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

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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…