may have been to blame.

The issue was that my onboard additional memory (i.e. the extra storage chip not a removable memory card) became corrupted.  Every time the Omnia tried to interact with it (which it does frequently) it mounted the My Storage memory into the file system and popped up a message asking if I wanted to view any pictures on the card.  Unfortunately from watching it try and load the folder structure in the explorer application it seems that it could never quite finish loading it and it would dismount.  A few seconds later it would mount it again and the process would repeat.

I tried accessing it as a USB hosted mass storage device from an XP and a Vista PC but neither could hold the connection long enough for me to take a good look around.

At this point I’d spent several hours trying to work out how to recover my phone and ultimately came to the conclusion that a hard reset was the only thing that was going to bring it back.  A standard hard reset does not reset the My Storage memory and is invoked by pressing the start and end call keys immediately after pressing the soft reset.

Like most mobile phones special engineer codes allow access to special functions.  One of these is what I call a “Really Hard Reset” where you can type in *2767*3855# … which can on some firmware releases reset the My Storage memory as well as the base internal memory.

Unfortunately my firmware seemed invulnerable.  This lead me to the hard reset software in the settings of the Omnia.  This is available in the System tab under Settings and allow you to reset the internal memory, the My Storage memory, or the entire phone.  The reset of the My Storage memory does however rely on the memory being mounted … which pretty much brought me back to square one.

At this point I’d been looking at the problem and testing various options for about three or four hours and was growing really tired.  I did manage to reset my Omnia in the end using the Hard Reset software but this was down to a lot of trial and error and good timing to catch it across two mount & dismount cycles with the confirmation windows.

The reset reformatted the My Storage memory and the Omnia has been functioning fine since, but I’ve spent most of the day rebuilding my phone – reinstalling software and adding data back on.  Hopefully I’ll find some time to post about some useful things I’ve done to help speed up this process.

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Reclaim Main Memory on a Windows Mobile Device

08/03/2009

I’ve been trying a number of applications recently on my Windows mobile device (Samsung Omnia) and it started grumbling again that I’m low on main storage memory.  I’ve made it much happier now so I thought I’d share some of my tips with you on how to keep your storage memory free.  Some of the tips may only be applicable if you have certain items of software installed.

If you run low on your main storage not only might you start getting warning messages but you may not be able to open files or even install applications onto your storage card – an issue I had recently.

1. Install Applications to Other Storage

If you have an SD card, micro-SD or even some additional on board memory (like my Omnia) try installing some of your larger and less used applications to it.  Many applications will run just fine and it keeps your storage memory free.

2. Clear Up Your Temporary Files

Windows mobile device software is pretty poor at cleaning up after itself (in general), so sometimes you need to give it a helping hand and delete temporary files.

You can use the standard File Explorer application.  Check out what’s been left in the following folders:

  • TEMP
  • WINDOWSEXTRADUMPFILES
  • WINDOWSSQMTEMPFILES
  • WINDOWSTEMPORARY INTERNET FILES

3. Clear Up After Internet Explorer

Now you might think we’ve already taken care of web browser flotsam, but those files get everywhere.  Pocket Internet Explorer (or “PIE”) can dump a lot of files into the guest profile.  Take a look at the following folders and remove any unwanted items:

  • WINDOWSPROFILESGUESTCOOKIES
  • WINDOWSPROFILESGUESTHISTORY
  • WINDOWSPROFILESGUESTTEMPORARY INTERNET

4. Clear Up After Opera

I’m running Opera 9.5 (Build 2520) on my Omnia, and so the folder I’m looking for is “OPERA9” – if you use a different version, you may need to check a different set of folders.  Just like Internet Explorer, there are a few folders you may want to filter and purge on:

  • APPLICATION DATAOPERA9CACHE
  • APPLICATION DATAOPERA9DOWNLOAD
  • APPLICATION DATAOPERA9TMPDOWNLOAD

You may even want to filter out some of the files stored in:

  • APPLICATION DATAOPERA9IMAGES

5. Application Data

As well as Opera you may find a lot of other applications storing their data within folders in the “APPLICATION DATA” folder.  It’s worth having a browse through and seeing if there’s anything worth removing or even archiving.

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Omnia and Microsoft Tag

26/02/2009

Well it’s been a little while since I posted my comparison of Microsoft Tag and QR Codes.  In this post I noted that there was a strange 90° anti-clockwise when using the Microsoft Tag reader on my Samsung Omnia i900. Well I stumbled across the reason today whilst testing some Microsoft Tag print outs I had produced for an event.

Being a Windows Mobile 6 device, the Omnia allows screen rotation and even includes an accelerometer to aid in this (thogh I’ve disabled mine and assigned screen rotation to a button).  By now you can probably see where this is going.

When the screen rotation is in effect you effectively hold the Omnia in a landscape orientation like a regular camera and in this orientation the Microsoft Tag reader become a whole lot easier to operate.

I’d still like some sort of setting (or better yet ‘intelligent automatic feature’) in Microsoft Tag Reader to allow the Omnia to orient more easily when being held in portrait position – its normal phone position.