Archive for January 2010
Well, it all started with a small “no more memory” error telling me I cant do
anything, not enough space although my mass memory still had about 4GIG free and
the system memory was only about half full, about 400Mb’… I needed to delete
conversations. I started to do so, however after 5 conversation I deleted it
stop deleting, everything else worked fine, just stop deleting conversations. I rebooted the device, started deleting conversations again… and again, it stop responding to this operation after about 5 deletions. I restarted the device again and BOOM, its like I booted it for the 1st’ time, ALL my info was gone, contacts, calendar, setting,
bookmarks and clean desktops!, all gone!.
Well, whats left to do if not to reinstall the OS (was good time to do it actually after all the games I did with it). I tried, using Nokia software update and nothing, my Windows7 machine did not recognize the USB connection with the device all of the sudden. I read in the forums that it might be a battery issue and that’s why I can’t bring my N900 to “R&D” mode (holding “u” key while connecting the UBS) after several rebooting, the battery is getting drained. I took a full battery from a friend who has the XM5800 and now was able to run the device in R&D mode, however, Windows still did not recognized
the device. I downloaded the “flasher” and tried with it and same result,
nothing. I went to a friend who has Fedora10 Linux installed and installed the
Flasher and it worked well, Fedora recognized the UBS and reinstalled Maemo on
the device, it now works, however… since I did not formatted the mass storage
it looks like some applications had some sort of a log or system files in the mass storage can not be reinstalled!.
Nokia!?!, where is the “format mass storage” on the N900 ??, why do I need to
run the flasher again, I don’t and would not, I want a simple tool like all other
nSeries when entering to the file browser or memory details to format the mass storage according to the device needs (folder structure etc’) .
Where is my all time favorite, in case I want to bring the device back to
its FULLY original state just press on the num-pad *#7370# for soft reboot?!? and how come *#0000# code works but the *#7370# doesnt?.
I love this N900 just don’t get why some of the basic operations that are available at all the other nSeries are missing from the N900, i know i know its a bit different by being a Maemo and Symbian but why the hustle for a simple formatting and soft reset… Who knows…
Sorry about my grammer
The great N900 got a big update, v. 2.2009.51.1
I had a problem updating it over the air, I got the error saying “Not enough memory in target location” although I had plenty of space in both the mass storage and the application memory, so I had to use Nokia Software Update through the PC.
Through the PC the update went fast and smooth, you can find the full change log here.
Just saw this morning, there is a new firmware update (v.1.2009.44-1.002) for the amazing N900.
I’ll check it at home after work today and will write of any new features or bug fixes that I’ll see, or just link to a change log out there .
The update went smoothly:
Looks like one of the only changes is the new look for the app manager:
There was also a big update for the game Bounce..
And the Ovi store is now online too:
As I mentioned before, the n900 has a very annoying thing, when you drag & drop mp3 folders to your .sounds folder, it takes all the images there(which are usually the album cover art) locks them down and puts them in the image library.
Here is one way to delete those files on a windows machine:
Connect your N900 via cable in “Mass storage mode”, check what is the n900′s directory path, in my case H:
Open a python shell and type(again, depends on where you put those mp3 folders, in my case in the “.sounds” folder):
import os, glob
##–This will delete all the jpgs under .sounds/mp3(in my case)
for i in glob.glob(‘H://.sounds//*//*.jpg’):
=> os.chmod(i, 666)
##–This will delete all the jpgs under .sounds/mp3/anotherFolderDown(in my case)
for i in glob.glob(‘H://.sounds//*//*//*.jpg’):
=> os.chmod(i, 666)
##–This will delete all the jpgs under .sounds/mp3/anotherFolderDown/anotherFolderDown(in my case)
for i in glob.glob(‘H://.sounds//*//*//*//*.jpg’):
=> os.chmod(i, 666)
=> (means Tab or 4 spaces)
There are MANY other ways to set it, this is just one .
The best thing to do it a loop that goes through the folders and if it finds a jpg file just chmod it and unlink it.
This is just the most transparent way to do it .
And… of course, you can do the same directly from within the device, since it Python build into it already
Hope it helps, later…
Hi all here are some of my thoughts about the N900 after 6 weeks usage.
N900 firmware version: 1.2009.42-11.002.
- Just don’t get it, it was missing in all S60 devices as well, NO timer/stopwatch !! again….
Yes, I know I can download many many apps to do that, but why should I for such a basic operation.
- I do not know if its a hardware issue or software but the old nSeries remote that comes with some devices does not work with this nSeries device .
- After drugging and dropping my music into the device, some of the album art images added to my image library, I think the device should have some sort of filtering for images that are in music albums, there is NO reason what so ever that I’ll see the album art in the images library.
- When listening to music, as a boom box, just from the speakers and than lowering the volume, the whole system sounds volume goes down as well, Nokia, you never done this before, why the system sounds is connected to the music player volume, they got nothing to do with each other, same thing happens when connecting earphones in.
- In the media player, there is no equalizer to make sure all the songs coming out at the same volume .
- Started back with the E71(update: A friends just told me, it might have started with the N96, ThnX Rob), the breathing/notification light is awesome.
- The multitasking is super powerful, just keep it all open in the background, love it.
- Skype integration is amazing, what can I say, who sends text messages anymore???.
- I love that I can customize the desktop as anyways I want… its cool, put a contact there, widget there and a shortcut here… play around with it and vvvwaala.. your own device
- I like the full shell access, although I broke my device once already, but hey!, at least the option is there for real developers that know what they are doing and making new things for it by the day.
- The place to put the holding strap in on the top of the device… just weird, usualy its on the botton, I guess its a “I’m use to it” isuue
- The microphone hole, to my opinion should be invisible, more like a dent in the plastic, or maybe it could have been one of the right(bottom) speaker holes.
- I do not like that the micro USB plug in not covered, could have been, should have been?, no?.
- I liked that it arrived in a very nice, compact small box.
Overall, this device is amazing, and I’m sure most of the things will be fixed soon with a frimware updates.
Don’t get me wrong, some of those things can drive a person crazy, however, since I still believe there are more good than bad I’m not going crazy just yet and loving my N900 a lot