Topics

1. How to take a screenshot?
2. How to make the ROM drive visible?
3. Choosing the right kind of wallpaper.
4. Where is the loading screen (Nokia hands) photo and is it replaceable?
5. Can the device be formatted?
6. How do I remove the INI files?
7. Is there a better web browser for these models?
8. My memory card is filled with files and folders with garbage names.



1. How to take a screenshot?

Nokia 92xx models have a screenshot taking utility built-in. The screenshot can be taken at any time by pressing the buttons Shift, CTRL, Chr and S simultaneously. The function however doesn't work when the device is low on RAM, e.g. while playing a memory-hungry game.



2. How to make the ROM drive visible?

In File manager it is possible to view the contents of the write-protected ROM drive which contains the operating system files, ringtones etc. In order to get the drive visible the code ++sp must be pressed in File manager. If it is entered successfully, the notification text ++sp is shown on the screen.



If the above doesn't work, try ++rom or volkerscode.

When the code is set, press the Menu button and go to Tools -> Settings and set Show ROM to Yes. After this you must restart File manager in order to get the Z: drive to show.

3. Choosing the right kind of wallpaper.

The 92xx models have a Desk application which is able to show a wallpaper image in it. However the system does a little trick before it shows the wallpaper: it creates a whitish layer on top of it. This is because if the wallpaper would be black the shortcut names wouldn't show at all and fade into the blackness without the layer (not an actual screenshot):



This is what the system does to the wallpaper so the text would show:



This is why some wallpapers aren't good for this device. They become rather ugly when they're originally dark, and the system puts the whitish overlay on top of them. In order to make the wallpapers good-looking they must have a big contrast and preferably be bright. A good image for wallpaper is a cartoon-based one, e.g. The Simpsons. Compare the screenshots below.





4. Where is the loading screen (Nokia hands) photo and is it replaceable?

The loading screen photo, welcome.jpg, is located at Z:\System\Data. If you have the Nokia 9200 SDK installed on your computer, the file is located at [drive]:\Symbian\6.0\NokiaCPP\Epoc32\Release\wins\udeb\z\system\data On the device it can be replaced with an application named BOOTpic, and in the emulator environment you can just replace the image file.



5. Can the device be formatted?

Yes, it can. If the phone becomes unresponsive or doesn't boot at all, this method is for you. It's also a healthy thing to do once in a while because the user files, settings and folders are removed, so the device is rendered into a factory state. Before applying this method, make sure you have backed up your important files and have the basic application installation files All_Nokia_9210_data_v413.sis and all_memory_card_data_v413.sis, and that's only if you have the firmware version 4.13. You can check the firmware version by pressing the buttons *#0000# on the cover screen.

Formatting is done by pressing the CTRL, SHIFT and F buttons just a second after the Nokia hands photo shows up after you have reinserted the battery. Keep the buttons pressed until the formatting screen appears.

6. How do I remove the INI files?

The INI files are small text files which contain the user data, e.g. which desktop background picture you're currently using, what is the zoom level in Extras group, just to mention a few. If your applications begin to act oddly or they don't even start, you could try this method to solve the problem. Remember that this removes every setting in every application you've used, so a backup is recommended, again.

INI files removal is done exactly like the above formatting, but instead of the F key you press the I. So CTRL, SHIFT and I a second after the hands come up, and you should be facing the INI removal screen.

7. Is there a better web browser for these models?

In fact, there is. My-Symbian.com found a way to install the Opera 6 browser onto the device, and you can do it in a matter of minutes. Opera 6 in these mobiles support WAP 1.1, HTML 4.0, XHTML 1.1, Javascript and Cascade Style Sheets. It uses memory a bit more than the usual WWW browser, but looks a lot better!

So, in order to obtain the new browser, you would have to go to Forum Nokia, hunt down the Nokia 9200 SDK for C++, but that's just too cumbersome and unfriendly, so I'll just host the needed files
right here.

The procedure follows, but I must warn you about something: don't use a memory card reader for the tasks. Or if you do, just put the needed files into the root directory of the memory card, and do the file management on the phone. Check the eighth FAQ below to get an explanation for this. The best file management tool you can use for this procedure is the data cable and the PC Suite's file manager. That doesn't screw things up.
  1. Make a folder for the application to D:\System\Apps\Opera
  2. From the archive, copy the files in Set1 folder to that folder
  3. Copy the file from Set2 to D:\System\Data
  4. Copy the files from Set3 to D:\System\Libs
  5. Make sure you didn't copy the folders from the archive; only the files.

There you go, now you have a new icon in Extras group named Opera. You can move it to the Internet group if you like (Menu -> "Move to..."). In the screenshots below the upper one is from the traditional WWW browser, and the lower is from Opera 6.






Which one looks better?

8. My memory card is filled with files and folders with garbage names.

I haven't found too many references to this problem, not to mention solutions for it. But I've managed to pinpoint the problem and stop the problem at its source. You see, it only happens when the MMC file management is done with a memory card reader on a PC. You copy something into a folder on the memory card, and the next thing you know is that there are these undeletable multi-gigabyte files with gibberish names. They can't be deleted, and the only way to get rid of them is by formatting the whole drive.

Well, I've found a way to avoid the problem so you'll never encounter this kind of behaviour any more. The solutions are either one of the following.
  • do the file management on the PC via the PC Suite's file manager or
  • with a memory card reader, only put the files into the root directory of the card, and don't paste any folders (do further management on the phone then)

This should help with the issue. I did a test run for the memory card to see if the problem persist on Windows XP SP3 (the last time I did this was SP1), and there it was still. I copied a 12MB doom.wad file onto one of the MMC's folders, and here you go:



Wonder how all those multi-GB files fit into a 256MB multimedia card? By surpassing the ordinary electronical layout of the chip, the card's contents - some plastic parts as well - can be used as quantum particles, which grows the capacity millions of times larger.

Just kidding. They're really just zero-sized ghost files which, for some reason, get created during file management when there are folders included.