Some New Dash Tips & Tricks for WM6 - Tip 2 Running the Upgrade and Customizing (Awesome!) ~ Ask The Admin

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Some New Dash Tips & Tricks for WM6 - Tip 2 Running the Upgrade and Customizing (Awesome!)

I couldn't have done a better walk through if I tried. A lot of my previous questions about the device were answered here. Behold the power of the Google Search! This comes right off of HowardForums (Thanks RF12):

Since WM6 was released, we have seen a lot of posts and if we can save you folks out there some time, why not put all the questions/ answers in one place?

Thanks go out to the authors and contributors of hacks, ideas and tweaks on these forums. I cannot remember who did what though.

Here is what I did on my Dash before and after upgrading to WM6 from T-Mobile:

1) Removed my 1GB MicroSD card from the Dash.

Hard Reset: Start > Accessories > Clear Storage (soft resets itself and then reinstalls factory contents and settings on its own; total= 2-3 mns)

Upgraded to WM6 from T-Mobile.

Deleted the Dash from ActiveSync in File > Delete Mobile Device on all my computers.

Beyond this point, each time I was given the choice when installing something on the Dash, I chose to install on the Storage Card.

2) Plugged into ActiveSync so I can transfer SurRealNetworks App Unlock and run it to App unlock the Dash.

4) With a card reader and while pugged into my XP, I formated the MicroSD.

Transferred all my .cab files saved in a folder on my computer, a sort of back up, to the Dash MicroSD and ran each .cab file from the Dash. At times a Soft Reset was necessary. When all programs were installed, the .cab files were no longer needed on the Dash so I deleted them.

This is what I have installed. They are all free except for WebCamera Plus.

Total Commander
Alpha Numeric Display (blue)
WebCamera Plus
Smoresoft Sudoku

4) Using Total Commander, I made the following changes to the Registry in order to customize my Dash.

*** Start menu set to grid view:
Change to 0 (zero)

*** Get ride of the T-Mobile startup and shutdown animations and sounds:
\HKLM\Software\HTC\Startup\Image <-- emtpy field and type none \HKLM\Software\HTC\Startup\WAV <-- empty field and type none then \HKLM\Software\HTC\Shutdown\Image <-- empty field and type none \HKLM\Software\HTC\Shutdown\WAV <-- empty field and type none then HKLM\System\Startup\2\Duration <-- empty field and type 0 (zero). HKLM\System\Startup\2\Splash <-- empty field and type none then HKLM\System\Shutdown\2\Splash <-- empty field and type none *** Get ride of the beep at the beginning of each outgoing call HKCU\ControlPanel\SoundCategories\Callstart\IniVol <-- empty field and type 0 (zero). This hack doesn't stick it seems and I have to keep doing it over and over. *** Changing PIE home page HKLM/Software/ Microsoft/InternetExplorer/AboutURls Change home_0409 value to whatever website you want *** Remap the pink t-Zones Key on the Dash Using TotalCommander or WordPad, Edit \Windows\Short_IE.lnk and change to 36#"\windows\iexplore.exe (to launch Pocket Internet Explorer) or to 19#\Windows\IA_Task_Manager.exe?:TaskManagerApp for Task Manager. Soft-Reset. *** To get voice command to work over BT: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Bluetooth\AudioGateway\BTA GExtModule Change value from OEMAGW.dll to \Windows\vcbthag.dll and soft reset. *** Change the name of the Dash in ActiveSync HKLM/Ident/Name *** Smaller scrollbars- Perform the following regustry changes to allows 4 icons on a row in the start menu instead of 3! It also allows more to be viewed on the screen in IE! 1) Go to HLM\SYSTEM\GWE\ 2) Adjust the following values cyHScr : Horizontal Scrollbars Height in pixels (default is 6, set it to 3) cxVScr : Vertical Scrollbars Width in pixels (default is 6, set it to 3) 3) Soft-reset *** Replace the Incoming/ Connecting T-Mobile screen: In \Windows replace BackgroundImage_Land.bmp with your image (using the computer and ActiveSync not the Dash explorer) Soft-reset ***Replace the T-Mobile logo in call history In \Windows\ and copy BrandingBrick.gif to your PC for backup Replace this file with the GIF image of your choice. The image must be 320x27. Soft-reset. As you guys add to this, I will try and update these FAQs with the help of the moderators hopefully.