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    Dash FAQ Version 2.1

    T-Mobile Dash (HTC S620) FAQ (Version 2.01)
    Updated: 11/8/2006
    [i]The most recent update to this FAQ can be accessed here.

    Thanks to everyone at HowardForums.com and this thread at Qusers.com for many of the tips and tweaks listed here!

    IMPORTANT! You must application unlock your phone in order to be able to change certain parts of the registry and install and run certain programs. Application unlocking the Dash will not allow it to run on a different wireless provider, it will still only work on T-Mobile. Follow the instructions Application Unlock under the System Tweaks section of this FAQ before trying the programs or tweaks on this page.


    Applications and Programming

    Communication
    SMS Threader - Threaded SMS like treo (Free)
    Yahoo! Go - Makes it easy to upload your photos to your yahoo account, Check your yahoo mail, etc. (Free)

    Games
    Smoresoft Sudoku - Soduku game (Free)

    Multimedia
    SiriusWM5 - Sirius satellite radio (Free)
    TCPMP - Better for movies and music than WMP10 (Free)

    Personal Information Management (Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes)
    Agenda One - Calendar, tasks, and contacts management
    Extreme Agenda - Better contact and calendar management
    List Pro - Compile lists of all sorts of things
    Papyrus - Calendar, tasks, and contacts management
    Pocket Informant for Smartphones - Calendar, tasks, and contacts management (rebranded SBSH Papyrus)
    SplashID - Password/Important information manager

    Utilities
    JogBar T-Mobile Dash - JogBar utility (SetJogBar) - Allows JOGGR customization and disables XT9 input (has a bug where XT9 is still enabled when first opening a program).
    PHM Registry Editor - Registry editor to "Tweak" your smartphone (Free)
    SKTools Smartphone Edition - Clean up and uninstaller (Free)
    sDown - Download any file over the internet regardless of file extension. (Free)

    Programming FAQ
    1. What do I need to get started programming for WM5 Smartphone?
    - A good start would be to get a LICENSED copy of Visual Studio 2005. It MUST licensed to develop mobile applications. The Express Editions will not work. (*cough* torrents *cough*)
    - Once you have VS2005, download the WM5 Smartphone SDK from Microsoft, the Smartphone Landscape Emulator Image from Microsoft, and the Motorola Q plugin from developer.motorola.com and install them.

    2. How do I use the Moto Q skin with the landscape image file?
    - Open VS2005, Tools -> Options -> Device Tools -> Devices. Select Moto Q as the default.
    - Create a new solution and select Mobile Devices -> Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone. Once inside the solution, check in the top left corner in the toolbar and make sure Moto Q is selected.

    3. What language should I program in?
    - This is totally up to you. I see C# to be the easiest, but VB.NET works too. I would not recommend C++ to a beginner. It is extremely difficult to develop mobile applications with it. However, they all do work as long as the phone has .NET 2.0 CF installed.

    4. I am getting some weird error when I try to run my program!
    - There can be many reasons why it isn't working, but if you can run the program in the emulator, but not your phone, make sure .NET 2.0 CF is installed on your phone. If it is and you still get the error, reinstall it.


    Audio and Ringtones

    Add Custom Ringtones
    Add .mp3, .wav, .mid files to \Application Data\Sounds\
    They will then show up in Start -> Settings -> Sounds

    Change Sound Profiles Easily
    Press and hold the # key.

    Phantom Alarm Bug
    There is a reported issue of multiple alarms going off even though the alarm is turned off in Settings. There is no known permanent fix at this point.

    Phantom alarms can be cleaned up by following these instructions:

    1. Load SKTools Smartphone Edition (Clean up and uninstaller utility)
    2. Select View -> Maintenance -> Notifications Queue
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the list and there should be multiple entries already checked for “Clock.exe”.
    4. Select Action -> Delete marked
    5. Do a soft reset (turn off then back on).


    Hardware Mods

    Remove the logo/branding from the Dash
    http://www.instructables.com/id/EFHU...2SMP/?ALLSTEPS
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1032868


    Home Screens

    Home screens designed for the Q - http://www.qusers.com/forum/viewtopi...er=asc&start=0
    VERY cool home screens by KOOLdezine - http://www.kooldezine.com/Q.htm


    Internet and Networking Tweaks

    Unlimited internet with the $5.99 T-MobileWeb service
    The $29.99/month T-Mobile Total Internet package is not required to have unlimited internet access on the Dash, instead the $5.99 T-MobileWeb service is all you need. Note the following limitations to the T-MobileWeb internet service:

    1. The internet applications on your device will need to have an option to specify a connection to a proxy server, if it doesn't have this option then the application most likely will not be able to access the internet.

    2. The following applications will not work over T-MobileWeb: MSN Messenger, Agile Messenger (without the proxy option), some streaming media, Hotmail, Pocket MSN, and Java applications.

    To setup the internet connection over T-MobileWeb follow these instructions:

    1. Add the $5.99 T-MobileWeb service to your current voice plan (it may take up to 72 hours to activate, but typically takes less than 24 hours).

    2. Follow the below instructions to setup the Dash:

    Start Menu -> Settings -> Connections -> Proxy -> T-Zones Proxy setup
    Connects from: WAP Network
    Connects to: The Internet
    Proxy (name : port): 216.155.165.50:8080
    Type: HTTP
    User name: <blank>
    Password: <blank>

    Start Menu -> Settings -> Connections -> GPRS-> T-Mobile Data
    Connects to: WAP Network
    Access point: wap.voicestream.com
    User name: <blank>
    Password: <blank>
    Primary DNS: 0.0.0.0
    Secondary DNS: 0.0.0.0
    IP address: <blank>

    Start Menu -> Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Options -> Connections
    "Automatically detect settings" is unchecked
    Select network: The Internet (Must be set to "The Internet" to work over WiFi. Try "WAP Network" if you're having trouble over the EDGE/GPRS connection)

    Start Menu -> Messaging -> Options -> Account Settings
    Network: WAP Network

    Unlimited Internet With the $19.99 Blackberry Service
    1. Login to my.t-mobile.com.
    2. Change your device to a Blackberry (this will allow you to select the Blackberry service in the next step).
    3. Go to "Plans and Services" and sign up for the Blackberry service.
    4. That's it! You should now have access to unlimited internet (minus the HotSpots).


    JOGGR

    Enable the JOGGR
    This will disable it as a volume control, and enable it as the default JOGGR functions (back, scroll, email).
    Use JogBar T-Mobile Dash - JogBar utility (SetJogBar).
    -or-
    Edit: HKCU\ControlPanel\JogBar\Settings\SwitchToAudioFun c to 0

    Remap the JOGGR Keys
    Bottom JOGGR "Button"

    HKCU\ControlPanel\JogBar\Settings\BottomKeyApplica tionName
    and
    HK_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\JobBar\Settings\Botto mKeyAppParameter

    Top JOGGR "Button"
    HK_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\JobBar\Settings\TopKe yApplicationName
    and
    HK_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\JobBar\Settings\TopKe yAppParameter


    Phone Calls

    Change the Dial and In-Call Screen Background
    1. Copy \Windows\BackgroundImage_Land.bmp and \Windows\_BackgroundImage_Land.bmp to your PC or a backup folder in case you want to restore these in the future.
    2. Make images with dimensions of 320 x 186 with the same names as the files above above.
    3. Copy the new images back to the \Windows\ folder and overwrite the old files.

    Shut Off the Beep that Occurs When a Call Is Initiated
    1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\SoundCategories\InC all2
    2. Change String/Value InitVol to 0

    Quick Speakerphone During Call
    1. Hold the green call button


    Remapping Keys and Text Input

    How To Edit the Keyboard Link
    1. Download Vieka WordPad.
    2. Sync your phone to your PC.
    3. Run CE Notepad on your computer and open any of the following files:
    T-Zones Button: "\Windows\Short_IE.lnk"

    Recommended Remaps
    CommManager: 36#"\windows\CommManager.exe"
    Task Manager: 19#\Windows\IA_Task_Manager.exe?:TaskManagerApp

    Switch Text Input Mode (XT9 English, ABC)
    The Dash defaults to the XT9 input method, in order to change the input method for an application follow these instructions. Note, after a restart the Dash will default back to XT9, and at this time there is no known setting to make ABC the default text input method.
    Press Alt+Space

    Input the Alternate Symbol/Letter Easily
    Press and hold any key to input its alternate symbol/letter.

    For Example:
    If you want the !, press and hold the M key until it shows up.
    If you want the ?, press and hold the H key until it shows up.
    and so on...this works with any of the keys.

    NOTE: This only works on the T-Mo Branded Dash! Does not work on the HTC S620

    Keyboard Mappings in Pocket Internet Explorer
    2 (E) = Up
    8 (C) = Down


    Smartphone FAQ's

    Does the Dash (Smartphone) have a notes application?
    No, a third-party notes application such as Smartphone Notes or Phatnotes Smartphone Edition must be used. Both of these also support syncing with Outlook Notes.

    I'm trying to delete/move a shortcut from the Start Menu, but after I soft reset my phone the shortcut is back!
    The shortcut keeps reappearing because it exists in ROM, therefore, it can't be permanently deleted. Follow these instructions to keep it from showing on the Start Menu:
    1. Use a third-party file manager such as Resco Explorer.
    2. Navigate to the \Windows\Start Menu\ folder.
    3. Select the shortcut and open the Properties screen for that shortcut.
    4. Check the "Hidden" checkbox.
    5. Soft reboot your phone.
    6. The shortcut should now be gone from the Start Menu.


    System Tweaks

    After performing these registry hacks or mods, you will need to restart your device for them to take effect.

    Please understand that modifying the registry can result in complete damage to your phone, do not modify the registry if you are not comfortable doing so. These hacks are just that, hacks, they are not gauranteed to produce the same results on all phones. Modify your registry at your own risk. We do not take any responsibility for these hacks.


    Application Unlock
    1. Download the cab at http://surrealnetworks.com/mpx/AppUnlockReg.htm and run it.
    2. Soft reset (restart the phone).
    3. You should now be able to edit the registry without restrictions and install and run any applications.

    Remove "Set Up My E-mail" Shortcut (or any shortcut in ROM) From the Start Menu
    These instructions will hide any shortcut that's in ROM.
    1. Use a third-party file manager such as Resco Explorer.
    2. Navigate to the \Windows\Start Menu\ folder.
    3. Select the shortcut and open the Properties screen.
    4. Check the "Hidden" checkbox.
    5. Soft reboot your phone.
    6. The shortcut should now be gone from the Start Menu.

    Increase System Performance
    Go here for an explanation and discussion of the speed tweak.
    Follow these 2 registry hacks to increase system performance:

    1. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\GDI\GLYPHCACHE\
    2. Changed limit from 16384 to 32768

    Warning, the following tweak is NOT recommended and may cause problems writing tasks or other data to the file system. See this post for details.
    1. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\StorageManager\FATFS
    2. Changed - CacheSize to 4096
    Google Docs & Spreadsheets -- Web word processing and spreadsheets. Edit this page (if you have permission).
    Last edited by Moderator HF 23; 11-16-2006 at 09:13 PM. Reason: version 2.1 update

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    ahh! I searched "Dash FAQ" and i didn't get anything

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    Anyone know how to get a sound to play only once?

    Example: I get a new email, it plays the T-Mobile Jingle about 5-6 times regardless if I hit a button..

    Anyway to make it only play once with no loop?

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    Why not stick all this stuff in the wiki instead of a 20-mile long thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohit
    Did you use the search? I had already started this thread but the Mod never made it into a sticky.

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1019254
    Yes you did, however (no offense meant) this one is much more comprehensive straight out of the gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashastrega
    Yes you did, however (no offense meant) this one is much more comprehensive straight out of the gate.
    Ditto. Keep it up.

    Sidenote, is the sms threader for Smarthphones? Looks like it's for pocket pcs

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    Yea, the link I have up there is for pocket pcs, but Triangle Powers' site (the people who made it) is down...

    I will still update it anyways. Thanks for the tip.

    ----------------

    That is weird...it wont let me edit my original post!
    Last edited by staulkor; 10-26-2006 at 08:05 PM.

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    I have tried numerous times to install the registry editor,and I can't find it! It says it installed. I dunno. I'm we-tard-ed!

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    http://sys9five.ath.cx:8080/regedit.Stngr_ARM.CAB

    right click, save as

    Should be in your start menu, if not, look in you Program Files folder, and if that fails, look in My Documents.

    And if all that fails! Get Total Commander and search for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by staulkor
    SKTools Smartphone Edition - Clean up and uninstaller (Free)
    Ehh, it's not free. At least that version at that site isn't.

    This is.

    http://s-k-tools.com/index.html?skto...feat.html#lite

    And it's SKtools Lite

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    The SMS threader requires updated microsoft .net compact framework..
    Anyone know where to get it and how to update it?

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    Anyone know if this copy and paste program will work on the dash??

    http://vitotechnology.com/en/products/copypaste.html

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    SO how does the jogger work with the t-mobile dash version? does it just have the back and scroll "buttons" now?

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    It woks just like the JOGGR normally works, a "button" on the top and bottom, and between them is a scroll pane. You can program the top and bottom buttons to go do programs or be the start and back buttuns.

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    So all you really need to do is the get the HTC version side rubber peice to divide the sidekeys to give it the true "buttons"? for instance the unbranded version has 4 buttons(up,down,middle up and down) and the dash has 2

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