Backup settings on s60v3 devices

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Upgrading your phone? Just need to wipe it to get rid of niggles? If so you probably want to backup the settings you have on your phone. Below is a list of what settings you can back up and where to find them. To access these you need to have hacked your phone.

Access Point Settings C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\cccccc00.cre
Profiles C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\101f8798.cre
Web cookies C:\PRIVATE\101f8530\cookies.dat
Notes C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_101F8878_Notepad.dat
Ngage data C:\PRIVATE\20007b39\ – folders beginning with 200
Bluetooth C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\10204dac.cre
Bluetooth Paired devices C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_100069CC_btregistry
Browser Bookmarks C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_101FD685_BrowserBookmarks.db
Menu Layout C:\PRIVATE\101F4CD2\Content\appshelldata.xml
Menu Layout (Pre FP1) C:\PRIVATE\101F4CD2\Content\Applications.dat
Text Messages E:\PRIVATE\1000484b\mail2
This information was found on ipmart
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Change Java Permissions on a hacked S60v3 phone

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Even though this is a old ‘hack’ i’ve only recently discovered how to grant permissions to java applications. Java applications must request permission to access gprs/wifi connections, use the camera, load/save user data etc. With this hack you can remove these prompts.

You can set permissions on a per application basis without hacking your phone, but the permissions available is limited (depending on the privilege). With this hack you can grant full permissions to any privilege you want (use connectivity, save data, use user data, etc.)

Now for the hack:

  1. Download the following zip file:  fca00000.googlepages.com/java_permissions.zip (copy and paste on your browser to download)
  2. Put the two files from the zip file into “c:\System\data\midp2\security\policy\” on your mobile phone (you may need to create the directory(s) yourself)
  3. Download the following rar file: http://fca00000.googlepages.com/c2z.rar (copy and paste on your browser to download)
  4. Extract the rar file to a folder on your computer
  5. You now need to generate a RomPatcher patch file. To do this (instructions are included in the above .rar file) copy “z:\sys\bin\EFSrv.dll” from your phone to the directory where you extracted the rar file. Run c2z.exe from that directory and it will generate a c2z.rmp file. Copy this to “e:\patches”.
  6. Download and install RomPatcher from this SymbianFreak page (skip if you already have it installed)
  7. Run RomPatcher and apply the c2z patch.
  8. Reboot your phone and you should be able to give the necessary permissions by opening the App Manager, finding the program you want to change and click “Open”. You can then assign the permissions as you wish.

Note: Only grant permissions to applications you know and trust. Do not grant any permissions you do not need to!

Hotmail on the N95

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Recently Microsoft allowed POP3 access to all hotmail accounts (certain countries at the moment, more will follow). This means that it is now possible to check your emails with the built in email account on the n95 (and other phones).

To set it up go to your Messaging application and scroll down to the Mailbox. If you haven’t already created one it will ask you to go through the wizard. Below are the settings you need:

Incoming Mail Server: pop3.live.com

Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.live.com

And obviously a hotmail account!

Once you have completed the wizard you will need to change a couple more settings. If you go into “Email Settings” -> “Connection Settings” -> “Incoming Email” you need to make sure you have the following:

Security (ports): SSL/TLS

Port: Default

Do the same for “Outgoing Email”, and you should be able to view your emails from the main screen by going “Retrieve Email”, then selecting how many to get (New/Selected/All).

If you want to set it up to automatically check your emails you need to make sure you have entered your email address (in full) and password in the incoming and outgoing email settings (the same place as above). Be warned, this may result in a lot of GRPS/data/wifi use so don’t enable this if you are not on an unlimited tariff.

To enable automatic checking go to “Email Settings” -> “Automatic Retrieval”  and set “Email Retrieval” to Enabled. Set when and how often you want it to check and you’re all done.

I hope this helps.

Hack the N95’s News reader template!

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This is actually a really old ‘hack’ but i only discovered it today so thought i’d share it. I found it on Symbian-Freak.

The default rss/feed/news viewer on the N95 is very poor as the text is too large and not very user-friendly. Some guys over at Symbian-Freak have released a template that makes it much better.

Essentially all you need to do is replace the default feeds_view_template.html found in c: on your n95 with the custom one that can be found here

Before (left) and After (right). As you can see the after is much smaller and easier to see the story without scrolling.

For a more in depth guide on how to do this, head over to symbian-freak

Fixes for N95 v30 issues

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I posted recently about the new firmware for the Nokia N95. Since then i have discovered a few bugs/annoyances which i have also managed to find fixes for. I thought i would share them here so everyone else can find them easily 🙂

Menu Size bug:

This is a wierd one. When you turn the phone on, the menu icons are smaller and there is a large “Menu” at the top of the screen. This used to be a small “Menu” as can be seen in the screenshots below:

Large Menu icon Small Menu icon
To fix this follow these steps (you will need to repeat after each reboot of your phone):

  1. Go to menu
  2. Click options and exit
  3. At the standby screen rotate the phone to landscape
  4. Enter the menu while the screen is still in landscape
  5. Rotate the screen back to portrait
  6. Rotate the screen back to landscape and portrait again and there you have it, a nice menu with big icons.

Sources for this fix:

New way to hack:

It is still possible to hack the firmware of S60v3 phones, although a slightly different method is now required. Be warned that this will invalidate your warranty and i take no responsibility for any damage or cost that hacking your phone incurs.

For those who are not aware of what the benefits of hacking your phone are, it essentially allows you to access/delete/modify and of the system files (i.e. c:\sys, c:\private etc.). By hacking your phone you can install any software you wish even if it is not Symbian signed. This is a security risk if you do not know what you are installing but allows you much better use of your phone.

Rather than describing the whole method i will just link to the page i used to hack my phone. It is a relatively quick and simple method, a complete walk through guide is on the site.

Find it here on Symbian-Freak.com

Remove items from Standby screen

My main issue with the v30 firmware is that there is yet another item on the standby screen, “Share Online”. Previously it was a very simple fix to remove this, however with the latest firmware it is slightly more complicated. I have found several ways to remove items from the standby screen:

RomPatcher

A relatively simple way is to install RomPatcher. This allows you to modify a variety of features on your phone including removing items from the standby screen and removing the camera capture sound. At the moment it is not possible to remove the “Search Online” item but it may be possible in the future. One downside to this method is that you have to disable and then re-enable the standby screen to get it to work each time you turn on your phone.

Find this method here on Symbian-Freak.com

Modified .dll file

A method which can remove the “Search Online” item is using a modified “SoActiveIdle.dll” file. I haven’t tested this on my phone but it is reported to work ok. I did attempt it before posting on his site but i have not attempted his fix after he updated it. Please post and let me know if it works or not if you attempt this way.

Find this method here on fwrnando.com

Modify the AIPluginDefinition.rsc file

This is the method that worked for me, and i also removed the Search item (which annoyingly in v30 takes up 2 lines of the standby screen).

This method involves editing a hex file to remove the items you don’t want on the standby screen. It does involve slightly more work but is a permanent fix which ‘sticks’ over a reboot. I used the xvi32 hex editor to modify the file, it can be found here.

Find this method here on Symbian-Freak.com

N95 Firmware update (30.0.0.015)

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Another firmware for the N95 has been released. At the moment it is only for a few product codes but should be released to more soon. There are not any major changes in this firmware, although some features that were previously only available with 3rd party tools are now built in. One of these is that the N95 the Auto Screen Rotation feature that was available in the last update for the N95 8GB. There is also a auto-download option within the Video Centre so you don’t need to manually download any video subscription videos any more.

The changelog as reported so far:

  • Nokia Maps 2.0 built-in
  • Full N-Gage client
  • Nokia Search 4.0 with Google plug-in
  • Share online 3.0
  • Enablers for Comes With Music
  • Download! application updated (v 3.1.50)
  • Upgrade to Music Player
  • Update for Flash Lite 3 (improved viewing of sites like YouTube)
  • Current consumption improvements (for e.g. WLAN scanning)
  • New baseline for VoIP (with significant error corrections)

There is also a new theme, previously seen on the N81.

New N95 Theme

New N95 Theme

N95 Firmware update (21.0.0.016)

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A new version of the firmware for the Nokia N95 was released yesterday. (The change log can be found at the end of this post)
So far i have only noticed a few differences, one being that the gallery is now much quicker to display thumbnails of your pictures. Another notable change is the introduction of Widget support. These are essentially the same as applications but they run in a web runtime, and can be used to display information from battery life to rss feeds to currency conversion rates. At the moment i’ve only found a couple that are of any real use but i’m sure more will appear as more people get this update.
I will post again if i discover anything else that has changed which makes a noticeable difference to how the phone works…

N95 firmware v20.0.015

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Nokia have released a new firmware version for the Nokia N95, version 20.0.0.15

I updated to it late last night, and so far i have noticed a number of improvements.

Changes in the new firmware

* New Welcome application

* New camera software and tweaks from the 8GB model – FAR faster shot to shot time, with ‘Processing image message’ during any delays. I suspect the image processing algorithms have changed too, to remove some of the remaining artificial edge enhancement in the v12 firmware.

* Long press on camera button launches camera if shutter is open

* New My Nokia SMS tips and mobile web portal system

* Demand paging (for ROM applications) with 30 plus MB free RAM after booting.

* Search 4.0 integration on standby screen.

* Old multimedia menu still there, i.e. it’s not the new style

* N-Gage game previews (FIFA, Asphalt) and portal/shortcut to upcoming N-Gage client, as in N81 and N95 8GB

* Nokia Music Store client, although the store server hasn’t been updated to handle the N95 yet – maybe this’ll happen later today

* Keypress bug gone(!), I think

* No auto-screen rotation, looks like I was wrong predicting this, so we need Samir’s RotateMe after all – someone please help him get this signed ASAP!

* Assorted other minor tweaks, along the same lines as the N95 8GB, with video ringtones, theme animations and a Circles Music Player visualisation.
Taken from AllAboutSymbian.com

I have personally noticed that the camera is now MUCH quicker to start, and to save pictures. You can now take pictures without having to wait ages for it to save the picture, then return to the camera to take the next one. It takes about 1 second now, which is piles better!

I have also noticed the Demand Paging, which means that you can now leave more things running in the background and not get the annoying “Out of Memory” messages all the time. This is a big improvement on the previous version.

I’ve not noticed many other big changes although i have not really had time to ‘play’ with it yet. Will post again once i’ve tinkered and found out more. This is definitely an important update though, and definitely worth getting.

Answers

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I’ve had a couple of questions posted and so I thought i’d answer them in a post.

mahatiddi

To complete level 22, I just followed the path. There’s not really much I can say apart from that. Just keep trying and try to remember the route and you should get past it. If I remember correctly, the hard turn is quite useful on that level (I think it’s either * or 7 when turning left/right – check the help to make sure)

Daniel

I don’t really remember quite how I got into the study, I did it last year too, but that was just on my own phone. I think that last year it was a text message offering the chance to join the study. I was offered the chance to participate again this year and after about a month, I got an email offering me the chance to do the study on the N95. All I can suggest is keeping your eyes peeled for anything like it. If I find any links to studies like this then i’ll post them here.

N95 fixed

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😀 It’s fixed.

When i got back from uni today, i thought i’d see if there was an update for the phone, and there was!! 😀

It was a very scary experience waiting for it to finish updating but once it had, all my problems were gone and i can now use gprs (and i presume media messages although i’ve not had one to test it with yet). Spoke to someone from mobymemory earlier who said to contact the returns team and they’ll sort it out, hopefully replacing it.

A few applications that i can’t live without on my phone(s) are listed below:

FExplorer – A file manager for your phone

Large Time Screensaver – Exactly what it says, a screensaver that displays the time, but big and clear.