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[2 Jan 2012 | | ]
Tweaks to improve your N900 performance (Advanced Users)

Tweaks posted here are for advanced users. Any beginners can give it a go, and if any problems occurs feel free to discuss it in the forums.
1. Enabling Hardware Accelerator which would speed up the hildon-desktop ( currently unstable and requires disabling if not working. Might need to reflash in case of reboot loop ).
First using XTerm, run this command
sudo gainroot
leafpad /etc/powervr.d/hildon-desktop.ini
Then change
 2) Installing Swappolube
sudo gainroot
apt-get install swappolube
Then use proposed values and click store
3) Install tracker-cfg to allow tracker using less CPU power
sudo gainroot
apt-get install tracker-cfg
Launch it and set to lowmemorymode
Any other tips and tricks are welcome. Just leave a comment and we will post it in our upcoming posts
via : Talk Maemo

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[23 Dec 2011 | | ]
N900 Speed Patch and Battery Patch for better performance

Besides overclocking, you can now install battery and speed patches to increase the performance on your N900. These guide will be broken down into 2 parts.
1. Speed Patch
First install it from Xterm using the following commands
sudo gainroot
apt-get install speedpatch
After installation, it might take from 2 to 4 reboots before the patch can be applied to the phone due to a bug. To check whether the speed patch has been applied, run the following command
ls  /dev/cgroup/cpu/user/
Then you should see some listing of files. Or when there is no error after installing for an instance.
If you are having the xterminal problem and it disappear after xterminal is loaded then do this to fix it
rm .cache/launch/com.nokia.xterm.pvr
If unexpected reboot occurs, the speed patch would be applied on the next proper reboot. To remove the speedpatch, just simply type this command:
apt-get purge speedpatch
2.Battery Patch
The patch works practically by going to an underclocked profile when keyboard and screen is closed. An overclocked profile is activated when screen is turned on. The patch can be temporarily disabled even with the screen off is by turning the screen off after opening the keyboard. This tip is especially useful when you are downloading some stuffs in the background and doesn’t want it to pause the process.
To install for kernel power users :
apt-get install batterypatch
To remove:
apt-get purge batterypatch
To install for non kernel power users:
apt-get install batterypatch-non-kp
To remove :
apt-get purge batterypatch-non-kp
To check whether battery patch is applied :
sudo gainroot
echo 1000 >> /proc/sys/vm/vfs_cache_pressure
Then lock the phone and unlock it then enter this command
cat /proc/sys/vm/vfs_cache_pressure
If it shows 100, then patch is applied.

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[21 Dec 2011 | | ]
Modrana – a GPS application for the N900

A good GPS software for a phone includes many options such as maps download for offline usage, quick lock on, fast algorithms for recalculating and also reliability of the map of the software.
Today I’m going to review on the Modrana GPS app, a multi-functional app for the N900.
First of all, getting started on the GPS app takes a little bit of figuring out what is what unless you refer to the guide here. Even with that guide, I find it hard to start routing myself from my current location to the Point of Interest (POI) I wanted. A note for the POI, most of them requires you to download the data on to your device first before it can be used offline.
This would be a problem as it requires much planning and downloading before you can start your journey. From what I can conclude is that the POI is based on a certain database and not searching for it on the map itself.
Apart from all that, the accuracy of the locking on is quite good and it turns according to your direction at a very sensitive level.

The amount of details shown is quite detailed and good for those that tracks their journey from every single point of view.
The amount of options given are well versed but a bad side comes in. Too much for a beginner to use, and getting around for an advanced users might take some time to get used to it
Overall : 5/10

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[20 Dec 2011 | | ]
Web Apps for the N900

As for some N900 users, full fledge browser would come in handy at some points but when it comes to rendering a web full of images and Javascript content may be stressful on the phone and crashing the web browser at some point.
Introducing Web App for the N900.
To make things simple, it is a native app on the N900 that renders the webpage into just the important contents for you to view, hence removing all the ads and Javascript contents that contain tons of animation.
To install, first you would have to install this dependency in XTerminal :
apt-get install qtwrt
Then click on the following links to install the Web App that you want. It would bring you to a 4shared site, and when prompted, click open with Widget Installer. After installation, you would see an icon in your menu.
These links best accessed through your N900:
Yahoo Mail

Talk Maemo

More Web apps available from this source

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[19 Dec 2011 | | ]
An update on NITDroid for the N900

NITDroid have been running over the years on the N900 and here is the current latest update :
Latest stable Android version running on the N900 is Version 2.3.7. Well this is practically a Gingerbread OS with Google Wallet support. This version is called N12 for NITDroid for the N900
N12 includes receiving and sending SMS successfully. However voice calls and camera are still under development
Here is a list with compatible games being able to run on the NITDroid itself. Overclocking and installation on internal EMMC would be suggested to ensure smooth game play.
And on the day the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is being released, a port of ICS has been done for the N900. Credits to the NITDroid developer drunkdebugger. Here is the link to the video : Video
Let’s hope more updates would come soon and we can get a stable NITDroid to replace Maemo for the N900.

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[18 Dec 2011 | | ]
NVideo – The new youtube video browser

Everyone wants a proper Youtube browser when it comes to viewing online videos on the N900. Viewing a full Youtube page on the browser may hog up alot of data and even your memory causing a slowdown in performance and even crash the Web App. Introducing the new NVideo, designed specifically to ease the usage of Youtube on the N900.
Here is the breakdown of the review.
Starting the app took quite a while roughly of 15-20 seconds before it could be totally functional but from there onwards the app runs smoothly and switches between tab nicely. Logging into the Youtube account here with your current Google account requires no hassle.

The page that you would be shown for videos recommendation that relates to what you have been watching recently.

The loading screen that you are presented with when the video loads. At the bottom bar, the image with 3 lines is the additional buttons option.

The sharing and like button you would see on every Youtube videos. It also has the download video feature
One of the hiccups I got was trying to add a comment into one of the videos. It wasn’t responsive and it blocked the video.. Trying to get back to the video took much hassle and once I got back to the video, it has finished. I guess a fix should come soon enough

Overall I would say it is a good Youtube browsing app but still slightly lacks behind what the CuteTube has to offer with better UI and better response.

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[17 Dec 2011 | | ]

For those who tried out on the “Spycam” in our previous post would realise that it is true that you can record videos with the screen turned off but now comes a problem with this hack. The red light is constantly turned on when recording. So now how do we remove the red light?
First you would need to download the attachments below according to your kernel. Only works on power-kernel v49 and the original stock firmware
For V49
For PR13
Extract adp1653-kernel-kp49.zip, copy “adp1653.ko” to /lib/modules/  or the other folder for PR1.3 which is 2.6.28-omap1
Then cd to /lib/modules/”corresponding kernel folder”  and run this command as root
stop omap3camd0
rmmod adp1653
insmod adp1653.ko
start omap3camd0
Then run this final command
echo 1 >/sys/class/i2c-adapter/i2c-2/2-0030/disable_indicator_led
Source : Talk.maemo

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[16 Dec 2011 | | ]

Well some of you who would like to record video in secret could now resort to this method to record the video while turning the screen off so that no one could see what you are doing.
NOTE : For personal uses only. Please respect privacy of others
Reference from here : Maemo Forum (1),(2)
First you would have to download files from the attachments. (Must downloaded directly using your N900 and save to Documents)
pycam.txt , pycam.desktop.txt pycam.sh
Once downloaded and saved onto the Documents folder in your File Manager, unzip the pycam.sh.zip file. (Best unzipped using the Unzip Add on for File manager)
After that install everything using this command in the terminal after gaining root
sh /home/user/MyDocs/.documents/pycam.sh
Then you should have the PyCam icon in your list of applications.
Recording would start once the program is launched and stopped when application is exited
Recorded video would be saved in the Videos folder

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[15 Dec 2011 | | ]
Faster GPS lock on for your N900

Ever realised that it takes forever for you to lock on to your GPS even when you’re in the outdoors under the clear sky and with a strong internet connection? In this article I would teach you how to lock on your GPS location from minutes to just mere seconds
The reason behind this is that the server the phone trying to connect is supl.nokia.com which is the Nokia Maps server I would say. It is very slow in response and takes time to triangulate your current location. A faster server you say?
It takes just mere seconds to lock on your GPS even when you’re in a building and indoors. To change it, first go to settings on your N900.

Then click on Location and scroll down. You should enable network positioning and by default, location server is supl.nokia.com. Now change it supl.google.com and reboot (optional). 

Now you should be able to lock on way faster than before. This is very useful for those who runs their Internet on 3G connection as it can help you save lots of data.

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[3 Sep 2011 | | ]
Accessories that make your N900 look cooler than others

Well as we know the N900 is pretty much a hacker’s phone I would. Well is those little little things of the N900 that makes us users looks cooler than others. Here are some of few examples.

Well this is my cable which I use to connect Pendrives and HDD hard disk to my N900 to read files from it. You can try the h-e-n application from extras-devel repo. Or install hostmode-gui from -devel, kernel-power will be installed if no other compatible kernel is present. You can buy the USB OTG Cable here.
apt-get install hostmode-gui

Yes TV out for me is cool. Why? Cause you get an oversized Maemo running on your TV. On the downside, there seems to be a lot of static around the metal casing of the screen. Those using the TV OUT cable should take note of this. By the way, this cable is included in your N900 box just so you know. If you lost yours, you can buy it here.
3.PS3 SixAxis Controller

Yes a PS3 Controller. The N900 only works with the OLD SIXAXIS which the model between the Dualshock 2 and Dualshock 3. So whoever that wants to buy for the sake of having fun with it should take note you can only use SIXAXIS and not SIXAXIS DUALSHOCK 3. For the demo and installation guide, you can always check here
This is just a simple post to give some idea to those who are not in the know what their N900 could do. Cheers!

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[30 Jun 2011 | | ]
Meego 1.2 Community Edition (Review)

After the release of the Nokia N9 Meego 1.2 Harmattan, I was tempted to install the Meego 1.2 on the N900 device. After hours of trials and errors managed to flash the raw image and kernel into the phone’s EMMC. Which means now I’m booting into Meego without Maemo.
Installation guide would be provided but please be warned that ” ONLY FLASH IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING ” does apply here. It might brick your N900 and bring it to Nokia Care Centre for warranty replacement. I was lucky to be able to flash back to the Meego image and here is the preview.
Meego 1.2 Harmattan Pros:
New Interface. The interface flows gives a very new feeling and it is fresh but it has traces of Maemo. Multitasking button is similar to the one in Maemo. The switching between opened apps feels like the one in Windows 7.
At some point the settings menu was really smooth. It was easy to scroll, responsive and there were no complaints about it. But you only get this half of the time
Meego 1.2 Harmattan Open Sourced:
For it being open-sourced, much modification could be implement and it could be something new.
The lock screen is something new, where you drag an icon over to an empty space where that space could be regard as a unlock space. It definitely differs from the slide to unlock or entering codes or drawing lines to unlock.
Meego 1.2 Harmattan Cons:
1. Still very buggy. Most of the applications seems to take awhile to load and settle down before you can start using. It started lagging after a few apps were opened to multitasked.

Call and messaging have to be ironed out. Can only receive messages after a phone reboot
Incoming calls couldn’t be received. Any incoming calls would crash the phone itself

2. I wouldn’t say this is much of a big con, but it still have traces of Maemo in it. Maybe is due to the community contribution but if Meego were to be somethine fresh, it would attract more people. For example, the browser used in it is Fennec from Maemo and the …

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[22 Jun 2011 | | ]
Mieru : A flexible Manga Reader for the N900

A manga addict by any chance? Feel like having a comic book on the go? Now you have Mieru for Nokia N900 ( to read in Japanese ) the flexible manga reader application for the N900.
It is actually more like a photo viewer with auto resizing and fit to screen for reading but the nice thing is that it can read image files in .zip files. This means you could compress all your manga in picture file into .zip to save space on your N900. Here are the screenshots:

This is the normal landscape view. You can see that in this screenshot I’m opening a .zip file. Pretty cool huh?

Portrait view with auto rotation

Full screen landscape
Full Screen Portrait

This shortcuts are very important as they come in handy when browsing through pages. Volume keys are used to turn pages. In landscape view, volume up is next while volume down is previous. This settings applies to portrait view too. When turning pages, it uses a fade away effect.
Do give it a try of this Nokia N900 application. Available in extras-testing repo in Hildon Application Manager.
Rating: 8/10 Source : talk.maemo.org

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[21 Jun 2011 | | ]
Nokia N9 Released (devkit : N950)

The new Nokia N9 have been released today at Nokia Connection in Singapore. Nokia N9 is like a transformation from its N8, remaining an only touchscreen phone but this Nokia N9 has Meego and not Symbian^3. It’s a good news from Nokia as this is a Meego phone (for developers) and better than that we will have a Nokia N950 that have some hardware changes and keyboard specially sold for developers.
For developers these are the best news that could come from Nokia right now as they are investing on us by releasing a Nokia N9 and a Nokia N950. For investors these are also good news: Due to Nokia N9 and N950 nokia Shares up more than 3.5% (NYSE: NOK).
Here are the Nokia N9 specs:
Nokia N9 (consumer device) also known as Nokia N9 Lankku:

ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1GHz, PowerVR SGX530 with 1GB RAM
3.9″ AMOLED 480 x 854 pixels with Gorilla Glass Display
Nokia N9 features an 8MP Camera, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash
Unibody Touch Screen ( Multi Touch )
Nokia N9 is MeeGo OS powered, v1.2 Harmattan
720p recording at 30fps
16/64 GB of storage
MicroSIM card support only
SNS integration
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
TV-out (720p video) via HDMI and composite
Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI
The Nokia N9 holds Predictive text input (Swype)

Nokia N950 (Developer Device) Specs:

All the Same except for a few noticeable ones :

4″ TFT 854X480 resolution
Physical QWERTY with slide tilt screen
Aluminium body, N9 is polycarbonate
1320mAh battery compared to N9’s 1450mAH

For this Developer device, it is only available through this methods:

Nokia Developer Launchpad
Meego Device Program

Release notes for the developer device can be found here
Stay tune for more updates on this highly anticipated release of the new Meego handset by Nokia, the Nokia N9.
Source: Nokia N9 Blog

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[14 Jun 2011 | | ]
Nokia N900 Ovi Map enhancement

The Ovi Map N900 have been enhanced for quite sometime and now the community is happy to bring you some of these features such as turn by turn navigation with voice guidance. Tutorial after the break.
I would recommend you do all this through SSH on your N900. Tutorial on how to SSH your N900 is here.
Warning : This script have been tested and use it only when you know what is the content all about
For those who want to try the fastest method can always download this script from here.
If you are going to use this in your car, get an N900 car holder and an N900 car charger to go with it. They ship for free to everywhere.
For those willing to do the long way on your phone or through SSH on your Linux/Mac machine, here are the ways step by step

Change your device language to English (USA)
Go to terminal and login as root using the command “sudo gainroot”
From now on is all command lines :

apt-get install espeakgui espeak libespeak espeak-data wget unzip
cd /usr/share/nokia-maps/html
mv index.html index.html.nokia
gzip index.html.nokia
wget http://www.pittnerovi.com/jiri/hobby/electronics/n900/maps.tar.gz
tar zvxf maps.tar.gz; rm maps.tar.gz
cd /home/user/MyDocs; mkdir navigation_sounds; cd navigation_sounds; wget http://static.s2g.gate5.de/maploadervoice/english_us.zip
unzip english_us.zip
cd /usr/share/nokia-maps/html ; ln -s /home/user/MyDocs/navigation_sounds/english_us
nohup ./speak_02.py >/dev/null &
wget -O /dev/null http://localhost:9999/hello ; wget -O /dev/null http://localhost:9999/:g5ann_001

Start your Ovi Map now and you should hear a voice telling you welcome to the enhanced Ovi Map.

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[13 Jun 2011 | | ]
How to SSH into your N900? Linux / Mac users

For those who always wanted remote control Nokia N900 through their Linux or Mac machine can always opt for the SSH method.
You would need to install the following in your N900 device using the Application Manager:

You would be prompted to enter your password. Enter the password of your choice and remember it or take it down somewhere safe for future reference. After installing all this package, go to your Status Menu and you would be able to see a SSH column like this:

You would see SSH STATUS: OFF if you haven’t turned it on. Just click on it and you be able to SSH into your N900 through WiFi. For example SSH-ing using Terminal in Mac and Linux machines:

On the first line you would see an error. This error is caused by not turning on SSH on your phone.
Once SSH is turned on then you could see that you can connect to your phone. Usually the command is
ssh root@”ip address written here”